Kiowa County Weekly COVID-19 Updates - May 12, 2021

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Published Thursday, May 13, 2021

DATA

  • Cases 103 
  • Hospitalizations 6 
  • Deaths 4**

*These are cumulative totals as of 05/03/2021 4pm **Deaths in people with a recent positive COVID Test

  • CASES PAST 7 days: 0
  • CASES PAST 14 days: 2

TESTS

This week's positivity rate was 0.0%, down from 8.57% last week. The goal is to keep this below five percent. Please get tested if exposed or if you have symptoms. It is FREE! You can also get free testing that you can do at home. You can find more information at https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home

NEWS

  • MASKS: The updated Executive Order was renewed. The target areas continue to require face coverings for all counties in schools (including for extracurricular activities), child care centers, indoor children's camps, public-facing state government facilities,
  • Emergency medical and other healthcare settings (including hospitals, ambulance service centers, urgent care centers, non-ambulatory surgical structures, clinics, doctors' offices, and non-urgent care medical structures), personal services (i.e. hair salons, nail salons, esthetician services, body art professionals, etc.) and limited health care settings as defined by Public Health Order (PHO) 20-36, congregate care facilities, prisons, and jails. Public Health, when we are doing clinics, is a limited healthcare setting. 
  • Please continue to mask when you come for appointments. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
  • The vaccine bus will be in our region most weekends. It will be at Lamar Days on Saturday. No appointment is necessary and walk-ups are welcome! See the bus schedule here: https://www.mobilevax.us/clinics
  • Pfizer vaccine will be approved this week for the 12-15-year-old age group. Please call us if you would like to get your kids on the list and we will get a clinic scheduled as soon as we are able to get more Pfizer vaccine.
  • Prowers County Public Health and Environment ("PCPHE") and Prowers County Board of Health members Thomas Grasmick and Ron Cook collected and reviewed additional information regarding the degree of exposure Lamar High School Volleyball athletes and coaches had on May 4, 5 and 6, 2021. Upon review of the additional information provided, it was determined that nearly all of the coaches or athletes did not have sufficient exposure on May 4, 5, and 6, 2021 to warrant continuing quarantine of the Lamar High School Volleyball athletes and coaches. As to individuals who were not exposed to the extent requiring quarantine, the quarantine was released effective May 10, 2021
  • 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.
  • If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, or may have been exposed, please get tested! There are FREE testing options. 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!

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