Protect Our Neighbors Status
Through the work of the community, we have gone from one of the highest case rates per capita in the country to one of five counties in Colorado to receive approval to move into “Protect Our Neighbors” status. We have achieved this through the vigilance of the community. We continue to operate in the blue level of the county’s coronameter. Public health measures like masks and social distancing got us to this point and will keep us open. They continue to be required.
Our new status allows us to operate mostly independently of the state and in our blue level. Through an application process, we will be able to allow events up to 250 people outdoors. Every 4 week period that we maintain the “Protect Our Neighbors” status, we will be able to open indoor dining an additional 5%. As always, an overview of current restrictions can be found on our website, covid19.gunnisoncounty.org/pho.
The actions of the community have driven our openings. Continued vigilence will drive us even further.
Virtual Town Hall and Change in Meeting Schedule
This evening’s Virtual Town Hall covered what the “Protect Our Neighbors” status means for our community. We did have an issue with our webcam at Incident Command, but the audio is fine. A recording of the presentation can be found here. The slide deck can be found here.
Our next Virtual Town Hall series will take place on September 24th at 5:00 p.m., sign up ahead of time here. As always we will simultaneously stream to the Gunnison County Health and Human Services Facebook page.
If there is a topic you would like to see covered, please email ideas to, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many have noticed, we have been conducting many additional tests over the last few weeks. This is not because of a spike in symptomatic individuals, rather this is a reflection of the asymptomatic testing that is being conducted. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services are now requiring 2 monthly screenings of assisted living staff and residents before they can allow in person visits. To achieve this, Gunnison Valley Health has upped regular testing and is one of the reasons for the uptick in testing numbers. In addition, we have added additional asymptomatic screenings to first responders, incident command staff, and health care workers.
While testing for contact tracing and symptomatic individuals remains free, beginning October 1st, Gunnison Valley Health will be offering tests to anyone who wants one for a $150 fee.
Positives and Indicator Updates as of 2:30 PM
In the 14-day period from Sep. 1-Sep. 14, positivity sits at 0.7% with a total of 3 positive results. We have not had any positive test results since September 1st. We do not meet any of the indicators for a move to yellow (three of seven criteria must be met). No other indicators have been met at this time.
Overall, we have seen 258 positive tests so far with 2,544 negative tests.
The main screening site is located at Gunnison Valley Health on Monday through Friday starting at 9 a.m. Testing requires an appointment ahead of time.
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.
Call Center: 970-641-7660
The Call Center is open from 8 a.m.-12p.m. and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Here is an infographic of the Call Center call tree.
For those needing assistance outside of those hours, please leave a message. There will also be someone monitoring the email@example.com email.
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.
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.