Garfield County Public Health update: COVID boosters, natural immunity, SMART cards

Garfield County Public Health

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – COVID-19 update for Garfield County.

COVID vaccine clinics

Many community providers are offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

Counting booster doses

Anyone 18 or older who received Pfizer or Moderna six months ago, or anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months ago, is due for a booster and should plan to get one.

As of last week, 27 percent of those eligible have received a booster/third dose of vaccine. Roughly 18,000 people in Garfield County are now eligible to receive a booster dose.

Examining natural immunity

In a study published October 1, 2021, by the journal Microbe, researchers have begun modeling how long natural immunity lasts after a COIVD-19 infection. Scientists are unable to measure how much protection individual antibodies provide, due to the number of variants circulating and each person will have a different immune response.

Research shows that an individual can expect to see reinfection between 3 to 53 months after antibody decline, with most people seeing re-infection within 16 months.

Individuals who were sick with a previous strain of virus may find that their natural immunity is waning and may be at risk for contracting a new variant. Researchers who modeled the durability of natural immunity make the case that vaccinations are they best way to solve the pandemic, and that herd immunity is not a viable option due to variants of COVID-19.

Scientists have found the most consistent levels of antibody development, and development that offers protection against many variants of COVID-19, is through vaccination.

Garfield County has 74.6 percent of eligible individuals age 12+ vaccinated with at least one dose, and 66.6 percent are up to date.  

Hospitalizations, outbreaks, and deaths

Ten individuals (nine unvaccinated) are currently hospitalized for COVID-19.

Garfield County Public Health is monitoring outbreaks within long-term care facilities at Heritage Park (three individuals) and the Veterans Community Living Center (10 individuals) and one school outbreak, Ross Montessori (68 individuals). All numbers are cumulative.

There have been 10 deaths since October 1 (all unvaccinated). Eight have been confirmed due to COVID-19, with two currently pending an investigation by the coroner.

Keep a secure digital vaccine copy with SMART Health Card

The SMART Health Card is a free, internationally recognized, digital version of the COVID-19 vaccine record. It allows users to share proof of vaccination using a secure QR code on mobile phones.

Proof of vaccination required for indoor seated events of 500+

The Ninth Amended Colorado Public Health Order issued November 19, mandates proof of vaccination for indoor seated events of over 500 people. This order primarily impacts larger venues on Colorado’s front-range.

Vaccinations

As of November 11, individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.

VaccineFirst DosesSecond DosesThird Doses 
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)3,089100  
Pfizer16,16813,9472,712 
Moderna19,55317,4414,306 
Total38,79031,4887,018Overall change
Difference from 11/129203051,4562,681

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
22 de noviembre, 2021

Refuerzos de COVID, inmunidad natural, tarjetas INTELIGENTES

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Informe sobre COVID-19 para el Condado Garfield.

Clínicas de Vacunación contra COVID

Varios proveedores comunitarios están ofreciendo clínicas de vacunas contra COVID-19.

Refuerzos de la Vacuna

Cualquier persona mayor de 18 años que haya recibido Pfizer o Moderna hace seis meses o que haya recibido la vacuna Johnson & Johnson hace dos meses, debe recibir una dosis de refuerzo y hacer un plan para recibirla.

Desde la semana pasada, el 27 por ciento de los elegibles han recibido un refuerzo/tercera dosis de la vacuna.  Aproximadamente 18,000 personas en el Condado Garfield ya son elegibles para recibir un refuerzo.

Examinando la Inmunidad Natural

En un estudio publicado el 1 de octubre, 2021 por la revista Microbe, los investigadores han empezado a modelar cuánto tiempo dura la inmunidad natural después de una infección por COVID-19.  Los científicos no pueden medir cuánta protección brindan los anticuerpos individuales, debido a la cantidad de variantes que circulan y cada persona tiene una respuesta inmune diferente.

La investigación muestra que una persona puede volver a infectarse entre 3 y 53 meses después de que disminuyen los anticuerpos.  La mayoría de las personas experimentan una reinfección dentro de los 16 meses.

Personas que se enfermaron con una cepa del virus anterior pueden ver que su inmunidad natural está disminuyendo y pueden estar en riesgo de contraer una nueva variante.  Los investigadores que modelaron la durabilidad de la inmunidad natural argumentan que las vacunas son la mejor manera de resolver la pandemia y que la inmunidad colectiva no es una opción viable debido a las variantes de COVID-19.

Los científicos han encontrado los niveles más consistentes de desarrollo de anticuerpos, y el desarrollo que ofrece protección contra muchas variantes de COVID-19 es a través de la vacunación.

El Condado Garfield tiene el 74.6 por ciento de personas elegibles mayores de 12 años vacunadas con al menos una dosis, y el 66.6 por ciento están completamente vacunadas.

Hospitalizaciones, brotes y muertes

Diez personas (nueve no vacunadas) están actualmente hospitalizadas por COVID-19.

Salud Pública está monitoreando brotes dentro de instalaciones de atención a largo plazo en Heritage Park (tres personas) y el Veterans Community Living Center (diez personas) y un brote escolar, Ross Montessori (68 personas). Todos los números son acumulativos.

