Clear Creek County’s COVID-19 update

Glenn Wallace
gwallace@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/20/21

At the Jan. 14 Clear Creek County COVID-19 update, county officials helped answer several questions from the community, with the assistance of the county’s public health director Tim Ryan. Will the …

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Clear Creek County’s COVID-19 update

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At the Jan. 14 Clear Creek County COVID-19 update, county officials helped answer several questions from the community, with the assistance of the county’s public health director Tim Ryan.

Will the county start
vaccinating 65+ now?

Ryan says the answer is no.

“We do not have the supply to get 70+ vaccinated currently,” he said, though he added that, state and national instructions about many aspects of the pandemic response can change rapidly.

Should I fill out the county’s online vaccination sign-up form?

The state is working on implementing a statewide sign-up system, but until that is implemented, yes fill out the county form. The county is currently vaccinating all group 1A workers and 70+ residents. Signing up will also ensure a vaccine receiver is automatically signed up for their second vaccine shot, 21 days later.

Can I just show up to a vaccine clinic?

“If you haven’t signed up, do not show up at a vaccine site. You will not get one. We don’t have extra,” Ryan said.

That even includes someone who would currently be qualified for the vaccine.

What about those who don’t have internet access or are less tech-savvy?

Call the county COVID-19 helpline at 303-670-7528 for assistance.

How many vaccines has the county given out?

The total number given out, as of the Jan. 14 update was 411. All doses given so far have been just the first shot.

Ryan said his department would ensure that the required number of secondary doses for those recipients would be procured.

Can a teacher or EMT who lives in the county but works elsewhere get a vaccine here?

No. Ryan said the current disbursement plan is based on the age of a resident, or the geographic location of employment.

Should I sign up on a different list for the vaccine too?

“By all means,” Ryan said. He pointed to health care providers and employers as other routes by which people might get access to the vaccine a bit sooner.

Recovery update

County COVID-19 Recover Coordinator Alyssa Dinberg reported that the county had received an additional $100,000 from Mile Hi United Way, to continue supporting the county’s individual support grant. The program grants money to any individual who needs help with their rent, mortgage, mental health costs, child care or more, due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

More information about how to apply for help is at www.clearcreekcounty.us/1200/Community-Support

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