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.
Cathie Pagano has been appointed/identified as the Section Chief for the Recovery Section as part of Incident Command. The recovery team will work with existing efforts including the ICELab and business industry groups, Health and Human Services, Civic/Institutions/Utilities, and medical providers (including physical, dental, mental, and others) to identify their needs and bring them to policy makers and incident command. Communication between these stakeholder groups and incident command/public health will be a critical function of the recovery team especially in the next two weeks. The recovery team will also be working with the One Valley Leadership Council to begin development of a long term One Valley Resiliency plan.
7th Amended Public Health Order
The 7th Amended Public Health Order was signed yesterday, 4/21/20.
-Eliminates requirement for some construction sites to file for an exemption; all required public health measures continue for all construction sites.
-Opens up elective procedures and surgeries at GVH (Critical Access Hospital)
-Allows for frisbee/golfing/shooting ranges with maintained social distancing and safety measures
-Allows for limited one-on-one office activities to execute legal documents
-Requires face masks for critical business employees and critical government functions
-Moves the sunset date to 4/26 to coincide with the State’s orders.
The official Order as well as a summary of changes can be found online, here.
4th Gunnison County Death from COVID-19
Gunnison County’s department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced the fourth death associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was a male in his 70’s from Crested Butte. The individual was admitted to Gunnison Valley Health and transferred to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction on March 18th. He was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21st.
“It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we are confirming the death of a fourth community member from COVID-19,” said Gunnison County director of public health Joni Reynolds. “We offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and the entire community.”
Phased Stepping Down
We are actively working on a phased step down of the Public Health Orders. We are using the locally gathered data as well as guidance from the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO), examining low-risk activities in order to safely begin a phased reopening of the economy. Our goal is to coordinate as closely as possible with the phased reopening of the state presented recently by Governor Polis, although statewide epidemiology will differ with Gunnison’s unique demographic and geography. We will not be in perfect sync with the state during reopening. Developed by Dr. Frieden, former CDC director, we have also chosen to use the “Box it in” model of containment.
More info found here.
Call Center Hours Changing April 27th
Starting on April 27th, the call center will be operating 8am-12pm Monday-Friday. The Delivery Assistance Hotline will keep its same hours, 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Emergency Childcare for Essential and Emergency Workers Is Coming Soon to Gunnison County.
Early Childhood Centers and Home Providers have been working hard to be able to reopen as safely as possible and will be following guidelines from our local public health agency. For more information on who is eligible for Emergency Childcare go here and click on “Background.” To sign up for the program go here.
Grocery and prescription delivery 5 days per week
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, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The screening site is now on the following schedule.
-Monday from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in Gunnison
-Wednesday from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in Crested Butte
-Friday testing will be by appointment and reserved for healthcare, law enforcement, EMS, and fire employees only.
We have seen a decrease in the number of screenings at the testing site. We are hoping to give the staff a bit of a break in anticipation of a larger scale testing of the community in the future.
Center for Mental Health
The Center for Mental Health has a free talk line that is open 24 hours per day at 970-252-6220.
Self-Report as Resolved
At 4:42 PM we had 349 previously symptomatic people reporting that their symptoms had resolved.
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. If your symptoms have resolved, please fill out the following form.
By the Numbers
As of 4:42 PM, we have 103 positive, 233 negative, and 22 pending tests.
Our Google data studio is live on the website. The main page is a breakdown. There is more detail in a link in the bottom right corner for those that want to dig in further.