Ha habido 10 muertes desde el 1 de octubre (todas sin vacunar). Se han confirmado ocho debido a COVID-19, y dos están pendientes de una investigación por parte del forense.

Tenga una Copia Digital Segura de la Vacuna con SMART Health Card

La SMART Health Card es gratuita, versión digital reconocida internacionalmente del registro de la vacuna COVID-19.  Permite a usuarios comprobar vacunación mediante un código QR seguro en teléfonos móviles.

Prueba de vacunación requerida para eventos bajo techo de más de 500

La Novena Orden de Salud Pública emitida el 19 de noviembre, exige prueba de vacunación para eventos bajo techo de más de 500 personas.  Esta orden afecta principalmente ciudades más grandes de Colorado.

Vacunaciones

A partir del 11 de noviembre, personas que se vacunaron en cualquier parte del estado con una dirección del Condado Garfield.

VacunaPrimera DosisSegunda DosisTercera Dosis 
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)3,089100  
Pfizer16,16813,9472,712 
Moderna19,55317,4414,306 
Total38,79031,4887,018Cambio en general
Diferencia de 11/129203051,4562,681
Garfield County Public Health update: COVID boosters, natural immunity, SMART cards

Resources to answer kid’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Garfield County Public Health
COMMUNITY NOTICE
11.18.21


Resources to answer kid’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Kids and parents have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. For families looking for answers to common vaccine questions, below are some helpful resources presented in a kid-friendly format.  

Brains On! radio podcast: A guide to getting your COVID shot (American Public Media)

NBC Nightly News Kids Edition: COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 (NBC)

Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine (American Academy of Pediatrics)

COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions (CDPHE)

More resources:

Vaccines for children and teens (CDPHE)

COVID-19 vaccines for children: Tips for parents and guardians (CDPHE)

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens (CDC)

The Truth About Vaccines: What Parents Need to Know (Children’s Hospital Colorado)

7 Tips to Help Your Child Overcome a Fear of Shots (Children’s Hospital Colorado)

Many community providers are offering vaccines. Some November clinics are highlighted here. For a full list of providers and clinics visit the Garfield County COVID-19 vaccine page.

*Check to make sure the clinic you are attending has the vaccine you need. Ages 5-11 may receive pediatric-dose Pfizer vaccine, all Coloradans 12 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and up are eligible for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Resources to answer kid’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

November COVID-19 booster, youth, first, and second dose clinics

November COVID-19 booster, youth, first, and second dose clinics

COMMUNITY NOTICE
11.16.21

Many community providers are offering vaccines. Some November clinics are highlighted here. For a full list of providers and clinics visit the Garfield County COVID-19 vaccine page.

*Check to make sure the clinic you are attending has the vaccine you need. Ages 5-11 may receive pediatric-dose Pfizer vaccine, all Coloradans 12 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and up are eligible for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

November

Roaring Fork School District Clinics for Re1 students & family members. Multiple locations and times. *Pfizer, Pediatric Pfizer 5-11, Pfizer boosters.

Tuesday, Nov 16 Battlement Mesa Clinic West, 201 Sipprelle Dr. 1:30 – 4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Moderna, Moderna Booster (No 12+ Pfizer available at this clinic). Must call for appt. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Tuesday, Nov 16 CMC Glenwood Spring Valley 3 – 7 p.m. & CMC Glenwood 8 – 12 noon. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 Glenwood Public Health 9-4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Wednesday, Nov 17 Glenwood Hot Springs *Providing a free one-day pool pass for children getting vaccinated at this clinic. 9 – 3 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in or appt.

Thursday, Nov. 18 Rifle Public Health 9-4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Friday, Nov. 19 Glenwood Public Health 11-6:30 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Friday, Nov. 19 Battlement Mesa Clinic West, 201 Sipprelle Dr. 9 – 3 p.m. (closed for lunch 12-1 p.m.) *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Moderna, Moderna Booster (No 12+ Pfizer available at this clinic). Must call for appt. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Monday, Nov. 22 Carbondale Fire, 301 Meadowood Dr. 12 – 7 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Tuesday, Nov. 23 Rifle Public Health 9 – 4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

The State offers clinics periodically throughout Garfield and surrounding counties. Please see the State vaccine clinic schedule for a schedule of these clinics.

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Clínicas para jóvenes, refuerzos, primera y segunda dosis de COVID-19 en Noviembre

Muchos proveedores comunitarios están ofreciendo vacunas. Algunas clínicas de noviembre se destacan aquí. Para obtener una lista completa de proveedores y clínicas, visite la página de la vacuna COVID-19 del Condado Garfield.

* Verifique que la clínica a la que acudirá tenga la vacuna que necesita.   Edades de 5 a 11 años pueden recibir la vacuna Pfizer en dosis pediátrica todas las personas mayores de 12 años son elegibles para recibir la vacuna Pfizer, y los de 18 años en adelante son elegibles para la vacuna Moderna o Johnson & Johnson.

Noviembre

Clínicas del Distrito Escolar de Roaring Fork para estudiantes y familiares de Re1. Localidades y horarios multiples. *Pfizer, Pfizer pediátrica 5-11, refuerzos de Pfizer.

