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Posted on: December 4, 2023

Don’t miss out on health coverage in 2024

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The upcoming changes to Health First Colorado (Colorado Medicaid), Connect for Health Colorado and Colorado Connect make this year possibly the most significant Open Enrollment since the beginning of the Affordable Care Act.

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Posted on: November 15, 2023

Board of Health to hold regular meeting Thursday, November 16

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Board of Health to hold regular meeting Thursday, November 16

The San Juan Basin Board of Health will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m., Thursday, November 16. The Board of Health meeting will be held in the Larkspur Training Room at the San Juan Basin Publ...

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Posted on: September 1, 2023

Thriving Communities programs use social connection to promote healthy lifestyle

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Did you know relationships may be as important to health as exercise and nutrition?

Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, improve sleep, boost immune function, lower risk of some diseases like heart disease and dementia, and can even lead to ...

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Posted on: September 25, 2023

Human Case of Plague Confirmed in Archuleta County

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Laboratory testing has confirmed a case of plague (Yersinia pestis) associated with a recent death of an Archuleta County resident. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) are investigating...

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Posted on: September 18, 2023

New COVID-19 vaccine available locally

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The Centers of Disease Control announced approval of a new COVID-19 vaccine with a recommendation for everyone 6 months and older to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against potentially serious illness this fall and winter. The updated COVID-19 ...

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Posted on: September 1, 2023

San Juan Basin Public Health supports families

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Jessica is a single, working mom who was put on bed rest in the first trimester of her pregnancy and unable to work. Newly without income, she found WIC benefits and stayed nourished throughout her pregnancy. When her son was born three months early at on...

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Posted on: August 21, 2023

La Plata County resident with West Nile virus dies; Residents reminded to avoid mosquito exposure

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A La Plata County resident with West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness, died recently. This marks the fifth West Nile virus case in the San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) jurisdiction. SJBPH urges residents and visitors to take precautions to protect...

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Posted on: August 9, 2023

Board of Health to hold special meeting Thursday, August 10

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The San Juan Basin Board of Health will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, August 10. Please click on the link to join the meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89539364442 or call (719) 359-4580 or (312 )626-6799 Webinar ID: 895 3936 4442....

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Posted on: July 21, 2023

Primer caso del virus del Nilo occidental, identificado en el condado La Plata

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El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medioambiente de Colorado ha identificado el primer caso del virus del Nilo occidental del año 2023 en el condado La Plata. San Juan Basin Public Health urge a los habitantes y los visitantes tomar ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2023

First case of west Nile virus in Colorado identified in La Plata County

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has identified Colorado’s first case of west Nile virus of the 2023 season in La Plata County. San Juan Basin Public Health urges residents and visitors to take precautions to protect them...

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Posted on: July 20, 2023

Bat found in La Plata County home tests positive for rabies

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A bat found in the Durango area last week tested positive for rabies. There was no human interaction, but vaccinated pets that were exposed have received booster rabies shots. 

Rabies is regularly found in Colorado wildlife, especially skunks and ...

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Posted on: July 3, 2023

Public Health response? SJBPH has a plan for that.

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Through the community health assessment, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) examines the health of the community and provides programs and resources to keep the community healthy. Just like a person makes decisions that affect their health, so does a co...

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Posted on: June 6, 2023

Keep your family (including pets) safe this summer

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Warmer months and favorite summer activities can also bring the risk of animal-, insect- and tick-borne diseases. San Juan Basin Public Health encourages everyone to take precautions to prevent animal-borne diseases by controlling insects and rodents arou...

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Posted on: May 15, 2023

SJBPH to discuss potential rule changes for pool and spa operators

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) will hold two stakeholder meetings in May to discuss possible changes to local swimming pool and mineral bath regulations. SJBPH invites swimming pool and mineral bath (spa) operators to attend one of the following dis...

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Posted on: May 11, 2023

COVID-19 public health emergency, local disaster emergency declaration end

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The federal public health emergency declared in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end today, and the local disaster emergency declaration made by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) will also lapse. 

