CDPHE: Colorado pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after joint FDA and CDC announcement

In response to the joint CDC and FDA announcement and out of an abundance of caution, today the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Joint Vaccine Task Force are alerting providers to temporarily pause use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. 

Federal health officials recommended temporarily suspending use of the vaccine after reviewing reports of six individuals in the U.S. who got rare and severe blood clots after receiving the vaccine. The federal government is allowing states to determine whether to pause use, and CDPHE is requiring providers to stop administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until additional information becomes available. One of the reasons the FDA and CDC are recommending this pause is to ensure health care providers are aware of these potential but rare adverse events and can respond accordingly. The treatment for these types of blood clots is not the common treatment and thus time is needed to make sure healthcare providers know how to recognize and treat these rare occurrences. 

COVID-19 vaccine safety and the health and safety of all Coloradans is a top priority. These adverse events appear to be extremely rare. Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine more than a month ago are at very low risk of serious side effects. Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine within the last three weeks and who develops severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath should contact their health care provider. These symptoms are different from the flu-like symptoms people may experience after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Healthcare providers should report any adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

“In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given,” the FDA and CDC stated in a joint statement.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday, April 14, to further review the cases and assess their potential significance, and the Food and Drug Administration will continue to investigate. The state will share additional information on how this affects Coloradans as soon as it becomes available. 

The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine makes up only a small portion of Colorado’s weekly vaccine allocation. This week, for example, the state’s Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) allocation is 9,700, compared to nearly 280,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna the state expects to receive this week. Most vaccine clinics will not be significantly affected. 

Anyone scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine will either receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, or the vaccine provider will contact them to reschedule their appointment once FDA and CDC release additional information. 

The state’s mobile vaccination buses, which have been administering only the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, are canceled today and Wednesday. More information will be provided when it becomes available. 

Providers who already have a Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine supply should keep it and continue to maintain proper storage

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

CDPHE: Colorado pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after joint FDA and CDC announcement

CDPHE: State adds percentage of residents vaccinated by county to vaccine data dashboard

The state has updated its COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard to reflect the percentage of residents at least partially vaccinated or fully vaccinated by county. This new data supplements current county level data regarding doses distributed and doses administered to provide a more comprehensive snapshot of vaccination progress by county.

The two new data tabs and their definitions are:

1+ Vaccination Rate: the percentage of people who have received at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people who have received at least one dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. If an individual has received more than one dose, they will also be counted in the Up-to-Date Vaccination Rate. This data is based on the immunized person’s county of residence as listed in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).

Up-to-Date Vaccination Rate: the percentage of people who have received at least two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or who have received at least one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. Any individual with a second dose administered on a different day than the initial dose will be counted as receiving two doses. These individuals are also counted in the 1+ Vaccination Rate data. This data is based on the immunized person’s county of residence as listed in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). 

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

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El estado añade porcentaje de residentes vacunados por condado, al tablero de datos de vacunas

REMOTO, (8 de abril de 2021): Hoy, el estado actualizó su tablero de datos de vacunas del COVID-19 para reflejar el porcentaje de residentes por condado que al menos fueron parcialmente vacunados o fueron completamente vacunados. Estos datos nuevos complementan los datos  actuales  de los condados con respecto a dosis distribuidas y dosis administradas para proveer un resumen más comprensible del progreso de vacunación por condado. 

Los dos tabuladores nuevos de datos y sus definiciones son:

1+ Índice de Vacunación: el porcentaje de personas que han recibido al menos una dosis de cualquiera de las vacunas contra el COVID-19. Esto incluye personas que han recibido al menos una dosis de las vacunas Pfizer, Moderna, o Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Si un individuo ha recibido más de una dosis, será contado en el Índice de Vacunación Actual. Estos datos están basados en el condado de residencia de la persona inmunizada según está inscrito en el Sistema de Información de Inmunización de Colorado (CIIS, según sus siglas en inglés). 

Resumen Actualizado de Vacunación: el porcentaje de personas que han recibido al menos dos dosis de la vacuna Pfizer o de Moderna, o que han recibido al menos una dosis de la vacuna Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Cualquier individuo que haya sido administrado con una segunda dosis en un día diferente a la dosis inicial será contado como si hubiera recibido dos dosis. Estos individuos también serán contados en el 1+ Índice de Vacunación. Estos datos están basados en el condado de residencia de la persona inmunizada según está registrado en el  Sistema de Información de Inmunización de Colorado (CIIS, según sus siglas en inglés). 