Martes, 16 de noviembre en la Clínica de Battlement Mesa, 201 Sipprelle Dr. de 1:30 – 4 p.m. *Pfizer Pediátrica para 5-11, Moderna, refuerzo de Moderna (No hay disponibilidad para mayores de 12 en este día). Debe llamar para cita. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Martes, 16 de noviembre en CMC Glenwood Spring Valley de 3 – 7 p.m. Y CMC Glenwood de8 – 12 de la tarde. *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Miércoles, 17 de noviembre Salud Pública en Glenwood de 9-4 p.m. * Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Miércoles, 17 de noviembre en Glenwood Hot Springs *Dara un pase gratuito para la piscina a niños que se vacunen en esta clínica por un dia de 9 – 3 p.m *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Jueves, 18 de noviembre Salud Pública en Rifle de 9-4 p.m. *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Viernes, 19 de noviembre Salud Pública en Glenwood de 11-6:30 p.m. *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Viernes, 19 de noviembre en la Clinica de Battlement Mesa, 201 Sipprelle Dr. de 9 – 3 p.m. (cerrado durante la hora de comida de 12-1 p.m.) *Pfizer Pediátrica para 5-11, Moderna, refuerzo de Moderna (No hay disponibilidad para mayores de 12 en este día). Debe llamar para cita. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Lunes, 22 de noviembre en Carbondale Fire, 301 Meadowood Dr. De 12 – 7 p.m. . *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Martes, 23 de noviembre en Salud Pública en Rifle de 9 – 4 p.m. . *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

El estado ofrece clínicas periódicamente en Garfield y los condados cercanos. Consulte el calendario de la clínica estatal de vacunas para conocer el calendario de estas clínicas.

November COVID-19 booster, youth, first, and second dose clinics

COVID-19 update: Hospitals encourage precautions to avoid illness

On Nov. 3, the Colorado Hospital Association moved the state’s hospitals and health systems to their highest level of activation. The Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHCT) has been moved to Tier 3 of a three-tier system to manage hospital capacity.

On the Western Slope, hospitals are feeling the strain. Garfield County hospitals routinely transfer patients to larger hospital systems when a higher level of care is needed. With near crisis-level bed capacities across the state, lower acuity patients are now being transferred in.

Dr. Kevin Coleman of Grand River Health noted that this is the first time he has witnessed patients being transferred into the Rifle hospital from areas outside of the county.

“Unfortunately, we are finding ourselves in the same situation as many Front Range hospitals regarding bed availability and hospital capacity,” he said. “We are partnering with all of our neighboring hospitals and working on how to best serve our communities and patients. Our providers have struggled to find timely placement for some individuals when care is needed.”

Garfield County Public Health has been informed that in some cases, patients with life-threatening conditions are waiting up to a full day to be seen or transferred to a facility that can provide the level of care needed.

“Hospital capacity strains aren’t just affecting the Front Range. The issue is here on the Western Slope, too,” said Garfield County Public Health Nurse Sara Brainard.

Colorado’s hospitalizations are at the highest levels they have been all year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been called in to help with capacity issues in areas across the state where hospitals are especially full. Daily COVID-19 cases reported to Garfield County grew from 11 on Sept. 2 to nearly 30 by Nov. 2. Public health has updated its guidance for what to do if you feel sick.

“It’s never a good time to get sick,” added Brainard. “So, we all must do what we can to avoid the spread of germs and viruses. Do what you can to keep yourself out of the healthcare system: wash your hands, consider wearing a mask in crowded areas, and stay home if you feel ill. Look into getting your flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine, or booster to lessen the healthcare burden and keep space available for unpreventable emergencies.”

Boosters, Pfizer for ages five to 11, and first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses are available at Garfield County Public Health COVID clinics.

COVID-19 update: Hospitals encourage precautions to avoid illness

Garfield County Public Health COVID update – 11.2.21

FDA and CDC approve vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unanimously authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported the move as well. There is also important news about free at-home COVID tests, what to do if you are sick or test positive, booster clinics, and more.

Vaccinations for youth 5 to 11 Garfield County Public Health is waiting for pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be delivered. Clinics around Garfield County may receive vaccine at different times, check with your provider to find a clinic convenient for you. Once Garfield County vaccine has arrived, families may attend any Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic to have their children vaccinated. Vaccine arrival will be announced on Facebook and on the COVID-19 vaccine page.

Feel sick? Exposed to COVID? Test positive? Now what?

Free rapid COVID-19 over the counter tests available to your home or organization

Colorado is providing free BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests available to order for your home or organization.

The BinaxNOW antigen test shows results in 15 minutes. However, results are less accurate than a molecular (PCR) type test. A negative result may mean you have to get a PCR test. A positive result means you must isolate and you should report results to public health, especially if you need additional care for medical reasons due to COVID. Home tests are not automatically reported to public health and results must be reported online. BinaxNOW tests used for school re-entry must be performed in the presence of school or medical personnel.

Where else to get a test?

Roaring Fork Free COVID testing in Rifle, Glenwood and Carbondale offers PCR molecular tests with highly accurate results back in 48 hours. BinaxNOW antigen tests are also available for people with symptoms who also take a PCR test.