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Posted on: May 9, 2023

Opioid harm reduction resources available at SJBPH Durango office

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) holds monthly events at its Durango office to distribute free resources that can help reduce the risk of harm when using certain drugs. Anyone can pick up fentanyl test strips and naloxone, an overdose-reversing medica...

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Posted on: May 6, 2023

What is harm reduction and why do we need it?

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There is a lot of information and discussion regarding harm reduction, naloxone, and overdose prevention programs and services – and all for a great reason. Harm reduction programs make our community safer, and they save lives.

There are many ways we pract...

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Posted on: May 5, 2023

CDC changes COVID-19 vaccine guidance: Monovalent doses no longer available

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has changed its guidance for the COVID-19 vaccine, no longer recommending the original monovalent formula for use in the United States. 

CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 years and older receive an updated o...

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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Community members invited to apply for open position on SJBPH Board of Health

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is seeking a qualified individual to serve on its Board of Health. The Board of Health Appointments Committee will choose a member of the public who lives in Archuleta or La Plata County and has education, experience, ...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Take precautions to prevent the spread of animal-borne diseases this spring

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Warmer months are approaching, and that means more time outdoors. San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) reminds the community that this increases the risk of contracting certain animal-borne diseases that are more common during warm weather months since hu...

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Posted on: April 1, 2023

Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health – Public Health Week 2023

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Each year, National Public Health Week provides a chance to celebrate and reflect on the outstanding service of public health workers and their contributions to keeping our communities safe and healthy. Public Health Week is April 3-9, and as we look to t...

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Posted on: March 28, 2023

SJBPH’s sexual health, cancer screening, immunizations clinics important resources in Southwest CO

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Sexual health is an integral component of overall health and wellness across a lifespan. San Juan Basin Public Health’s clinic programs provide key services to help you make informed decisions about your health, including:

  • Wellness exams
  • Risk reduction coun...
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Posted on: March 28, 2023

Weigh in on community health priorities through April 7

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) on April 7 will close its survey to gather input from La Plata and Archuleta county residents on their public and environmental health priorities and needs. The results of this community health assessment will guide a ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2023

Board of Health to hold special meeting Friday, March 31

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The San Juan Basin Board of Health will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m., Friday, March 31. in the Columbine Conference Room at SanJuan Basin Public Health, 281 Sawyer Drive, Durango. The meeting will be accessible via computer and telephone, as well as i...

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Posted on: February 16, 2023

SJBPH executive director attends ceremony for American Medical Association Nathan Davis Award

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This week, Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH), attended the award ceremony for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Awarded to Jollon in 2021, the recognition...

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Posted on: February 10, 2023

SJBPH to dissolve by 12/31 as Archuleta, La Plata counties establish individual health departments

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On November 9, 2022, the La Plata and Archuleta county boards of county commissioners approved a resolution establishing a planned and orderly dissolution of the San Juan Basin Public Health District by December 31, 2023. Each county is in the process of ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2023

SJBPH requests judge appoint receiver to ensure smooth transition in health district dissolution

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH), in coordination with Archuleta and La Plata counties, has filed an action requesting a judge appoint a third-party receiver to assist with the dissolution of SJBPH and the transition to single-county health agencies t...

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Posted on: February 6, 2023

SJBPH and Cottonwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare selected for public health, equity grant

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and Cottonwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare have been awarded funding to begin addressing air quality, extreme heat, and infection control in long-term care facilities and indoor public spaces in La Plata and Archulet...

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Posted on: February 4, 2023

Your health matters and so does your voice: Weigh in on community health

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Every five years, public health agencies in Colorado conduct a community health assessment to find out what public and environmental health priorities are important to community residents, and then uses the input gathered to craft a public health improvem...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

El programa WIC está aquí para ayudar a medida que vencen las prestaciones adicionales de asistencia

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Las familias anotadas en el Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Complementaria (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés) han podido recibir prestaciones adicionales desde marzo de 2020, debido a la emergencia de salud pública por COVID-19. Ya que las asig...

