For the seven-day period between 1/30/22-2/5/22 a total of 30 confirmed cases were identified in Gunnison County. In addition, 13 probable cases were identified across the community.
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While cases continue to decline, the overall risk remains elevated compared to previous lows across the course of the pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, Gunnison County has ridden waves of illness and our collective efforts as a community have helped drive declines in case counts like we are currently seeing. The continued response of our community across the next several weeks will help mitigate further spread across the community and drive down case counts.
With case rates continuing to decline, we anticipate moving our written update to a monthly occurrence. The next written update will be March, 7th 2022. For those who continue to track case counts locally we recommend utilizing the CDC COVID Tracker and the CDPHE dashboards.
In recent weeks, the community COVID-19 testing site was moved to handle the increased traffic caused by the Omicron surge. As temperatures continue to pose a challenge to operations for the COVIDCheck Colorado team, the community testing site will move again on Thursday, 2/10/22 to minimize delays and closures due to temperature. Starting on 2/10/22, the testing site will move to the locker rooms behind the grandstand at the Fred Field Center Rodeo Grounds. This is the brick building with a red roof. Those seeking testing should enter the fairgrounds through the primary entrance on S. Spruce. Testing will be conducted out front of the locker room building. After testing, please continue driving South through the gate to exit into the alleyway leading to Rio Grande Avenue.
Testing continues to be available Monday through Thursday from 9am-4pm. On Friday, testing will continue from 8am-11am. Appointments for testing can be scheduled at https://my.primary.health/l/gvh.
Rapid antigen tests are now available for all U.S. households through the federal government. You can request tests through a quick order form at https://www.covidtests.gov/. For those with limited challenges accessing the internet, you can call 1-800-232-0233 or TTY 1-888-720-7489.
If you, or members of your household, are sick and have questions about an underlying health condition, managing your illness, isolating appropriately, or you have additional needs do not hesitate to call 970-641-3244 and ask for a public health nurse. If your symptoms worsen, please contact a healthcare provider.
The CDC isolation guidelines allow you to leave isolation after 5 days if symptoms are resolving. Symptom resolution means that you no longer have symptoms – if you have been experiencing fever, you must be fever free for 24 hours and your other symptoms should be improved. Those leaving isolation after 5 days must wear a mask in public for an additional five days.
In addition to utilizing masks when transmission is elevated, our community should continue to monitor for symptoms, stay home/isolating when sick, and get vaccinated.
On February 17th, Gunnison County will host a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Fred Field Center from 4-6pm. All three vaccines will be available at the clinic. As part of the pandemic response, Gunnison County and our partners have been working to build capacity for vaccination throughout the community. With the availability of vaccine throughout the community, we will continue to evaluate the necessity and timing of community clinics after the 2/17/22 event. More information on where to find COVID-19 vaccinations can be found on the Vaccine Resources page.
As of 2/2/22, more than 81% of eligible (those 5+) Gunnison County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 56% of those eligible (those 12+ who are fully vaccinated) to receive a third/booster dose in Gunnison County have done so.
Current statewide data from CDPHE shows that fully-vaccinated individuals are 5.4x less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 and 14.7x less likely to die from COVID-19.
While we all continue to work through this period of the pandemic, Gunnison County strongly recommends the tactics we have come to know well:
For more information on where to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination or testing, please visit: https://covid19.gunnisoncounty.org.