Elbert County, COVID-19 Update - April 14, 2020
We are aware of one new case of COVID-19 in Elbert County, a male in his 60s and a resident of the 80107 zip code. Additionally, I need to revise yesterday’s report to include an additional case that necessitated further inquiry to determine if it was a confirmed case. We have determined that it was and are subsequently adding it to our count of county residents that have tested positive. The added case was a male in his 50s and a resident of the 80107 zip code. Elbert County now has seventeen recorded cases of COVID-19.
Yesterday CDPHE released data that shows people of color in Colorado are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus infections. This spotlighting of racial inequalities in Colorado shows black residents are dying from the illness at a disproportionately high rate, and people of color in general are seeing elevated infection rates. CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker-Ryan noted that social and healthcare inequities affect outcomes, and those inequities become even more apparent in times of disaster. Generations of institutionalized barriers to preventive medical care, healthy food, safe and stable housing, quality education, reliable transportation and clear air all play a contributing role in the inequities.
Also yesterday the Statewide Feeding Task Force working through the Unified Coordination Group announced Colorado received a $3 million delivery of infant supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (please see attached document). These essential supplies will go to families who are experiencing poverty and not able to find resources to meet their basic needs. The distribution of the supplies will be at 41 locations statewide at Colorado's food banks and family resource centers. A listing of where families can access these resources can be found at https://sforce.co/34Deug1
Dwayne Smith, MEd, MCHES®, CPST
Administrator, Elbert County Public Health