CDPHE: State extends public health order 20-20

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has extended public health order 20-20, requiring long term care facilities to schedule booster shot vaccinations clinics before the end of October 2021 for those eligible for the Pfizer booster shot. This eighth amended order went into effect Sept. 27, 2021 and will continue to be in effect until further amended or rescinded.

Vaccine effectiveness may decrease over time in some people, and a booster dose can help bring up immunity levels. Booster doses are common practice in routine childhood vaccines and require multiple doses at specific intervals to be most effective. 

Last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially recommended Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people at higher risk for COVID-19. Booster doses should be given at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. The updated CDC guidance recommends Pfizer booster shots for people 65 years and older, residents in long-term care settings, and people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions. The recommendations also state that people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions and people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Here is a brief summary of changes:

  • Adds a paragraph requiring that nursing homes, assisted living residences, intermediate care facilities, and group homes that have individuals who are eligible for a booster shot complete a COVID-19 booster shot vaccination clinic no later than October 25, 2021, and schedule such clinic no later than October 1, 2021.

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

CDPHE: State extends public health order 20-20

CDOT: Nighttime closures anticipated Wednesday and Friday for I-70 Glenwood Canyon emergency repairs project work

CDOT performs construction work in Glenwood Canyon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting two nighttime closures of the eastbound lanes of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon for safety and schedule-critical work. The work is scheduled tomorrow night, Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Oct. 1 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Westbound lanes will not be affected and will remain open. The work is essential for crews to be able to rebuild the eastbound retaining wall that supports the eastbound lanes. Crews will be able to safely work more quickly without traffic on eastbound lanes, which is important for reaching the goal of having all lanes open by Thanksgiving.


The overnight closures on Wednesday and Friday will require eastbound travelers to use the recommended northern alternate route (more information below). The eastbound closure point will be Exit 116/Glenwood Springs.

  • Although westbound will remain open, motorists should anticipate a permanent one lane closure at mile point 123.5. westbound the closure is ½ mile long.
  • Several night closures are identified in the contract in order to perform safety critical work that would be difficult to perform under live traffic. Those closures will impact one direction of travel at a time.
  • It is imperative for motorists to drive the posted speed limit through the work zone and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

On July 29 and 31 of this year, the canyon was impacted by several major materials slides, including mudslides. The debris did considerable damage to the interstate at Mile Point 123.5, known as Blue Gulch.

Motorists traveling eastbound are encouraged to utilize the alternate route (please see map below). That route is CO 13 Rifle to Craig, east on US 40 to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling down CO 9 to Silverthorne.

Stay informed and connect with the project

Project information is available at: 

CDOT: Nighttime closures anticipated Wednesday and Friday for I-70 Glenwood Canyon emergency repairs project work

NWS: Flash flood watch issued for Grizzly Creek burn area until 9 p.m.

National Weather Service

Sept. 28, 12:06 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a flash flood watch until 9 p.m. this evening for the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas: in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.

National Weather Service Meteorologists are forecasting possible heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash flood watch issued for Grizzly Creek burn area until 9 p.m.

Colorado Department of Local Affairs supplies $168M in rental assistance, $79.5M for affordable housing

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Division of Housing (DOH) as of September has paid over $168M in pandemic-related emergency rental assistance, and this summer issued a $50M notice of funding available for the acquisition of land and buildings for affordable housing in addition to approving $29.5M in developments and rehabilitation.

“Our mission to keep Coloradans safely and stably housed through the pandemic is an enormous undertaking, and we strive to become more efficient in our processes every single day.” said Housing Director Alison George. “However, our efforts don’t slow down when COVID does. There are still plenty of people in need and there are resources that can help.”

DOH has significantly increased the speed of emergency rental assistance payments by using Bill.com to pay out around $6M per week, which dwarfs payments previously made for entire months. The division has also administered substantial aid through its partnerships with localities, completing all disbursement of rental assistance funds for Aurora, and more than two-thirds for Colorado Springs.

July through September, the Colorado State Housing Board (SHB) in DOH approved $29.5M in various development and rehabilitation projects for affordable housing for Coloradans with incomes between 30 and 80 percent of their area median incomes (AMI) across the state.

The DOH Office of Housing Finance and Sustainability (OHFS) and Office of Homeless Initiatives (OHI) are requesting applications totaling up to $50M in funding for the acquisition of land or use of existing properties suitable for providing non-congregate shelters, supportive housing and affordable housing. Some of the funds are available for tenancy support services or to shelter households that are at risk of, or who may already be experiencing homelessness.

