CDPHE: Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial 2.0 goes into effect Saturday, February 6

After meeting with local public health agencies, county commissioners, mayors, and city managers, as well as taking feedback via a public web form, the state will introduce a new version of the dial tool. Dial 2.0 will go into effect Saturday, February 6 at 9 a.m. and counties will be moved to the appropriate level on Dial 2.0. The dial is a tool that allows Colorado to balance the ongoing need to contain the COVID-19 virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic. 

“Dial 2.0 is designed so that counties can swiftly move into more restrictive levels when their numbers go up, and more quickly into recovery when their numbers go down,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, CDPHE Executive Director. “Input from our partners helped us tailor the new dial to best serve the needs of Coloradans at the local level. Since the dial’s last major change in November, Colorado has begun distributing COVID-19 vaccines throughout the state. More people now have immunity to COVID-19, including people over 70 and frontline health care workers. This relieves the strain on our hospital system.” 

Given the level of vaccinations occuring and decreasing COVID-19 rates, the range of incidence metrics  in Dial 2.0 better reflect a balance between disease suppression and economic activity. Additionally, instead of looking at the numbers over a 14-day period, Dial 2.0 will consider metrics within a 7-day period — making the dial more responsive and flexible.

The new metrics for Dial 2.0 are as follows: 

  • Counties in Level Green must now have no more than 15 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in one week OR a comparable number cases in counties with under 20,000 people.
  • Counties in Level Blue must now have between 15 and 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in one week.
  • Counties in Level Yellow must now have between 100 and 300 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in one week. The rate of positive tests must be no more than 7.5%.
  • Counties in Level Orange must now have between 300 and 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in one week. The rate of positive tests must be no more than 10%.
  • Counties in Level Red will now have more than 501 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in one week. At this level, hospital system capacity is constrained, and state assistance is requested for patient transport or staff augmentation.
  • In counties at Level Purple, statewide hospital capacity risks being breached and crisis standards of care are approaching.

School settings do not change in Dial 2.0. Capacity limits remain the same, with the exception of restaurants in Level Yellow, which may now have up to 150 people when using the social distancing calculator — up from 100 people with the calculator. 

Five star businesses are still allowed to operate one level lower on the dial, except they may not operate in Protect Our Neighbors unless the county is formally in Protect Our Neighbors. Because caution is still a priority, counties in Yellow with a 5 Star Business Program may only operate in Blue once 70% of 70-year-olds are vaccinated with at least one dose, expected to happen by the end of the month.

As more and more Coloradans get vaccinated, the state will revisit the dial and expect to have a draft of Dial 3.0 in the spring. CDPHE will seek input for this evolution and again for another update this summer.

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

CDPHE: Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial 2.0 goes into effect Saturday, February 6

CDPHE: COVID-19 variant cases remain low; residential care visitation guidelines to be closely monitored

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) officials are closely monitoring visitation guidelines for residential care facilities as the number B 1.1.7 variant cases have remained a small percentage of overall  COVID-19 instances in the state. Current case totals can be viewed  in the case summary snapshot on the COVID-19 data dashboard.

“Since discovering the strain through residential facility testing, our State lab has been routinely screening for the B 1.1.7 variant with a well-established genome sequencing program to characterize mutations using a number of advanced molecular detection techniques,” said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer for CDPHE. “We are pleased these variant cases have remained low, and as residents and healthcare personnel become fully vaccinated, further guidance considerations will be taken.” 

Visitation guidelines for skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, intermediate care facilities, and group homes are outlined in Public Health Order 20-20.  Mandatory visitation requirements for residential care facilities can be found here.  

Coloradans can protect themselves from the B.1.1.7 variant in the same ways they can protect themselves from the prominent SARS-CoV-2 strain by following public health protocols– hand washing, mask wearing, physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings. Quarantine guidance for those exposed to the variant is more strict.

