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Valley-Wide Health Systems Medical Clinics are open and seeing patients for: OB checkups, well child checks age 0-2, chronic and acute illness care, and MAT services.

Click here to visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

VWHS Coronavirus Updates

If you are feeling ill, even if your symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19, we still want to provide for your healthcare needs. Please do not forgo serious medical care for any reason.

3/19/20

New notice: Beginning Friday, March 20, the following dental clinics will close until further notice: Center Dental Clinic, Ernesto Pacheco Dental Clinic, La Jara Dental Clinic, La Junta Dental Clinic, Las Animas Dental Clinic.

Alamosa Dental Clinic, Edward M. Kennedy Dental Clinic, Rocky Ford Dental Clinic and Valley-Wide Cañon City Dental will remain open, but only for emergency dental services. We are no longer scheduling any preventative dental services such as check-ups and cleanings. 

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Valley-Wide Health Systems is closely monitoring updates related to the COVID-19 virus coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE) and Environment and the local county health departments in our regions.

There are currently no confirmed cases in the San Luis Valley, or the upper and lower Arkansas Valley. 

VWHS is actively monitoring the situation and refining response plans to ensure our procedures reflect the most current recommendations for maintaining the safety of our patients, staff and community.

What should I do if I think I have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you feel you have symptoms, please call the call CO HELP at 1-877-462-2911, which is available in both English and Spanish.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.

How long do COVID-19 symptoms last?

  • It depends on severity of illness.

How long does it take to start showing symptoms after being exposed to COVID-19?

  • 2-14 days

How serious is COVID-19?

  • Since COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about the virus, the current understanding about how it spreads is largely based on what is known about similar respiratory illnesses.
  • Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
  • According to the World Health Organization, about 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild.

Higher risk groups include

  • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
  • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.

VWHS is currently not doing COVID 19 testing but working in partnership with local hospitals.

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