There is a perception that more positive tests mean more restrictions.
Our local Coronameter system looks at multiple data points before moving to tighter restrictions. An increase in positive cases alone doesn’t lead to more restrictions. In fact, our case rate and positivity work in concert. While we might catch some additional positive cases with our upcoming community testing event, we also likely will see many additional negative tests that would drive our positivity down. Currently, the majority of testing is happening among sick individuals and those who are a part of contact tracing. By expanding who can receive a free test we are likely to both find asymptomatic positives and many negative tests.
The point of this event is to identify positives that may not know it. This will prevent a second level of spread. By minimizing a second generation, we may decrease the likelihood of hospitalizations, another metric that could bring more restrictions.
While one metric, positive results, could go up from the community testing event, it is likely to decrease positivity and hospitalizations. All need to be triggered before additional local restrictions.
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 10.91%.
We do not currently have any covid admits in the hospital. Our local healthcare system continues to be able to provide care and we wouldn’t move to more restrictions unless this ability becomes impacted.
Our free testing event is available to anyone who would like a COVID-19 test. This test will provide a snapshot of if a person is actively infected with the virus. The hope is that we catch asymptomatic carriers before they spread the virus to others who may become more ill.
- Thursday, December 17th will be at the Crested Butte Fire Station #4 (Buckhorn Airport) 104 S. Avion Dr
- Friday, December 18th will be at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds
Both sites will operate from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. Lines will close at 5:00 pm, those in line at 5:00 pm get tested.
Please pre-register below. You cannot schedule a time it will be first come first served. Instead just click “Get Tested.”
Crested Butte (Dec 17):
Gunnison (Dec 18):
Update on Positives
Our numbers are at 594 positive, 5,702 negative, and 59 pending tests as of December 7th.
Take Gunnison County’s Community Survey
Gunnison County has created a community survey to better understand the general public’s perception of the on-going pandemic and how it impacts their social and consumer spending habits. Community members are encouraged to take the survey.
Community Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K6SN5BN
Spanish Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KZWH2XW
Virtual Town Hall
Our next town hall will be at 4:00 PM for 12/10. 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 testing site is located at Gunnison Valley Health and is open Monday through Friday. Testing requires an appointment ahead of time.
The testing 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.