PUBLIC HEALTH MATTERS - Colorado School Safety Resource Center; Veterans’ Resource Fair; COVID-19 Rate Status

Description: Public Health Matters - August 4, 2022...

Published: 08/04/2022
Byline: SecoNews

Press Release from OCHD Director Rick Ritter


Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC); Veterans’ Resource Fair; COVID-19 Rate Status; CDPHE Weekly COVID-19 Update; COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Thursday 8/4/2022 at 12:18 pm


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

Internet links:  Before I send out these emails, I check the links to make sure they are active.  However, links do change from time to time, so the link(s) I sent out now may not be the same later.

1.      Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC):  The Colorado Department of Public Safety (Home | Department of Public Safety ( has a wealth of information on school safety.  Topics range from emergency crisis and management, student safety, positive school climate, and behavioral health supports.  To take advantage of this info, please see the first attachment and navigate your web browser to here:  Home | School Safety Resource Center (

2.      Veterans’ Resource Fair:  On Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 there will be a Veterans’ resource fair from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the La Junta Senior Center (located at 114 East 2nd Street in La Junta).  Veterans can ask about their earned benefits and services. Eligible Veterans may get enrolled and schedule their first appointment, or ask about community care consults, caregiver support, and home-improvement grants.  Local providers can ask about partnering with the VA through TriWest. Community leaders can learn more about partnerships in suicide prevention and explore ways to work with the VA to keep Veteran homelessness rare and brief.  After the resource fair, VA ECHCS Director Michael Kilmer will kick off a public town hall at 5:30 p.m. to connect directly with local Veterans, providers, and community leaders and openly discuss area needs.  More information can be found in the second attachment. 


3.      COVID-19 Rate Status:  As of the time of this writing, both Crowley and Otero Counties are in Yellow Level for the one week cumulative incidence rate  (COVID-19 dial dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Updates). 

4.      CDPHE Weekly COVID-19 Update:  I receive the following information weekly from CDPHE, and below is information from the report I received earlier today.  Please note that this is state-wide data: 

(Note: This weekly summary includes data reported through the previous day. Our hospital data currently is reported weekly. For the most current COVID-19 data, visit our website in the links provided.)

Data reported weekly:

268 - Number of persons currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID, 56% of those currently hospitalized are unvaccinated

526 - Number of new hospital admissions for the week of 07/24/22 (a -13% change in admissions from the previous week)

Data reported daily:

1,225 - New cases reported

58 - New death among cases reported (since last week’s report)

19,640 - Total number of tests (commercial and state labs) data reported on 08/02/2022

9.08% - 7-day moving average positivity 

4,553,541 - People immunized with one dose 

4,091,296 - People fully immunized

11,280,522 - Cumulative doses administered             view vaccine data

Cumulative Case Summary

1,602,381 - Cases 

66,888 - Hospitalizations                    view hospital data

64 - Counties                                       view incidence and epidemic curve data-

5,040,873 -  People tested

19,458,714 - Test encounters

13,018 - Deaths among cases              view surveillance data

13,629 - Deaths due to COVID

9,526 - Outbreaks                               view outbreak data

5.      COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):  General questions and answers | Colorado COVID-19 Updates


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)

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