Data tracking has been the most significant form of monitoring the surge of cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and recovery of COVID-19. It is also a great way of tracking the healthiest communities.
In accordance with the US News & World Report, Pitkin County has ranked number 8 out of 25 of the healthiest counties! In Pitkin County, we have had 4 COVID-19 related deaths out of a census population of 17,767 which equates to a ratio of 1 death to every 4,442 individuals.
To determine where Pitkin County falls within this top 25, Pitkin County Public Health took the 25 healthiest counties in the US in 2020, according to the US News & World Report, then looked up deaths per population among them using state and local data. Though, all counties with fewer than 10,000 permanent residents were excluded. Counties excludeed, like San Miguel county, CO with a population of ~7,000, make it difficult to compare their rates to larger counties.
The narrative that Pitkin County has a low fatality rate because of their healthy population is not the entire story. This healthiest counties report indicates that when Pitkin County is compared with other communities that have similarly high “healthy populations” indicators did not necessarily have low COVID-19 fatality rates. As stated by Jon Peacock, “multiple layers of protective factors kept our fatality rate low. These many different protections that Pitkin County has put in place include Public Health Orders, economic and housing assistance, child care, food security programs, etc.”