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Unified Messaging Briefing Expanded to Twice a Week on Monday and Friday

Due to an increased request from the public to have more frequent updates on COVID-19 data and information, Unified Messaging will release a written briefing to the media and community leaders on Monday and Friday at 4 p.m. beginning today. The briefings include information from Unified Messaging partners about COVID-19 related issues as well as COVID-19 case numbers and other data pertaining to Pueblo County. The updates will also be posted on the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s social media, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Currently, there will be no briefing on Wednesday.

Community Free COVID-19 Testing Continues into August at State Fairgrounds

Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at the Colorado State Fairgrounds will continue at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in August. Testing is every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day.

Currently, the following individuals can be tested for COVID-19 at Pueblo’s COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing:

Any individual who is symptomatic (symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea).

Anyone over the age of 65 (symptomatic or asymptomatic)

African American, Latino, American Indian Tribes (symptomatic or asymptomatic)

Anyone who had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

Health care workers and first responders (symptomatic or asymptomatic)

Attended a large gathering or protest

The testing site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds (enter through Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue) is drive-thru only and individuals must be inside an enclosed vehicle for safety. No walk-ups or motorcycles are allowed through the testing site. The site is open to neighboring counties. Everybody being tested must be able to administer the test to themselves, children and individuals unable to give the test to themselves will be turned away. No physician order is required, and all testing is free.

View a short video of the COVID-19 Self-Swabbing Test

District 60 Announces Return to School Plan

The District 60 school board approved a Return to School plan for the 20-21 school year that consists of a mixture of in-person instruction, hybrid instruction and a virtual learning option. Students are scheduled to return to school on Aug. 31 with teachers returning on Aug. 10. For more information on the Return to School plan click here.

CDC Adds Guidance on Isolation or People with Weakened Immune Systems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days. Individuals with weakened immune systems are recommended to talk to your healthcare provider. For more on isolation guidance visit the CDC website at

Governor Amends Executive Order on Alcohol Sales Ceasing at 10 p.m.

Governor Jared Polis issued an amendment to the executive order prohibiting the sale of alcohol for consumption at licensed establishments after 10 p.m. The amendment clarifies that liquor stores and retail businesses can continue to sell alcohol after 10 p.m. to include delivery services. Takeout alcohol beverages are not permitted after 10 p.m. The order is in effective for 30 days. To read the executive order click here.

Governor Extends Several Executive Order to Include Elective Surgeries, Funding for Childcare Services and Certain Regulatory Statutes

Governor Jared Polis recently extended several executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Polis extended the order allowing some voluntary and elective surgeries and procedures. The extension was effective July 23 and shall expire in 30 days. To see the executive order click here.

Polis extended the order allowing the ability of Coloradoans to continue getting marriage licenses while clerk and recorder offices are closed. The order can be found here. He also extended the order suspending certain regulatory statutes (found here) concerning petition collection for unaffiliated and independent candidates. Polis also signed an executive order directing the Colorado Department of Human Service to access federal funds for childcare services.

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