COVID-19 Updates and links to orders at this time. There are no local Public Health orders presently. However there is still a mask order since our one week disease incidence rate in excess of 35 per 100,000. Please see the recent orders. PHO 20-38.
Cases by date and active
The First Vaccination
Our 100th Vaccination
COVID Vaccinations given.
As of 4/22/2021 we have given 478 1 doses including J&J which is only one dose series. We have given 306 second doses. This week we are giving 20 doses, next week we are giving 40 doses and the following week 10 doses of vaccine.
After that we may not be ordering more vaccines and encourage everyone wanting COVID vaccines to go to Southwest Memorial Hospital or the pharmacies in Cortez until we are able to receive more vaccine.
Sign Up for the Vaccine
Currently, the vaccine is available to the general public with no restrictions.
If you are in any of those categories, please call 970-677-2387. Please send information to DCPHCOVID@gmail.com Name, age, DOB, phone number and phase.
COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant detected by CDPHE and in Dolores County, CO.
As the pandemic continues, there are opportunities for the virus to mutate and the emergence of variants is a troubling sign. Getting vaccinated reduces the chances for variants to spread and creates a strong line of defense against contracting or spreading COVID-19 in our community. During the month of April, Dolores County Public Health has detected 9 total COVID-19 positive cases, one identified as the B.1.1.7 variant. The vaccination campaign is more important than ever.
"DCPH" performs only rapid antigen tests. However other testing sites do PCR testing and send the tests off for variant testing many times. If the CDPHE State Laboratory detects a variant through sampling and sequencing, the close contacts are instructed to quarantine for a full 2 weeks instead of 7-14 days because this variant is more contagious and can result in more severe illness” says Mary Randolph, Director. “If you are fully vaccinated, the close contacts are no longer quarantined by law, but must watch for symptoms for 14-days as the vaccine has created antibodies against COVID-19 and numerous variants, therefore reducing the risk of developing disease as well as contributing to saving lives worldwide”.
There are almost 21,000 cases of the B.1.1.7 detected in the U.S currently. However, health officials realize there are likely many more cases but detecting variants is limited. Of the three "variants of concern" recognized by the CDC, studies have shown that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.1.7 variant.
COVID variant strains are a concern because they have mutations that can cause more severe disease, spread more easily between humans, require different treatments, and change the effectiveness of current vaccines. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on health care resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths. Continued application of public health mitigation strategies, such as vaccination, physical distancing, use of masks, hand hygiene, isolation and quarantine are essential to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and protect the public health of the Dolores County community. Learn more about SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions.
DCPH urges everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
You may also call or text if you need COVID-19 testing. PCR testing is now available at Southwest Memorial Hospital Monday through Friday. If you are asymptomatic you may walk in to get tested but if symptomatic call 565-6666 first.
Dolores County Public is considering obtaining the CUE tests which are molecular test.