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

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Casos de la variante del COVID-19 aún siguen bajos; las directrices para las visitas en centros de cuidado residencial serán monitoreadas de cerca

Remoto, 1 de febrero, 2021: Los funcionarios del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) están monitoreando de cerca a las directrices para las visitas en los centros de cuidados residenciales,  la cantidad de casos de la variante B.1.1.7 continúan en un porcentaje bajo en comparación al total de casos del COVID-19 dentro del estado. El total de casos se puede ver en el resumen de casos en el tablero de datos de COVID-19.

“Desde que descubrimos la nueva variante a través de pruebas de detección dentro de los centros de cuidado residencial, nuestro laboratorio estatal ha estado haciendo pruebas de forma rutinaria para detectar la variante de B.1.1.7 mediante un programa reconocido de secuenciación del genoma, se puede identificar a características de mutaciones usando técnicas avanzadas de detección molecular”, dijo Dr. Eric France, director médico del CDPHE. “ Estamos contentos que la cantidad de casos de la variante sigue bajo, y a medida que los residentes y empleados de cuidado médico se vacunan, más directrices serán aplicadas”.

Las directrices para visitas en los centros de enfermería, centros de cuidado residencial, centros de cuidado intermedio y centros de cuidado grupal están disponibles en la Orden de Salud Pública 20-20. Los requerimientos obligatorios para los centros de cuidado residencial se pueden encontrar aquí.

Los habitantes de Colorado se pueden proteger de la variante B.1.1.7 de la misma manera que se pueden cuidar de la variante predominante SAR-CoV-2 al seguir con los protocolos de salud pública — lavarse las manos, usar tapabocas, mantener la distancia física y evitar reuniones. Directrices para realizar cuarentena para aquellas personas que han sido expuestas a la variante son más estrictas. 

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: COVID-19 variant cases remain low; residential care visitation guidelines to be closely monitored

CDPHE adding past-dated test results into the electronic laboratory reporting system

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) added more than 22,000 past-dated test events to the state’s data dashboard today. This update includes both positive and negative cases. 

The breakdown of additional test results are:

  • 9,000 past-dated test events from a lab newly-onboarded into the electronic reporting system (ELR). The test results date back to April 2020 and include 221 previously-unreported positive cases. Transitioning labs from manual data submission to the ELR platform improves data reporting for the pandemic response.
  • Due to technical issues with their connection to the ELR, a testing location in Denver added 13,758 test events on Jan. 28. The tests date back over the last three weeks and included 241 previously-unreported positive cases. The connection to ELR has since been fixed.

The impact of the test backlogs on state- and county-level positivity is minimal. Daily state positivity shifted by at most 1.12 percentage points after the addition of the tests, decreasing from 21.3% to 22.4% on April 24, 2020 specifically. All other shifts in daily state positivity were less than 1%. In the most recent two weeks (Jan. 19-Jan. 28, 2021), state-level daily positivity changed by at most 0.2%. 14-day average county-level positivity for the most recent two week period differed by at most 0.1%, increasing to 7.5% from 7.4% in San Miguel county. All other impacts on county-level 14-day average positivity were less than 0.1%. 

When past-dated test results and cases are transferred into ELR or the Colorado Electronic Disease Reporting System (CEDRS), they are added corresponding to the day the positive test result was known. This ensures past test results and cases older than the past 14 days are not included in current positivity and incidence calculations, including the incidence and positivity dial metrics.

There are hundreds of labs and providers reporting test results either directly into ELR or through electronic submission to CDPHE where those results are then transferred into ELR. It’s not unexpected that we will occasionally see a backlog of cases that may come in all at once from one lab. This could be due to us onboarding a new user into the system, or because a reporting error occurred in the system. 

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

CDPHE adding past-dated test results into the electronic laboratory reporting system

CDPHE requests feedback on proposed “Dial 2.0” update

Feedback due by Feb. 1

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on draft changes to the state’s current dial framework, a tool that allows Colorado to balance the ongoing need to contain the COVID-19 virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic.

The state has met with several groups including local public health agencies, county commissioners, mayors, and city managers to discuss potential changes to the dial, focused on making the dial framework more responsive to local conditions, accounting for the benefits to hospital capacity from the vaccination of people over age 70 and frontline healthcare workers, and providing the ability to better balance disease suppression with economic hardship due to increasing vaccinations and decreasing disease rates. 

