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Eagle County is 'past the peak' in its COVID-19 road to recovery

More than five weeks out from Eagle County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 6, the county’s top health official said they're on the other side of the hill.

VAIL, Colo. — It’s the question that persists during this pandemic, with days running together and social isolation making us all lose track of time. 

Basically, where the heck are we? 

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“I think it’s safe to say we’ve moved past the peak,” said Heath Harmon, the director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “Our data is showing that. We can look at that in three different ways. We’ve looked at that in onset dates, we’ve also looked at that by sort of self-monitoring with the symptom tracker platform that we have up. And we’ve also been looking at what does this look like by test date? And all three of those models right now are telling us we’ve moved beyond that peak.”

One prominent national model predicting the pandemic’ trajectory shows the state hit its peak on April 4. That’s according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which, in its model, assumes “full social distancing.”

But Jill Hunsaker Ryan, the state’s top health official and a former Eagle County Commissioner who underwent isolation in her Edwards home after her husband tested positive, told reporters last week that the state’s public health department is confident “our peak has not hit.”

> Read the full article at Vail Daily.   

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