Cumulative cases as of Thursday, Sept. 24 (all testing sources): 943
Newly confirmed cases since Tuesday: 8
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: Sept. 10-23 – 60 (<30 needed to achieve Comfortable level)
Concerned — Case rate per 100,000 people: 99.9 (<75 needed to achieve Comfortable level)
Cautious — Test positivity rate: 4.8% (<4% needed to achieve Comfortable level)
High Risk — Days before seeking testing, 24-48 hours of symptom onset recommended: <50% (>85% needed to achieve Comfortable level)
Comfortable — Hospital System Capacity: >75%
Comfortable — Case interviews within 24 hours: >85%
Source: Garfield County Public Health
Valley View Hospital Cumulative Stats 9/24/2020
Specimens collected through Valley View — 8,988 (+160 since 9/22)
Positive results — 451 (+2 since 9/22)
Pending results — 83
Hospitalizations since outbreak began — 70 (0 since 9/22)
Patients discharged (incl. transfers and deceased) — 62
Grand River Hospital Cumulative Stats 9/24/2020
Specimens collected through Grand River Health — 3,337 (+36 since 9/17)
Positive results — 198 (+1 since 9/22)
Pending results — 33
Hospitalizations since outbreak began — 10 (0 new since 8/27)
Patients discharged — 6
Patients transferred — 4
Source: Hospital statistics released twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday
Latest update: The case incidence rate has increased in recent 14-day periods, along with the percentage of cases from community spread, and the percentage of cases where tests were sought outside of the 48-hour symptom onset.
Less than 60% of tests were reported within 48 hours of collection, according to the latest Garfield County Public Health update.
“All are necessary for containment strategies,” the report states. “Hospital capacity, which is a large component of the meter, remains in a comfortable status, and that helps as we know patients can be treated.”
“The percentage of community spread and the case incidence rate are in the ‘concerned’ category,” county health officials said earlier this week. “Individuals are waiting too long to seek a COVID test as indicated by the ‘High-Risk Days Before Seeking Testing’ category.
“Test turnaround time is concerning, with less than 60% of tests being reported within 48 hours of collection.”
Public Health states that each indicator is important for containment to be effective. “Even small shifts in the indicators can change the meter,” which in late August was measuring in the “Comfortable” range for new cases.
“Hospital capacity, a large component of the meter, remains in a comfortable status,” according to the latest report. “This is reassuring as it indicates that all patients can be treated.”
The Garfield County “Coronameter” is a new tool designed to help the community “gauge” the current risk level for coronavirus spread. Here’s where things stand, based on the latest incident, test positivity and hospitalization rates:
Garfield County Public Health statistics are updated daily, and hospitals report their latest statistics twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.
Among the factors the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment looks at in making its determinations regarding business reopening variances are the most recent two-week onset of new cases, case rate per 100,000 people, test positivity rate and the trend in local hospitalizations.
• Facial Coverings: Required in all settings, indoor or outdoor
• Events: 100 ppl max indoor |175 ppl max outdoor
• Private Gatherings/Groups: 25 ppl max | however, <10 is recommended
• 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