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Pueblo County COVID-19 cases triple in August compared to year before – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-09-17 18:22:12 –

Pueblo County — New data from the Pueblo County Public Health Service show that the COVID-19 infection rate in August 2021 more than tripled compared to the same period last year. In addition, the data show that the COVID-19 rate in Pueblo County almost tripled in just one month from July 2021 to August 2021.

945 potentially confirmed cases were reported in Pueblo County in August, compared to 264 cases in August 2020. In July 2021, 257 possible confirmed cases were reported in Pueblo County. By September 16, 2021, there were 896 potentially confirmed cases, compared to 303 in September 2020.

“Now the situation is different than it was a year ago. Last year, schools had a state-wide obligation to limit meetings and events, encourage universal masking and social distance, and limit other activities. It was operated in remote areas. People-to-people interaction was much more limited, “explained Randievets, director of the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “In addition, we were dealing with strains of the virus that are less contagious. Today, most restrictions have been lifted and the Delta variant has become easier to spread in the community.”

Public health surveys have also determined that summer celebrations, weddings, rallies, schools, workplaces, and events are contributing to the increase in case numbers.

Already this year, school data for August 2021 showed that five schools in Pueblo County were put into development by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

In addition, local hospitals are reporting an increase in COVID patients. There were only 18 hospitalizations in Pueblo County in August 2020, compared to 107 hospitalizations in August this year. Many health leaders are encouraging more people to be vaccinated to prevent overwhelming local hospitals. As of Friday, September 17, nearly 60% of the target population At least one dose.

“Although some vaccinated people are ill with the virus (a situation known as a” breakthrough case “), in most cases their illness is less serious and they are hospitalized. It is much less likely that you will get sick, need a ventilator, or die of the virus. “Ebbets said

Community COVID-19 Test: The Community COVID-19 test is offered near Pueblo Mall and is open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. Visit this website to view community testing options. www.pueblohealth.org [pueblohealth.org]..

Local vaccination: Vaccination sites in the area near Pueblo Mall are open Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Additional vaccination sites, including local pharmacies, can be found at: www.pueblohealth.org/vaccines [pueblohealth.org] Or call 719-583-4444.

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