Kiowa County Public Health Weekly COVID-19 Update - August 4, 2021

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Published Thursday, August 5, 2021
by Meagan Hillman

DATA

Cases 103 

  • Hospitalizations 6
  • Deaths 4**

*These are cumulative totals as of 08/03/2021 4pm **Deaths in people with a recent positive COVID Test

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

TESTS

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

  • VACCINE will be available by appointment at the public health office moving forward.  Call the office at 719-438-5782. All 3 types of vaccine are available.
  • Although the 70% goal has been met for those 70 and older, Kiowa County has 38.7% of eligible persons receiving at least 1 dose of vaccine, up from 38.2% last week!
  • School Guidance was released last week. You can review it here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/practical-guide-for-operationalizing-cdc-sc.... Each district forms their own individual plan and works with public health as required. Please stay tuned to your district's website and announcements for their finalized plans for this fall.
  • KCPH is not giving boosters, third doses, etc as our federal contract to administer vaccines does not permit off label administration. If this changes and a booster is recommended, we will get the word out as soon as we hear!
  • There are treatments called monoclonal antibodies that can be given to greatly reduce your chance of hospitalization. They are offered here locally. Call your provider for more information.
  • The Delta Variant is now responsible for more than 95% of the infections in Colorado and the US. While we have not had this isolated in Kiowa County, it has been found in our region. It is 50% more transmissible than non-variant COVID-19 viruses. There is significant concern that counties with low vaccine uptake will have significant case surges in the near future. Almost all hospitalizations and deaths are now in those who are unvaccinated. Those numbers are updated at: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data. Look for the variant data by county drop down menu.
  • 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, especially if you are not vaccinated. Minimize gatherings.

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