GCPH: Hospitalizations up in Garfield County, booster offers greater protection

Garfield County Public Health

Hospitalizations increase, omicron retreats

As of Wednesday, January 27, Garfield County had 13 cases of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, of which seven are unvaccinated, six vaccinated. Only two of the vaccinated had been boosted. The average age of those hospitalized was 63 for the unvaccinated, and 71 for the vaccinated.

“We know that hospitalizations and deaths follow case increases,” said Mason Hohstadt, Garfield County Public Health Specialist. “This increase in hospitalizations is not unexpected. The difference from this time last year to present is that we are seeing a lower proportion of cases being admitted for COVID-19.”

Boosters making large impact on hospitalization data

Protection offered by COVID-19 vaccine wane over time, even for those who receive two doses. However, the following findings show the importance of receiving a third dose of an mRNA vaccine when initial effectiveness has waned.

Unvaccinated adults ages 50 to 64 are 44 times more likely, (age 65 and older, 49 times more likely) to be hospitalized than those who have had three doses of the vaccine according to December 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. Unvaccinated adults ages 50 to 64 are 17 times more likely to be hospitalized than those with only two doses of vaccine.

Another recent CDC study shows a third booster dose highly effective during both the delta and omicron predominant periods at preventing emergency room or urgent care visits (94 percent during delta and 82 percent during omicron circulation).

How to reuse KN95 masks

KN95 masks can be safely used more than once before being discarded. KN95 masks can be reused up to five times, though masks worn briefly, such as trips to the store, may last longer than those worn all day or worn around sick individuals. Masks that are visibly soiled, wearing down, or no longer maintaining a good seal, should be discarded.

To re-use your mask, CDC recommends placing used masks in paper bags for 5-7 days. This period of time allows any potential coronavirus to become inactive. Don’t try to wash, or disinfect masks with soap, bleach, or alcohol, as this can damage the mask material. FREE KN95 and surgical grade masks are available at locations around Garfield County.

Testing, Vaccine, Isolation/Quarantine Guidance at Garfield County COVID & Public Health

FREE home COVID tests: COVIDTests.gov  and Colorado rapid at-home testing program.

GCPH: Hospitalizations up in Garfield County, booster offers greater protection

CDPHE: Colorado’s COVID-19 epidemic curve should continue to decline in the weeks ahead

Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado School of Public Health released an updated statewide modeling report suggesting the current curve has begun to decline and should continue to do so in coming weeks, though Colorado is still experiencing a very high level of SARS-CoV-2 disease transmission in the state. 

“It is encouraging to see this modeling report suggest we have moved beyond the peak of our omicron surge, and that we should continue to see declining COVID-19 transmission in Colorado in the coming weeks,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist. “There are still high levels of COVID-19 circulating in the state, so we ask Coloradans to remain cautious and continue to follow public health guidance to help protect themselves and others — get vaccinated, get a third dose as soon as it is time, wear a mask in public, and avoid large gatherings. Together we can work to ensure case rates continue to decrease in Colorado.”

Immunity to omicron is high and rising, and the modeling estimates that 80% of the state population will be immune to omicron by mid-February. Based on Colorado data, the Colorado COVID-19 Modeling Group estimates that one in 19 Coloradans is currently infectious. The report notes that while there is uncertainty around this estimate, all evidence indicates infection prevalence has been at unprecedented levels in January 2022, but the model projects this prevalence will decline in coming weeks, potentially to below 1% by the end of February.

The latest modeling projections are based on COVID-19 hospital census data through January 23, 2022, and vaccination data through January 14, 2022.

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled the expert group that works with the state on modeling projections. The group includes modeling scientists at ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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Se espera que la curva epidémica de COVID-19 en Colorado siga disminuyendo en las próximas semanas

La infección causada por la variante ómicron permanece en niveles elevados

DENVER (26 de enero de 2022) — El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) y Colorado School of Public Health publicaron un informe actualizado de modelización a nivel estatal, el cual sugiere que la presente curva epidémica ha comenzado a disminuir y debería seguir bajando en las próximas semanas, si bien aún se observa en Colorado un nivel muy alto de transmisión de la enfermedad SARS-CoV-2.

