Kiowa County Public Health COVID-19 Weekly Update - March 03, 2021

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Published Thursday, March 4, 2021
by Meagan Hillman

DATA

  • Cases 99
  • Hospitalizations 5
  • Deaths 4**

*These are cumulative totals as of 03/02/2021 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, down from 3.7% last week. Our goal is to keep this less than five percent. We need to be testing to be able to remain in Level Blue.

Incidence Rate and Test Positivity

The Incidence Rate and Test Positivity graphs on the next page are now 7-day averages. They used to be 14-day and changed in response to the Dial 2.0.

Kiowa County is dial level BLUE https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial

NEWS

  • School districts in our county are being attended in person. Stay in touch with your school district for the latest information. Season C sports is set for approval very soon, CHSAA and CDPHE are continuing to work on this! Prom and graduation guidance are expected this week.
  • Vaccine phasing will again expand on March 5, 2021 to include 1B.3. It will include agriculture workers who are in close proximity to one another (such as meat packing plants, etc), those age 60 and up, and those age 16-59 with 2 or more chronic health conditions. They are listed at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine. Phase 1B.4 was added. Once Phase1 is complete the vaccine will then be made available to the general public. 
  • Vaccine providers for the public in Kiowa County include KCPH and Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital. 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. Johnson and Johnson (also known as J&J or Janssen) has been approved. It is a single dose vaccine!
  • 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.
  • 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 will be a new lab for free community testing starting next week to better serve those needing to be tested who are asymptomatic.

Call 719-438-5782 or 719-336-8721 with questions or to schedule your vaccine appointment.

You can check https://covid19.colorado.gov for information or email pcphdirector@prowerscounty.net with any business/event plans or questions. 

We appreciate your patience in this busy and trying time!

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