Kiowa County COVID-19 Weekly Update - September 22, 2021

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Published Friday, September 24, 2021
by Meagan Hillman

DATA

  • Cases 122 
  • Hospitalizations 8 
  • Deaths 4**

*These are cumulative totals as of 09/14/2021 4pm **Deaths in people with a recent positive COVID Test

  • CASES PAST 7 days: 1
  • CASES PAST 14 days: 3

Kiowa county has had a single case in a vaccinated person. ALL hospitalizations and deaths in Kiowa County were in people who were not vaccinated.

Modeling shows that 1 in 40 people is estimated to be infectious with COVID-19 at this time in our region (Otero, Crowley, Bent, Kiowa, Prowers, and Baca counties).

TESTS

This week's positivity was 10 percent, down from 17.65 percent last week. The goal is to remain below five percent. Please get tested if exposed or if you have symptoms. Community testing is FREE! Call 438-5401 and ask for the lab. If you are having severe symptoms such as significant trouble breathing, etc. call 911

NEWS

  • President Biden updated the US COVID-19 plan. It will require vaccinations or weekly testing for certain workers. The draft/document has not been released. We will update you as soon as it is available. It can be seen here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/covidplan/
  • VACCINE is available at the public health office. Please call 719-438-5782 to schedule your appointment. All 3 types of vaccine are available. Booster doses for the public will start on or after September 20th.
  • Flu vaccine can be given at the same time as COVID vaccine! We will be starting flu clinics soon!
  • Kiowa County has 41.6% of eligible persons receiving at least 1 dose of vaccine, up from 41.1% last week.
  • A reminder about isolation and quarantine: If you are quarantined or placed in isolation this means staying home and not going ANYWHERE other than the doctor if you need to be treated or tested. No one should come over. KCPH can assist you with coordination of prescription pick-up, activities to help the kids not go stir crazy or get delivery for your groceries, etc. PLEASE STAY HOME! This is an effective way of containing the spread of COVID-19. Please help us keep our community safe!
  • There are treatments called monoclonal antibodies that can be given to greatly reduce your chance of hospitalization. They are offered locally at the hospital. Call your provider for more information.
  • The most important thing you can do is continue to follow the guidance we have recommended from the beginning! Stay home if not feeling well, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently or use 60+% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wear a mask/face covering to contain any respiratory droplets and stay at least 6 feet from others, especially if you are not vaccinated. Minimize gatherings.
  • Call 719-438-5782 or 719-336-8721 with questions. You can check https://covid19.colorado.gov for information or email pcphdirector@prowerscounty.net with

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