“Coloradans have made significant sacrifices to reduce disease transmission, so it is time to update the dial to reflect this reality, plus the increasing number of people who are immunized,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, CDPHE Executive Director. “This updated proposal is based on Colorado’s disease and vaccination rates, plus input from local public health agencies and local governments, and we are seeking the public’s help to refine it further.”

“The dial has been a useful tool in helping us to manage our response to the pandemic, but it needs to be updated based on lessons learned over the past five months,” said Dr. John Douglas, Executive Director of Tri County Health Department. “We appreciate the collaboration between CDPHE and local public health agencies in considering these updates together.”

Draft changes include:

  • An increase in the range of incidence metrics for all colors to better balance disease suppression with economic hardship, while preventing a breach in hospital capacity.  
  • Moving to a 7-day metric of incidence rate, percent positivity of testing, and hospitalizations instead of a 14-day metric to more quickly respond to local conditions 
  • Decreasing the metric requirement for testing positivity rates in the yellow and orange levels to continue to promote testing as an important disease containment strategy.
  • Special consideration from CDPHE for counties under 20,000 population to determine the level on the dial, accounting for weekly variability in the percent positivity of tests and disease incidence rates.

Increased vaccine distribution and decreasing disease prevalence are allowing Colorado to continue opening more of the economy while saving lives with an updated “Dial 2.0” to reflect the current state of the pandemic.

Coloradans can review the draft and submit feedback with this form after reviewing all the draft changes. The deadline for providing feedback is Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. CDPHE will update the draft based on stakeholder feedback. The final guidelines will be available shortly after the comment period.

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

CDPHE requests feedback on proposed “Dial 2.0” update

Gov. Polis announces update on COVID-19 vaccine

Colorado one of the top states in the country when it comes to administering the vaccine

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and announced the State’s move to begin vaccinating Coloradans ages 65 and older, as well as Colorado PreK-12 educators. Governor Polis was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman, Director of Joint Staff, Colorado National Guard; and Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. 

“This process is about saving lives and ending the crisis as quickly as possible. Colorado has made remarkable progress towards vaccinating a majority of Coloradans ages 70 and older who account for 78% of COVID deaths. Given the progress we have made together as a state and community, Colorado will be ready to begin vaccinating anyone aged 65 and up on February 8th, and also start vaccinating educators and child care workers, ” said Governor Polis. 

Governor Polis thanked General Sherman, Incident Commander Bookman and their teams, the state’s entire COVID Response team, and the staff at CDPHE who have gone above and beyond to ensure that Colorado is in the best position to succeed in beating back this virus. 

Beginning February 8, providers will be able to vaccinate anyone 65 and over, including continuing to prioritize those that are 70 and over who have not yet received a vaccine. Colorado’s PreK-12 educators will also be eligible to receive the vaccine on February 8. Educators should reach out to their employers to sign up for the vaccine.

Governor Polis also announced that the State estimates that close to March 5, frontline workers and Coloradans ages 16-64 with two or more high-risk conditions will also be eligible to receive the vaccine. It’s also projected that Coloradans ages 60 and up will also be able to start receiving the vaccine around March 5. 

More information about Colorado’s efforts to vaccinate all Coloradans can be found at covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). 

The state continues to encourage all Coloradans to do what we know works to prevent the spread of this virus: wear a mask in public, practice physical distancing, wash your hands regularly and avoid large gatherings. 

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Gov. Polis announces update on COVID-19 vaccine

El estado publica el tablero de datos de la vacuna en Colorado en español

Hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) publicó el tablero de datos de la vacuna en español. El tablero de datos de Colorado ayuda al público, además de las agencias locales de salud pública y los gobiernos para que puedan conocer cuántas personas han recibido la vacuna contra el COVID-19 y cuántos proveedores de salud actualmente están administrando la vacuna en el estado. El tablero mejora la transparencia al brindar métricas claves durante la pandemia, que incluye a la administración de la vacuna según raza/etnicidad, grupos de edades y sexo. 

