Colorado Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program expands free COVID-19 assistance though June 2021

Sept. 28, 2020 – The Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling and Training Program (CCP) enters the next phase of COVID-19 relief services today,  September 28, 2020 with the help of 16 mental health and community service providers across the state. The CCP is moving from an immediate service program to a regular service program, which will extend the free services through June 27, 2021.

The CCP is designed to assist individuals and communities recovering from the challenges of COVID-19 through community-based outreach, education, and information to support overall health and wellness. The program aims to promote resilience, empowerment, and recovery while strengthening existing community support systems by helping with the emotional needs of survivors and those affected by the pandemic. 

The CCP currently has 16 mental health and community service providers who have been supporting various geographic areas of Colorado and groups of people that are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, there will be three more providers joining the program September 28. These trained crisis counselors are there to listen and provide support around the feelings that life during the pandemic may bring up, such as worry, sadness, hopelessness, or anger. Providers can also help people understand and manage stress, develop coping strategies, and connect anyone with other resources they might need. All services are free, anonymous, and can be conducted virtually or over the phone.

The CCP also includes the Healthcare Worker Well-Being Support Line through the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which provides text and call support and is open to any health care providers, hospital employees, public health workers, or medical support staff. Healthcare Worker Well-Being Support Line is 303-724-2500. 

Mind Springs Health – Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit
Webpage: https://www.mindspringshealth.org/colorado-spirit-initiative/

AllHealth Network – Arapahoe, Douglas
Webpage: http://www.allhealthnetwork.org/colorado-spirit/
Email: COSpirit@allhealthnetwork.org
Phone: 720-707-6789

Aspen Pointe – El Paso, Park, Teller
Webpage: https://www.aspenpointe.org/covidresponse
Email: CovidResponse@aspenpointe.org
Phone: 719-572-6100 and ask for COVID Response

Aurora Mental Health Center – City of Aurora
Hotline: 303-617-2300

Axis Health Services – Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan
Updated contact info will be provided

The Center for African American Health – Black and African American communities in the Denver Metropolitan area
Webpage: https://caahealth.org/programs-and-services/
Email: connect@caahealth.org
Phone: 720-923-7250

Denver Indian Center, Inc. – urban area American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the Denver Metropolitan area
Email: CCP@denverindiancenter.org

Phone:303-936-2688 x220
Health Solutions – Las Animas, Huerfano, Pueblo
Webpage: https://www.health.solutions/coloradospirit/
Hotline: 719-568-2564

Jefferson Center – Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson
Email: co_spirit@jcmh.org
Phone: 720-731-4689

Lutheran Family Services – City and County of Denver
Webpage: https://www.lfsrm.org/wellness/
Email: info@lfswellness.org
Phone: 303-217-5845

Lutheran Family Services – Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel
Webpage: https://www.lfsrm.org/wellness/
Email: info@lfswellness.org
Phone: 970-232-1147

Mental Health Partners – Boulder, Broomfield
Phone: 303-443-8500
Email: ccpteam@mhpcolorado.org

North Range Behavioral Health – Weld
Email: Colorado.Spirit@NorthRange.org
Warmline: 970-347-2359

San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande
Updated contact info will be provided

Servicios de la Raza – Latinx and immigrant communities across the Front Range
Webpage: https://serviciosdelaraza.org/avada_portfolio/ccp/
Email: biancam@serviciosdelaraza.org
Hotline: 720-410-7180

Summitstone Health Partners – Larimer
Webpage: https://www.summitstonehealth.org/colospirit/
Email: colospirit@summitstonehealth.org
Hotline: 970-221-5551
Phone: 970-494-9941

Healthcare Worker Well-Being Support Line – Medical, public health and health care staff
Hotline: 303-724-2500

Providers joining September 28
Community Reach Center – Adams, Broomfield
Solvista Health – Chaffee, Custer, Lake, Fremont
CDPHE Eastern Plains – Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Morgan, Washington, Yuma, Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, Baca

Colorado Crisis Services also offers free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance abuse or emotional concern, 24/7/365.   