“The Division of Housing has worked hard to build systems and procedures to assist those who are at risk for housing instability,” George added. “With this wide variety of resources, we hope to give every Coloradan the chance to stay housed through the pandemic and beyond.”

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Division of Housing (DOH) partners with local communities to create housing opportunities for Coloradans who face the greatest challenges to accessing affordable, safe and secure homes. Learn more at cdola.colorado.gov/housing.

Colorado Department of Local Affairs supplies $168M in rental assistance, $79.5M for affordable housing

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

CDOT

Traffic Impacts
Week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2021

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

Mile Point 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

Crews continued drilling locations for shoring towers in the eastbound lanes. The shoring will
secure the damaged infrastructure so repairs can begin on the eastbound retaining wall.

Debris removal and repairs to the damaged Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 123.5/Blue
Gulch continues.

Repairs to the damaged parapet wall on the westbound lanes continues. The project team has
started clearing debris from the recreation path at MP 126 to 127.

There are six locations identified in Glenwood Canyon as part of the River Recovery. The team
is working with the Army Corp of Engineers on the permitting process to begin that work.

Rainy weather may cause additional material flows and I-70 closures in Glenwood Canyon in
the coming months. 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.

Drilling rig on the eastbound deck.

Stay Informed and Connect with the Project


Project information is available at:
? Project website: https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021
? Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
? Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Garfield County Public Health

PRESS RELEASE
9-23-21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Test positivity, incidence, and hospitalization rates are the key indicators used to measure the spread of coronavirus in Garfield County. Based on these measures, Garfield County has been in the “yellow” category for nearly a month.

Over the weekend, Public Health was monitoring 14 hospitalized cases, a 64 percent increase from the previous week.

This week, COVID cases have declined slightly, similar to national trends.

COVID-19 and school-aged youth
During the 2021 spring semester, Garfield County was averaging one school-aged youth case per day. During the current fall semester, this number has risen substantially, more than doubling to 2.4 school-aged cases per day.

Garfield School District Re-2 (Re-2) began the fall semester with an optional masking policy, while the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) adopted a universal masking policy. Comparing school district quarantine* data through September 17, Re-2 has had 236 student quarantines while RFSD has had 14.

*Quarantine (10-14 days) is when someone who might have been exposed to the virus, but has no symptoms and
hasn’t been vaccinated needs to stay home. This is because they could be infected and could spread the virus, even
though they feel well. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine, but should seek testing and wear a mask in
public.

The increase in youth COVID cases and corresponding quarantines have prompted several schools (both public and private) to adopt the latest CDPHE school guidance.

CDPHE School COVID Guidance (NEW guidance updated September 10)
Schools implementing universal masking (masking of all students, staff, visitors) do not need to quarantine in most settings. For example, students in a class wearing masks would not quarantine if one individual tested positive. The exception is some sports/activities with direct physical contact.

New state guidance:
• Supports universal indoor masking for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of
vaccination status and at all levels of community transmission.

• Removes the “community” vaccination metric (70 percent of the 12 and older population vaccination rate) to
reduce quarantines for typical classroom exposures.

• Increases the percentage of school community vaccination rates from 70 to 80 percent to reduce quarantines for
typical classroom exposures.*

*Typical classroom exposures are where students are seated, learning, or interacting.

Mini-grants available
Public Health is offering ten mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 for projects that encourage youth ages 12 to 17 and their caregivers to get vaccinated. Grant funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. Grants that focus on ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be given priority. Applications are due October 11 and forms are available on the Public Health website.

Waiting for booster dose guidance
Public Health is waiting for approval and guidance to begin booster doses. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must make a final determination before the department can offer booster clinics. Clinics will be announced following the ACIP determination.

Pfizer vaccine, Cormirnaty
Comirnaty is the new brand name for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It is the same vaccine that was first authorized for use in December 2020 and more than 200 million doses have been administered to people in the United States.

Breakthrough cases and hospitalizations
In Garfield County, the majority of COVID-19 cases continue to occur in unvaccinated individuals. A new graph tracks cases by vaccination status.

The CDPHE tracks hospital data for the state. In recent days, 80-82 percent of those
hospitalized with COVID in Colorado are unvaccinated.



A CDC report issued September 17 shows that after the Delta variant became the dominant strain, fully vaccinated people had a fivefold decrease in infection, and more than a tenfold reduction in hospitalizations and deaths.

Garfield County vaccination status


Broken down by age group

Age group Percent first doses Percent up-to-date
12-15 57% 48%
16-18 63% 54%
19-2965% 55%
30-39 62%54%
40-4968%61%
50-5971%64%
60-6983% 78%
70-79 92% 88%
80+84%77%

NEW handouts

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19?

