Montrose Fresh
Montrose Fresh
Feb 19, 2021
Montrose County now vaccinating thousands per week
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Welcome to Montrose Fresh, from The Montrose Daily Press. It’s Friday February 19th, and we’re here with local news, events, announcements, jobs, and more that matter to us here in Western Colorado. 

Today - With larger and larger shipments of the coronavirus vaccine, Montrose County now administers thousands per week.

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Montrose County has gone from being neglected in terms of the COVID-19 vaccine supply - to now receiving larger and larger shipments. 

We went from being able to administer a few hundred vaccines during the first weeks in January, to nearly 3,000 over the course of just three days last week.

Montrose County Media Relations Manager Katie Yergensen talked about the change in pace on  Tuesday during a League of Women update. Yergensen is also the county’s co-lead on vaccination logistics.

Here’s what she had to say:

Vaccine supplies come from the county via the state, which in turn receives allocations from the federal government. In addition to public health, about 10 community based providers also receive vaccine doses from the government, as do some senior care facilities.

Thanks to continued advocacy by commissioners and state legislators, Montrose County has been receiving larger shipments than back in January.

Last week, the county and partners kept long lines flowing steadily. The county is even consulting with a home health care company to help identify housebound individuals in need of the vaccine.

The increasing supplies are cutting down the county’s wait list, which at one point was about 6,500 strong.

But as more community-based providers like medical practices and pharmacies come online, vaccines could outpace demand within a month according to Dr. Joe Adragna - the Montrose County pandemic specialist. 

That would free up county employees who have been pulled away from other duties. 

Adragna also recently addressed some of the prevalent myths circulating about the vaccine.

He said some people are very concerned that getting it implants them with a nano-chip for tracking. Not only is that “just not true,” but believing it requires a lot of faith in a government that initially could not assemble enough protective gear at the start of the pandemic.

Adragna said that of the 52 million doses administered nationally, as many as 5% might not have had an immune response — but the vaccine is, at present, the best weapon.

Over the past two days the county estimated vaccinating around 2,000 people, including some in Phase 1B2, which includes people between the ages of 65 and 69 as well as school district employees.

For information about the vaccine priority phases and to see about pre registration, visit

Now, some local history. This week's local history is brought to you by England Fence. England Fence is family owned and operated, and they're ready to help you build your dream fence, archway, gate, or deck. Give them a call at 970-249-4430, or head over to their website

Born in 1896 in Montrose Keplar Barth Johnson was an American architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. From 1937 to 1962, he was the Region 5 Architect for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1945, he designed an experimental and innovative lookout tower on La Cumbre Peak in the Los Padres National Forest

And finally, before we go we’d like to take a moment to remember the life of 

Sheryl Lynn Starbuck. Sheryl was born in Montrose, and grew up in Olathe, graduating from Olathe high school in 1968. After high school, Sheryl made her way to Gunnison where she attended Western State College and met her future husband, Harvey Starbuck. They married in 1972 and, in 1973, welcomed their first child. For the next seven years She worked for the post office in Carbondale. Her work for the post office continued when they moved to Montrose and welcomed their second child.

While in Montrose, Sheryl and Harvey adopted two children from Seoul, Korea. And in 1995, Sheryl’s next adventure began as she and Harvey opened the Mountain Valley Coffeeshop on Main Street. She eventually made the decision to sell the business and, at the age of 45, went back to college. Sheryl became a counselor, and she spent the remainder of her career working with children at Hilltop in Montrose, and also in schools on military bases, domestic and abroad. Sheryl worked in Germany and England but most enjoyed her time in Japan.

She loved spending time in the sunshine, tending to her flower garden and her beehives, listening to Willie Nelson, morning walks with friends, and most of all, being with her family. 

She will be greatly missed. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate Sheryl’s life.

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