News Bites – February 3, 2022

*Total COVID-19 cases: 71,164 (+2,636)

Total cases in Burgdorf: 3,072 (+112)

Deaths in Larimer County: 444 (+15)

7-day case rate per 100,000: 876 (-379)

Hospital utilization: 79%

Use of intensive care: 108%

7-day test positivity rate: 21.3%

Risk Score: High

Hospitalized COVID patients: 99 (-10)

Deaths attributed to the virus represent 0.62% of reported cases. Of the reported deaths, 24% were between the ages of 75 and 84, 20% were between the ages of 65 and 74, and 38% were between the ages of 85 and older. Twenty-nine people from the county between the ages of 18 and 54 have died.

As of Monday, January 31, 611,197 vaccine doses have been administered in Larimer County. 78.5% of eligible county residents received at least one dose of the vaccine.

* Case data as of Wednesday.

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On January 31, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment extended Public Health Order 21-02 regarding access to care. The order requires providers to do everything possible to provide all eligible people who have tested positive for COVID-19 with therapeutics and will be valid until March 1, 2022.

According to information provided by the state, Colorado’s supply of several therapeutic products is federally determined. Since January 2022, the federal government has provided an extremely limited supply of these drugs, which has a significant impact on the number of people who can receive therapeutic treatment. Health officials hope the supply of monoclonal antibody treatments and antivirals will increase significantly in the coming months.

Updates in this public health order:

  • Removed monoclonal antibody therapies not currently cleared by the FDA, added treatment options to include COVID-19 oral antivirals and other monoclonal antibody therapy.
  • Amending the prescription to include currently authorized COVID-19 treatments (monoclonal antibody and oral antiviral therapies).
  • Changed reporting requirements to weekly for sotrovimab and daily for Evusheld, molnupiravir and Paxlovid.
  • Modified to include specific eligibility criteria for each of the monoclonal antibody and oral antiviral treatments.
  • Added language to allow other medical conditions other than those specifically listed as potential indicators of high risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

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If you are new to 4-H and want to learn more, a “4-H 101 session” will be offered to learn all about 4-H in Larimer County and how to be successful in your first year. Attendees are asked to register to attend the event on Wednesday, February 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Larimer County Extension Office located at 1525 Blue Spruce in Fort Collins. Registration can be completed by following the registration link at larimer.org/events/extension/4-h-101-new-families-2022-02-09.

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Poudre Valley REA (PVREA) members can expect to see a cumulative rate cut of 2.8% applied to their electricity bills in March. PVREA members will soon pay less for their electricity per kWh than in 2013.

PVREA administrators approved two separate rate reductions in 2021, a prior rate reduction approved in April 2021 and this current rate reduction, both averaging approximately 1.4% each. The cumulative rate reduction of 2.8% is reflected as an electricity cost adjustment (ACA) line item on members’ bills. A PCA allows PVREA to accelerate savings for Northern Colorado homes and businesses, as opposed to a lengthy rate change process.

Currently, PVREA has the lowest cooperative residential electricity rate in the state of Colorado, due in part to the previously announced rate drop. With the addition of another 1.4% rate reduction, PVREA will also have some of the lowest residential electricity rates in the state among all types of electricity providers, including municipalities and utilities. investor-owned utilities (IOU).

“Our Board of Directors has a strategic goal to preserve the affordability of our products and services for the members they represent,” said Jeff Wadsworth, President and CEO of PVREA. “To that end, our team of employees takes great pride in fulfilling this obligation on a daily basis. Combined with another rate cut in our wholesale electricity costs from our cooperative electricity supplier, Tri-State, we were again successful in lowering rates for our members.

PVREA’s energy mix is ​​becoming increasingly green, enabling the cooperative to provide cleaner and more affordable energy to its members. As PVREA progresses towards its goal of 80 by 30, the cooperative expects stable rates and reliable service through a diversified energy portfolio of renewable resources and baseload electricity.

While the cooperative has succeeded in reducing tariffs, PVREA has also effectively improved reliability metrics that measure outage durations and recovery times.

“We know every dollar counts and hope this will boost the economy of the communities we serve,” Wadsworth added. “Our recent rate cut is an example of how we continually deliver more to our members, like the families, ranches, businesses, schools and towns that are the heart of our northern Colorado communities.”

