COVID UPDATE 10-12-21

Breakthrough rate 1.1%, youngest COVID death reported, flu clinics operating countywide

October 12, 2021

Breakthrough rate 1.1%, youngest COVID death reported, flu clinics operating countywide

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Flu vaccine clinics are being held in locations throughout Garfield County in October. No appointment is needed.

Free radon test kits are available in Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. More information on Garfield County Environmental Health’s Radon page.

FDA sets October meeting to discuss COVID-19 vaccine for youth ages five to 11 

Pfizer has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine in smaller dosages for children between the ages of five and 11. The FDA meets on Oct. 26 to review Pfizer data and inform their decision-making process.

COVID-19 death in 34-year-old individual

A 34-year-old male Garfield County resident has passed away due to COVID-19. The individual was unvaccinated and the youngest person in the county to pass away from the illness. There have been 59 deaths in the county due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Garfield County COVID-19 breakthrough case rate, 1.1%

There have been 355, or 1.1 percent of fully vaccinated, individuals having a breakthrough case since Feb. 27, 2021, when the first breakthrough case was reported to Garfield County Public Health.

Most COVID-19 cases occur among the unvaccinated, as depicted in the graph below. When a larger proportion of a population is vaccinated, there will be a larger number of breakthrough cases (as seen in the 70 and older population below). Garfield County is still seeing less severe disease and hospitalizations in vaccinated individuals.

As of Oct. 8, three individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19 and all are unvaccinated.

GroupPercent First DosePercent Up to Date
12-1560%52%
16-1865%56%
19-2968%58%
30-3964%57%
40-4970%63%
50-5972%66%
60-6985%80%
70-7993%89%
80+85%79%
M71%64%
F73%66%

Sharp COVID-19 case increase

There has been a sharp, 40 percent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past seven days. Most of the state is in the red tier, including Garfield County, when looking at 14-day cumulative incidence rate. This indicates community spread of the virus. Experts are hoping that the wave of Delta variant cases will slowly decrease around Thanksgiving.

COVID UPDATE 10-12-21

GCPH: COVID-19 update, flu vaccine available, free rapid testing, and radon tests

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Mini-grants are now available through Garfield County Public Health, as are flu vaccines and radon tests.

$500-$2,500 mini-grants available

Public health is offering 10 mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500, for projects that encourage youth ages 12 to 17 and their caregivers to get vaccinated. Grant funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. Grants that focus on ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are given priority. Applications are due Oct. 11 and are located on the public health website.

Free rapid testing for symptomatic people

Roaring Fork Free COVID testing now offers free rapid antigen testing for those with symptoms, in addition to free PCR molecular testing.

Flu vaccinations available

Flu vaccine is available during walk-up clinics or by appointment. For a full list of clinic dates and locations, see the public health flu page.

The influenza virus changes every year, so getting vaccinated annually is important to make sure you have immunity.

Flu symptoms appear one to four days after exposure to the virus and typically last between five to seven days. Even after symptoms resolve many individuals continue to feel fatigued. People who have had the flu shot generally have less severe symptoms over a shorter period.

Few Americans had flu last season

The CDC reported 1,316 positive flu cases between September 2020 and January 2021. During that same period for the 2019 to 2020 season there were nearly 130,000 cases.

While more people in the US received a flu vaccine in 2020, the decrease was primarily due to mask-wearing and social distancing.

*Free radon test kits

Garfield County Public Health is offering free radon home-test kits.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to radon accounts for approximately 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year. Colorless and odorless, the gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Breathing it over time increases your risk for radon-related lung cancer.

You can reduce and control the radon in your home. Testing is the only way to know how much radon is in your home. If levels are high, contact a certified professional to fix your home using a ventilation system. EPA guidance suggests mitigating if levels are at or above 4 picocuries/liter.

Kits are available at:

Garfield County Public Health
2014 Blake Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Garfield County Public Health
195 W. 14th St.
Rifle, CO 81650

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), Third Street Center
520 S 3rd St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

COVID-19 update

  • Garfield County had three COVID-19 deaths in September.
  • Over the past 14 days, there has been a decline in the number of cases and test positivity, a sign that the “fifth wave” is in a possible decline.
  • As of Friday, 10 Garfield County residents were hospitalized with the virus – nine were unvaccinated.
  • Breakthrough cases account for less than one percent of fully vaccinated individuals in Garfield County.
  • A national study showed that nearly four in 10 people who became infected with COVID-19 still have at least one symptom three to six months later.

Pregnant women reach highest number of COVID-related deaths in August, CDC issues urgent alert for vaccinations

The CDC issued a health alert on September 29, recommending urgent action for pregnant women, recently pregnant women, and those who are trying to become pregnant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent serious illness and death.

In August 2021, more pregnant women died from COVID-19 in the U.S. than in any other month during the pandemic.

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Informe sobre COVID-19, vacuna contra la influenza disponible, pruebas rápidas gratuitas de COVID y pruebas de radón

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO –

Mini-Becas disponibles de $500 – $2,500

Salud Pública está ofreciendo diez mini becas, que van desde $500 a $2,500 para proyectos que animan a jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus cuidadores a vacunarse.  Las becas pueden ser utilizadas en actividades que promueven la vacunación o para cubrir el costo de algo no relacionado.  Se dará prioridad, para recibir becas, a solicitudes que se centren en garantizar el acceso equitativo para recibir la vacuna de COVID-19 a niños y jóvenes.  Las solicitudes vencen el 11 de octubre y se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Pública.

*NUEVO* Prueba rápida de COVID para personas sintomáticas gratuita

Prueba de COVID gratuita del Roaring Fork  ahora ofrece pruebas gratuitas de antígenos rápidas para aquellos con síntomas, además de pruebas moleculares de PCR gratuitas.

*NUEVO* Vacunas contra la influenza disponibles

La vacuna contra la influenza está disponible durante clínicas, con cita o sin cita. Para obtener una lista completa de fechas y ubicaciones de las clínicas, consulte la Página Informativa sobre la Gripe de Salud Pública.

El virus de la influenza cambia todos los años, por lo que vacunarse todos los años es importante para asegurarse de tener inmunidad.