Boosters can be obtained at any Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic. You may mix and match vaccine types. Those 18+ and at least 6 months past Pfizer/Moderna, or 2 months past J&J, and in frequent contact with others, may receive a booster vaccine.

Flu vaccine clinics are open by appointment.

Free radon test kits are available in Rifle, Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale. More information on the Garfield County  radon page.

Garfield County Public Health COVID update – 11.2.21

COVID UPDATE 10-12-21

Breakthrough rate 1.1%, youngest COVID death reported, flu clinics operating countywide

October 12, 2021

Breakthrough rate 1.1%, youngest COVID death reported, flu clinics operating countywide

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Flu vaccine clinics are being held in locations throughout Garfield County in October. No appointment is needed.

Free radon test kits are available in Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. More information on Garfield County Environmental Health’s Radon page.

FDA sets October meeting to discuss COVID-19 vaccine for youth ages five to 11 

Pfizer has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine in smaller dosages for children between the ages of five and 11. The FDA meets on Oct. 26 to review Pfizer data and inform their decision-making process.

COVID-19 death in 34-year-old individual

A 34-year-old male Garfield County resident has passed away due to COVID-19. The individual was unvaccinated and the youngest person in the county to pass away from the illness. There have been 59 deaths in the county due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Garfield County COVID-19 breakthrough case rate, 1.1%

There have been 355, or 1.1 percent of fully vaccinated, individuals having a breakthrough case since Feb. 27, 2021, when the first breakthrough case was reported to Garfield County Public Health.

Most COVID-19 cases occur among the unvaccinated, as depicted in the graph below. When a larger proportion of a population is vaccinated, there will be a larger number of breakthrough cases (as seen in the 70 and older population below). Garfield County is still seeing less severe disease and hospitalizations in vaccinated individuals.

As of Oct. 8, three individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19 and all are unvaccinated.

GroupPercent First DosePercent Up to Date
12-1560%52%
16-1865%56%
19-2968%58%
30-3964%57%
40-4970%63%
50-5972%66%
60-6985%80%
70-7993%89%
80+85%79%
M71%64%
F73%66%

Sharp COVID-19 case increase

There has been a sharp, 40 percent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past seven days. Most of the state is in the red tier, including Garfield County, when looking at 14-day cumulative incidence rate. This indicates community spread of the virus. Experts are hoping that the wave of Delta variant cases will slowly decrease around Thanksgiving.

COVID UPDATE 10-12-21

GCPH: COVID-19 update, flu vaccine available, free rapid testing, and radon tests

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Mini-grants are now available through Garfield County Public Health, as are flu vaccines and radon tests.

$500-$2,500 mini-grants available

Public health is offering 10 mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500, for projects that encourage youth ages 12 to 17 and their caregivers to get vaccinated. Grant funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. Grants that focus on ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are given priority. Applications are due Oct. 11 and are located on the public health website.

Free rapid testing for symptomatic people

Roaring Fork Free COVID testing now offers free rapid antigen testing for those with symptoms, in addition to free PCR molecular testing.

Flu vaccinations available

Flu vaccine is available during walk-up clinics or by appointment. For a full list of clinic dates and locations, see the public health flu page.

The influenza virus changes every year, so getting vaccinated annually is important to make sure you have immunity.

Flu symptoms appear one to four days after exposure to the virus and typically last between five to seven days. Even after symptoms resolve many individuals continue to feel fatigued. People who have had the flu shot generally have less severe symptoms over a shorter period.

Few Americans had flu last season

The CDC reported 1,316 positive flu cases between September 2020 and January 2021. During that same period for the 2019 to 2020 season there were nearly 130,000 cases.

While more people in the US received a flu vaccine in 2020, the decrease was primarily due to mask-wearing and social distancing.

*Free radon test kits

Garfield County Public Health is offering free radon home-test kits.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to radon accounts for approximately 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year. Colorless and odorless, the gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Breathing it over time increases your risk for radon-related lung cancer.

You can reduce and control the radon in your home. Testing is the only way to know how much radon is in your home. If levels are high, contact a certified professional to fix your home using a ventilation system. EPA guidance suggests mitigating if levels are at or above 4 picocuries/liter.

Kits are available at:

Garfield County Public Health
2014 Blake Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Garfield County Public Health
195 W. 14th St.
Rifle, CO 81650

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), Third Street Center
520 S 3rd St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

COVID-19 update

  • Garfield County had three COVID-19 deaths in September.
  • Over the past 14 days, there has been a decline in the number of cases and test positivity, a sign that the “fifth wave” is in a possible decline.
  • As of Friday, 10 Garfield County residents were hospitalized with the virus – nine were unvaccinated.
  • Breakthrough cases account for less than one percent of fully vaccinated individuals in Garfield County.
  • A national study showed that nearly four in 10 people who became infected with COVID-19 still have at least one symptom three to six months later.

Pregnant women reach highest number of COVID-related deaths in August, CDC issues urgent alert for vaccinations

The CDC issued a health alert on September 29, recommending urgent action for pregnant women, recently pregnant women, and those who are trying to become pregnant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent serious illness and death.

