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 — Memorial Day is just around the corner and while El Paso County’s incidence rate has been trending downward in recent weeks, COVID-19 is still circulating in our community. It remains imperative for all eligible community members to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“After seeing an encouraging downward trend in our incidence over the past couple weeks, our incidence jumped up to 194.1 yesterday due to a backlog of cases,” said Fadi Youkhana epidemiologist for El Paso County Public Health. “The more cases we have, the higher likelihood of serious illness and therefore it is imperative to get vaccinated as quickly as possible to reduce your risk of infection.”
Vaccine data through Tuesday, May 25, including federal estimates:
· Total doses administered: 506,805
o 586,000 with federal estimates
· People vaccinated: 282,496 (46.4%)
o 327,700 (53.8%) with federal estimates
· People fully vaccinated: 235,044 (38.6%)
o 269,000 (44.1%) 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, May 25:
· Seven-day incidence: 194.1
· Seven-day positivity: 6.94%
· Hospital admissions and deaths in the last seven days (May 19 – May 24): 48 and 2
· For more comprehensive local data, see the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Gov. Polis announces Colorado Comeback Cash initiative
In an effort to get more Coloradans vaccinated against COVID-19, yesterday Gov. Polis announced the launch of Colorado Comeback Cash, where vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million. Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7. All Colorado residents age 18 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are automatically entered into the drawing. Those age 12-17 will be eligible to receive college scholarships.
New guidance: taking every opportunity to vaccinate all eligible individuals
To make sure all Coloradans have every opportunity to get vaccinated, the Colorado Joint Vaccine Task Force is adopting the new guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention. The guidance notes that providers should not miss any opportunity to vaccinate an individual, even if it means puncturing a multidose vial without having enough people available to receive each dose. The new guidance can be found here.
Upcoming vaccine appointments available in El Paso County
o Registration is available here.
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.
Photo courtesy of El Paso County Public Health: A Colorado Springs Switchback fan receives his COVID-19 vaccine before the grand opening of Weidner Field on Friday, May 21.