Síntomas de la gripe aparecen de uno a cuatro días después de la exposición al virus y generalmente duran entre cinco y siete días.  Incluso después de que los síntomas desaparecen, muchas personas continúan sintiéndose fatigadas.  Personas que han recibido la vacuna contra la gripe generalmente tienen síntomas menos graves durante un período de tiempo más corto.

Pocos estadounidenses tuvieron gripe la temporada pasada

Los CDC, por sus siglas en inglés, informaron 1,316 casos positivos de influenza entre septiembre de 2020 y enero de 2021.  Durante ese mismo período de la temporada 2019 a 2020, hubo casi 130,000 casos.

Más personas en los Estados Unidos recibieron una vacuna contra la influenza en 2020, la baja se debió principalmente al uso de cubrebocas y al distanciamiento social.

*NUEVO* Kits de prueba de radón gratuitos

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield ofrece kits caseros para la prueba de radón gratuitos.

El radón es un gas radiactivo natural y es la segunda causa principal de cáncer de pulmón. Según la EPA, la exposición al radón representa aproximadamente 21,000 muertes por cáncer de pulmón cada año. Sin color y sin olor, el gas queda atrapado en el interior después de que ingresa a edificios a través de grietas y otros agujeros en los cimientos.  Respirarlo por un tiempo aumenta el riesgo de cáncer de pulmón relacionado con el radón.

Puede reducir y controlar el radón en su hogar.  La prueba es la única manera de saber cuánto radón hay en su hogar.  Si los niveles son altos, comuníquese con un profesional certificado para reparar su hogar usando un sistema de ventilación.  La guía de la EPA sugiere mitigar si los niveles son de 4 picocuries por litro o más.

Kits disponibles en:

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield
2014 Blake Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield
195 W. 14th St.
Rifle, CO 81650

CLEER, Third Street Center
520 S 3rd St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Informe sobre COVID-19

  • El Condado Garfield tuvo tres muertes por COVID-19 en septiembre.
  • Durante los últimos 14 días ha habido una baja en el número de casos y positividad de pruebas, una señal de que la “quinta ola” está en una posible disminución.
  • Desde el viernes, diez residentes del Condado Garfield fueron hospitalizados con el virus, nueve no estaban vacunados.
  • Casos ‘breakthrough’ representan menos del 1% de las personas completamente vacunadas en el Condado Garfield.
  • Un estudio nacional mostró que casi cuatro de cada diez personas que se infectaron con COVID-19 todavía tienen al menos un síntoma entre tres a seis meses después.

Mujeres embarazadas alcanzaron el mayor número de muertes relacionadas por COVID en agosto; Los CDC expresan una alerta urgente para vacunarse

Los CDC emitió un alerta de salud el 29 de septiembre, recomendando acciones urgentes para  mujeres embarazadas, mujeres recién embarazadas y que están tratando de quedar embarazadas a recibir la vacuna COVID-19 para prevenir enfermedades graves y la muerte.

En agosto del 2021, más mujeres embarazadas murieron por COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos que en cualquier otro mes durante la pandemia.

GCPH: COVID-19 update, flu vaccine available, free rapid testing, and radon tests

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Garfield County Public Health

PRESS RELEASE
9-23-21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Test positivity, incidence, and hospitalization rates are the key indicators used to measure the spread of coronavirus in Garfield County. Based on these measures, Garfield County has been in the “yellow” category for nearly a month.

Over the weekend, Public Health was monitoring 14 hospitalized cases, a 64 percent increase from the previous week.

This week, COVID cases have declined slightly, similar to national trends.

COVID-19 and school-aged youth
During the 2021 spring semester, Garfield County was averaging one school-aged youth case per day. During the current fall semester, this number has risen substantially, more than doubling to 2.4 school-aged cases per day.

Garfield School District Re-2 (Re-2) began the fall semester with an optional masking policy, while the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) adopted a universal masking policy. Comparing school district quarantine* data through September 17, Re-2 has had 236 student quarantines while RFSD has had 14.

*Quarantine (10-14 days) is when someone who might have been exposed to the virus, but has no symptoms and
hasn’t been vaccinated needs to stay home. This is because they could be infected and could spread the virus, even
though they feel well. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine, but should seek testing and wear a mask in
public.

The increase in youth COVID cases and corresponding quarantines have prompted several schools (both public and private) to adopt the latest CDPHE school guidance.

CDPHE School COVID Guidance (NEW guidance updated September 10)
Schools implementing universal masking (masking of all students, staff, visitors) do not need to quarantine in most settings. For example, students in a class wearing masks would not quarantine if one individual tested positive. The exception is some sports/activities with direct physical contact.

New state guidance:
• Supports universal indoor masking for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of
vaccination status and at all levels of community transmission.

• Removes the “community” vaccination metric (70 percent of the 12 and older population vaccination rate) to
reduce quarantines for typical classroom exposures.

• Increases the percentage of school community vaccination rates from 70 to 80 percent to reduce quarantines for
typical classroom exposures.*

*Typical classroom exposures are where students are seated, learning, or interacting.

Mini-grants available
Public Health is offering ten mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 for projects that encourage youth ages 12 to 17 and their caregivers to get vaccinated. Grant funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. Grants that focus on ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be given priority. Applications are due October 11 and forms are available on the Public Health website.

Waiting for booster dose guidance
Public Health is waiting for approval and guidance to begin booster doses. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must make a final determination before the department can offer booster clinics. Clinics will be announced following the ACIP determination.

Pfizer vaccine, Cormirnaty
Comirnaty is the new brand name for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It is the same vaccine that was first authorized for use in December 2020 and more than 200 million doses have been administered to people in the United States.

Breakthrough cases and hospitalizations
In Garfield County, the majority of COVID-19 cases continue to occur in unvaccinated individuals. A new graph tracks cases by vaccination status.

The CDPHE tracks hospital data for the state. In recent days, 80-82 percent of those
hospitalized with COVID in Colorado are unvaccinated.



A CDC report issued September 17 shows that after the Delta variant became the dominant strain, fully vaccinated people had a fivefold decrease in infection, and more than a tenfold reduction in hospitalizations and deaths.

