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See below for updates on COVID-19 cases, vaccine and testing information, and current/upcoming events.

ANSWERS TO COVID-19 BOOSTER FAQs - 9/24/21

ARE BOOSTER SHOTS NOW RECOMMENDED?

The Pfizer/BioNTech (Pfizer) booster has been approved for people who are:

  • over the age of 65
  • 18 or older who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 
  • in jobs with high risk of infection including health care workers, teachers, day care workers and grocery store employees

The Pfizer booster is recommended at least 6 months after the second dose of Pfizer. 

The Pfizer booster received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 22, 2021 and recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 23, 2021. 

Moderna has submitted data for their booster to the FDA for review.  Johnson & Johnson has not yet submitted booster data to the FDA.

ARE ADDITIONAL DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE NOW RECOMMENDED?

The CDC recommends a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for moderate to severe immunocompromised individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and have completed the two-shot series of Pfizer or Moderna.

This third dose is not considered a booster -- it is an additional dosage needed to raise the level of immunity in immunocompromised systems to full capacity.  The third vaccine dose is recommended at least 28 days after the second dose, and preferably the same brand as the first two doses.

HOW DO WE GET BOOSTER SHOTS AND ADDITIONAL DOSES?

If you meet the eligibility requirements and received your second shot of the Pfizer brand at least 6 months ago, you can get the Pfizer booster wherever Pfizer is administered.  

If you meet the eligibility requirements and received your second vaccine shot at least 6 months ago, you can get the Pfizer or Moderna additional dose wherever these two brands are administered. 

Clear Creek County Public Health does not currently offer the Pfizer vaccine, boosters or additional doses; we do not have a freezer to store the Pfizer vaccine at the extremely cold temperature necessary to keep the vaccine viable.  Clear Creek Public Health currently offers the first and second doses of Moderna and the single-dose of J & J vaccines only. 

Safeway in Idaho Springs does administer Pfizer.  For more information on local vaccine clinics and vaccine clinic locations outside of the County, please scroll down this page to the COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINATION CLINICS section and/or proceed to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page.

WHAT BRANDS OF THE VACCINE ARE APPROVED AND FOR WHAT AGES?

PFIZER:  The Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval and continues to be administered to those aged 16 and above.  Pfizer is available for those aged 12 to 15 under FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

MODERNA AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON (J & J):  These two vaccine brands continue to be administered to those aged 18 and older under the FDA’s EUA.  Moderna‘s full FDA approval is expected in the coming month.  J & J has not yet submitted for full FDA approval.

Clinical trials are still underway to determine vaccination doses and approval for those under the age of 12.  To assure product safety and effectiveness, the FDA regulatory and approval process includes extensive clinical trials, thorough reviews of data, and facility inspections to assure consistent production. 

All federally authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and help protect from severe illness.  For more information on vaccine development: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/distributing/steps-ensure-safety.html

COVID-19 UPDATES as of SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY COVID DATA 

TOTAL CASES: 675 – this is up 30 from last week

NOTE: There were 50 new cases reported in Clear Creek County in the past 2 weeks alone.  Our Public Health nurses continue to work overtime to coordinate and conduct additional testing, administer vaccinations, and conduct contact tracing in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Clear Creek County.  

TOTAL DEATHS: 4 – no change from last week

TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 31 – an increase of 1 from last week

VACCINATION RATE: 66.4% of our eligible population is vaccinated with at least 1 dose

If you have questions, and/or have transportation or mobility issues that are keeping you from getting vaccinated, please call our PUBLIC HEALTH COVID INFO LINE at 303-670-7528 for assistance.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a recording of COVID and other public health information; if you leave a message, a member of our Public Health team will respond as quickly as possible.

COLORADO COVID INFORMATION 

  • The aggressive Delta variant continues to impact younger age groups more than previous variants.
  • Youth under the age of 12 are especially vulnerable since they still cannot get vaccinated.
  • 87% of  ICU beds are currently in use in the state of Colorado. 
  • 83% of those currently hospitalized or dying from COVID are unvaccinated.
  • 45% of our state’s available ventilators are currently in use.
  • For Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) COVID-19 breakthrough data:       https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-breakthrough
  • For more CDPHE information:  https://covid19.colorado.gov

NATIONAL COVID TRENDS

  • More than 14,000 Americans died due to COVID-19 in the past week.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, over 676,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 exposure, cases and hospitalizations continue to surge in all 50 states, with currently more than 42 million cases in the U.S.
  • Every age group under 50 has surpassed its previous record number of hospitalizations.
  • The largest increase of hospitalizations is those aged 30-39 and children under 18, both of which are 30% higher than their previous peak.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as of September 16, over 5.5 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. Nearly 226,000 cases were added the past week, the third highest number of child cases in a week since the pandemic began. After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially, with over 925,000 cases in the past 4 weeks.  For more information:  https://www.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/children-and-covid-19-state-level-data-report/
  • Currently, only 55.3% of Americans are fully vaccinated 

COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINATION CLINICS

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available at no cost for those age 18+

WHEN? WEDNESDAYS | 10am to 2pm | Walk-In - no appointments needed 

WHERE? Idaho Springs | NEW Clear Creek Collaborative Care Center at 1969 Miner Street - 2nd Floor

To reduce wait time at vaccine clinics:

  • Pre-register at: https://www.comassvax.org/clinic/search – enter CLEAR CREEK COUNTY in the LOCATION box and then click the SEARCH button. Find the clinic you're interested in and self-register. 

