COVID-19 Testing

courtesy of Mercy Regional Medical Center

COVID-19 has taken its toll on our nation's hospitals. Rural communities have their own challenges. Mike Murphy, CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center spoke with KSUT’s Sarah Flower in an exclusive interview about the region's largest hospital, its COVID-19 response, tracking cases and data, and being prepared moving forward.


Today is the first day of school for Fort Lewis College. Last week, the college conducted over 1500 COVID-19 diagnostic tests, four of which came back positive for the virus. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about how those numbers are counted in our region.   

State of Colorado

Governor Polis spoke to reporter Sarah Flower in an exclusive interview regarding schools reopening, funding public health, local Indian Tribes' response, and other statewide issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in young adults, ages 20-29 currently accounts for close to 20% of positive COVID-19 cases in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollen about this, and related issues for their weekly update.


San Juan Basin Public Health

Mercy Regional Medical Center recently announced they're reducing the hours and number of diagnostic COVID-19 tests at their free community testing site. In their weekly update, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about limited capacity testing and how regional entities are trying to fill the gap.


 

COVID-19 testing is now available to all residents in the Four Corners region. Sarah Flower reports:


Beginning today, June 9, 2020, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will offer voluntary COVID-19 viral testing for its tribal membership from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. through June 11. Priority will be given to Tribal Elders and tribal members with self-diagnosed vulnerabilities the first hour of each day. Sarah Flower reports:

 

 

More information can be found here.

Testing kits for COVID-19 are still difficult to come by in some parts of the country. Regionally, one diagnostic lab is providing unlimited tests for COVID-19 antibodies. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

 


New COVID-19 Testing Options for Southwest Colorado

Apr 27, 2020

Testing shortages for COVID-19 has been an issue nationwide. Today, Southwest Colorado's testing options have expanded considerably. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports: 

 


Mark Duggan/KSUT

As of Thursday, April 9, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe had no reported cases of COVID-19. The number is in stark contrast to the neighboring Navajo Nation, now with more than 450 confirmed cases. KSUT's Mark Duggan spoke with the tribe's chairman about the steps they've taken to stay ahead of the pandemic.