Garfield County vaccination status


Broken down by age group

Age group Percent first doses Percent up-to-date
12-15 57% 48%
16-18 63% 54%
19-2965% 55%
30-39 62%54%
40-4968%61%
50-5971%64%
60-6983% 78%
70-79 92% 88%
80+84%77%

NEW handouts

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19?

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19 explains steps for vaccinated or unvaccinated people.

Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County
Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County, describes the places to get a test, and highlights the hours and locations of the free state-sponsored testing sites. State sites offer free PCR tests approved for return to school. These tests average a 36–48-hour turnaround.

Types of COVID-19 tests
Types of COVID-19 tests, explains what types of tests are available and what is needed for return to school.


COMUNICADO DE PRENSE

09.23.21


Informe de escuelas K-12, volantes sobre pruebas de COVID, estadisticas estatales de hospitalizaciones

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Las tasas de positividad, incidencia y hospitalización de las pruebas son los indicadores clave que se utilizan para medir la propagación del coronavirus en el condado de Garfield. Según estas medidas, el condado de Garfield ha estado en la categoría “amarilla” durante casi un mes.

Durante el fin de semana, Salud Pública estuvo monitoreando 14 casos de hospitalizaciones, un aumento del 64 por ciento con respecto a la semana anterior.

Esta semana, los casos de COVID han disminuido levemente, similar a las tendencias nacionales.

COVID-19 y jóvenes en edad escolar

Durante el semestre de primavera de 2021, el condado de Garfield tuvo un promedió de un caso por día. Durante el semestre de otoño de 2021, este número ha aumentado, más del doble a 2.4 casos por día.

El Distrito Escolar Garfield Re-2 (Re-2) comenzó el semestre de otoño con una política de uso de cubrebocas opcional pero el Distrito Escolar de Roaring Fork (RFSD) adoptó una política universal de usar cobrebocas. Al comparar los datos de cuarentena * del distrito escolar hasta el 17 de Septiembre, Re-2 ha tenido 236 cuarentenas de estudiantes, mientras que RFSD ha tenido 14.

*Cuarentena (10-14 días) es cuando alguien que podría haber estado expuesto al virus, pero no tiene síntomas y no ha sido vacunado necesita quedarse en casa. Esto se debe a que podrían infectarse y transmitir el virus, aunque se sientan bien. Las personas vacunadas no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena, pero deben someterse a pruebas y usar un cubreboca en público.

El aumento de casos de COVID en jóvenes y las cuarentenas correspondientes han llevado a varias escuelas (tanto públicas como privadas) a adoptar la última guía escolar de CDPHE.

Guía Escolar para COVID de CDPHE (NUEVA guía actualizada el 10 de Septiembre)

Las escuelas que implementan el uso universal de cubrebocas (cubreboca para todos los estudiantes, personal, visitantes) no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena en la mayoría de los casos. Por ejemplo, un salón de clases con cubrebocas no se pondría en cuarentena si una persona dio positivo. La excepción son algunos deportes / actividades con contacto físico directo.

Nueva guia del Estado:

  • Apoya el uso universal de cubrebocas para todos los estudiantes, personal, maestros y visitantes de las escuelas K-12 independientemente del estado de vacunación y en todos los niveles de transmisión comunitaria.
  • Elimina la métrica de vacunación “comunitaria” (70 por ciento de la tasa de vacunación de la población de 12 años o más) para reducir las cuarentenas para exposiciones típicas en los salones. *
  • Aumenta el porcentaje de las tasas de vacunación de la comunidad escolar del 70 por ciento al 80 por ciento para reducir las cuarentenas por exposiciones típicas en los salones. *

* Las exposiciones típicas en los salones son donde los estudiantes están sentados, aprendiendo o interactuando.

Mini-becas disponible

Salud Pública está ofreciendo diez mini-becas, desde $500 a $2,500 para proyectos que animan a los jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus cuidadores a vacunarse. Los fondos de la beca se pueden utilizar tanto para la actividad de promoción de vacunas como para cubrir el costo de algo no relacionado. Se dará prioridad a las becas que se centren en garantizar el acceso equitativo de niños y jóvenes para recibir la vacuna COVID-19. Las solicitudes vencen el 11 de Octubre y se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Publica.

Esperando la guia sobre la dosis de refuerzo

Salud Pública está esperando aprobación y orientación para comenzar con las dosis de refuerzo. El Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP) debe tomar la decision final antes de que el departamento pueda ofrecer clínicas de dosis de refuerzo. Las clínicas se anunciarán después de la determinación del ACIP.

Vacuna Pfizer, Cormirnaty

Comirnaty es el nuevo nombre comercial de la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19. Es la misma vacuna que se autorizó por primera vez para su uso en Diciembre de 2020 y se han administrado más de 200 millones de dosis a personas en los Estados Unidos.

Casos importantes y hospitalizaciones

En el condado de Garfield, la mayoría de los casos de COVID-19 continúan ocurriendo en personas no vacunadas. Un nuevo gráfico rastrea los casos por estado de vacunación.

El CDPHE rastrea las estadísticas de hospitalización del estado. Actualmente, el 82 por ciento de los hospitalizados en Colorado no están vacunados.

Un informe del CDC emitido el 17 de Septiembre demuestra que después de que la variante Delta se convirtió en el variante dominante, las personas completamente vacunadas tuvieron una disminución de cinco veces en la infección y una reducción de más de diez veces en las hospitalizaciones y muertes.

Status de vacunacion en el condado de Garfield

Por Grupo de edad:

EdadPorcentaje de primera dosisPorcentaje actual
12-1557%48%
16-1863%54%
19-2965%55%
30-3962%54%
40-4968%61%
50-5971%64%
60-6983%78%
70-7992%88%
80+84%77%

NUEVOS volantes

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19?

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19? Le explica qué hacer a continuación si está vacunado o no.

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield, dice los lugares para obtener una prueba, los horarios, y la ubicación de los sitios de prueba gratuitos patrocinados por el estado. Los sitios estatales ofrecen pruebas de PCR gratuitas aprobadas para regresar a la escuela. Estas pruebas tienen un promedio de tiempo de respuesta de 36 a 48 horas.

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19, explica qué tipos de pruebas están disponibles y qué se necesita para regresar a la escuela.