In August 2021, more pregnant women died from COVID-19 in the U.S. than in any other month during the pandemic.

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Informe sobre COVID-19, vacuna contra la influenza disponible, pruebas rápidas gratuitas de COVID y pruebas de radón

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO –

Mini-Becas disponibles de $500 – $2,500

Salud Pública está ofreciendo diez mini becas, que van desde $500 a $2,500 para proyectos que animan a jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus cuidadores a vacunarse.  Las becas pueden ser utilizadas en actividades que promueven la vacunación o para cubrir el costo de algo no relacionado.  Se dará prioridad, para recibir becas, a solicitudes que se centren en garantizar el acceso equitativo para recibir la vacuna de COVID-19 a niños y jóvenes.  Las solicitudes vencen el 11 de octubre y se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Pública.

*NUEVO* Prueba rápida de COVID para personas sintomáticas gratuita

Prueba de COVID gratuita del Roaring Fork  ahora ofrece pruebas gratuitas de antígenos rápidas para aquellos con síntomas, además de pruebas moleculares de PCR gratuitas.

*NUEVO* Vacunas contra la influenza disponibles

La vacuna contra la influenza está disponible durante clínicas, con cita o sin cita. Para obtener una lista completa de fechas y ubicaciones de las clínicas, consulte la Página Informativa sobre la Gripe de Salud Pública.

El virus de la influenza cambia todos los años, por lo que vacunarse todos los años es importante para asegurarse de tener inmunidad.

Síntomas de la gripe aparecen de uno a cuatro días después de la exposición al virus y generalmente duran entre cinco y siete días.  Incluso después de que los síntomas desaparecen, muchas personas continúan sintiéndose fatigadas.  Personas que han recibido la vacuna contra la gripe generalmente tienen síntomas menos graves durante un período de tiempo más corto.

Pocos estadounidenses tuvieron gripe la temporada pasada

Los CDC, por sus siglas en inglés, informaron 1,316 casos positivos de influenza entre septiembre de 2020 y enero de 2021.  Durante ese mismo período de la temporada 2019 a 2020, hubo casi 130,000 casos.

Más personas en los Estados Unidos recibieron una vacuna contra la influenza en 2020, la baja se debió principalmente al uso de cubrebocas y al distanciamiento social.

*NUEVO* Kits de prueba de radón gratuitos

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield ofrece kits caseros para la prueba de radón gratuitos.

El radón es un gas radiactivo natural y es la segunda causa principal de cáncer de pulmón. Según la EPA, la exposición al radón representa aproximadamente 21,000 muertes por cáncer de pulmón cada año. Sin color y sin olor, el gas queda atrapado en el interior después de que ingresa a edificios a través de grietas y otros agujeros en los cimientos.  Respirarlo por un tiempo aumenta el riesgo de cáncer de pulmón relacionado con el radón.

Puede reducir y controlar el radón en su hogar.  La prueba es la única manera de saber cuánto radón hay en su hogar.  Si los niveles son altos, comuníquese con un profesional certificado para reparar su hogar usando un sistema de ventilación.  La guía de la EPA sugiere mitigar si los niveles son de 4 picocuries por litro o más.

Kits disponibles en:

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield
2014 Blake Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield
195 W. 14th St.
Rifle, CO 81650

CLEER, Third Street Center
520 S 3rd St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Informe sobre COVID-19

  • El Condado Garfield tuvo tres muertes por COVID-19 en septiembre.
  • Durante los últimos 14 días ha habido una baja en el número de casos y positividad de pruebas, una señal de que la “quinta ola” está en una posible disminución.
  • Desde el viernes, diez residentes del Condado Garfield fueron hospitalizados con el virus, nueve no estaban vacunados.
  • Casos ‘breakthrough’ representan menos del 1% de las personas completamente vacunadas en el Condado Garfield.
  • Un estudio nacional mostró que casi cuatro de cada diez personas que se infectaron con COVID-19 todavía tienen al menos un síntoma entre tres a seis meses después.

Mujeres embarazadas alcanzaron el mayor número de muertes relacionadas por COVID en agosto; Los CDC expresan una alerta urgente para vacunarse

Los CDC emitió un alerta de salud el 29 de septiembre, recomendando acciones urgentes para  mujeres embarazadas, mujeres recién embarazadas y que están tratando de quedar embarazadas a recibir la vacuna COVID-19 para prevenir enfermedades graves y la muerte.

En agosto del 2021, más mujeres embarazadas murieron por COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos que en cualquier otro mes durante la pandemia.

GCPH: COVID-19 update, flu vaccine available, free rapid testing, and radon tests

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Garfield County Public Health

PRESS RELEASE
9-23-21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Test positivity, incidence, and hospitalization rates are the key indicators used to measure the spread of coronavirus in Garfield County. Based on these measures, Garfield County has been in the “yellow” category for nearly a month.

Over the weekend, Public Health was monitoring 14 hospitalized cases, a 64 percent increase from the previous week.

This week, COVID cases have declined slightly, similar to national trends.

