Current CDC Covid-19 Community Level
Pitkin County is currently at a HIGH level. Learn more.
- 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)
- Pitkin County Resident Hospital Admissions: 1 (in past 28 days)
- All Colorado Hospitalizations:
- 88% of Acute Care Beds in Use
- 86% of ICU Beds in Use
- 53% of Those Hospitalized are Unvaccinated
7-Day COVID-19 Case Summary (8/16-9/6)
- New Pitkin County cases in the previous 7 days: 17
- Resident Incidence Rate: 109/100,000
(The cumulative incidence rate is calculated by dividing the total number of cases over the census population, then multiplying by 100,000)
7-Day Testing Summary (8/16-9/6)
- Positivity Rate: 15%
CDC Recommends the First Updated COVID-19 Booster
On September 1st, 2022, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ approved an updated formula of the COVID-19 from Pfizer-BioNTech for people ages 12 years and older and from Moderna for people ages 18 years and older. The booster is formulated to better protect individuals from the more recent variants that are circulating through our communities by targeting variants that are more transmissible and immune-evading, including the Omicron variants. Read more from the CDC on bivalent COVID-19 boosters..
Pitkin County COVID-19 Communications, Moving to Monthly Update and Important Announcements
We are evolving communications to keep in step with the dwindling pandemic and the weekly cadence of the CDC’s Community Level announcement. Thus, we are moving our Biweekly update to the first Tuesday of every month. For pertinent information that needs to be communicated in a timely manner, we will be sending out newsflash style updates if needed. Look forward to the next update in your inbox on Tuesday, October 4th.
The Data Dashboard is getting a new look
In order to simplify the data dashboard while holding onto the most accurate data generated in our county, we will be removing some indicators formerly under the “reinfection” and “incidence by age” tabs. The vaccination scorecard will now show the percentage of our community which has received vaccine doses, and links will be included to the CDPHE website and dashboards for further information directly from the source related to hospitalizations in Colorado.
COVID-19 Data Reporting Transitioning to Wastewater Focus
Due to the public shift away from COVID-19 testing, Pitkin County Public Health is now transitioning to wastewater monitoring for the most reliable and up to date COVID-19 case data. Wastewater (sewage) surveillance is a new tool in which samples of wastewater are collected and tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The amount of virus as well as the distinct variants of a virus found in a wastewater sample can be recorded and monitored over time, as shown in the Colorado COVID Wastewater Monitoring Data Trends charts here. To learn more on how the CDPHE monitors wastewater in Colorado, click here.
CDC Isolation Change Reminder
Recently, the CDC modified their Quarantine and Isolation guidance. Isolation remains mandatory for a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or positive test. However, on day 6 if no fever is present and symptoms improve, an individual should continue to use a mask in public until day 10. Individuals who are not symptomatic after day 6are allowed to unmask earlier than day 10 if 2 antigen tests taken 48hrs apart both contain a negative result. CDC still recommends any individual who tests positive to avoid contact with High Risk individuals for at least 11 days. Quarantine for routine contacts is no longer recommended or required, this may, however, still be used as a mitigation strategy if an outbreak occurs, especially if necessary in a school setting. Pitkin County Public Health is working with schools to update requirements and guidance with the start of the school year.
Upcoming Vaccination Clinics In Pitkin County
Visit the Get Vaccinated webpage for details and to make appointments.
- Tue, September 20. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Snowmass Center / 16 Kearns Rd. Snowmass Village, CO. 81615
- Wed, September 21. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Old Snowmass Market / 26 Snowmass Creek Rd. Snowmass, CO. 81654
- Thu, September 22. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Downtown Aspen / 412 Rio Grande Pl. Aspen, CO. 81611
Appointments Recommended. 1st, 2nd, and booster doses available for Pfizer, M