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 Substantial 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 12/07)
- 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:
- 94% of Acute Care Beds in Use
- 95% of ICU Beds in Use
- 84% of Those Hospitalized are Unvaccinated
7-Day COVID-19 Case Summary (12/01 – 12/07)
- New Pitkin County cases: 13 (2 are under 18 years old)
- Vaccinated – 10 cases (breakthrough)
- Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated – 3
- Resident Incidence Rate: 73/100,000
(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 – 1
- Teacher/Staff – 1
- New Out of County cases tested in Pitkin County: 5
(Visitors and those working, but not living, in Pitkin County)
7-day Testing Summary (12/01 – 12/07)
- Positivity Rate: 5.7%
- Positivity Increase/Decrease: 2.2% decrease over the prior week
- Testing Turnaround: 99.3% of test results within 2 days
Vaccination Status (As of 12/07)
- 78% of all residents are fully vaccinated
- 95% 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
Pitkin County Shift to CDC Substantial Risk Level
On Wednesday, December 8th, the CDC moved Pitkin County’s community transmission level to Substantial (orange) due to incidence rates falling below the threshold of 100 cases / 100,000 residents. Learn more. The Indoor Mask Order remains in effect as levels need to fall to Moderate (yellow) or Low (blue) levels for 21 consecutive days. Learn more.
While this trend is encouraging, it is important for everyone to continue taking preventative measures. Two of the most effective personal measures we can take are getting vaccinated and masking while in indoor public spaces. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, visit our Get Vaccinated page.
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. The State of Colorado is offering free BinaxNOW™ rapid antigen tests that show results within 15 minutes. All Coloradans can sign up for the Rapid At-Home COVID-19 testing program. Learn more.
**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.