1 of 7 Indicators Met

We have tripped one of our indicators for a move to the yellow level of Gunnison County’s Coronameter. We have had 3 or more days in a 7 day period with 3 or more positives per day. We had 4 positives on 10/21, 4 positives on 10/22, and 6 positives on 10/23. While our positivity rate is hovering just below 5%, it is likely to move over that threshold as more data comes in. This will move us to 2 of 7 indicators much like we saw in July. The remaining indicators are around our ability to give care. While our healthcare system is in great shape locally, there has been an increase in hospitalizations at the state level. We will continue to monitor these indicators and update the community.

A Move in State’s Status

We have been out of the State’s metrics for about a week now. Joni Reynolds has been in touch with officials at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment about what mitigation plans we have in place to curb the spread we are currently seeing. It is likely that if we are unable to get our local metrics under control that the State will move us to a more restrictive Safer at Home Level 1. What would this mean for us?

  • Reduce Business Occupancies from 55% to 50%
  • Gyms and fitness centers reduced to 25%
  • Events reduced to 175 outdoors* and 50 indoors* with space calculator
    • *Over 50 outdoors and 25 indoors requires public health approval
  • Personal gatherings of no more than 10 people and no more than 2 households

We did present on this topic in today’s virtual town hall. The slide deck for the presentation can be found here. A recording of the presentation can be found here.

Virtual Town Hall

We plan to have our next meeting on 11/5 during the 4:00 PM-5:00 PM time slot. Sign up ahead of time here

If there is a topic you would like to see covered, please email ideas to, pio@gunnisoncounty.org.

Update on Positives

Overall, we have seen 281 positive tests with 3,520 negative tests. In the last two weeks, we saw 9 positives the week of 10/12, 16 positives the week of 10/19 and 1 so far from this week.

The only trend that we have seen among the positive cases is around recent travel. 

For more information about test data, visit Gunnison County’s Test Data webpage and Dashboard webpage.

State Exposure Notification App

The state’s new exposure notification app is now live. Info on how to set it up can be found here. Even a small uptake of the app in our community can positively impact our outcomes. While alone it won’t be a game changer, combined with our other tools- social distancing, masks, hand hygiene- we can continue to reduce the spread.

Screening Site

The main screening site is located at Gunnison Valley Health and is open Monday through Friday. 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 callcenter@gunnisoncounty.org email. 

Delivery Assistance

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.