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19 explains steps for vaccinated or unvaccinated people.

Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County
Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County, describes the places to get a test, and highlights the hours and locations of the free state-sponsored testing sites. State sites offer free PCR tests approved for return to school. These tests average a 36–48-hour turnaround.

Types of COVID-19 tests
Types of COVID-19 tests, explains what types of tests are available and what is needed for return to school.


COMUNICADO DE PRENSE

09.23.21


Informe de escuelas K-12, volantes sobre pruebas de COVID, estadisticas estatales de hospitalizaciones

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Las tasas de positividad, incidencia y hospitalización de las pruebas son los indicadores clave que se utilizan para medir la propagación del coronavirus en el condado de Garfield. Según estas medidas, el condado de Garfield ha estado en la categoría “amarilla” durante casi un mes.

Durante el fin de semana, Salud Pública estuvo monitoreando 14 casos de hospitalizaciones, un aumento del 64 por ciento con respecto a la semana anterior.

Esta semana, los casos de COVID han disminuido levemente, similar a las tendencias nacionales.

COVID-19 y jóvenes en edad escolar

Durante el semestre de primavera de 2021, el condado de Garfield tuvo un promedió de un caso por día. Durante el semestre de otoño de 2021, este número ha aumentado, más del doble a 2.4 casos por día.

El Distrito Escolar Garfield Re-2 (Re-2) comenzó el semestre de otoño con una política de uso de cubrebocas opcional pero el Distrito Escolar de Roaring Fork (RFSD) adoptó una política universal de usar cobrebocas. Al comparar los datos de cuarentena * del distrito escolar hasta el 17 de Septiembre, Re-2 ha tenido 236 cuarentenas de estudiantes, mientras que RFSD ha tenido 14.

*Cuarentena (10-14 días) es cuando alguien que podría haber estado expuesto al virus, pero no tiene síntomas y no ha sido vacunado necesita quedarse en casa. Esto se debe a que podrían infectarse y transmitir el virus, aunque se sientan bien. Las personas vacunadas no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena, pero deben someterse a pruebas y usar un cubreboca en público.

El aumento de casos de COVID en jóvenes y las cuarentenas correspondientes han llevado a varias escuelas (tanto públicas como privadas) a adoptar la última guía escolar de CDPHE.

Guía Escolar para COVID de CDPHE (NUEVA guía actualizada el 10 de Septiembre)

Las escuelas que implementan el uso universal de cubrebocas (cubreboca para todos los estudiantes, personal, visitantes) no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena en la mayoría de los casos. Por ejemplo, un salón de clases con cubrebocas no se pondría en cuarentena si una persona dio positivo. La excepción son algunos deportes / actividades con contacto físico directo.

Nueva guia del Estado:

  • Apoya el uso universal de cubrebocas para todos los estudiantes, personal, maestros y visitantes de las escuelas K-12 independientemente del estado de vacunación y en todos los niveles de transmisión comunitaria.
  • Elimina la métrica de vacunación “comunitaria” (70 por ciento de la tasa de vacunación de la población de 12 años o más) para reducir las cuarentenas para exposiciones típicas en los salones. *
  • Aumenta el porcentaje de las tasas de vacunación de la comunidad escolar del 70 por ciento al 80 por ciento para reducir las cuarentenas por exposiciones típicas en los salones. *

* Las exposiciones típicas en los salones son donde los estudiantes están sentados, aprendiendo o interactuando.

Mini-becas disponible

Salud Pública está ofreciendo diez mini-becas, desde $500 a $2,500 para proyectos que animan a los jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus cuidadores a vacunarse. Los fondos de la beca se pueden utilizar tanto para la actividad de promoción de vacunas como para cubrir el costo de algo no relacionado. Se dará prioridad a las becas que se centren en garantizar el acceso equitativo de niños y jóvenes para recibir la vacuna COVID-19. Las solicitudes vencen el 11 de Octubre y se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Publica.

Esperando la guia sobre la dosis de refuerzo

Salud Pública está esperando aprobación y orientación para comenzar con las dosis de refuerzo. El Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP) debe tomar la decision final antes de que el departamento pueda ofrecer clínicas de dosis de refuerzo. Las clínicas se anunciarán después de la determinación del ACIP.

Vacuna Pfizer, Cormirnaty

Comirnaty es el nuevo nombre comercial de la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19. Es la misma vacuna que se autorizó por primera vez para su uso en Diciembre de 2020 y se han administrado más de 200 millones de dosis a personas en los Estados Unidos.

