Updated mask guidance from the CDC

On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on mask usage due to COVID-19. To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possible spread, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public in communities with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19.

Areas of substantial transmission are defined as 50 or higher total new cases per 100,000 persons over a seven-day period and a test positivity rate greater than 8%. Areas of high transmission exceed one or both of these metrics.

Garfield County Public Health reminds everyone that getting vaccinated continues to be the best way to combat COVID-19. The vaccine prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities. Vaccination opportunities are available on the Garfield County COVID-19 vaccination page.

Garfield County Public Health recommends checking real time data on the Garfield County COVID-19 cases page.

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Informe sobre COVID-19
29 de julio del 2021

Guía actualizada sobre el uso de cubrebocas por el CDC

El 27 de julio, 2021, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) actualizaron su guía sobre el uso de cubrebocas debido al COVID-19. Para maximizar protección contra la variante Delta y prevenir una posible propagación, el CDC recomienda usar cubrebocas en interiores públicos en comunidades con transmisión sustancial o alta de COVID-19.

Áreas de transmisión sustancial son aquellos con un total de 50 o más casos nuevos por cada 100,000 personas durante un período de siete días y una tasa de positividad a la prueba superior al 8%.  Áreas de alta transmisión superan una o ambas de estas métricas.

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield les recuerda a todos que vacunarse sigue siendo la mejor manera de combatir el COVID-19.  La vacuna previene enfermedades graves, hospitalizaciones y muertes; también ayuda a reducir la propagación del virus en comunidades.  Las oportunidades de vacunación están disponibles en la página de vacunación para COVID-19 del Condado Garfield.

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield recomienda verificar los datos en tiempo real en la página de casos por COVID-19 del Condado Garfield.

Updated mask guidance from the CDC

GCPH: New mortality data, $100 Comeback Cash announced for Rifle, back to school vaccines

Garfield County Public Health

New mortality data, $100 Comeback Cash announced for Rifle, back to school vaccines

COVID-19 update

There is a national discussion around whether reporting new cases or hospitalizations is the more appropriate metric. Nationally, COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 23 percent from the past week. In Colorado, they are up four percent. Garfield County has remained relatively stable.

COVID remains a pandemic of the unvaccinated. In the U.S., estimates are approximately 97 percent of people being seen in hospitals for COVID are unvaccinated.

Garfield County Public Health staff remains concerned that the majority of cases and all of the current hospitalizations are for unvaccinated persons.

Garfield County COVID-19 vaccination status

Leading causes of death for U.S. and Garfield County in 2020

Sobering numbers were released by the National Center for Health Statistics this week. COVID-19 became the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The average U.S. life expectancy dropped to the lowest level in 18 years (77.3 years). The Hispanic/Latino population had the sharpest drop, with three years decreased life expectancy, followed by non-Hispanic Black Americans at 2.9, and non-Hispanic White Americans at 1.2 years.

Garfield County’s all-cause mortality data was recently released by the State of Colorado, revealing COVID-19 as the fourth leading cause of death, and bumping chronic lower respiratory diseases to number five.

Leading causes of death in 2020 for Garfield County residents:

Total deaths, 395

  1. Major cardiovascular diseases – 81
  2. Cancer (all-types) – 71
  3. Accidents (motor vehicle crash, falls, etc.) – 40
  4. COVID – 34
  5. Chronic lower respiratory disease – 23
  6. Suicide – 14
  7. Drug-related overdose – 11
  8. Parkinson’s – 8
  9. Cirrhotic diseases of the liver – 8

Hospitalizations and deaths

  • Four Garfield County residents are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 (hospitals may be within or outside of Garfield County)
  • 12 Garfield County deaths have occurred due to COVID-19 since the first week in May. COVID remains a leading cause of death in the county for 2021.
  • In the U.S., there have been 610,000 SARS-CoV-2 deaths (as of July 23, 2021) compared to the 675,000 deaths caused by the 1918 flu pandemic.

Breakthrough cases

A breakthrough case occurs when a fully vaccinated individual tests positive for COVID-19. Last week Garfield County had 15 breakthrough cases, which is 21% of the total cases for the week. Out of the 31,000 people vaccinated, there have been 103 breakthrough cases.

$100 Giveaway Comeback Cash vaccine clinics

*New CDPHE state-run, Comeback Cash Giveawaywill offer $100 Walmart gift cards to anyone getting a first or second dose of COVID vaccine on July 30 at the Rifle Walmart.

Please see the Colorado Comeback Cash site for all details

*This is a special event specific to this day and location

*Please do not call the following locations for information about gift cards. Please call our vaccine hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help answer any questions.

Unvaccinated long term care staff investigations

Unvaccinated staff are at the center of a federal investigation into rising nursing home deaths in Grand Junction.

Back to school is nearly here; ensure kids have time to get both doses

Schools in Garfield County begin mid-August. Parents looking to have their students fully vaccinated by the start of the 21-22 school year need to allow 21 days between doses of vaccine. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.

That means that now is the optimal time to get students vaccinated in order to have them fully protected at the start of this school year.

Full list of upcoming vaccine clinics

Clinics are offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics is on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

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Informe actualizado sobre COVID-19

Nuevos datos de mortalidad, $ 100 Comeback Cash anunciado para Rifle, vacunas para regreso escolar

Existe un debate nacional sobre si la métrica apropiada seria informar de nuevos casos u hospitalizaciones.  A nivel nacional, las hospitalizaciones por COVID-19 aumentaron un 23 por ciento con respecto a la semana pasada.  En Colorado, han subido un cuatro por ciento. El condado de Garfield se ha mantenido relativamente estable.

COVID sigue siendo una pandemia de personas no vacunadas. En los Estados Unidos, se estima que aproximadamente el 97 por ciento de personas atendidas en hospitales por COVID no están vacunadas. El personal de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield se preocupa porque la mayoría de los casos y todas las hospitalizaciones recientes son personas que no se han vacunado.

Principales causas de muerte en Estados Unidos Y en el Condado Garfield en el 2020

El Centro Nacional de Estadísticas de Salud dio a conocer cifras alarmantes esta semana. COVID-19 se convirtió la tercera causa principal de muerte en los Estados Unidos.  El promedio de esperanza de vida en Estados Unidos cayó al nivel más bajo en 18 años (77.3 años).  La población hispana/latina tuvo la caída más fuerte, con una baja de esperanza de vida por tres años, seguida por los estadounidenses afroamericanos no hispanos por 2.9 años y los estadounidenses blancos no hispanos por 1.2 años.

Datos sobre las causas de mortalidad en el Condado Garfield fueron publicados recientemente por el Estado de Colorado, revelando que el COVID-19 es la cuarta causa principal de muerte y colocando en el quinto lugar las enfermedades crónicas de las vías respiratorias.

Principales causas de muerte en el 2020 para residentes del Condado de Garfield:

Muertes en total, 395

  1. Enfermedades cardiovasculares – 81
  2. Cáncer (todo tipo) – 71
  3. Accidentes (automovilísticos, caídas, etc.) – 40
  4. COVID – 34
  5. Enfermedad crónica de las vías respiratorias – 23
  6. Suicidio – 14
  7. Sobredosis relacionada por drogas – 11
  8. Parkinson’s – 8
  9. Cirrosis del hígado – 8

Hospitalizaciones y muertes

  • Cuatro residentes del Condado Garfield están actualmente hospitalizados por COVID-19 (los hospitales pueden estar dentro o fuera del Condado Garfield)
  • Se han producido 12 muertes en el Condado Garfield debido al COVID-19 desde la primera semana de mayo.  COVID sigue siendo una de las principales causas de muerte en el condado para 2021.
  • En Estados Unidos, ha habido 610,000 muertes por SARS-CoV-2 (hasta el 23 de julio de 2021) en comparación con las 675,000 muertes causadas por la pandemia de gripe de 1918.

