Eagle County records sixth COVID death since July 31
Gov. Polis says pandemic is now ‘a crisis of the unvaccinated’
Eagle County updated its COVID-19 dashboard to reflect another death on Tuesday, the sixth since July 31 and the 29th death of a county resident since the start of the pandemic.
Eagle County Public Health confirmed a male in his 50s died Aug. 26 due to COVID-19.
There has also been an uptick in hospitalizations in recent days, with seven new hospitalizations reported since Aug. 26. No hospitalizations of minors have been reported.
“The reason for the uptick in hospitalizations and death is the delta variant,” wrote Justin Patrick, Eagle County’s strategic director of communications, in an email. “It is more transmissible and more severe. We would add that the risk of severe disease and hospitalization is much greater if someone is not fully vaccinated (including unvaccinated). In addition, getting infected and hospitalized for someone who is fully vaccinated is greater if they are immunocompromised or 60 and older.”
In Eagle County, 85% of the 233 COVID-19 cases reported since June 1 have been among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.
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Polis: ‘Crisis of the unvaccinated’
Speaking from Beaver Creek on Aug. 27, Gov. Jared Polis said that vaccination has reduced hospitalization rates across the state.
“I hope folks have gotten the highly effective vaccination which has just worked wonders in reducing the hospitalization rate,” Polis said. “It is spreading a bit more among vaccinated than we like, but they’re minor cases and they don’t require hospitalizations by and large.”
Polis delivered a COVID-19 update to the state Thursday, saying 796 Coloradans are currently hospitalized with COVID, and 103 of those hospitalized individuals are vaccinated.
“About 75% of our adult population is vaccinated, and out of that 75% — three-quarters of our population — only 103 hospitalizations,“ Polis said. ”Out of the 25% who aren’t vaccinated, we have 693 hospitalizations. What we’re really seeing every day is this is a crisis of the unvaccinated.”
Also on Thursday, Polis touted the state’s 75% vaccination rate and announced a new COVID-19 Primary Care Providers Grant in an effort to make it easier for more Coloradans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Primary care providers can now receive $60,000 to $120,000 in grant funding to be put toward their efforts in “supporting COVID vaccination and discussing the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine between doctor and patient,” Polis announced Thursday.
“We know that the best way to reach the remaining 25% is through their family doctor, whom they trust to treat them for common health issues, which is why we are empowering our local doctors across Colorado to order and administer the COVID vaccine right then and there,” Polis said.