  • Call 1-844-493-8255
  • Text “TALK” to 38255

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

Colorado Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program expands free COVID-19 assistance though June 2021

State releases guidance for outdoor structures for restaurants and events

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today released guidance for temporary outdoor structures for restaurants and events. This information will help restaurants safely accommodate customers outdoors in the upcoming colder months using  temporary structures or pop-up structures.

Depending on the construction of these spaces, and the available ventilation, they will be considered an indoor or outdoor setting and must follow the appropriate capacity requirements. This document outlines the guidance restaurants must follow to provide a safe environment for their customers to eat in these temporary structures. 

Capacity allowances should follow levels for indoor and outdoor settings as listed in the Colorado’s dial framework. These capacity allowances apply to both temporary/pop-up or permanent structures. The full guidance is available here

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

State releases guidance for outdoor structures for restaurants and events

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats 9/24/2020:
Specimens collected thru Valley View:  8,988
Positive results: 451
Pending results:  83
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 70
Admitted patients discharged: 62
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

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

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 24, 2020

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/24/2020:
Number of individuals tested: 3,337
Positive results: 198
Pending results: 33
New positives since 9/22/20: 1
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 10
Patients transferred: 4
Patients discharged: 6

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

All clinic services,  hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

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

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 24, 2020

Pine Gulch Fire reaches 100 percent containment

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit’s Type 3 Incident Management Team gained 100 percent containment today and have transitioned command to the local Type 4 Incident Management Team.  

Fire crews were able to contain the Pine Gulch Fire and complete majority of the suppression repair. The Type 4 team will continue to monitor the fire, mop up, and finalize any remaining needs for suppression repair.  

The BLM Grand Junction Field Office still has a closure order in place for the perimeter of the fire while post-fire efforts continue. Local BLM staff in coordination with the Burned Area Emergency Team will continue to develop plans for emergency stabilization and rehabilitation to the burned area.  

Pine Gulch Fire reaches 100 percent containment

Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19 response

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and was joined by Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, lead epidemiologist at CDPHE, and Adrianne Maddux, Executive Director of Denver Indian Health and Family Services. The Governor, Lt. Governor, and Maddux addressed how the pandemic is affecting Colorado’s American Indian/Alaska Native communities. 

“Our health officials are concerned about the recent increase in virus transmission across our state. The increase is most pronounced in 18-25 year olds, who have a much lower hospitalization rate, but sadly the rate is also increasing in Coloradans of all ages and we need to turn that around,” said Governor Jared Polis. “As a state, our success is measured by our collective efforts to support and protect each other. We all must do a better job of wearing face masks, avoiding large crowds, and physically distancing ourselves.”

American Indian and Alaska Native populations have been overrepresented in hospitalizations and deaths. 

“Our partnership with the American Indian Tribes and communities that call Colorado home strengthens the fabric of our state” said Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. “I’m proud to work directly with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe through the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs, as well as the numerous organizations who are working to support American Indians/Alaska Natives living off of tribal lands. Together, we are working to identify and address the barriers that many community members are facing. While I’m proud of the work we’ve done, there’s still much left to do and I look forward to building on these partnerships to continue improving outcomes for Colorado’s American Indian/Alaska Native populations.”

Gov. Polis and Dr. Herlihy also addressed the rising number of cases among 18-25 year olds, as well as all other age groups in Colorado, and the potential danger for community spread if not careful. Both emphasized the importance of avoiding large crowds and not attending parties in order to minimize transmission of the virus. Overall, Colorado has seen an increase in cases in all age groups. The increase is the highest in the 18-25 year old age group.

