Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

April 22, 2021, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/22/21
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 25,496
Positive results: 2,063
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 249
Admitted patients discharged: 224

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

CMS transitions 6th grade to distance learning

A student or staff member at Carbondale Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in the quarantine of almost all of the 6th grade class because the entire grade and its teachers are considered a cohort. 

CMS parents and students received notice that 6th graders would transition to distance learning starting Thursday, April 22. This cohort will return to in-person learning on Monday, May 3.

CMS transitions 6th grade to distance learning

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis signed an Executive Order related to the protection of tenants from eviction during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado. Under the Executive Order, tenants now have a 30-day period to cure any default for nonpayment of rent. Previously, tenants only had a ten-day cure period.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for April 20, 2021

The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/20/2021

Number of individuals tested: 7692
Positive results: 1210
Pending results: 18
New Positives since 4/15/21: 10
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 47
Patients Transferred: 12
Patients Discharged: 35
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Vaccine Update: When vaccine is available, GRH is vaccinating the general public ages 16+.  To know when Covid 19 vaccines become available, please watch the Grand River Health Facebook page and sign up for email alerts on the Grand River Health website at www.grandriverhealth.org.  There are no walk ins at this time. All vaccinations will be done by appointment only. We appreciate the community’s patience.

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 an ear loop mask while in the facility (no gators, bandanas or buffs please).

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for April 20, 2021

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/20/21
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 25,365
Positive results: 2,059
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 247
Admitted patients discharged: 223

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

Garfield County resolution on COVID guidance

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – During the April 19 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board passed a resolution providing guidance following the expiration of the statewide COVID-19 dial executive orders. Counties are now able to implement regulations at the local level, though there are still some limited requirements being maintained across the state. 

Garfield County resolution

The resolution encourages all citizens to continue to follow all five containment strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19:

a. washing hands
b. wearing masks while indoors and continuing to remain at least 6 feet away from non-household contacts
c. avoiding large crowds
d. staying home when sick and getting tested as soon as possible
e. isolating/quarantining if testing positive. 

Public Health will continue to maintain COVID-19 data metrics, contact tracing, outbreak investigations, vaccinations, and regulatory authority for restaurant and food service entities. 

All Garfield County businesses are encouraged to reopen to the extent each is comfortable and to make their own decisions about whether and to what extent to limit capacity or impose other safety measures, subject to remaining in compliance with any applicable municipal requirements and the continued state requirements. 

State Public Health Order 20-38

The State COVID-19 Dial has evolved into Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions, that addresses large gatherings and other indoor high risk settings.
Summary of new state public health order

Masks: are still required indoors in public places. Outdoor masks are no longer required. The state public health order requires compliance with the current executive mask order. For help, see the CDPHE mask guidance. Masks are required in the following scenarios:

  • For counties with a one week disease incidence rate in excess of 35 per 100,000
  • Public indoor spaces where 10 or more unvaccinated individuals are present
  • Employers must implement the face covering requirements
  • Preschool through grade 12 schools (including extracurricular activities)
  • Child care centers and services and indoor children’s camps 
  • Public areas of state government facilities
  • Congregate care facilities
  • Prisons/Jails
  • Emergency medical and other healthcare settings 
  • Personal services
  • Limited healthcare settings 

Social distancing: Individuals are encouraged to remain at least 6 feet away from non-household contacts, wash their hands, and wear a face covering to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission.

Sector specific guidance (restaurants, places of worship, retail): All sectors must follow mask guidance and CDPHE strongly suggests following the sector guidance for disease mitigation. 

Schools: Schools are required to follow the CDPHE schools and child care outbreak guidance.

Nursing homes: PHO 20-20 orders are still in effect, providing requirements For Colorado Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Residences, Intermediate Care Facilities, And Group Homes For COVID-19 Prevention And Response. 

Mass indoor gatherings of 100-500 people, may operate at 100% capacity; must use masks and maintain 6’ social distancing between parties of unvaccinated people. For events over 500 people, please contact Public Health at 970-625-5200 x 8120 or email Public Health.

Outdoor events do not need to consult with LPHA’s with the following exception:

Outdoor ticketed, seated event venues in excess of 30,000 square feet require consultation between the local public health agency and CDPHE concerning capacity and disease mitigation practices. 

CDPHE has the ability to enact additional restrictions for any county experiencing hospitalizations that threaten to exceed 85% of hospital or hospital system capacity.

The State Order became effective Friday, April 16, 2021 and will expire in 30 days unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

Garfield County resolution on COVID guidance

City of Glenwood Springs: Continue wearing masks and social distancing indoors

Glenwood Springs City Council extends mask order for indoor public-facing spaces for consistent, city-wide policy

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – On April 15, Glenwood Springs City Council extended the existing face covering mandate for indoor public-facing spaces within the city limits. For outdoor spaces, masks are no longer mandatory, but are encouraged when in close proximity with others. This provides a consistent, city-wide policy in conjunction with the devolution of the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 dial and follows state recommendations for local governments to maintain these policies for indoor settings.

