CDPHE: State health department releases Protect-Our-Neighbors roadmap

Local communities will be able to qualify if they meet certain criteria

DENVER, June 30, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today announced the final roadmap for local communities to qualify for the Protect our Neighbors phase of the COVID-19 response. Local communities will be able to qualify for this status to gain more local control in their communities if they meet certain criteria, including low viral transmission and preparedness of the public health agency to successfully respond to an increase in cases. Once communities meet certification criteria, submit a surge mitigation plan, and are approved by the state, they will be able to permit activities at 50% of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least 6 feet between non-household members, and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time. 

“This is the gold standard of pandemic preparedness, and it is a goal for our communities to aspire to. Not all of our communities will be able to achieve this goal immediately, ” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It’s going to be up to all of us to keep wearing masks, washing our hands, and keeping our distance. We need to all do our part to keep transmissions low and prevent a surge on our hospital systems.”

Next week, CDPHE will provide more information and training on the process for applying for certification, as well as grant funding that will be available to help communities enhance their COVID-19-related planning and infrastructure.

Three things will enable a community to qualify for Protect-Our-Neighbors certification status:

  • Low disease transmission levels (including stable or declining COVID-19 hospitalizations or fewer new cases in the past two weeks),
  • Local public health agency capacity for testing, case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak response (including the ability to test 15 people per 10,000 residents per day; the ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing for at least 85% of assigned cases within 24 hours; a plan that documents the ability to investigate and contact trace their share, based on population, of our state’s overall 500 cases per day goal; and strategies to offer testing to close contacts of outbreak-associated cases)
  • Hospital ability to meet the needs of all patients and handle the surge in demand for intensive hospital care (including the capacity to manage a 20% surge in hospital admissions/patient transfers and two weeks of PPE available.)

A county may seek to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors by themselves, or voluntarily form a “region” with neighboring counties. Communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems — paired with low virus levels — can take on more control over their own reopening plans and help the state avoid statewide shutdowns. 

“Protect Our Neighbors empowers local governments, public health agencies and partners to meet the needs of their communities and scale their response,” said Hunsaker Ryan. “If communities are successful in controlling the outbreak locally, the state will not have to rely on suppressing the virus through extreme statewide shutdowns.”

Protect Our Neighbors requires all Coloradans to continue to support and protect people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people with underlying medical conditions. It’s important to remember that different communities may be in different phases — Stay-At-Home, Safer-At-Home, or Protect Our Neighbors — and may move between levels during this pandemic. Communities that are able to loosen restrictions under Protect Our Neighbors may need to tighten restrictions again to Safer-at-Home or Stay-at-Home levels if they see case increases, outbreaks, or a surge on their hospital systems.

The Protect-Our-Neighbors metrics were drafted by a workgroup consisting of epidemiologists and public health experts from the CDPHE, the University of Colorado School of Public Health, and local public health agencies from across the state. The group included representatives from urban, rural and frontier counties. In addition, the workgroup consulted health care coalitions and health care systems leadership in drafting treatment metrics. They met over the course of five sessions and reviewed scientific literature, case studies, and expert consultation to develop metrics that would achieve the goal of ensuring that they signify a systems readiness for broader reopening.

In order to help support communities’ ability to achieve success, the state is making additional federal CARES Act funding available: 

  • Planning grant of up to $50,000 to engage consultants and community partners, and to fund community engagement efforts with communities impacted by and at increased risk.  
  • Infrastructure Strengthening Grants of up to $300,000 (up to $150,000 in state funds + local match) to invest in technology; community resource coordination; communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders; funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers; and enhanced prevention and containment efforts. 

For extensive information on Protect-Our-Neighbors, including guidance for communities to qualify for this phase, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/protect-our-neighbors.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State health department releases Protect-Our-Neighbors roadmap

Parachute officer shares personal struggle with COVID-19

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – As 42-year-old Police Sergeant Justin Mayfield walks around his garage, you can hear heavy breathing, an indication of the shortness in his breath that still persists 14 weeks after his bout with COVID-19.

“There is still so much we don’t know about how long the aftereffects of the illness last. I still get worn out just getting up to get something, or doing a trivial task in the garage. I’m getting better every day, but I’m not back to where I was pre-COVID.” 

Mayfield knew he was coming down with something a few days after returning from a training in Eagle County in early March of 2020, when the COVID pandemic was just beginning to take root there. Following the training, Mayfield went back to work as usual, but three days later he began to feel sick. On the fourth day, his wife and teenage son also began to feel ill. “I believe the training may have been where I picked it up. You just don’t know.” said Mayfield.

