In their weekly situation report, Chaffee County Public Health reports 46 new Covid-19 cases in the last 7 days, 98 in the last 14 days, which translates into a 2-week positivity rate of 6.35 percent. Two of the new cases required hospitalization.

Lake County reports 22 new Covid-19 cases and a total of 78 active cases.

There are currently 118 known cases of Covid-19 in the San Luis Valley, including 2 in Saguache County and 63 in Alamosa County.

The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is hosting a Covid-19 community vaccination clinic at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds on Friday.

This vaccination clinic is available to health care workers, first aiders and people aged 65 and over.

An online planner is available to help plan your appointment. You can find a link to the scheduler at hrrmc.com.

For anyone having trouble accessing online, a troubleshooting number is available at 719-530-2479.

Chaffee County Public Health is inviting adults ages 65 to 69 and licensed child carers to register for vacancies starting February 8th. In the coming days, Chaffee County Public Health will be adding days and slots to its clinic schedule, assuming they are confident that there will be an adequate vaccine inventory.

Key frontline workers and Coloradans ages 16 to 64 with two or more high-risk diseases can start vaccinating in early March.

The online planner can be found at chaffeecounty.rsvpify.com. If the scheduler is full, try again regularly.

Starting February 11, the federal government will be delivering vaccines directly to selected pharmacies across the country.

If you want to sign up for a vaccination, you should first meet state licensing standards and then check availability on the local pharmacy website.

Covid-19 testing continues in Chaffee County.

For those looking to get a Covid-19 test in the north of the county, Valley-Wide Health Systems offers tests Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Valley-Wide will bill your health insurance. However, if you are not insured, the test is free.

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

The Salida tests take place Monday through Thursday at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. Appointments for tests in Salida are now being made online. Make an appointment the day before the test at curative.com.

Chaffee County Public Health created Chaffee’s Got HEART. The county residents are encouraged to commit to the 5 containment obligations:

Hang at home when sick.

Excel while washing your hands.

Always wear a mask in public.

Respect social distancing.

Test to see if you have any symptoms

Danny “Dan R” Ridenour has spent 42 years in radio and television, starting out as a high school graduate with KAMO in Rogers, Arkansas.

Dan attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas (where he took the name Dan R after his brothers couldn’t pronounce his last name) from 1978 to 1982 and studied radio / television. Dan lived in Jonesboro for 10 years and worked on the radio. He then worked as a TV weatherman for the ABC subsidiary KAIT Channel 8.

TV was a little boring compared to radio, so Dan returned to hosting morning radio shows in Nashville, Memphis, Oklahoma, and finally Colorado.

Dan enjoys community service, has served on the Upper Arkansas Service Club, and currently serves on the Salida Community Center’s Board of Directors and on the Chaffee County Fair Committee.

Dan and his wife Carrie spend their days doing everything the mountains have to offer: hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing. They raised 3 children together and 2 grandchildren.