“El CDPHE está comprometido a la transparencia y el empoderamiento del público y nuestros socios a través del acceso a datos actualizados y precisos del COVID-19”, dijo Jill Hunsaker Ryan, directora ejecutiva del CDPHE. “ A lo largo de esta pandemia, hemos estado comprometidos a brindar información importante en español para asegurar que sea más accesible a más habitantes de Colorado”. 

“CDPHE is committed to transparency and empowering the public and our partners through access to accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 data,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been committed to providing key information in Spanish to ensure it is accessible to more Coloradans.”

Al igual que el tablero de datos de la vacuna en inglés, el tablero en español será actualizado diariamente a las 4 p.m. con la información más reciente de vacunación. 

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

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State launches Colorado’s vaccine data dashboard in Spanish

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) launched its vaccine data dashboard in Spanish today. Colorado’s vaccine dashboard helps the public, as well as local public health agencies and governments learn about how many people have received a COVID-19 vaccine and how many health care providers are currently administering vaccines throughout the state. The data dashboard enhances transparency by providing key metrics during the pandemic, including vaccine administration by race/ethnicity, age group, and sex.

“CDPHE is committed to transparency and empowering the public and our partners through access to accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 data,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been committed to providing key information in Spanish to ensure it is accessible to more Coloradans.”

Like the English vaccine dashboard, the Spanish dashboard will be updated daily at 4 p.m. with the latest vaccination data.

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

El estado publica el tablero de datos de la vacuna en Colorado en español

CDPHE approves Garfield County 5 Star Business Certification Program contingent on metric eligibility

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Garfield County 5 Star Program Administrative Committee’s application to implement a 5 Star certified business variance program in the county has been approved, contingent on metric eligibility, by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

A contingent approval letter from CDPHE on January 27 states, “Garfield County meets the percent positivity and hospitalization metric criteria for this program; but has not met the incidence rate metric criteria. Once the county meets a two-week cumulative incidence rate of less than 350/100,000 population and sustains it for 7 consecutive days, CDPHE will confirm with you that the program is approved to proceed, and certified businesses are permitted to operate at reduced restrictions.”

The state’s 5 Star program requires businesses certified through the program to implement safety measures beyond what is required by public health orders and guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. By adding additional safety measures, these certified businesses can expand operations. To learn more about the Garfield County 5 Star Program, and to view the 5 Star certification checklist, visit garfield-county.com/public-health/5-star.

The State of Colorado moved Garfield County into Level Orange, based on the COVID-19 dial framework, on Monday, January 4. This was in recognition of downward trends in statewide case numbers and the economic strain associated with Level Red restrictions. However, Garfield County is not yet meeting Level Orange metrics, and therefore, even if businesses were to become 5 Star certified through the program, they would need to continue operating at Level Orange. To move from one level to the next less restrictive level, the county metrics must meet or exceed that next level for at least 7 days.

Although Garfield County does not yet meet metric requirements, businesses located within Garfield County that are interested in becoming 5 Star certified are encouraged to visit garfield-county.com/public-health/5-star to review program requirements and fill out the application. Business representatives will be contacted to set up a time for a certification inspection when the county meets a two-week cumulative incidence rate of less than 350/100,000 population and sustains it for 7 consecutive days. Once these metrics are achieved, the certified businesses will be able to operate at Level Yellow restrictions, or 50 percent capacity.  

The program is completely voluntary for businesses and will be offered to restaurants first. There is no cost for businesses to participate in the program. As the program successfully rolls out and COVID-19 numbers continue to decline, additional business sectors will become eligible for certification. The 5 Star program can remain in operation as long as public health guidelines and protocols are followed to help keep COVID-19 case numbers from expanding.

The administrative committee is comprised of one volunteer representative from each of the following: Garfield County Public Health, Town of Carbondale, City of Glenwood Springs, Town of New Castle, Town of Silt, City of Rifle, Town of Parachute, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, New Castle Chamber of Commerce and Western Garfield County Chamber of Commerce.

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CDPHE aprueba el programa de certificación empresarial 5 estrellas del Condado Garfield dependiendo de elegibilidad métrica

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – La solicitud del Comité Administrativo del Programa 5 Estrellas del Condado Garfield para implementar el programa de certificación 5 estrellas de variación a negocios en el condado ha sido aprobada, dependiendo de elegibilidad métrica, por el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés).