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Sometimes you don’t see it coming. With little warning, family members can be pushed into becoming caregivers, changing lives in many ways.

The Larimer County Caregiver Power Tools Courses can help community members prepare to care for themselves while caring for someone else while focusing on their well- to be.

The Larimer County Office of Aging offers these six class sessions, held once a week, to give caregivers the tools they need to provide care for family members. Classes are led by experienced leaders, and participants receive a caregiver support manual to accompany the class and provide additional resources for caregivers.

Register for one of four courses offered this spring at larimer.org/spotlights/2022/01/31/empowering-family-caregivers. For more information, contact the Larimer County Family Caregiver Support Program at (970) 489-7758 or [email protected]

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On January 7, the Colorado State University System opened CSU Spur, a year-round public destination and the first of its kind in Denver, located at the National Western Center. The first facility to open at CSU Spur is called the Vida Building, which translates to “life” in Spanish, and focuses on animal and human health.

CSU Spur is made up of three buildings that are open to the public and offer grade-level-aligned experiential education and a chance for people to watch professionals at work – at Vida, visitors will be able to watch veterinarians operate on dogs and cats, therapists working with horses to provide equine assisted therapies, and veterinarians helping equine athletes through muscle strengthening and therapeutic exercises. Seven horses currently live on-site in the new Vida building as part of Temple Grandin Equine Center’s equine-assisted services program.

Visitors can take part in interactive exhibits, demonstrations, assess x-rays and animal health in a fictional veterinary clinic, and explore animal anatomy through virtual reality. Daily demonstrations, educational programs, and events are available year-round at https://csuspur.org/events.

“We are proud to open this new campus to anyone who wants to learn more about our world, our health, the food we eat and the water that sustains us. Spur belongs to all of Colorado; it is created through partnerships with people and communities around our state; and there is no place like it anywhere. We hope everyone will feel welcome to come and check it out,” said CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank.

The new Denver campus brings students closer to seeing themselves in professions related to food, water, and health — the three theme areas that CSU Spur’s Terra, Hydro, and Vida buildings respectively focus on.

As a year-round destination open to the public, CSU Spur will become a place that connects people to important issues, showcases science and research, and inspires learners to pursue careers they are passionate about, engage in conversations and to be part of the solution.

“This new campus complements ongoing work at the CSU Pueblo campus. Spur introduces young people to the process of discovery and new ideas. Once you’ve unlocked their curiosity, they start thinking about what’s possible and how the university could help them in their own discovery process. We are very proud to be part of creating a new educational ecosystem for the people of Colorado,” said Timothy Mottet, president of CSU Pueblo.

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Rocky Mountain National Park and Rocky Mountain Conservancy are co-hosting a virtual “Science Behind the Scenes” webinar series in lieu of the park’s traditional biennial research conference. Beginning February 15, 2022, this webinar series will take place on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST from February 15 to March 15, 2022. The webinar series will be available online via GoToWebinar.

Online registration for the webinar series is currently open. This webinar series is free and open to the public.

Rocky Mountain National Park hosts one of the National Park Service’s largest research programs, with nearly 100 active research permits each year. The park’s research partners come from other federal agencies, the state of Colorado, and universities around the world.

Each webinar will focus on one resource topic. The researchers will give a presentation of 15 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session during which members of the public can interact with the presenters. A Rocky Mountain National Park representative will be available to discuss research applications. Webinar topics include visitor use management, species conservation, riparian ecosystem restoration, and fire and forestry.

To register for the webinar series and to view a more detailed program, as well as to learn about past research conferences, visit https://www.nps.gov/rlc/continentaldivide/research-conference.htm

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Our environment is one of the things that make Larimer County a great place to live, work and play. If you know someone or an organization that has been an excellent steward of our environment, nominate them an environmental stewardship award.

The County Board of Commissioners and the Environment and Science Advisory Council are accepting nominations for the 2022 Environmental Stewardship Awards. Individuals and organizations are invited to participate.

The nomination deadline for this year’s awards is March 27, 2022. It’s easy to nominate online, just visit https://www.larimer.org/boards/environmental-and-science-advisory-board /awards/nominate.

The awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that engage in activities that exemplify outstanding stewardship of our environment. These projects can be large or small, complex or simple, and cover a wide range of activities. It can also be ongoing events or one-off activities.