Latest Update: 3/4/21
 
 
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What’s noteworthy in today’s COVID-19 data? 

Eagle County added 44 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Pitkin County reported six positive cases, while Garfield County added four cases on its dashboard.

Pitkin County’s 7-day incidence rate per 100,000 rose from 383 on March 3 to 501 per 100,000 on March 4 on the state’s dial. The county has now the highest incidence rate in the state. This increase may be the result of a test backlog from Microgen caused by the winter storm in Texas. We’re waiting from the county for additional information.

“We did it Colorado, we hit our state’s bold goal of vaccinating 70% of Coloradans aged 70 and up by the end of February,” said Governor Polis.

More than 50,000 COVID-19 doses have been shipped to Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin Counties as of March 2, according to CDPHE data, and about 40,000 of them have been administered.

The first allotment of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be received in Colorado this week after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization for the J&J vaccine on Feb. 27.

CDPHE expects to receive 45,500 doses of the Janssen vaccine by March 5. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, the J&J vaccine only requires one dose. Pitkin County will start to administer the newly approved vaccine this weekend, with 1,500 doses of the J&J vaccine, according to Jon Peacock, Pitkin County manager on March 2 to the board of county commissioners.

Since March 3, there have been more than 1,000 new confirmed cases in Colorado. Confirmed cases statewide now exceed 433,000.

Past travel and visitation patterns remain a guide since more people are now coming to Aspen from cities in New York, California, Florida, Illinois and Texas, and there is more travel in and out of Colorado from neighboring states, including Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona.

California reported about 3,500 new cases on its dashboard on Thursday. California has now more than 3.4 million COVID-19 cases. Texas added about 3,400 cases on March 4. There have been about 2.3 million COVID-19 cases reported in Texas.

The CDC reported about 65,000 new cases nationwide on Thursday. The COVID Tracking Project also reported an increase of about 65,000 cases since Wednesday. There are now about 28.5 million cases and more than 517,000 deaths in the country.

 

There are possible discrepancies in the data published by the counties and the state as they don’t necessarily use the same data collection techniques. Also, CDPHE and local public health departments may process and report COVID-19 data on a different day, resulting in a lag in the data. Positivity rate for Pitkin County is coming from the county’s daily epidemiology report. 

How many vaccines do we have?

About 965,000 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado so far, and approximately 521,000 people have received their two doses.

For more information

  • Pitkin County
  • You can fill out this form (or go to Pitkin County’s Vaccination page) to be notified when a vaccine may be available for you.

  • Eagle County
  • You can visit Eagle County Public Health’s webpage on information about the vaccines. Appointments are required and can be scheduled since Monday, Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. online at www.eaglecountycovid.org or by phone at 970-328-9750. 

  • Garfield County
  • Residents need to call 970-384-7632 for Valley View Hospital, or 970-625-1100 for Grand River Health. You can visit the county’s vaccine portal for more information.

How many tests are being done in Tri-County?

Where can I get tested?

How many visitors are testing positive in Pitkin County?

There have been 463 OOJ cases since July 10, according to the county’s dashboard.  Dashboards have not been updated with the latest information. Aspen Journalism is waiting for more information.

 What is the current situation on school campuses?

Next update: 3/10/21

From Feb. 25 to March 3, two new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Aspen School District, four in the Roaring Fork School District and eight in the Eagle School District.

Where are the COVID-19 cases in Colorado?


The state’s northwest region, which includes Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties, was classified on March 4 as “Sustained decline.” This means that “Incidence is consistently decreasing,” according to CDPHE.

How many people are in the hospital?

On March 4, CDPHE reported 314 patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Colorado. There have been more than 23,000 people who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 across the state since March.

How many people have died from COVID-19?

On Feb. 28, two people died from COVID-19, according to CDPHE. There have been more than 5,900 fatalities due to COVID-19 since March.

Since March, four Pitkin County, 20 Eagle County and 37 Garfield County residents died from COVID-19.

Selection from John Hopkins Data and The COVID Tracking Project

Media Selection

MAP: Where Colorado’s coronavirus cases, deaths have been identified” The Colorado Sun

Colorado Covid Map and Case Count” The New York Times

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight Covid-19 resurgence” Financial Times

Covid-19 pandemic: Tracking the global coronavirus outbreak” BBC

Additional Sources

City of Aspen Info
Town of Snowmass Village Info
Pitkin County Info
Pitkin County Data / New Dashboard
Eagle County Info
Eagle County Data
Garfield County
Garfield County Data
The Colorado Sun Data
Washington Post Data
The New York Times Data
ProPublica Data
The Financial Times Data
BBC News
The Denver Post
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Projection
John Hopkins University Data
nCoV2019.live Data
Worldometer: Coronavirus

Other Info

Aspen Valley Hospital
Valley View Hospital

Media Sources

Aspen Journalism’s Twitter list of local news outlets and reporters.
Aspen Journalism’s news-aggregation list, “The Bucket.”
The Aspen Times
Aspen Public Radio
KDNK, Carbondale
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Vail Daily
Summit Daily
Steamboat Pilot
Telluride Daily Planet
Colorado Sun
Denver Post
Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Politics