4/27/20 Update

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


Gunnison Health and Human Services Facebook page

Please self-report if you have any symptoms or have overcome your symptoms.


We have had a lot of feedback about the timeline infographic we posted with the various phases and potential timing. The best way to ensure an earlier opening would be by YOU, the community, continuing to remain vigilant with hygiene, social distancing, limiting unnecessary outings etc. If the data shows a spike in cases, it will indicate the need to stop the forward movement or worst case move to more stringent measures. Do your part to ensure that we can open as soon as safely possible.

State vs Gunnison County Positive Tests

There was a massive surge in numbers reported by the state in Gunnison County to 158 over the weekend. Our local numbers show 106. The reason for this is a recent shift at the state level to include probable positive cases. Locally, we are reporting confirmed positive cases only. Under the state definition of probable positive, even if a test comes back negative, if there was potential contact with a known positive case, they are counting it as probable positive. This week, we will be adding a “State probable positive” to our data studio so that we can better reflect how our numbers differ from the state’s. Many of the additions from the weekend were weeks old tests that were connected to a known positive and added by the state retroactively. 

Confirmed Positive:
Case who has tested positive using a molecular amplification detection test (such as PCR)

State Probable Positive: 
Meets clinical criteria* AND epidemiologic evidence with no confirmatory laboratory testing
Meets clinical criteria* AND has tested positive using an antigen or serologic FDA approved test
Has an epidemiologic link AND has tested positive using an antigen or serologic FDA approved test
Has a death certificate that lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19.

The Center for Mental Health

The Center Support Line is free and available to our communities 24/7 for anyone feeling stressed, anxious, or just needing someone to talk to. Call 970.252.6220. www.centermh.org/supportline. 

They are hosting Facebook live “Coping with COVID” chats every Tuesday at 12 pm. https://www.facebook.com/centermh/

The www.centermh.org/covid19 page has been updated with lots of useful behavioral health resources, including information on how to gain free access to the myStrength app for individual use. 

Non-resident homeowners

Non-resident homeowners are being welcomed back with a mandatory 7-day isolation upon their arrival. We ask them to let us know when they plan to arrive and how many in their group will be arriving. We do not want or need your name or contact information. This is not an exemption process, rather it is data that will help with correlate data being tracked (e.g. positive tests, call center calls, screening site numbers) and drive predictive modeling around potential hospital impacts and community needs as the Gunnison Valley seasonally swells in population.

Please come prepared with the supplies that you need to quarantine for 7 days upon your arrival. If you do need groceries or prescriptions during your isolation, please utilize the Delivery Assistance Hotline that operates 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. (970) 641-7959.

10 Person Clarification

In an effort to streamline the rollout of the public health orders over the upcoming weeks, the Public Health Director has several date triggers built into the 8th Amended Public Health Order. Some of the language in this order, like group size, was intended to carry the PHO through the weekend until we reached the first trigger today the 27th. Throughout this rollout and beyond, the County will continue to monitor its public health data and the effectiveness of the measures, and may relax further restrictions in the upcoming weeks.  At the same time, if the data require additional measures, the County may have to tighten restrictions in order to protect the public health.

On the 27th maximum group size changes from 1 to 10 so long as the provisions of Paragraph N, are still followed. This includes social distancing, no persons 60 or older, proper hand cleaning and sanitation, screening for symptoms, etc. On the 27th real estate agents may also conduct commercial or residential showings to clients or potential buyers so long as other measures of the Order are met. Open houses not permitted regardless of size. 

On May 1 several other restrictions are lifted. Childcare centers may open with a priority for essential workers. Retail may open to customers so long as no more than 10 people, including the staff, are present at one time and they are following Paragraph N and their industry-specific guidance. Any business that wishes to continue to operate via curbside delivery and not permit customers is still allowed to do so. Note that industry-specific guidance directs that only one person per 240 sq. ft. may be admitted, so in a business that is 480 sq. ft. you are only allowed two people, including staff. Any business smaller than this may continue to offer curbside delivery, but may not allow customers in the store. Buses are allowed to take up to 10 people.

Finally, on May 4 the last set of restrictions are eased and professional offices may open with no more than 10 people. The stipulations of Paragraph N must still be met.

Call Center Hours 

Starting today, April 27th, the call center will be operating 8am-12pm Monday-Friday. For those needing assistance outside of those hours, there will be someone monitoring the callcenter@gunnisoncounty.org email. The Delivery Assistance Hotline will keep its same hours, 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

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.

Screening Site

The screening site will continue 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.

By the Numbers

As of 3:08 PM, we have 106 positive, 268 negative, and 17 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.