Una carta de aprobación provisional de CDPHE del 27 de enero dice: “El Condado Garfield cumple con los criterios de métrica de porcentaje de positividad y hospitalización para este programa; pero no ha cumplido con los criterios métricos de tasa de incidencia. Una vez que el condado cumpla con una tasa de incidencia acumulada de dos semanas de menos de 350/100,000 habitantes y la mantenga durante 7 días consecutivos, el CDPHE confirmará con usted que el programa está aprobado para continuar y que negocios certificados puedan operar con restricciones mínimas. “

El programa 5 estrellas del estado requiere que negocios certificados a través del programa implementen medidas de seguridad más allá de las que exigen las órdenes y guías de salud pública para frenar la propagación del COVID-19. Al agregar medidas de seguridad adicionales, estos negocios certificados pueden expandir sus operaciones. Para más información sobre el Programa 5 estrellas del Condado Garfield y para ver la lista de certificación de 5 estrellas, visite garfield-county.com/public-health/5-star.

El estado de Colorado trasladó al Condado Garfield al Nivel Naranja, según el cuadro del marcador COVID-19, el lunes 4 de enero. Esto fue en reconocimiento de las tendencias a la baja en el número de casos en todo el estado y la tensión económica asociada con las restricciones del Nivel Rojo. Sin embargo, el Condado Garfield aún no está cumpliendo con las métricas del nivel naranja y, por lo tanto, aunque las empresas obtuvieran la certificación 5 estrellas a través del programa, tendrían que continuar operando bajo el nivel naranja. Para pasar de un nivel al siguiente nivel menos restrictivo, las métricas del condado deben alcanzar o superar el siguiente nivel durante al menos 7 días.

Aunque el Condado Garfield aún no cumple con los requisitos de métricas, se recomienda a negocios ubicados dentro del Condado Garfield que estén interesadas en obtener la certificación 5 estrellas a visitar garfield-county.com/public-health/5-star para ver los requisitos del programa y llenar la solicitud. Se contactará a representantes del negocio para establecer un horario para una inspección de certificación cuando el condado cumpla con una tasa de incidencia acumulada de dos semanas de menos de 350/100,000 habitantes y la mantenga durante 7 días consecutivos. Una vez que se logren estas métricas, las empresas certificadas podrán operar con restricciones a Nivel Amarillo, o al 50 por ciento de su capacidad.    

El programa es completamente voluntario para negocios y se ofrecerá primero a restaurantes. No hay ningún costo para que empresas participen en el programa. A medida que el programa se implemente con éxito y los números de COVID-19 continúen disminuyendo, los sectores comerciales adicionales serán elegibles para la certificación. El programa 5 estrellas puede permanecer en funcionamiento siempre que se sigan las guías y protocolos de salud pública para ayudar a evitar que aumente el número de casos de COVID-19.

El comité administrativo está compuesto por un representante voluntario de cada uno de los siguientes: Salud Pública del Condado Garfield, Ciudad de Carbondale, Ciudad de Glenwood Springs, Ciudad de New Castle, Ciudad de Silt, Ciudad de Rifle, Ciudad de Parachute, Cámara de Comercio de Carbondale, La Asociación de Resorts de la Cámara de Glenwood Springs, la Cámara de Comercio de New Castle y la Cámara de Comercio del Condado Garfield Occidental.

CDPHE approves Garfield County 5 Star Business Certification Program contingent on metric eligibility

CDPHE: Latest models indicate SARS-CoV-2 infections are decreasing, but estimates still say 1 in 115 Coloradans are currently infectious

Public health protocols and vaccinations will be critical, especially with the new B.1.1.7 variant

): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado School of Public Health(ColoradoSPH) are releasing an updated COVID-19 Regional Models report

According to the report, hospital demand and the number of reported cases continue to decline from the December peak, and the effective reproductive number is at 0.83. With this number below one, the epidemic is declining in Colorado; however, infections remain widespread. The estimated number of infectious people  has declined to approximately 1 in 115 – approximately the same as the April peak, but still almost 1% of Coloradans.