Casos positivos en vacunados (Breakthrough)

Un caso de ‘breakthrough’ ocurre cuando un individuo completamente vacunado da positivo a COVID-19.  La semana pasada, el Condado Garfield tuvo 15 casos, que es el 21% del total de casos de la semana.  De las 31,000 personas vacunadas, se han registrado 103 casos.

Clínicas de vacunación ofrecen incentivo de $100

*El nuevo incentivo de Comeback Cash de CDPHE, administrado por el estado, ofrecerá tarjetas de Walmart de $100 a cualquier persona que reciba la primera o segunda dosis de la vacuna COVID el 30 de julio en el Walmart de Rifle.

Por favor ver el sitio Comeback Cash de Colorado para detalles

*Este es un evento específico para este día y lugar.

*No llame a la ubicación para obtener información sobre tarjetas de regalo.  Llame a nuestra línea directa de vacunas al 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).  La línea directa está disponible las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana para ayudar a responder cualquier pregunta.

Investigaciones de personal no vacunado de atención a largo plazo

Personal no vacunado está en el centro de una investigación federal sobre el aumento de muertes en hogares de tercera edad en Grand Junction.

Regreso a clases casi está aquí; asegúrese que los niños tengan tiempo para recibir ambas dosis

Las escuelas en el Condado Garfield comienzan a mediados de agosto. Los padres que deseen que sus estudiantes estén completamente vacunados al inicio del año escolar 2021-2022 deben dejar 21 días entre las dosis de la vacuna. Se necesitan dos semanas para que la vacuna sea completamente efectiva.

Eso significa que ahora es el momento óptimo para vacunar a los estudiantes para que estén completamente protegidos al inicio de este año escolar.

Lista de las próximas clínicas de vacunación

Las clínicas se ofrecen todos los días de la semana en varios lugares del Condado Garfield. Una lista de clínicas de vacunas está disponible el sitio web en inglés, sitio web en español, y en  Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

GCPH: New mortality data, $100 Comeback Cash announced for Rifle, back to school vaccines

Garfield County COVID-19 summary: a pandemic of the unvaccinated and other news

PLEASE NOTE correction in this section below (percentages were switched in original version)
Rifle vaccination rates half of Glenwood Springs, Parachute a third; infection rates follow
• Garfield County has 55.4% of the population fully vaccinated, with 61.7% having at least one dose.
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All COVID hospitalizations since June 1 for unvaccinated people
Since June 1:
• 100% of Garfield County residents hospitalized for COVID have been unvaccinated.
• There have been nine deaths due to COVID. Five were unvaccinated, four were vaccinated – two were part of long-term care outbreaks due to unvaccinated staff, two had severe underlying conditions placing them at high risk.
• 86% of people testing positive for COVID are unvaccinated. Since June 1, there have been 360 COVID cases. Of those, 50 people who contracted COVID were fully vaccinated. One third of the 50 were infected through long-term care facility outbreaks.

Back to school is nearly here, leave kids enough time to get both doses
Garfield County schools are back to class in mid-August. Parents looking to have their students fully vaccinated by the start of the 21-22 school year need to allow 21 days between doses of vaccine. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. That means that this week is the optimal time to get students vaccinated to have them fully protected at the start of this school year.

Rifle vaccination rates half of Glenwood Springs, Parachute a third; infection rates follow
• Garfield County has 55.4% of the population fully vaccinated, with 61.7% having at least one dose.
Rates of vaccinations in Rifle are almost half of those in Glenwood Springs. Rates in Parachute are less than a third of those in Glenwood.
• To hit the goal of 70% fully vaccinated, Garfield needs 4,239 more people got get a first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and more than 7,000 people to become fully vaccinated.

Comparing municipalities: Low vaccine rates = high COVID case numbers
COVID incidence rate by municipality (per 10,000 persons)
Parachute/Battlement 126
Silt 91
Rifle 74
Glenwood Springs 51
New Castle 44
Carbondale 35

HIPAA and privacy laws for COVID vaccines
Vaccination is covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), however it only applies to HIPAA-covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and the business associates). HIPAA does not apply to most employers.

Employers may ask for proof of vaccination
If an employer asks an employee to supply proof of COVID vaccine to allow that individual to work without wearing a facemask, that is not a HIPAA violation. Asking about vaccine status would not violate HIPAA, but other laws could be violated. An example would be requiring employees to share additional health information, such as the reason why they are not vaccinated, could potentially violate federal laws.

A map of COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S. on July 7, 2021.

National news: CDC designates Garfield a virus hot spot
The Delta variant is now the dominant strain across the globe. In Colorado, 89% of all COVID test results are currently
Delta variant. Garfield County made national news last week as a virus “hot spot.” This designation was given to Garfield due to a high incidence rate (how much of the virus is circulating) and increase in test positivity (how many tests come back positive). The increase in test positivity, was higher than Mesa County for the period. The designation also looked at hospitalizations and ICU bed use from COVID admissions, which are both “high.” These statistics coupled with mediocre vaccination rates compared to the rest of the nation contributed to the designation.

Delta – one person can infect six others
Studies are showing that the Delta variant is more contagious (one person can infect up to six others) but not necessarily more severe or lethal than other variants. For comparison, a person with seasonal flu typically infects only one additional person.

Vaccines still showing 88% efficacy
The vaccines on the market currently are still showing an efficacy rate of 88%. They are not necessarily developed to keep people from being infected, rather to keep people from developing symptoms and spreading the virus.

Upcoming vaccine clinics
Clinics are offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

Garfield County COVID-19 summary: a pandemic of the unvaccinated and other news

COVID-19 summary for the week of July 4

7-4-21

COVID-19 summary for the week of July 4

Changes with Public Health Order 20-38, vaccination disparity in Garfield municipalities, 10 deaths in 2 months, booster update, HIPPA and proof of vaccination

Impacts of Public Health Order 20-38

This order became effective 6/30/21, and rescinds many things that were in previous orders.

NEW – testing requirements for congregant settings such as long-term care facilities, jails, prisons, and homeless shelters have changed. These settings/facilities are strongly encouraged to require all of their unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated staff to participate in COVID testing either

a) daily rapid testing, or

b) once weekly for PCR testing

NEW – face coverings are still required for unvaccinated, and not fully vaccinated patients, residents, and visitors. Medical grade face masks are required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff that serve vulnerable or at-risk populations in homeless shelters, prisons, jails, emergency medical and healthcare settings.

*3 out of 4 of the current Garfield County outbreaks are in care settings. These outbreaks are due to staff not being vaccinated and working with vulnerable high-risk patients.

Stark disparity in vaccine uptake and illness in western Garfield County

There is a visible disparity in vaccine uptake from the eastern to western communities of Garfield County. This has affected rates of illness in these communities.

Rifle has approximately half as many first and second dose COVID vaccinations as Glenwood Springs. These towns have roughly the same population estimate. Parachute has less than a quarter of Glenwood.

Cases in Parachute/Battlement have increased sharply over the past two weeks. Over the past 30 days, Parachute had 66 reported COVID-19 cases, which is greater than the number of cases for Carbondale and Glenwood combined, and approximately 30% of the overall case count.