Casos importantes y hospitalizaciones

En el condado de Garfield, la mayoría de los casos de COVID-19 continúan ocurriendo en personas no vacunadas. Un nuevo gráfico rastrea los casos por estado de vacunación.

El CDPHE rastrea las estadísticas de hospitalización del estado. Actualmente, el 82 por ciento de los hospitalizados en Colorado no están vacunados.

Un informe del CDC emitido el 17 de Septiembre demuestra que después de que la variante Delta se convirtió en el variante dominante, las personas completamente vacunadas tuvieron una disminución de cinco veces en la infección y una reducción de más de diez veces en las hospitalizaciones y muertes.

Status de vacunacion en el condado de Garfield

Por Grupo de edad:

EdadPorcentaje de primera dosisPorcentaje actual
12-1557%48%
16-1863%54%
19-2965%55%
30-3962%54%
40-4968%61%
50-5971%64%
60-6983%78%
70-7992%88%
80+84%77%

NUEVOS volantes

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19?

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19? Le explica qué hacer a continuación si está vacunado o no.

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield, dice los lugares para obtener una prueba, los horarios, y la ubicación de los sitios de prueba gratuitos patrocinados por el estado. Los sitios estatales ofrecen pruebas de PCR gratuitas aprobadas para regresar a la escuela. Estas pruebas tienen un promedio de tiempo de respuesta de 36 a 48 horas.

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19, explica qué tipos de pruebas están disponibles y qué se necesita para regresar a la escuela.

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/21/21
Positive results: 2,544
Admitted patients discharged: 271

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.

“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

Gov. Polis Announces New COVID-19 Community

Vaccination Sites & Launch of At-Home Testing Program 

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where he shared an overview of the state’s plan to administer booster shots, an announcement of the opening of several community vaccination sites, and provided information about a new at-home testing program provided by the state.  Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist. 

“I’m proud that Colorado has the sixth-lowest COVID-19 rates in the country, but in order to lower that even further and effectively end this pandemic, our state must always have a comprehensive approach to combating this virus,” said Governor Polis. “ The opening of four community vaccination sites will help us efficiently roll out even more vaccines while making COVID-19 testing available right from the comfort of your home will aid our state in slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19. The virus is not tired of us, Coloradans, so we must use every tool in the toolbox to defeat this pandemic. But it’s scientifically proven and clear that our most effective tool in this fight is the lifesaving, free and effective COVID-19 vaccine. Trust the science and get your vaccine today.” 

Governor Polis announced the revamp of the state’s COVID-19 testing program which will now offer Rapid-At-Home testing to Coloradans directly in their homes without the need to have a medical professional witness test administration. The state has purchased 2 million Binax rapid tests. Individuals can sign up to have tests delivered straight to their homes at: covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.  

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, provided an update on the state of COVID in Colorado. 

“There is some variability in what we are seeing in ICU capacity across the state. While Colorado’s COVID-19 rates have started to go down, we are still seeing some higher rates in northern parts of the state. Counties that tend to have the highest hospitalization rates tend to be the counties with the lowest vaccination rates. So the overall message is that at the individual level the vaccine will prevent you from being hospitalized and at the county and state level, vaccinations help keep ICU capacity in check,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy. 

       Comparison of County-level Hospitalization Rates and Vaccination Rates

Governor Polis also provided an overview of how Colorado will quickly administer booster shots to those who are currently FDA eligible to receive one. Colorado is ready to administer boosters to those in our nursing homes starting this week and the state has the infrastructure in place to immediately start administering boosters once the FDA clears it for additional age groups. Governor Polis urged the FDA to make the booster available to everyone as soon as possible. 

Last week, Raytheon, an aerospace company employing 3,500 Coloradans, announced that they would be requiring their U.S. workforce to be fully vaccinated. There are many other companies in Colorado who are doing the same to protect their employees including  Arrow Electronics Tyson Foods Northwestern Mutual, Bonanno Concepts, Vail Resorts and, Arapahoe Basin and others. 

To support these employers, their workforce, and all Coloradans who are looking to get their first, second or booster, Governor Polis announced the opening of four community vaccination sites with the capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 doses of the vaccine every day. These sites will only be operating at this capacity until September 30. 

  • Aurora – Aurora Municipal Center
    • Drive-through clinic
    • Hours of operation: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Littleton – Southwest Plaza Mall
    • Drive-through clinic
    • Hours of operation:10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Colorado Springs – Chapel Hills Mall 
    • Walk-in clinic
    • Hours of operation: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Park parking lot
    • Lot F 9/20-22, Lot H 9/23-9/30
    • Walk-up clinic
    • Hours of operation: 11 a.m. -9  p.m.

