Coronavirus

An 18-month-old toddler has been identified as the seventh confirmed case of COVID-19 in Las Animas County.

The Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department made the announcement late Monday afternoon, June 8, and said the toddler was currently resting at home. The health department, as they have with all the cases, is investigating to determine any additional exposures.

Said the department, “The health department is looking out for the health and safety of our community and we are tracing all contacts of the individual. As we continue to relax Public Health Orders, we will see more cases of COVID-19. During this time, we must remain vigilant and continue practicing physical distancing, good hand hygiene, mask use and limiting interactions.”

On the heels of announcing the seventh case of COVID-19 in the county, they health department also released amendments to the “Safer at Home and In the Vast, Great Outdoors Public Health Order.”

For the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment this is the sixth amendment and the order is scheduled to last through June 30.

“Unless an establishment is covered under the current Las Animas and Huerfano Counties variance, the ‘Safer At Home’ sixth amendment must be followed,” said the health department. “For these establishments covered by the current variance, if the current variance does not address a specific issue, then the Safer At Home Public Health Order 20-28 fifth amendment must be followed.”

Key updates to the Safer-at-Home public health order

— Older adults are now encouraged to still stay at home but also enjoy the vast, great outdoors, so long as they can maintain proper social distancing.

— Social gatherings are still limited to 10 or less people, except in certain circumstances listed below.    

— Playgrounds and outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and pickleball courts, may be open for use for no more than 25 people at a time. High touch areas should be cleaned and disinfected frequently. Outdoor pools may open with 50 percent capacity not to exceed 50 individuals. Organized sports leagues (adult or child) may begin with 25 or less people outdoors or 10 people indoors. Spectators for adult leagues are discouraged. Gyms/rec centers and indoor pools may open with no more than 10 people per room.

— Outdoor recreation (guided and non-guided) activities are permitted with 10 or fewer people. This includes trains, trail crews, zip lines, water sports, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, jeep tours, ropes courses, and climbing walls.

— Houses of Worship may open up to 50 percent capacity, not to exceed 50 people (up to 10 rooms may be open). Guidance on gathering size for outdoor services is forthcoming.

— Personal services may now serve up to 50 percent occupancy, not to exceed 50 people.

— Short Term Rentals are now allowed to open.

— Summer camps and sports camps may open with 10 individuals indoors or 25 individuals outdoors. Single-night overnight excursions are allowed so long as campers and staff remain strictly cohorted.

— Closed activities include: Gatherings greater than 10 fairs/festivals/parades, receptions greater than 10, car, motorcycle and horse racing unless there are no spectators, and sports events (including tournaments) except recreational sports leagues. Added races are okay with social distancing and group sizes of 10 (which means per the guidance staggering starts so no more than 10 at a time.

— In addition, the following are still closed: Bars/breweries (except those with food licenses), movie and performance theaters (except drive-ins), casinos, amusement parks and arcades.

— Added section to allow life rites, such as wedding ceremonies, graduations and funerals, at 50 percent capacity not to exceed 50 people indoors, 6 feet distancing outside with agreement from local authorities as to size limits.

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