La Dra. Rachel Herlihy, epidemióloga estatal, expresó: “Es alentador constatar que este informe de modelización sugiere que hemos superado el pico de la oleada de la variante ómicron; se espera que la disminución de la propagación de COVID-19 en Colorado continúe en las próximas semanas. Todavía hay altos niveles de COVID-19 circulando en nuestro Estado, es por eso que le pedimos a los habitantes de Colorado que sigan siendo cautelosos y continúen acatando las recomendaciones de Salud Pública a efectos de protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás; entre estas se incluyen: vacunarse, recibir una tercera dosis tan pronto como les corresponda, usar un cubrebocas en público y evitar las reuniones muy concurridas. Trabajemos juntos para garantizar que las tasas de casos de COVID-19 sigan disminuyendo en Colorado”.

La inmunidad contra la variante ómicron ya es elevada y va en aumento; la modelización estima que el 80% de la población del Estado será inmune a esta variante a mediados de febrero. Basándose en los datos del Estado, el Colorado COVID-19 Modeling Group estima que uno de cada 19 de nuestros habitantes puede a la fecha contagiar a otros. El informe señala que, pese a que existe incertidumbre en torno a esta estimación, todos los datos indican que la prevalencia de la infección ha alcanzado niveles sin precedentes en enero de 2022. Dicho esto, la modelización prevé que esta tasa de incidencia disminuirá en las próximas semanas, pudiendo situarse por debajo del 1% a finales de febrero.

Las últimas proyecciones están basadas sobre los datos del censo hospitalario del COVID-19 recabados hasta el 28 de junio y datos de vacunación recogidos hasta el 14 de enero de 2022

Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) estuvo a cargo de reunir el grupo de expertos que se ocupa de modelar estas proyecciones junto con el gobierno estatal. El grupo incluye a científicos de modelos de ColoradoSPH y de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Colorado en el Campus Médico Anschutz de la UC, así como expertos de la Universidad de Colorado Boulder, la Universidad de Colorado Denver y la Universidad Estatal de Colorado.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: Colorado’s COVID-19 epidemic curve should continue to decline in the weeks ahead

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 25, 2022

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 1/25/2022:

Number of individuals tested: 14,299
Positive results: 3,021
Pending results: 2
New positives since 1/18/22: 127
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 116
Patients transferred: 20
Patients discharged: 94

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Moderna and PFIZER Booster Vaccine for Adults and children 5-11 are available by appointment only.

 To get an appointment please call 970 -625-1100.

As a reminder… the Emergency department sees patients with life threatening situations of life and limb. Our Respiratory clinic sees all upper respiratory illnesses including season flu, sore throats and COVID or COVID-like symptoms. Grand River Health seasonal respiratory clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. The Rifle Clinic is open weekdays from 8a-11pm and Weekends 10a-6pm, the Respiratory clinic is in a new location on the south side of the facility.  Battlement Mesa Respiratory clinic is open weekdays 8a-5pm. All appointments can be made through the patient portal or by calling (970) 625-1100. Maps and information will be available online at www.grandriverhealth.org.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately.

All appointments can be made by calling (970) 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 25, 2022

CDPHE reminds parents and all Coloradans age 12 and older to get third dose of COVID-19 vaccine five months after receiving their primary series

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The state of Colorado continues its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with vaccine clinics throughout the state and a reminder that all Coloradans age 12 and older should receive a third vaccine dose five months after receiving their primary series. A third vaccine dose provides the highest level of protection against the COVID-19 virus and its variants.

The CDC recently updated the recommended timeline for when people can get a third Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine dose, shortening the minimum interval from six months to five months. The CDC also updated their recommendation for a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech to include adolescents age 12 to 17.  At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for adolescents aged 12-17.

Many vaccine clinics offer everything the family needs to get the highest level of protection: first and second doses, pediatric doses, and the important third dose. Flu vaccines may also be available and it is safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine on the same day. A complete listing of where you can get vaccinated is here.

There are a number of large community vaccine sites throughout the state including:

  • Mesa County Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81504)

This clinic is in addition to the more than 1,800 vaccine providers across the state

Vaccines are the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and to help avoid the worst outcomes (severe illness, hospitalization, and death) among those who do become infected. State health officials stress that all Coloradans ages 5 and older should get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Coloradans should get a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to ensure the highest level of  protection against the virus if they:

If you are immunocompromised and got three doses of Pfizer or Moderna in your primary series, you should get a fourth dose six months after your third dose. Additionally, the CDC recommends that moderately or severely immunocompromised 5– to 11-year-olds receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after their second dose of Pfizer pediatric vaccine.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE reminds parents and all Coloradans age 12 and older to get third dose of COVID-19 vaccine five months after receiving their primary series

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 18, 2022

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 1/18/2022

Number of individuals tested: 14,068
Positive results: 2,894
Pending results: 6
New positives since 1/11/22: 159
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 112
Patients transferred: 20
Patients discharged: 91

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Moderna and PFIZER Booster Vaccine for Adults and children 5-11 are available by appointment only.

