Dr. Stachon: Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 Numbers “Leveling Off”

Dr. Stachon: Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 Numbers “Leveling Off”

In December swabbing tents were put up at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County to protect employees from windy conditions while patients received their COVID-19 tests. MHSC photo

SWEETWATER COUNTY — According to Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon, Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 numbers are starting to level off.

“I’m pleased to be able to report that our numbers are leveling off and starting to plateau,” Dr. Stachon said.

During an informational COVID-19 meeting today with local health professionals, elected officials and members of the media, Dr. Stachon said Sweetwater County has around a 7.6 percent positivity rate based on a 14-day rolling average.

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This puts Sweetwater County in the “yellow zone,” which means the county is at a moderate transmission rate level for the virus. The color-coded zone indicators, developed by the White House COVID-19 Task Force, measure statewide and countywide levels of COVID-19 transmission.

Sweetwater County has seen about 3,400 cases of COVID-19 and 30 COVID-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Kim White, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s Incident Commander for the hospital’s COVID-19 Preparedness Team, said the hospital currently has one COVID-19 related hospitalization and they are starting to see a decrease in COVID-19 related emergency room visits.

White said the hospital has also noticed a decrease in the amount of residents seeking COVID-19 tests. Back in November and December the hospital averaged about 90 to 120 tests a day. In January, the hospital is averaging about 45 tests per day.

“So the testing numbers are going down,” White said.

Castle Rock Medical Center is also reporting a decrease in the amount of those seeking COVID-19 tests. Dr. Connie Fauntleroy said they averaged 75 tests in the past week, which is about half of the amount they were testing each week a couple months ago.

“I thank everybody in the county who is doing their share to really address this pandemic,” Dr. Stachon said. “I think Sweetwater County is doing what it takes right now.”


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