Public health announces five new cases in Las Animas County, four in Huerfnao County

(January 29, 2021)- Public Health has confirmed five 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 303 with nine active cases and 18 deaths. Las Animas County has a total case count of 922 with 38 active cases and 11 deaths.

The five cases in Las Animas County includes individuals in their teens up to their 70s.

The four cases in Huerfano County includes individuals in their 60s up to their 80s. Public health nurses are continuing case investigations and are notifying those in close contact.

Beginning Feb. 8, providers will be able to vaccinate anyone 65 and over, including continuing to prioritize those that are 70 and over who have not yet received a vaccine. Colorado’s PreK-12 educators will also be eligible to receive the vaccine on Feb. 8. Educators should reach out to their employers to sign up for the vaccine. Anyone 65 and over can sign up with the vaccine registration form online Click to complete the form or call for an appointment at 719-846-2213 in Las Animas County or 719- 738-2650 Huerfano County.

Governor Polis also announced that the state estimates that close to March 5, frontline workers and Coloradans ages 16-64 with two or more high-risk conditions will also be eligible to receive the vaccine. It’s also projected that Coloradans ages 60 and up will also be able to start receiving the vaccine around March 5.

Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department is currently working to complete Phases 1A and 1B.1 of the COVID vaccination process 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 does not 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.