TUESDAY COVID-19 UPDATE: Heightened concerns about coronavirus spread in Garfield County as incidence, test positivity rate increase
October 23 update from Garfield County Public Health:
Unfortunately, the incidence rate (amount of cases) and the average positivity (percent of tests that come back positive) continue to increase. Both are key indicators of the virus in the community.
The incidence rate is ‘very high’ at 208.1 cases per 100,000 people. Community spread decreased but remains in the ‘concerned’ tier. Test turnaround time was good with 71% of the positive test results coming back within two days. However, the influx of new cases reduced the contact tracing team’s ability to handle the volume and dipped for the first time into the ‘cautious’ category.
Recent cases both locally and statewide seem to be coming from small personal gatherings where people are less likely to remember COVID precautions such as social distancing and mask-wearing. Remember to stay committed to containment and to get tested within 48 hours if you develop symptoms.
The test positivity rate of 6.4% has also moved to the “cautious” level, while hospital capacity in Garfield County remains in the “comfortable” range.
Garfield County’s death total since the start of the outbreak is five.
Garfield County remains in the overall “cautious” level for risk of spread of COVID-19.
READ THE LATEST GarCo PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE IN SPANISH.
Cumulative cases as of Tuesday, Oct. 27: 1,170
Newly confirmed cases since Monday: 15
Deaths since outbreak began: 5
KEY RISK INDICATORS (measures from lowest to highest risk level: Comfortable-Cautious-Concerned-Very High)
Concerned — Rolling two-week total of new cases: Oct. 13-26 – 135 (<30 needed to achieve Comfortable level)
Very High — Case rate per 100,000 people: 224.8 (<75 needed to achieve Comfortable level)
Cautious — Test positivity rate: 6.7% (<4% needed to return to Comfortable level)
Comfortable — Hospital System Capacity: >75%
Concerned — Days before seeking testing, 24-48 hours of symptom onset recommended: 50-65%% (>85% needed to achieve Comfortable level)
Cautious — Test turnaround time; results within 48 hours: 66-85% (>85% needed to achieve Comfortable level)
Cautious — Case interviews within 24 hours: >85%
Source: Garfield County Public Health
Active outbreaks in Garfield County
Garfield County Community Corrections, Rifle: Date determined, 10/19; 11 total confirmed cases, including 8 clients and 3 staff; facility in quarantine.
Rifle Housing Authority office/workspace: Date determined, 10/14; 2 confirmed cases among staff, 1 probable.
Valley View Hospital Cumulative Stats 10/27/2020
Specimens collected through Valley View — 11,348 (+340 since 10/22)
Positive results — 545 (+25 since 10/22)
Pending results — 51
Hospitalizations since outbreak began — 77 (2 new since 10/22)
Patients discharged (incl. transfers and deceased) — 68
Grand River Hospital Cumulative Stats 10/27/2020
Specimens collected through Grand River Health — 4,020 (+75 since 10/22)
Positive results — 297 (18 new since 10/22)
Pending results — 16
Hospitalizations since outbreak began — 13 (0 new since 10/22)
Patients discharged — 7
Patients transferred — 5
Source: Hospital statistics released twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday
Garfield County Public Health statistics are updated daily, and hospitals report their latest statistics twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.
• Facial Coverings: Required in all settings, indoor or outdoor
• Events: 100 ppl max indoor |175 ppl max outdoor
• Private Gatherings/Groups: 10 ppl and no more than two households
• Personal Services (Salon, massage, spas, etc.): 50% capacity | 50 ppl max
• Restaurants: 50% capacity | 175 ppl max
• Gyms/Fitness/Pools: 50% capacity I 175 ppl max
• Group/League Sports: 25:1 instructor ratio | parents ok; spectators discouraged
• Museums/Libraries: 50% capacity | 50 ppl max
• Retail (non-critical): 50% capacity | 50 ppl max
• Outfitters & Guides: 10:1 guest ratio
• Places of Worship: 50% capacity |175 ppl max indoor
• Life Rites (funerals, weddings, graduations): 50% capacity | 175 ppl max indoor I outdoor based on social distancing calculator
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