Jefferson County returns to Orange status, as the JCHD wants more to get vaccinated

(Hillsboro) The Jefferson County Health Department continues its efforts to get more county residents vaccinated for Covid-19. Health Department Director Kelley Vollmar says many residents may be hesitant due to the possibility of a bad reaction to the vaccine. Vollmar says the positives outweigh the negatives.

Meanwhile, the positive cases continue to rise slowly as the county moves back into the Orange status for the Covid-19 color guidance indicators.

After spending a week in Yellow status, Jefferson County has returned to Orange status in the Covid-19 color guidance indicators. Over the last week, the 7-day rolling average cases per day per 100,000 residents rose to 10.60 with a positivity rate of 6.20 percent.

On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Health Department has been notified of 18 new cases of coronavirus in the county. This brings the total number of cases to 23,423 since March of last year. Of that number, 196 are active with 23,227 recoveries and 245 deaths. 1,344 of those cases have been reported at long-term care facilities in the county. Of the five new deaths reported in the last week, they include a female in her 60’s, two females in their 70’s, one male in his 70’s, and a male in his 80’s.

Also, 41,159, or 18.29%, of Jeffco residents have been fully vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. An estimated 173,475 JeffCo residents 18+ years old are eligible. Of that eligible population, 23.73% have been fully vaccinated.