Move to State’s Yellow Level
We received notice from the State that as of tomorrow, 11/20/2020 at 5:00 PM, we will be moved to the State’s yellow level of restrictions. We would encourage our community to continue to focus on our local coronameter system by visiting our Public Health Order webpage. We will continue to update our info with the areas that the state is more restrictive in red strike throughs.
The following changes will go into effect tomorrow:
- All businesses at 50% occupancy or 50 people (up to 100 with space calculator)
- Last call at 11:00 PM
- Gyms and fitness centers to 25% occupancy or 50 people
- Guide Services 50% or 10 people max
- Group Sports limited to 25 persons
- Personal Gatherings no more than 10 indoors or 2 households
Continue our mitigation measures
- Indoor events up to 25 people, Outdoor events up to 50 people
- Event approvals are on hold at this time – the HHS team is reviewing any requests to complete the review and have them ready for a future potential approval
- Recommended 7 day quarantine for anyone traveling out of county for more than 24 hours
We cannot contain this third wave without the community’s commitment to success. While there is light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccine, we aren’t there yet. Let’s all stay strong and commit to minimizing our contact with others. The CDC just came out with recommendations that nobody travel for Thanksgiving. Join your loved ones virtually. This step, while not what any of us want to do, could keep our businesses open and community safe through what could be our biggest challenge yet of this pandemic.
Our numbers are at 483 positive, 4,718 negative, and 89 pending tests as of November, 19. Following the transition of our database, and the various IT challenges throughout the community there are still some details to be worked out in the nuances of detailed data display. Please note this has not impacted the ability to contact trace and other essential containment measures. We thank you for your continued patience.
2 of 7 Indicators Met
We continue to meet two 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. The second indicator regarding positivity of tests remains well over our 5% threshold at 15.29%.
The remaining indicators in the Coronameter are in regards to our ability to give care. While our local healthcare system continues to manage well, there has been an increase in hospitalizations at the state level. We will continue to monitor these indicators and update the community.
Virtual Town Hall
Today’s presentation covered our current situation and how we are teetering on the edge of more restrictions. A recording a presentation slides can be found here.
With the Thanksgiving holiday, we are shifting our Town Hall to Wednesday 11/25 at 4:00 PM for next week. Sign up ahead of time here.
If there is a topic you would like to see covered, please email ideas to, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com email.
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.