Currently, free community testing for COVID-19 is suspended. Due to organizational challenges, there will be a gap in providing this resource until approximately the middle of July. We recognize the challenges this may create for our community.
The Gunnison County Call Center has been decommissioned and transitioned to a phone tree. Those seeking information about COVID-19 and related resources should continue to contact 970-641-7660 for digital referral to appropriate resources.
Expiration of the Gunnison County Public Health Order
The Gunnison County Public Health Order expires on 7/1/21. This means that local public health restrictions also expire. Currently, the statewide Executive Order remains in place until 8/1/21. The Executive Order continues to require facial coverings for the unvaccinated in the following settings:
- Homeless shelters, Prisons/Jails, and Emergency Medical and other Healthcare settings (including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, urgent care centers, clinics, doctors’ offices, and non-urgent care medical structures)
Gunnison County recommends those impacted by the Executive Order to read and follow the updates found here.
Additionally, facial coverings are still required in public transportation settings per Federal guidance.
With the expiration of the Public Health Order, Gunnison County will also be decommissioning the local COVID-19 data dashboard found at covid19.gunnisoncounty.org. Those who wish to continue monitoring local metrics should use CDPHE’s Dial Dashboard for the most up-to-date information on community transmission. The source data for both tools is the same.
The Delta Variant and Gunnison County
Gunnison County continues to see steady case rates – approximately one a day over the last two weeks. Within those positive cases, seven infections with the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) have been identified.
We remind everyone that the greatest protection against severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Available research conducted on the Pfizer vaccine in the UK suggests it remains highly effective against the Delta variant. In that study, two-doses of the Pfizer vaccine were 87% effective against infection from the Delta variant.
Vaccination remains available through City Market, Wal-Mart, Clark’s Market and Gunnison County Public Health. Also, some primary care providers will be offering vaccine to their patients.
Additionally, face coverings, hand-washing and avoiding large, poorly ventilated indoor gatherings are the best way to avoid exposure to COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
Vaccination Clinic Transitions
With the closure of the mass vaccination site, all vaccination is transitioning to a variety of private and community-based offerings. We encourage those who will need to receive their second shot to reach out to our local pharmacies or utilize the services of the CDPHE travelling vaccination bus. The state vaccination bus will be coming to offer services in Gunnison County on a rotating, every three-week schedule. The next cycle for the bus will occur 7/15-7/18.
Appointments for vaccination can also be made through Gunnison County Public Health.
We encourage you to check the updated information found here.
CDPHE Vaccine Outreach Campaign
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is continuing a robust campaign to encourage the unvaccinated to receive the vaccine. It’s expected that this campaign will include significant, direct outreach to unvaccinated individuals in a variety of formats including phone calls, direct mail and other outreach.
We want our community to be aware of the on-going effort from CDPHE.
Gunnison County continues to make steady progress in vaccination. We now have 10,497 fully vaccinated residents in the community. This means that 68% of eligible residents (12+) have been vaccinated.
The State of Colorado is expected to announce a vaccination rate of 69% for those 18 years and older with at least one dose. This puts the State on target for the President’s goal of 70% with a first dose by July 4th. In Gunnison County, 75% of residents 18 and older have been vaccinated.
All individuals who get vaccinated help us boost our community-level protection in the effort to stop COVID-19.
We encourage all who are still considering vaccination to seek accurate information from sources like the CDC or to speak with a primary care physician about their vaccine questions and concerns.
Our total vaccination progress is being updated on Monday evenings and can be found on our dashboard here.
Other Vaccine Sites
Clark’s Market in Crested Butte continues to offer vaccination appointments. Contact the pharmacy at 970-349-2652 for more information. Clark’s now offers both Moderna and Pfizer – which means there is another point of access of access in the North Valley for adolescents seeking vaccination.
City Market continues to provide vaccinations. They have set up a scheduling system that is separate from the Gunnison County Vaccine Interest Form.
Walmart continues to offer vaccinations. Sign up can be found here.
Virtual Town Halls & Updates
With the expiration of the Gunnison County Public Health Order, the virtual town halls and written updates will be discontinued.
Future updates will be provided on an as needed basis.
A reminder that all the written updates and virtual town hall recordings can be found here.