 To get an appointment please call 970 -625-1100.

As a reminder… the Emergency department sees patients with life threatening situations of life and limb. Our respiratory clinic sees all upper respiratory illnesses including season flu, sore throats and COVID or COVID-like symptoms. Grand River Health seasonal respiratory clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. The Rifle Clinic is open weekdays from 8 am-11 pm and Weekends 10 am-6 pm, the respiratory clinic is in a new location on the south side of the facility.  Battlement Mesa Respiratory clinic is open weekdays 8 am-5 pm. All appointments can be made through the patient portal or by calling (970) 625-1100. Maps and information will be available online at www.grandriverhealth.org.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately

All appointments can be made by calling (970) 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 18, 2022

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 1/18/22
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 43,015
Positive results: 4,040
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 429
Admitted patients discharged: 367

Definitions:
Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

 *   Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
 *   Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
 *   Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
 *   Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing.

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 11, 2022

RIFLE, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 1/11/2022:

Number of individuals tested: 13,798
Positive results: 2,735
Pending results: 6
New positives since 1/5/22: 116
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 111
Patients transferred: 20
Patients discharged: 90
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Moderna and PFIZER Booster Vaccine for Adults and children 5-11 are available by appointment only.

 To get an appointment please call 970 -625-1100.

As a reminder… the Emergency department sees patients with life threatening situations of life and limb. Our Respiratory clinic sees all upper respiratory illnesses including season flu, sore throats and COVID or COVID-like symptoms. Grand River Health seasonal respiratory clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. The Rifle clinic is open weekdays from 8a-11pm and weekends 10a-6pm, the respiratory clinic is in a new location on the south side of the facility.  Battlement Mesa Respiratory clinic is open weekdays 8a-5pm. All appointments can be made through the patient portal or by calling (970) 625-1100. Maps and information will be available online at www.grandriverhealth.org.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately.

All appointments can be made by calling (970) 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 11, 2022

GCPH: Critical information before holiday gatherings

Garfield County Public Health

COMMUNITY NOTICE
12.23.21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The holidays are here and so is the Omicron variant. More contagious than any previous variant, it is now the leading form of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Before gathering for the holidays, Garfield County Public Health strongly urges everyone to:

  • Consider having everyone test before gathering for the holidays.

Testing is available at multiple locations through Roaring Fork, including: free COVID testing, state testing site in Rifle on Sundays 12 – 4 p.m. at 195 W. 14th St., at medical provider offices throughout Garfield County, and for purchase at big box stores.

  • Masks, frequent handwashing and staying at home if sick are also effective to help reduce spreading illness.
  • Remember that people are most contagious in the two days prior to testing positive or before developing symptoms.
  • If you feel that you have been exposed, know what to do. How to quarantine or isolate.
  • Get boosted or vaccinated. Find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

With the potential increase in cases and over the holidays, Garfield County Public Health may have limited ability for contact tracing and public health services. All county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 23 and 24, and again on Monday, Jan. 3.

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Salud Pública del Condado Garfield

AVISO COMUNITARIO
22 de diciembre, 2021

Información urgente antes de las reuniones festivas.

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Los días festivos están aquí y también la variante Omicron.  Omicron es más contagiosa que cualquier variante anterior, y ahora la variante principal de COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos.

Antes de reunirse durante los días festivos, Salud Pública del Condado Garfield recomienda urgentemente a todos que:

  • Considere que todos se hagan la prueba antes de reunirse para las fiestas. 

Pruebas gratuitas disponibles en múltiples localidades ofrecidas por el Sitio de Pruebas del Roaring Fork, pruebas por el Estado en Rifle los domingos de 12 – 4 p.m. en 195 W. 14th St., y consultorios médicos alrededor del Condado Garfield, también las pruebas se pueden comprar en tiendas.

  • Usar cubrebocas, lavarse las manos seguido y quedarse en casa cuando este enfermo ayuda a reducir la propagación de la enfermedad.
  • Recuerde que las personas son más contagiosas dos días antes de la prueba positiva o antes de desarrollar síntomas.
  • Si cree que se ha expuesto, sepa que hacer. Como aislarse o como ponerse en cuarentena.
  • Reciba un refuerzo o vacúnese. Encuentre una clínica de vacunación de COVID-19.

