News Bites – October 21, 2021
*Total Cases: 38,657 (+1,983 from last week)
Total Cases in Berthoud: 1,746 (+59)
Deaths: 307 (+8)
7-day case rate per 100k: 273 (-17)
Hospital Utilization: 81%
ICU Utilization: 105%
7-Day test positivity rate: 83%
Risk Score: High
COVID patients in hospital: 92 (+8)
10.47% of the population of Larimer County has been reported to have contracted the virus. Deaths attributed to the virus comprise 0.79% of reported cases. Of reported deaths, 27% were age 75 to 84 and 43% were 85 and older. 11 people in the county between the ages of 25-54 have died.
As of Monday, Oct. 18, there have been 456,989 doses of the vaccines administered in Larimer County. 73.8% of county residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
*Case data as of Wednesday morning.
During Tuesday’s weekly administrative matters meeting of the Larimer Board of County Commissioners, the board unanimously approved a resolution supporting a public health order issued last Friday by Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales requiring masks be worn in indoor public spaces. The board members supported the order and also encouraged those in the community who had not been vaccinated for COVID-19 to get vaccinated.
Larimer County Treasurer & Public Trustee Irene Josey is encouraging residents to sign-up for eNotices to receive their future tax statements electronically.
Tax statements and postcards will be mailed mid-January 2022, for 2021 taxes payable in 2022. Nearly 90,000 traditional full-page statements are typically mailed that include payment coupons and an envelope. Approximately 70,000 postcard statements are also mailed to those residents whose mortgage companies pay their property taxes.
As part of Latimer County’s commitment to eco-friendly initiatives and simplifying tax payment processes for its residents, the county will offer an online statement program that allows residents to receive their future tax statements electronically to a designated email address. According to the office eNotices provides residents with the following advantages: Simple sign-up; Streamlined online bill pay; Easy to use; Reduces clutter; Constant availability; Protect your information; Go green for the environment.
To sign-up for eNotices, residents should visit https://tre2pub.larimer.org/treasurer/auth-code
The treasurer’s office reminds all taxpayers that if you have not received your tax statement by Jan. 31, 2022 or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call the Larimer County Treasurer & Public Trustee’s Office at 970-498-7020, email the office at [email protected], or use the chat feature found at www.larimer.org/treasurer.
The 7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by the Larimer County Conservation Corps offers incredible stories of adventure and conservation, paired with stunning cinematography. The 2021 film festival will be a live virtual tour with on demand viewing available afterward.
The live event will be Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7 p.m. The films represented offer a journey into some of the most beautiful places on earth, complemented by stories of inspiration, activism and finding solutions to restore our planet.
Tickets start at $15 and include a raffle entry for a chance to win prizes and on-demand access to all films through Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
To register visit qudio.com/event/larimerconservationcorps/register.
Coloradans will have additional time to weigh in on proposed far-reaching new transportation pollution reduction planning standards in an effort to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. CDOT is extending the original 60-day comment period an additional 34 days to allow for additional feedback regarding these draft standards. Throughout this period, the department has hosted nine public hearings across the state, with additional opportunities to submit testimony virtually or in written submissions.
This week CDOT released a revised proposal that incorporates the feedback received so far in the process. The extended comment period will run until November 18, 2021, at noon.
The Transportation Commission is now expected to consider the proposed standard at their December meeting, and if adopted at that time, the standard will formally take effect per the Administrative Procedure Act early next year.
For more information, and to access all of CDOT’s information on the pollution reduction standards visit codot.gov/business/rules/proposed-rules.
With major fall and winter holidays soon approaching, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends Coloradans receive their COVID-19 vaccinations in time to achieve the greatest protection against the virus that causes COVID-19 prior to holiday gatherings.
“The holidays are special because they often mean getting together with multiple generations of family and friends,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “Many of us have had to sacrifice and cancel gatherings over the past 20 months because of the pandemic. This year, we have the option to gather more safely thanks to the vaccine. At a time when we think about all the things we are grateful for— let’s be especially grateful for the vaccine. Take advantage of it. It could save your life or the lives of your loved ones.”
Pfizer’s vaccine requires two doses, given 21 days apart. Moderna’s vaccine requires two doses, given 28 days apart. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires one dose. People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose of their primary vaccine series.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated by the following holidays, people should get their first dose of vaccine by the following dates:
Thanksgiving (Nov. 25): Moderna by Oct. 14, Pfizer by Oct. 21, Johnson & Johnson by Nov. 11
Hanukkah (starts Nov. 28): Moderna by Oct. 17, Pfizer by Oct. 24, Johnson & Johnson by Nov. 14
Christmas (Dec. 25): Moderna by Nov. 13, Pfizer by Nov. 20, Johnson & Johnson by Dec. 11
The state’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues with more than 100 vaccine clinics statewide this week, and select locations are now offering flu vaccines too.
CDPHE recommends that all eligible Coloradans receive both their annual influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the risk and severity of viral respiratory diseases this year. Experts recommend the annual influenza vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. CDPHE recommends that all eligible Coloradans receive both their annual influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the risk and severity of viral respiratory diseases this year. Health officials say it is safe to receive both the COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time.
All clinic sites offer first, second, and third COVID-19 vaccine doses. A third can be either an additional dose or a booster dose. Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses are authorized for certain Coloradans at high risk from COVID-19. Additional doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are currently authorized for immunocompromised Coloradans. Find out if you are eligible for an additional or booster dose.
Vaccines are free, and no identification, proof of residency, or insurance is required.
For more information call the vaccine hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT to help answer any questions.
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