County COVID incidence rates falling

County COVID incidence rates falling
County COVID incidence rates falling
City of Aspen Consumer Health Protection Specialist Mike Sear checks mask zone signs on a pole in the downtown Aspen parking service on Friday, January 15, 2021. Hope is to remove all mask area signs on the sidewalk, as they are now in ruins during the winter. (Kelsey Brunner / The Aspen Times)

Pitkin County’s COVID-19 incidence rates have been falling steadily for nearly a week, according to the county’s online data dashboard and daily epidemiological reports published by Pitkin County Public Health.

In the past seven days, the incidence rate has dropped from a total of nearly 3,000 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days to half: a report from Jan. 24 indicates an incidence rate of 1,536.

The positivity rates have also declined. The percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 (out of all who were tested over a 14-day period) is back to single digits, with a 9.5% positivity rate reported on Sunday.

This rate was 10.2% the previous Sunday; the threshold between the yellow level and the orange levels of COVID concern is 10%.

But that doesn’t mean the county is still weed-proof.

Notes from the epidemiological report of January 22 say that although the number of cases is down 88% from the previous week, county health officials “are awaiting more information to ensure these trends continue,” the report said.

Backlogs of test results retroactively altered COVID-19 data previously; Earlier in January, Pitkin County Public Health received an “influx” of more than 100 positive test results from a lab, leading to an increase in the number of previously reported cases for the dates these tests were released. been collected.

And although the incidence rate is much lower than it was when the Pitkin County Board of Health voted on January 11 to voluntarily enter red-level restrictions from January 17, the county still has a long way to go before reaching the settings to return to Orange. or Yellow level on the COVID dial.

The county’s incidence rate remains the highest in the state, although Baca County in southwest Colorado is just behind; according to the state data dashboard, this county has an incidence rate of 1,518.6 cases per 100,000 population.

Pitkin County may revert to Orange-level restrictions when the incidence rate drops below 700 and has declined for 14 days, according to new measures approved by the Health Council on Jan.11. The previous threshold between red and orange level restrictions was 350, one measure. established by the state.

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