Community Health Centers Essential to Colorado Response to Pandemic

Weekly Report Shows Update in Weekly Health Care Activity and COVID-19 Testing

DENVER― Colorado Community Health Centers (CHCs) continue to be on the front lines of the pandemic and are a significant part of Colorado’s response to COVID-19. CHCs continue to innovate how they provide care, increasing telehealth access, providing drive-through COVID-19 testing, setting aside separate areas of their facilities to provide safe access for those with potential COVID-19 symptoms and those visiting the CHCs for other reasons, and implementing intensive cleaning procedures to keep patients and staff safe.

CHCs provide weekly reports to the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) with details on COVID-19 response. The weekly report will be posted each Tuesday afternoon in What’s New on CCHN’s website. Below is a summary of this week’s report.

During the week of Oct. 24-Oct. 30:

  • 94 percent of Colorado’s 20 CHCs provided COVID-19 testing,
  • 54 percent of test results were returned in two-to-three days,
  • Of the 5,515 people tested, 1,076 tested positive, an increase of 218 over the preceding week.
  • Saw 89 percent of weekly visits compared to pre-COVID,
  • 50 to 75 percent of CHCs report challenges obtaining various categories of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), with increases in most categories over the prior week.

Please visit CCHN’s What’s New each Tuesday afternoon for an updated weekly report.

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