“Maintaining these protocols as vaccination increases amongst our region and visitors is a proactive step to protect our community and ensures clarity and consistency for our City,” said Mayor Jonathan Godes. “To keep it simple, keep wearing your mask indoors in public spaces.”

The extended Glenwood Springs order will be in effect until May 20, 2021 when City Council will evaluate further action. The Colorado dial will remain as guidance to counties and the state still strongly recommends that businesses and other entities follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The state public health order allows counties to implement regulations at the local level while still maintaining some limited requirements across the state. The state health order requires 6 feet distancing and mask-wearing for schools (including extracurricular activities), child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, emergency medical and other healthcare settings, personal services and limited healthcare settings, congregate care facilities, prisons, and jails. For questions about state or Garfield County guidance, please contact Garfield County Public Health.

City of Glenwood Springs: Continue wearing masks and social distancing indoors

CDPHE: Colorado counties and municipalities respond to COVID-19 locally

State maintains baselayer protections in new Public Health Order

REMOTE, (April 16, 2021): Today, the COVID-19 Dial evolves into Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions, which allows counties to implement regulations at the local level while still maintaining some limited requirements across the state. Counties may use the statewide dial framework as a model for implementing their own regulations.

“We want local governments to be able to move nimbly, creating local protocols where necessary to protect their communities, and we will support them when they do,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

According to a recent survey of local public health agencies conducted by CDPHE, many local governments will go above and beyond these state measures. More than half (51.5%) of the local public health agencies that responded plan to have a public health order in place. Of those, 36% plan to have a modified dial or other local order, 24% plan on staying in level green, 12% in level blue and the rest have other plans for mitigation efforts. The counties that indicated through the survey or other conversations with CDPHE that plan to have a modified dial or maintain Levels Yellow, Blue or Green represent 3,743,419 Coloradans. 

Counties that indicated they would have a modified dial or a local order in addition to the state’s order:

  • Chaffee
  • Clear Creek
  • Conejos
  • Delta
  • Eagle
  • Lake
  • Ouray
  • Pitkin
  • Routt
  • San Miguel
  • Summit

Counties that indicated that they would maintain Level Yellow:

  • Pueblo

Counties that indicated that they would maintain Level Blue:

  • Broomfield (modified)
  • Gunnison (modified)
  • Denver
  • Jefferson
  • Larimer 
  • Arapahoe
  • Boulder 
  • Adams
  • Archuletta
  • La Plata

Counties that indicated that they would maintain Level Green:

  • Bent
  • Cheyenne
  • Costilla
  • Gilpin
  • Kit Carson
  • San Juan

Counties that indicated that they would not have local orders:

  • Alamosa
  • Baca
  • Custer
  • Crowley
  • Delores
  • Douglas
  • El Paso
  • Elbert
  • Fremont
  • Huerfano
  • Kiowa
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Los Animas
  • Mesa
  • Montezuma
  • Montrose
  • Morgan
  • Otero
  • Phillips
  • Prowers
  • Rio Grande
  • Sedgwick
  • Teller
  • Washington
  • Weld
  • Yuma

Counties that have not yet communicated their plans to CDPHE include Garfield, Grand, Hinsdale, Jackson, Mineral, Moffat, Park, Rio Blanco, Saguache.

“We believe protocols at the local level are an appropriate path– allowing us to balance the need for economic recovery and the need to slow transmission– two things that have a tremendous impact on overall public health,” Hunsaker Ryan added.

The dial framework, originally implemented on September 15, 2020, standardized the levels of openness or restrictions on a county level, based on the metrics of disease transmission, the level of local testing, and hospitalizations. It allowed Colorado to tailor its response on a county level, recognizing that conditions vary locally. With increased vaccination rates and less threat to hospital capacity, the state’s role in continuing to mandate statewide restrictions is lessening and the role of local communities to regulate and manage the virus is increasing. The Colorado dial will remain as guidance to counties and the state still strongly recommends that businesses and other entities follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

The state will not be letting up efforts to suppress the virus, but will continue two important statewide measures to continue protecting Coloradans no matter where they live which includes the statewide mask mandate and Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions, that addresses large gatherings and other indoor high risk settings.

Summary of new public health order.

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

CDPHE: Colorado counties and municipalities respond to COVID-19 locally

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office temporarily closed to public

CONTACT:
Sheriff Lou Vallario
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
107 8th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-0453 x1022
Email: lvallario@garcosheriff.com

IMPORTANT: Please direct any media requests to the contact above. Do not contact the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center or Patrol staff for media requests. 