Gov. Polis today announced that the state would be implementing mandatory furlough days for all state employees, unless they are considered exempt, due to the budget shortfall. This thoughtful furlough plan helps address the state’s budget shortfall while ensuring that the state’s lower wage workers are not impacted and we can continue to deliver high quality critical services for Coloradans. The state will save between $7-8 million and this will affect 23, 600 state employees. 

The governor today amended and extended an executive order providing assistance to residential and commercial tenants at risk for eviction who were economically harmed by COVID-19. The Executive Order directs all landlords of rental properties to notify tenants in writing of federal protections against eviction provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The governor also extended executive orders addressing marriage licenses and temporary suspension of certain regulatory statutes.

Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19 response

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/22/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View:  8,828
Positive results: 449
Pending results:  20
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 70
Admitted patients discharged: 62

Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

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

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 22, 2020

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/22/2020:

Number of individuals tested: 3,301
Positive results: 197
Pending results: 39
New positives since 9/17/20: 7
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 10
Patients transferred: 4
Patients discharged: 6
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

All clinic services,  hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

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

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 22, 2020

CDOT to close I-70 in Glenwood Canyon for two hours on Wednesday

GARFIELD & EAGLE COUNTIES – In the early hours of Wednesday, Sept. 23, motorists on Interstate 70 should plan for a closure in Glenwood Canyon for the No Name Tunnel lighting replacement project. Eastbound motorists will be stopped at Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and westbound motorists will be stopped at Exit 133 (Dotsero). The closure is anticipated to take place from midnight to 2 a.m.  

CDOT and contract partner Casper Electric will be staging equipment and installing the tunnel lighting control center (TLCC) building for the No Name Tunnel lighting replacement project. The TLCC controls the light output of all the tunnel lighting and will allow the traffic operations center in the Hanging Lake Tunnel to monitor the light levels in the No Name Tunnel.

As part of CDOT’s Whole System – Whole Safety initiative, this project will focus on replacing antiquated lighting controls and fixtures with 676 new LED fixtures. The new lighting system will be tied into the Hanging Lake Tunnel Operations Center so the lighting can be monitored and controlled by personnel in the Hanging Lake Tunnel. The updated lights will use less power while allowing more light for the traveling public to have better visibility during the day and night.    

Additional work will consist of: 

  • Slotted drain installation for storm water management
  • Removal of old lighting system and installation of new lighting system.
  • Programming and integration of the lighting control center.
The $3.5 million multi-year project began April 2020 and has an anticipated completion date of January 2022.

OTHER TRAVEL  IMPACTS 
Motorists can expect a westbound single lane closure Monday starting at 7 a.m. through Thursday at 7 p.m.  Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Lighting replacements are being performed in coordination with the I-70 Glenwood Canyon surface improvement project and communications will be maintained for the duration of the project.      

PROJECT INFORMATION
Those seeking more information about this project, or with questions or comments, can reach the project team at: 

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE
The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.
  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Be patient!
CDOT to close I-70 in Glenwood Canyon for two hours on Wednesday

UCR: Warmer weather brings expected increase in fire activity at Grizzly Creek

Upper Colorado River Fire and Aviation Management Unit: Today firefighters used a helicopter to help keep fire activity in Grizzly Creek from expanding up the drainage.

With warm weather forecast through the week, firefighters expect similar fire and firefighting activity around the upper Grizzly Creek drainage. The Grizzly Creek Fire is not currently growing, but it is putting up smoke along the uncontained line in the steep, rugged drainage.

Maps of the current Forest and BLM closures as well as the fire perimeter are available on InciWeb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/.   Firefighters urge people recreating in the area of the Grizzly Creek Fire to respect the existing fire closure, which was recently reduced in size to allow more public access to the area.

The Grizzly Creek Fire remains 32,431 acres and 91 percent contained, with 18 firefighters and a helicopter working the fire.

Fire restrictions remain in place but vary based on location. Check www.blm.gov or www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver for the latest fire restriction information.

UCR: Warmer weather brings expected increase in fire activity at Grizzly Creek