COVID-19 and school-aged youth
During the 2021 spring semester, Garfield County was averaging one school-aged youth case per day. During the current fall semester, this number has risen substantially, more than doubling to 2.4 school-aged cases per day.

Garfield School District Re-2 (Re-2) began the fall semester with an optional masking policy, while the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) adopted a universal masking policy. Comparing school district quarantine* data through September 17, Re-2 has had 236 student quarantines while RFSD has had 14.

*Quarantine (10-14 days) is when someone who might have been exposed to the virus, but has no symptoms and
hasn’t been vaccinated needs to stay home. This is because they could be infected and could spread the virus, even
though they feel well. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine, but should seek testing and wear a mask in
public.

The increase in youth COVID cases and corresponding quarantines have prompted several schools (both public and private) to adopt the latest CDPHE school guidance.

CDPHE School COVID Guidance (NEW guidance updated September 10)
Schools implementing universal masking (masking of all students, staff, visitors) do not need to quarantine in most settings. For example, students in a class wearing masks would not quarantine if one individual tested positive. The exception is some sports/activities with direct physical contact.

New state guidance:
• Supports universal indoor masking for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of
vaccination status and at all levels of community transmission.

• Removes the “community” vaccination metric (70 percent of the 12 and older population vaccination rate) to
reduce quarantines for typical classroom exposures.

• Increases the percentage of school community vaccination rates from 70 to 80 percent to reduce quarantines for
typical classroom exposures.*

*Typical classroom exposures are where students are seated, learning, or interacting.

Mini-grants available
Public Health is offering ten mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 for projects that encourage youth ages 12 to 17 and their caregivers to get vaccinated. Grant funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. Grants that focus on ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be given priority. Applications are due October 11 and forms are available on the Public Health website.

Waiting for booster dose guidance
Public Health is waiting for approval and guidance to begin booster doses. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must make a final determination before the department can offer booster clinics. Clinics will be announced following the ACIP determination.

Pfizer vaccine, Cormirnaty
Comirnaty is the new brand name for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It is the same vaccine that was first authorized for use in December 2020 and more than 200 million doses have been administered to people in the United States.

Breakthrough cases and hospitalizations
In Garfield County, the majority of COVID-19 cases continue to occur in unvaccinated individuals. A new graph tracks cases by vaccination status.

The CDPHE tracks hospital data for the state. In recent days, 80-82 percent of those
hospitalized with COVID in Colorado are unvaccinated.



A CDC report issued September 17 shows that after the Delta variant became the dominant strain, fully vaccinated people had a fivefold decrease in infection, and more than a tenfold reduction in hospitalizations and deaths.

Garfield County vaccination status


Broken down by age group

Age group Percent first doses Percent up-to-date
12-15 57% 48%
16-18 63% 54%
19-2965% 55%
30-39 62%54%
40-4968%61%
50-5971%64%
60-6983% 78%
70-79 92% 88%
80+84%77%

NEW handouts

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19?

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19 explains steps for vaccinated or unvaccinated people.

Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County
Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County, describes the places to get a test, and highlights the hours and locations of the free state-sponsored testing sites. State sites offer free PCR tests approved for return to school. These tests average a 36–48-hour turnaround.

Types of COVID-19 tests
Types of COVID-19 tests, explains what types of tests are available and what is needed for return to school.


COMUNICADO DE PRENSE

09.23.21


Informe de escuelas K-12, volantes sobre pruebas de COVID, estadisticas estatales de hospitalizaciones

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Las tasas de positividad, incidencia y hospitalización de las pruebas son los indicadores clave que se utilizan para medir la propagación del coronavirus en el condado de Garfield. Según estas medidas, el condado de Garfield ha estado en la categoría “amarilla” durante casi un mes.

Durante el fin de semana, Salud Pública estuvo monitoreando 14 casos de hospitalizaciones, un aumento del 64 por ciento con respecto a la semana anterior.

Esta semana, los casos de COVID han disminuido levemente, similar a las tendencias nacionales.

COVID-19 y jóvenes en edad escolar

Durante el semestre de primavera de 2021, el condado de Garfield tuvo un promedió de un caso por día. Durante el semestre de otoño de 2021, este número ha aumentado, más del doble a 2.4 casos por día.

El Distrito Escolar Garfield Re-2 (Re-2) comenzó el semestre de otoño con una política de uso de cubrebocas opcional pero el Distrito Escolar de Roaring Fork (RFSD) adoptó una política universal de usar cobrebocas. Al comparar los datos de cuarentena * del distrito escolar hasta el 17 de Septiembre, Re-2 ha tenido 236 cuarentenas de estudiantes, mientras que RFSD ha tenido 14.

*Cuarentena (10-14 días) es cuando alguien que podría haber estado expuesto al virus, pero no tiene síntomas y no ha sido vacunado necesita quedarse en casa. Esto se debe a que podrían infectarse y transmitir el virus, aunque se sientan bien. Las personas vacunadas no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena, pero deben someterse a pruebas y usar un cubreboca en público.

El aumento de casos de COVID en jóvenes y las cuarentenas correspondientes han llevado a varias escuelas (tanto públicas como privadas) a adoptar la última guía escolar de CDPHE.