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Posted on: February 1, 2023

WIC program here to help as extra food assistance benefits end

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Families enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have been eligible for extra benefits since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. As emergency allotments for all states end as of March 2023, Februa...

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Posted on: January 19, 2023

San Juan Basin Public Health ofrece talleres educativos sobre pruebas de radón

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) ofrece una serie de talleres educativos sobre el radón para ayudar a la población a realizar pruebas de detección del gas carcinogénico en sus hogares y negocios. Enero es el...

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Posted on: January 19, 2023

San Juan Basin Public Health offers radon testing workshops

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is offering a series of radon education workshops to assist residents in learning how to test for the cancer-causing gas in their homes and businesses. January is National Radon Action Month, and winter is the best tim...

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Posted on: January 12, 2023

SJBPH solicita opiniones de la comunidad sobre prioridades de salud pública

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) ha lanzado una encuesta para recopilar los aportes de los habitantes de los condados de La Plata y Archuleta sobre sus prioridades y necesidades de la salud pública y ambiental. Los resultados de esta evalua...

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Posted on: January 12, 2023

San Juan Basin Public Health seeks community input on public health priorities

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) has launched a survey to gather input from La Plata and Archuleta county residents on their primary public and environmental health priorities and needs. The results of this community health assessment will guide a pub...

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Posted on: January 6, 2023

Simple steps to keep your home healthy

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We all want to live in a safe, healthy home, but unhealthy conditions are not always immediately obvious. The good news is that once you know what to look for it’s easy to clean up or make improvements. Doing so can literally save your life.

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Posted on: December 21, 2022

Los CDC amplían los requisitos para la dosis de refuerzo contra ómicron para incluir a los niños

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La dosis de refuerzo contra ómicron de la vacuna contra COVID-19 ya está disponible para los niños de seis meses a cinco años de edad, lo que ofrece una protección adicional contra el virus a las poblaciones más jóvenes y ayuda a disminuir la propagación ...

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Posted on: December 21, 2022

CDC expands omicron booster eligibility to children ages 6 months to 5 years

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The COVID-19 omicron booster vaccine is now available for children ages six months to five years, offering additional protection against the virus for our youngest populations and therefore helping reduce the spread and risk of severe illness from COVID-1...

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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Make the holidays about family, not the flu

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With the beautiful dusting of the first snow comes the holidays’ less-celebrated counterpart: flu season. While holiday gatherings are a wonderful time to share laughter and fun, they can also be a way to share flu and other viruses.

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

SJBPH realizará eventos de bienestar e inscripción en seguro médico

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) celebrará dos eventos para respaldar el bienestar de la comunidad y la inscripción en seguros médicos en Durango y Pagosa Springs. Los miembros de la comunidad están invitado...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

SJBPH to host wellness and insurance enrollment events

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is hosting two events to support community wellness and insurance enrollment in Durango and Pagosa Springs. Community members are invited to attend to learn more about community programs supporting wellness for the who...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

SJBPH offers free well testing for PFAS chemicals

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San Juan Basin Public Health has received a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to address contaminants in drinking water. The funding will be used to provide free testing for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

COVID-19 Community Levels rise to High in La Plata and Archuleta counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 rose on Thursday in Southwest Colorado, moving Archuleta and La Plata counties into Level High. La Plata County has a case incidence rate of 142.3 per 100,000 residents and...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Opioid harm reduction resources available at SJBPH Durango offices

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) will hold two events at its Durango office to distribute free resources that can help reduce the risk of harm when using certain drugs. At the two events, anyone can pick up fentanyl test strips and naloxone, an overdo...

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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Better worlds start with great families and great families start with Nurse-Family Partnership

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Becoming a new parent can be exciting, scary, challenging, rewarding and much more. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the support of a free personal nurse during pregnancy and after your baby arrives?

First-time moms enrolled in Nurse-Family Partnershi...

