This report gives you a summary of the data over the past week and the status of COVID-19 in the community.** For more detailed information, please visit our COVID-19 data dashboards.
Current CDC Risk Level
Pitkin County is currently experiencing a High Level of community transmission (defined as >= 100 cases / 100,000 cumulative incidence rate or a testing positivity rate of over 10%). Learn More
Indoor Mask Mandate – Effective 9/16
All individuals 2 years or older are required to wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more.
Pitkin County Public Health instituted the indoor mask mandate when Aspen Valley Hospital changed its status from Comfortable to Cautious and the County was in a High level of transmission on the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker. For the mandate to be lifted, the County’s CDC Data Tracker level needs to be at the Low or Moderate level for 21 consecutive days. Once the mandate is lifted, if the County goes into Substantial or High for 5 consecutive days, the indoor mask mandate will be reinstated.
Hospital Status (As of 9/21)
- Aspen Valley Hospital Capacity: CAUTIOUS
(Based on inpatient hospitalizations and transfer capacity)
- Pitkin County Resident Hospital Admissions: 1 (in past 2 weeks anywhere in CO)
- Pitkin County Resident ICU Admissions: 0 (in past 2 weeks anywhere in CO)
- New – All Colorado Hospitalizations:
- 84% of Acute Care Beds in Use
- 88% of ICU Beds in Use
- 80% of Those Hospitalized are Unvaccinated
7-Day COVID-19 Case Summary (9/15 – 9/21)
- New Pitkin County cases: 40 (3 are under 18 years old)
- Vaccinated – 25 (cases (breakthrough)
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated – 15
- Resident Incidence Rate: 225/100,000
(The cumulative incidence rate is calculated by dividing the total number of cases over the census population, then multiplying by 100,000)
- New Out of County cases tested in Pitkin County: 6
(Visitors and those working, but not living in Pitkin County)
7-Day Testing Summary (9/15 – 9/21)
- Positivity Rate: 5.8%
- Positivity Increase/Decrease: 1.1% decrease over the prior 7-day period
Vaccination Status (As of 9/22)
- 70% of all residents are fully vaccinated
- 89% of all residents have received at least one dose
**The COVID-19 case data was collected by Pitkin County Public Health and may not reflect data reported by the Colorado Department Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Testing results are from CDPHE reports of all COVID-19 tests among Pitkin County residents. There may be differences between CDPHE positivity estimates and those presented in this report.
Whether you are fully vaccinated, have received one of two doses, or are unvaccinated, getting tested is central to doing your part to stop the spread.
A new at-home testing program was announced by Governor Polis on Tuesday, September 21 to aid in slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19. The state is offering individuals or organizations to sign up to have Rapid-At-Home tests delivered straight to their homes. Leanr more about this program here.
Rapid tests for symptomatic individuals are now available at the RFV COVID Testing Kiosk in downtown Aspen behind City Hall. Starting next week, downvalley RFV COVID Testing sites will also be offering these tests for as long as the supply is available. For more comprehensive information about getting tested, visit our Get Tested page. *And please, follow quarantine protocols while awaiting test results.
Flu Season is Here
This is an especially important year to get the flu vaccine. It helps protect against influenza, a serious disease that can result in hospitalization and even death. You don’t want to be hospitalized with the flu ever, but it could be especially tough this year. Hospitals may be strained by COVID-19 cases. Pitkin County Public health strongly encourages everyone to get a flu shot. Contact your primary care provider or local pharmacy for vaccines.
The most important public health action is to get vaccinated. Vaccinations provide excellent protection against COVID-19 and are available to everyone 12 and older. Do your part to help reduce the spread.
- Based on the decision of the FDA to reject additional doses of Pfizer for the general population, Pitkin County Public Health will not be accepting appointments for 3rd doses for the general public at this time. Pitkin County will be accepting 3rd dose appointments only once the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Guidelines are set. You can not make a 3rd dose appointment at this time.
- If you are interested in being contacted once boosters are approved, please fill this form out and you will be notified as more information becomes available.
- See our Vaccination FAQs for more information.
Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
- September 27th: 1PM-5PM (St Regis Resort – Downtown Aspen)
Vaccine available: Pfizer 1st & 2nd doses, J&J
More information is available on our vaccine clinic page.