D60 Information about COVID-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

Pueblo School District 60 is joining with the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) and numerous Pueblo city and county agencies to coordinate updates to the community about issues and topics related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

District 60 and our community partners are assessing the risks of the outbreak, and are taking important health, safety and educational measures to respond to this public health emergency.

District 60 will provide the community with several updates per week, focusing on measures being taken in our schools, via the District website (www.pueblocityschools.us). Vital announcements related to COVID-19 will also be posted via District 60 social media channels.

Consult the following information (from the Pueblo Department of Health and Environment) about COVID-19 prevention strategies:

In the event illness become widespread, we will follow best-practices and our plans created with the guidance of CDPHE and CDC. Actions may include things like:

Canceling large events that might cause us to infect each other
  • Closing schools and providing students opportunities to learn online instead
  • Requesting that employers support tele-working, flexible shifts, cross-training employees to cover when others are out sick, and cancel large meetings or conferences
Guidance for People with Symptoms
Anyone with symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. They should NOT go to the emergency room in order to ensure the hospital resources are available for those with the most critical needs.

Guidance for People Who Are Returning from Travel

Residents can call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org to get more information and ask questions about COVID-19. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Reducing the Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 can be especially dangerous for those at higher risk including people:
  • 60 years old and older
  • With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • Who have weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant
Take Steps to Protect Those at High Risk
  • Anyone feeling ill should stay away from those at higher risk.
  • Those at higher risk should stay home and away from large groups as much as possible, including large gatherings where there may be close contact with others.
  • Try to avoid bringing large groups of people together and/or consider postponing events and gatherings.
  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. Limit time there and keep at least six feet away from patients.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
World Health Organization
COVID-19 fact sheet
Effective cleaning products for COVID-19
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For individuals & families
For pregnant women & children
For travelers
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Colleges & universities
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Testing Criteria
Specimens for COVID-19 will only be tested if they meet one of the criteria in the table below.
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Signs or Symptoms

 Risk Factors
Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath)
Any person, including health care workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 4 days of symptom onset
Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)*
AND A history of travel to areas with ongoing community transmission within 14 days of symptom onset
Fever with severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization and without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) AND No source of exposure has been identified

* Please note this guidance varies slightly from CDC. As we have capacity, Colorado will continue to consider testing for individuals who are not hospitalized in order to identify patients who have traveled to affected areas who have less severe disease. Fever can be subjective or confirmed.

Personal Preparation
We as individuals and families can prepare and practice now.

Getting ready for widespread disease is largely about preparing for possible shortages. Here are some things you can do:

Continue to Take Everyday Wellness Actions
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
Gather a Few Extra Supplies
  • Try to get an extra months’ worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.
  • Slowly start to stock up on enough non-perishable food to last your household through two weeks of staying at home if there is a wave of transmission in the community.
Plan for Closures & Changes
  • Think about how you will continue to work if your child’s school is closed.
  • Understand that your plans to participate in large gatherings may be cancelled.
  • Think through how you will take care of sick family members while trying not to get infected.
  • Make plans for childcare if you become sick, or when your child is sick.
  • Talk to your children about what they might expect.
  • Cross-train key staff at work so one person’s absence won’t derail your organization’s ability to function.
Practice Good Hygiene
  • Start practicing not touching your face now. This can greatly reduce the frequency of potential spread. (You can even try a buddy system, where you and a friend remind each other when someone scratches their eyelid or rubs their nose.)
  • Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.
  • Start building healthy habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.
  • Avoid sharing e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.
  • Increase regular cleaning of frequently-touched items (e.g. doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.)
Employer Preparation
Employers can start planning and practicing too.

Use the CDC guidance to put continuity strategies in place like:
  • Cross-training so that core functions won’t be derailed if key employees are out sick.
  • Tele-work or flexible shift options.
  • Alternatives to large meetings or conferences.
  • Increased cleaning of frequently-touched items
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D60 Updates about COVID-19

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    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 9:11 AM by Radford Sprouse
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    Posted Apr 8, 2020, 8:22 AM by Radford Sprouse
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    Posted Apr 1, 2020, 1:19 PM by Radford Sprouse
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    Posted Mar 14, 2020, 9:52 AM by Anthony Sandstrom
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    Posted Mar 14, 2020, 8:15 AM by Radford Sprouse
  • D60/D70 to close school facilities until at least Mar. 30 Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Pueblo School District 60 (D60), and Pueblo County School District 70 (D70) will join many other Colorado school districts in closing all school facilities for ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:50 AM by Anthony Sandstrom
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    Posted Mar 12, 2020, 12:30 PM by Radford Sprouse
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