Primary Information Sources
Since our actual positive rate of testing is so misrepresented by a lack of test kits and a backlog on testing, we have moved to share some other additional measures on the incidence in our community.
– In order to minimize pressure on the call center and screening site, we ask that you first self-report online. If your symptoms worsen, please call the call center at 970-641-7660. Your information will remain anonymous, but we will update everyone with the number of individuals who self-report. This form allows our Health and Human Services employees to track those with symptoms without them calling the call center or coming to the screening sites.
–This document which is also posted on our website, will be updated as information becomes available to us. This live “By the Numbers” document outlines not only positive and negative tests, but call volumes, screening volumes, self-reporting, etc.
New Public Health Orders
The new public health orders close all short term rentals, restaurants, and other retail businesses. Restaurants can operate as take out/delivery so long as they are complying with the rest of the order. Construction sites can continue to operate with written consent from the Public Health Director. In order to get written consent, please fill out the following form.
Businesses that are exempt from the orders include:
-Federal, state, local and special district facilities
-Public utilities or utility service providers
-Medical service providers
-discount department stores
The full public health order is posted to the website at www.gunnisoncounty.org/covid19
We ask that you reserve the phone lines for those that need the help most. In an effort to field general questions, we have set up a general questions email account.
The following patients with COVID-19 symptoms are asked to please call the call center at 970-641-7660.
- Healthcare workers
- Employed in public safety occupation (e.g., law enforcement, fire fighter, EMS)
- Part of an illness cluster in a facility or institution (e.g., healthcare, school, corrections, shelters)
- With severe lower respiratory illness (hospitalized or fatal)
- With worsening symptoms
- Older than 60 years
- With underlying medical conditions
- Pregnant women
- Had contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient
Assistance programs for those in isolation are underway at a municipal and county wide level. Currently these programs are aimed at helping those who need it most. We ask that you help your neighbors, family, and friends.
While our social distancing and public health orders may seem severe, our model is being adopted across the state and possibly beyond. Our number one priority is to ensure the health care and emergency services are available to those that need it most. In order to accomplish this, we have to slow the spread of this illness.
You can still get outside and recreate, so long as you are practicing social distancing, we encourage everyone to keep up the active lifestyle that our community loves.