COVID-19 Homepage

oSee below for updates on COVID-19 cases, vaccine and testing information, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

COVID-19 UPDATES as of OCTOBER 13, 2021

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY 

TOTAL CASES: 739 – this is an increase of 26 cases from last week

TOTAL DEATHS DUE TO COVID: 5 – no change from last week

TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 35 – this is an increase of 2 from last week

VACCINATION RATE: 65.2% of our eligible population is vaccinated with at least 1 dose

Have questions?

  • Scroll down for LOCAL TESTING & VACCINATION information and FAQs
  • Call: PUBLIC HEALTH COVID INFO & MESSAGE LINE at 303-670-7528
  • Follow the County’s Facebook and Nextdoor posts
  • Participate in/listen to COVID updates at the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) meetings
  • Listen to recordings of Dr. Ryan’s live KYGT interviews: 
  • 10/19/21 Interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ0L6CSPbW0
  • Previous interviews: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1211/In-the-News

COLORADO

  • The current weekly average number of cases in our state is now in excess of 2,200  per day.
  • 78% of those currently hospitalized from COVID in Colorado are unvaccinated.
  • 45% of our state’s available ventilators and 88% of ICU beds are currently in use.

For more data on COVID-19 in our state, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website at:  https://covid19.colorado.gov

NATIONAL

  • In the past week, another 12,000 Americans died due to COVID-19.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, more than 716,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19. 
  • To date, there have been over 44.5 million confirmed total cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.
  • Currently, there are over 91,000 new cases of COVID reported each day. 
  • To date, only 57% of Americans are fully vaccinated. 

For additional national and worldwide COVID-19 Information:

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COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINATION CLINICS

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Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines & boosters available at no cost for those age 18+

WHEN? WEDNESDAYS  + TUESDAY, OCT. 26  | 10am to 4pm | Walk-In - no appointments needed  

WHERE? Idaho Springs | NEW Clear Creek Health & Wellness Center at 1969 Miner Street - 2nd Floor

To reduce wait time at vaccine clinics:

  • Pre-register at: https://www.comassvax.org/clinic/search – enter CLEAR CREEK COUNTY in the LOCATION box and then click the SEARCH button. Find the clinic you're interested in and self-register. 

WHERE ELSE CAN I GET VACCINATED?

For details on other COVID-19 vaccination sites in Clear Creek County, vaccine clinic locations outside of the County, and more vaccine information, please proceed to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page.

COVID TESTING IN CLEAR CREEK COUNTY

FREE PCR tests for those age 2+, 3 days a week2 locations

GEORGETOWN on MONDAYS  |  8am - 2pm  |  Drive-Through

Dirt Lot by Mt. Buzz & Georgetown Market - near the Corner of Argentine & 11th

IDAHO SPRINGS on TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS |  8am - 2pm  |  Drive-Through

Gravel Lot between the Bus Barn & Digger Field - by the Rec Center at 1047 Miner St. 

Due to increased testing and low staffing, COVIDCheck appointments are encouraged:

https://covidcheckcolorado.org/find-our-sites-testing/

Check for schedule updates at: https://www.covidcheckcolorado.org 

For more information on COVID-19 Testing in Clear Creek County, please proceed to the COVID-19 Testing page.

WHERE ELSE CAN I GET TESTED? 

For  information on Covid-19 test sites in Jefferson County, please visit:  https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/22251/List-of-Jeffco-COVID-19-Testing-Sites

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 BOOSTERS & VACCINES 

(updated 10/21/21)

ARE BOOSTER SHOTS NOW RECOMMENDED?

The Pfizer/BioNTech (Pfizer), Moderna and Jennsen / Johnson & Johnson boosters have all been approved for people who are:

  • over the age of 65
  • 18 or older who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 
  • in jobs or living situations with high risk of infection including health care workers, teachers, day care workers and grocery store employees

The Pfizer and Moderna boosters are recommended at least 6 months after the second dose.   The J & J booster is recommended at least 2 months after the first dose.  According to the FDA and CDC, it safe to "mix & match" vaccine brands.

For answers to more booster and vaccine questions, please proceed to our COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION page at: 

https://clearcreekcounty.us/1295/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED COVID QUESTIONS

(updated 10/4/21)

I WENT TO A SOCIAL GATHERING, SHOULD I GET TESTED?

COVID-19 symptoms usually appear within 2 to 4 days of exposure.  People with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic, this means they or you have COVID but are not exhibiting any symptoms.  You should get tested if:

  • you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • you have been in close contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID and they have symptoms
  • you are or will be in close contact with a member(s) of the vulnerable population
  • you are experiencing one or more COVID symptoms, even if they are mild and even if you have been vaccinated

If you have symptoms or have been exposed, you should isolate until you get your results.  If your test is positive, continue to isolate for 10 additional days.

COVID-19 symptoms may include: fever or chills, cough, fatigue, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, post-holiday surges in COVID cases have occurred 7 to 10 days after associated social gatherings.

For more information on COVID-19 Testing, please proceed to the COVID-19 Testing page.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

When the County Public Health team is notified of a positive test result, they will let that person know that they are required to start a mandatory 10-day isolation.  This means no direct interaction with others, including family members.

