What’s News: Teller COVID-19 Numbers Declining

Trevor Phipps

Teller COVID-Numbers Declining

Teller County’s COVID-19 infection numbers have continued to drop, hinting that this could mean there is  light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.

Now that pretty much all restrictions have ceased in Teller County, it is good news that the area’s statistics have declined to a more controllable number.

However, the town of Manitou Springs still has a stern mask mandate (see related story).

 According to Tellercovid.com, the new daily case count numbers have been sitting under 10 new cases per day for the last couple of weeks. The county’s total at the end of last week was 1,819 with 127 hospitalizations and 16 deaths since March 2020.

 As of May 26, there was only one person hospitalized from the disease with the last hospitalization date being May 19. The seven-day case count numbers have been dropping for the last month and last week the county was at 36 cases or 144 per 100,000 people.

 During last week’s Teller County Commissioners meeting, head administrator Sheryl Decker gave an update to the public during her report. Overall, Decker said that vaccinations in the county have been increasing while the number of positive cases is decreasing.

 “42.51 percent of our eligible population has completed their vaccine series of either one or two doses depending on which vaccine they received,” Decker said. “If you take the eligibility and count it as 16 and over, we are at 44.67 percent vaccinated. Our positivity rate is dropping, which is good to see. Our hospitalization rate is stable and probably the best we will get going forward.”

 Decker also said that the county’s testing site will be changing from Hayden Park in Divide to the Pikes Peak Community Club on Highway 24 in Divide. Testing is available on Mondays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information about testing and COVID-19 statistics is available at Tellercovid.com

On a region-wide basis, cases also have dropped.