WHERE ELSE CAN I GET VACCINATED?

For more information on other COVID-19 Vaccinations in Clear Creek County,  vaccine clinic locations outside of the County, and frequently asked questions, please proceed to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page.

COVID TESTING IN CLEAR CREEK COUNTY

FREE PCR tests for those age 2+

IDAHO SPRINGS on TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS |  8am - 2pm  |  Drive-Through

Gravel Lot between the Bus Barn & Digger Field - by the Rec Center at 1047 Miner St. 

NEW GEORGETOWN SITE on MONDAYS starting on September 27th  |  8am - 2pm  |  Drive-Through

Dirt Lot by Mt. Buzz & Georgetown Market - near the Corner of Argentine & 11th

Due to increased testing and low staffing, COVIDCheck now requires appointments at all sites:

https://covidcheckcolorado.org/find-our-sites-testing/

Check for schedule updates at: https://www.covidcheckcolorado.org 

For more information on COVID-19 Testing in Clear Creek County, please proceed to the COVID-19 Testing page.

WHERE ELSE CAN I GET TESTED? 

For  information on Covid-19 test sites in Jefferson County, please visit:  https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/22251/List-of-Jeffco-COVID-19-Testing-Sites

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED COVID QUESTIONS - updated 9/27/21

I WENT TO A SOCIAL GATHERING, SHOULD I GET TESTED?

COVID-19 symptoms usually appear within 2 to 4 days of exposure.  People with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic, this means they or you have COVID but are not exhibiting any symptoms.  You should get tested if:

  • you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • you have been in close contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID and they have symptoms
  • you are or will be in close contact with a member(s) of the vulnerable population
  • you are experiencing one or more COVID symptoms, even if they are mild and even if you have been vaccinated

If you have symptoms or have been exposed, you should isolate until you get your results.  If your test is positive, continue to isolate for 10 additional days.

COVID-19 symptoms may include: fever or chills, cough, fatigue, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, post-holiday surges in COVID cases have occurred 7 to 10 days after associated social gatherings.

For more information on COVID-19 Testing, please proceed to the COVID-19 Testing page.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

When the County Public Health team is notified of a positive test result, they will let that person know that they are required to start a mandatory 10-day isolation.  This means no direct interaction with others, including family members.

Contact tracing begins immediately to determine if others were exposed to the highly contagious virus.  Any close contacts of the COVID-positive person are required to quarantine for 14 days, starting on the last day of contact with the positive individual, since this is the time frame during which the virus may develop.  Adults and children may develop and spread COVID-19 to or from others for 14 days after being exposed to the virus.  Many people are asymptomatic, meaning they feel well and do not have any symptoms, but they have the virus and are contagious. 

Isolation and quarantine both mean that the identified person(s) should not leave their place of residence except for any required testing or if there is a medical emergency.  Because of the potential to be in quarantine or isolation, and for other emergency situations, Clear Creek County Public & Environmental Health recommends that you have a “safety net” in place – a two-week supply of food, medication, and other essential items in your home so that you do not need to leave and potentially expose others.  If possible, you should also coordinate with friends, family members and/or neighbors to help you with any other assistance you may need.

For more information on COVID-19 Testing, please proceed to the COVID-19 Testing page.

MORE THAN 50% OF ELIGIBLE AMERICANS ARE VACCINATED, WHY IS COVID SPREADING EVEN MORE NOW?

The highly aggressive Delta variant is being spread primarily by the non-vaccinated who are not wearing masks at social gatherings or during travel.  The Delta variant is causing more and more people of all ages to get sick, even those who have already been vaccinated or who have had COVID.

For more information on other COVID-19 Vaccinations, please proceed to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page.

SHOULD MASKS STILL BE WORN IN PUBLIC? 

Yes.  The Delta variant is extremely contagious and spreads 50% faster than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2.  “Breakthrough” cases are occurring more frequently with those who are fully vaccinated.  Immunity gained from already having had COVID will most likely not prevent you from catching the virus again.