Continúe manteniéndose al día visitando covid19.colorado.gov

CDPHE: State adds percentage of residents vaccinated by county to vaccine data dashboard

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office temporarily closed to public

CONTACT:
Sheriff Lou Vallario
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
107 8th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-0453 x1022
Email: lvallario@garcosheriff.com

IMPORTANT: Please direct any media requests to the contact above. Do not contact the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center or Patrol staff for media requests. 

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office / Detention Facility have led to the temporary closure of services to the public at our Glenwood Springs location.

As of the time of this release, 4 Detentions Staff Members and 17 inmates have tested positive.  Those inmates were all housed within the same pod/area in the jail and are now in quarantine; separate from other inmates and staff.  Of the current positive inmates, 5 are symptomatic with low grade symptoms and being cared for in-house by Correctional Health Partners.  

As far as services to the public, all normal office services such as fingerprinting, records requests, VIN inspections, etc., will still be provided at our Rifle Annex location. 

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the local County Health Department and the CDPHE to mitigate this outbreak.  CDHPE will be sending out their Rapid Response Team to facilitate testing of all inmates and staff members based at the Glenwood Office & Jail. 

All inquiries should go directly to Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario at the contact number or email above and not general staff. 

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office temporarily closed to public

Roaring Fork Schools: BMS transitions 8th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Basalt Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. Families of students who may have been exposed and need to quarantine have been contacted directly. The entire 8th grade class will begin distance learning with online classes starting immediately on Friday, April 9 and continuing through Monday, April 12. Students will return to in-person classes on Tuesday, April 13. Sports practices and games are canceled April 8 and 9 and resume Monday, April 12 after 3:15pm.

The affected areas in the school will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to the return of non-impacted students and staff. Students in grades 5-7 will remain in normal session.

Roaring Fork Schools: BMS transitions 8th grade to distance learning

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for April 8, 2021

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 4/8/2021

Number of individuals tested: 7,499
Positive results: 1,188
Pending results: 18
New positives since 4/6/21: 2
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 46
Patients transferred: 12
Patients discharged: 34

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

Vaccine Update: When vaccine is available, GRH is vaccinating the general public ages 16+.  To know when COVID-19 vaccines become available, please watch the Grand River Health Facebook page and sign up for email alerts on the Grand River Health website at www.grandriverhealth.org.  There are no walk ins at this time. All vaccinations will be done by appointment only. We appreciate the community’s patience.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility (no gators, bandanas or buffs please).

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for April 8, 2021

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 4/8/21

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 24,657
Positive results: 2,012
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 244
Admitted patients discharged: 220

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

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis extended an executive order temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes concerning criminal justice. 

The governor amended an executive order related to the temporary suspension of certain statutes to increase the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminate cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. The amendments continue statutory suspensions  for cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees and direct and indirect health care services costs, while allowing the other provisions to expire.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

CDPHE: COVID-19 P.1 variant detected in Colorado

The Centers for Disease Control and Response (CDC) have notified the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) of its first COVID-19 P.1 variant cases (2) in Colorado. Public health officials originally identified the P.1 variant among travelers from Brazil arriving in Japan. This is the first detection of P.1 in the state, but to date 289 cases have been identified across 25 jurisdictions in the U.S. The variant cases are residents of Boulder county. Prior travel history for both individuals is unknown at this time. CDPHE is investigating possible exposures and performing contact tracing to determine if the variant virus has spread to others. Boulder County Public Health is working closely with CDPHE to provide local support if needed or requested. 

Coloradans should continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing, wash their hands frequently, and get vaccinated when it is their turn. These are our best tools for preventing the spread of this virus, no matter the strain. Early research suggests that the currently authorized vaccines are effective against known variants, though perhaps to varying degrees depending on the strain. Experts stress that getting vaccinated can provide significant protection against transmission and severe illness from COVID-19. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov. All detected variants in Colorado are listed on the data dashboard and the CDC has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 variants.

