Pueblo leaders react to moving into ‘red level’ on COVID-19 Dial

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 3:46 PM MST
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County continue to increase as more restrictions are put into place by City and County leaders as well as the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Thursday evening the state moved Pueblo County into a “red level”, which imposes new restrictions onto certain businesses.

To see a full breakdown of what this level entails, click here.

Pueblo County is slated to move to “level red” on Sunday. Mayor Nick Gradisar knows some people in the community are not a fan of rolling into this level with higher restrictions, but it is what needs to be done.

“Rolling back to level red is something that nobody takes pleasure in,” Mayor Gradisar explained. “But quite frankly where our numbers are today they’re really at the stay at home level. That’s why I’m really hoping that you’ll voluntarily limit your activities limit your mobility. That you’ll stay at home as much as possible so that we can get this virus under control.”

Pueblo Health Director Randy Evetts gave updated numbers for Pueblo when it comes to COVID-19. Pueblo now has more than 1,700 cases per 100,000 people over the last 2 weeks. Evetts tells 11 News this number is expected to double within the next 13 days.

Chief Medical Officer at Parkview Medical center, Sandeep S. Vijan MD says there are currently 124 COVID-19 patients in their care. Vijan says resources are finite but they are doing the best they can for the community.

Vijan says it is up to the community to do what needs to be done to slow the spread.

“The best thing we can do is look out for each other,” Vijan said. “I think COVID needs to become personal. I think it’s important that we all as individuals and as a community have a responsibility to do the right thing. That’s the only way we can win and we will win it’ll just take some time and effort.”

Pueblo County Commissioner, Garrison Ortiz, also knows this is a hard time for Puebloans but it’s up to them on how this plays out in the long run. “Things are a little bit differently right now. Because we are not just talking about personal choice we are talking about life and death decisions” says Ortiz.

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