 

Vaccination rate by city graph

10 deaths in 2 months

Of the ten deaths due to COVID-19 that occurred in May and June, six were not vaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or have no vaccination record.

All four of the fully vaccinated individuals who died due to COVID-19 had severe underlying conditions that put them at greater risk. We have had 27,314 fully vaccinated persons in Garfield County. That is less than 2 hundredths of a percent. The vaccines are not 100% effective, but they are most effective at preventing the rate of deaths we were seeing in the winter.

Five cases were added to the Garfield County data page on one day, after they were confirmed by the Garfield County Coroner. Deaths are not reported on the data site until confirmed.

 

Incremental increases in vaccination rate

The percentage of people becoming fully vaccinated or UTD (up to date) is slowly increasing.

Garfield County women (56%) and men (52%) have roughly the same rate of vaccination.

 

Breakthrough cases less than one percent of vaccinated

17% of the week’s cases were breakthrough cases. A breakthrough cases occurs when someone who is fully vaccinated contracts COVID. Of the 27,314 Garfield County residents fully vaccinated there have been 64 or less than one percent of breakthrough cases.

 

COVID-19 outbreaks and long term care facility impacts

A large outbreak investigation continues in a private company that has led to over 20 people ill, several hospitalizations and one death, in employees that are unvaccinated.

Due to low staff vaccination rates, long-term care facilities were required to send in vaccination plans to the state health department.

Long-term care facilities are now required to follow enhanced infection control protocols to contain and prevent COVID outbreaks in their facilities.

In Mesa County, this strategy alone prevented seven sick nursing home workers from working while contagious with COVID-19 during a Delta variant outbreak at their facility. With this enhanced guidance, there is enhanced surveillance testing specifically for unvaccinated staff and residents and enhanced testing for all for outbreak mitigation.

 

Delta variant

There are now 76 confirmed cases of the Delta variant in Garfield County.

 

HIPAA and privacy laws for COVID vaccines

Vaccination is covered by HIPAA, however HIPAA applies only to HIPAA-covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and the business associates). HIPAA does not apply to most employers.

If an employer asks an employee to provide proof of COVID vaccine, in order to allow that individual to work without wearing a facemask, that is not a HIPAA violation.

Asking about vaccine status would not violate HIPAA, but other laws could be violated. For example: requiring employees to disclose additional health information such as the reason why they are not vaccinated could potentially violate federal laws.

 

Upcoming vaccine clinics

Clinics are being offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

 

CURRENT STATS as of 7/2/21

Geographic Area Total Cases Currently Hospitalized Deaths *Recovered
Global 182,867,501 Not Available (N/A) 3,959,094 167,613,018
United States 33,688,060 12,015 605,258 N/A
Colorado 558,321 315 6,961 N/A
Garfield County 6,292 3* 49 Confirmed N/A
Eagle County 6,151 0 23 N/A
Pitkin County 2,513 N/A 4 N/A
Mesa County 17,244 33 159 16,655

* Hospitalized cases that GCPH is tracking though the contact investigation process.

* From Johns Hopkins, CDPHE, Statista and the CDC

 

CASES SINCE LAST WEEK

• 59 cases added over the previous 7-day period, for a rolling average of 9.1 cases added per day. Up five cases from last week.

DEATHS

• 49 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths

• 2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19

• 0 deaths under investigation?

• 1 new death reported since last week

 

METRICS (6/19 – 6/25)

Day 7-day Cumulative Incindence 7-day Test Positivity Rate 14-day Cumulative Incidence 14-day Test Positivity Rate
Saturday 93.10 6.0% 167.9 5.5%
Sunday 78.1 4.8% 159.6 5.5%
Monday 76.4 4.5% 169.5 5.5%
Tuesday 98.1 3.9% 176.2 5.5%
Wednesday 91.4 4.3% 176.1 5.3%
Thursday 103.0 3.8% 201.1 5.2%
Friday 96.4 4.4% 196.1 5.4%

 

HOSPITALIZATIONS

*Percent of cases Public Health is tracking through the contact tracing process

Saturday: 5.4%

Sunday: 6.4%%

Monday: 4.4%

Tuesday: 3.4%

Wednesday: 5.5%

Thursday: 4.8%

Friday: 5.2%

VACCINATIONS

*As of July 1, for individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.The following are the total number of doses administered by Garfield County providers as of July 1:

Vaccine First doses Second doses
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 2,449
Pfizer 11,442 9,715
Moderna 16,692 15,259
Total 30,583 24,974
First doses Second doses Doses Administered for the week
All providers as of 6/24 30,46625,135 951

Resumen de COVID-19 para la semana del 4 de Julio

7-4-21

Cambios con la Orden de Salud Pública 20-38, disparidad de vacunas en los municipios de Garfield, 10 muertes en 2 meses, vacunas de refuerzo, HIPPA y prueba de vacunación

Impactos a la Orden de Salud Pública 20-38

Esta orden entró en vigencia el 30 de Junio del 2021 y anula muchas cosas que estaban en órdenes anteriores.

NUEVO: han cambiado los requisitos de prueba para entornos congregantes, como centros de atención a largo plazo, cárceles, prisiones y refugios para personas sin hogar. Se recomienda a estos entornos/instalaciones que exijan a todo su personal vacunado y no vacunado que participe en las pruebas de COVID, ya sea a) pruebas rápidas diarias o b) una vez a la semana para las pruebas de PCR.

NUEVO- Todavía se requieren cubrebocas para los pacientes, residents, y vistiantes que no estan vacunados, y los que no estan completamente vacunados. Se requieren cubrebocas de grado médico para el personal no vacunado o no completamente vacunado que atiende a poblaciones vulnerables o en riesgo en refugios para personas sin hogar, prisiones, cárceles, entornos de atención médica y de emergencia médica.

*3 de cada 4 de los brotes actuales del condado de Garfield se producen en entornos de atención. Estos brotes se deben a que el personal no está vacunado y trabaja con pacientes vulnerables de alto riesgo.

Gran disparidad en la aceptación de vacunas y la enfermedad en el Oeste del Condado de Garfield

Existe una disparidad visible en la aceptación de vacunas de las comunidades del este al oeste del condado de Garfield. Esto ha provocado mayores tasas de enfermedad en estas comunidades

Rifle tiene aproximadamente la mitad de las vacunas COVID de primera y segunda dosis que Glenwood Springs. Estas ciudades tienen aproximadamente la misma estimación de población. Parachute tiene menos de una cuarta parte de Glenwood.

Los casos en Parachute/Battlement han aumentado drásticamente en las últimas dos semanas. Durante los últimos 30 días, Parachute había notificado 66 casos de COVID-19. Lo cual es mayor que el número de casos de Carbondale y Glenwood combinados, y aproximadamente el 30% del recuento total de casos.

Tasa de vacunacion por ciudad

10 muertes en dos meses

De las 10 muertes por COVID-19 que ocurrieron en Mayo y Junio, 6 no estaban vacunadas, no estaban completamente vacunadas o no tenían registro de vacunación.

Las 4 personas completamente vacunadas que murieron debido al COVID-19 tenían condiciones graves que las ponían en mayor riesgo. Hemos tenido 27,314 personas completamente vacunadas en el condado de Garfield. Eso es menos de 2 centésimas de porcentaje. Las vacunas no están al 100%, lo que esto muestra, pero sí muestran que son más efectivas para prevenir la cantidad de muertes como las que vimos en el invierno.

