CDPHE: State releases new and updated public health orders

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment extended Public Health Order 20-38 today.

There are no substantive changes to Public Health Order 20-38 beyond this extension. The order includes limited requirements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. It requires face coverings in some settings. The order also includes hospital reporting requirements to provide the state with critical information to assess the statewide capacity to provide necessary medical care and services to Coloradans.

In addition, CDPHE rescinded the restrictions on cosmetic procedures in Public Health Order 21-02 on Nov. 19, 2021. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State releases new and updated public health orders

CDPHE: State of Colorado monitoring for omicron variant

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is closely monitoring for the omicron variant and is in contact with the White House, Centers for Disease Control, and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials about the new variant of concern.  

There are currently no confirmed cases of the omicron variant in Colorado, but the state has several mechanisms to detect the virus. 

  • The state lab, along with private and commercial labs, conducts genome sequencing on samplings of tests. Genome sequencing allows scientists to detect the variants. Colorado is fourth in the nation for percentage of cases genome sequenced, based on recent CDC surveillance data. 
  • The state leads a wastewater monitoring collaboration with wastewater utilities, to monitor levels of COVID-19 virus particles found in wastewater. Studies have shown that almost half of individuals who develop COVID-19 have detectable virus particles in their stool before, during, and after their infection, including people without symptoms. The state lab looks for genetic markers in wastewater and is able to identify markers consistent with the presence of COVID-19 variants, including omicron, through wastewater monitoring. 

“Pandemics aren’t easy. The virus is tricky and trying to survive us at every turn, but we know what to do to help stop it,” said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer, CDPHE. “We need everyone to do what they’ve done in the past and continue to take precautions. Protecting yourself against other variants, like the delta variant, as well as the flu, will help us be ready for if/when the omicron variant arrives here.”

State health officials want to restate that all Coloradans (ages 5+) should get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, and all Coloradans (ages 6 months+) should get vaccinated with the flu vaccine to protect the health care system. It’s particularly critical that Coloradans heed caution as the state braces for another variant of concern and follow basic public health guidance. Stay home if sick, wash hands frequently, and wear a mask for extra protection. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State of Colorado monitoring for omicron variant

Governor: 20.6% of Colorado 5 – 11 year-olds have received at least one dose of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

Colorado Governor’s Office

The Polis administration announced today that Colorado’s vaccination rate for first doses among the 5-11 age group has surpassed 20%, making Colorado the eighth highest in the United States trailing only seven other states.

“It’s great to see so many of Colorado’s kids and parents making a common-sense decision to protect themselves against this dangerous virus by getting the safe and effective vaccine and leading other western states in the process. We need more Coloradans to follow the example set by our young people who are doing their part to help put this pandemic behind us and protect their health so we can get back to enjoying the Colorado we love,” said Governor Polis. 

As of this morning, 98,848 Colorado children in this age group (20.6% of the estimated 5-11 population in Colorado)  have received at least one dose of the two-dose pediatric Pfizer vaccine since the CDC approved it earlier this month. Additionally, 5,617 or 0.6% have received their second dose.

Last week, the state expanded three large community sites to provide additional vaccines and boosters. The state is working with Children’s Hospital Colorado and other providers within the state to make more appointments available. Zoos, museums, rec centers, and libraries across the state are hosting clinics where whole families can receive a first, second, or third dose or a booster. Parents can find upcoming clinics for children on our vaccine finder webpage or on Vaccines.gov

CDPHE continues to recommend parents and guardians make a plan to get their children vaccinated. Vaccines are the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help avoid the worst outcomes — severe illness, hospitalization, and death — among those who do become infected. Getting vaccinated means kids can look forward to holiday activities, participate in extracurricular activities, have fewer interruptions to in-person learning, and see family and friends without worrying as much about getting COVID-19 or having to quarantine and miss out.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov

Governor: 20.6% of Colorado 5 – 11 year-olds have received at least one dose of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for November 30, 2021

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 11/30/2021:

Number of individuals tested: 12,562
Positive results: 2,305
Pending results: 4
New Positives since 11/23/21: 58
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 94
Patients transferred: 20
Patients discharged: 72
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Moderna and PFIZER – Vaccines and booster vaccine for adults and children 5-11 are available by appointment only.

To get an appointment please call 970 -625-1100.

As a reminder … the Emergency department sees patients with life threatening situations of life and limb. Our Respiratory clinic sees all upper respiratory illnesses including season flu, sore throats and COVID or COVID-like symptoms. Grand River Health seasonal respiratory clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. The Rifle Clinic is open weekdays from 8 a.m. -11 p.m. and Weekends 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., the Respiratory clinic is in a new location on the south side of the facility.  Battlement Mesa Respiratory clinic is open weekdays 8 a.m. – 5p.m. All appointments can be made through the patient portal or by calling (970) 625-1100. Maps and information will be available online at www.grandriverhealth.org.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately. All appointments can be made by calling (970)625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility 

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for November 30, 2021

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 11/30/21:
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 44,064
Positive results: 2,953
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 369
Admitted patients discharged: 312

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing.

