CDPHE to send text messages to Coloradans eligible for COVID-19 booster

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

REMOTE (Oct. 22, 2021) — Starting today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will send text notifications to many Coloradans who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose. Over the next 13 days CDPHE will send text messages to people whose records in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) indicate they are:

The text messages will go to over 1 million Coloradans. The text messages will be sent from 45778.

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


El CDPHE enviará mensajes de texto a los habitantes de Colorado que reúnen los requisitos necesarios para recibir una dosis de refuerzo de la vacuna contra el COVID-19

REMOTO (22 de octubre de 2021) — A partir de hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE por sus siglas en inglés) estará enviando mensajes de texto a los habitantes de nuestro Estado que califican para recibir una dosis de refuerzo de la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Durante los próximos 13 días, el CDPHE mandará mensajes de texto a aquellos individuos que —según el Sistema de Información de Inmunización de Colorado— pertenecen a uno de estos grupos poblacionales.

  • Personas de 18 o más años de edad que completaron su esquema de vacunación de Pfizer o Moderna al menos hace 6 meses.
  • Personas de 18 o más años de edad que recibieron su dosis inicial de Johnson & Johnson al menos hace 2 meses.

Los mensajes de texto se enviarán desde el número 45778 y llegarán a más de un millón de habitantes de nuestro Estado.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE to send text messages to Coloradans eligible for COVID-19 booster

CDOT traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Oct. 25-29

Newly poured concrete on the westbound parapet wall at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

Crews completed the removal of shoring materials on the westbound deck of I-70 on Thursday night (10/21) during an overnight closure. The work was completed from the safe vantage point of the closed eastbound lanes. 

Concrete was poured for the eastbound retaining wall footer at Mile Point 123.5 on the riverside. 

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

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

Upcoming work includes concrete paving and asphalt patching at various locations. 

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 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon. 
Concrete footers poured on the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5 in Glenwood Canyon.
Concrete footers poured on the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.

Stay informed and connect with the project

Project information is available at: 

CDOT traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Oct. 25-29

Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines and boosters

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding Coloradans that the pandemic is not yet behind us as COVID-19 related hospitalizations continue to increase across the state with almost 90% of the state’s ICU beds currently occupied. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, and COVID 19 Incident Commander Scott Bookman. 

“We have the ability to end the pandemic and get back to the Colorado we love but we need more Coloradans to get the lifesaving, and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Hospital beds across the state are filling up with COVID patients, most of which are unvaccinated but it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Governor Polis. “We have all the tools we need to defeat this pandemic. The risk of hospitalization if you are vaccinated and contract COVID is very low but much higher, almost a 1 in 10 chance, if you are unvaccinated. Show that you love yourself and that you support your friends and family by getting vaccines. Get protected, get vaccinated, and get boosted,” Governor Polis added.

Colorado is facing a strain on our hospital capacity as most Coloradans are back to living their normal lives, leading to more accidents and hospitalizations, while the state is also seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, the majority of which are among the unvaccinated that lead to hospitalization. 

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, provided an overview of COVID-19 case rates in Colorado. “The increases that we are seeing in hospitalizations are across all age groups,” said Dr. Herlihy. “The rates are increasing a little more rapidly though in some of our older populations, specifically in our 70+ population. This is an important reminder of the importance of booster doses to protect individuals who are at a higher risk of severe disease, especially hospitalization or death.” 

To free up hospital capacity, Governor Polis reminded all Coloradans to get their flu and COVID-19 shot and encouraged eligible Coloradans to get their booster COVID shot. Research by Pfizer showed in a large study that booster shots are highly effective, especially against the highly contagious Delta variant. The effectiveness of the vaccine with a booster shoots up to over 95.6% effective, according to Pfizer’s study released today, Oct. 21. 

Scott Bookman, COVID 19 Incident Commander, also gave an update on the hospitalization capacity situation in the state. 

