COVID-19 UPDATE: The latest Garfield County statistics and risk level assessment
AS OF MONDAY, NOV. 29
Cumulative cases: 8,787
Deaths since outbreak began: 67 confirmed
Current Risk Level: Orange-High Risk
Recent 7-day case totals: Nov. 23-29 – 136; Nov. 16-22 – 175; Nov. 9-15 – 157
Cases by vaccination status for 7-day period ending 11/21: 109 among unvaccinated; 48 breakthrough cases among vaccinated.
Two-week daily case average: 19.43
Single-day high: 101 on 12/10/20
7-day incidence rate: 220.3 per 100,000 people
7-day test positivity rate: 10% (14-day: 8.5%)
Current number of county residents hospitalized: 5 total (4 unvaccinated, 1 vaccinated)
Vaccination rate by percent of county population: Fully vaccinated – 67%; One dose – 75%. For vaccination information, visit Garfield-County.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine/
Source: Garfield County Public Health
HOSPITAL STATS (updated weekly)
Valley View Hospital, as of 11/30/2021
Specimens collected through Valley View Hospital: 44,064
Positive results: 2,953 (+34 since 11/23)
Hospitalizations since outbreak began: 369 (3 new since 11/23)
Grand River Hospital, as of 11/23/2021
Specimens collected through Grand River Health: 12,413
Positive results: 2,209 (+38 since 11/16)
Hospitalizations since outbreak began: 93 (6 new since 11/16)
Source: Valley View and Grand River hospitals
Heritage Park Care Center, Carbondale: Date determined — 11/17; 2 resident cases
Grand River Health Care Center, Rifle: Date determined — 10/26; 3 staff cases.
Ross Montessori School, Carbondale: Date determined – 10/11; 50 student cases, 11 staff cases.
Cornerstone Christian School, Basalt: Date determined – 11/8; 10 student cases, 8 staff cases, 1 death.
Source: Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment COVID-19 outbreak data page; updated weekly on Wednesday
Vaccinations available for children ages 5-11
Pediatric Partners of Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and Garfield County Public Health are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11.
Appointments are required for the Pediatric Partners child vaccinations, at 970-947-9999. All children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
In addition, Garfield County Public Health is opening its walk-in clinics in Glenwood Springs and Rifle to children ages 5-11 to receive the pediatric-dose Pfizer vaccine.
Adult boosters and first and second doses will also be administered during clinic times. For the latest vaccination clinic schedule and other resources, visit the Garfield Public Health website.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in late October both approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old.
Free COVID testing in Garfield County
There are two free community testing providers in Garfield County, and neither a doctor’s order nor identification are required. Sites accept both walk-ups and appointments, but do not have rapid tests available. If you have symptoms, or feel you have been exposed, get tested within one to two days. Test turnaround times are between 36-48 hours.
Roaring Fork Valley free COVID testing, Monday through Friday
Carbondale — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the parking lot behind Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave (Enter via 4th St.)
Glenwood Springs — 7-11 a.m. at the Roaring Fork School District Administration Building parking lot, 1405 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs
Rifle — 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mountain Family Health Center parking lot, 195 W. 14th St., Bldg. C, Rifle (back side of parking lot, closest to the fairgrounds)
State of Colorado free COVID testing: 12-4 p.m. Sundays in Rifle, Public Health parking lot, 195 W. 14th St.
See Garfield County COVID testing for a complete list of testing providers including pharmacies and medical offices in Garfield County.
Flu vaccinations available
In addition to COVID-19 vaccines, seasonal flu vaccines are being offered by Garfield County Public Health by appointment.
For more information, see the public health flu page.
The influenza virus changes every year, so getting vaccinated annually is important to make sure you have immunity, public health advises.
Flu symptoms appear one to four days after exposure to the virus and typically last between five to seven days. Even after symptoms resolve many individuals continue to feel fatigued. People who have had the flu shot generally have less severe symptoms over a shorter period.
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