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office / Detention Facility have led to the temporary closure of services to the public at our Glenwood Springs location.

As of the time of this release, 4 Detentions Staff Members and 17 inmates have tested positive.  Those inmates were all housed within the same pod/area in the jail and are now in quarantine; separate from other inmates and staff.  Of the current positive inmates, 5 are symptomatic with low grade symptoms and being cared for in-house by Correctional Health Partners.  

As far as services to the public, all normal office services such as fingerprinting, records requests, VIN inspections, etc., will still be provided at our Rifle Annex location. 

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the local County Health Department and the CDPHE to mitigate this outbreak.  CDHPE will be sending out their Rapid Response Team to facilitate testing of all inmates and staff members based at the Glenwood Office & Jail. 

All inquiries should go directly to Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario at the contact number or email above and not general staff. 

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office temporarily closed to public

Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic registration open

Garfield County Public Health has opened its COVID-19 vaccination appointment scheduler for the week. 

*The clinics below will be offering the single dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine for anyone age 18 or older.


Register here:

Glenwood Springs, Wednesday April 7 – Registration

Rifle, Thursday April 8 – Registration

Rifle, Friday April 9 – Registration


Where to get information

Current information on all vaccinating providers in Garfield County and Public Health clinics will be listed on the Garfield County vaccine website and @Garfieldhealth on Facebook.

Moderna/Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

Each week the state allocates providers different amounts of COVID-19 vaccine from either Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson& Johnson (Janssen). Providers do not know how much, or what type of vaccine will be coming on any given week.

If you require a specific type of vaccine it is important to know you have the correct brand when making your appointment. Public Health will specify what brand is being offered each week on the appointment scheduler.

All Coloradans 16 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine and those 18 and up are eligible for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Mondays – Public Health is notified how much vaccine and what brand of vaccine will be coming for the current week.

Tuesday – Public Health will post a vaccine appointment sign up on the Garfield County vaccine website and @Garfieldhealth on Facebook. Sign up for an appointment for any available clinic listed.

Wednesday – vaccine clinics will be held in Glenwood Springs for those who made an appointment online.

Thursday – vaccine clinics will be held in Rifle for those who made appointments online.

Friday-weekend – vaccine clinics may be held any given week depending on the vaccine supply received that week. Register for an appointment online if it is available.

Second doses – Public Health will automatically schedule you for your second dose appointment. It will be at the same time and the same place 21 days later for Pfizer vaccine and 28 days later for Moderna.

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Registro para la clínica de vacunación COVID-19 de Salud Pública:

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield ha abierto su programador de citas de vacunación COVID-19 para la semana.

* Las clínicas a continuación ofrecerán la vacuna Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (1 dosis) para cualquier persona mayor de 18 años.


Registrarse aquí:

miércoles 7 de abril – Registrarse

jueves 8 de abril – Registrarse

viernes 9 de abril – Registrarse


Dónde encontrar información

Información actual sobre los proveedores de vacunación en el Condado Garfield y las clínicas de Salud Pública se incluirá en la página web de vacunas y en la @Garfieldhealth on Facebook.


Moderna/Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

Cada semana, el estado asigna a proveedores diferentes cantidades de la vacuna COVID-19 de Pfizer, Moderna o Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). Los proveedores no saben cantidad, o qué tipo de vacuna llegará esa semana.

Si necesita un tipo específico de vacuna, es importante saber que tiene la marca correcta al programar su cita. Salud Pública especificará qué marca se ofrece cada semana en el programador de citas.

A partir del viernes, 2 de abril, todos las personas que viven en Colorado de 16 años en adelante son elegibles para recibir la vacuna Pfizer y aquellos de 18 años en adelante son elegibles para la vacuna Moderna y Johnson & Johnson.

lunes – Se notifica a salud pública cuánta vacuna y qué marca de vacuna llegará durante la semana actual.

martes – Salud pública publica link para hacer cita de vacunación en la página web de vacunas del condado Garfield y en la página de @Garfieldhealth on Facebook. Regístrese para una cita para cualquiera de las clínicas disponibles.

miércoles – Se llevan a cabo clínicas de vacunas en Glenwood Springs para aquellos que hicieron cita en línea.

jueves – Clínicas de vacunas se llevan a cabo en Rifle para aquellos que hicieron citas en línea.

viernes – fin de semana – Clínicas de vacunas pueden realizarse cualquier semana, dependiendo del suministro de vacunas recibido esa semana. Regístrese para cita en línea si está disponible para el fin de semana.

Segunda dosis – Salud Pública programa automáticamente cita para la segunda dosis. Será a la misma hora y en el mismo lugar 21 días después para la vacuna Pfizer y 28 días después para Moderna.

Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic registration open