CDC Community Level
The CDC Community Level is based on incidence rates, county COVID-19 hospital admission rates, and beds occupied by COVID-19 patients to measure the impact of the virus on health and healthcare systems. The CDC updates Community Levels every Thursday by 6pm. To find more information visit the CDC Community Level website.
Pitkin COVID-19 Data
As COVID-19 data monitoring shifts in Pitkin County, the public health team has simplified the data reporting process and associated dashboards. Below you will find local as well as state-level data provided by CDPHE. Data is updated by 11 AM on weekdays.
Looking for a definition of something in the dashboard? Key terms are defined below the dashboard.
*Data are subject to change
Data Dashboard Key Definitions
Pitkin Case: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) defines a Pitkin Case as a confirmed (positive PCR or antigen test) or probable COVID-19 case (exposure to a confirmed positive case) for those who claim Pitkin County as their place of residence where they spend more than 6 months out of the year.
7-Day Incidence Rate: A measure of the frequency with which new COVID-19 cases occurred in a population over the past 7 days. The cumulative 7-day incidence rate is calculated by dividing the total number of cases over the census population for Pitkin County, then multiplying by 100,000.
7-Day Positivity Rate: 7-day percent positivity is based on CDPHE reports of all COVID-19 tests among Pitkin County residents. The cumulative number of positive COVID-19 tests is divided by the total number of COVID-19 tests administered and multiplied by 100 for reporting percentages.
PCR Tests: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are a type of Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT). NAATs are a viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NAATs detect genetic material (nucleic acids). NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 specifically identify the RNA (ribonucleic acid) sequences that comprise the genetic material of the virus. Read more.
COVID-19 Reinfections: Reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 means a person was infected, recovered, and then later became infected again. Reinfections are defined as patients who have tested positive more than 90 days after a previous COVID-19 infection.
Case Fatality Rate (also Case-Fatality Ratio): The proportion of Pitkin County residents who died from COVID-19. This proportion is calculated by dividing the number of COVID-19 deaths among residents by the number of COVID-19 cases among residents.
Case Hospitalization Rate: The proportion of Pitkin County residents who were hospitalized with COVID-19. This proportion is calculated by dividing the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized among residents by the number of COVID-19 cases among residents.
Fully Vaccinated: A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or ≥2 weeks after receipt of the single dose of the Janssen Vaccine.
Vaccinated with the first dose only: A person is considered to have the first dose only if they have only received the first dose of a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).
Up-to-Date Vaccination Status: A person is considered Up-to-Date if they are 12 or older and have had the recommended booster dose at least 5 months after the last dose in their primary series. Read more.
Acute Care beds: Acute care beds are beds accommodating patients where the principal clinical intent is to do one or more of the following: manage labor (obstetric), cure illness or provide definitive treatment of injury, perform surgery, relieve symptoms of illness or injury (excluding palliative care), reduce the severity of illness or injury, protect against exacerbation and/or complication of an illness and/or injury which could threaten life or normal functions, perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
ICU beds: Beds that are equipped to provide critical care to patients and are located within the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). An ICU provides care to critically ill patients that provides intensive and specialized medical and nursing care, an enhanced capacity for monitoring, and multiple modalities of physiologic organ support to sustain life during a period of life-threatening organ system insufficiency. Read more.
Variant of Concern: The term variant of concern for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 is a category used for variants of the virus where mutations in their spike protein receptor binding domain substantially increase binding affinity in RBD-hACE2 complex, while also being linked to rapid spread in human populations.
Genetic Sequencing: The sequence tells scientists the kind of genetic information that is carried in a particular DNA segment.
Sub Variants: Sub Variants like BA.2 that developed off lineage changes to the original variant strain (BA 1)