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CDPHE: Se detectó la variante P.1 del COVID-19 en Colorado

REMOTO, (6 de abril de 2021): Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) han notificado al Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre sus primeros (2) casos de la variante P.1 del COVID-19 en Colorado. Los funcionarios de salud pública identificaron originalmente la variante P.1 entre personas viajando desde Brasil hacia Japón. Esta es la primera detección de P.1 en el estado, pero hasta la fecha se han identificado 289 casos en 25 jurisdicciones en los EE.UU. Los casos de la variante son residentes del condado Boulder. Por ahora se desconoce el historial de viaje de ambas personas. El CDPHE está investigando las posibles exposiciones y realizando rastreo de contactos para determinar si la variante del virus se ha propagado a otras personas. La agencia de Salud Pública del Condado Boulder está trabajando de cerca con el CDPHE para brindar apoyo local, si es necesario o solicitado. 

Los habitantes de Colorado deben continuar usando tapabocas, practicar el distanciamiento físico, lavarse las manos con frecuencia y vacunarse cuando sea su turno. Estas son nuestras mejores herramientas para prevenir la propagación de este virus, sin importar la cepa. Las primeras investigaciones sugieren que las vacunas actualmente autorizadas son eficaces contra las variantes conocidas, aunque quizás en diferentes grados dependiendo de la cepa. Los expertos enfatizan que vacunarse puede proporcionar una protección significativa contra la transmisión y la enfermedad grave del COVID-19. 

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov. Todas las variantes detectadas en Colorado aparecen en el tablero de datos y los CDC tienen un sitio web dedicado a las variantes del COVID-19.

CDPHE: COVID-19 P.1 variant detected in Colorado

CDPHE: State updates public health order

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amended public health order that provides updates to the COVID-19 dial framework.

Some key changes include:

  • Clarifying that 6 feet distancing from non-household members remains required in Level Green.
  • Specifying that only unseated, rather than seated, Indoor Events are subject to the 50% capacity limit not to exceed 500 people in Level Green.
  • Authorizing counties in Level Green to determine masks requirements as authorized in Executive Order D 2021 079.
  • Authorizing seated Indoor Events in Level Green to operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet distancing, allowing seating of up to 10 people together including non-household members, and requiring organizers or operators of any such events that exceed 500 people to consult with CDPHE.
  • Updating to allow seated Indoor Events in Level Blue to seat up to 10 people together including non-household members, and require organizers or operators of any such events that exceed 500 people to consult with CDPHE.
  • Clarifying that Bars in Level Blue may operate and are not required to sell or provide food.
  • Removing the prohibition on dance floors and games in Restaurants and Bars.

Read a full summary of changes, and review the updated capacity charts in English and Spanish

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

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El Estado actualiza orden de salud pública 

REMOTO, (5 de abril de 2021): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) publicó una orden de salud pública modificada que proporciona actualizaciones para el Sistema de Indicadores del COVID-19.

Algunos cambios clave incluyen:

  • Aclarar que el distanciamiento de 6 pies entre miembros que no son de una misma vivienda sigue siendo requerido en el Nivel Verde.
  • Especificar que solamente los Eventos en Ambientes Cerrados sin asientos, en lugar de con asientos, están sujetos al límite de capacidad del 50% sin exceder 500 personas en el Nivel Verde.
  • Autorizar a los condados en el Nivel Verde a determinar los requisitos del uso de tapabocas, tal como se autoriza en la Orden Ejecutiva D 2021 079.
  • Autorizar que los Eventos en Ambientes Cerrados con asientos en el Nivel Verde operen al 100% de su capacidad con un distanciamiento de 6 pies, permitiendo que se sienten hasta 10 personas juntas, incluyendo a personas que no son miembros de una misma vivienda, y se exige que los organizadores u operadores de cualquier evento de este tipo que exceda las 500 personas consulten con el CDPHE.
  • Actualizar para permitir que en los Eventos en Ambientes Cerrados con asientos en el Nivel Azul se puedan sentar hasta 10 personas juntas, incluyendo a personas que no son miembros de una misma vivienda, y se exige que los organizadores u operadores de cualquier evento de este tipo que supere las 500 personas consulten con el CDPHE.
  • Aclarar que los bares en el Nivel Azul pueden operar, y no están obligados a vender o proporcionar comida.
  • Eliminar la prohibición de las pistas de baile y los juegos en los restaurantes y bares.

Lea un resumen completo de los cambios y revise las tablas de capacidad actualizadas en inglés y español. Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State updates public health order

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 4/6/21
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 24,474
Positive results: 1,997
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 243
Admitted patients discharged: 220

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