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San Juan Basin Public Health, La Plata Integrated Health, Animas Surgical Hospital, and Others Partner to Launch New Community Testing Site for COVID-19 in La Plata County

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH), Axis Health System’s La Plata Integrated Health (LPIH), Animas Surgical Hospital (ASH) , City of Durango, La Plata County, and La Plata County Sheriff’s office, are partnering to provide free diagnostic (PCR) COVID-19 testing three days a week at an in-town Durango location. Drive-through and walk-up testing will be available Tuesday through Thursday from [...]


Mercy Community Testing Site Reduces Hours, Tests

Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will reduce hours and number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests available at its free community testing site as of Monday, July 27th. New hours and days will be Monday through Thursday 8am to noon, and Saturday 8am to noon, limited to no more than 50 tests a day. Unfortunately, due to limited local availability of testing, [...]


Local Focus on COVID-19 Testing Shifts

The ongoing partnership between San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and healthcare providers in La Plata and Archuleta Counties has successfully provided no-barrier community-wide COVID-19 testing opportunities. With a sharp increase in demand for tests, some of which is coming from out of state visitors, constraints on laboratories that receive tests from around the country, and constraints on testing [...]


Racial equity a foundational goal of public health

On May 25th, public attention shifted away from the COVID-19 pandemic when George Floyd was killed by a policeman kneeling on his neck for almost 9 minutes during an arrest. The recent killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and a video clip of a white woman falsely accusing a Black man of assaulting her in Central Park, demonstrate the [...]


San Juan Basin Public Health Now Reporting Non-Resident COVID-19 Cases on Data Dashboard

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is now reporting the number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified at local testing sites from non-residents of Archuleta and La Plata counties. The data can be found on SJBPH’s data dashboard and provides insight into the prevalence of non-resident COVID-19 transmission. Since June 1, SJBPH has tracked six non-resident cases [...]