The ColoradoSPH modeling team has updated the model to examine the possible spread of the new variant (B.1.1.7) and also the consequences of vaccination. Based on the modeling results, the ColoradoSPH modeling team warns that “if the B.1.1.7 variant spreads as rapidly in Colorado as in the United Kingdom, high levels of transmission control and/or vaccination will be critical to avoiding another large surge in hospital demand.”

The latest modeling provides projections based on COVID-19 hospital census data through January 18, 2021. The models are based on Colorado data and assumptions grounded in the current state of the science.

Key findings from the reports:

  • The effective reproductive number is 0.83 indicating the number of new infections is declining. 
  • Infection prevalence remains high at 1 in 115 people estimated to be infectious as of January 18.
  • On the current trajectory, hospital demand and cases will continue to decline, but about three months are needed for hospital demand and infection prevalence to reach levels comparable to last summer.
  • Transmission control has dropped to 78% from 82% two weeks ago. The slowed decline in infections may be due to a holiday bump or changes in policy implemented in the new year.
  • If the B.1.1.7 variant spreads as rapidly in Colorado as in the United Kingdom, high levels of transmission control and/or vaccination will be critical to avoiding another large surge in hospital demand.
  • Scenarios incorporating vaccination show that in the near-term, the most cases and deaths will be prevented by keeping transmission control at high levels (~80%). The benefit of vaccination will increase as more and more Coloradans are vaccinated. 

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 the 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. 

All previous modeling reports are available on the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. 

The state will continue to review data and model findings as the pandemic continues to inform policy decisions. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: Latest models indicate SARS-CoV-2 infections are decreasing, but estimates still say 1 in 115 Coloradans are currently infectious

Colorado launches new COVID-19 vaccine hotline

Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched a new call center for the public to ask questions specifically about the COVID-19 vaccine. Now through the end of January, the vaccine call center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Beginning Feb. 1, hours will extend to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new toll-free number is 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Vaccine call center staff are trained to answer COVID-19 vaccine-related questions, provide information about vaccine providers across the state, and give general information about COVID-19. Fifty operators are available to answer calls and can provide information in multiple languages. Staffing will expand as call volume requires. 

The 1-877-CO VAX CO number is the go-to for vaccine-related questions for the general public, but they should continue using the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (COHELP) and 2-1-1 Colorado for general information about COVID-19, such as the number of cases in Colorado, the list of symptoms, or how you can protect yourself. 

COHELP can be reached Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. by dialing 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. 

2-1-1 Colorado Community Resource Navigators are available to help by phone, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or toll-free 866-760-6489, or by visiting 211Colorado.org. 

Right now, Colorado is in phase 1A and 1B above the dotted line of its vaccine distribution plan, which means frontline health care workers, first responders, and people age 70 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. Until the vaccine is widely available and used, and community immunity is achieved, it is important to continue taking precautions to slow the spread of the virus, like wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings, and practicing physical distancing. More information about Colorado’s vaccine efforts is available at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.

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

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Colorado lanza nueva línea directa para la vacunación contra el COVID-19

Hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado abrió un nuevo centro de atención para asistir al público con preguntas sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Desde ahora, hasta finales de enero, el centro de atención estará abierto de Lunes a Viernes de 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sábados y Domingos de 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. A partir del 1 de febrero, el horario de atención será de 24 horas, siete días a la semana. El nuevo número gratuito es 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Los empleados del centro de atención están capacitados para responder preguntas acerca de la vacuna contra el COVID-19, brindar información de proveedores en el estado y dar información general acerca del COVID-19. Hay 50 operadores disponibles para atender llamadas y pueden dar información en varios idiomas. El número de empleados se irá expandiendo a medida que la cantidad de llamadas recibidas lo exija. 

El número 1-877-COVAXCO es donde el público general debe acudir para preguntas acerca de la vacuna, pero aún deben seguir utilizando la línea directa Colorado Health de Emergencia para el Público (COHELP, por sus siglas en inglés) y 2-1-1 Colorado para información general del COVID-19, como por ejemplo el número de casos en Colorado, lista de síntomas o cómo puede protegerse. 

