Covid-19 Update: Friday, January 22, 2021

Chaffee County Public Health is reporting 50 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 7 days, 97 in the last 14 days, for a 2-week positivity rate of 5.62 percent.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center currently has 2 Covid-19 patients and is operating at 80 percent capacity.   

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will host its first Covid-19 community vaccination clinic today from 8 am to 4 pm at the hospital. 

An online scheduler is available for eligible community members to schedule an appointment at   

The vaccination clinic is available to those community members who fall into Phase 1A and 1B.  This includes healthcare workers, first responders, frontline essential staff and people 70 and older.   

HRRMC emphasizes that community members please sign up for a specific time slot utilizing the online scheduler.  Anyone who has challenges with the online scheduler, a phone number is available for troubleshooting issues at 719-530-2479.   

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center CEO Bob Morasko said, “HRRMC will continue to offer clinics in the future as we receive additional allocations of vaccine from the state.” 

Saguache County has launched an online vaccination waitlist.   

Saguache County is currently authorized to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to high and moderate risk healthcare workers, first responders and individuals 70 and older.  The waitlist form is available at  Residents 70 and over can still call Saguache County Public Health at 719-655-2533 to get on the waitlist.  Please use the online form or call, do not do both.   

Due to Covid-19 related shutdowns or reduction is operations, there may be significant delays in either state or county motor vehicle offices performing vehicle titling or registration activities.   

Customers who purchased their license plates through or specialty license plates at the county clerk’s office will experience significant delays in those plates being produced and mailed.   

This may result in vehicles being operated with an expired temporary permit and expired license plates. 

To address this, the Division of Motor Vehicles has created a letter that county clerks can issue to customers to provide to law enforcement explaining the situation.    

Over the next several weeks, Public Health will be vaccinating any healthcare worker or responder who falls within 1A and 1B and people 70 and older.   

If you know of someone who has barriers to accessing the online scheduler, please help them get registered at 

If the scheduler is full, please be patient and check back frequently.  Public Health will add new appointments as the vaccine becomes available.     

Phase 2 is estimated to begin later this winter. Phase 3 will begin as early as spring.   

Covid-19 testing continues in Chaffee County.    

For those looking to receive a Covid-19 test in the north end of the county, Valley-Wide Health Systems is offering testing Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.       

Valley-Wide will bill your health insurance.  However, if you are uninsured, the test is free.       

To register for a test in BV through Valley-Wide, call 719-395-8610, and choose the option to speak with a nurse.       

Testing in Salida remains Monday through Friday at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.  Appointments for testing in Salida are now being make online.  Make an appointment the day before testing is held by going to 

Chaffee County Public Health has launched “Chaffee’s Got HEART.”  County residents are encouraged to take the pledge to follow the 5 commitments to containment:                 

  • Hang at home if sick.                     
  • Excel at hand washing.                     
  • Always wear a mask in public.                     
  • Respect social distancing.                      
  • Test if you have symptoms.     
Dan R