Fifteen new COVID-19 cases in Las Animas County; Four in Huerfano County

(Jan. 21, 2021)- Public Health has confirmed 15 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Las Animas County and four additional COVID 19 cases in Huerfano County. As of today, Huerfano County has a total case count of 299 with eight active cases and 18 deaths. Las Animas County has a total case count of 911 with 69 active cases and 11 deaths.

The 15 cases in Las Animas County include juveniles and individuals ranging in ages up to their 60s. The four cases in Huerfano County include individuals in their 20s ranging up to their 60s.

Public health nurses are continuing case investigations and are notifying those in close contact.

Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department is working to complete Phases 1A and 1B of the COVID vaccination process above the dotted line as outlined by the State of Colorado and CDPHE. If you are interested in registering for a COVID-19 Vaccine you can visit the Vaccine Registration Form here.

Immunity doesn’t kick in right away. It takes time for vaccines to build up immunity, and the two authorized coronavirus vaccines both require two doses, given several weeks apart, to train the body’s immune system. People can be exposed to coronavirus right before being vaccinated, or right after, and there won’t be time for the body to develop its defenses.

The 95% efficacy number for the Covid-19 vaccines also assumes some built-in wait time. Moderna measured the efficacy of its vaccine starting 14 days after the second dose, while Pfizer measured it starting seven days after the second dose.

Until the vaccine is widely available, it is important that everyone, including those who have received the vaccine, continue to follow prevention measures to slow the spread of the virus—wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and stay home when you are sick.

More information can be found at: https://www.colorado.gov/la-h-health or at https://covid19.colorado.gov/. You can also find information on Facebook at Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department.