Garfield County COVID-19 update - 12-14-21
December 14, 2021
Vaccine clinics are available for boosters, first and second doses, and youth on the COVID-19 vaccine page.
*Check to make sure the clinic you are attending has the vaccine you need.
Valley View Hospital is hosting a large vaccine clinic for those 12+ on Tuesday, December 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. Appointments are required.
County vaccination status drops
The state has added the population numbers for five- to 11-year-olds to the COVID vaccine dashboard. This change added 5,795 people to the number of those eligible to receive vaccine. This addition of eligible people caused the counties vaccination percentages to decrease. The percent of Garfield County residents with one dose is 70 percent, down from 75.8. The percent of those up to date is 62.4, down from 67.3.
Boosters approved for teens 16 – 17
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially expanded Pfizer booster recommendations for everyone 16 and older to help broaden and strengthen the protection against omicron and other variants. Those who are eligible should get their booster dose as soon as possible and prior to holiday gatherings. It takes two weeks for a booster dose to build maximum protection.
Hospitalizations and test positivity
The Garfield County Public Health Department is monitoring an increase in the seven- and 14-day test positivity rates, which at times have exceeded 10 percent. This is the number of tests that come back positive out of the total number of tests performed. The standard to ensure that enough testing is being done is a percent positivity of less than five. Eight individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.