COVID-19 cases on rise but vaccine is near

COVID-19 numbers continue to grow in San Juan County, but vaccine distribution to health care workers and those at highest risk for the disease is coming into view.

The most recent figures from San Juan Public Health show 1,304 total cases in the county since March, representing 127 new cases in one week. Total cases have impacted around nine percent of the county population.

Currently, there are 270 active cases in the county, an increase of 43 in one week.

The number of active cases continues to grow in some areas, from 94 to 121 near Aneth. Blanding cases grew from 51 to 71.

In total, 124 local residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 symptoms. The local hospitalization rate of 9.5 percent far exceeds the state and national rates, although the rate is dropping over time.

Distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine is beginning to roll out. The vaccine will be distributed first to front-line workers and to assisted living centers.

The vaccine will be administered throughout the county, but it will take months before it is available to all.

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