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

Colorado Department of Transportation

Work next week

The CDOT GeoHazards team is working concurrently with the emergency project in the canyon. Next week on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2 safety critical helicopter operations will be taking place to remove debris and repair damage to eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon.

When the helicopter is airborne, traffic stops on I-70 will be required for eastbound and westbound traffic. These holds are expected to last 20-30 minutes, depending on the work taking place, before traffic is released. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and crews will be monitoring traffic impacts. This work is contingent on the weather forecast.

The westbound lanes of I-70 at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch are now fully open. Commercial vehicle restrictions have been updated for current project work zone conditions. The eastbound lanes remain in a one-lane configuration while repairs are made to the concrete box culvert at this location. Motorists should expect delays due to traffic volumes.

Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week. 

Work to remove debris from the river begins this week.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Wagon Gulch location continues.

Next phase of repairs to the concrete box culvert located in the median and left eastbound lane at MP 124.5.

At MP 126.5, on the riverside, there is about 560’ of railing removal and then replacement that will commence.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here

Anticipated traffic impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long.  There is a 12’-6” width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

Stay informed and connect with the project

Project information is available at: 

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3

CDPHE reminds Coloradans to minimize COVID-19 transmission during holiday celebrations

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

As Coloradans prepare to come together with friends and family to celebrate the holidays, CDPHE would like to remind everyone to take steps to celebrate safely and minimize disease transmission while Colorado remains in a period with high case and hospitalization rates. This year, we are fortunate to have the benefit of vaccines, and more than 81% of all adults in Colorado have already received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but it is important to also follow other public health recommendations and protocols to help ensure continuing hospital capacity for all Coloradans who may need to access care. 

“Health care workers across Colorado have been on the front lines doing heroic and tireless work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 20 months now. This Thanksgiving, let’s make sure it’s not thankless by showing our gratitude for these consummate professionals,” said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer, CDPHE. “Hospital are busier than at any other point in the pandemic, and we all owe it to health care workers and to our communities to do our part. Let’s look out for one another and be thankful for those who help protect us by getting vaccinated, getting a booster dose when it’s time, and following best practices for avoiding disease transmission this holiday weekend.”

Getting a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is the single best way to prevent the spread of the virus. Vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe symptoms and hospitalization, but science shows now that immunity from the vaccine does wane. With waning immunity, vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 and non-vaccinated people and other high-risk individuals are at particular risk. Adults 18 and older who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago or received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago should get booster doses to stay protected. You can get any type of vaccine for your booster dose. It doesn’t have to be the same type as the vaccine you already received.

The state has continued to expand clinics to meet demand for COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses, including an expansion of three community vaccine sites to administer additional doses — Chapel Hills Mall (1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920), Douglas County Fairgrounds (500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO 80104), and the Pueblo Mall (3201 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008) will begin offering increased capacity of up to 1,000 doses per day Friday-Sunday beginning this weekend. Advance appointments are available and encouraged.

Earlier this month, CDPHE released holiday guidance that recommends the following for the holiday season:

  • Plan a gathering where everyone over the age of 5 has been vaccinated. 
  • Stay home if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, are positive for COVID-19, or have had recent close contact with someone with COVID-19. 
  • Wear a mask and practice physical distancing while shopping. If you can, use curbside pick up for groceries.
  • Plan your shopping list so you can get everything done in a single trip. Going in a single trip not only saves you precious time; it also helps the environment and decreases your exposure to COVID-19.
  • Ask your guests to test for COVID-19 before the gathering. There are free community testing sites all across Colorado. 
  • Consider hosting a smaller, shorter, outdoor gathering. Outdoor events are generally safer than indoor events; smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups; and shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer gatherings.
  • Keep a list of guests and their contact information so they can be notified quickly in the event of a COVID-19 exposure.
  • If gathering indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors (if it’s safe to do so) or running your heat, AC, or an air purifier.

Additional recommendations and guidance are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE reminds Coloradans to minimize COVID-19 transmission during holiday celebrations

CDPHE: State issues standing health order to increase access to monoclonal antibody treatments across Colorado

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eric France, signed a standing order on Tuesday evening (November 23, 2021) to allow for eligible individuals to access monoclonal antibody treatments at state-run treatment sites without a referral and in accordance with established protocols. This is another step the state is taking to remove barriers to access and increase treatment options for COVID-19 patients as the current increase in cases continues to impact health care systems statewide.

