==LEVEL RED vs. ORANGE
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“Any time you start a big program, there’s always glitches. I think the glitches have been worked out,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert in an AP interview. The U.S. could soon be giving at least one million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Fauci said, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges. (1/6/21)
In a News Conference 1/6/21, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said: The state received the first doses on December 14, and, to date, 240,000 doses; and it has distributed 127,000, which is quicker than most states. The focus on those 70 and up is because 78 percent of deaths are in this age group. The federal government is in control of the nursing home vaccines (and pharmacies), but the state is in contact with them and has offered support, and is monitoring their work. It states that Walgreens should complete their nursing home work by next week, and CVS by the end of January. 187,000 people are in nursing homes, with almost 3 to 1 more staff. Teachers will get theirs in early March, but it is based on getting the supply from the federal government. There are 1.3 million in group B. (These figures were stated at the press conference, and are not verified; the figures in statements below are taken from the State of Colorado Health Department web site as of 1/4/21).
COVID-19 NEWS & STATISTICS 1/4/21
==Colorado is the first state to discover the new form of the virus in two residents (in Elbert County). Neither have been travelling outside the country.
==Colorado is anticipates completing Phase 1A by mid-January and is moving into Phase 1B, with new groups moved up to this list.
==Colorado has moved from Level Red on Colorado’s COVID-19 DIAL to Level Orange 1/4/21
==In the US, December had the most deaths for any month in 2020, with 65,000 dying, for a total of 334,116.
==After 16 days since the first vaccine was given, 65,282 vaccine doses had been given to date. By the end of the year 2.4 million were administered. — The number nationwide is well below the Administration’s predictions (2.4 million vs 20 million by year’s end), but they hope things will speed up as procedures become better figured out.
Colorado – Good News and Bad News —
Colorado Good News: Same for almost three weeks in a row (1) vaccines are being administered to Phase I people; CO is getting delivery of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines; and (2) number of hospitalized are going down. We are at an improved 7.4% positivity rate. This takes us back to the rate shown around Halloween. (The goal is under five percent) Thanks for your help, folks, in slowing this surge.
Colorado Bad News is that the death rate is going up.
STATE OF COLORADO 1/4/21
Tested positive: 343,435
Hospitalized due to COVID-19: 18,747
Deceased: 4,944 deaths among cases== 3,907 deaths due to COVID-19
Positivity Average: 8.12% ==Seven-day, moving average positivity rate is 7.62%
BOULDER COUNTY 1/4/21
Level Orange, “High Risk”
Tested positive or considered probably: 15,151
Hospitalized due to COVID-19, to date: 419
Deceased with COVID-19: 184==out of these 132 were 75+ years; the remaining 52 were between 45 and 74 years of age.
On last day of year 12/31/20: 92 cases were reported
Tested: Number of PCR (diagnostic) COVID-19 Tests in Bo Co: 271,746, with 5-day average 5.4% however,
some people are incorrectly listing their POBox instead of their street address, which puts them in special category,
and this number may be inaccurate.
Lyons has 63 cases as of 1/4/21 = as of Dec. 29 —59 cases; Dec. 21–57 cases // up from Dec. 14—53 cases.
That is the 4th highest number “by population” out of the nine cities in Boulder County.
LARMIER COUNTY 1/4/21: has been in Level Orange for a couple of months, and is using the 5-Star (Level Up) Program for restaurants (see below)
On 1/4/21 all counties were changed from Red to Orange; Larimer County is now listed as “High Risk”
Level Orange, “High Risk”
Tested positive or considered probably: 14.949
Hospitalized due to COVID-19, to date:
Deceased with COVID-19: 155
Tested: 227,887 (1 in every 3 people)
Positivity rate: 6.6%
World Wide: Cases=86.2Million=Deaths=1.86M
United States: Cases=21 Million=Deaths 356,000
About 2.4 million people in the U.S. got the vaccine as of the end of the year, which is far below the 20 million promised.
As of January 5, 4.6 million have received the vaccine.
As of January 5, in Colorado 262,275 vaccines have been received, and 112,510 have been administered.
While the vaccine is free, some PROVIDERS (eg, insurance companies or drug stores) MAY be charging an Administration fee, so ask before you sign up.
Doses: The first doses are currently being given to frontline healthcare workers and at-risk patients and staff at nursing homes. This is expected to be completed by mid-January.
The federal CDC guideline recommendation is not mandatory, and states can decide what is best for their situation. For instance, the feds state the second round goes to those 75 and older, but Colorado says it will be for those 65 and over. This is subject to change.
Although some states are trying to figure out ways to stretch the doses to cover more people, the majority of experts recommend sticking to the original “proven testing recommendations” of a full dose 2 to 3 weeks apart.