Con el aumento potencial de casos debido a los días festivos, Salud Pública del Condado Garfield experimente una capacidad limitada para rastrear contactos y servicios de salud pública.  Todas las oficinas del condado estarán cerradas el jueves y viernes 23 y 24 de diciembre, y el lunes, 3 de enero.

GCPH: Critical information before holiday gatherings

GCPH: First case of the omicron variant detected on Colorado’s Western Slope

Garfield County Public Health

Garfield County Public Health was notified on December 15 that a vaccinated individual tested positive for the COVID-19 omicron variant.

“We anticipated that we would see omicron cases in our county,” said Sara Brainard, Garfield County Public Health nurse manager. “We are still learning about this variant. It is more contagious than delta, with similar symptoms to other variants of the virus. Those who have been vaccinated seem to be experiencing less severe symptoms.”

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is tracking the spread of omicron, which was first detected December 2 on the Front Range. There are now four confirmed cases of the variant in the state. Unlike the first three identified cases, the Garfield County case had no recent travel history. Omicron has also been detected in Boulder wastewater, leading officials to believe that community transmission is occurring.

“Our primary concern is that a more contagious virus will make more people ill and strain our hospital systems more quickly,” Brainard said. “Omicron, combined with holiday gatherings, means that this is the time to get boosted. And, if you have not yet, protect yourself and your children by getting vaccinated.”

Public health, in collaboration with the CDPHE, continues to monitor for additional spread of the variant.

Experts from around the world conclude that vaccines are the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, as well as help avoid the worst outcomes (severe illness, hospitalization, and death) among those who do become infected.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES / HOLIDAY TRAVEL ADVISORY:

If you feel sick, or test positive, guide for what to do next.

Vaccine and booster clinics in Garfield County. Boosters now recommended for those 16+.

Where to get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

10 Tips for Holiday Gatherings and workplace parties.

Travel Information for international and domestic destinations.

*Public health recommends taking rapid antigen test kits with you on your travels. Take a rapid test prior to gathering with others, or prior to airline travel. Rapid tests can be purchased at many retail locations. Many international destinations require testing prior to departure. For international travel, it may also be helpful to take a PCR test within a few days of your departure. Those results are emailed to you generally within 48 hours. Be sure to check for any specific COVID-19 requirements prior to your travels. Report your home test results as directed on your test kit. Upon your return, consider testing within 3 – 5 days, regardless of symptoms or vaccination history.

Monoclonal antibody treatment information, to reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
15 de diciembre 2021

Primer caso de la variante omicron detectada en el oeste de Colorado

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – El 15 de diciembre se notificó al departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield que un individuo vacunado dio positivo a la variante omicron.

“Anticipamos que veríamos casos de omicron en nuestro condado,” dijo Sara Brainard, gerente de enfermería de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield. “Todavía estamos aprendiendo sobre esta variante. Es más contagioso que el delta, con síntomas similares a los de otras cepas del virus. Aquellos que han sido vacunados parecen estar experimentando síntomas menos severos.”

El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) está rastreando la propagación de omicron, que se detectó por primera vez el 2 de diciembre en el área de Colorado conocida como Front Range. Ahora hay cuatro casos confirmados de la variante en el estado.  A diferencia de los primeros tres casos identificados, el caso del Condado Garfield no tenía antecedentes de viajes recientes. También se ha detectado Omicron en las aguas residuales de Boulder, lo que lleva a los funcionarios a creer que se está produciendo una transmisión comunitaria.

“Nuestra principal preocupación es que un virus más contagioso enfermará a más personas y afectará más rápidamente a nuestros sistemas hospitalarios,” dijo Brainard. “Omicron, combinado con reuniones navideñas, significa que este es el momento de ponerse el refuerzo. Y, si aún no lo ha hecho, protéjase y proteja a sus hijos vacunándose.”

El departamento, en colaboración con el CDPHE, continuará monitoreando la propagación de la variante.  

Expertos de todo el mundo concluyen que las vacunas son la forma más segura y eficaz de frenar la propagación del COVID-19 y sus variantes, así como de ayudar a evitar los peores resultados (enfermedad grave, hospitalización y muerte) entre quienes se infectan.

RECURSOS IMPORTANTES/AVISO PARA VIAJEROS EN DÍAS FESTIVOS:

Si se siente enfermo o da positivo, guía sobre qué hacer.

Clínicas de vacunas y refuerzos en el Condado Garfield. Refuerzos recomendados para personas mayores de 16 años.