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccine mini-grants

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – To promote vaccination and protect residents locally, Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) announces and is accepting applications for a new COVID-19 vaccine mini-grant program.

A total of ten mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded in a selection process held by Garfield County Public Health. Mini-grants will be awarded to projects that conduct activities or events that encourage youth, ages 12 to 17, and their caregivers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The mini-grant program is being offered based on grant funding from the Caring for Colorado Foundation.

The application process opens on September 20 and closes on October 11. Applications are located on the Garfield County Public Health website and should be submitted electronically. Successful grantees will be notified on Monday, October 18 and all projects must be completed by December 13, 2021.

In addition to focusing on increasing vaccination rates, the mini-grants offer an additional benefit. Only part of the awarded funding needs to be used on COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The other portion can be used on non-vaccine-related project expenses the applicant would like to cover.

“The exciting thing about the mini-grants is the funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. For example, a cooking club may want to host a vaccine information night, but also needs baking supplies for their club. Funds can be used to host the vaccine event and to buy supplies for future use,” said Dana Wood, Garfield County Public Health Specialist.

The COVID-19 vaccination mini-grant program is open to applicants serving youth ages 12 to 17 and their families.  Middle or high schools, youth-serving non-profit agencies, religious organizations, festival or event coordinators, or other community groups of youth are welcome to apply.

Garfield County Public Health is committed to ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Equity in information and vaccine access is a cornerstone for reduced transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
9.20.21

Salud Pública ofrece mini-becas para la vacuna COVID-19

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Para promover la vacunación, el Departamento de Salud Pública de Garfield County (GCPH) está aceptando solicitudes de mini-becas para la vacuna COVID-19.

Se daran un total de diez mini-becas, que van desde $500 a $2,500 en un proceso de selección llevado a cabo por Salud Pública de Garfield County. Se darán mini-becas a proyectos que realicen actividades o eventos que motiven a los jóvenes, de 12 a 17 años, y a sus cuidadores a recibir la vacuna COVID-19. El programa de mini-becas se ofrece en base a la otorgacion de la Fundación Caring for Colorado.

El proceso de solicitud se abre el 20 de Septiembre y se cierra el 11 de Octubre. Las solicitudes se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Pública de Garfield County y se envían electrónicamente. Los beneficiarios serán notificados el Lunes, 18 de Octubre y todos los proyectos deben completarse antes del 13 de Diciembre del 2021.

Además de concentrarse en aumentar las tasas de vacunación, las mini-becas ofrecen un beneficio adicional. Solo una parte de los fondos otorgados debe usarse en los esfuerzos de vacunación contra COVID-19. La otra parte se puede utilizar en gastos de proyectos no relacionados con vacunas que el solicitante quisiera cubrir.

“Lo emocionante de las mini-becas es que los fondos se pueden utilizar tanto para la actividad de promoción de vacunas como para cubrir el costo de algo que no está relacionado. Por ejemplo, un club de cocina puede organizar una noche de información sobre vacunas, pero también necesita articulos para hornear para su club. Los fondos se pueden utilizar para organizar el evento de vacunación y comprar los articulos para el uso futuro ”, dijo Dana Wood, Especialista en Salud Pública de Garfield County.

El programa de mini-becas de vacunación COVID-19 está abierto a los solicitantes que atienden a jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus familias. Las escuelas secundarias, y high schools, las agencias sin fines de lucro que sirven a los jóvenes, las organizaciones religiosas, los coordinadores de festivales o eventos u otros grupos comunitarios de jóvenes pueden aplicar. El Departamento de Salud Pública de Garfield County se compromete a garantizar un acceso equitativo para que los niños y jóvenes reciban las vacunas COVID-19. La equidad en el acceso a la información y las vacunas es una pilar para reducir la transmisión del virus COVID-19.

Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccine mini-grants

COVID summary: 70% of Garfield County residents over 18 have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine

Ivermectin alert; free COVID testing locations from Carbondale to Rifle

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has reached 70 percent of the population 18 and older having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Friday, Garfield County Public Health is following four cases that are hospitalized. Last week, an additional COVID death was confirmed following an outbreak at a long-term care facility.

This brings the county’s death toll to 57 due to the illness. Since the beginning of August, 99 percent of positive COVID results sequenced in Colorado are the Delta variant.

Free COVID testing in Garfield County

There are two free community testing providers in Garfield County, and neither a doctor’s order nor identification are required. Sites accept both walk-ups and appointments, but do not have rapid tests available. If you have symptoms, or feel you have been exposed, get tested within one to two days. Test turnaround times are between 36-48 hours.

Roaring Fork Valley free COVID testing Monday – Friday

            Carbondale, parking lot behind Town Hall

511 Colorado Ave (Enter via 4th St.)

            8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

            Glenwood, Roaring Fork School District Admin. Building parking lot

            1405 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs

7 – 11 a.m.

            Rifle, Mountain Family parking lot

            195 W. 14th St. Bldg. C, Rifle (back side of parking lot, closest to the fairgrounds)

            8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

State of Colorado free COVID testing Sundays

            Rifle, Public Health parking lot

            195 W. 14th St., Rifle

            12 – 4 p.m.

See Garfield County COVID testing for a complete list of testing providers including pharmacies and medical offices in Garfield County.

September 6 Public Health Labor Day Office Closure

Those due for a second dose of vaccine on September 6, please plan to attend vaccine clinics later in the week or the following week.

Why you should not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19

The FDA recently issued information on Ivermectin, a drug used to treat or prevent parasites in animals (not for fighting viruses). The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medial support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses. Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans.

The FDA’s job is to carefully evaluate the scientific data on a drug to be sure that it is both safe and effective for a particular use, and then to decide whether or not to approve it. Using any treatment for COVID-19 that’s not approved or authorized by the FDA, unless part of a clinical trial, can cause serious harm. 

Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.

Delta plus

The Delta-plus variant has been detected in several locations around the United States and elsewhere in the world. The plus in Delta-plus, refers to the newer variant’s spike protein mutation. Spike proteins are what allows COVID and other viruses to get into our cells. According to the CDC this variation can make other treatments less effective.