NEW 12/30/20: (see graphic at bottom of page)
This Phase focuses on moderate-risk healthcare workers, first responders, other frontline workers, and those aged 70 years or older.
Outpatient healthcare workers not affiliated with a hospital and providing direct care: complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Notification screening to be notified of dates and locations of vaccination clinics for outpatient healthcare workers.
First responders: will be notified by their employer when vaccines becomes available for them.
All others: Vaccination locations and availability for all other community members who fit in Phase 1B, including older adults, will be announced via social media and local news. As of this date, there is no list of where to go to get the vaccine, or where to get an appointment; but Boulder County residents may sign up to be notified when vaccine is available for their group. Important Updates will be posted at the top of this page, as received.
Phase 2 – mid-spring – Phase 3 – General population – will probably be available in mid-2021.
***Boulder County Residents can sign up for notifications /and find out the latest data at: https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/vaccines/
***Larimer County Residents can sign up for notifications: https://form.jotform.com/210036537020036?fbclid=IwAR1c0d-IvM-0Tj0B4HfdfD4RvC_DjOUHEraNtct-TUIEG0oi_K4fNXIFeAc
LEVEL RED / ORANGE
AS of January 4 2021, All cities in Level Red were moved to Level Orange:
Key requirements under Level Orange include:
• No gatherings of more than 10 people from two households.
• No more than 25% in-person workers for non-critical office businesses.
• No more than 50% capacity for critical and non-critical retail businesses.
• No more than 25% capacity, or 50 people, at restaurants, houses of worship and other indoor locations.
• No more than 25% capacity, or 25 people, for indoor gyms and recreation centers.
RESTAURANTS: 5-Star Certified Program
The end of December, Larimer County submitted application to the State for the “5 Star” certified business variance program, locally known as the Level Up Program, and was approved. For this program to start, the application needed to be approved by the State and its regional COVID-19 case numbers needed to continue to decline. This Colorado program allows restaurants in “Level Red” counties to open as a “Level Orange” if they prove they can follow a list of strict health care protocol. The most difficult parts are having adequate ventilation, and conducting contact tracing.
A few dozen businesses applied and were approved to open “Christmas week” (which allows 25 percent capacity).
As of January 4, all Red Level counties have been moved to Level Orange, and the State has (as of January 4) indicated that after one week of being under this certified program, with no problems, they can move to Level Yellow (which allows 50 percent capacity for most businesses). This is subject to change. == As of this week, Boulder County is not yet eligible for the program, as it is determined to be “high risk” by the State, and does not meet the qualifications. The procedure is: the County first needs to be approved, and then it starts the process to approve applications by businesses. This Colorado program initially was formed to allow restaurants in “Level Red” counties to open as a “Level Orange” if they prove they can follow a list of strict health care protocol. The most difficult parts are having adequate ventilation, and conducting contact tracing.
The following information is from our 12/17/20 article:
In Colorado: 64,000 lost their jobs, with the majority being in the restaurant and hospitality sector.
24 percent of restaurants are in danger of closing within one month (CO Restaurant Association report).
Please remember to tip your restaurant worker generously, as they may not be working full time, and are also exposed to the public for days on end.
CONGRESS PASSES $900 Billion STIMULUS RECOVERY BILL 12/21/20:
A quick summary:
–It extends unemployment benefits, adds $300.
$284 billion –It revives the Paycheck Protection Program, which kept many small businesses afloat last spring.
$25 billion –Rental (apartments and homes) assistance, and extends moratorium on evictions to January 31.
–Aids in vaccine distribution.
$82 billion –Assistance for schools.
$13 billion –Food assistance.
–Individuals making $75,000 or less will get $600 stimulus, and $600 per child, per their 2019 Income Tax report.
==Remember this is a Stimulus payment which means it is not for your benefit necessarily, but to stimulate the economy – buy something to help businesses.
==The Census reports that 1/3 of all the homes in the country are behind on their rent or mortgage.
==Pause on student loans was already delayed till January 31 by the U.S. Department of Education.
COMMON QUESTIONS AND LINKS
There are a lot of general questions that you can find answers to on the State health pages, but briefly, in general, you cannot be forced to take it, it will not give you the virus, you will still have to wear masks until most people are vaccinated, and it will not cost you anything. Family members of those in Phase 1 and 2 will not get priority vaccinations. CU students will get theirs through the school.
For more information about the virus, including common questions like: Do I have the flu or COVID? / How do I add my name to the Contact Tracing List? / Are there any countries doing worse or better than us? / What stores in Longmont have had outbreaks? / Are there any home testing kits being worked on? / go to our “Second Wave” Lyons Recorder article. Also go to the BOULDER COUNTY COVID-19 info page.