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

La Plata County Fairgrounds COVID-19 vaccine clinic open through Dec. 2

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has extended its COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the La Plata County Fairgrounds for several weeks, and is set to close on Friday, Dec. 2. There will be modified hours, beginning with a closure o...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

Condados de La Plata y Archuleta en nivel comunitario medio

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Los niveles de COVID-19 en las comunidades de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) para los condados de La Plata y Archuleta pasaron al nivel medio el pasado jueves. El condado d...

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Posted on: November 2, 2022

La Plata, Archuleta counties in Community Level Medium

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 in both La Plata and Archuleta counties moved to Medium last Thursday. Previously, Archuleta County was in Community Level low since Oct. 13 and La Plata was in Low since S...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Enfermedades respiratorias, el VSR incluido, detectadas en el condado de La Plata

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Las pruebas realizadas en el condado de La Plata han confirmado la presencia del virus sincitial respiratorio, también conocido como VSR, lo que sirve como recordatorio de que las enfermedades respiratorias contagiosas están propag&a...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Respiratory illnesses, including RSV, detected in La Plata County

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 in both La Plata and Archuleta counties moved to Medium last Thursday. Previously, Archuleta County was in Community Level low since Oct. 13 and La Plata was in Low since S...

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Posted on: October 24, 2022

Los CDC reconocen los esfuerzos de la clínica de bienestar femenino de SJBPH

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Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) reconoció las conexiones que hizo el equipo de bienestar femenino de San Juan Basin Public Health con las mujeres en nuestras comu...

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Posted on: October 24, 2022

CDC recognizes SJBPH Women’s Wellness Clinic’s efforts during COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized the health connections San Juan Basin Public Health’s Women’s Wellness team made with women in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping improve and save lives...

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Posted on: October 14, 2022

Health Insurance Literacy Creating Community Column

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Connect for Health Colorado’s Open Enrollment season is upon us, but this year, things are a little bit different. In 2023, Colorado residents will have access lower, fixed-cost plans that have previously not been available. Also, Colorado resid...

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Posted on: October 13, 2022

Los CDC amplían los requisitos para el refuerzo contra ómicron para incluir a los niños de 5 a 12

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SJBPH urge las dosis de refuerzo a medida que el monitoreo de aguas residuales locales demuestra niveles de COVID-19 en aumento La vacuna de refuerzo contra la variante ómicron de la COVID-19 ya está disponible para los niñ...

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Posted on: October 13, 2022

CDC expands omicron booster eligibility to children ages 5-11

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SJBPH urges booster shots as local wastewater surveillance shows increasing levels of COVID-19

The COVID-19 omicron booster vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11, offering additional protection against the virus as cooler months approach and data...

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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Condado de Archuleta en nivel comunitario de COVID-19 medio

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Los niveles de COVID-19 en las comunidades de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) para el condado de Archuleta pasaron al nivel medio este jueves. Este incremento se debe a la t...

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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Archuleta County in COVID-19 Community Level Medium; La Plata County remains in Level Low

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 for Archuleta County moved to Medium on Thursday. This increase is due to the elevated 7-day incidence rate, which is 270.87 per 100,000 people. La Plata County remained in...

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Posted on: October 3, 2022

Fallece un habitante del condado de La Plata con el virus del Nilo occidental

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Un habitante del condado de La Plata con el virus del Nilo occidental, una enfermedad transmitida por mosquitos, falleció la semana pasada, lo que representa el décimo fallecimiento entre los habitantes de Colorado con el virus en 20...

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Posted on: October 3, 2022

La Plata County resident with West Nile virus dies

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A La Plata County resident with West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness, died last week, marking the tenth death among Colorado residents with the virus in 2022. San Juan Basin Public Health urges residents and visitors to take precautions to protect th...

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Posted on: September 26, 2022

Board of Health to hold regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 29

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The San Juan Basin Public Health Board of Health will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 in the Columbine Conference Room at 281 Sawyer Drive, Durango. The meeting will be accessible using Zoom via computer and telephone. Public commen...