Appointments are not required at any of the locations, but Coloradans can register at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder. Additionally, Coloradans are able to get either their first, second, or third shot at any of the more than 1,600 enrolled vaccine providers in the state ranging from pharmacies to primary care providers. For more information, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.

Gov. Polis Announces New COVID-19 Community

Updated Grand River Health Covid-19 cumulative stats for September 21, 2021

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/21/2021
Number of individuals tested: 10,230
Positive results: 1613
Pending results: 25
New Positives since 9/7/21: 44
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 66
Patients Transferred: 15
Patients Discharged: 50

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.

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 September 21, 2021

Public Health offers COVID-19 vaccine mini-grants

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – To promote vaccination and protect residents locally, Garfield County Public Health (GCPH) announces and is accepting applications for a new COVID-19 vaccine mini-grant program.

A total of ten mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded in a selection process held by Garfield County Public Health. Mini-grants will be awarded to projects that conduct activities or events that encourage youth, ages 12 to 17, and their caregivers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The mini-grant program is being offered based on grant funding from the Caring for Colorado Foundation.

The application process opens on September 20 and closes on October 11. Applications are located on the Garfield County Public Health website and should be submitted electronically. Successful grantees will be notified on Monday, October 18 and all projects must be completed by December 13, 2021.

In addition to focusing on increasing vaccination rates, the mini-grants offer an additional benefit. Only part of the awarded funding needs to be used on COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The other portion can be used on non-vaccine-related project expenses the applicant would like to cover.

“The exciting thing about the mini-grants is the funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. For example, a cooking club may want to host a vaccine information night, but also needs baking supplies for their club. Funds can be used to host the vaccine event and to buy supplies for future use,” said Dana Wood, Garfield County Public Health Specialist.

The COVID-19 vaccination mini-grant program is open to applicants serving youth ages 12 to 17 and their families.  Middle or high schools, youth-serving non-profit agencies, religious organizations, festival or event coordinators, or other community groups of youth are welcome to apply.

Garfield County Public Health is committed to ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Equity in information and vaccine access is a cornerstone for reduced transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
9.20.21

Salud Pública ofrece mini-becas para la vacuna COVID-19

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Para promover la vacunación, el Departamento de Salud Pública de Garfield County (GCPH) está aceptando solicitudes de mini-becas para la vacuna COVID-19.

Se daran un total de diez mini-becas, que van desde $500 a $2,500 en un proceso de selección llevado a cabo por Salud Pública de Garfield County. Se darán mini-becas a proyectos que realicen actividades o eventos que motiven a los jóvenes, de 12 a 17 años, y a sus cuidadores a recibir la vacuna COVID-19. El programa de mini-becas se ofrece en base a la otorgacion de la Fundación Caring for Colorado.

El proceso de solicitud se abre el 20 de Septiembre y se cierra el 11 de Octubre. Las solicitudes se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Pública de Garfield County y se envían electrónicamente. Los beneficiarios serán notificados el Lunes, 18 de Octubre y todos los proyectos deben completarse antes del 13 de Diciembre del 2021.

Además de concentrarse en aumentar las tasas de vacunación, las mini-becas ofrecen un beneficio adicional. Solo una parte de los fondos otorgados debe usarse en los esfuerzos de vacunación contra COVID-19. La otra parte se puede utilizar en gastos de proyectos no relacionados con vacunas que el solicitante quisiera cubrir.

“Lo emocionante de las mini-becas es que los fondos se pueden utilizar tanto para la actividad de promoción de vacunas como para cubrir el costo de algo que no está relacionado. Por ejemplo, un club de cocina puede organizar una noche de información sobre vacunas, pero también necesita articulos para hornear para su club. Los fondos se pueden utilizar para organizar el evento de vacunación y comprar los articulos para el uso futuro ”, dijo Dana Wood, Especialista en Salud Pública de Garfield County.

El programa de mini-becas de vacunación COVID-19 está abierto a los solicitantes que atienden a jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus familias. Las escuelas secundarias, y high schools, las agencias sin fines de lucro que sirven a los jóvenes, las organizaciones religiosas, los coordinadores de festivales o eventos u otros grupos comunitarios de jóvenes pueden aplicar. El Departamento de Salud Pública de Garfield County se compromete a garantizar un acceso equitativo para que los niños y jóvenes reciban las vacunas COVID-19. La equidad en el acceso a la información y las vacunas es una pilar para reducir la transmisión del virus COVID-19.

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