Contact tracing begins immediately to determine if others were exposed to the highly contagious virus.  Any close contacts of the COVID-positive person are required to quarantine for 14 days, starting on the last day of contact with the positive individual, since this is the time frame during which the virus may develop.  Adults and children may develop and spread COVID-19 to or from others for 14 days after being exposed to the virus.  Many people are asymptomatic, meaning they feel well and do not have any symptoms, but they have the virus and are contagious. 

Isolation and quarantine both mean that the identified person(s) should not leave their place of residence except for any required testing or if there is a medical emergency.  Because of the potential to be in quarantine or isolation, and for other emergency situations, Clear Creek County Public & Environmental Health recommends that you have a “safety net” in place – a two-week supply of food, medication, and other essential items in your home so that you do not need to leave and potentially expose others.  If possible, you should also coordinate with friends, family members and/or neighbors to help you with any other assistance you may need.

For more information on COVID-19 Testing, please proceed to the COVID-19 Testing page.

MORE THAN 50% OF ELIGIBLE AMERICANS ARE VACCINATED, WHY IS COVID STILL SPREADING?

The highly aggressive Delta variant is being spread primarily by the non-vaccinated who are not wearing masks at social gatherings or during travel.  The Delta variant is causing more and more people of all ages to get sick, even those who have already been vaccinated or who have had COVID.

For more information on other COVID-19 Vaccinations, please proceed to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page.

SHOULD MASKS STILL BE WORN IN PUBLIC? 

Yes.  The Delta variant is extremely contagious and spreads 50% faster than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2.  “Breakthrough” cases are occurring more frequently with those who are fully vaccinated.  Immunity gained from already having had COVID will most likely not prevent you from catching the virus again.

  • On September 2, the County Board of Health passed a Public Health Order that requires all students and staff to wear masks at local schools. For more information, please visit our Public Health Orders & Guidance pageView the full Resolution 21-05 HERE. 
  • Clear Creek County Government requires all staff to wear masks while at work in any public space and/or while interacting with others.
  • Masks are now required to be worn in all public areas of the Clear Creek County Court facilities, including in the courtrooms.
  • Clear Creek County Public Health recommends that all local businesses require their staff, regardless of vaccine status, to wear masks while at work.  
  • The CDC now advises all Americans aged 2 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status, in high or substantial risk areas.
  • Everyone must still wear masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. This is required by federal law for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

Additional protection should be added when possible when in public – social distancing, avoiding large crowds, gathering outdoors rather than indoors, and regular handwashing.   

WHAT IS THE COVID-19 PROTECTION PLAN FOR OUR SCHOOLS? 

Currently, greater than 90% of Clear Creek School District staff are fully vaccinated, but less than 35% of our Middle School and High School students are fully vaccinated.  Clear Creek School District and Creek Public Health are dedicated to keeping your children healthy and safe and to maintaining in-person learning.  To achieve these goals, the following public health protocols are in place to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19:

  • hand washing stations at the school
  • mandatory masks for all while indoors
  • twice weekly testing for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status,  who participate in extracurricular activities that involve traveling and/or mingling with students from other districts, such as athletic competitions.
  • promoting vaccinations for all who are eligible

Until the majority of our student body is vaccinated, these measures will remain in place.

Universal masking for all Colorado schools and child care settings is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  For more science-based information on COVID-19 and youth, please visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/transmission_k_12_schools.html

For more information on school protocols, please visit: https://www.ccsdre1.org/

For details on the County Board of Health's public health order pertaining to schools (Resolution 21-05), please visit: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1210/Public-Health-Orders-Guidance

WHEN WILL WE REACH COMMUNITY IMMUNITY / HERD IMMUNITY?  WHAT ABOUT NATURAL IMMUNITY FROM ALREADY HAVING COVID?

When we were only dealing with the original strain of this virus, about 75% of the total population needed to get vaccinated to stop the spread. Currently, only about 53% of Americans are fully vaccinated and the Delta variant is causing more and more people to get sick, even those who have already been vaccinated. These are called “breakthrough” cases.  Because of this, we now need at least 85% of the total population to be fully vaccinated to reach community immunity.

Having already had COVID-19 may not prevent you from catching COVID-19 again, especially the very contagious Delta variant.  The longer we go without achieving immunity for the majority of the population, the greater the chance for more and stronger variants to emerge and continue to spread.  To protect yourself and others, in addition to getting vaccinated, you should also limit your interactions with those who have not been vaccinated and wear a protective face mask in public.  

HOW CAN PATIENTS/CUSTOMERS/CLIENTS SELF-ADVOCATE IN VARIOUS PLACES OF BUSINESS?

It is your right as a patient/customer/client of any business establishment to ask “Are all of your staff members vaccinated?”  Asking this question is not a violation of HIPAA because you are not asking the employer to share any individual employee information.  You can also ask any individual employee directly, “Have you been vaccinated?” or “Which vaccine did you get?”  It is their choice to answer you or not.  It is your choice to continue patronizing that establishment.  

To request additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your staff, and/or to receive more information on business/special event guidance, please contact Rebecca Abrahamson at:

rabrahamson@clearcreekcounty.us  or call  970-389-2177

COVID-19 COMMUNITY IMPACT SURVEY - CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey.  Your answers will help shape the future of our county and better plan resources and support.  Results are being compiled and will be shared when available.  More information about the survey can be found on our COVID-19 COMMUNITY IMPACT SURVEY page

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