VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: April 13

On Monday, April 13, 2020, Gunnison County officials conducted a Virtual Town Hall to address questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To review a list of follow-up questions, answered by Public Health Director Joni Reynolds, click here (PDF).

FEELING SICK

What is the procedure if you’re feeling symptomatic?

If you are symptomatic, but otherwise stable, please self-isolate for 10 days and self-report at gunnisoncounty.org/covid19.

If you are symptomatic and worsening, please contact the Call Center at 970-641-7660. The Call Center is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Call Center is closed Saturday and Sunday.

We ask that you not show up to the screening site until you call first.

If it is an emergency, please call 911.

60 YEARS OLD AND OVER

Can 60+-year-olds get takeout for themselves? Or do they have to order delivery/have someone else pick up their food for them?

Yes, if they do not enter the establishment (e.g., a restaurant employee brings the food out to their car) and the other provisions of the Public Health Order are otherwise followed.

Are people age 60 and older able to go to the grocery store?

The Public Health Order does not apply to grocery stores at this time. It is expected individuals at stores will be there for brief periods of time and social distancing can be maintained at stores.

Are people age 60 and older allowed to go to work?

The Public Health Order prohibits individuals age >60 years from staffing events and working in public settings but does have an exception for federal, state, local and special district employees, utility providers, internet service providers, water and sewer providers.

Even using a mask and gloves, we feel like we are exposing ourselves, potentially unnecessarily. We have heard about delivery of groceries and other supplies, but nothing about a way we “older folks” can bypass the Post Office. Any thoughts?

Please contact our Elderly Assistance Hotline at 970-641-7959 for assistance. 

The infographic on this morning’s COVID-19 update says that residents who are 60+ cannot “conduct any workplace activities.” Does this mean that they may not work from home?

No, the Public Health Order does not limit work from home. 

AIRPORT

Why is the airport still open?

The County Attorney’s office can provide more specific language if needed BUT essentially we do not have authority to close the airport. The Public Health Order directs (requires) all visitors to return home immediately and encourages non-resident homeowners to leave Gunnison County and return to their primary place of residence.  

DONATING BLOOD

Who do I talk to about giving blood?

There are currently no blood donation sites in Gunnison County.

POST OFFICE

Will we still be able to go to the post office to ship first-class mail?

Yes, all postal services are exempt from the Public Health Order. 

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER VIOLATIONS

Who do people contact if they want to report a business or quarantine violation?

Violations to the Public Health Order can reported online. Click here to report a violation.

RETAIL

Can retail establishments deliver curbside and take orders over the phone?

Yes, so long as the other provisions of the Public Health Order (e.g., employee screening) are followed.

TESTING

When do you expect the results from all of those pending tests? Seems like it has been so long!

We continue to work with the state (Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment) to request a quicker turnaround on all test results.   

Is Gunnison County doing any antibody testing at this time for COVID-19?

No. We are looking for testing that will provide antibody levels for our community but have not yet identified a resource that can provide reliable testing options. 

TRAILS

Are the trails on public lands in Gunnison County open for use?

Yes, the trails are open. However, they are open ONLY to Gunnison County residents. Visitors have been directed to return home by the fastest and safest available means.

Who can join me on the trails?

Your groups may NOT consist of any person outside your residence. Do not congregate at base area or trailheads.

Does this mean only family members or roommates can recreate on trails together? No meeting up with other families or friends, even if you practice social distancing?

Yes, individuals from the same household may recreate together. The Public Health Order prohibits any other groups or gatherings.

Will the restrooms on public lands be open?

Expect restrooms to be closed.

TRANSMISSION

Are there any recommendations or guidelines around the use of hot tubs? 

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

What is data telling us about human-to-animal transmission of COVID-19?

The Veterinary medical groups all say, at this point, pets can’t be infected by the virus and therefore can’t infect humans. However, they should be treated like a soft surface and if the virus gets on a pet’s hair or skin, it can live for up to 24 hours.

So people with COVID-19 should not be around pets that can be around other people that don’t have it. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, infectious disease experts, and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations the following points are agreed upon:

  • There is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
  • If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material and toys).
  • Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Pets are considered a soft surface for the virus to attach to. This means that pets, if exposed to the virus, can have the virus live on their skin and hair an estimated 24 hour.
  • If your pet becomes ill, call your local veterinarian.

VISITORS

If a person comes from the west on Highway 50 and goes to Blue Mesa Reservoir to fish, would that be violating protocol or not recommended?

Yes, the Public Health Order directs all visitors to Gunnison County to return home immediately in the fastest and safest available means.  

WESTERN COLORADO UNIVERSITY

Is Western holding classes?

Western has gone online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students not currently in Gunnison are urged to stay where they are unless it’s unavoidable or essential. Further messages for students will come through their Western email address, and more information can be found at western.edu/cv.