In conjunction with Public Health Order 21-02, the standing order clears the way for self-scheduling options at state-run treatment sites. In this case, if the patient who is COVID-19 positive meets the eligibility criteria, the patient does not need a referral from a health care provider to access treatment at the state’s mobile monoclonal antibody treatment sites. Appointments are still required. Read more about COVID-19 treatments available in Colorado and how to get treatment at covid19.colorado.gov.

Standing orders are written medical protocols that authorize designated members of the health care team (e.g., nurses or medical assistants) to complete certain clinical tasks for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria without having to first obtain a physician order or authorization that is specific to an individual patient. 

COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies can help prevent severe illness for some people who get infected with COVID-19. The FDA has authorized these neutralizing antibody treatments for emergency use. The treatments are available to people who have tested positive for COVID-19, have mild to moderate symptoms, and who are at high risk of developing severe illness (see the list of conditions that make a person eligible to receive antibody treatments). Monoclonal antibody treatments are not a substitute for vaccination.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State issues standing health order to increase access to monoclonal antibody treatments across Colorado

CDPHE to update COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard youth and statewide totals

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is making several additions to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard to provide additional details on youth vaccination rates and Colorado’s overall population vaccination rates.

Effective at today’s regular 4 p.m. data update, the vaccine data dashboard will include new age breakouts in statewide vaccination data. Users will be able to view vaccine administration data in multiple new age ranges, including 5+, 5-11, and 12-17. These new breakouts join the existing 12+, 18+, and 65+ data sets already available.

In addition,today’s update will add the percentage of the entire Colorado population that has been vaccinated with one dose, as well as a breakout for those who are fully up to date (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson). Age breakouts and population totals are sourced from 2020 population estimates from the State Demography Office in the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).

Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19 and its variants. All adult Coloradans should get vaccinated and all parents and guardians of children aged 5- 17 should make an appointment for their children to get vaccinated without delay at one of the more than 1,700 vaccine providers across the state.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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El CDPHE actualiza el tablero de datos sobre vacunación contra el COVID-19: nuevas cifras totales sobre la vacunación de menores de edad y la inmunización a nivel estatal

COLORADO (23 de noviembre de 2021): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) agrega hoy nueva información al tablero de datos de vacunación contra el COVID-19 a fin de incorporar detalles adicionales sobre las tasas de inmunización de los jóvenes y de los habitantes del Estado en general.

A partir de las 4 p.m. de hoy, tras nuestra actualización habitual, el tablero de datos incluirá nuevos desgloses según edad en los datos de inoculación de todo Colorado. Los usuarios podrán ver los datos de la administración de vacunas de acuerdo con múltiples rangos de edad, incluyendo estos grupos etarios: (1) mayores de 5 años, (2) de 5 a 11 años y (3) de 12 a 17 años. Este nuevo análisis distributivo se agrega a los otros desgloses de datos ya disponibles (mayores de 12 años, mayores de 18 años y mayores de 65 años).

Además, la actualización de hoy añadirá el porcentaje de toda la población de Colorado que se ha vacunado con una dosis, así como un desglose de los que están totalmente vacunados (con dos dosis de Pfizer o Moderna, o bien con una dosis de Johnson & Johnson). Los datos de población total ajustados según edad proceden de estimaciones poblacionales para 2020 hechas por la Oficina Estatal de Demografía del Departamento de Asuntos Locales (DOLA, por sus siglas en inglés).

La vacunación ofrece la mejor protección contra el COVID-19 y sus variantes. Todos los adultos de Colorado deberían vacunarse; asimismo, todos los padres y tutores de niños de 5 a 17 años deberían pedir sin demora una cita de vacunación para sus niños en uno de los más de 1,700 proveedores de vacunas de todo el Estado.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE to update COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard youth and statewide totals

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for November 22, 2021

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 11/22/2021:

Number of individuals tested: 12,413
Positive results: 2,247
Pending results: 9
New positives since 11/16/21: 38
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 93
Patients transferred: 20
Patients discharged: 69

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Moderna and PFIZER Booster Vaccine for Adults and children 5-11 are available by appointment only.

To get an appointment please call 970 -625-1100.

As a reminder … the Emergency department sees patients with life threatening situations of life and limb. Our Respiratory clinic sees all upper respiratory  illnesses including season flu, sore throats and COVID or COVID-like symptoms. Grand River Health seasonal respiratory clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. The Rifle Clinic is open weekdays from 8a-11pm and Weekends 10a-6pm, the Respiratory clinic is in a new location on the south side of the facility.  Battlement Mesa Respiratory clinic is open weekdays 8a-5pm. All appointments can be made through the patient portal or by calling (970) 625-1100. Maps and information will be available online at www.grandriverhealth.org.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately. All appointments can be made by calling (970) 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility. 

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for November 22, 2021