If you are symptomatic, but otherwise ok, please self-isolate and self-report at www.gunnisoncounty.org/covid19
If you are symptomatic and worsening, please call the call center. 970-641-7660
We ask that you not show up to the screening site until you call first.
If it is an emergency, never hesitate to call 911.
Primary Information Sources
Please self-report if you have any symptoms and encourage others to self-report so we can have the best information. We are using this data to help us track the virus through our community and to predict a potential surge on our healthcare system.
4th Amended Public Health Orders
After reviewing the State Executive orders and the new State Public Health Orders, Public Health Director, Joni Reynolds issued a 4th set of Public Health Orders late on 3/26/2020. The main change in the language is surrounding what constitutes an “event” the state level orders did not align with our orders on this front. Now an “event” is defined as any gathering of more than 1 person that doesn’t reside within the same residence. The new order also pushes the sunset date of the orders back to April 11th to coincide with the state’s order. For a copy of the new orders, visit www.gunnisoncounty.org/covid19 under the Public Health Orders tab. The Gunnison County Public Health Order is more restrictive than that of CDPHE and therefore controls over the state’s order. We are working towards an updated infographic for distribution.
Self Report as Resolved
As we are beginning to see some individuals run the course of this virus, we would like to ask that you start reporting on when your symptom resolve date is. When did you recover from your symptoms? RECOVERY defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and, at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Please fill out the following form.
We are actively pursuing a testing method for our community, including the testing that is happening in Telluride. We are specifically interested in a test that covers an IgG and IgM immune response. The IgM is a short-term immune response that shows that we are reacting to a virus. The IgG response is a longer term memory response by our immune system. The IgG response in our community is a good indicator of potential herd immunity.
There has been some misinformation on the testing that is happening in Telluride. They have currently tested 600 people, not the whole community. Their plan is to test another 1,000 people.
In speaking with the group out of Telluride, they have told us that they could sell us the test kits at $24 per test with a minimum of 9,600 tests. This also would not necessarily include the actual lab run of the sample. While they are refining their process, we are not confident this is currently the right test for our community. We are researching multiple other options that would give us more actionable results.
Call Center Hours
The call center is now running from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Saturday, closed on Sunday.
The screening site will operate in Gunnison on Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We are set to receive another package of testing kits from the state early next week.
By the Numbers
As of 8:27 AM, we have 67 positive, 87 negative, and 38 pending tests. This document will be updated live with information.
In the graph below, we have set the larger magnitude data points to the right-hand axis and the smaller to the left. This shows that our self-reported symptom start date is dropping off, while our hospital impacts are ramping up.