Health Order Status
As of 2/25, Gunnison County has been moved to the blue level on the state dial. Although our case incidence rate is currently in yellow, the reason for that is because we had 10 positive results come in from testing done over a week ago. Those tests were sent to Texas to be processed and the power outages slowed down the results. If you remove those tests, our incidence rate is comfortably in blue and that is why the state decided we could move to their blue level of restrictions. For a look at our current restrictions please visit our public health order page.
Changes to Orders:
- Last call for alcohol moved to 12:00 AM
- Group sports and kids camps up to 50 people
- Gyms and fitness centers up to 50% occupancy or 100 people whichever is less
- Outfitters and Guides up to 25 people or 50% occupancy
- Restaurants 50% or up to 100 people
Changes to mitigation measures:
- Travel quarantine recommendations dropped
- Event sizes upped to 50 indoor and 100 outdoor. Events that are <25 people indoor or <50 people outdoors no longer require an event risk mitigation application (ERMA). Any event >25 persons indoors or >50 persons outdoors will continue to be required to complete an ERMA. We plan to move out of this mitigation measure stepwise instead of opening up event sizes all at once. We will monitor cases and update based on our data.
When we were on a high plateau in November-January, the state was looking at moving us from yellow to orange on their dial. At that time, we were able to keep most businesses open in the yellow level by adding additional mitigation measures. Those were travel quarantines and a reduction in event sizes. We are now stepping down from those mitigation steps as we are now on a better trend in case loads.
On our local coronameter system we continue to operate in our blue level, the more restrictive state measures are outlined in red strike throughs. We are now meeting 0 of the 7 indicators for a move to yellow.
Update Frequency Changing
We are reducing the frequency of our updates. We will be dropping our Monday written update and now be doing written updates only on Thursday. The Monday Virtual Town Halls will continue. We will be able to cover any pressing news at the Town Hall instead of a written update.
Our next Town Hall meeting will be at 4:00 PM on Monday, 3/1. 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 Vaccine Equitable Distribution Survey
The state has asked that we share the following survey around equitable distribution of vaccine. We need your help sharing the CDPHE – COVID-19 Vaccine: Reducing Barriers to Equitable Vaccine Distribution Survey. The survey seeks to collect feedback from a broad swath of historically and systemically marginalized and underserved communities (Black, Latino, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander) as well as people in rural areas, people with disabilities, people from various faith communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and older people.
Free testing for anyone for any reason through Gunnison Valley Health continues. Asymptomatic testing will be on a first come first serve basis by appointment. To make an appointment reach out to the Call Center at 970-641-7660.
We will have a CDPHE supported community testing event following spring breaks.
- 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.
As of Monday, Gunnison County had administered 6,191 total doses. 2,162 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Yesterday, we administered 522 first doses. We plan to administer 815 second doses at clinics the next two days.
For additional questions, please do not call Health and Human Services or Gunnison Valley Health. Instead, we ask that you reach out to the Call Center at 970-641-7660 or CallCenter@gunnisoncounty.org.
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 eligible until later, we still would encourage you to fill it out. This information is helping us to continue to request doses to the state and will allow us to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.
Other Vaccine Sites
Through a federal program, City Market has been providing vaccine. They have set up a scheduling systemthat is separate from the Gunnison County Vaccine Interest Form. We are excited to have more doses arriving into our community.
We have also heard indications that Walmart is working towards giving doses in the coming weeks. We will give any details as we hear them.
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.
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.
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.