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COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 Information
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Sean updated 2 months ago
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COVID-19 Update for March 3. Do you have any questions?

The CDPHE map above shows the two-week cumulative incidence rates for Colorado counties, with Montrose standing at 286 cases per 100,000 people in the last two weeks. (It's important to remember that this number is standardized for comparison to the rest of Colorado, and since Montrose has less than 100,000 in population, the number is greater than the number of cases). This number is on the higher end compared to the rest of Colorado. 

According to the NYTimes COVID tracker, Montrose Regional Health currently has 5 COVID-19 patients. Additionally, after a surge in January and early February, COVID cases are on a downward trend in both Montrose County and Colorado as a whole. 

The Montrose 1+ vaccination rate stands at 57 percent. 

Update 3/7: Colorado Newsline reports that Colorado is in the "best position" it's been in with the virus, according to the CDPHE director, with case counts and hospitalizations down. 

Sean updated 3 months ago
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COVID-19 Update for February 14

Assistant Editor and Senior Writer Katharhynn Heidelberg last reported  that 145 people had died in Montrose since the start of the pandemic. That number is now up to 148. Per Katharhynn's reporting, as of Feb. 3, eight people were hospitalized with COVID-19 illness at Montrose Regional Health. Of the eight, six were not vaccinated; one was vaccinated and one was vaccinated and boosted.

Per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's open data, 144 COVID-19 cases have been added in Montrose over the last week. This puts Montrose's cumulative incidence rate into the "very high" region, where most of Colorado still stands. As of last week, 98 percent of COVID-19 cases in California were due to the Omicron variant.

The 1+ vaccination rate for Montrose (meaning those who have received at least one dose) stands at 56 percent. According to CDPHE's most recent vaccine breakthrough chart (which uses lagged data, so it most recently updated the week of Jan. 23), vaccinated Colorado residents are 2.4 times less likely to get COVID-19, 11.9 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 56 times less likely to die from COVID-19.

If you have any questions about the data or just about COVID-19 in Montrose, let me know! Also, I understand if you're burnt out on COVID-19 information, so feel free to leave the COVID-19 information group (on the left sidebar) in order to hide these posts in the future. 

Kathy replied 3 months ago
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What are your thoughts on MCSD relaxing COVID-19 restrictions?

Using new CDPHE guidance, regular symptom screening upon entry will be stopped, and the district is returning to its former illness policy. Starting on Feb. 28, quarantines following exposure will no longer be required and contact tracing will not be conducted, but people who test positive for COVID will still need to isolate for five days at home.

Masks are still recommended, but few students and staff have been wearing masks anyway. MCSD will continue posting the amount of positive cases reported on a COVID dashboard on its website, but will be removing the data on quarantines after they are no longer required. Check out Anna Lynn Winfrey's article to get the full context on these decisions. 

What do you think about the lessening of COVID-19 restrictions in schools? Do you think they were effective in the first place? Do you expect more institutions to follow suit?

Sean replied 4 months ago
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COVID-19 Update for January 18th

As of Jan. 12, seven people were hospitalized at Montrose Regional Health with a COVID-19 illness, according to the hospital’s data.

Of the seven, five patients were unvaccinated. Four of the seven were in ICU; of these, three were not vaccinated. One person was on a ventilator; that person was not vaccinated.

211 people were hospitalized with COVID between Oct. 1, 2021 and Dec. 15, 2021. Of them, 27.49% were vaccinated; 62.09% were not vaccinated; 0.47% were partially vaccinated and the vaccine status of 9.95% was unknown.

According to CDPHE data, the COVID-19 one-week and two-week cumulative incidence rates per 100,000 people remain very high for Montrose and Delta counties, along with most of Colorado counties at the moment. This number reflects the number of new cases in the past week (or two) in a given county per 100,000 people. 

The most recent reported vaccination rate for Montrose was 55.4%, which represents people receiving at least one dose.

How have you been affected by the recent Omicron surge? 

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