Colorado first. The hospitalization count for September 20 was 145, down from 159 on September 13. However, test positivity is trending up, reaching 5.63%. Not to contradict President Biden, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over.
Colorado’s air quality problems were in the news last week, as the Environmental Protection Agency shifted the status of the Denver Metro/Northern Front Range ozone non-attainment region to severe, raising questions about what should be done to grapple with rising ozone pollution.
Last week, CDC Director Walensky endorsed the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the updated boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Misinformation remains a barrier, but what is the solution?
Last week’s COVID-19 hospitalization count was 184, a substantial drop from the five-week plateau in the low 300s. This lull coincides with the start of classes at the Colorado School of Public Health—today.
CDC Director Walensky acknowledged that the CDC has not performed as it should have during the pandemic and called for an overhaul of the 11,000-person agency, leaving questions about the lack of a cohesive public health system in the US.
Surveillance is a core tool of public health, fundamental to capturing the course of disease and the consequences of interventions. Since its start, we have tracked the COVID-19 pandemic with indicators of infection, disease, and death, while advances in data sciences supported the successful implementation of valuable, encompassing national and global databases.
Omicron subvariants continue to rise in Colorado, and nationally, BA.5 now accounts for the majority of cases. Fortunately, BA.4 and BA.5, while more transmissible than earlier subvariants, are not more virulent. However, they have structural changes that facilitate immune escape.
Nearly half of Jon Samet's tenure as dean has been spent battling COVID-19, from modeling the virus's spread to advising state and local leaders. The pandemic ”brought a new prominence to public health and its persistence in the public eye”, Samet reflects.
I am just back from a trip to Scotland and my first brush with having COVID-19 is a result. And the Supreme Court released yet another decision with profound public health implications last week, West Virginia v. the EPA.
There were two very discouraging decisions from the Supreme Court last week, both with profound implications for public health. One was the reversal of the previously-ruled, constitutionally-guaranteed right to abortion coming from the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 and the second, the striking down of New York’s long-standing law on owning or carrying a handgun without a permit.
Yesterday was Juneteenth, a day celebrating June 19, 1865, when African American slaves in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom after the Civil War’s end. The day offers a needed reminder that slavery’s legacy is lasting and still imprinting our country.
The epidemic curve continues upward in Colorado with 270 people hospitalized on June 7 and test positivity reaching over 12 percent. My degrees of separation from someone with COVID-19 have dwindled to one.
COVID-19 is on the rise in Colorado with the hospitalization count reaching 225 last week as precautionary behaviors, vaccinations, and boosters continue to be recommended to help slow the rise and lower the peak.
The BA.2.12.1 subvariant has arrived in Colorado and is likely the predominant cause of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the state at present. As I have commented repeatedly, the future course of the pandemic remains highly uncertain. New variants continue to emerge, a form of mutation roulette; we never know what the outcome may be, but it is the critical determinant of what is to come.