by Mark Craddock
OUR WORLD — Las Animas/Huerfano Counties District Health Department has received confirmation that two more Las Animas County residents and one Huerfano County resident have tested positive for COVID-19.
Las Animas County now has 13 positive cases, and Huerfano County has received confirmation of its sixth case.
The Las Animas County cases include a male in his 60s and a woman in her 30s who are recovering at home. The Huerfano County case is a man in his 80s. The local health department said the man “is recovering,” but provided no details on his disposition.
The department’s public health nurse has begun a contact investigation to determine if there were any additional exposures.
As of Friday, July17, face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces throughout Colorado for at least the next month. There are exceptions for medical and disabilities-related reasons. In announcing his executive order, Gov. Jared Polis said violators could be charged with trespass for entering a public building without a mask.
In a Tuesday press release, the district health department reminded residents “it’s important to remain vigilant in our defense against COVID-19. As it was in the beginning, the following measures remain your best and first line of defense:”
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often,
• Continue to keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when at all possible,
• Wear a facial covering when you are away from your home, and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
Editor’s note: REMINDER: New Mexico has said it will levy fines of $100 on people who do not wear masks in public, and businesses which ignore the health order will receive workplace citations and have misdemeanor criminal charges filed against them.