Kiowa County Public Health COVID-19 Weekly Update – Kiowa County Now Level Green

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Published Thursday, March 25, 2021
by Meagan Hillman

NEWS

Kiowa County is dial level GREEN as of 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. See https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial for dial information.

What does this mean for the county? Restaurants can now open at full capacity.

Restrictions are lifted except for:

The following businesses and activities may operate at 50 percent of their pre-pandemic

capacity not to exceed 500 people:

  • Bars
  • Smoking lounges
  • Indoor events (school sports included)
  • Organized indoor recreational youth or adult league sports
  • Indoor Children's Day Camps, Residential Camps, Youth Sports Day Camps and Exempt Single Skill-Building Youth Camps

The mask order still stands unless the county is granted an exemption. The Commissioners have requested this, and I have relayed the request to CDPHE

Caution still needs to be exercised as we all will determine how we do moving forward. COVID still exists! Get tested if you have symptoms and get vaccinated!

Vaccine phasing expanded to include 1B.4 March 19.It includes those age 50 and older, those age 16-49 with one or more chronic health conditions, those working in higher education, food/restaurant workers, manufacturing, US Postal Service, public transit, public health, human service workers, faith leaders, direct care providers who work with those experiencing homelessness, journalists, and those necessary for continuity of local government. Details and the list of chronic health conditions are listed at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.

Approved vaccine providers for the public in Kiowa County include KCPH, Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital and Eads Medical Clinic.

If you are on multiple waitlists, please let the other facilities know if you get your vaccine so that your spot can be given to someone else.

Eads Medical Clinic is having a vaccine event April 2 Call 719-438-2351 and ask for Taran to schedule. The first 150 people will be vaccinated.

Restaurant workers can now get free at home testing. We are reaching out to local licensed restaurants and food service. See more at https://covid19.colorado.gov/pressrelease/cdphe-expands-at-home-covid-19...

COVID-19 variants have been identified in Colorado, and increasing numbers are being noted at the CDPHE lab. We are monitoring what this may do to vaccine effectiveness and transmissibility.

covid19.colorado.gov/espanol is the new Spanish website.

Remember: 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, stay at least six feet away from others, and minimize gatherings.

If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, or may have been exposed, please get tested! Call 438-5401 and ask for the lab. If you are having severe symptoms such as significant trouble breathing, etc. call 911.

DATA

  • Cases 99
  • Hospitalizations 6
  • Deaths 4**

*These are cumulative totals as of 03/16/2021 4pm **Deaths in people with a recent positive COVID test

  • CASES PAST 7 days: 0
  • CASES PAST 14 days: 0

TESTS

  • Kiowa county is currently at 0% 7-day average test positivity, the same as last week.
  • Our goal is to keep this less than five percent.
  • Call 719-438-5782 or 719-336-8721 with questions. 

We appreciate your patience in this busy and trying time!

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