Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that Boulder County Public Health is receiving 500-700 doses of coronavirus vaccine, but does not have information on how many vaccines are being received by all county health care providers.
Boulder County residents can now sign up to be notified when they are able to receive the coronavirus vaccine through a new Boulder County Public Health notification system.
The new program comes on the heels of Gov. Jared Polis announcing “unexpected changes” to the state’s prioritization of who will receive vaccines first, according to a news release from the department.
The change significantly increases the number of people eligible to receive the vaccine during the first phase of distribution, including providing the vaccine to almost 30,000 county residents who are 70 years old or older as well as teachers, grocery store employees and other front-line workers.
But it will be months before every Boulder County resident in Phase 1 of the coronavirus vaccine distribution receives a shot, because while state leaders expanded who is at the top priority level, the vaccine’s supply remains limited.
Boulder County Public Health has been receiving 500-700 doses each week, said spokesperson Chana Goussetis.The department does not have information about how many vaccines all health care providers in Boulder County are receiving.
Goussetis said the new community notification system, which is separate from the notification system for health care workers and first responders, was created because the county was inundated by requests for information from the community.
The system notifies people by email when they are able to receive the vaccine and is available at bit.ly/3ni2ybo.
Boulder County also reported 155 coronavirus cases and two new deaths on Monday. The two people who died were in their 70s and 90s and were residents of long-term care facilities, Goussetis said.
The county’s test positivity rate increased from 4.5% to 5.4%, and the five-day average for new cases increased to 83 cases per day from 79 cases per day. The number of people currently hospitalized for coronavirus dropped to 51, the lowest since late October.
Boulder County has recorded 15,151 coronavirus cases, 419 hospitalizations and 184 deaths to date. Colorado reported 1,849 new coronavirus cases on Monday, 78 new hospital admissions and an 8.11% test positivity rate. To date, the state has had 343,435 cases, 18,747 hospitalizations, 4,944 deaths among the cases and 3,907 deaths due to COVID-19.
St. Vrain Valley School District reported six confirmed coronavirus cases, one each in Coal Ridge Middle School, Eagle Crest Elementary School, Mead Elementary School, Northridge Elementary School, Silver Creek High School and central administration.
The University of Colorado Boulder and Boulder Valley School District did not update their coronavirus dashboards Monday.