Se agregaron 5 casos a la página de datos del Condado de Garfield en un día, después de que fueron confirmados por el forense del condado. Las muertes no se informan en el sitio de datos hasta que se confirman.

Incrementos en la tasa de vacunación

El porcentaje de personas que se vacunan completamente o hasta la fecha, está aumentando lentamente.

Las mujeres (56%) y los hombres (52%) del condado de Garfield tienen aproximadamente la misma tasa de vacunación.

Casos de recontagio, menos de 1% vacunados

El 17% de los casos de la semana fueron casos revolucionarios. Un caso de gran avance ocurre cuando alguien que está completamente vacunado contrae COVID. De los 27,314 residentes del condado de Garfield completamente vacunados, ha habido 64 o menos del 1% de casos de recontagio.

Brotes de COVID-19 e impactos en centros de atención a largo plazo

Continúa una gran investigación de brote en una empresa privada que ha provocado que más de 20 personas se enfermen, varias hospitalizaciones y una muerte, en empleados que no están vacunados.

Debido a las bajas tasas de vacunación del personal, se requirió que los centros de atención a largo plazo enviaran planes de vacunación al departamento de salud estatal..

Los centros de atención a largo plazo ahora deben seguir protocolos mejorados de control de infecciones para contener y prevenir los brotes de COVID en sus centros..

En el condado de Mesa, esta estrategia impidió que 7 trabajadores de hogares de ancianos enfermos trabajaran mientras contagiaban COVID-19 durante un brote delta en sus instalaciones. Con esta guía mejorada, hay pruebas de vigilancia mejoradas específicamente para el personal y los residentes no vacunados y pruebas mejoradas para todos para mitigar los brotes.

Variante Delta

Hay 76 casos confirmados de la variante Delta en el condado de Garfield.

HIPAA y leyes de privacidad para las vacunas COVID

La vacunación está cubierta por HIPAA, sin embargo, HIPAA se aplica solo a entidades cubiertas por HIPAA (proveedores de atención médica, planes de salud, cámaras de compensación de atención médica y socios comerciales). HIPAA no se aplica a la mayoría de los empleadores.

Si un empleador le pide a un empleado que proporcione prueba de la vacuna COVID para permitir que esa persona trabaje sin usar una mascarilla, eso no es una violación de HIPAA.

Preguntar sobre el estado de la vacuna no violaría la HIPAA, pero se podrían violar otras leyes. Ex. Exigir a los empleados que revelen información de salud adicional, como la razón por la que no están vacunados, podría potencialmente violar las leyes federales.

Próximas clínicas de vacunas

Se ofrecen clínicas todos los días de la semana en varios lugares del condado de Garfield. Puede encontrar una lista de clínicas de vacunas en la página web en inglés, la página web en español y en Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

ESTADISTICAS ACTUALES A PARTIR DEL 7/2/21

Area GeograficaCasos TotalesActualmente HospitalizadoMuertesRecuperados
Global182,867,501Not Available (N/A)3,959,094167,613,018
United States33,688,06012,015605,258N/A
Colorado558,3213156,961N/A
Condado de Garfield6,2923*49 ConfirmedN/A
Condado de Eagle6,151023N/A
Condado de Pitkin2,513N/A4N/A
Condado de Mesa17,2443315916,655
  • Casos hospitalizados que GCPH está rastreando a través del proceso de investigación de contactos
  • De Johns Hopkins, CDPHE, Statista y CDC

CASOS DESDE LA ÚLTIMA SEMANA

· 59 casos agregados durante el período anterior de 7 días, para un promedio móvil de 9.1 casos agregados por día. Hasta 5 casos desde la semana pasada.

MUERTES

· 49 muertes con relacion a COVID-19 confirmados

· 2 muertes entre los casos de COVID-19 se han producido; la causa de la muerte no fue COVID-19

· 0 muertes bajo investigacion

· 1 nueva muerte reportada desde la semana pasada

METRICA (6/19 – 6/25)

DiaIncidencia acumulada de 7 diasTasa de positividad de la prueba de 7 diasIncidencia acumulada de 14 diasTasa de positividad de la prueba de 14 dias
Sabado93.106.0%167.95.5%
Domingo78.14.8%159.65.5%
Lunes76.44.5%169.55.5%
Martes98.13.9%176.25.5%
Miercoles91.44.3%176.15.3%
Jueves103.03.8%201.15.2%
Viernes96.44.4%196.15.4%

HOSPITALIZACIONES

*Porcentaje de casos que la salud pública está rastreando a través del proceso de rastreo de contactos

Sabado: 5.4%

Domingo: 6.4%%

Lunes: 4.4%

Martes: 3.4%

Miercoles: 5.5%

Jueves: 4.8%

Viernes: 5.2%

VACUNAS

  • A partir del 1 de Julio, para las personas vacunadas en cualquier parte del estado con una dirección en el condado de Garfield.
VacunaPrimera DosisSegunda Dosis
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)2,449
Pfizer11,4429,715
Moderna16,69215,259
Total30,58324,974

Los siguientes son el número total de dosis administradas por los proveedores del condado de Garfield al 1 de Julio.

Primera DosisSegunda DosisDosis administradas durante la semana
Todos los proveedores a partir del 6/2430,46625,135951
COVID-19 summary for the week of July 4

GCPH: COVID-19 summary for the week of June 21

Hospitalizations, death increase; Delta variant concern for unvaccinated individuals; move to Yellow

On June 18, Garfield County had six individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 – all were unvaccinated. There has been an increase in deaths due to COVID-19 since the first of May. Prior to May, there had not been any COVID deaths since February. Substantial evidence shows that low vaccination rates are contributing to high levels of disease spread, increased hospitalizations and deaths. Garfield County has significant increases in cases of the Delta variant, primarily affecting unvaccinated individuals.

Garfield County Public Health, Valley View and Grand River Health held a webinar earlier this week to explain the current COVID situation in Garfield County. View the webinar on Facebook @Garfield Health or Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84217870813 – Webinar ID: 842 1787 0813.

County vaccinations at 52%

There continues to be a slow, steady increase in vaccinations among adults, with nearly 26,600 persons vaccinated. Sixty-three percent of adults 19 and older have received one dose. There was a 72% increase in 12- to 15-year-olds becoming fully vaccinated and a 10% increase in those receiving first doses.

Counties with low vaccination rates show increased hospitalizations

The above graph represents the negative correlation between the percent of population vaccinated and hospitalizations. On the trend line, hospitalizations per 100k persons decrease as the percent of the population fully vaccinated increases. As of last week, neighboring Eagle County had seven new coronavirus cases for the week, Pitkin County had one. Mesa County added 254. Garfield County added 37 cases which is a rolling average of 5.3 cases per day.

Mesa County is changing the way it presents data, providing a detailed look at hospital capacity. Considering Garfield County cases, this is important as those that need hospitalization may not be able to be transferred to the closest hospital. Mesa reports 91.6% of the hospital beds in the county are being utilized as well as 90.9% of staffed ICU beds and 82.1% of ventilators.

Breakthrough cases

A breakthrough case is someone who is considered fully vaccinated (one shot of Johnson & Johnson or a two-dose cycle of Moderna and Pfizer) and is exposed after two weeks from receiving their second dose and contracts the virus. As of June 18, Garfield has had 46 breakthrough cases out of the 26,000 people who have been fully vaccinated. Less than two-tenths of a percent of people vaccinated have had a reported positive case of the virus. The vaccine in Garfield County is well within the published vaccine efficacy rates, continuing to have one of the highest rates of efficacy of any type of vaccine.

