March 2021 to March 2022 - 2 Years living with COVID-19 in Colorado
==Summary of year March 2021 to March 2022
==Link to 14 articles, and mini description
==summary of this year’s COVID articles
==1st Place Award won for “1 year with COVID”
==The first case of COVID in Colorado / first case of Omicron
==Statistics as of March 2, 2022
A year ago, there was talk about how we would be able to go mask-free and have a BBQ with friends on the 4th of July. We began to see noticeable drops in the number of cases in April and May, and we begin to tip-toe into living close to normal lives. But then the Delta variant sprang upon us, and took the number of cases to new heights, and lasted throughout the summer.
By fall, the schools had decided to bring the kids back to the classroom, but with masks.
During this crazy “yes masks”/”no masks” time, Planet Bluegrass first offered “corrals” for social distancing groups of people to attend a music concert. They brought back both its Rocky Fest and Folk Fest in the summer with no masks. In the fall, residents in Lyons thought it was ok to attend the “Rave to the Grave” in October with 800 people, outdoors in the Park, with no masks. And also residents attended the “Lights Parade” in early December with about 400 people lining the streets. Then in January the Winter Wonderland live music in the park came back.
In the fall, we experienced the Omicron variant, which was not as deadly, but was much more contagious. It spread like wildfire, hitting hard and fast. On November 23, Denver and three surrounding counties brought back the mask mandate. Others soon followed.
Delta vs Omicron: With Omicron you are 1/2 as likely to be hospitalized compared to Delta, and tended to have shorter hospital stays. None studied needed a ventilator. There were 91% less deaths with Omicron than with Delta. Omicron spreads faster–almost 1/4 of all COVID cases have been in January (and continued in February).
Omicron was highest on January 20th in the US — January 10th in Boulder County. (But ICU’s were still averaging 89% full.) It was not until later February that we started to see the numbers drop again. By the end of the month, all the counties in Colorado (except one) had dropped their mask mandate.
Most counties, and cities across America were at the goal of 70% or more being vaccinated, so mask mandates across America dropped. The rule still standing is the federal one on wearing masks on buses, trains, planes and in federal buildings.
On November 21, the Booster (or “3rd vaccine”) became available to all adults, and about a month later youth ages 11 to 17 were added to the list.
Despite announcements in January and February that the benefits of getting a 3rd shot/booster made you: 12 x less likely to be hospitalized, and 56 x less likely to die; there are still 85 MILLION PEOPLE in American who are eligible and ineligible (eg, young kids) who have not received their booster (about half the population); and 63 million eligible Americans who remain completely unvaccinated. (per ABC News 1/28/22) – so watch out! You may be standing next to one of those people. — 175,000 people a day are still getting the virus in the US (2/16/22) and approximately 2,000 people are dying each day from the virus.
UNRULY PASSENGERS – airlines are reporting TEN of them each day! – the majority of them are over face coverings.
2/11/22 – COLORADO is 8th LOWEST in hospitalizations; and in the top 10 for fully vaccinated.
The remaining concern is for kids ages 6 months to 11 years. The studies are still continuing as to what size dose is necessary. In the US 808,0000 children tested positive for COVID in the last week of January.
It is likely that we will have to get a booster shot next fall, the same as we do with annual flu shots.
(See statistics below for “updates”)
INDEX of "2nd year of COVID" Articles
Last March, the Lyons Recorder collected statements from local Lyons government, service organizations, and citizens in an effort to preserve what happened in Lyons (and Colorado, and the country) during the first year of the pandemic for posterity. — This week we are sharing personal essays again, but covering the SECOND YEAR with COVID.
Below is a list of “13 personal articles” that individuals have written – ALL LYONS WRITERS! about LYONS
The date indicates when it is/will be published.
- ==REPORTS== publish March 10th
- Report on 1 year of Covid – Town Administrator
- Report from LEAF – community needs – (emergency funding, food pantry, volunteers, and more)
- Report from Elementary School
- Report from Middle/High School
- ==BUSINESSES== published March 3rd
- Report from Red Canyon/art store — talking about attitudes of customers, scared yet anxious to socialize
- Report from Pizza Bar 66/restaurant — talking about drop in customers, higher supply prices and wages
- Report from music world (David McIntyre) — talking about drop in live shows, how musicians survived
- Report from Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission — on how artists (of all genres) survived the pandemic
- ==PERSONAL essays, taking us on the way to wellness==
- 3/3/21 = MOTHER: report from a mother of two little ones, and her struggle to also manage her career; plus seeking enrichment in nature
- 3/3/21 = Community Church — how they changed worship services to fit the pandemic —
- 3/3/21 …and a “poem” of good survival by Pastor Emily – “When can we hope to see the day that time will let us be.. Our youth don’t know what hope is and we all want them to see.. Better days, time to think, ways to let it go”
- 3/10/21 = Kurt Nurburg, author, personal essay: “Leave fear …rage …danger … Can we take the rough clay of these misshapen times and somehow form it into something new and positive? As Sitting Bull said, “Come, let us put our minds together to see what kind of lives we can create for our children.”
- 3/10/21 = Poem by Martin Soosloff: “Find your center, find your ZEN.. One step forward, mask again.. Remembering the feeling of interaction.. Hard stop, variant.. variation.. mutation..”
== Between March 2020 and February 2021, there were 26 articles written about COVID-19 == go to this link. == Add the 28 articles being published during the month of March 2021. == These will be placed in the Lyons Redstone Museum history archives.
== 2nd Year with COVID, between April 2021 and February 2022, there were 18 articles published relating to COVID-19; PLUS WEEKLY updates in “Notes from Your Editor” of statistics, and news from Colorado, the US, and worldwide (and statistics in “About Town” weekly column). == Add that to the 15 articles published this March 2022. == These will be placed in the Lyons Redstone history archives.
The last article published was announcing Boulder County (joining the other Colorado counties) in dropping its mask mandate. It also focused on current news on science and medical advances. ARTICLE (2/17/22)
Colorado had its first case on March 5, 2020. It was a man in his 30s who came to visit Summit County Colorado. He had previously been to Italy where it is believed that he caught COVID-19. The first vaccine was administered December 14, 2020.
The first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected in Boulder County on December 3, 2021, per Colorado public health officials. The Boulder patient had recently traveled to South Africa, where the variant is believed to have originated. (The first confirmed U.S. case of Omicron was identified December 1, 2021.)
- Statistics for Colorado as of March 2, 2022:
- 7 day average of tests per 1,000 people is 3.0
- new individual people tested is 2,081 (but some people do not report home tests)
- The State Positivity Rate is 3.39%
- The State 7-day Positivity Rate is 3.82%
- New hospital admissions: 74
- Adult critical care ventilators in use: 25%
- Available hospital Beds Occupied by Confirmed/and suspected COVID patients: 6%
- Cases reported today 3/2/22: 270
- Cases added with Previous Reported Date: 819
- 7-day Moving Average of Cases Reported: 556
- TOTAL CASES: 1,315,727 (Colorado)
- Total hospitalizations: 60, 013
- Total people Tested: 4,767,925
- Total Deaths among cases: 11,081
- Deaths due to COVID-19: 12,536
- Outbreaks: 8,371
- In the United States, per CDC, as of February 23, 2022:
- A total of 78,595,529 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States.
- Overall, about 253.2 million people, or 76.3% of the total U.S. population, have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 215.1 million people, or 64.8% of the total U.S. population, have been fully vaccinated.
- A total of 939,654 COVID-19 deaths have been reported
- (note these are the most recent stats taken from their web site on 3/3/22)
3/4/22: Two years after the first COVID-19 case was reported in Colorado, cases have dropped to just 52, the first time the number has dropped below 100 since the state started collecting COVID-data. == It has a 3.3% 7-day positivity rate, the lowest since March 2020. COVID had its largest massive spike in numbers in January and February 2022 due to the Omicron variant. Today treatments, vaccines, and hospital-readiness have drastically dropped the number of people being hospitalized or dying.
3/9/22 The CDC said that their labs and studies do not show any new significant COVID-variant.