Las Animas COVID-19 case counts soar; Huerfano cases fall to pre-surge levels; Local health sets up online vaccine registration; SPRHC to hold clinics

by Mark CraddockOUR WORLD — As COVID-19 case counts continue to soar in Las Animas County, largely on the back of an ongoing outbreak at the Trinidad Correctional Facility, Huerfano County’s statistics for the week have dropped to pre-surge levels. Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg has decommissioned the hospital rooms it set aside specifically

Need a vaccine? Call the health department — director urges patience during ‘very disorganized’ rollout

by Mark CraddockLAS ANIMAS/ HUERFANO — For Las Animas and Huerfano County residents, especially those over age 70, seeking to receive the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the best advice is to call the local health department at (719) 738-2650 (Walsenburg) or (719) 846-2213 (Trinidad). Health department staff will either schedule eligible members of the public for a vaccine if

194 inmates, 13 staff: COVID-19 case counts soar in Trinidad Correctional Facility

by Mark CraddockMODEL — The Trinidad Correctional Facility, listed as an active COVID-19 outbreak site last month, has seen case counts explode since the New Year’s holiday weekend. Currently, 194 inmates and 13 staff members are listed as active COVID-19 cases, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections. The facility has so far seen no virus-related

The Five Star Program is supposed to save local economies, but is it really safe?

by Todd BrogowskiCOLORADO — Frustrated with the impact that COVID-19 has had on local economies, many Colorado counties are looking to an experimental program run out of Mesa County called the “Five Star Program” for a solution that would allow for indoor dining and increased business capacity. Currently, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Local COVID-19 case counts, deaths continue to climb, but vaccine approval is imminent: Two more Veterans Center residents die; Colorado places vaccine order

by Mark Craddock OUR WORLD — For those seeking to make sense of the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, to perhaps grasp at a ray of hope amid the grim statistics and sullen predictions, there are the clichés: It’s darkest before the dawn. There is light at the end of the tunnel. And then there