COVID-19 outbreaks & long-term care facility impacts

  • A large outbreak is being investigated in a private company that has led to over 20 people ill, several hospitalizations and one death, in employees who are unvaccinated.
  • Three long-term care facilities are involved in outbreaks impacting over 28 staff and residents. In the case of one long term care facility, 92% of staff were vaccinated. However, five out of six staff tested positive and were unvaccinated. Five residents tested positive and one death occurred.
  • Due to low staff vaccination rates, long-term care facilities were required to send in vaccination plans to the state health department.
  • Long-term care facilities are now required to follow enhanced infection control protocols.
  • Mesa had 24 deaths in the last month, 33% of those deaths in 80+ years

Move to Yellow on dial

Garfield has moved the county dial to the yellow (concerned) tier based on cumulative incidence and test positivity rates. The dial is no longer tied to state restrictions; however, it provides a sense of how it is impacting the community.

Upcoming vaccine clinics

Clinics are being offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English webpage, Spanish webpage, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

CURRENT STATS

Geographic areaTotal casesCurrently hospitalizedDeathsRecovered
Global177,563,153Not Available (N/A)3,844,571161,866,135
United States33,512,48013,862601,049N/A
Colorado552,7263796,830N/A
Garfield County6,1697*43 ConfirmedN/A
Eagle County6,128023N/A
Pitkin County2,501N/A4N/A
Mesa County16,6094215016,092

* Hospitalized cases that GCPH is tracking though the contact investigation process.

* From Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, CDPHE, Our World in Data, Statista and the CDC

CASES SINCE LAST WEEK

  • 37 cases added over the previous 7-day period, for a rolling average of 5.3 cases added per day. Down 17 cases from last week.

DEATHS

  • 43 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths
  • 2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19
  • 1 deaths under investigation  
  • 2 new death reported since last week

METRICS (6/12 – 6/8)

Day7-day cumulative incidence7-day test positivity rate14-day cumulative incidence14-day test positivity rate
Saturday83.15.9%166.25.1%
Sunday83.15.1%169.55.0%
Monday81.45.1%162.94.8%
Tuesday76.54.8%152.94.6%
Wednesday81.45.5%159.64.4%
Thursday79.84.6%162.94.6%
Friday76.54.5%159.64.8%

HOSPITALIZATIONS

*Percent of cases Public Health is tracking through the contact tracing process

Saturday: 13.7%
Sunday: 14%
Monday: 13.7%
Tuesday: 12.5%
Wednesday: 15.9%
Thursday: 20%
Friday: 18.9%    

VACCINATIONS

VaccineFirst dosesSecond doses
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)2,412
Pfizer11,1539,205
Moderna16,73915,004
Total30,30424,209
Difference from last week5601,167

*As of June 17, for individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.

The following are the total number of doses administered by Garfield County providers as of June 17.

First dosesSecond dosesDoses administered for the week
All providers as of 6/1730,06524,4521,243
GCPH: COVID-19 summary for the week of June 21

GCPH, VVH, GRH: COVID-19 presentation: June 22, 10 a.m., webinar

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Grand River Health, Valley View Hospital and Garfield County Public Health will be hosting a webinar to update the community on emerging issues with COVID-19.

Hospitalization rates, Delta variant, concerns for unvaccinated groups: COVID-19 update for Garfield County

COVID-19 Presentation: June 22, 10 a.m.

The public is invited to listen in to a zoom press conference to hear about new COVID-19 developments in Garfield County including higher cases of illness in populations where vaccinations lag, concern regarding the Delta variant, and impacts on local hospital systems.

June 22, 10 a.m.

·        Presentation by Dr. Kevin Coleman of Grand River Health

·        Presentation by Dr. Ben Peery of Valley View Hospital

·        Presentation by Sara Brainard, RN, MSN of Garfield County Public Health

·        Question and answer session for local media

English and Spanish audio available. The public will not be able to speak, however questions can be added to the chat section and may be answered if time allows. Questions can also be sent via email.

Login information:

·  Link will be posted on Facebook @Garfield Health

·  Also on Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84217870813

Webinar ID: 842 1787 0813

Find vaccine clinics, testing sites and stay up to date, by visiting the Garfield County COVID-19 English and COVID-19 Spanish webpages.

Presentación sobre COVID-19: 22 de junio, 10 a.m., Zoom

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO- Tasas de hospitalización, la variante Delta, inquietudes sobre grupos no vacunados: Informe sobre COVID-19 para el Condado de Garfield

Presentación sobre COVID-19: 22 de junio, 10 a.m.

El público está invitado a escuchar por zoom una conferencia de prensa sobre los nuevos desarrollos de COVID-19 en el Condado Garfield, incluyendo el incremento de casos de la enfermedad en poblaciones donde las vacunas se retrasan, la preocupación por la variante Delta y los impactos en los sistemas hospitalarios locales.

22 de junio, 10 a.m.

· Presentación del Dr. Kevin Coleman de Grand River Health

· Presentación del Dr. Ben Peery de Valley View Hospital

· Presentación de Sara Brainard, RN, MSN de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield

· Sesión de preguntas y respuestas para medios de comunicación 

Audio disponible en inglés y español. El público no podrá hablar, sin embargo, pueden agregar preguntas en la sección de chat y se contestaran si el tiempo lo permite. Las preguntas también se pueden enviar por correo electrónico.

Información para iniciar sesión:

· El enlace se publicará en Facebook @Garfield Health

· También en Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84217870813

Webinar ID: 842 1787 0813

Encuentre clínicas de vacunación, sitios de prueba y manténgase actualizado visitando las páginas web de COVID-19 en inglés y COVID-19 en español del Condado Garfield.

GCPH, VVH, GRH: COVID-19 presentation: June 22, 10 a.m., webinar

GCPH: Garfield County sees increase in ‘Delta’ variant cases

Six cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 variant confirmed

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health is aware of an increased amount of cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant in neighboring Mesa County and has identified six confirmed individuals in Garfield County who have tested positive for the variant over the past three weeks. Not all positive cases are sequenced for variants, meaning the actual number of infections is much higher.

Public health is asking anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to please do so to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community as a whole.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which originated in India, as a “variant of concern.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is classifying Delta as a “variant of interest.” First identified in India in October 2020, where Delta has been confirmed, there has been an increased number of COVID cases overall.

The Delta variant has been found to be more contagious, particularly amongst youth ages 12 to 20. According to Garfield County Public Health, anyone in Garfield County that tests positive for the COVID-19 virus likely has a variant strain of the disease. Areas of Colorado with lower vaccination rates are more likely to be impacted by the spread of the variants.

Garfield County Public Health reminds the public to maintain health precautions, especially if you are unvaccinated.

Avoid crowds and keep your distance from others; this virus and variant strain is highly contagious and spreads mainly through respiratory droplets when someone talks, coughs, or sneezes.

Wear a mask in public indoor settings, wherever social distancing is not possible, and where required by federal or other facility regulations.

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Stay home if you are sick. Seek testing for COVID-19 if you display symptoms; vaccine clinics are available throughout Garfield County. Go to garfield-county.com for more information and up-to-date alerts related to COVID-19.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

06-10-21

El Condado Garfield ve un aumento en casos de variantes “Delta”

Se confirman seis casos de la variante COVID-19 altamente contagiosa

CONDADO GARFIELD – El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield está al tanto de una gran cantidad de casos de la variante Delta COVID-19 en el vecino condado de Mesa y ha identificado a seis personas confirmadas en el condado Garfield que dieron positivo a la variante durante las últimas tres semanas. No todos los casos positivos se secuencian para las variantes, lo que significa que el número real de infecciones es mucho mayor.

