Incident Command will be taking a day off to observe the President’s Day holiday. We continue with our regular updates on Thursday. We will be skipping a Virtual Town Hall meeting and picking back up on Monday, 2/22.
Our weekly community testing events have been cancelled at this time. We are working to bolster our testing at a local level through efforts with our healthcare system. Long term we have to manage this disease with local resources and we want to build the infrastructure to accomplish this.
We are building up our capacity at the GVH testing site. This week we are hopeful to build capacity to 80 tests per day and next week up to 100 tests per day. As we build this capacity we will be able to expand testing to anyone that needs it in the coming weeks.
We do intend to do a CDPHE supported 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.
Virtual Town Hall
We presented on the state dial changes this evening. The presentation and recordings can be found here.
Our next Town Hall meeting will be at 4:00 PM on Monday, 2/22. 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 Updates to the Dial
The state announced updates to their dial system on Friday. We did a presentation on this topic in topic for tonight’s virtual town hall. We remain in the State’s yellow level.
Update on Positives
All of this data lives on our data dashboard here.
As of noon today, our numbers are at 1,132 positive, 11,033 negative, and 20 pending tests as of February 8th.
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.
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.
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.
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.