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 11/09)
- 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-19 testing)
*Aspen Valley Hospital’s Inpatient Hospitalization and Transfer Capacity indicator in the hospital’s capacity matrix is CAUTIOUS. 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.
- 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)
- All Colorado Hospitalizations:
- 93% of Acute Care Beds in Use
- 93% of ICU Beds in Use
- 79% of Those Hospitalized are Unvaccinated
7-Day COVID-19 Case Summary (11/03 – 11/09)
- New Pitkin County cases: 25 (4 are under 18 years old)
- Vaccinated – 16 cases (breakthrough)
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated – 9
- 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 – 3
- Teachers/Staff Cases – 0
- New Out of County cases tested in Pitkin County: 3
(Visitors and those working, but not living in Pitkin County)
7-Day Testing Summary (11/03 – 11/08)
- Positivity Rate: 5.9%
- Positivity Increase/Decrease: 0.5% decrease over the prior 7-day period
- NEW – Testing Turnaround: 99.7% of test results within 2 days
Vaccination Status (As of 11/09)
- 75% of all residents are fully vaccinated
- 92% 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
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 this week.
- THIS Friday, November 12th from 3-6pm in the Aspen High School Gymnasium (only waiting list available)
- Tuesday, November 16th and Wednesday, November 17th from 11am-6pm: State Vax Bus in the Basalt Middle School parking lot (on November 17, available appointments can be made for boosters, walk up will not be available)
- Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th from 10am-6pm: State Vax Bus in the Aspen Middle School parking lot (no current availability)
Monitor our Get Vaccinated page if you wish to schedule you or your child(ren) for vaccinations or boosters. More clinics are continually being scheduled.
COVID-19 Booster Doses
Because of the increasing incidence rate of COVID-19 in Colorado, on Tuesday, November 9, Dr. Eric France, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) chief medical officer, called on all eligible Coloradans age 18+ to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose six months after receiving either Pfizer or Moderna, and two months after receiving the J&J vaccine. Dr. France’s guidance is based on CDC guidance which states that anyone aged 18+ should get a booster if they work or live in high-risk settings or have certain underlying medical conditions.
It is important to note that individuals with both mRNA doses, or one of the Johnson and Johnson are still considered fully vaccinated and have a high level of protection.Getting a booster plays a role in slowing and stopping the spread of COVID by providing an additional layer of immunity. Dr France stated: “The vaccine continues to protect against severe disease and hospitalization, but may allow persons to get mild disease, which leads to ongoing transmission. With the ongoing transmission, Coloradans – and particularly unvaccinated Coloradans – are at high-risk of getting the virus. As much as we’d like it to be over, the pandemic is still raging.”
Your primary physician may be providing booster and/or vaccine doses.Check with their office for availability. Getting a booster dose should be part of your care and treatment plan discussed with medical professionals. Monitor our Get Vaccinated page for other community booster opportunities.
Virtual Town Hall Meeting
If you missed last week’s Virtual Town Hall, you can read information on it here and watch the recording. There are also the presentation slides included in case you would like to save or distribute them to others.
**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.