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Lake County is bracing for a possible move to Level Red, hoping to establish an Orange-Red hybrid restriction plan with the state. Facebook image.

Lake County residents are invited to a virtual COVID-19 town hall from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Lake County Public Health Agency (LPCHA) will share updates on its COVID-19 response as well as the county’s vaccine distribution plan. Zoom meeting ID is 946 8739 2556 and the passcode is 307608. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

The county plans to use the Moderna vaccine pending its FDA approval and is estimating that vaccinations for front-line health workers could begin before the end of December. A panel of outside experts is set to present their recommendation on the Moderna vaccine Dec. 17, with a final FDA decision expected soon thereafter.

If the FDA grants its approval, the first shipments of Moderna’s vaccine could ship across the country next week. The county does not plan to receive the Pfizer vaccine, which has been shipped across much of the country with vaccinations starting for highest-risk individuals.

“At this point Lake County anticipates using only the Moderna vaccine due to the complicated logistics of the coldchain requirements for the Pfizer product,” said Beth Helmke, Lake County public information officer.

This town hall comes at a time when Lake County is at risk of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment moving its COVID-19 status from Level Orange – High Risk into the more restrictive Level Red based on current data trends. The county entered Level Orange Nov. 20.

In its most recent statistics Lake County was at a 17.3 percent positivity rate; cases continue to be predominantly household-related and general community spread. As of late afternoon Dec. 15, the county had 16 new daily cases, 59 active infections currently monitored and a running total of 383.

LCPHA has submitted a request to the State of Colorado to adopt a hybrid Orange-Red restriction model and is looking for the response to determine Lake County’s next Dial Level placement.

To view the Dec. 9 YouTube COVID-19 data review by LCPHA Public Health Officer, Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger, click here.

For Lake County’s dial metrics and its status on the state dashboard, click here.

LCPHA reminds everyone to spread cheer and not COVID-19 for the holidays:

  • Wear your face covering in public.
  • Practice social distancing and good hand washing.
  • Stay home if sick and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Avoid travel and group gatherings that involve people outside your household.