FDA fully approves, COVID vaccine Comirnaty

On August 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and up, and marketed under the name Comirnaty. For people waiting for full FDA approval to get vaccinated, check the Garfield County COVID vaccine page for a list of clinics. Walk-ins and appointments are available. With over 200 million doses administered in the U.S., the FDA has never before attained so much evidence to judge a vaccine’s safety. Those 12 to 15 years old may still receive Pfizer vaccine under an emergency use authorization.

COVID summary: 70% of Garfield County residents over 18 have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine

GCPH: Sixty-seven percent of Garfield County residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A higher percentage of the overall Garfield County population is now vaccinated, with 67 percent having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Data over the past seven days indicates that unvaccinated residents are at a higher risk of contracting COVID (6.2 times that of vaccinated individuals) and the 20- to 29-year-old age group has experienced the majority of new COVID cases.

7-day (8/14-8/20)

  • Vaccinated CI: 26.5 per 100,000
  • Unvaccinated CI: 163.5 per 100,000

14-day (8/7-8/20)

  • Vaccinated CI: 86.1 per 100,000
  • Unvaccinated CI: 313.6 per 100,000

*The cumulative incidence (CI) rate is a measure of the frequency that COVID is occurring over a specific period and calculated per 100,000 people. It provides a picture of the state of the pandemic in a community.

Age                 Percent                       Fully

group              first dose                    vaccinated

12-15               50%                             39%

16-18               54%                             45%

19-29               60%                             51%

30-39               58%                             51%

40-49               65%                             58%

50-59               68%                             62%

60-69               81%                             76%

70-79               91%                             87%

80+                  83%                             77%

Male                65%                             57%

Female            68%                             61%

FDA gives full approval to Pfizer COVID vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and up. For people waiting for full FDA approval to get vaccinated, check the Garfield County COVID vaccine page for a list of upcoming clinics and providers. Walk-ins and appointments are available. With more than 200 million doses administered in the U.S., the FDA has never before had so much evidence to judge a vaccine’s safety.

September 6 public health Labor Day office closure

Those due for a second dose of vaccine on September 6, please plan to attend vaccine clinics later in the week or the following week.

Booster doses

At this time, Garfield County Public Health does not have booster dose clinic dates set. Please watch the vaccine webpage for updates. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services booster announcement, booster clinics may start on Sept. 20 for people eight months past the date of their second shot. 

COVID school guidance

Public health has been working with local schools and districts on the best ways to keep staff and students safe and in-person during the 2021-2022 school year. Increasing vaccination rates remains the single most effective strategy for keeping schools open. A layered approach of masking, quarantine/isolation is also important.

Garfield County Public Health current guidance for schools.

Parent guidance following a positive COVID-19 symptom screen.

GCPH: Sixty-seven percent of Garfield County residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

GCPH COVID-19 UPDATE: Youth vaccine rate increases to 50 percent

Garfield County Public Health

Garfield County Public Health considers the goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the county to be within reach. It will take an additional 2,028 people to get vaccinated for the county to meet this goal.

For the third week in a row, first doses of COVID vaccines administered outnumbered second doses. First doses accounted for 60 percent of the 1,130 vaccine doses received last week.

There was a 16 percent increase in first and second doses given to 12- to 15-year-olds – this age group has nearly reached the 50-percent vaccinated mark. Ninety-four percent of cases seen at local hospitals since July have been unvaccinated.

Booster, Comeback Cash, immunocompromised vaccine clinics

  • Immunocompromised individuals meeting certain criteria may attend any current public health vaccine clinic to receive their extra dose.
  • A booster dose update has been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At this time, Public Health does not have booster dose clinic dates set. Please watch the vaccine webpage for updates.
  • Comeback Cash returns to Rifle Walmart August 20 and 21. Get $100 for your COVID vaccine.

September 6 Labor Day office closure

Those due for a second dose of vaccine on September 6, please plan to attend vaccine clinics later in the week or the following week. Garfield County offices and departments are closed for the Labor Day holiday.

COVID school guidance

Public health has been working with local schools and districts on the best ways to keep staff and students safe and in-person during the 2021-2022 school year. Increasing vaccination rates remains the single most effective strategy to keeping schools open. A layered approach of masking, quarantine/isolation is also important.

COVID by the numbers:

Age                 Percent first dose     Fully
group              First dose                   vaccinated

12-15               48%                             37%
16-18               52%                             43%
19-29               59%                             50%
30-39               57%                             50%
40-49               64%                             57%
50-59               68%                             61%
60-69               80%                             75%
70-79               90%                             87%
80+                  83%                             77%

Cumulative incidence rate*:

Looking that the incidence rate over the past 7-days an unvaccinated person was nearly three times as likely to have a positive diagnosis than a vaccinated person, and that goes up to four times as likely for an unvaccinated person to have a positive diagnosis than unvaccinated in the past 14-day period.

7-day (8/7-8/13)

  • Vaccinated: 46.9 per 100,000
  • Unvaccinated: 134.9 per 100,000

14-day (7/31-8/13)

  • Vaccinated: 73.8 per 100,000
  • Unvaccinated 299.6 per 100,000

*The cumulative incidence (CI) rate is a measure of the frequency that COVID is occurring over a specific period and calculated per 100,000 people. It provides a picture of the state of the pandemic in a community.

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Aumentó la tasa de vacunación juvenil, regresa el cash returns, refuerzos en el otoño

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Salud Pública considera que el objetivo de vacunar al 70 por ciento del condado está al alcance, con 2,028 personas adicionales, el condado llegará a la meta.

Por tercera semana consecutiva, administración de la primera dosis de COVID superó el número a la segunda dosis.  De 1,130 dosis de vacunas administradas la semana pasada, el 60 por ciento fueron primeras dosis.   

Hubo un aumento del 16 por ciento en la primera y segunda dosis administradas a niños de 12 a 15 años. Este grupo de edad casi ha alcanzado la marca del 50 por ciento de vacunados.

El 94 por ciento de los casos atendidos en hospitales desde julio no han sido vacunados.

Refuerzo, comeback cash, clínicas de vacunas para inmunocomprometidos

  • Personas inmunocomprometidas que cumplen cierta criterio pueden acudir a cualquier clínica de vacunación de Salud Pública a recibir una dosis adicional.
  • Comeback Cash regresa a Walmart en Rifle el 20 y 21 de agosto.  Reciba $100 al recibir la vacuna de COVID. Mire los detalles aquí.

