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 or have overcome your symptoms.
Staff at Incident Command will be taking a day of rest on Sunday. We will have a skeleton crew in place in case there is pressing information that needs to be pushed to the public. Do NOT look for the 5pm update tomorrow. We will resume normal updates on Monday.
New Public Health Orders
On 4/03/2020 Joni Reynolds, Public Health Director, signed a 5th Amended Public Health Order. This pushes the sunset date to 4/30/2020 as well as clarifies restrictions on non-residents and those who have recently traveled. An additional clarification of the 5th Amended Public Health Order is listed below as well.
The purpose of these amendments are:
1) to amend and clarify the existing Order to further restrict the gathering of person(s)
2) to extend the duration of the existing Public Health Order to 4/30/20.
3) eliminate all non-essential services, travel and activities or sales of goods unless expressly permitted in the Public Health Order
4) orders all residents of Gunnison County who travel outside of Gunnison County for any period of time to isolate and quarantine from all other persons for a period of 7 days.
5) prohibit all non-residents, including non-resident homeowners, from remaining in Gunnison County during the duration of this Order.
The Public Health Director finds that non-residents, visitors and non-resident homeowners from lower altitudes are at a greater risk for complications from COVID-19 infection than residents, who are acclimatized to the high altitude environment of Gunnison County.
The Public Health Director also finds that non-residents, regardless of whether they own a residence in Gunnison County, are imposing unnecessary burdens on health care, public services, first responders, and food and other essential services, and are creating issues with regard to enforcement of Gunnison County’s public health orders.
Accordingly, the presence of non-residents and visitors, including non-resident homeowners, is no longer permitted in Gunnison County in order to maintain public health and safety and to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, unless otherwise expressly permitted by this Order, including if granted an exemption or waiver by the Public Health Director under the provisions of this Order.
The Public Health Order does allow the business, events and activities permitted in the order to continue (e.g. delivery drivers to grocery stores or gas stations, medical personnel to assist in hospital operations, law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of this Order).
6) The Gunnison County Public Health Orders control over any executive order issued by the Governor and Public Health Orders issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE).
The non-resident exemption form can be found on our website as well as here.
We have posted the signed version as well as a pdf of the redline version so that you can see the changes from the 4th order.
Clarifications: Fifth Amended Public Health Order
Since Gunnison County’s Fifth Amended Public Health Order was signed and issued Friday, April 3, some confusion has emerged concerning non-essential services, travel, activities or sales of goods.
Between the fourth and fifth amendments, some language was updated in the third full paragraph of Page 3 in hopes of clarifying that all non-essential services, travel, activities or sales of goods were to be eliminated. But there are, of course, some exceptions.
There was no intent to change the aspects of the Public Health Order that allow non-essential retail stores to operate by online or over-the-phone sales, except goods ordered through such means must be delivered by mail or by delivery to a customer’s home or vehicle outside of a retail location (Page 7, Paragraph a).
There has been some confusion, too, about Paragraph P (Page 12) concerning out-of-county travel.
As of April 3, all residents who travel outside of Gunnison County for any period of time are to isolate and quarantine themselves (from all persons, without exception) for a period of at least seven days. If such person experiences any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), they are then further required to remain isolated and quarantined seven days OR until 72 hours after the quarantined person is afebrile (resolution of any fever without the aid of medication), whichever is later.
The self-isolation/quarantine should start once the individual has returned to Gunnison County.
To read the Fifth Amended Public Health Order in full, visit our Public Health Orders page.
Note: After some social media posts regarding crowding at Hartman Rocks we wanted to put these guidelines out to the public again. Play by the rules so we can all continue to play!
We are all excited that the trails are drying up and we can get outside to play. Please understand that we are privileged to be able to do so and we must continue to adhere to the Public Health Orders.
PUBLIC LANDS OPEN ONLY TO RESIDENTS OF GUNNISON COUNTY
Practice Social Distancing on Trails During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Rules: Be a Responsible Trail User During COVID-19
- Go explore: Your groups may NOT consist of any person outside your residence. Do not congregate at base area or trailheads.
- Keep your distance: Stay 10 feet from all other trail users.
- No bathrooms: Use Leave No Trace practices.
- Come prepared: Have your own water, food and gear so you do not need to share.
- Wash your hands: Practice proper hygiene and sanitation.
- Take it easy: There is extremely limited medical support throughout Gunnison County.
- Have fun: Enjoy our rarefied air!
Gunnison County Public Lands are open to residents of Gunnison County only. Visitors, please return to your primary place of residence. Bathrooms are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay 10 feet from all other trail users.
Delivery Assistance Hotline
If you are at risk and self-isolating at home, ill with Covid-19 symptoms, or quarantined and need groceries or prescriptions delivered to your home; call (970) 641-7959. Deliveries are by drivers trained to safely handle your order and are available throughout the valley 7 days a week from 9:00 till 5:00.
Gunnison Country Food Pantry
Gunnison Country Food Pantry continues to provide food assistance to those-in-need during the current emergency. Visit the pantry Monday 1:00-4:00, Wednesday 1:00-7:00, or Thursday 10:00-2:00 on the southwest corner Ohio and Main. Call (970) 641-7959 if you need food from the pantry delivered to your home and are self-isolating, ill with Covid-19 symptoms, or quarantined.
The screening site will again operate in Gunnison on Monday, 4/06/2020 from 10:00AM-12:00PM.
Do not show up to the site unannounced. Please call the call center (970) 641-7660 prior to going to the screening site.
Call Center Hours
The call center is now running from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Saturday, closed on Sunday. 970-641-7660
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.
At 3:46 PM we had 259 previously symptomatic people reporting that their symptoms had resolved.
By the Numbers
As of 4:26 PM, we have 88 positive, 148 negative, and 28 pending tests. This document is updated live with that information.
|Current Admits with respiratory issues||5||4:26 PM 4/04|
|Total Admits with respiratory issues||29||4:26 PM 4/04|
|Transfers today with respiratory issues||0||4:26 PM 4/04|
|Total transfers with respiratory issues||13||4:26 PM 4/04|