San Juan Basin Public Health

Thanksgiving week is upon us and public health officials across the country are urging people not to gather with friends or family outside of their immediate household. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about ways to share time with others safely this Thanksgiving.


New cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. In response, San Juan Basin Public Health issued this press release on November 17:

La Plata County has seen over 200 positive COVID-19 cases in the last 5 days. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this increase and how to help slow the spread of the virus.


An increase in COVID-19 cases in La Plata County can be traced back to social gatherings around Halloween. KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this recent spike.


  

La Plata County's daily number of positive COVID-19 cases has reached its peak this week. Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with San Juan Basin Public Health's Lianne Jollon about the alarming number of cases in the community, and the need to aggressively slow the spread of infection.

 

Positive COVID-19 cases are increasing swiftly in Southwest Colorado, as they are around the country. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about this situation, and more for their weekly update.


La Plata County moves to Safer at Home Level 2, effective today, October 26, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about what changes need to be made, and how that will help to slow the spread of COVID-19. 


In order to reduce community transmission and slow a rise in cases that threatens our school learning models and our local economy, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are moving La Plata County to Safer at Home Level 2 as of Monday, October 26, 2020. 

As many are gearing up for Halloween this year, Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health speaks with KSUT’s Sarah Flower about how to celebrate safely. 


COVID-19 cases are increasing across the states of Colorado and New Mexico. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about this increase and recent outbreaks in La Plata County. 

 

As COVID-19 spreads within the White House, KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Liane Jollon, from San Juan Basin Public Health for a local perspective on how the virus affected the nation's highest office. 


San Juan Basin Public Health Department is reporting the first outbreak of COVID-19 in Archuleta County. KSUT’s Sarah Flower reports:

 


La Plata and Archuleta Counties are moving into Stage One status of the Safer-at-Home dial established by the State of Colorado. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health about that distinction and how it affects these counties:


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Colorado has released a new Safer At Home Dashboard Dial for counties to assess how to reopen. KSUT's Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about these metrics and how it applies to Southwest Colorado.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

It's day 4 of KSUT's fall membership drive, and it's Pagosa Springs Day! We'll be drawing for our Day Prizes, this evening at 6:

• a Wolf Creek Peak Power Pass ($963 value)

• Two massage and soak passes to Overlook Hot Springs

• Four soak passes to Overlook Hot Springs

The COVID-19 positivity rate for Southwest Colorado remains under 2%. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks to Liane Jollon from San Juan Basin Public Health about the metrics needed to further open up the community.


There are many metrics and data in how a state and county handle COVID-19. Reporter Sarah Flower speaks with Liane Jollon of San Juan Basin Public Health Department about the positivity rate and what that data looks like. 

 

 


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.   

KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks with San Juan Basin Public Health's Lianne Jollon about the upcoming flu season coinciding with COVID-19.


In the coming weeks, schools and colleges across the region are preparing to open their doors. KSUT’s Sarah Flower speaks to Liane Jollon, of San Juan Basin Public Health about the importance of schools reopening safely, and the status of public health departments across the state.


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.


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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.


Last Friday, Colorado issued a statewide face covering mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor's office released data over the weekend showing the state could run out of ICU beds by early September if Colorado’s increase in positive COVID-19 numbers continues to rise.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower joins Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Department to talk about that mandate and our case numbers regionally. 


Tracking positive COVID tests from visitors proves tricky

Jul 14, 2020
Photo by Mark Duggan for KSUT

 

Officials worry they're not getting a true picture of contagion here in Colorado during tourist season, as positive COVID-19 cases are reported based on where a person lives, not where they've been.

Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the growing evidence of airborne spread of COVID-19 after being urged to do so by over 200 scientists internationally. KSUT’s Sarah Flower spoke to Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health about what this means regionally and how it affects local response to the virus. 


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, July 7, 2020

Jul 7, 2020
courtesy San Juan Basin Public Health

As positive COVID-19 cases continue to grow in La Plata and Archuleta Counties, KSUT’s Sarah Flower gets an update from Liane Jollon, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health.


San Juan Basin Public Health Update, June 29, 2020

Jun 29, 2020

With July Fourth coming up on Saturday, KSUT reporter Sarah Flower speaks to San Juan Basin Public Health's Liane Jollon about the recent spike in local COVID-19 cases, and how to celebrate the holiday safely.


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Local farmer's markets are adapting to keep customers and vendors safe during the pandemic. Some small agricultural producers are even finding ways to sell their produce through websites and delivery. Mark Duggan spoke with Melanie McKinney Gonzalez, market manager for the Durango Farmer's Market to learn more:

 

San Juan Basin Public Health Update, June 22, 2020

Jun 22, 2020

San Juan Basin Public Health is reporting recent cases of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 at local testing sites who are not residents of Archuleta or La Plata counties, and are not counted in the agency’s case counts.

KSUT’s Sarah Flower talks with Executive Director Liane Jollon about how those cases are being reported, the work that public health agencies do for contact tracing, and ongoing prevention efforts.


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