El 6 de septiembre estará cerrado Salud Pública por el Día del Trabajo

Aquellos que necesiten la segunda dosis de la vacuna el 6 de septiembre, planeen asistir a las clínicas de vacunas disponibles esa semana o próxima semana.

Orientación escolar de COVID

Salud Pública ha estado trabajando con las escuelas y distritos locales sobre la mejor manera de mantener al personal y a los estudiantes seguros y en persona durante el año escolar 2021-2022. El aumento de las tasas de vacunación sigue siendo la estrategia más eficaz para mantener abiertas las escuelas. También es importante un enfoque sobre el uso de cubrebocas y la cuarentena / aislamiento.  

Guía actual de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield para escuelas.

Orientación para padres después de un síntomas positivo de COVID-19.

COVID por números:

Grupo de        Porcentaje de            Completamente

edad                primera dosis            vacunados

12-15               48%                             37%

16-18               52%                             43%

19-29               59%                             50%

30-39               57%                             50%

40-49               64%                             57%

50-59               68%                             61%

60-69               80%                             75%

70-79               90%                             87%

80+                  83%                             77%

Tasa de incidencia acumulada:

Tomando en cuenta la tasa de incidencia durante los últimos 7 días, una persona no vacunada tiene casi tres veces más probabilidades de tener un diagnóstico positivo que una persona vacunada, y en los últimos 14 días, es cuatro veces más probable que una persona no vacunada tenga un diagnóstico positivo que una persona no vacunada.

7-días (8/7-8/13)

  • Vacunados: 46.9 por 100,000
  • No vacunados: 134.9 por 100,000

14-días (7/31-8/13)

  • Vacunados: 73.8 por 100,000
  • No vacunados 299.6 por 100,000

*La tasa de incidencia acumulada (IC) es una medida de la frecuencia con la que se produce el COVID durante un período específico y se calcula por cada 100,000 personas. Proporciona una imagen del estado de la pandemia en una comunidad.

GCPH COVID-19 UPDATE: Youth vaccine rate increases to 50 percent

Immunocompromised individuals can get extra vaccine dose at Garfield County Public Health

Garfield County Public Health

Immunocompromised individuals can now get an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any scheduled Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 clinic.

Boosters for the public are not recommended at this time. This recommendation pertains to immunocompromised persons who received the mRNA two-dose vaccine series. 

COVID-19 clinics are listed on the Garfield County COVID and public health vaccine page. Walk-ins or appointments are welcome.

Weekly clinics:

Rifle Public Health
195 W. 14th St. Rifle
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Glenwood Springs Public Health
2014 Blake Ave.
Mondays and Wednesdays
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Garfield County Public Health follows all Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) guidance for extra doses. The additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be administered at least 28 days after completion of the primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the additional dose should be the same as the primary mRNA vaccine series a person received, but an alternate mRNA dose can be used if that vaccine is not available.

CDC endorsement of the (ACIP) recommendation.

Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine

Moderately to severely immunocompromised Coloradans includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

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Personas inmunodeprimidas pueden recibir una dosis adicional de COVID-19 en Salud Pública

Personas inmunodeprimidas ahora pueden recibir una dosis adicional de la vacuna COVID-19 en cualquier clínica de COVID 19 de Salud Pública. No se recomiendan dosis adicionales para el público general en este momento Esta recomendación se refiere a personas inmunodeprimidas que recibieron la serie de vacunas de dos dosis de ARNm COVID19.

Las clínicas para la vacuna de COVID-19 se enlistan en la página de vacunas de Salud Pública y COVID del Condado Garfield. Cita o sin cita son bienvenidos. Vacunas Moderna, Pfizer y Johnson & Johnson están disponible en todas las clínicas.

Clínicas Semanales:
Salud Pública en Rifle

195 W. 14th St.
martes y jueves
9 am – 3:30 pm

Salud Pública en Glenwood Springs
2014 Blake Ave.
Lunes y miércoles
9 am – 3:30 pm

Salud Pública seguirá las guías del CDPHE (por sus siglas en inglés) sobre dosis adicionales. La dosis adicional de la vacuna de ARNm COVID-19 debe administrarse al menos 28 días después de haber recibido la última dosis de la serie de vacunas de COVID-19. El Consejo Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP, por sus siglas en inglés) recomienda que la dosis adicional sea la misma vacuna que recibió la persona originalmente, pero se puede usar una dosis de COVID alternativa si la vacuna recibida originalmente no está disponible. Aprobación del CDC sobre la recomendación del Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP) recomendación del Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP).

Quién necesita el refuerzo de la vacuna COVID-19

Personas inmuinmunodeprimidas severa o moderadamente que incluye:
• Están recibiendo tratamiento contra el cáncer para tumores o cánceres de la sangre
• Recibió un trasplante de órgano y está tomando medicamentos para reprimir el sistema inmunológico
• Recibió un trasplante de células madre en los últimos 2 años o está tomando medicamentos para reprimir el sistema inmunológico
• Inmunodeficiencia primaria moderada o grave (como el síndrome de DiGeorge, el síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich)
• Infección por VIH avanzada o no tratada
• Tratamiento activo con corticosteroides en dosis altas u otros medicamentos que pueden reprimir como responde su sistema inmunológico

Las personas deben hablar con su médico sobre su condición médica y si es recomendado recibir una dosis adicional.

Immunocompromised individuals can get extra vaccine dose at Garfield County Public Health

Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 update: The vaccinated and unvaccinated gap

Youth vaccine ambassador program available; municipal vaccine numbers explained

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Nationally, there has been a 27 percent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with Colorado experiencing a 16 percent increase. Garfield County has remained relatively stable with an average of four cases on any given day. All the current hospitalizations involve unvaccinated individuals. 

Five deaths were confirmed by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office last week. The individuals were all unvaccinated and passed away due to COVID-19 between July 14 and July 31. 

