COVID situation encouraging in region

Yuma County is holding fairly steady in regards to COVID-19 cases, keeping it safely in the Orange Level.
The COVID-19 dashboard on the Northeast Colorado Health Department website, nchd.org, has experienced technical difficulties for a week. However, it was back in operation on Wednesday, January 20.
The January 20 update showed the county had 49 new cases over the last 14 days, and a total of 80 active cases.
The Yuma schools community had two cases confirmed last week, putting several other students on quarantine.
There have not been any COVID-related deaths recently as that number remains at 14.
However there were six hospitalizations over the last 14 days, an increase of five, including three current confirmed hospitalizations. The test positivity is looking much better at 5.7 percent.
Active cases in Yuma County were at 87 on January 4, with 55 new cases over the previous 14 days. Yuma County topped out at 154 active cases on December 16, but then went on an encouraging downward trend that has leveled off a bit recently, but has not spiked up again.
So far, there does not seem to be a surge following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Washington County’s cases have significantly dropped since topping out at 124 on December 3. WashCo had 23 active cases as of the January 20 update, which actually was in increase four from the previous day, with 11 new cases over the last 14 days. The county’s test positivity is just 3.5 percent.
In fact, all six counties in the NCHD’s region — including Phillips, Sedgwick, Logan and Morgan — were showing encouraging declines, continuing a trend that began toward the end of 2020. The numbers do tend to rise and fall a bit from day-to-day, but there has not been a major upward surge since November-December 2020.