Salud pública le pide a cualquier persona que aún no se ha vacunado que lo haga para protegerse a sí mismo, a sus seres queridos y a la comunidad en general.

La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha incluido la variante Delta (B.1.617.2), que se originó en la India, como una “variante preocupante”. Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) están clasificando a Delta como una “variante de interés”. Identificado por primera vez en India en octubre del 2020, donde se confirmó Delta, ha habido un alto número de casos de COVID en general.

Se ha descubierto que la variante Delta es más contagiosa, particularmente entre los jóvenes de 12 a 20 años. Según el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield, cualquier persona en el Condado Garfield que dé positivo por el virus COVID-19 probablemente tenga una cepa variante de la enfermedad. Las áreas de Colorado con tasas de vacunación más bajas tienen más probabilidades de verse afectadas por la propagación de las variantes.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield le recuerda al público que debe tomar precauciones de salud, especialmente si no está vacunado.

Evite multitudes y manténgase alejado de los demás; este virus y la cepa variante es muy contagioso y se transmite principalmente a través de las gotitas respiratorias cuando alguien habla, tose o estornuda.

Use un cubrebocas en lugares públicos al interior, donde el distanciamiento social no sea posible y donde lo requieran los reglamentos federales o de otras instalaciones.

Lávese las manos regularmente con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos.

Quédese en casa si está enfermo. Busque pruebas de COVID-19 si presenta síntomas; Clínicas de vacunación están disponibles en todo el Condado Garfield. Visite garfield-county.com para obtener más información y alertas relacionadas con COVID-19.

GCPH: Garfield County sees increase in ‘Delta’ variant cases

GCPH COVID-19 weekly summary: Hospitalization increases, vaccine rates by age

Hospitalizations: There has been a sharp 71 percent increase in the number of hospitalized cases that GCPH is tracking through case investigation. This is a reminder that the virus is not gone and not everyone reacts to the virus the same way. Some people are at much greater risk of severe illness. Overall, there are fewer cases and hospitalizations, however approximately 15 percent of all of the current COVID cases are hospitalized.

Incidence & test positivity: The incidence and test positivity rate have been stable even with people moving around more.  This stabilization is being attributed to the vaccine’s effectiveness and increased summer outdoor-based activities.

Vaccines: 12- to 15-year-olds had a 30 percent increase in vaccinations and 16- to 18-year-olds had a 40% percent increase in becoming fully vaccinated. Many 12- to 15-year-olds are now eligible for their second doses.

Breakdown of percentages with at least one dose of vaccine by age group.

Age GroupPercent with at least one vaccination
12-1523%
16-1839%
19-2948%
30-3949%
40-4957%
50-5962%
60-6977%
70-7989%
80+81%

This week’s Public Health COVID clinics

Glenwood Springs, Thursday, June 10
Public Health in Glenwood Springs, 2014 Blake Avenue
3 – 5 pm
Moderna and Pfizer (J&J vaccine if available)
*First or second dose welcome *Walk in or register

A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English webpage, Spanish webpage, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

Current Stats – these come from Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, CDPHE, Our World in Data, CDC, Statista

Geographic Area Total Cases Currently Hospitalized Deaths Recovered Global 172,293,942 Not Available (N/A) 3,704,833 156,140,823 United States 33,335,650 18,770 596,783 N/A Colorado 545,002 483 6,603 N/A Garfield County 6078 7* 40 Confirmed N/A Eagle County 6,116 0 23 N/A Pitkin County 2,498 N/A 4 N/A Mesa County 15,987 31 142 15,368    

* Hospitalized cases that GCPH is tracking though the contact investigation process.

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Cases since last week

52 cases added over the last 7-day period for a rolling average of 7.43 cases per day.

Deaths

40 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths
2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19
0 deaths being investigated        
0 new death reported since last week

Metrics (5/22-5/28):

Day7-day Cumulative Incidence7-day Test Positivity Rate14-day Cumulative Incidence14-day Test Positivity Rate
Saturday83.13.5%169.533.4%
Sunday79.83.3%177.83.5%
Monday81.43.2%174.53.7%
Tuesday86.43.6%182.83.9%
Wednesday84.84.4%177.84.1%
Thursday79.83.8%184.54%
Friday84.74.5%186.24.2%

Hospitalizations : percent of cases that Garfield County Public Health is tracking through the case investigation process:

Saturday: 4%
Sunday: 3.7%
Monday: 3.8%
Tuesday: 3.8%
Wednesday: 16%
Thursday: 16.7%
Friday: 15.2%    

Vaccinations

As of June 3, for individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.

VaccineFirst DosesSecond Doses
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)2,315
Pfizer10,5098,101
Moderna16,40414,393
Total29,22822,494
Difference from last week616484

The following are the total number of doses administered by Garfield County providers as of June 3rd.

First DosesSecond DosesDoses Administered for the week
All providers as of 6/329,26923,1361,200

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Resumen semanal sobre COVID-19

6.8.21
Aumentan hospitalizaciones, tasas de vacunación por edad

Hospitalizaciones: Ha habido un fuerte aumento del 71 por ciento en el número de hospitalizaciones en el Condado Garfield debido a COVID en la última semana. Esto es un recordatorio de que el virus no ha desaparecido y que no todos reaccionan al virus de la misma manera. Algunas personas tienen un riesgo mucho mayor de enfermarse grave. En general, hay menos casos y hospitalizaciones; sin embargo, aproximadamente el 15 por ciento de todos los casos actuales de COVID son hospitalizados.

Incidencia Y Positividad de Prueba: La incidencia y la tasa de positividad de la prueba  se han mantenido estables incluso ahora que personas empiezan a moverse más. Esta estabilización se atribuye a la eficacia de la vacuna y al aumento de actividades al aire libre durante el verano.

Vacunas: Aumentó un 30% la vacunación en jóvenes de 12 a 15 años y aumentó un 40% la vacunación completa en jóvenes de 16 a 18 años. Muchos jóvenes de 12 a 15 años ya son elegibles para recibir sus segundas dosis.

Distinción por porcentajes con al menos una dosis de vacuna por grupo de edad.

Grupo de EdadPorcentaje con al menos una vacuna
12-1523%
16-1839%
19-2948%
30-3949%
40-4957%
50-5962%
60-6977%
70-7989%
80+81%

Clínicas semanales de vacunación para COVID de Salud Pública

Glenwood Springs, jueves, junio 10
Public Health in Glenwood Springs, 2014 Blake Avenue
3 – 5 pm
Moderna and Pfizer (vacuna J&J depende de disponibilidad)
*Primera y segunda dosis son bienvenidos *Sin cita o regístrese para cita

Puede encontrar una lista sobre las clínicas de vacunación en la página web en inglés, página web en español, y en Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

Estadísticas actuales – provienen de Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, del CDPHE, Our World in Data, CDC y Statista

Área Geográfica Total de Casos Actualmente Hospitalizados Muertes Recuperados Global 172,293,942 No Disponible (N/A) 3,704,833 156,140,823 Estados Unidos 33,335,650 18,770 596,783 N/A Colorado 545,002 483 6,603 N/A Condado Garfield 6078 7* 40 Confirmados N/A Condado Eagle 6,116 0 23 N/A Condado Pitkin 2,498 N/A 4 N/A Condado Mesa 15,987 31 142 15,368    

* Casos hospitalizados que GCPH está rastreando a través del proceso de investigación de contactos.

