JCPH says COVID-19 numbers trending in wrong direction in Jeffco

Data show cases, hospitalizations increasing

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/3/21

In a statement published online on Sept. 1, Jefferson County Public Health listed several pieces of recent data that together suggest the COVID-19 is worsening across Jefferson County, with the …

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JCPH says COVID-19 numbers trending in wrong direction in Jeffco

Data show cases, hospitalizations increasing

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In a statement published online on Sept. 1, Jefferson County Public Health listed several pieces of recent data that together suggest the COVID-19 is worsening across Jefferson County, with the majority of impacts now falling on unvaccinated residents.

Among the datapoints showing increases are new cases. According to the report, there were 767 new cases of COVID-19 in Jeffco from Aug. 24-29. That is a 68.2% increase from the same period last month, when there were 456 new cases from July 23-29.

Hospitalizations have also been increasing significantly, the report said. The 14-day rolling average for hospitalizations had doubled from 0.4 per 100,000 people from July 10-23 to 0.8 per 100,000 people from Aug. 10-23. There were 41 Jeffco residents hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 as of Sept. 1.

However, the data indicates the vast majority of both new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are in unvaccinated residents. Of all new cases in the past two months, 83.5% were among people who were unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. Similarly, 82.9% of the people hospitalized in the past two months were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Overall, 71.9% of Jeffco residents age 12 and over are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while another 5.1% are partially vaccinated. Given the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, public health experts now estimate that at least 80% vaccination coverage is needed to reach herd immunity, according to the JCPH report.

The Delta variant, which spreads more than twice as easily from one person to another, is now responsible for nearly 100% of COVID-19 cases in Colorado.

“At this point in the pandemic, reading or hearing data about COVID-19 can seem routine or intangible. In reality, these numbers represent our Jeffco community members — neighbors, parents, children, friends and coworkers — who are still suffering from this virus,” said Christine Billings, JCPH's Head of Pandemic Response, in the report.

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