Dónde hacerse la prueba si tiene síntomas de COVID-19.

Consejos para reuniones navideñas y reuniones festivas en el empleo.

Información a viajeros a destinos nacionales e internacionales.

*Salud Pública recomienda llevar kits de prueba rápida de antígenos en sus viajes. Realice una prueba rápida antes de reunirse con otras personas o antes de viajar en avión.  Las pruebas rápidas se pueden comprar en tiendas.  Muchos destinos internacionales requieren una prueba antes de la salida.  Para viajes internacionales, también puede ser útil realizar una prueba de PCR unos días antes de su partida.  Esos resultados se le envían por correo electrónico generalmente dentro de las 48 horas.  Asegúrese de verificar los requisitos específicos de COVID-19 antes de viajar. Informe los resultados de su prueba casera como se indica en su kit de prueba.  A su regreso, considere la posibilidad de realizar la prueba dentro de los 3 a 5 días, independientemente de los síntomas o el historial de vacunación.

Información sobre el tratamiento con anticuerpos monoclonales, para reducir el riesgo de enfermedad grave y hospitalización de las personas que dieron positivo a la prueba de COVID-19.

GCPH: First case of the omicron variant detected on Colorado’s Western Slope

Garfield County COVID-19 update

Garfield County Public Health

COMMUNITY NOTICE
12.14.21

Vaccine clinics are available for boosters, first and second doses, and youth on theCOVID-19 vaccine page.

*Check to make sure the clinic you are attending has the vaccine you need. 

Valley View Hospital is hosting a large vaccine clinic for those 12+ on Tuesday, December 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. Appointments are required.

County vaccination status drops

The state has added the population numbers for five- to 11-year-olds to the COVID vaccine dashboard. This change added 5,795 people to the number of those eligible to receive vaccine. This addition of eligible people caused the counties vaccination percentages to decrease. The percent of Garfield County residents with one dose is 70 percent, down from 75.8. The percent of those up to date is 62.4, down from 67.3.

Boosters approved for teens 16 – 17

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially expanded Pfizer booster recommendations for everyone 16 and older to help broaden and strengthen the protection against omicron and other variants. Those who are eligible should get their booster dose as soon as possible and prior to holiday gatherings. It takes two weeks for a booster dose to build maximum protection.

Hospitalizations and test positivity

The Garfield County Public Health Department is monitoring an increase in the seven- and 14-day test positivity rates, which at times have exceeded 10 percent. This is the number of tests that come back positive out of the total number of tests performed. The standard to ensure that enough testing is being done is a percent positivity of less than five. Eight individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
10 de diciembre, 2021

Informe sobre COVID-19:

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Página de vacunación del COVID-19  para primer y segunda dosis, refuerzos y para jóvenes

*Verifique que la clínica a la que acudirá tenga la vacuna que necesita.

El Hospital Valley View está organizando una clínica grande de vacunación para mayadores de 12 años el martes 14 de diciembre a 6 pm. Se require cita.

Disminuye el estado de vacunación del condado

El estado agregó las cifras de población de niños de cinco a 11 años al panel de control de la vacuna COVID.  Este cambio agregó 5.795 personas a la cantidad de personas elegibles para recibir la vacuna.  Esta adición de personas elegibles provocó que los porcentajes de vacunación de los condados disminuyeran.  El porcentaje de residentes del condado con una dosis es del 69.6 por ciento, frente al 75.8.  El porcentaje de personas actualizadas es 62.4 en comparación con 67.3.

Refuerzos aprobados para adolescentes de 16 a 17 años

El Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por siglas en inglés) oficialmente ampliaron recomendaciones para refuerzos de Pfizer para mayores de 16 años para ayudar a ampliar y fortalecer la protección contra el omicron y otras variantes. Aquellos que son elegibles deben recibir su dosis de refuerzo lo antes posible y antes de las reuniones festivas. Se necesitan dos semanas para que una dosis de refuerzo genere la máxima protección.

Hospitalizaciones y positividad a la prueba

El departamento de salud está monitoreando un aumento en tasas de positividad en las pruebas de siete y 14 días que en ocasiones han excedido el 10 por ciento.  Este es el número de pruebas que dan positivo del número total de pruebas realizadas.  El estándar para garantizar que se realicen suficientes pruebas es un porcentaje de positividad de menos de cinco.  Las hospitalizaciones han disminuido levemente con cuatro personas actualmente hospitalizadas.

Garfield County COVID-19 update