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Low fatality rate attributed to testing capacity, public health mitigation measures, contact tracing, and vaccination rate
Contact: Nicole Valentine, Director of Communications
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County ranked ninth among the 25 Top Healthiest Communities in the Nation for 2020. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services scored nearly 3,000 counties on 84 indicators across 10 categories that drive overall community health to determine the rankings. The rankings were created in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, an independent charitable and philanthropic affiliate of CVS Health and The University of Missouri Extension Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems.
In addition to ranking ninth among the Healthiest Communities in the Nation, Summit County is recognized for having the second lowest COVID-19 fatality rate, reporting 1:3876 deaths/population.
“We are proud of our community-wide effort to slow the spread of the virus here in Summit County,” said Commissioner Josh Blanchard. “Our businesses went above and beyond to protect patrons and employees through the 5 Star Program, and we certainly credit the hard work of our public health department and contact tracing team, along with the accessibility of testing, the rollout of the vaccine, and our community’s effort to suppress the virus through the Six Commitments to Containment.”
“Throughout the pandemic, our mitigation measures worked to keep hospital capacity from being overwhelmed and our fatality rate low,” said Public Health Director Amy Wineland. “In addition, the hard work of our staff and volunteers to make the vaccine available to the community has helped us reach a vaccinate rate of 68% fully vaccinated, and 79% partially vaccinated. This ranks us third among counties in Colorado and is something we are extremely proud of.”
The U.S. News Healthiest Communities rankings measure critical health-related components of society with the aim of empowering citizens, health care leaders and officials to make decisions about policies and practices that can improve health outcomes for all. Population health and equity are the most heavily weighted categories, based on the evaluations of more than a dozen leading experts on what matters most to a community’s health.
Local health outcomes are often driven by factors like a community’s economic performance, the strength of its education system, the availability and affordability of housing and myriad other elements that affect residents’ overall quality of life.
For more information on the healthiest communities rankings: https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/rankings
For information on Summit County’s vaccination rate, visit: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1433/Vaccines