  • On September 2, the County Board of Health passed a Public Health Order that requires all students and staff to wear masks at local schools. For more information, please visit our Public Health Orders & Guidance pageView the full Resolution 21-05 HERE. 
  • Clear Creek County Government is requiring all staff to wear masks while at work in any public space and/or while interacting with others.
  • Masks are now required to be worn in all public areas of the Clear Creek County Court facilities, including in the courtrooms.
  • Clear Creek County Public Health recommends that all local businesses require their staff, regardless of vaccine status, to wear masks while at work.  
  • The CDC now advises all Americans aged 2 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status, in high or substantial risk areas.
  • Everyone must still wear masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. This is required by federal law for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

Additional layers of protection should be added when possible – social distancing, avoiding large crowds, gathering outdoors rather than indoors, and regular handwashing.   

WHAT IS THE COVID-19 PROTECTION PLAN FOR OUR SCHOOLS? 

Currently, greater than 90% of Clear Creek School District staff are fully vaccinated, but less than 35% of our Middle School and High School students are fully vaccinated.  Clear Creek School District and Creek Public Health are dedicated to keeping your children healthy and safe and to maintaining in-person learning.  To achieve these goals, the following public health protocols are in place to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19:

  • hand washing stations at the school
  • mandatory masks for all while indoors
  • promoting vaccinations for all who are eligible

Until the majority of our student body is vaccinated, these measures will remain in place.

On September 2, the County Board of Health passed a public health order (Resolution 21-05) that requires:

  • all students and staff to wear masks at local schools
  • twice weekly testing for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status,  who participate in extracurricular activities that involve traveling and/or mingling with students from other districts, such as athletic competitions.

Universal masking for all Colorado schools and child care settings is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  For more science-based information on COVID-19 and youth, please visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/transmission_k_12_schools.html

For more information on school protocols, please visit: https://www.ccsdre1.org/

WHEN WILL WE REACH COMMUNITY IMMUNITY / HERD IMMUNITY?

When we were only dealing with the original strain of this virus, about 75% of the total population needed to get vaccinated to stop the spread. Currently, only about 53% of Americans are fully vaccinated and the Delta variant is causing more and more people to get sick, even those who have already been vaccinated. These are called “breakthrough” cases.  Because of this, we now need at least 85% of the total population to be fully vaccinated to reach community immunity.

Having already had COVID-19 may not prevent you from catching COVID-19 again, especially the very contagious Delta variant.  The longer we go without achieving immunity for the majority of the population, the greater the chance for more and stronger variants to emerge and continue to spread.  To protect yourself and others, in addition to getting vaccinated, you should also limit your interactions with those who have not been vaccinated and wear a protective face mask in public.  

HOW CAN PATIENTS/CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS SELF-ADVOCATE IN VARIOUS PLACES OF BUSINESS?

It is your right as a patient/customer/client of any business establishment to ask “Are all of your staff members vaccinated?”  Asking this question is not a violation of HIPAA because you are not asking the employer to share any individual employee information.  You can also ask any individual employee directly, “Have you been vaccinated?” or “Which vaccine did you get?”  It is their choice to answer you or not.  It is your choice to continue patronizing that establishment.  

To request additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your staff, and/or to receive more information on business/special event guidance, please contact Rebecca Abrahamson at:

rabrahamson@clearcreekcounty.us  or call  970-389-2177

STAY INFORMED WITH SCIENCE-BASED DATA

>Clear Creek County Public Health

  • COVID INFO LINE 303-670-7528
  • Visit: http;//www.clearcreekcounty.us/covid19
  • Listen to the COVID updates at the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) meetings
  • Listen to Dr. Ryan’s live KYGT interviews following the BoCC update (archived interviews posted on our website —  https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1211/In-the-News )
  • Participate in our monthly COVID-19 Virtual Town Halls 
  • Follow the County’s Facebook page and Nextdoor posts

>Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:  https://covid19.colorado.gov

>National and World COVID-19 Information:

LISTEN TO DR. RYAN'S LIVE KYGT RADIO INTERVIEWS

MONTHLY COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

Please join our next monthly forum for updates from Dr. Ryan, County Public & Environmental Health Director, followed by a community Question & Answer session.

DATE:  Thursday, October 21 2021

TIME:   5pm to 6pm

TOWN HALL QUESTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE TO BE ADDRESSED.  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.

  • EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO:  townhallquestions@clearcreekcounty.us
  • SUBMIT QUESTIONS BY: 4pm on Wednesday, October 20th

Some of your questions may be answered in our FREQUENTLY ASKED COVID QUESTIONS sections.  If you have specific questions related to the County Public Health Order for our schools, it may be helpful to review the School District's answers to Frequently Asked Questions at: https://www.ccsdre1.org/

TO JOIN THE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL:

Click here to join on Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/94411844596

Click here to Livestream on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Clear-Creek-County-Colorado-130701711250/

COVID-19 COMMUNITY IMPACT SURVEY - CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey.  Your answers will help shape the future of our county and better plan resources and support.  Results are being compiled and will be shared when available.  More information about the survey can be found on our COVID-19 COMMUNITY IMPACT SURVEY page

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