Kiowa County Public Health COVID-19 Weekly Update - June 24, 2021

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Published Friday, June 25, 2021
by Meagan Hillman

DATA

  • Cases 103 
  • Hospitalizations 6 
  • Deaths 4**

*These are cumulative totals as of 06/23/2021 4pm **Deaths in people with a recent positive COVID Test

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

TESTS

This week's positivity was 0.0 percent, unchanged from last week. The goal is to remain below five percent. 

Please get tested if exposed or if you have symptoms. It is FREE! Call 438-5401 and ask for the lab.

If you are having severe symptoms such as significant trouble breathing, etc. call 911. 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 any questions. We appreciate your patience in this busy and trying time!

NEWS

  • WALK-IN VACCINE CLINICS are available every Wednesday at the Kiowa County Public Health office from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Age 12+ can only receive Pfizer vaccine at this time (2 doses 21 days apart). Moderna and J&J are for ages 18+ at this time. Moderna is 2 doses 28 days apart and Jannsen (aka Johnson&Johnson, J&J) is a single dose vaccine.
  • There has been concern about vaccine causing inflammation of the heart in young people. Careful scientific analysis has determined that you are more likely to get this condition from COVID-19 infection than the vaccine. If you do get the inflammation after the vaccine it is less severe as well.
  • The vaccine bus will be in our region at the end of the month. No appointment is necessary and walk-ups are welcome! If you want a particular vaccine (the bus carries J&J and Pfizer), an appointment is encouraged so that the staff have enough of the vaccine that you prefer. An appointment is also encouraged for those 12-17 since there is only 1 vaccine approved for this age group. See the bus schedule here: https://www.mobilevax.us/clinics
  • 36.7% of eligible Kiowa County residents have been vaccinated, up from 36.4% last week. The goal is 70%
  • There are rising concerns about the Delta variant in Colorado. It is 50% more transmissible and is causing increased hospitalizations and outbreaks on the Western Slope.
  • 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. Minimize gatherings.
  • The data that gives specifics about vaccine doses by age group has not been updated by CDPHE in a week due to some staff changes. Once it is updated, I will again include it!

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