Summit County reports 76 cases, 12 hospitalizations of COVID-19 over the week
Summit County reported 76 new cases and 12 hospitalizations due to the novel coronavirus over the week, according to the county’s coronavirus webpage.
The total number of cases is now at 2,210 and 63 residents have been hospitalized since March 5. While 12 hospitalizations were added to the county’s database this week, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center reported only nine hospitalizations among residents and non-residents that occurred since Friday, Jan. 1.
The remaining three hospitalizations could be attached to dates further in the past, as the county sometimes confirms a patient’s COVID-19 positivity after they have left the hospital.
Despite the rise in hospitalizations, which public health officials say is to be expected after a rise in cases, Summit County’s metrics on the COVID-19 dial remain promising.
According to the state’s dial dashboard, Summit County was reporting 519.6 new cases per 100,000 people as of Friday, Jan. 8, which is down 158.2 since last week. The number remains in level red on the state’s dial, however. To reach level orange, the county would need to report 350 or fewer new cases per 100,000 people.
The county’s positivity rate, which is the percent of positive tests out of total tests, is at 7.5%, which is up 1.7% from last week. However, the number remains in level yellow on the state’s dial.
The new hospitalizations have bumped the county’s standing on that metric from level green to level yellow. According to the dashboard, the county has had 11 days of stable or declining hospitalizations, which is down from the 13 days it was reporting last week.
First responders, health care workers and people 70 and older remain the only groups able to be vaccinated in Summit County.
At a Board of Health meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7, Public Health Director Amy Wineland said the county expects to use all of the 800 doses it was allotted this week by the end of the day Sunday, Jan. 10.
The county expects to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the week of Monday, Jan. 11. The county will be distributing those doses to pharmacies at the City Markets in Breckenridge and Dillon and at the Safeway pharmacy in Frisco.
The remaining doses will go to the Summit Community Care Clinic and public health department for its Thursday, Jan. 14, drive-thru event.
People can sign up at SCAlert.org to be notified when new vaccine appointments become available. The county will post a link to make an appointment at SummitCountyCo.gov/vaccine when there are slots available.
Outbreaks and school data
The Summit School District has not reported a quarantine of a class cohort since Dec. 18. In an interview on Thursday, Jan. 7, district spokesperson Mikki Grebetz said the district has started the second semester with no quarantines.
Summit County reported nine outbreaks at the following locations over the week:
- Three cases among lift operations workers at Keystone Resort
- Two cases at the River Run rental operation at Keystone Resort
- Two cases at Keystone SS Product sales
- Nine cases from a social gathering at Copper Mountain
- Six cases at Perfect Service Cleaning
- Two cases at Division 7 Insulation in Silverthorne
- Two cases at Dillon Dam Brewery in Dillon
- Two cases at Grand Timber Lodge in Breckenridge
- Two cases at Wells Fargo in Frisco
The following places offer testing for the virus in Summit County:
• Centura Health’s Centers for Occupational Medicine in Frisco: Testing available daily by appointment at the Vista Professional Building. 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 591 Center Circle in Silverthorne. No appointment, insurance or identification is required.
• Vail Health testing in Frisco: Testing is available by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Speakeasy Movie Theater, 103 S. Harris St. in Breckenridge. To book an appointment, visit VailHealth.org/covidscheduling.
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