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Casos desde la semana pasada

Se agregaron 52 casos durante el último período de 7 días para un promedio móvil de 7.43 casos por día.

Muertes

40 confirmadas que fueron relacionadas por COVID-19
Se han producido 2 muertes entre los casos de COVID-19; se determinó que fueron causadas por algo distinto al COVID-19
0 muertes investigadas
0 nuevas muertes reportadas desde la semana pasada

Métricas (5/22-5/28):

DíaIncidencia acumulada por 7 díasTasa de positividad de la prueba por 7 díasIncidencia acumulada por 14 díasTasa de positividad a la prueba por 14 días
sábado83.13.5%169.533.4%
domingo79.83.3%177.83.5%
lunes81.43.2%174.53.7%
martes86.43.6%182.83.9%
miércoles84.84.4%177.84.1%
jueves79.83.8%184.54%
viernes84.74.5%186.24.2%

Hospitalizaciones: porcentaje de casos que el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield está rastreando a través del proceso de investigación de contactos:

sábado: 4%
domingo: 3.7%
lunes: 3.8%
martes: 3.8%
miércoles: 16%
jueves: 16.7%
viernes: 15.2%  

Vacunaciones

A partir del 3 de junio, personas vacunadas en cualquier parte del estado con una dirección en el Condado Garfield.

VacunaPrimera DosisSegunda Dosis
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)2,315
Pfizer10,5098,101
Moderna16,40414,393
Total29,22822,494
Diferencia a la semana pasada616484

Los siguientes son el número total de dosis administradas por proveedores del Condado Garfield desde el 3 de junio.

Primeras DosisSegundas DosisDosis administradas durante la semana
Todos los Proveedores desde 6/329,26923,1361,200
GCPH COVID-19 weekly summary: Hospitalization increases, vaccine rates by age

Garfield County Public Health issues COVID India variant update

COVID testing and gene sequencing have confirmed the B.1.617.2 India variant has now infected at least six people in Garfield County. This COVID-19 India variant has been circulating in neighboring Mesa County and took the life of a 10-19 year old, announced earlier this week.

“It’s very concerning that we are seeing these cases of the India variant impacting individuals in the western parts of our county,” said Carrie Godes, Garfield County public health information officer. “With so many things trending in the right direction, this is the public health COVID update we don’t want to give. There is so much reason for optimism and hope, with lower numbers of infections and great turnout for vaccines. With summer holiday gatherings and vacations all around the corner, we have to jump on this now.”

Of the six confirmed cases of the India variant, five were unvaccinated. New variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are spreading in the United States and in other parts of the world. Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer protection against most variants currently spreading in the United States. However, some variants might cause illness in some people even after they are fully vaccinated.

People who are fully vaccinated have significantly more protection against getting any form of the COVID-19 virus, and if they do become infected, their symptoms are generally lessened. The vaccines also greatly reduce the risk of hospitalization or death.

“We have a window of opportunity to get ahead of this in Garfield County,” said Sara Brainard, Public Health nurse manager. “It is new. It is not our most widely circulating strain right now, and we don’t want it to become any more dominant. If it is allowed to circulate and mutate in our unvaccinated population it will become a variant of concern here. Our best defense is the vaccine. We also must continue to have anyone who is sick follow isolation protocols to keep others safe.”

Vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine unless they become symptomatic. Anyone with COVID symptoms must isolate for at least 10 days past when symptoms started, and have no fever for 24 hours. Symptoms vary, but may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, head and body aches, diarrhea among others. Unvaccinated individuals have a much greater risk of hospitalization due to complications from the illness. A COVID-related hospital stay can cost upwards of $30,000.

“We still have a staff of contact tracers working to control COVID, along with other viruses, like the recent norovirus, circulating in the community,” continued Brainard. “The economic impacts can hit families really hard. If you haven’t been vaccinated, and one person in the home tests positive, everyone has to stay home. Kids will have to stay home from summer camps and sports. Adults lose wages because they can’t go to work. Getting that vaccine means you don’t have to stop life because you were exposed. What we have learned in the last year is that staying home when sick for the full recommended period, hand washing, masks, and distance still work.”

To find vaccination sites in Garfield County, visit https://www.garfield-county.com/publichealth/covid-19-vaccine/ or call 970-665-6371.

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SALUD PÚBLICA OFRECE ACTUALIZACIÓN SOBRE VARIANTE DE COVID DE LA INDIA

CONDADO GARFIELD – Pruebas de COVID y secuenciación genética han confirmado que la variante B.1.617.2 de la India ha infectado al menos a seis personas en el Condado Garfield. La variante de COVID-19 de la India ha estado circulando en el vecino condado de Mesa y le quitó la vida a un niño de entre 10 a 19 años, anunciado a principios de esta semana.

“Es muy preocupante ver estos casos de la variante de la India que afectan a personas en partes occidentales de nuestro condado”, dijo Carrie Godes, oficial de información de salud pública del Condado Garfield. “Con tantas cosas que van en dirección correcta, este es el tipo de actualizaciones sobre COVID que no nos gusta dar. Hay muchas razones para tener optimismo y esperanza, hay un menor número de infecciones y una gran cantidad de vacunación. Con reuniones de días festivos durante verano y vacaciones a la vuelta de la esquina, tenemos que aprovechar esto ahora.”

De los seis casos confirmados de la variante de la India, cinco de ellos no estaban vacunados. Las nuevas variantes del virus que causan el COVID-19 se están propagando en los Estados Unidos y en otras partes del mundo. Los datos actuales sugieren que las vacunas COVID-19 autorizadas para su uso en los Estados Unidos ofrecen protección contra la mayoría de las variantes que actualmente se propagan en los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, algunas variantes pueden causar enfermedades en algunas personas incluso después de que estén completamente vacunados.

Personas que están completamente vacunados tienen una protección significativamente mayor contra cualquier forma del virus COVID-19 y, si se infectan, sus síntomas generalmente son menores. Las vacunas también reducen en gran medida el riesgo de hospitalización o muerte.

“Tenemos la oportunidad para adelantarnos a esto en el Condado Garfield”, dijo Sara Brainard, gerente de enfermería de Salud Pública. “Es nuevo. No es nuestra cepa de mayor circulación en este momento y no queremos que se vuelva más dominante. Si se le permite circular y mutar en nuestra población no vacunada, se convertirá en una variante de preocupación aquí. Nuestra mejor defensa es la vacuna. También debemos continuar poniendo en aislamiento a cualquier persona que esté enferma y seguir los protocolos de aislamiento para mantener a los demás a salvo.”

Personas vacunadas que han estado expuestas a alguien con COVID-19 no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena a menos que presenten síntomas. Aquellas personas con síntomas de COVID deben aislarse durante al menos 10 días después del inicio de síntomas y no tener fiebre por 24 horas. Los síntomas varían, pero puede incluir fiebre, tos, dificultad para respirar, dolores de cabeza y cuerpo, diarrea, entre otros.

Las personas no vacunadas tienen un riesgo mucho mayor de hospitalización debido a las complicaciones de la enfermedad. Una hospitalización relacionada con COVID puede costar más de $30,000.

