Summit County reaches 70% vaccination goal; cases remain low
Summit County reported four new cases of COVID-19 over the week, according to the county’s coronavirus webpage.
The total number of cases among residents stands at 3,736. The county rolled back its total hospitalizations by two, bringing the total number to 142 since March 5, 2020. Summit County Environmental Health Manager Dan Hendershott wrote in an email that the lowering of total hospitalizations is likely due to an incorrect report by the state of two hospitalizations that was retroactively corrected.
According to the state’s dashboard, the county was reporting 12.9 new cases per 100,000 residents as of 4 p.m. Friday. That number is down 34% from last week.
The county’s positivity rate — the percentage of tests that return positive — is 1.2%, which is down 1.2 percentage points from last week.
The county’s hospitalizations remain at 13 days of declining or stable hospitalizations. Summit County, which is in level green on the localized dial, will not move to a more restrictive level unless hospitalizations surge.
On May 15, the county adopted the state’s public health order, which eliminates the need for people 11 and older to wear a mask in most instances, though masks are still recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated. Masks are still required on public transportation, and businesses and organizations can require that masks be worn at their locations.
According to the state’s order, masks still must be worn in schools by unvaccinated students, teachers and staff. The county’s order says those ages 2 and older must wear masks in schools and child care centers as well as at indoor camps and recreation leagues.
The vaccine is open to all people ages 12 and older.
According to the county’s webpage, 81.3% of eligible residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine — the third highest rate in the state — with 70.9% being fully vaccinated. Summit County has officially met its goal to vaccinate 70% of residents.
A complete list of upcoming vaccination events can be found on the county’s coronavirus webpage at SummitCountyCo.gov/vaccine.
The Summit County Public Health Department did not report any new outbreaks over the past week.
On June 1, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment changed its definition for what qualifies as a COVID-19 outbreak. An outbreak is now defined as five or more confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, of which at least one case has had a positive molecular amplification test or antigen test, in a facility or (non-household) group with onset in a 14-day period.
The exception is residential health care facilities and correctional facilities — in these settings, two or more cases of COVID-19 are still considered an outbreak.
Summit School District did not report any new quarantines over the week. The school year ended June 2, but school programming — including summer school and tutoring — is ongoing.
The following places offer testing for the virus in Summit County:
• Centura Health testing in Frisco: Testing available daily by appointment at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place. To schedule an appointment, call 970-668-5584.
• State testing in Silverthorne: Drive-thru testing available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 430 Rainbow Drive. No appointment, insurance or identification required.
• Vail Health testing in Breckenridge: Testing available by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Speakeasy Movie Theater, 103 S. Harris St. To book an appointment, go to VailHealth.org/covidscheduling.
The following links have information about how to get vaccinated:
• Summit County: SummitCountyCo.gov/vaccine
• Centura Health: Centura.org/vaccine-scheduling
• City Market pharmacies: CityMarket.com/rx/covid-eligibility
• Safeway pharmacy: Safeway.com/vaccinations
• Walmart pharmacy: Walmart.com/cp/flu-shots-immunizations/1228302
• Summit Community Care Clinic: SummitClinic.org/index.php/care-services/covid-19-information
People ages 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine. People with questions about the local response to COVID-19 can call the county’s hotline at 970-668-9730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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