Storm delays, case decreases, possible dial shift
Vaccine clinics rescheduled due to storm
Last week’s storm disrupted vaccine clinics across the nation and at Valley View and Grand River Health hospitals. Last week’s clinics have been rescheduled for this week. Despite last week’s delay, one in six Garfield County residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and one in 13 are fully vaccinated with two doses.
Theories on why COVID numbers are decreasing
While experts do not fully know why COVID numbers are decreasing, there are a few potential factors that could be contributing.
Across the nation and in Garfield County, numbers are declining. Experts at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE), whose modeling of the virus has been used across the country, believe that vaccinations and seasonality are two possible reasons for the declines. Another theory is that cases are not being found because of a decrease in testing. The county has seen close to a 50% decrease in the number of tests performed from January to February. However, people who are not feeling ill with symptoms are unlikely to seek testing.
Others speculate that those infected in the earlier part of winter may be in a period of natural immunity. While there is much that experts still do not understand about the novel coronavirus, it stands that residents need to remain vigilant with preventive behaviors and get vaccinated when it is their turn, and the vaccine becomes available.
Dial change possible
Public Health is reviewing numbers with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to determine if Garfield County is eligible to move from Level Yellow to Level Blue. Due to weather-related delays from COVID testing labs located outside of the state, the department is waiting on data before it is able to provide confirmation. Follow-up information is anticipated by mid-week. Restrictions under Level Yellow do not vary dramatically from Level Blue; however, the health department will provide an outline of those changes.
5 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant in Garfield County as of 2-19-21
1 confirmed case of L452R (CA) variant as of 2-19-21
Garfield County is vaccinating adults 65 and older. A list of providers offering vaccination can be found on the county vaccine page. Those 65+ having difficulty making an appointment can call 970-665-6371. School staff are also being vaccinated and should work with/contact their employers.
The state has indicated that it will move on to the next vaccination phase in mid-March. Further details around what this process looks like for Garfield County will be available in the coming weeks.
CURRENT STATS – these come from Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, CDPHE
|Geographic area||Total cases||Currently hospitalized||Deaths||Recovered|
|Global||111,325,590||Not Available (N/A)||2,465,361||62,798,998|
|Garfield County||5,143||N/A||37 Confirmed||N/A|
|2 Under Investigation|
*This number represents patients discharged in the state
Cases since last week
- Garfield County continues to see a decline in cases.
- 55 cases added from 2/15 – 2/21, for a rolling average of 7.9 cases added per day
- Declining cases provided the state an opportunity to clean up backlogged data. As a result, 21 cases were added to the overall case count that occurred in earlier reporting periods.
- 37 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths
- 2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19
- 2 deaths under investigation
- 0 new death reported since last week
STATE DIAL INFORMATION (2/15 – 2/21)
Hospitalizations, days with stable or declining hospitalizations (previous 14 days):
Test positivity, two-week period:
*Garfield County is below the 5% benchmark. However, seeing an increase in test positivity could be an early indicator that cases might increase, too.
|Valley View||Grand River Health||Mountain Family Health Center||Garfield County Public Health||Long Term Care Facilities||Totals|
|2nd Dose/fully vaccinated||2,959||1,080||2||588||4,629|
|70+ fully vaccinated||1,425||700||2,125|
|65-69 yrs. fully vaccinated||92||38||130|
*Numbers are from reporting agencies. There may be other entities administering vaccine that do not report to Garfield County.