Kiowa County Public Health COVID-19 weekly update – November 11, 2020

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Published Wednesday, November 11, 2020
by Meagan Hillman

DATA

  • Cases: 14
  • Hospitalizations: 1
  • Deaths: 0

*These are cumulative totals as of 11/11/2020 9am

TESTS

Positivity rates have risen, and the testing frequency is about the same. Kiowa county is currently at 9.38%, up from 7.6% last week. Our goal is to keep this less than five percent.  This is not unexpected as more COVID in the area will increase the positivity rate. We are in the final stages of converting to Curative testing which is an oral swab and guaranteed shorter turnaround times!

NEWS AND FAQs

  • Kiowa County is in Safer at Home Level Blue. The county is not currently eligible for Protect Our Neighbors status. See the levels, what it takes to meet them, and the dial system at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial
  • 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.
  • There are exposures and quarantines at Eads School, please contact them for details or questions. Public Health will always contact you if your child is directly affected or exposed. 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 719-438-2251 to schedule. 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.
  • We are so grateful for our Veterans! Thank you for your service as you are honored on this Veterans Day!

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

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