State Updates to the Dial

The state has indicated that they will be announcing updates to their dial system tomorrow that will take effect on Monday. At this time, it appears that the changes will likely not change the restrictions in each level, rather it will change the thresholds for the metrics around case count, positivity and hospitalizations. It is possible that this could move us to a different level on the state’s dial system. 

While the state has indicated that new restrictions will start Monday, we will take the time to digest this and communicate to the community any changes before enforcement starts.

Update on Positives

All of this data lives on our data dashboard here.

As of noon today, our numbers are at 1,123 positive, 10,898 negative, and 51 pending tests as of February 4th. 

We continue to meet two indicators for a move to yellow. Our positive cases and our positivity continue to be well above our coronameter thresholds. Our ability to give care is still in a good place so we remain in our local blue level restrictions.

While most of the state has seen a decline, mountain communities have continued to have higher case incidence rates than the rest of the state. The state is monitoring this data to determine if additional steps need to be taken in these communities.

Vaccines

Please fill out our vaccine interest form that is live on the vaccine information page on our website. Even if you are not interested in receiving the vaccine or if you aren’t expecting one until further in the phases we still would encourage you to fill it out. This information is helping us to continue to request doses to the state.

We have added a field at the top of our data dashboard that shows how many individuals we have vaccinated with a first and second dose in Gunnison County. This number will be updated on a weekly basis on Tuesdays.

Virtual Town Hall

Our next Town Hall meeting will be at 4:00 PM on Monday, 2/8. Sign up ahead of time here.

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

Community Survey

We ask that you fill out the Gunnison County community survey. We would like your feedback as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

Community Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9FWVPFS

Spanish Community Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/932QFQ9

Travel and Quarantine Guidance

Gunnison County continues to recommend that anyone who travels out of the county for more than 24 hours to quarantine for 7 days upon their return to Gunnison County. We also recommend that visitors who come into the county isolate for 7 days prior to their arrival. 

The state has updated guidance for individuals that have received two doses of vaccine and 2 weeks have elapsed since the second dose. These individuals will no longer have to follow quarantine protocols when travelling or are exposed to a positive case. Instead, they will be directed to monitor for any symptoms and isolate and seek testing should any symptoms present. Individuals who are fully vaccinated will still be required to follow the commitments of containment.

Community Testing

While this schedule is not yet finalized, we are anticipating a schedule similar to this.

  • Saturday, February 13th at the Crested Butte Community School, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Friday, February 19th at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

Following this, the schedule will repeat itself on a weekly basis with testing in Crested Butte on a Saturday and then testing in Gunnison on the following Friday.

We also intend to do an extended community testing event following spring break. 

  • Friday, March 26th at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Saturday, March 27th at the Crested Butte Community School, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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.

Testing Site

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 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.