11/24/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1: Weekly Update


Description: 11/24/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1: Weekly Update

THIS IS A FLUID SITUATION.  INFORMATION AND ACTION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.  BE PREPARED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND PATIENT.

The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Wednesday 11/24/2021 at 9:35 p.m.

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11/24/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1:  Weekly Update

Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.

Internet links:  Before I send out each update, I check the links to make sure they are active.  However, links do change from time to time, so the links I sent out today may not be the same tomorrow.  You may have to search around a bit.

Please find this week’s COVID-19 updates below.

  1. Current Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Rate Status

ü  One Week Cumulative Incidence Rate (per 100,000) Ranges

§ Green Level:  0-35

§ Blue Level:  36-100

§ Yellow Level:  101-300

§ Orange Level:  301-500

§ Red Level:  501+

ü  COVID-19 Dashboard:  COVID-19 dial dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Crowley County:  Crowley’s rate is in Yellow Level with a current 1 week cumulative incidence rate of 256.6 (for the data period of 11/16/2021-11/22/2021). 

ü  Otero County:  Otero’s rate is in Red Level with a current 1 week cumulative incidence rate of 615.8 (for the data period of 11/16/2021-11/22/2021). 

  1. Community Testing Sites and Vaccine Call Center Holiday Hours:  Please see the attachment. 
  1. Holiday Prevention Guidance:  You can find this guidance here:  Guide to the fall and winter holidays | Colorado COVID-19 Updates
  1. CDPHE Spanish Language COVID-19 Website:  Home- Español | Colorado COVID-19 Updates
  1. Ayuda En Espanol (Spanish Language Assistance):  Para ayuda en Espanol, habla con Debbie Jaramillo en 719-383-3040 por favor (For help in Spanish, please call Debbie Jaramillo at 719-383-3040).
  1. Free Community Testing:  Our local testing schedule is as follows until further notice: 

ü  Location:  Otero College

§ Address:  1802 Colorado Avenue, McDivitt Gym, La Junta

§ Date:  Wednesdays

§ Time:  12:00pm-4:00pm

ü  Location:  Crowley County Nursing Center

§ Address:  401 Idaho, Ordway

§ Date:  Fridays

§ Time:  9:00am-11:00am

ü  Location:  Rocky Ford Public Safety Building

§ Address:  300 South Main Street, Rocky Ford

§ Date:  Fridays

§ Time:  1:00pm-4:00pm

  1. Vaccination Information

a.       OCHD Vaccination Appointments:  If you would like to make an appointment with OCHD for a COVID-19 vaccination, please call Carolina Cortez at 719-468-8083.

b.      Ayuda En Espanol (Spanish Language Assistance):  Para ayuda en Espanol, habla con Debbie Jaramillo en 719-383-3040 por favor (For help in Spanish, please call Debbie Jaramillo at 719-383-3040). 

c.       Ages 5-11 Vaccinations:  On 11/2/2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave a final approval for use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds.  You can read the CDC media release here:  CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Years | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC  According to Dr. Rachel Herlihy, CDPHE State Epidemiologist, “Children are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which we know from clinical trials is safe and highly effective at preventing severe COVID-19 in children. While children are less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than adults, their cases account for a large proportion of cases right now, and they have the ability to spread the disease to their family members who may be at higher risk. Getting our children vaccinated now is an important thing we can all do before gathering with our families over the holidays”.  For more information on vaccines for children and teens please go here:  Vaccines for children and teens | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

d.      Booster Recommendations:  The Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is urging Coloradans to get a COVID-19 booster shot.

e.       Mobile Vaccination Clinics

ü  For a list of mobile vaccination clinic locations and dates/times in Southeast Colorado, please go here:  Southeast, CO - Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Colorado (mobilevax.us)

ü  For general information on mobile vaccination clinics, please go here:  Mobile vaccination clinics | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

f.       OCHD Vaccines:  OCHD is using Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.

ü  Pfizer vaccine information:  Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Latest Developments | Pfizer

ü  Moderna vaccine information:  Moderna’s Fully Enrolled Phase 3 COVE Study of mRNA-1273 | Moderna, Inc. (modernatx.com)

ü  Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine information:  Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Official Website

g.      More Vaccine Information:  Colorado-specific information on COVID-19 vaccine can be found here:

ü  Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Website:  COVID-19 vaccine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):  COVID-19 Vaccine frequently asked questions | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Learn about COVID-19 vaccines:  Learn about COVID-19 vaccines | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Colorado Vaccine Dashboard (including county-level data):  Vaccine data | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Currently approved vaccine side-by-side comparisons:  https://astho.org/COVID-19/Vaccine-Comparison/

ü  CDPHE COVID-19 vaccine hotline:  This is a state-wide call center for the public to ask questions specifically about the COVID-19 vaccine.  The toll-free number is 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

  1. Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) Information:  Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) can be used for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 infection.  OCHD is coordinating with CDPHE to ensure that local health care providers have access to mAb.  Information on mAb can be accessed at the following websites: 

a.       CDPHE:  COVID-19 treatments | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

b.      mAb Colorado:  www.mAbColorado.org

  1. COVID-19 Test Information

a.       Basic Information:  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has some good, general information on the different types of COVID-19 tests about which you may have heard.  To review this information, please go to the following website:  Coronavirus Disease 2019 Testing Basics (fda.gov)

b.      State Testing Sites:  Here is a website that details COVID-19 testing sites across the state of Colorado:  CDPHE Test Sites Portal (colorado.gov)