“Todavía tenemos un equipo de rastreadores de contactos que trabajan para controlar el COVID, junto con otros virus, como el del norovirus reciente, que circula en la comunidad”, continuó Brainard. “Los impactos económicos pueden afectar mucho a familias. Si no ha sido vacunado y una persona en el hogar da positivo en la prueba, todos deben quedarse en casa. Los niños tendrán que quedarse en casa y no ir a los campamentos de verano y a los campamentos de deportes. Los adultos pierden sueldos porque no pueden ir a trabajar. El recibir la vacuna significa que no tiene que dejar de vivir porque estuvo expuesto. Lo que hemos aprendido en el último año es que quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo durante el período completo recomendado, lavarse las manos, usar cubrebocas y practicar distanciamiento social aún funcionan.”

Para encontrar lugares de vacunación en el Condado Garfield, visite https://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine/ o llame al 970-665-6371.

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GCPH: Gastroenteritis outbreak in Garfield County

5.26.21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are investigating an increase of gastroenteritis illness in the county. Approximately 30 individuals have reported symptoms consistent with norovirus.

Norovirus is a common cause of viral gastroenteritis. These illnesses are highly contagious and can spread quickly in settings where people come in contact with contaminated food items or in settings where people share close contact, such as  schools, childcare centers, and restaurants.

Gastrointestinal illnesses can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps. Fortunately, most people get better on their own in one to three days, and typically do not require medical care.

People who became ill on or after May 7, 2021 are asked to complete a brief questionnaire to assist the health department in preventing additional spread of the virus.

“This outbreak appears to be primarily in the Carbondale area right now, but the Roaring Fork Valley is a tight-knit community and norovirus is very easy to spread, so it is possible that we could see other cases pop up,” said Rachel Kappler, Public Health Nurse.

“Norovirus is very common. It takes only a few viral particles to make a person sick and doesn’t die off surfaces without the use of bleach,” she said. “Norovirus is always around and commonly called the stomach bug or food poisoning.”

Those experiencing symptoms should not prepare food for others and limit contact with people until all symptoms are gone for at least 48 hours.

Over 200 reportable diseases require public health investigation and follow up in Colorado. The health department is working closely with several groups that have been impacted by this outbreak.

How it spreads

Gastroenteritis is extremely contagious. The virus is highly concentrated in diarrhea and or vomit of infected people. It typically spreads person-to-person through the fecal-oral route, such as when an infected person does not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and then touches items or food that will be placed in someone’s mouth. Once a person gets exposed to someone with the virus, it can take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours to develop symptoms of illness. Approximately 30 percent of all individuals who have norovirus never develop symptoms but are contagious and can spread it to others.  

Symptoms to watch for

Vomiting and diarrhea many times a day can lead to dehydration, especially in young children, older adults and people with other illnesses. Symptoms of dehydration include decreased urination, dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up. Children who are dehydrated may cry with few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy. It is important that people with gastroenteritis stay well hydrated.

Prevention

The best way to stop the spread of gastroenteritis, is to properly wash hands and handle food safely. Surfaces and objects in contact with vomit or diarrhea should be washed with soap and hot water, and disinfected with a bleach solution or cleaned in a washing machine with detergent. A bleach solution with a concentration of 1000 to 5000 ppm (5 to 25 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water) is effective against norovirus. Wear gloves when cleaning, and wash hands carefully after any contact with contaminated objects or surfaces.

 For more information on norovirus and other viral gastroenteritis, please visit the the CDC norovirus website, which includes fact sheets and infographics, or call Garfield County Public Health at 970-625-5200 x 8128. People who became ill on or after May 7, 2021 are asked to complete a brief questionnaire to assist the department in preventing additional spread of the virus.

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Brote de Gastroenteritis en el Condado de Garfield 

5.26.21

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Salud Pública del Condado Garfield y el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) están investigando un aumento de enfermedades de gastroenteritis en el condado. Aproximadamente 30 personas han informado síntomas compatibles con norovirus.

El norovirus es una causa común de gastroenteritis viral.  Estas enfermedades son altamente contagiosas y pueden propagarse rápidamente en lugares donde las personas tienen contacto con alimentos contaminados o en lugares donde las personas tienen contacto cercano, como en escuelas, guarderías y restaurantes.

Enfermedades gastrointestinales pueden causar vómito, diarrea, náuseas y calambres estomacales.  Afortunadamente, la mayoría de las personas mejoran por sí solas en uno a tres días y, por lo general, no requieren atención médica.

Personas que se enfermaron a partir del 7 de mayo, 2021, se les pide llenar un breve cuestionario para ayudar al departamento de salud a prevenir el contagio adicional del virus.

“Este brote parece estar principalmente en el área de Carbondale por el momento, pero el Valle de Roaring Fork es una comunidad muy unida y el norovirus es muy fácil de propagarse, por lo que existe la posibilidad que podamos ver que aparezcan casos adicionales”, dijo Rachel Kappler, Enfermera de Salud Pública.

“El norovirus es muy común.  Solo se necesitan pocas partículas virales para enfermar a una persona y no muere en superficies sin el uso de cloro”, dijo.  “El norovirus siempre está presente y comúnmente se le llama virus estomacal o intoxicación alimenticia”.

Aquellos que presentan síntomas no deben preparar comida para otras personas y limitar el contacto con personas hasta que todos los síntomas hayan desaparecido durante al menos 48 horas.

Más de 200 enfermedades reportables requieren investigación y seguimiento de salud pública en Colorado.  El departamento de salud está colaborando con varios grupos que se han visto afectados por este brote.

Como se propaga

La gastroenteritis es extremadamente contagiosa.  El virus está altamente concentrado en la diarrea o el vómito de personas infectadas.  Por lo general, se transmite de persona a persona a través de la ruta fecal-oral, como cuando una persona infectada no se lava las manos correctamente después de usar el baño y luego toca artículos o alimentos que se colocarán/llevan a la boca de alguien.  Una vez que una persona se expone a alguien que tiene el virus, pueden pasar de 12 a 48 horas para que aparezcan los síntomas de la enfermedad.  Aproximadamente el 30 por ciento de todas las personas que tienen norovirus nunca desarrollan síntomas, pero son contagiosas y pueden transmitirlo a otras personas.

Síntomas que se deben monitorear

Diarrea y vomitar varias veces al día pueden provocar deshidratación, especialmente en niños pequeños, adultos mayores y personas con otras enfermedades.  Síntomas de deshidratación incluyen disminución de orina, sequedad de boca y garganta y sentirse mareado al ponerse de pie.  Niños que están deshidratados pueden llorar con pocas o ninguna lágrima y estar inusualmente necios o inquietos. Es importante que las personas con gastroenteritis se mantengan bien hidratadas.

Prevención

La mejor manera de detener la propagación de la gastroenteritis es lavarse las manos adecuadamente y manejar alimentos de manera segura.  Las superficies y objetos en contacto con vómito o diarrea deben lavarse con agua caliente y jabón y desinfectarse con una solución de cloro o lavarse en la lavadora con detergente.  Una mezcla de cloro con una concentración de 1000 a 5000 ppm (5 a 25 cucharadas de cloro por un galón de agua) es eficaz contra norovirus.  Use guantes al limpiar y lávese las manos cuidadosamente después de cualquier contacto con objetos o superficies contaminados.

Para obtener más información sobre norovirus y otras gastroenteritis virales, visite el sitio  web de los CDC sobre norovirus, que incluye hojas informativas e infografias, o llame a Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield al 970-625-5200 x 8128.  Personas que se enfermaron el 7 de mayo, 2021 o despues, se les pide llenar un breve cuestionario para ayudar al departamento a prevenir la propagación adicional del virus.

GCPH: Gastroenteritis outbreak in Garfield County