Aspen Journalism is pulling together data from state and county websites, as well as from other news outlets. This webpage is updated every Monday and Thursday evening by Laurine Lassalle, Aspen Journalism’s data desk editor.
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What’s noteworthy in today’s COVID-19 data?
Pitkin County has reported 48 new COVID-19 cases since Monday, Eagle Garfield County added 44 cases and Garfield County recorded 41 cases since Monday.
A seventh COVID-19 death was reported in Pitkin County over the past week.
Pitkin County’s COVID incidence increased from 40 per 100,000 on May 9 to about 97 on May 12. Eagle County’s incidence rose from around 50 on May 9 to about 70 on May 12. Eagle County has the highest positivity rate in the tri-county region with 10% of the tests being positive.
The Northwestern region of Colorado, which includes Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield, Clear Creek, Grand, Gilpin, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Summit counties, is identified as having an “elevated incidence plateau” by the state, which means that COVID incidence is high but remaining stable.
About 90% of the cases reported in Colorado during the week of April 10 were a strain of one of the two Omicron subvariants, BA. 2 and BA.2.12.1, while BA. 1 represented about 9.5% of the cases. The most recent sub variant, BA.2.12.1, was responsible for about 14% of the cases that week. A week before, it made up about 8.5% of the cases.
Hospitalizations across the state remain low, with 116 people in the hospital.
According to CDPHE, 99.9% of Pitkin and Eagle County residents aged 5 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, compared to 74.7 % of Garfield County 5+ residents and 78.9% of Garfield County 12+ residents. That makes Pitkin and Eagle counties two of the four most-vaccinated counties in Colorado, along with San Miguel and San Juan counties.
There is still a wide racial disparity in vaccine uptake. As of March 28, 72% of white people and 41% of the Latino population have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Garfield County. That 31-point disparity has widened since Jan. 27, when 68% of the white population and 37% Latinos had received at least one shot in Garfield County, which was a 22-point gap. In May 6, when Aspen Journalism published a story on the vaccination lag for the Latino population in the region, 36% of the white population and 21% of Latinos had received at least one shot in Garfield County, which was a 15-point gap.
Seventy-five percent of the white population in Pitkin County has received at least one shot as of March 28, while 35% of Latinos have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 30% of the vaccines administered in Pitkin County were to individuals with an “unknown” race or ethnicity. In our last update in January, about 31% of Latinos and 74% of whites had received at least one dose. This means that the gap has slightly narrowed from 43 to 40 percentage points.
In Eagle County, as of March 28 as a share of total population, most whites (the data indicates 102% of whites, but not every individual gets counted in the Census) have received at least one dose, while 41% of Latinos have received at least one shot, which is a wider gap than 97% for whites and 41% of Latinos in January. It also bears noting that the state’s data on vaccine uptake by race includes large portions of individuals registering as race “unknown” — about 13% in Garfield County and about 15% in Eagle County, of all vaccines given as of Jan. 27.
Colorado added about 12,000 new COVID-19 cases between Friday and Monday.
There are now about 82 million cases and more than 996,000 deaths in the country, according to the CDC.
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.
How many vaccines do we have?
More than 4.4 million people have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado so far, and approximately 4 million people have received their two doses.
According to CDPHE data, about 200,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties.
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.
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 Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties?
How many visitors are testing positive in Pitkin County?
There have been 1,143 OOJ cases since July 10, 2020, according to the county’s dashboard.
Where are the COVID-19 cases in Colorado?
The state’s northwest region, which includes Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties, was classified on May 12 as “Elevated incidence plateau” This means that “Incidence is high but remaining stable,” according to CDPHE.
How many people are in the hospital?
CPDHE is now updating hospitalization data weekly. During the week of May 4, CDPHE reported 116 patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Colorado. There have been more than 62,000 people who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 across the state since March 2020.
How many people have died from COVID-19?
On May 9, one person died from COVID-19, according to CDPHE. There have been more than 13,000 fatalities due to COVID-19 since March 2020.
Since March 2020, seven Pitkin County, 35 Eagle County and 93 Garfield County residents died from COVID-19.
Laurine Lassalle is Aspen Journalism’s data desk editor, where she works to catalogue and analyze local public data. She also heads our our “Tracking the Curve” project, documenting COVID-19 in Pitkin,...
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