PUBLIC HEALTH MATTERS - Newsletter from Otero County Health Dept. 9/22/22

Description: Recall/Outbreak Information; COVID-19 Information; Monkeypox Information; Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Information; 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Number.

Published: 09/22/2022
Byline: SecoNews


Recall/Outbreak Information; COVID-19 Information; Monkeypox Information; Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Information; 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Number

The situations, numbers, website links, data, and etc. described below were current as of Thursday 9/22/2022 at 12:59 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.      Recall/Outbreak Information:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have websites dedicated to recall and outbreak information.  You can find that important information below: 

a.       Food

                                                     i.      CDC:  List of Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Notices | CDC                                                          ii.      FDA:  Public Health Advisories from Investigations of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks | FDA

b.      Drugs, Animal Health, Biologics, Medical Devices, Cosmetics                                                               i.      FDA:  Additional Information about Recalls | FDA

I will be including these links in future Public Health Matters emails to help keep this important information on your radar.  Please check it from time to time, especially after you have been made aware of an outbreak/recall.

2.      COVID-19 Information

a.       COVID-19 Rate Status:  As of the time of this writing, Crowley is in Green Level and Otero is in Blue Level for the one week cumulative incidence rate  (COVID-19 dial dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Updates). 

b.      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: 

Review of current COVID-19 situation

(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:

145 - Number of persons currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID, 52% of those currently hospitalized are unvaccinated

327 - Number of new hospital admissions for the week of 09/11/22 (a +4% change in admissions from the previous week)

Data reported daily:

518 - New cases reported

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

4,718 - Total number of tests (commercial and state labs) data reported on 09/19/2022

5.12% - 7-day moving average positivity 

4,592,269 - People immunized with one dose 

4,131,828 - People fully immunized

11,538,485 - Cumulative doses administered view vaccine data

Cumulative case summary

1,647,452 - Cases 

68,586 - Hospitalizations view hospital data

64 - Counties view incidence and epidemic curve data-

5,100,346 -  People tested

20,102,480 - Test encounters

13,253 - Deaths among cases view surveillance data

13,966 - Deaths due to COVID

9,738 - Outbreaks view outbreak data

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

3.      Monkeypox Information

a.       Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE):  Monkeypox | Department of Public Health & Environment (

b.      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC

4.      Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Information:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some important and timely information regarding seasonal flu.  Check out that information here:  Influenza (Flu) | CDC

5.      988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Number:  This simple 3 digit phone number 988 will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress along with prevention and crisis resources.  Please help SPREAD THE WORD (or NUMBER in this case).  You can read more about 988 here:  Lifeline (

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)