Guía Escolar para COVID de CDPHE (NUEVA guía actualizada el 10 de Septiembre)

Las escuelas que implementan el uso universal de cubrebocas (cubreboca para todos los estudiantes, personal, visitantes) no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena en la mayoría de los casos. Por ejemplo, un salón de clases con cubrebocas no se pondría en cuarentena si una persona dio positivo. La excepción son algunos deportes / actividades con contacto físico directo.

Nueva guia del Estado:

  • Apoya el uso universal de cubrebocas para todos los estudiantes, personal, maestros y visitantes de las escuelas K-12 independientemente del estado de vacunación y en todos los niveles de transmisión comunitaria.
  • Elimina la métrica de vacunación “comunitaria” (70 por ciento de la tasa de vacunación de la población de 12 años o más) para reducir las cuarentenas para exposiciones típicas en los salones. *
  • Aumenta el porcentaje de las tasas de vacunación de la comunidad escolar del 70 por ciento al 80 por ciento para reducir las cuarentenas por exposiciones típicas en los salones. *

* Las exposiciones típicas en los salones son donde los estudiantes están sentados, aprendiendo o interactuando.

Mini-becas disponible

Salud Pública está ofreciendo diez mini-becas, desde $500 a $2,500 para proyectos que animan a los jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus cuidadores a vacunarse. Los fondos de la beca se pueden utilizar tanto para la actividad de promoción de vacunas como para cubrir el costo de algo no relacionado. Se dará prioridad a las becas que se centren en garantizar el acceso equitativo de niños y jóvenes para recibir la vacuna COVID-19. Las solicitudes vencen el 11 de Octubre y se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Publica.

Esperando la guia sobre la dosis de refuerzo

Salud Pública está esperando aprobación y orientación para comenzar con las dosis de refuerzo. El Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP) debe tomar la decision final antes de que el departamento pueda ofrecer clínicas de dosis de refuerzo. Las clínicas se anunciarán después de la determinación del ACIP.

Vacuna Pfizer, Cormirnaty

Comirnaty es el nuevo nombre comercial de la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19. Es la misma vacuna que se autorizó por primera vez para su uso en Diciembre de 2020 y se han administrado más de 200 millones de dosis a personas en los Estados Unidos.

Casos importantes y hospitalizaciones

En el condado de Garfield, la mayoría de los casos de COVID-19 continúan ocurriendo en personas no vacunadas. Un nuevo gráfico rastrea los casos por estado de vacunación.

El CDPHE rastrea las estadísticas de hospitalización del estado. Actualmente, el 82 por ciento de los hospitalizados en Colorado no están vacunados.

Un informe del CDC emitido el 17 de Septiembre demuestra que después de que la variante Delta se convirtió en el variante dominante, las personas completamente vacunadas tuvieron una disminución de cinco veces en la infección y una reducción de más de diez veces en las hospitalizaciones y muertes.

Status de vacunacion en el condado de Garfield

Por Grupo de edad:

EdadPorcentaje de primera dosisPorcentaje actual
12-1557%48%
16-1863%54%
19-2965%55%
30-3962%54%
40-4968%61%
50-5971%64%
60-6983%78%
70-7992%88%
80+84%77%

NUEVOS volantes

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19?

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19? Le explica qué hacer a continuación si está vacunado o no.

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield, dice los lugares para obtener una prueba, los horarios, y la ubicación de los sitios de prueba gratuitos patrocinados por el estado. Los sitios estatales ofrecen pruebas de PCR gratuitas aprobadas para regresar a la escuela. Estas pruebas tienen un promedio de tiempo de respuesta de 36 a 48 horas.

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19, explica qué tipos de pruebas están disponibles y qué se necesita para regresar a la escuela.

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccine mini-grants

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – To promote vaccination and protect residents locally, Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) announces and is accepting applications for a new COVID-19 vaccine mini-grant program.

A total of ten mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded in a selection process held by Garfield County Public Health. Mini-grants will be awarded to projects that conduct activities or events that encourage youth, ages 12 to 17, and their caregivers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The mini-grant program is being offered based on grant funding from the Caring for Colorado Foundation.

The application process opens on September 20 and closes on October 11. Applications are located on the Garfield County Public Health website and should be submitted electronically. Successful grantees will be notified on Monday, October 18 and all projects must be completed by December 13, 2021.

In addition to focusing on increasing vaccination rates, the mini-grants offer an additional benefit. Only part of the awarded funding needs to be used on COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The other portion can be used on non-vaccine-related project expenses the applicant would like to cover.

“The exciting thing about the mini-grants is the funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. For example, a cooking club may want to host a vaccine information night, but also needs baking supplies for their club. Funds can be used to host the vaccine event and to buy supplies for future use,” said Dana Wood, Garfield County Public Health Specialist.

The COVID-19 vaccination mini-grant program is open to applicants serving youth ages 12 to 17 and their families.  Middle or high schools, youth-serving non-profit agencies, religious organizations, festival or event coordinators, or other community groups of youth are welcome to apply.

Garfield County Public Health is committed to ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Equity in information and vaccine access is a cornerstone for reduced transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
9.20.21

Salud Pública ofrece mini-becas para la vacuna COVID-19

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Para promover la vacunación, el Departamento de Salud Pública de Garfield County (GCPH) está aceptando solicitudes de mini-becas para la vacuna COVID-19.

