North Fork EMS, in partnership with the Delta County Health Department, Hotchkiss Fire and West Elk Search and Rescue, began administering the Moderna COVID vaccine at their Heritage Hall vaccine clinics held weekly from February 5th until April 22nd. During these short months 3,011 doses of vaccine were administered by North Fork EMS and partners. As demand lessens for the vaccine, the EMS folks and other volunteers are stepping back for a well-deserved breather.
“EMS can be a fantastic force multiplier in healthcare, to get out in the community and do some of the heavy-lifting to help our health department get Delta County residents vaccinated. We were happy to coordinate this in the North Fork. If we can save one person from getting seriously ill with COVID, it is all worth it.” says Kathy Steckel, District Manager of North Fork EMS.
North Fork EMS has taken an active role in the COVID response in our valley to help take care of their community. They began by conducting COVID testing at their Headquarters Building in Hotchkiss in May of 2020. The readiness, response, and recovery to COVID in the North Fork has been a group effort. Many thanks go out to the retired medical professionals who came in to monitor people after receiving the vaccine, and to local Fire and Search and Rescue who handled all the traffic and helped people register. And of course the support of Delta County and the Delta County Health Department was key to the success.
At this time, we are not testing or administering vaccines. Thank you to everyone who helped make the testing site and clinics possible! For information on COVID testing and vaccinations in Delta County, please visit the Delta County Health Department’s website.