Larimer County health officials will provide a virtual update on COVID-19 at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales and Larimer County Medical Director Chris Urbina will present the update on the county’s COVID-19 response alongside local hospital leaders.
Residents can join the Zoom webinar at https://zoom.us/j/99080662935 or join by phone by calling 253-215-8782 or 346-248-7799.
During a presentation to the county commissioners Tuesday, Gonzales said the county’s coronavirus case rates are declining. On Wednesday, the businesses certified in the Level Up program were approved to begin operating in Level Yellow thanks to the decrease in case rates and hospitalizations in the past week.
The county is also making progress with vaccinations, Gonzales said. As of Tuesday, 28,483 residents have received one dose of the vaccine and 9,935 have received both. About 8% of the county population has been vaccinated, Gonzales said.
About 36% of residents age 70 and older have received one dose. Gonzales urged anyone age 70 and older who has not been contacted yet about scheduling a vaccine appointment to call the county health department at 970-498-5500 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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All 54 long-term care facilities in the county have administered their first doses of the vaccine to staff and residents, Gonzales said. Cases in those facilities have dropped 58% since the peak on Jan. 17, he told commissioners.
On Feb 8, per state guidance, residents age 65 and older and child care and school staff who interact with students will qualify for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Gonzales said the county will reserve 35% off their vaccine allocation for educators and the remaining would be available for older residents.
Gonzales asked residents to be patient as they continue the vaccine rollout. As more people become eligible for a vaccine, the county isn’t receiving any additional vaccines from the state.
The county receives about 6,000 vaccines per week and there are an estimated 65,200 Larimer County residents who qualify for a vaccine in the state’s first two phases of the vaccine rollout, Gonzales said, including more than 9,000 educators.
“It’s going to bottleneck and people are going to have to be patient,” Gonzales said.
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