Kiowa County Public Health COVID-19 update – November 25, 2020 – 1 COVID-associated death reported

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Published Wednesday, November 25, 2020
by Meagan Hillman

DATA

  • Cases: 26
  • Hospitalizations: 2
  • Deaths: 1

*These are cumulative totals as of 11/24/2020 4pm

  • CASES PAST 7 days: 4
  • CASES PAST 14 days: 12
  • CURRENT HOSPITALIZATIONS: 0

TESTS:

Positivity rates have risen and the testing frequency is about the same. Kiowa county is currently at 7.3%, down from 9.52% last week. Our goal is to keep this <5%

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GRAPH Kiowa County COVID Statistics
Kiowa County COVID-19 statistics as of November 24, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

NEWS AND FAQs

  • Public Health must report all deaths in COVID-19 positive patients. The process to decide whether or not the person died of COVID-19 or with COVID-19 is done at the state and federal level (CDPHE and CDC). Local public health does not have input in this process

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GRAPH Level Orange Dial - CDPHE
Level Orange Dial (as of November 20, 2020). Courtesy CDPHE

  • Kiowa County is in Safer at Home Level Orange as of Sunday November 22, 2020 at 5pm. See the levels, what it takes to meet them, and the dial system at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial.
  • In the Southeast Region (Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers) modeling data estimates that 1 out of every 50 people is contagious with COVID-19! In Colorado it is 1 out of every 41!
  • Governor Polis and State Epidemiologist Dr Rachel Herlihy are asking 3 things of all Coloradans:
    1. Interact with only those in your household - This means all Coloradans need to do their best to avoid any social interactions with friends and family outside of their homes throughout the month of November.
    2. Keep your distance - Just because an individual is wearing a mask doesn't mean they aren't at risk if they are interacting with others in close proximity. Coloradans have to do a better job of staying six or more feet away from others.
    3. Wear a Mask - The numbers are clear. If an individual wears a mask, they have a much lower risk of getting or transmitting the virus.
  • Please stay in touch with your school district for current status.
  • Please look here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/are-you-sick/isolation-and-quarantine for isolation and quarantine information.
  • If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, or may have been exposed, and are interested in testing, call 719-438-5401 and ask for the lab. If you are having severe symptoms such as significant trouble breathing, etc. call 911.
  • There continues to be a Mask Mandate for those over the age of 10 in all indoor spaces other than home.
  • 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 and minimize gatherings.
  • Our hospitals that we depend on to transfer patients to when they need a higher level of care are at or heading to capacity. PLEASE do your part to turn this trend around!

Call Public Health with any questions at 719-336-8721.

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