Two Week COVID-19 Positivity Rate Remains Below 5% [Covid-19 Update]

Chaffee County Public Health is reporting 14 new Covid-19 cases in the last 7 days, 43 in the last 14 days, for a 2-week positivity rate of 4.68 percent.   

Chaffee County Public Health has opened up Covid-19 vaccinations to those who fall within 1B3 of the state vaccination phases.   

Effective tomorrow, phase 1B3 will include Coloradans age 60 and older, 16-59 with 2 or more health-conditions, and agriculture and grocery workers.   

Later this month, 1B4 will be launched to include Coloradans age 50 and older, higher education faculty and staff, frontline workers including restaurant, manufacturing, postal service, public health, faith leaders, local and state government workers, those working with the homeless, and people age 16-49 with a high-risk condition.   

Phases 2 and 3 to vaccinate the general public will take place later this spring.   

Anyone falling within the approved categories of 1B3 may register now for any upcoming vaccination clinics at   

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is hosting a Covid-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow at Longfellow Elementary School in Salida.   

300 doses will be available. To register, visit and click on the Covid-19 vaccine page.   

In order to be eligible for this clinic, you must fall into one of the current phases. The latest phase is 1B.3 which includes people 60 and older, grocery and agriculture workers and people 16-59 with 2 high-risk conditions.    

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 Thursday 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