“As of today, we have 1,130 people hospitalized and the state only has 934 beds remaining. Surgeries are being canceled, brain surgeries, heart surgeries are being delayed because of a lack of availability to provide care to those patients due to the impact of COVID hospitalizations,” said Scott Bookman. “I join the Governor and Dr. Herlihy in urging all Coloradans who have not yet been vaccinated to take that step to get their first shot. And I also urge those that are eligible to get their booster to do so as soon as possible.”  

The Food and Drug Administration, as of yesterday, released new recommendations regarding booster shots of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. The Johnson & Johnson booster was authorized by the FDA for anyone 18 and over. The Moderna booster, a half-dose of the original shot, was authorized by the FDA for people 65 and older and everyone who works around others at their job. Additionally, the FDA authorized a mix and match approach where eligible individuals can receive a booster dose after their primary series from any of the approved vaccines. 

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on all of these recommendations today and soon the CDC Director is expected to also sign off on the recommendations, which will lead to final approval for boosters of Moderna and J&J. To date, nearly 8% of Coloradans have received their booster shot and it is expected that number will quickly rise once ACIP signs off on the boosters of J&J and Moderna. Booster shots will not just add additional immunity but will also help protect young children who are not yet vaccinated and other vulnerable populations. 

Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines and boosters

CDPHE: Today is the deadline to receive a first dose of Pfizer to be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving

This Thursday, Oct. 21, is the last day to get fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine before thanksgiving. CDPHE reminds Coloradans to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to holiday gatherings. People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose of their primary vaccine series. Vaccinations are the best way for Coloradans to protect themselves, their families, and their communities while celebrating holidays. In order to be considered fully vaccinated by the following holidays, people should get their first dose of vaccine by the following dates:

  • Thanksgiving (Nov. 25): Pfizer by Oct. 21, Johnson & Johnson by Nov. 11, Moderna (date passed)
  • Hanukkah (starts Nov. 28): Pfizer by Oct. 24, Johnson & Johnson by Nov. 14, Moderna (date passed)
  • Christmas (Dec. 25): Moderna by Nov. 13, Pfizer by Nov. 20, Johnson & Johnson by Dec. 11

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

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Este jueves vence el plazo para aplicarse la primera dosis de Pfizer y así poder festejar el Día de Acción de Gracias totalmente vacunado

Este jueves 21 de octubre es el último día para inmunizarse porcompleto con la vacuna de Pfizer antes de que llegue el Día de Acción de Gracias (Thanksgiving). El CDPHE les recuerda a los habitantes de Colorado que deben vacunarse contra el COVID-19 con tiempo suficiente para los próximos encuentros festivos. Se considera a un individuo totalmente vacunado 14 días después de que haya completado la última dosis del esquema de su vacuna. Las vacunas constituyen la mejor herramienta para que nos protejamos a nosotros mismos, a nuestras familias y a nuestras comunidades mientras se celebran las fiestas. Por ende, para estar totalmente vacunados antes de las fiestas venideras, es preciso recibir la primera dosis de la vacuna a más tardar en las fechas que se listan a continuación:

  • Día de Acción de Gracias (se celebra el 25 de noviembre): Pfizer (21 de octubre), Johnson & Johnson (11 de noviembre), Moderna (plazo vencido)
  • Hanukkah (empieza el 28 de noviembre): Pfizer (24 de octubre), Johnson & Johnson (14 de noviembre), Moderna (plazo vencido)
  • Navidad (25 de diciembre): Moderna (13 de noviembre), Pfizer (20 de noviembre) y Johnson & Johnson (11 de diciembre)

 Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: Today is the deadline to receive a first dose of Pfizer to be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving

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

The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 10/19/2021
Number of individuals tested: 11,351
Positive results: 2,057
Pending results: 13
New Positives since 10/12/21: 30
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 69
Patients Transferred: 15
Patients Discharged: 53

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

Flu Shot clinics will be held on Fridays in October from 10am-1pm by appointment only. For more information on how to sign up visit www.grandriverhealth.org.

