Here's where Larimer County stands with COVID case rates and vaccine rates

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Wondering what the COVID-19 case rate and risk level Centers for Disease Control and Prevention risk level is in Larimer County? Looking for current vaccine rates? Read on for information on where the county stands on a variety of metrics, including those.

This story and its infographics were initially published to help you better understand the data associated with the county's mask mandate that began in October and how far away we were from meeting the metrics the county set to end the mandate. On Jan. 31, however, the county announced it would allow that mask mandate to expire on Feb. 12 due to changing conditions in the community. Then came the CDC's new guidelines and Larimer County reaching a "low" COVID-19 community level.

With our county COVID-19 level still in flux and a good chunk of readers and Coloradoan subscribers still finding this story useful and returning to visit it each week, we'll continue to update these graphics at least weekly for now. You can bookmark this story in the Coloradoan app for easier access. Don't have the app? Download it through Google Play or the App Store today.

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Larimer County's COVID-19 risk level designation

The CDC's current COVID-19 guidelines balance case rates, COVID-19 admissions and inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients to assess community risk.

As of June 23, 2022, the county's online COVID-19 dashboard lists its COVID-19 community level as "high," according to the CDC's guidelines.

Larimer County meets this definition because one metric, the seven-day total of new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people, surpassed 10. As of metrics listed on the county's COVID-19 dashboard on June 23, that metric was 12.9 per 100,000, which is down from 14 on June 17. The county surpassed 10 per 100,000 in mid-June.

The county's case rate is 291.7 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days, according to information posted on June 23. That's up from 287 per 100,000 on June 17 but down from 375.2 per 100,000 on June 8 and 312.7 on June 15. The other key metric in determining the risk level, the seven-day average percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, was 5% as of data listed June 23, well below the threshold of 10% that would put the county in high risk but still up from 4.2% on June 17.

What it would take for Larimer County's COVID-19 risk level designation to drop

If the inpatient bed percentage doesn't reach 10% and Larimer County's COVID-19 admission metric drops below 10 per 100,000, the county would return to a medium-risk designation.

The county could also return to a medium-risk designation if its seven-day case rate drops below 200 per 100,000. At that level of case rate, the CDC metrics allow for a seven-day COVID-19 admissions rate of between 10 and 19.9 per 100,000 for a county to be considered at medium risk. (The percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients would need to go no higher than 14.9%.)

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Larimer County COVID case, hospitalization rates

See how the county's seven-day case and hospitalization rates have changed since October 2020, when the county health department enacted a mask mandate.

Note: The county no longer includes ICU capacity or the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital on its online COVID-19 dashboard. Interested in seeing our archived graphic that includes those hospitalization numbers and ICU capacity through Feb. 24? Click here.

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COVID-19 vaccine rates in Larimer County

See where the county stands with COVID-19 vaccination rates among all residents as well as the breakdown for various age groups in the below graphs.

Note: COVID-19 vaccines were recently approved for children ages 6 months to 5 years. That age range will be added to the below graphs when that data is available on the county website.

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How vaccination status is impacting COVID-19 case rates in Larimer County

As of June 23, the county health department's online dashboard does not provide a breakdown of vaccination status among patients in the county's hospitals or ICUs. However, it does provide case rates by vaccination status.

You can see those here:

Sarah Kyle is a content coach at the Coloradoan. Contact her at sarahkyle@coloradoan.com. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.

This article originally appeared on Fort Collins Coloradoan: Larimer County COVID case and vaccine rates, CDC COVID community level