COVID-19 roller coaster continues, though numbers staying low overall

Up and down we still go on the COVID-19 cases.
Yuma County has seen an uptick in cases over the past two weeks, but the latest update before press time showed the number of new cases dropping again.

The county was up to 15 new cases over a seven-day period, after the May 1 update on the dial found at However, new cases over seven days had dropped to eight as of the May 6 update. Test positivity also had dropped again, from 6.1 percent, above the Centers for Disease Control’s 5-percent threshold, to 3.1 percent by May 6. The county actually saw an increase in tests to 268, up 30 over the previous three days.
Yuma County did have its first COVID-19 hospitalization in a while. Active cases were at 30 for the county.
Overall, the six counties in northeast Colorado — Yuma, Washington, Phillips, Sedgwick, Logan and Morgan — saw a continued drop in new cases to 55 over seven days, a decrease of 31, as of the May 6 update at Phillips had a spike, jumping to 18 estimated active cases last week, but had seen that drop to seven of of May 6, while Washington was at 12, and Sedgwick saw a jump of six estimated active cases to 14. The region’s two biggest counties, Logan and Morgan, had 61 and 65, respectively.
Vaccinations continue to be available in the county, and the area. There was an immunization bus in Otis, Yuma and Anton earlier this week. Yuma District Hospital & Clinics has a vaccination clinic set for Friday, May 7, utilizing the Moderna vaccine. There is a link to register found at the YDHC’s Facebook page.
Yuma County now has more than one-quarter of its population 16 years old and above fully immunized, and more than 30 percent with at least one dose. As of May 7, 3,158 residents had at least one dose, and 2,754 were fully immunized. The vast majority, 75 percent, who have been vaccinated are white. Hispanics account for 15 percent.
Of those receiving a shot, 65 percent are 50 years old or above. More females than males have been vaccinated, 53 percent to 46 percent.