San Miguel County to Receive 1st Doses of Moderna Vaccine

San Miguel County to Receive 1st Doses of Moderna Vaccine

San Miguel County to receive first doses of Moderna vaccine. The slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines begins to chip away at Phase I distribution.

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San Miguel County Public Health has been working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and has been approved as a distribution site for the COVID-19 vaccine. Friday morning, November 11, Public Health was informed that 100 COVID-19 vaccines have been allocated to launch Phase I distribution to the county.

While the State of Colorado is requesting enough vaccines to provide for all residents, shipment is allocated proportionally based on supply chain and demand. The phased approach to vaccine distribution, which will take months, has the goal of saving as many lives as possible while ending the crisis brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible.

Telluride Regional Medical Center has also been allocated 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine. While Uncompahgre Medical Center is currently in the application process with the CDPHE to be approved as a distribution site for the COVID-19 vaccine, Public Health will work with the UMC and emergency services across the county to provide vaccines to those eligible in Phase I.

“We are grateful for the numbers we’re seeing in this first allocation,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “And while this news is very exciting, especially for our dedicated medical centers, it is important to remember that it will take time. We have many months of work ahead before protocols are less limiting.”

Upon receipt of this first allocation in the next few weeks, Public Health will aid in distribution to frontline health care workers. Between the allocations to Public Health and the Telluride Regional Medical Center, 200 of approximately 480 high-risk health care workers and emergency responders will receive the vaccine to kick off Phase I.

The CDPHE relayed new projected timelines for the various phases as they pertain to Colorado this week. It could take as few as three months per phase, each of which include hundreds of thousands of people. This timeline indicates that the vaccine could be available to Phase II high risk individuals as soon as the spring and the general public in Phase III as soon as the summer.

Even as the vaccine rolls out, it is imperative that residents and visitors follow Level Red protocol and diligently adhere to the Five Commitments of Containment. Should concerns arise surrounding COVID compliance, Public Health is reviewing submissions to the COVID Compliance Form daily which can be found on the County coronavirus website.

Public Health has confirmed 27 new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received from December 8 through 10. Of these cases, all 36 are residents and all actively contagious cases are currently in isolation. There have been 308 total COVID cases among residents to date with 50 active cases.

To learn more about the County’s current COVID-19 metrics, please visit the County COVID-19 dashboard.

• 66-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, household
• 65-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
• 63-year-old male, resident, asymptomatic, social
• 56-year-old female, resident, asymptomatic, household
• 54-year-old female, nonresident, symptomatic, community
• 54-year old female, resident, symptomatic, social
• 54-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
• 52-year-old male, residents, symptomatic, community
• 51-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
• 43-year-old female, resident, asymptomatic, household
• 36-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, travel
• 36-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
• 35-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, workplace
• 32-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
• 30-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
• 27-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, household
• 27-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
• 27-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
• 26-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
• 24-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, workplace
• 24-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
• 23-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, household
• 22-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
• 22-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
• 16-year-ld male, resident, symptomatic, household
• 10-year-old female, resident, asymptomatic, community

San Miguel County will continue posting caseload updates at least twice a week. The next update will be published on Tuesday, December 15.

Five Commitments of Containment:

Wear a mask
Maintain six feet of physical distance
Minimize group size
Wash hands frequently
Stay home when sick and get tested

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