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Posted on: September 26, 2022

El consejo de salud celebrará su reunión regular el jueves, 29 de septiembre

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El consejo de salud de San Juan Basin Public Health celebrará su reunión regular a las 9:00 del jueves, 29 de septiembre en la sala de conferencias Columbine en 281 Sawyer Drive, Durango. La población podrá acceder a la reunión en Zoom mediante computador...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Se amplían aún más los requisitos para la vacuna contra viruela del mono

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El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado amplió los requisitos para la vacuna contra viruela del mono en esta semana, eliminando el periodo de 14 días anteriormente asociado con los factores de riesgo....

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Monkeypox vaccine eligibility expands further

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expanded the criteria for monkeypox vaccine eligibility this week, removing the 14-day time period previously associated with risk factors. The expanded eligibility also considers ongoing or potenti...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Vacunas contra COVID-19 tan importantes como nunca en esta temporada del regreso a clases

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A medida que los niños y adultos jóvenes vuelven a las escuelas y universidades, los contagios de COVID-19 en estos ambientes aumentan. Esto sirve de recordatorio sobre la importancia de mantenerse al día con las vacunas c...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Dosis de refuerzo contra ómicron ya disponibles en los condados de La Plata y Archuleta

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El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) ha comenzado a distribuir su suministro de la vacuna de refuerzo contra la variante ómicron de COVID-19 y las dosis ya están disponibles en los condados de Arc...

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Posted on: August 31, 2022

Monkeypox vaccine eligibility expands; available locally

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment expanded eligibility today for monkeypox vaccine and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) has doses of the vaccine available at its Durango and Pagosa Springs offices. SJBPH urges individuals who ar...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

La Plata, Archuleta counties in Community Level Medium

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 in La Plata and Archuleta counties moved to Medium on Thursday. This increase is likely related to a rise in regional hospitalizations over the past week. From July&nbs...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

SJBPH amends COVID-19 local public health advisory to reflect updated CDC guidance

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) amended its local public health advisory to reflect updated guidance and language provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as COVID-19 cases continue to level or decline nationally and locally. COVID-19 hospit...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Un habitante del condado de La Plata recibe diagnóstico, tratamiento por viruela del mono

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Un habitante del condado de La Plata ha recibió el diagnóstico y un tratamiento por la viruela del mono, según informa el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en ingl...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

La Plata County resident diagnosed, treated for monkeypox

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A La Plata County resident has been diagnosed with and treated for monkeypox, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Public health is investigating the case and completing contact tracing. Prior to the confirmation,...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

La Plata County, San Juan Basin Public Health partner to provide opioid risk reduction program

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The La Plata County Board of County Commissioners has committed $331,187 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to an opioid risk reduction program that San Juan Basin Public Health will administer in coordination with other community partners.

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

El Condado de La Plata y San Juan Basin Public Health colaboran para proporcionar un programa de red

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La Junta de Comisionados del Condado de La Plata ha destinado $331 187 de los fondos provenientes de la Ley del Plan de Rescate Americano a un programa de reducción de riesgo en el consumo de los opioides que San Juan Basin Public Health administrará en c...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Second bat tests positive for rabies in La Plata County

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A bat found northeast of Durango earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. There was a human interaction with the bat, and this individual is receiving post-exposure prophylaxis to protect from developing rabies. 

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Un segundo murciélago da positivo en la rabia en el condado de La Plata

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Un murciélago encontrado al noreste de Durango anteriormente en esta semana ha dado positivo en la rabia. Hubo una interacción humana con el animal y esta persona está recibiendo la profilaxis anterior a la exposición para protegerse contra la posibilidad...

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Posted on: July 18, 2022

Un perro de las praderas da positivo en la peste en el oeste del condado de La Plata

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Un perro de las praderas en el área de Hesperus/Breen dio positivo en Yersinia pestis, la bacteria que ocasiona la peste el viernes, 15 de julio. Las pulgas de la colonia de perros de las praderas han sido colectadas y enviadas al Departamento de...

