COVID-19 is still in play, local health officials warn, but Colorado hasn’t seen as big of a spike in cases as it has the past two falls.
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Jody Erwin, deputy director of Jeffco Public Health, explained COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates have gone up slightly around Colorado amid cold and flu season.
During a Nov. 1 update with the Jeffco commissioners, Erwin stated Jeffco’s trends have been similar, with slight increases in positivity rates and hospitalizations. Omicron has been a prevalent strain, but there are others going around as well, Erwin described.
While these trends are something to watch, Erwin said he was optimistic overall.
“We don’t see the sharp increase that we have at this time over the past two years,” he continued.
With the winter holidays approaching, Erwin hoped Jeffco residents would get their booster COVID-19 vaccinations if they haven’t already, and take other precautions ahead of any travel and/or holiday gatherings.
“(Getting vaccinated) is about productivity for me at this point,” Erwin said. “I have plans for the holidays, and I want to protect those higher-risk people around me.”
Commissioner Andy Kerr commented how he recently received his booster at one of the Jeffco Public Health sites, and said the staff was very efficient. Now, he said, he felt ready to celebrate the holidays safely.
Erwin said walk-in appointments are available at multiple locations around the county, including Jeffco Public Health sites, pharmacies and other retailers.
For more information, visit Jeffco.us/public-health or call 303-232-6301.
Those who’ve been exposed to someone who’s had COVID-19 should wear a mask for 10 full days after exposure, according to state health officials. Free COVID-19 tests are available at several Jeffco Public Library branches.
For those who are experiencing symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19, the state’s website explains that most people need to isolate for five days, followed by five days of precautions.
After five full days of isolation, those impacted should wear masks for five more days or until they test negative twice two days apart.
Anyone who still has a fever on the sixth day of isolation or if symptoms haven’t improved should continue isolating until they’ve had no fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine or until symptoms improve.
For anyone who didn’t have symptoms when they tested positive but started feeling them in the days after the test, the five days of isolation should reset from when the symptoms started.
More information is available at covid19.colorado.gov.
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