On the New York Times' COVID-19 case tracker, Montrose County is listed as having the 11th highest case rate per 100,000 people in the country. Montrose is the second most populous county among those 11 top counties.

State data on Montrose County incidence rates are slightly lower than the numbers the Times reports, which can be attributed to differences in reporting methods and times of reporting. For instance, as the NYT explains, “jurisdictions typically count cases and deaths based on a person’s residence, rather than the location where they tested positive or died.”

Still, state data shows Montrose as the fifth highest case rate in the state and in the “very high” region, as shown on the map below. 

As case counts and hospital capacity surge throughout the state, the Colorado Hospital Association responded on Wednesday to recent concerns about rising hospital capacity by activating Tier 3, the highest tier, of the Combined Hospital Transfer Center operation in order to manage patient transfers on a statewide scope. 

To learn more about the recent surge in Montrose County, check out reporter @Cassie Knust 's latest article

This news comes at the same time that the FDA has recommend vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. Dr. Greg Suchon, a provider at the Pediatric Associates of Montrose, says there’s likely to be an initial rush of parents and children signing up, but that it will likely wane in the same way the adult vaccine demand did. Here’s Suchon speaking with reporter @Anna Lynn Winfrey about his expectations:

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Suchon said he and his practice will be reiterating the importance of the vaccine for children. Although children are less susceptible to hospitalization and death than elderly patients, at least 791 kids have died of the disease in the U.S. Thousands have developed a severe inflammatory response that has led to hospitalizations.

To learn more about where to get young children vaccinated and the local process, read Anna Lynn’s article

Lastly, senior writer and assistant editor @Katharhynn Heidelberg  reported on how public entities are reacting to the COVID-19 uptick. For instance, Delta-Montrose Electric Assosciation went to remote work until Nov. 29, starting Nov. 3. Montrose County and the City of Montrose are maintaining their existing precautions and taking cues from the state of Colorado, which so far has not reimplemented previous mask mandates.

The school district considers any mitigation strategy to keep schools safe “on the table,” but is not at present contemplating a universal mask mandate, Matt Jenkins, public information officer, said.

Read Katharhynn’s full article to learn how other entities are considering changing things up in response to the surge. 

What's your reaction to this new information? Do you think Montrose has the situation under control? Do you have questions related to any of this?