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Posted on: July 15, 2022

La Plata, Archuleta counties in COVID-19 Community Level Medium

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 in La Plata County dropped to Medium on Thursday. Archuleta County remained in Level Medium. La Plata County has a case incidence rate of 140.5 per 100,000 and Archuleta Co...

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Posted on: July 8, 2022

La Plata County in CDC Community Level High for COVID-19, Archuleta County Remains in Level Medium

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 rose on Thursday in La Plata County. La Plata County is again in Community Level High, with Archuleta County remaining in Level Medium.  

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Posted on: June 27, 2022

La Plata, Archuleta counties in Community Level Medium

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 in La Plata County dropped to Medium on Thursday. Archuleta County remained in Level Medium. La Plata County has a case incidence rate of 195.6 per 100,000 and Archuleta Co...

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Posted on: June 20, 2022

Bat found in La Plata County home tests positive for rabies

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A bat found in a home in the Bayfield area last week tested positive for rabies. While a bite has not been reported, the humans and pets living in the home are receiving post-exposure and preventive treatment. 

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

COVID-19 Community Levels rise to High in La Plata, Medium in Archuleta counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Levels for COVID-19 rose on Thursday in Southwest Colorado, moving Archuleta County into Level Medium and La Plata County into Level High. La Plata County has a case incidence rate of 245.4 pe...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

COVID-19 transmission rising in La Plata, Archuleta counties

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Recent COVID-19 incidence and positivity rates indicate that transmission is rising in La Plata and Archuleta counties, causing San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) to urge caution over the Memorial Day weekend when gathering with friends and family. Cons...

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Posted on: May 18, 2022

Air quality advisory: Plumtaw Fire triggers unhealthy air quality

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The Plumtaw Fire north of Pagosa Springs is affecting local air quality. Northern Archuleta and southern Mineral counties are currently experiencing unhealthy air quality, with moderate to heavy smoke expected throughout Wednesday.

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Durango wastewater monitoring shows sharp increase in COVID-19 levels

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The Colorado Wastewater Surveillance program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has been monitoring wastewater throughout the state for COVID-19 levels. Recent results from the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility, servin...

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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Syphilis cases increasing in La Plata and Archuleta counties

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an alert for La Plata County for an increase in syphilis cases over the past 12 months in comparison to previous years. San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) encourages residents i...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Pertussis cases on the rise in La Plata, Archuleta counties and throughout western Colorado

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There have been 29 pertussis cases in Colorado this year, up from seven over the same period in 2021. Of those, six cases have been reported in La Plata and Archuleta counties in March. This increase serves as a reminder to be sure you are current with yo...

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

Community vaccine clinics scheduled through April 30; Second booster shot available

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week announced updated guidance on COVID-19 booster shots, recommending additional vaccine boosters for eligible individuals. Vaccine providers in Colorado are authorized to administer the additional doses now.&a...

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

SJBPH Co-Hosts Forums on Community Resilience and Well-Being

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 In the fall and winter of 2021 and 2022, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) co-hosted Well-Being Amid Disruption Forums in collaboration with the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Thriving Earth Exchange, the Department of Environme...

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Posted on: January 25, 2022

Free KN95 and Surgical Masks Available to Community Members in Archuleta and La Plata Counties

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is pleased to announce that free KN95 and surgical masks are now available to the public at SJBPH offices in Pagosa Springs and Durango. Masks are available at SJBPH front desks on a first come, first served basis unti...

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Posted on: January 20, 2022

Community Partners, Schools, Local Governments, and Health Care Join SJBPH in Calling for Precaution

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) continues to report high levels of COVID-19 transmission driven by community spread of the Omicron variant. To preserve health care capacity and resources, support in-person learning, and maintain essential government ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

200 years of public health has doubled our life expectancy

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With National Public Health Week taking place April 3-9, I ask you to take a trip back in time and imagine yourself living 200 years ago in 1817. Living conditions then were vastly different from today due to poor sanitation, lack of proper sewage managem...

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