“Week after week, the data is showing us that this pandemic is really impacting those who are unvaccinated. The vaccines are doing what they are supposed to do regarding disease severity, hospitalizations and deaths,” said Garfield County Public Health Specialist Mason Hohstadt. “Fortunately, a slow but steady increase in people getting their vaccines continues.”

COVID by the numbers

Garfield County:

  • There are currently four people hospitalized with COVID.
  • Since July 1, 94% hospitalized cases have been unvaccinated.
  • Since May 1, there have been 17 confirmed deaths (one additional pending).
  • In July, three deaths involved people under the age 50 – all were unvaccinated.
  • 64.4 percent of people have received one dose of the vaccine.
  • 57.9 percent of people are fully vaccinated.
  • There have been 127 breakthrough cases out of 29,740 fully vaccinated residents, or 0.42% of vaccinated persons

Colorado:

  • As of July 18, 100% cases sequenced are now Delta variant for Colorado.

Cumulative incidence rate variance between vaccinated/unvaccinated

The 14-day cumulative incidence rate remains in the yellow range due to unvaccinated cases. In the past 14 days, breakthrough cases (those fully vaccinated who have contracted COVID) have decreased by 5. In addition, the population of fully vaccinated individuals has gone up, reducing the percentage of those that are unvaccinated.

Unvaccinated individuals account for 80% of the current COVID incidence rate.

Cumulative incidence rate* comparison

  7-day vaccinated                  23.9     July 31 – Aug. 6

  7-day unvaccinated              132.4   July 31 – Aug. 6

14-day vaccinated                  65.1     July 24 – Aug. 6

14-day unvaccinated              280.9   July 24 – Aug. 6

*The cumulative incidence (CI) rate is a measure of the frequency that COVID is occurring over a specific time period and calculated per 100,000 people. It provides a picture of the state of the pandemic in a community. 

Municipal vaccine breakdowns 

Public health reports countywide vaccine rates rather than rates for each of the six municipalities. Public health tracks the number of vaccinations by municipal area. However, calculating accurate municipal vaccination rates proves difficult. Here’s why: 40 percent of Garfield County residents reside outside of an incorporated municipal boundary but use a municipal address. Using population estimates from the state demography office would underreport the actual number of residents. 

To better explain the issue, public health looked at the town of Carbondale. The Department of Labor Affairs (DOLA) estimates Carbondale to have 6,892 persons. Looking at first doses administered to individuals with a Carbondale address, there have been 7,289 leaving a vaccination rate of 106 percent of the total population. 

Public health also looked for demographics using census tract levels. The census breaks ages into 0-4, 5-17, 18-64, and 65 and older. Without a more detailed breakdown of ages, there is not an accurate way of finding a denominator. 

Therefore, Garfield County has used the overall countywide vaccination rate to provide the best representation of what is occurring in the county.

New mask/testing guidance for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities

Changes include:

  • Requiring universal mask use for staff, visitors, and residents in residential care facilities regardless of vaccination status.
  • Requiring testing of fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a COVID-positive person. Testing includes both lab-based PCR immediately after exposure and point-of-care testing, using rapid testing daily during incubation periods.

Get paid to help spread the word about COVID-19 Vaccines

Want to help end the COVID pandemic, use your creative skills, and get paid? 

Public health is looking for groups of youth, ages 12 to 17, and adults, 18 and up, to help with vaccination campaigns. All ambassadors work alongside healthcare experts, such as doctors, pediatricians, and nurses, to develop and promote consistent messaging on COVID-19 vaccines. 

Time is compensated, and food is provided for all meetings. Ambassadors are encouraged to be creative, using social media, events, or other ideas to get the word out. Please contact Garfield County Public Health Specialist Dana Wood at (970) 625-5200, ext. 8121, or by email for more information.

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Informe sobre COVID-19

10 de agosto, 2021

La discrepancia entre vacunados y no vacunados, programa de jóvenes embajadores para vacunación, comparación de vacunas entre municipios

A nivel nacional, han aumentado las hospitalizaciones un 27 por ciento.  Colorado ha tenido un aumento del 16 por ciento. Garfield se ha mantenido relativamente estable con un promedio de cuatro casos en cualquier día. Todas las hospitalizaciones por el momento son personas que no se han vacunado.

La oficina del forense confirmó cinco muertes la semana pasada. Todas las personas no estaban vacunadas y fallecieron debido al COVID-19 entre el 14 y el 31 de julio.

“Semana tras semana, los datos nos muestran que esta pandemia realmente está afectando a quienes no están vacunados.  Las vacunas están haciendo lo que se supone deben hacer con respecto a prevenir la gravedad de la enfermedad, las hospitalizaciones y las muertes”, dijo Mason Hohstadt, Especialista en Salud Pública del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield. “Afortunadamente, la vacunación continúa aumentando, lento pero constante”.

COVID por números

Condado Garfield:

  • 4 hospitalizaciones al momento por COVID
  • Desde el 1 de julio, el 94% de casos hospitalizados no han sido vacunados
  • Desde el 1 de mayo, hay 17 muertes confirmadas (1 adicional pendiente)
  • En julio hubo 3 muertes y menores de 50 años, todos no estaban vacunados
  • El 64.4 por ciento tienen una dosis de la vacuna
  • 57.9 por ciento están completamente vacunados
  • 127 casos de breakthrough, de 29,740 personas completamente vacunados, o .42% de personas vacunadas

Colorado:

Desde el 18 de julio, el 100% de los casos secuenciados son de la variante Delta en Colorado

Varianza de la tasa de incidencia acumulada entre vacunados y no vacunados

La tasa de incidencia acumulada por 14 días permanece en el rango amarillo debido a los casos no vacunados.  En los últimos 14 días, los casos de avance (aquellos completamente vacunados que han contraído COVID) han disminuido en 5.  Además, la población de individuos completamente vacunados ha aumentado, reduciendo el porcentaje de los que no están vacunados.

Personas no vacunadas representan el 80% de la tasa de incidencia actual de COVID.

Incidencia acumulada * Comparación de tasas

  7-días vacunados                 23.9     julio 31 – agosto 6

  7-días no vacunados            132.4   julio 31 – agosto 6

14-días vacunados                 65.1     julio 24 – agosto 6

14-días no vacunados            280.9   julio 24 – agosto 6

*La tasa de incidencia acumulada (IC) es una medida de la frecuencia con la que ocurre el COVID durante un período de tiempo específico y se calcula por cada 100,000 personas. Provee una imagen del estado de la pandemia en una comunidad.

