Masks and face coverings
Public Health strongly recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
El Paso County, CO – In the last week, the El Paso County Vaccine Consortium and federal partners surpassed 552,200 doses administered, 300,000 people vaccinated and 250,000 fully vaccinated. While our community has made tremendous progress in vaccination efforts, we still have work to do to meet the state’s goal of vaccinating 75% of vaccine-eligible population with at least one dose by July 4.
In El Paso County, our incidence is trending downward, with the lowest seven-day incidence in more than a month. While it is encouraging to see lower disease transmission in our community, there continues to be a consistent number of deaths and hospitalizations as a result of the recent elevated levels of incidence. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help overcome the pandemic and help keep our community safe.
Following the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement last week, providers in El Paso County have started to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth ages 12-15 years old, which adds approximately 40,000 more people who are eligible for the vaccine in El Paso County.
“Although children may not have as severe outcomes or be at an increased risk of death compared to adults, they can still get sick from COVID-19 and spread the disease to their families and communities,” said Haley Zachary, communicable disease program manager for El Paso County Public Health. “Getting your child or teen vaccinated means more kids will be able to safely and consistently enjoy in-person learning and extracurricular activities while keeping their families safe at the same time.”
Vaccine data through Monday, May 18, including federal estimates:
To access the latest vaccine numbers for El Paso County, see the COVID-19 vaccine dashboard
COVID-19 data trends through Tuesday, May 18:
Statewide mask update
Last week, Gov. Polis announced an update to the statewide mask mandate. As a general rule, masks are not required any longer. For individuals who have who have not been vaccinated or are not fully vaccinated, it is suggested they wear a mask, though not required. Note, there are exceptions to this, with masks being required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals in six specific settings. The announcement came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their mask guidance. The updated Executive Order can be found here.
Vaccine appointments available in El Paso County
This week, there are multiple vaccine clinics available:
El Paso County has nearly 30 COVID-19 vaccine providers with more than 100 convenient locations. An interactive map to find the nearest provider, along with contact information to make an appointment, can be found here: elpasocountyhealth.org/how-can-i-get-a-vaccine.