Public Health Information

Public Health reports first rabid bat of 2021

Bat found in the Turkey Creek Canyon/Red Valley Estates near Fort Carson

El Paso County, CO - El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to keep pets up to date on rabies vaccination and to avoid wild animals after a bat found in the Turkey Creek Canyon / Red Valley Estates neighborhood near Fort Carson tested positive for rabies.

Take these precautions to prevent rabies:

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Mako COVID-19 community testing sites will be closed for July 4, Public Health offices adjust schedules for holiday

El Paso County, CO – Mako’s COVID-19 testing sites in El Paso County will be closed Sunday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The three impacted sites in Fountain and at the Citadel Mall and Chapel Hills Mall will reopen as scheduled at 8 a.m., Monday, July 5.

El Paso County Public Health offices will close at 1 p.m., Friday, July 2, and will be closed through Monday, July 5, for the observance of the July 4 holiday. Public Health offices will reopen as scheduled at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 6

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El Paso County COVID-19 data and vaccine update

Nearly 60 percent of eligible residents vaccinated halfway through 2021

El Paso County, CO – As we enter the second half of 2021, it is timely to reflect on the tremendous accomplishment in administering more than 670,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in El Paso County. The work could not have been reached without strong interagency partnerships and collaboration among members of the El Paso County and Colorado Springs Vaccine Consortium, who worked diligently to make this achievement possible.

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El Paso County COVID-19 data and vaccine update

El Paso County’s incidence falls to lowest rates since October 2020   

El Paso County, CO – Local COVID-19 incidence and test positivity rates have fallen to their lowest since October 2020, with the seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 people at 57.3 and the test positivity at 2.96 percent as of June 23. However, despite this downward trend, our county remains at the higher end of incidence compared to other large counties in the state.   

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El Paso County COVID-19 data and vaccine update

El Paso County, CO – As of June 14, nearly 58 percent of El Paso County’s vaccine-eligible population—including federal estimates—have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with almost 50 percent fully vaccinated. The state has set a statewide goal of vaccinating 75 percent of the eligible population with one dose by July 4. At the current rate, El Paso County will likely be just short of 60 percent vaccinated by that date.   

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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. 

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Citizens Service Center

El Paso County, CO – El Paso County Public Health will host a vaccination clinic at the Citizens Service Center, located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907. The clinic will be held near the waiting room for the Department of Human Services in room 1019, on Monday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 8, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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El Paso County COVID-19 data and vaccine update

El Paso County, CO – More than 55 percent of those eligible have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in El Paso County. While this progress is remarkable, Public Health encourages all community members to join in these efforts. The State of Colorado and El Paso County set a goal to vaccinate at least 75 percent of its eligible population by July 4. Anyone 12 years and older is eligible for the vaccine and should make it a priority for themselves and all eligible family members to get vaccinated right away.

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