Se daran un total de diez mini-becas, que van desde $500 a $2,500 en un proceso de selección llevado a cabo por Salud Pública de Garfield County. Se darán mini-becas a proyectos que realicen actividades o eventos que motiven a los jóvenes, de 12 a 17 años, y a sus cuidadores a recibir la vacuna COVID-19. El programa de mini-becas se ofrece en base a la otorgacion de la Fundación Caring for Colorado.

El proceso de solicitud se abre el 20 de Septiembre y se cierra el 11 de Octubre. Las solicitudes se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Pública de Garfield County y se envían electrónicamente. Los beneficiarios serán notificados el Lunes, 18 de Octubre y todos los proyectos deben completarse antes del 13 de Diciembre del 2021.

Además de concentrarse en aumentar las tasas de vacunación, las mini-becas ofrecen un beneficio adicional. Solo una parte de los fondos otorgados debe usarse en los esfuerzos de vacunación contra COVID-19. La otra parte se puede utilizar en gastos de proyectos no relacionados con vacunas que el solicitante quisiera cubrir.

“Lo emocionante de las mini-becas es que los fondos se pueden utilizar tanto para la actividad de promoción de vacunas como para cubrir el costo de algo que no está relacionado. Por ejemplo, un club de cocina puede organizar una noche de información sobre vacunas, pero también necesita articulos para hornear para su club. Los fondos se pueden utilizar para organizar el evento de vacunación y comprar los articulos para el uso futuro ”, dijo Dana Wood, Especialista en Salud Pública de Garfield County.

El programa de mini-becas de vacunación COVID-19 está abierto a los solicitantes que atienden a jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus familias. Las escuelas secundarias, y high schools, las agencias sin fines de lucro que sirven a los jóvenes, las organizaciones religiosas, los coordinadores de festivales o eventos u otros grupos comunitarios de jóvenes pueden aplicar. El Departamento de Salud Pública de Garfield County se compromete a garantizar un acceso equitativo para que los niños y jóvenes reciban las vacunas COVID-19. La equidad en el acceso a la información y las vacunas es una pilar para reducir la transmisión del virus COVID-19.

Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccine mini-grants

COVID summary: 70% of Garfield County residents over 18 have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine

Ivermectin alert; free COVID testing locations from Carbondale to Rifle

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has reached 70 percent of the population 18 and older having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Friday, Garfield County Public Health is following four cases that are hospitalized. Last week, an additional COVID death was confirmed following an outbreak at a long-term care facility.

This brings the county’s death toll to 57 due to the illness. Since the beginning of August, 99 percent of positive COVID results sequenced in Colorado are the Delta variant.

Free COVID testing in Garfield County

There are two free community testing providers in Garfield County, and neither a doctor’s order nor identification are required. Sites accept both walk-ups and appointments, but do not have rapid tests available. If you have symptoms, or feel you have been exposed, get tested within one to two days. Test turnaround times are between 36-48 hours.

Roaring Fork Valley free COVID testing Monday – Friday

            Carbondale, parking lot behind Town Hall

511 Colorado Ave (Enter via 4th St.)

            8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

            Glenwood, Roaring Fork School District Admin. Building parking lot

            1405 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs

7 – 11 a.m.

            Rifle, Mountain Family parking lot

            195 W. 14th St. Bldg. C, Rifle (back side of parking lot, closest to the fairgrounds)

            8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

State of Colorado free COVID testing Sundays

            Rifle, Public Health parking lot

            195 W. 14th St., Rifle

            12 – 4 p.m.

See Garfield County COVID testing for a complete list of testing providers including pharmacies and medical offices in Garfield County.

September 6 Public Health Labor Day Office Closure

Those due for a second dose of vaccine on September 6, please plan to attend vaccine clinics later in the week or the following week.

Why you should not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19

The FDA recently issued information on Ivermectin, a drug used to treat or prevent parasites in animals (not for fighting viruses). The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medial support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses. Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans.

The FDA’s job is to carefully evaluate the scientific data on a drug to be sure that it is both safe and effective for a particular use, and then to decide whether or not to approve it. Using any treatment for COVID-19 that’s not approved or authorized by the FDA, unless part of a clinical trial, can cause serious harm. 

Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.

Delta plus

The Delta-plus variant has been detected in several locations around the United States and elsewhere in the world. The plus in Delta-plus, refers to the newer variant’s spike protein mutation. Spike proteins are what allows COVID and other viruses to get into our cells. According to the CDC this variation can make other treatments less effective.

FDA fully approves, COVID vaccine Comirnaty

On August 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and up, and marketed under the name Comirnaty. For people waiting for full FDA approval to get vaccinated, check the Garfield County COVID vaccine page for a list of clinics. Walk-ins and appointments are available. With over 200 million doses administered in the U.S., the FDA has never before attained so much evidence to judge a vaccine’s safety. Those 12 to 15 years old may still receive Pfizer vaccine under an emergency use authorization.

COVID summary: 70% of Garfield County residents over 18 have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine