COVID-19 incidence continues to decline, reaching lowest levels of 2021

Public Health encourages individuals to get vaccinated to further this communitywide progress 

El Paso County, CO – For the first time in seven months, on June 4 El Paso County’s seven-day incidence rate dipped below 100 cases per 100,000 people. This corresponds to a decreased positivity rate of below five percent along with fewer hospitalizations and deaths. All of these are indications that we are seeing increased community-level protection with the COVID-19 vaccines. 

With summer right around the corner, many people are looking forward to activities they may have missed last year, including vacations, summer camps, and spending time with loved ones. Vaccinations remain the most critical tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and getting back to what we miss most. 

“While our incidence numbers are declining, we are not out of the woods yet,” said Stephen Goodwin, chief data scientific strategist for El Paso County Public Health. “El Paso County’s disease transmission rate remains elevated as compared to the other large counties in the state, and disease exposure risk for unvaccinated individuals remains high. As more county residents choose to become vaccinated, they reduce their risk of severe illness and help drive disease transmission down in our community.”

The Colorado Springs and El Paso County Vaccine Consortium continues to prioritize the elimination of any barriers to receiving the vaccine. The vaccine itself is free and doesn’t require insurance, there are multiple free transportation options, and several providers have transitioned to walk-in or same-day appointments. Vaccines are available to anyone 12 years and older. Vaccinated individuals in Colorado are eligible for cash prizes, including $50,000 college scholarships for those ages 12 to 17 and $1 million for those 18 and older through the Colorado Comeback Cash program.

Vaccine data through Monday, June 7, including federal estimates: 

  • Total doses administered: 537,091 
    • 622,100 with federal estimates 
  • People vaccinated: 295,921 (48.6%) 
    • 344,200 (56.5%) with federal estimates 
  • People fully vaccinated:  252,907 (41.5%)  
    • 289,799 (47.5%) with federal estimates

To access the latest vaccine numbers for El Paso County, see the COVID-19 vaccine dashboard 

COVID-19 data trends through Tuesday, June 8:  

  • Seven-day incidence: 104.5 
  • Seven-day positivity: 4.87% 
  • Hospital admissions and deaths in the last seven days (June 1 – 7):  43 and 5

For more comprehensive local data, see the COVID-19 data dashboard.

Upcoming vaccine appointments available in El Paso County 

  • Broadmoor World Arena, June 11-14:  This clinic is using the Pfizer vaccine. Open to anyone 12 and older; those who are 12-17 will require parental consent. Walk-ins welcome.    
    • Registration is available here
  • Matthews-Vu Medical Group, 1550 Pulsar Drive, June 9-11: This clinic is using the Pfizer vaccine. Open to anyone 12 and older; those who are 12-17 will require a parent to be present. 
    • Registration is available here.  
  • UCHealth Memorial Hospital North & Memorial Administration Center, June 7-12: This clinic is using the Pfizer vaccine. Open to anyone 12 and older; those who are 12-17 will require parental consent. Walk-ins welcome. 
    • Registration is available here. 
  • Chapel Hills Mall, June 7-12: This clinic is using the Pfizer vaccine. Open to anyone 12 and older; those who are 12-17 will require parental consent. Walk-ins welcome. 
    • Registration is available here
       

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Michelle Hewitt
Public Health Information Officer
(cell) 719-244-1947
El Paso County, CO