9/12/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1: Rate Status, Recommendations/Requirements

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9/12/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1:  Rate Status, Recommendations/Requirements

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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.

  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

§ Important Note:  As of the time of this writing, the rates I give below do not match the rates on the website link above.  This is because the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has not yet updated that public-facing website. The information I give below is the most currently available. 

ü  Crowley County:  Crowley is back in Blue Level with a current 1 week cumulative incidence rate of 82.89 (for the data period of 9/4/2021-9/10/2021).  For this data period, Crowley has had 1 day where the rate increased over the previous day, 2 days where the rate did not increase over the previous day, and 4 days where the rate decreased over the previous day.  This is good news, because we are not seeing sustained, daily increases.  For this current surge, our peak rate thus far has been 182.36 on 9/3/2021, 9/4/2021, and 9/6/2021.  Please continue to do your part to keep the rate heading down. 

ü  Otero County:  Otero’s rate continues in Yellow Level with a current 1 week cumulative incidence rate of 246.16 (for the data period of 9/4/2021-9/10/2021).  For this data period, Otero has had 3 days where the rate increased over the previous day, 2 days where the rate did not increase over the previous day, and 2 days where the rate decreased over the previous day.  For this current surge, our peak rate thus far has been 289.95 on 9/8/2021.  Please do your part to help get our rate down!

  1. OCHD Public Health Recommendations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ü  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

ü  If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions.

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

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

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

ü  Sixth (6th) Amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-38 regarding face coverings, school case reporting, hospital reporting, etc. can be found online here:  (6th AMENDED PHO 20-38.83121.pdf - Google Drive)

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

ü  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

  1. 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)

Adversus solem ne loquitor.

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

6 CCR 1011-1, Chapter 2 - Emergency Rulemaking Adopted Rules-1067079822

6th AMENDED PHO 20-38

RCF Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance-1438342860