  1. School Webpages:  Please visit these websites for any school-specific information and updates regarding COVID-19:

a.       Cheraw:  https://www.cheraw.k12.co.us/

b.      Crowley County:  http://www.cck12.net/

c.       Fowler:  http://www.fowler.k12.co.us/

d.      La Junta:  https://www.lajuntaschools.org/

e.       Manzanola:  https://www.manzanola.k12.co.us/

f.       Otero College:  https://www.ojc.edu/

g.      Rocky Ford:  https://www.rockyfordk12.org/ 

h.      Swink:  https://www.swinkk12.net/

  1. Summaries

a.       Crowley County

ü  COVID-19 Rate Color/Level Status and Data:  COVID-19 dial dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Facility outbreak information can be viewed here:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/outbreak-data

o   Important Note:  Facility outbreak numbers (i.e. prisoners and nursing home residents) are only updated by CDPHE once per week, on Wednesdays after 4:00pm.  Total case numbers, on the other hand, are updated daily by CDPHE.  This means that there could be facility cases reflected in the total case numbers that are not yet reflected in the facility numbers.  And remember, total case numbers are cumulative, meaning they include all cases since the outbreak began.

ü  Total COVID-19 Related Deaths:  26

o   Change from the last weekly update:  One additional death. 

b.      Otero County

ü  COVID-19 Rate Color/Level Status and Data:  COVID-19 dial dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Facility outbreak information can be viewed here:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/outbreak-data

o   Important Note:  Facility outbreak numbers (i.e. prisoners and nursing home residents) are only updated by CDPHE once per week, on Wednesdays after 4:00pm.  Total case numbers, on the other hand, are updated daily by CDPHE.  This means that there could be facility cases reflected in the total case numbers that are not yet reflected in the facility numbers.  And remember, total case numbers are cumulative, meaning they include all cases since the outbreak began.

ü  Total COVID-19 Related Deaths:  93

o   Change from the last weekly update:  Four additional deaths. 

c.       Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Related Hospitalization(s):  Ten new hospitalizations since the last weekly update.

d.      State of Colorado Information:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/data

e.       United States Information:  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

f.       Global information:  https://covid19.who.int/

  1. OCHD Public Health Recommendations

a.       Recommend 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 per current CDPHE recommendations (Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC’s School Guidance | Colorado COVID-19 Updates)

ü  At a minimum, OCHD strongly recommends unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated students and staff to wear a mask if they can medically tolerate it. 

ü  In addition to mask use reducing risk of transmission and exposure, unvaccinated students can also avoid quarantine following a typical classroom exposure if both the infected individual and the exposed student were correctly wearing masks (or participating in weekly screening testing).

b.      Seriously consider getting fully vaccinated if you have not already done so.

c.       If you are unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated, wear a mask when in public.

d.      Wear an appropriate mask when required to do so, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

e.       Review and follow the prevention guidelines found here:  Prevent the spread of COVID-19 | Colorado COVID-19 Updates 

f.       Perform a symptom check on yourself and your children before going out in public (i.e. work, school, the store, etc.)

ü  COVID-19 symptoms:  Do you have symptoms? | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.

ü  Parents/guardians, do not send your kids to school if they are sick. 

g.      If you need to isolate (because you have tested positive and/or are symptomatic) or quarantine (because you have been exposed but are not symptomatic), here is the guidance:  Isolation & quarantine | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

h.      If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions (such as wearing a mask when in public places regardless of vaccination status). 

ü  CDPHE:  People at higher risk for severe illness | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

ü  CDC:  Do I need to Take Extra Precautions Against COVID-19 | CDC

  1. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Guidance and Requirements

a.       School Guidance:  Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC’s School Guidance | Colorado COVID-19 Updates

b.      Ninth (9th) Amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-38 regarding face coverings, school case reporting, hospital reporting, etc. can be found online here:  9th AMENDED PHO 20-38.111421.pdf - Google Drive

c.       Third (3rd) Amended PHO 21-01 regarding vaccine access and data reporting:  3rd Amended PHO 21-01.111421.pdf - Google Drive

d.      Amended PHO 21-02 regarding access to care:  Public Health Order 21-02

e.       Residential Care Facility (RCF) Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance can be found here: RCF Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance.pdf - Google Drive)

f.       Colorado State Board of Health hospital and health care facilities COVID-19 vaccination requirements can be found online here: 6 CCR 1011-1, Chapter 2 - Emergency Rulemaking Adopted Rules.pdf - Google Drive and here:  The Health Facilities Community Blog: Board of Health approves vaccine requirement for staff at health care facilities and hospitals 

g.      “How Sick is Too Sick” Information:  ChildCare_How_Sick_Illness_Policy_vs2020.pdf - Google Drive

  1. Federal Guidance and Requirements

a.       Federal Public Transportation Mask Requirement:  Masking on school buses and other public transportation is required by Federal Order (Order: Wearing of face masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs | Quarantine | CDC)

b.      CDC Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People:  Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People | CDC

Richard Ritter, Executive Director

Otero County Health Department

13 West 3rd Street, Room 111

La Junta, Colorado 81050

719-383-3045 (Office)

719-383-3060 (Fax)

rritter@oterogov.org


OCHD Press Release Attachments

9th AMENDED PHO 20-38

3rd Amended PHO 21-01

RCF Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance

6 CCR 1011-1, Chapter 2 - Emergency Rulemaking Adopted Rules

ChildCare_How_Sick_Illness_Policy_vs2020-