Beginning November 1, Grand River Health will open the seasonal respiratory clinic which will be open weekdays from 3pm-11pm and Weekends 10a-6pm, the Respiratory clinic will be in a new location on the south side of the facility.  Maps and information will be available  online at grandriverhealth.org.

Vaccine Update: Grand River Health is offering Covid-19 vaccinations to the general public ages 12+ in our clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. Please call 625-1100 (option 1) to schedule.

All Clinic services, hospital and specialty services and After Hours care are open. All patients will be screened appropriately

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility 

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for October 19, 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 10/19/21
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 39,160
Positive results: 2,680
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 336
Admitted patients discharged: 283

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: Overnight eastbound closure scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

The Colorado Department of Transportation will conduct an overnight closure of eastbound lanes of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon for safety and schedule-critical work.The work is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 21 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., weather permitting. Westbound lanes will not be affected and will remain open.

Concrete work on the newly formed parapet wall on the westbound lanes.

Stay Informed and Connect with the Project

Project information is available at: 

CDOT: Overnight eastbound closure scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 18-22

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project
Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

Excavation on the eastbound retaining wall continues at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week


On Friday, Oct. 15 there will be a rolling stop for westbound I-70 traffic in Glenwood Canyon at approximately 1:00 p.m. The rolling stop will allow crews to complete work on westbound structures. Limited delays or impacts to traffic are expected.

Crews continue reconstruction of the I-70 eastbound area at Mile Point 123.5. Crews are making progress on repairs to the retaining wall on the riverside.

Due to favorable weather forecasted this weekend, crews will be working on Saturday, Oct.16. Traffic impacts are not anticipated during the work on Saturday. Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week.

Crews plan to pour more concrete for the repairs to the damaged deck overhang and parapet wall on the westbound lanes at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

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

Debris removal in the median at the Bair Ranch location continues.

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 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.
Reconstruction of the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.


Stay Informed and Connect with the Project


Project information is available at:

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 18-22

COVID UPDATE 10-12-21

Breakthrough rate 1.1%, youngest COVID death reported, flu clinics operating countywide

October 12, 2021

Breakthrough rate 1.1%, youngest COVID death reported, flu clinics operating countywide

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Flu vaccine clinics are being held in locations throughout Garfield County in October. No appointment is needed.

Free radon test kits are available in Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. More information on Garfield County Environmental Health’s Radon page.

FDA sets October meeting to discuss COVID-19 vaccine for youth ages five to 11 

Pfizer has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine in smaller dosages for children between the ages of five and 11. The FDA meets on Oct. 26 to review Pfizer data and inform their decision-making process.

COVID-19 death in 34-year-old individual

A 34-year-old male Garfield County resident has passed away due to COVID-19. The individual was unvaccinated and the youngest person in the county to pass away from the illness. There have been 59 deaths in the county due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Garfield County COVID-19 breakthrough case rate, 1.1%

There have been 355, or 1.1 percent of fully vaccinated, individuals having a breakthrough case since Feb. 27, 2021, when the first breakthrough case was reported to Garfield County Public Health.

Most COVID-19 cases occur among the unvaccinated, as depicted in the graph below. When a larger proportion of a population is vaccinated, there will be a larger number of breakthrough cases (as seen in the 70 and older population below). Garfield County is still seeing less severe disease and hospitalizations in vaccinated individuals.

As of Oct. 8, three individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19 and all are unvaccinated.

GroupPercent First DosePercent Up to Date
12-1560%52%
16-1865%56%
19-2968%58%
30-3964%57%
40-4970%63%
50-5972%66%
60-6985%80%
70-7993%89%
80+85%79%
M71%64%
F73%66%

Sharp COVID-19 case increase

There has been a sharp, 40 percent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past seven days. Most of the state is in the red tier, including Garfield County, when looking at 14-day cumulative incidence rate. This indicates community spread of the virus. Experts are hoping that the wave of Delta variant cases will slowly decrease around Thanksgiving.

COVID UPDATE 10-12-21

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 10/12/21
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 38,484
Positive results: 2,649
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 330
Admitted patients discharged: 281

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