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

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.

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

CDOT: Eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5 and potentially, Thursday, Oct. 7

UPDATE: Traffic Impacts 

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

The Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project, weather permitting, will implement an overnight closure of eastbound I-70 on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This work is safety and schedule critical to pave a temporary lane in the eastbound median in order to shift traffic so work can continue on reconstruction of the retaining wall. The eastbound closure point will be Exit 116/Glenwood Springs. If inclement weather occurs on Tuesday night, the project will utilize Thursday, Oct. 7 to perform the necessary work.

Prepping the median for paving of a lane in order to shift traffic at MP 123.5/the Blue Gulch work zone.

Stay Informed and Connect with the Project

Project information is available at: 

Project website: https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021

CDOT: Eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5 and potentially, Thursday, Oct. 7

NWS: Flash flood watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
234 PM MDT Sat Oct 2 2021

Map of flash flood watch area

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Flash Flood Watch 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.
  • Until 8 PM MDT this evening.
  • 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 for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

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