COHELP atiende de Lunes – Viernes, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sábado y Domingos, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. llamando al 303-389-1687 o 1-877-462-2911. 

Los Navegadores de los Recursos Comunitarios de Colorado 2-1-1 están disponibles a través del teléfono, Lunes – Viernes de 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. y pueden comunicarse al marcar 2-1-1 o la línea gratuita 866-760-6489 o ingresando a 211Colorado.org. 

Actualmente, Colorado está en la fase 1A y 1B del plan de distribución de la vacuna contra el COVID-19, lo que significa que el personal de atención médica de primera línea, el personal de primeros auxilios y las personas de 70+ años de edad son elegibles para recibir la vacuna. Hasta que la vacuna esté ampliamente disponible, utilizada y se logre una inmunidad colectiva; es importante que continuemos cumpliendo con las medidas de precaución para disminuir la propagación del virus, como utilizar un tapabocas, evitar reuniones grandes y mantener la distancia física. Más información acerca de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 en Colorado está disponible en covid19.colorado.gov/vacuna

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CDPHE: State adds new data metrics to vaccine dashboard

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that as of 4 p.m. today the vaccine data dashboard will include additional metrics. The dashboard will now include vaccine administration by race/ethnicity, age group, and sex.

The data available for race and ethnicity represents 78% of individuals receiving one or more doses because providers have not historically been required to report that data on all patients to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).

The state has now asked providers to collect race/ethnicity data when administering the vaccine, if the patient willingly gives the information. CDPHE will issue a public health order, providing further specificity about data collection as soon as next week. The goal of the data collection is to use it to inform an equitable vaccine distribution process and ensure accountability. 

“Our commitment to providing public information in the form of data continues, especially during this historic moment in the pandemic with limited supplies, as vaccines are distributed right off the conveyor belt. To be as equitable as possible, we must make decisions based on data and be intentional in assuring that no one is left behind. In time, everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one– regardless of their zip code, income, insurance status, or race and ethnicity,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director, CDPHE and Co-Chair of COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Taskforce.

“Equity doesn’t happen by accident. We have to be deliberate about achieving it. The Vaccine Equity Task Force and the administration as a whole are dedicated to equitably distributing the vaccine, and we’ve brought together the top equity and community experts in the state to get it done. This virus has disparately devastated our communities of color. This is our opportunity to get it right and get historically marginalized communities life saving vaccines,” said Rick Palacio, Strategic Advisor to Governor Jared Polis and Co-Chair of COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Taskforce.

The state has several strategies to achieve greater equity in vaccine distribution, acknowledging that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on historically marginalized populations. Some of the strategies include: 

  • Partnering with counties to host community clinics in Center, San Luis, Aurora, Pueblo, Alamosa, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Denver, Lake County, Clear Creek County, and Park County. The state will continue to plan more.
  • Establishing community partnerships with the goal of reaching communities of color. For example we have worked with Salud, an organization that operates 13 clinics in underserved communities around the state.
  • Coordinating with transportation providers to assist Coloradans with mobility barriers or without personal vehicles.
  • Ensuring that the ability to present a photo ID is not a barrier to getting vaccinated. 
  • Facilitating the Champions for Vaccine Equity program to provide information to communities of color about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, plus utilizing Promotoras, service providers, and crisis counselors to support vaccine literacy.
  • Running a vaccine media marketing campaign featuring medical professionals from diverse backgrounds and engaging influencers and local public health agencies to help get the word out to hard-to-reach communities. 
  • Having a goal of a community based clinic that has vaccines available in 50% of the top 50 census tracts for high density of low income and minority communities.
  • Establishing a COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Team to ensure we are meeting our goals.

The race/ethnicity categories in the data visualization align with those used by the U.S. Census, which is standard for intake forms used by healthcare providers. 

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El estado agregó nuevas métricas al tablero de datos de la vacuna

REMOTO, (22 de enero, 2021): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció que a partir de las 4 p.m. de hoy, el tablero de datos de la vacuna incluirá nuevas métricas. Ahora, el tablero tendrá información de la administración de la vacuna según raza/etnicidad, edad y sexo. 