Comparación de Vacunación en Municipios

Salud Pública informa las tasas de vacunación en todo el condado en lugar de las tasas para cada uno de los seis municipios.  Salud Pública rastrea el número de vacunaciones por area municipal.  Sin embargo, resulta difícil calcular tasas de vacunación municipales precisas. Este es el por qué.

El 40 por ciento que residen en el Condado Garfield viven fuera de los límites municipales incorporados, pero usan una dirección municipal.  Utilizar estimaciones de población de la oficina estatal de demografía no reportaría el número real de residentes.

Para explicar mejor el problema, Salud Pública analizó la ciudad de Carbondale.  El Departamento de Asuntos Laborales (DOLA) estima que Carbondale tiene 6,892 personas.

En cuanto a las primeras dosis administradas a personas con una dirección de Carbondale, ha habido 7.289, lo que deja una tasa de vacunación del 106 por ciento de la población total.

Salud Pública también buscó datos demográficos utilizando los niveles de los distritos censales. El censo divide las edades en 0-4, 5-17, 18-64 y 65 años o más. Sin una comparación más detallada de edades, no existe una forma precisa de encontrar un denominador.

Por lo tanto, el Condado Garfield ha utilizado la tasa general de vacunación en todo el condado para proporcionar la mejor representación de lo que está ocurriendo en el condado.

Nueva Guía de Prueba/Cubrebocas para Centros de Atención Residencial que atienden a adultos mayores y a personas con discapacidades

Los cambios incluyen:

  • Exigir el uso de cubrebocas al personal, visitantes y residentes en los centros de atención residencial, independientemente del estado de vacunación.
  • Exigir la prueba a personas completamente vacunadas que hayan tenido contacto cercano con una persona positiva a COVID.  Las pruebas incluyen tanto una prueba de PCR de laboratorio inmediatamente después de la exposición, así como pruebas en el lugar de atención, utilizando pruebas rápidas diariamente durante los períodos de incubación.

Recibe dinero para ayudar a promover las vacunas COVID-19

¿Quiere ayudar a poner fin a la pandemia de COVID, utilizar sus habilidades creativas y recibir un pago?

Salud Pública está buscando grupos de jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y adultos de 18 años en adelante, para ayudar con las campañas de vacunación. Todos los embajadores trabajarán junto a expertos como médicos, pediatras y enfermeras para desarrollar o promover mensajes consistentes sobre las vacunas COVID-19.

Se proporcionará compensación por el tiempo y comida en todas las reuniones. Se recomienda a embajadores a que sean creativos, utilicen las redes sociales, los eventos u otras ideas para correr la voz. Comuníquese con Dana Wood en para obtener más información.

Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 update: The vaccinated and unvaccinated gap

GCPH: COVID-19 update

Garfield County Public Health

Comparing incidence rates of vaccinated vs unvaccinated, new CDC guidance, increase in first dose vaccines

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shifted the mask message for vaccinated persons, stating that in places of high transmission, (as most of the nation is) fully vaccinated individuals should consider wearing masks when indoors. Garfield County is currently listed on the CDC site as “substantial” level of community transmission.

Part of this new messaging is due to the Delta variant, which continues to be the dominantCOVID-19 strain in Garfield and surrounding counties. The Delta variant is more contagious and has been linked to increased breakthrough cases. A breakthrough case occurs when a fully vaccinated individual contracts COVID-19. However, for the fully vaccinated, it does not appear to increase hospitalization or death risk.

Vaccinations remain the best defense against severe disease, hospitalizations, and death.

Slight decline in cases
Over the past 14 days, there has been a slight decrease in COVID-19 cases, dropping from approximately 12 per day to 9.7, along with a decrease in the test positivity rate from a high of 7.4 percent to five percent.

Increase in first dose vaccines given
For the first time in several weeks, Garfield County providers administered more first doses of COVID-19 vaccine than second doses. Out of the 588 doses administered over the past week,348 were first doses. This is nearly 60 percent first doses, and a good sign that people who may have been holding off are now ready to become vaccinated.

COVID-19 numbers for Garfield County
118 total breakthrough cases for Garfield County
2 currently hospitalized
51 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19
14 deaths since the first week in May
91% of our hospitalized cases since July have been unvaccinated
100% of all COVID-19 tests sequenced in Colorado are the Delta variant as of July 11, 2021

Incidence rate for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals
Garfield County Public Health examined the COVID-19 incidence rate in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals over the past seven- and 14-day periods and found the burden of the COVID-19 disease to be largely on those who are unvaccinated.

Using the state demography office estimates, there are 60,168 individuals in Garfield County.
As of July 30, there were 28,843 fully vaccinated individuals, leaving 31,325 unvaccinated individuals (including children too young to be vaccinated).

Cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County
Total cases 59 July 24-30
Breakthrough cases 9 July 24-30
Total cases 136 July 17-30
Breakthrough cases 24 July 17-30


Cumulative Incidence* Rate Comparison
7-day vaccinated 31.2 July 24-30
7-day unvaccinated 159.6 July 24-30
14-day vaccinated 83.2 July 17-30
14-day unvaccinated 434.2 July 17-30
*The cumulative incidence (CI) rate is a measure of the frequency that COVID is occurring over a specific time period and calculated per 100,000 people. It provides a picture of the state of the pandemic in a community.

Vaccine breakdown in Garfield County
• 63.3 percent of the eligible population have at least one dose
• 56.8 percent fully vaccinated
• 58 percent of females within the eligible population are fully vaccinated, while males are 55 percent

Age GroupPercent fully vaccinated
12-1529%
16-1840%
19-2948%
30-3949%
40-4956%
50-5960%
60-6975%
70-7986%
80+76%

Back to school is nearly here; leave kids enough time to get both doses
Garfield County area schools begin mid-August. Parents who wish to have their 12 and older aged children fully vaccinated by the start of the 21-22 school year need to allow 21 days between doses of vaccine. It takes 2 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 can be found on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook
@Garfieldhealth.

GCPH: COVID-19 update