11/22/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1: Public Health Order (PHO) 21-02 Updates; Vaccination Info, Holiday Prevention Guidance


Description: 11/22/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1: Public Health Order (PHO) 21-02 Updates; Vaccination Info, Holiday Prevention Guidance

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 Monday 11/22/2021 at 9:23 a.m.

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11/22/2021 Crowley/Otero COVID-19 Update #1:  Public Health Order (PHO) 21-02 Updates; Vaccination Information;  Holiday Prevention Guidance; Public Health Recommendation/Requirements

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.

  1. State PHO 21-02 Updated to increase access to monoclonal antibody treatments:  Public Health Order (PHO) 21-02 has been recently updated concerning access to care. The updated PHO requires providers to do all they can to provide all eligible individuals with monoclonal antibody therapy.  COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies can help prevent severe illness for some people who get infected with COVID-19. The FDA has authorized these neutralizing antibody treatments for emergency use. The treatments are available to people who have tested positive for COVID-19, have mild to moderate symptoms, and who are at high risk of developing severe illness (see the list of conditions that make a person eligible to receive antibody treatments).  I have attached the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) press release regarding this PHO update (the first attachment).  The summary of the changes to this PHO includes the following:

ü  Section I.A:  added new section requiring providers to do all they can to provide all eligible individuals with monoclonal antibody therapies

ü  Section I.B:  providers enrolled in CDPHE's monoclonal antibody program must submit weekly reports on their administration of these therapies

ü  Section I.C:  lists eligibility criteria for individuals for monoclonal antibody therapies

ü  Section I.D:  clarified that individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for monoclonal antibody therapies may seek treatment

ü  You can access this PHO online here:  21-02 Concerning Access to Care.pdf - Google Drive

ü  You can access online information on Colorado COVID-19 treatments here:  COVID-19 treatments

  1. Vaccination Information

ü  Ages 5-11 Vaccinations:  CDPHE recently released a press release concerning vaccinations for this age group, please find it attached (the second attachment). 

ü  Mobile Vaccination Clinics

§ Crowley/Otero Mobile Vaccination Clinic Dates/Times This Week

·         Monday, 11/22/2021: 

a.       Woodruff Memorial Library

b.      522 Colorado Ave., La Junta, CO 81050

c.       10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

d.      Vaccine type: Pfizer 12+, Pfizer for children age 5-11, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, flu

·         Tuesday, 11/23/2021: 

a.       Ward Intermediate School (Crowley Middle School)

b.      1001 Main St., Ordway, CO 81063

c.       10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

d.      Vaccine type: Pfizer 12+, Pfizer for children age 5-11, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, flu

·          Wednesday, 11/24/2021

a.       Woodruff Memorial Library 

b.      522 Colorado Ave., La Junta, CO 81050

c.       10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

d.      Vaccine type: Pfizer 12+, Pfizer for children age 5-11, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, flu

§ 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)

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

ü  OCHD Vaccination Appointments:  If you would like to make an appointment with the Otero County Health Department (OCHD) for a COVID-19 vaccination, please call Carolina Cortez at 719-468-8083.  You can also call your medical provider or local pharmacy regarding vaccine availability and scheduling. 

  1. Holiday Prevention Guidance:  You can find this guidance here:  Guide to the fall and winter holidays | Colorado COVID-19 Updates
  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

21-02 Concerning Access to Care

9th AMENDED PHO 20-38

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

RCF Comprehensive Mitigation Guidance

ChildCare_How_Sick_Illness_Policy_vs2020