6th County Death
Gunnison County’s Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced its sixth death associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was a female in her 90’s and was an SCC resident.
The individual tested positive in early April for COVID-19 and then later was admitted to GVH on 4/28 and tested negative.
“Unfortunately, our community has seen another loss of life due to COVID-19,” said Gunnison County Director of Public Health Joni Reynolds. “We offer our condolences to the friends and family.”
9th Amended Public Health Order
The 9th Amended Public Health Order was signed today, 5/12. The revised PHO includes updates for the following categories:
- Alignment with Business Sector Plan responses.
- Acknowledging Places of Worship as Essential Human Service
- Exempt AA and NA sessions
- Potential state variance on campgrounds, places of worship, restaurants/bars.
- 60+ age restriction to 65+ to align with the state
- Masks for employees and staff who interact with customers or clients
The full order can be found here.
For a summary of the changes to the new order, go here.
Change in update regularity
In an effort to sustain our operations in the long term, we are looking to reduce meetings and updates to two days per week on Monday and Thursday. This will allow Incident Command to focus on the big picture and planning to live with this virus into the future. We will continue to update the public on any breaking news. This week, we will continue with the daily updates tomorrow and Thursday and then will move to the Monday, Thursday schedule.
Antibody testing clarification
There have been a number of questions regarding the new antibody testing that GVH rolled out today. To find information on the sensitivity and specificity on the Abbott Architect system please see this FDA emergency authorization test performance.
While this test is very good at determining if someone has had the virus, it doesn’t necessarily translate to immunity. The test doesn’t tell us the levels of IgG, rather it just shows positive or negative. So, we will know if they had it very reliably but won’t know how much protection their immune response offers.
For more information on how to get tested, please go here.
The screening site will continue to operate 6 days per week with modified times. Testing is still scheduled via the Call Center and is required to be tested.
- Monday at Gunnison HHS from 8:30-10:00AM
- Tuesday by appointment at GVH
- Wednesday in Crested Butte from 8:30-10:00AM
- Thursday by appointment at GVH
- Friday by appointment at GVH and also for Medical, EMS, and Fire by appointment in Crested Butte
- Saturday by appointment at GVH
Patients who contact the Call Center and are instructed to be swabbed will either be sent to a screening site or receive an appointment, depending on the day of the call. There will be 6-8 appointments available per scheduled day, with at least 2 appointments reserved for essential workers.
Importance of Self-Reporting
One of the best tools to provide early warnings of spread in the community is to self-report as symptomatic. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, even if they are mild, please self-report and isolate yourself.
The Center for Mental Health
We have consolidated the Center for Mental Health’s resources to this page on our website.
Call Center Hours
The call center will be operating 8am-12pm Monday-Friday. For those needing assistance outside of those hours, there will be someone monitoring the email@example.com 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 1:00 p.m.
On May 18th the delivery hotline and schedule will change operational hours. Hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Starting that day please ensure that all City Market pick ups are scheduled in this time window as well.
By the Numbers and Datastudio
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.
We have been getting a lot of questions about the datastudio, how often it’s updated and how people are counted.
- There are a lot of questions about the state’s numbers vs. the county’s numbers. The state uses a “presumed positive” definition that Gunnison County does not. Gunnison County counts confirmed cases only. We have included the count of “State Presumed Positive” on both the main and Ops datastudios. For more information on what “presumed positive” means read our April 29th update
- The top section of Objective Data is updated at least daily and sometimes twice a day. There is a timestamp next to the title.
- The Subjective Data section is currently updated when we hit a threshold of 10 new records. This data is pulled into a secure database from the hospital, call center and self-report forms and takes quite a bit of work to upload into the system. We are working on a system that uploads this live from our secure database but aren’t there yet.
- You can download the raw data that is feeding the datastudio by going to the bottom right and clicking “More detailed data.” Once on this Ops Dashboard there is an option to download at that top right.