Sunday, June 4, 2023

Colorado’s COVID cases keep rising. Now Durango’s Public Health Agency is sounding the alarm.

Colorado’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and a public health agency has warned its constituents that they should consider taking precautions again.

San Juan Basin Public Health, which serves La Plata and Arculeta counties, urged residents to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines and boosters, and to consider masking in public if they develop severe COVID-19. Are at high risk of 19.

The virus concentration in Durango’s wastewater has more than doubled in 16 days, the last seen in early February, the department said in a news release.

While fewer people are vulnerable to serious illness than ever before, it’s still a good idea to take some precautions as cases rise, said Talia Quandlessi, MD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.

“Because of the potential long-term consequences, preventing infection is still really important,” she said.

Data from the state’s Wastewater Monitoring Dashboard showed virus levels compared to late December, when the Omicron version was starting in Boulder, Broomfield and the Platt/Central System, which serves Denver and much of eastern Jefferson County. Is.

Quandelsey said the wastewater figures make it clear that infections are on the rise, but it is not accurate enough to say that Durango now has the same number of people infected as it was in February.

Because infected people release the virus in their stool even when they don’t have symptoms, testing wastewater suggests infection in people who are not tested. But it’s also a “snapshot,” and can be skewed as people move in and out of a community, she said.

“It’s useful to use that as a proxy that more people are getting infected,” she said.

Statewide, cases rose by nearly 31% over the previous week, with 7,299 new COVID-19 infections confirmed in the week ending Sunday.

The percentage of tests coming back positive also kept increasing. Colorado’s positivity rate averaged 7.45% for the week ended Tuesday. While it is not as bad as the worst in January, it indicates that the state may not have a complete picture of how widespread the virus is.

Active outbreaks in Colorado nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which have been bellwethers in previous waves, rose from 33 to 98. This wiped out almost a month and a half of progress. However, the outbreak decreased in schools and remained relatively stable in other settings.

There was a slight increase in the hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 in Colorado, however, from 110 last week to 116 on Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment updates hospitalization data once a week, which makes it difficult to see patterns.

Colorado is fortunate that hospitalizations are not increasing as rapidly as they are in some northeastern states, Quandlessi said. It is not clear whether this is due to some difference in who is getting infected – if the virus happened to kill uninfected people or has not been promoted in some places – or if it may reflect that BA.2.12 The .1 version is more prevalent there.

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