Los datos disponibles de raza y etnicidad representan un 78% de las personas que recibieron una o más dosis, debido a que los proveedores no eran requeridos a reportar esta información de los pacientes al Sistema de Información de Inmunización (CIIS, por sus siglas en inglés). 

El estado le está pidiendo a los proveedores que guarden la información de raza/etnicidad al administrar las vacunas, si es que el paciente da consentimiento para compartir esta información. El CDPHE publicará una orden de salud pública, tan pronto como la semana que viene, que dará más información acerca de la recolección de datos. El objetivo de esto es utilizar esta información para poder asegurar un proceso de vacunación equitativo y asegurar la responsabilidad.

“Nuestro compromiso de proveer información del público a través de datos continúa, especialmente durante este momento histórico durante la pandemia y los recursos limitados, las vacunas están siendo distribuidas inmediatamente después de su producción. Para ser lo más equitativo posible, debemos tomar decisiones basadas en los datos y asegurar que nadie es excluido. En su momento, todas aquellas personas que quieran una vacuna, podrán obtenerla–  sin importar su código postal, ingreso, con o sin seguro médico, raza o etnicidad”, dijo Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Directora Ejecutiva del CDPHE y Copresidenta del Equipo de Equidad de la vacuna contra el COVID-19.

“La equidad no ocurre por accidente. Debemos reflexionar acerca de cómo lograrlo. El Equipo de Equidad de la Vacuna y la administración, en su conjunto, están dedicados a distribuir la vacuna equitativamente y hemos reunido a los mejores expertos de equidad y comunidad dentro del estado para lograrlo. Este virus ha devastado a nuestras comunidades de color de manera desigual. Esta es nuestra oportunidad de hacer las cosas de la manera correcta y brindarle a estas comunidades marginadas esta vacuna vital”, dijo Rick Palacio, Consejero Estratégico del Gobernador Jared Polis y Co-presidente del Equipo de Equidad de la vacuna contra el COVID-19.

El estado tiene varias estrategias para poder lograr una equidad mayor de la distribución de la vacuna, reconociendo que la pandemia ha tenido efectos desproporcionados en estas comunidades históricamente marginadas. Algunas de las estrategias son:

  • Asociaciándonos con condados para brindar clínicas comunitarias en los condados San Luis, Aurora, Pueblo, Alamosa, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Denver, Lake County, Clear Creek County, y Park. El estado continuará planeando más clínicas.
  • Estableciendo asociaciones comunitarias con la meta de alcanzar comunidades de color. Por ejemplo, hemos trabajado con “Salud”, una organización que opera 13 clínicas en comunidades de pocos recursos en el estado.
  • Coordinando con proveedores de transportación para dar asistencia a habitantes de Colorado que tienen obstáculos de movilidad o sin vehículos personales.  
  • Asegurando que la habilidad de presentar una identificación con foto no sea un obstáculo para ser vacunado.
  •  Facilitando el programa Champions for Vaccine Equity (Campeones por la Equidad de la Vacuna), para proveer información a comunidades de color acerca de la seguridad y eficacia de vacunas, utilizando Promotoras, proveedores de servicio y consejeros de crisis para apoyar la educación de vacuna.
  • Operando una campaña de mercadeo de la vacuna para medios de comunicación presentando profesionales de medicina de diversos ambientes y comprometiendo personas de influencia y agencias de salud pública locales para ayudar a correr la voz a comunidades difíciles de alcanzar.
  • Estableciendo una meta de una clínica basada en una comunidad que tiene vacunas disponibles en 50 por ciento superior en las primeras 50 secciones censales para comunidades de alta densidad de bajo ingreso y minoría.
  • Estableciendo un Equipo de Comunicación del COVID-19 para asegurar que estamos alcanzando nuestras metas.

Las categorías de raza/etnicidad en la visualización de datos se alinean con los que son usados por el Censo de EE.UU., el cual es el estándar para formularios de admisión usados por proveedores de atención médica.  

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CDPHE: State adds new data metrics to vaccine dashboard