Flu Clinic Dates
The Flu vaccination clinics have been set for October 6th in Gunnison and October 7th in Crested Butte. More details to come.
Take Gunnison County’s Community Survey
Gunnison County has created a community survey to better understand the general public’s perception of, and impacts from, the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes considerations of basic needs and what makes them feel safe when visiting local business and their spending habits. Community members are encouraged to take the survey.
Virtual Town Hall
Our Virtual Town Hall picked up today after skipping a week. July results and vaccines were the topic of discussion. The slides from the presentation can be found here. A recording of the presentation can be found here.
Positives and Indicator Updates
It appears that the diligence within the community has begun to turn the tide of the uptick that we saw after the 4th of July. We now are only meeting one indicator that would move us to yellow.
In the seven-day period from Aug. 1-Aug. 7, we have only two days with three or more positive tests. And in the 14-day period from July 25-Aug. 7, we had 37 positive test results come in. That 14-day average positivity is at 16.67%. We are now only meeting one of the indicators for a move to yellow (three of seven criteria must be met). No other indicators have been met at this time.
The State, Incident Command and the GVH team worked through the backlog of pending tests today. We now only have 34 pending tests of which 26 were swabbed today. While one test is backlogged to the beginning of July, that individual was retested with a rapid test and it came back negative. The remaining pending tests now only go back to August 6th.
While our healthcare system is busy locally and across the Western Slope (with no COVID-19 health issues), we do still have capacity. We currently don’t have any patients at the hospital with COVID-19. The other indicators that would move us to yellow are around our ability to give care. Thus far, we are in strong standing.
Overall, we have seen 214 positive tests so far with 1,446 negative tests.
Call Center: 970-641-7660
Here is an infographic of the Call Center call tree.
The Call Center will be operating 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday-Friday. For those needing assistance outside of those hours, please leave a message. There will also be someone monitoring the firstname.lastname@example.org email.
The Screening Site is located at Gunnison Valley Health on Monday through Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Testing requires an appointment ahead of time. The Call Center is only open Monday-Friday. If you are seeking a test on Saturday, you will have to have a prior appointment.
The Screening Site is located in the large north entrance parking lot and operates out of a shed. We ask that you please contact the Call Center in advance to schedule an appointment at 970-641-7660.
Delivery Assistance Update
We can help you arrange deliveries of groceries from City Market’s Pickup program, food bundles from the Gunnison Food Pantry and prescriptions from City Market or Walmart pharmacies. We ask that you only use this service if you are at risk and isolating at home, ill with COVID-19 symptoms or quarantined because of exposure. Deliveries are made by drivers trained to handle your order safely.
To arrange for a delivery, please call Senior Transportation Dispatch at 970-641-7959 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grocery deliveries can be scheduled Monday through Friday.
Prescription deliveries can be called in throughout the week but will only be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays for the Gunnison area and on Tuesdays for the Crested Butte area. Special arrangements may be made in the case of an emergency.
Food Pantry bundles can be requested throughout the week but are only delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays in Gunnison, and on Tuesdays for the Crested Butte area.
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.