4/28/20 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.

Stay Vigilant

We have done an incredible job as a community in fighting back this disease. There is growing stress around further reopening. Opening is going to depend on how well we do today and this week. At this point, restrictions could go either way. If we do a good job, we will likely be able to open things up. If we don’t minimize our exposure now, we may have to go back to tighter restrictions. It’s also important to move forward step-wise to allow time for monitoring and adjusting if necessary based on the activities that are occurring. If too many changes occur at the same time it will not be possible to determine what is needing to be adjusted, and it may require moving backwards.

In the Media

On Monday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced that the state is relying on residents to honor the new “safer-at-home” response to the COVID-19 crisis as some restrictions begin to relax this week. “And if they don’t—and the disease begins to spread out of control—the state would consider imposing severe restrictions,” according to a report in The Colorado Sun, “including reinstating the statewide stay-at-home order.” 

On Tuesday, Healthier Colorado released a survey of Coloradans around the impacts of COVID-19. A couple of highlights:

-47% have lost their job, reduced their income, or reduced their hours due to coronavirus

-43% believe the worst is yet to come

-64% support a policy of staying at home over opening the economy at this time 

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 Presumed 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.

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 2:57 PM, we have 106 positive, 271 negative, and 16 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.