Public Health

Saguache County Public Health protects the health and safety of Saguache County residents. We improve the health of the whole community by preventing disease through prevention services and providing services for residents with access and functional needs. We provide services that are culturally sensitive, with a measurable standard of care, through our family and community-based services.

Call 719-655-2533 to sign-up for a COVID-19 vaccination.


Mona Kay Lovato 

Saguache County Public Health Director


Center Office: 220 S. Worth St. Center, CO 81125

Saguache Office: 505 3rd St. Saguache, CO 81149

Phone: 719-655-2533


PBS Public Health Series

The Invisible Shield, a four-part documentary series, reveals a little-known truth: that public health saved your life today and you probably don’t even know it. But while public health makes modern life possible, the work itself is often underfunded, undervalued, and misunderstood.




Mpox vaccine is available at Alamosa County Public Health Department

Mpox vaccine is available at Alamosa County Public Health Department for the San Luis Valley Region. Appointment can be scheduled by calling 719-589-6639.

Anyone who thinks they may be at risk of exposure to mpox can get vaccinated, regardless of insurance status.

  • Public health recommends vaccination for people at risk for mpox including:
  • Anyone (any sexual orientation or gender identity) who has had close physical contact with someone who has mpox in the last 14 days.
  • Anyone (any sexual orientation or gender identity) who:
  • Has multiple or anonymous sexual partners.
  • Has close physical contact with other people in a venue where anonymous or group sex may occur.
  • Was diagnosed with gonorrhea or syphilis in the past six months.
  • Is living with HIV.
  • Already uses or is eligible for HIV PrEP medication to prevent HIV.
  • Engages in commercial and/or transactional sex.
  • Anyone identified by public health as a known high-risk contact of someone who has
  • Anyone whose sexual partner identifies with any of the above scenarios.

Rotavirus - Symptoms & Causes - Mayo Clinic

Rotavirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis, often called stomach flu. The virus infects the stomach and intestines. It causes vomiting and diarrhea, especially in babies and young children. Infections are common during the winter and spring months, especially in childcare centers.

How long does rotavirus last for?

A rotavirus infection usually starts within two days of exposure to the virus. Rotavirus symptoms normally start between 1 and 3 days after infection with the virus. The illness usually begins suddenly with vomiting, followed by diarrhea. About 1 in 3 people with rotavirus also have a fever in the first few days of the illness. The infection can cause abdominal pain as well. In healthy adults, a rotavirus infection may cause only mild signs and symptoms or none at all.Apr 28, 2021  Symptoms usually last from a few days to a week.

How long is a person with rotavirus contagious?

Infected persons shed large quantities of virus in their stool beginning 2 days before and for up to 10 days after onset of symptoms. Rotavirus may be found in the stool of persons with immune deficiency for more than 30 days after infection.

There's no specific treatment for a rotavirus infection. Antibiotics and antivirals won't help a rotavirus infection. Usually, the infection resolves within three to seven days. Preventing dehydration is the biggest concern.

Do not give bismuth (Pepto-Bismol) or other medicines that contain salicylates, a form of aspirin, or aspirin. Aspirin has been linked to Reye syndrome, a serious illness.

How do you know if you have rotavirus or norovirus?

There's not much difference when it comes to norovirus, rotavirus and astrovirus. Clinically, their symptoms are the same and you can't tell the difference between them unless you run a test. However, rotavirus and astrovirus are more common in children and norovirus is more common in adults.Feb 10, 2023


NOTICE: CDC has updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines. For more information visit: CDC's Isolation & Quarantine Guidance


Last updated: 10-31-2023