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.
Hospital Status (As of 11/02)
- Aspen Valley Hospital Capacity: COMFORTABLE**
(Based on an evaluation of inpatient hospitalizations, transfer capacity, healthcare workers out and average daily visits in ER, respiratory evaluation and COVID testing)
**NEW – Aspen Valley Hospital has changed its Inpatient Hospitalization and Transfer Capacity indicator in the hospital’s capacity matrix to Cautious on November 4th. This change is directly related to a reduced transfer capacity to hospitals with higher levels of care, and not based on hospitalizations at AVH, which remain comfortable. The best mitigation remains increasing vaccination rates and adhering to indoor masking and other measures to reduce transmission.
- Pitkin County Resident Hospital Admissions: 0 (in past 2 weeks anywhere in CO)
- Pitkin County Resident ICU Admissions: 0 (in past 2 weeks anywhere in CO)
- All Colorado Hospitalizations: 90% of Acute Care Beds in Use
92% of ICU Beds in Use
80% of Those Hospitalized are Unvaccinated
7-Day COVID-19 Case Summary (10/27 – 11/02)
- New Pitkin County cases: 25 (4 are under 18 years old)
- Vaccinated – 19 (cases (breakthrough)
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated – 6
- Resident Incidence Rate: 141/100,000
(The cumulative incidence rate is calculated by dividing the total number of cases over the census population, then multiplying by 100,000)
- School and Childcare Cases:
- Child/Student Cases – 7
- Teachers/Staff Cases – 2
- New Out of County cases tested in Pitkin County: 2
(Visitors and those working, but not living in Pitkin County)
7-Day Testing Summary (10/27 – 11/02)
- Positivity Rate: 6.5%
- Positivity Increase/Decrease: 1.4% decrease over the prior 7-day period
Vaccination Status (As of 11/02)
- 74% of all residents are fully vaccinated
- 91% of all residents have received at least one dose
- 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.
Virtual Town Hall – COVID-19 Vaccines for kids!
The FDA unanimously authorized the use of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. On November 2nd, the CDC supported this step as well, making children’s vaccines available starting November 3rd.
To help the community better understand this approval, Pitkin County Public Health will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting TONIGHT, November 4 from 6-7pm to present information about vaccines for children. Once the panelists complete a short presentation, the town hall will be open to a Q&A session. Get the meeting details here.
Presentation panelists include:
- Josh Vance – Pitkin County Public Health Epidemiologist
- Dr. Mary Harris – Pediatric Practitioner with Aspen Medical Practice
- Dr. Catherine Bernard – Aspen Valley Hospital Chief of Staff / Emergency Physician
- Carly Senst – Pitkin County Public Health Vaccination Coordinator
In Pitkin County over the past 14 days, children aged 0-11 had the highest COVID-19 case rate of all age groups, according to local epidemiologist Josh Vance, making this Pfizer pediatric vaccine approval essential to protecting our community’s children from more exposure and illness.
Children’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
With authorization from the FDA and CDC, Pitkin County Public Health will begin administering vaccines to kids 5-11 starting next week.
- Friday, November 12th from 3-6pm in the Aspen High School Gymnasium
- Tuesday, November 16th and Friday, November 17th from 11am-5pm in the Basalt Elementary School parking lot
- Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th from 11am-5pm in the Aspen Middle School parking lot
Participation is open only to children ages 5-11, regardless of where they are enrolled in school. The Pfizer dose for this age group is ⅓ the amount for persons 12 and older and only the pediatric dose will be available at these clinics.
Scheduling information will be announced at the town hall meeting on November 4. Monitor our Get Vaccinated page if you wish to schedule your child(ren) for vaccination.
**The COVID-19 case data was collected by Pitkin County Public Health and may not reflect data reported by the Colorado Department of 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.