Both Mayfield and his son knew that something was wrong when their senses of smell and taste became ‘off.’  “We had just purchased fresh chicken and when I smelled it, I thought it smelled completely terrible like it had gone bad. My son came in and said that dinner smelled rotten.” Loss of taste is a commonly reported symptom of the illness.

After visiting Grand River Health, Mayfield received a letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that said he had tested positive for COVID-19, and needed to isolate. His wife and son were presumed to be positive for the virus.

“It was one of the most unique experiences. You cough so dang hard your back gets worn out and it hurts every muscle in your body,” Mayfield said.

The family members all reported a dry hacking cough, feeling run down and lethargic. Justin’s wife Jamie ran a low-grade fever for 13 consecutive days. Their son Alistair slept for most of the day. Mayfield joked, “he slept even more than is typical for a normal 17-year-old kid.”

The family stayed in isolation for the full recommended two weeks, but even three weeks later the virus was still affecting them. “There was one day in the middle I felt better,” said Mayfield “but the next day it was back.”

“I experienced weird body aches like knives stabbing my foot one day and the next day it was in my shoulder. My wife had a chest x-ray and the physician said it looked like “COVID lung” and there were two spots of pneumonia beginning to form.”

The family knew how quickly the virus could become serious and purchased a pulse oximeter to monitor their heart rates and oxygen levels. “We were watching and if it dropped, we were going to the ER,” said Mayfield. “We didn’t want to take any chances. It got close. It was in the low nineties.”

The American Lung Association considers 95 to 97 percent normal, and anything below 90 percent a reason to go to the emergency room. “We were also watching our heart rates. Our resting heart rates would be at 60 beats per minute and jump to 125 or 145 just getting a glass of water from the kitchen.”

After the illness, Mayfield tested positive for COVID antibodies. “I have the COVID antibodies, and though I don’t have to wear a mask now, when I’m at work I usually do,” he said. “I’m trying to lead by example. We want to go back to normal and handwashing and social distancing seem to be the key to doing that.”

Responding to those who are reluctant to take COVID precautions, Mayfield offers, “It is frustrating to hear people blow it off. It is real and it is very serious. Find someone who has it and spend a night with them, and then see how real it is the next day. Come hang out with me and you will realize it’s not made up.”

Mayfield admitted that in the past he and his wife often tried to tough out illnesses, going to work if possible. “We have learned, don’t try to power through. That is how you are going to infect everybody. We were those people, don’t be those people.”

Mayfield acknowledged that had schools not closed before springs break, his wife who is a teacher, would likely have gone to work and unknowingly infected kids at school who in turn could have infected their families.

The CDC, and health experts point to four simple strategies to fight the virus, staying home when sick, wearing a personal face covering, maintaining social distancing and practicing good personal hygiene. Staying home in isolation for those who are sick, and quarantine for those that feel they have been exposed is critical.

Sergeant Mayfield will share his personal experience with COVID in a live-stream Friday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. on the City of Glenwood Springs Facebook page. Joining him will be public health epidemiology nurse Sara Brainard to discuss the changing COVID landscape, data trends, and the contact tracing process.

Oficial de Policía de Parachute comparte lucha personal con COVID-19

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – Mientras el Sargento de Policía Justin Mayfield, de 42 años, camina por su garaje, se puede escuchar una respiración agitada, una indicación de la falta de aliento que aún persiste 14 semanas después de su pelea con COVID-19.

“Hay tanto que no sabemos acerca de cuánto tiempo duran las secuelas de la enfermedad.  Todavía me canso al levantarme agarrar algo o hacer una tarea trivial en el garaje.  Estoy mejorando cada día, pero no he vuelto a donde estaba antes de COVID “.

Mayfield sentía que se estaba enfermando unos días después de regresar de un entrenamiento en el Condado de Eagle a principios de marzo de 2020, cuando la pandemia de COVID apenas empezaba a presentarse allí.  Después del entrenamiento, Mayfield regreso a trabajar como siempre, pero a los tres días empezó a sentirse enfermo.  Al cuarto día, su esposa y su hijo adolescente también comenzaron a sentirse enfermos.  “Creo que en el entrenamiento pudo haber sido donde me contagie.  Simplemente no lo sabes.”  dijo Mayfield.

Mayfield y su hijo sabían que algo andaba mal cuando su sentido del olfato y del gusto se volvieron “desagradables”.  “Acabábamos de comprar pollo fresco y cuando lo olí, pensé que olía completamente mal como si se hubiera hecho malo.”  Mi hijo entró y dijo que la cena olía a podrido.”  La pérdida del gusto es un síntoma comúnmente reportado de la enfermedad.

Después de visitar la Clínica de Grand River, Mayfield recibió una carta del CDC que decía que había dado positivo por COVID-19 y necesitaba aislarse.  Y se sospechó que su esposa e hijo eran positivos para el virus.

“Fue una experiencia única. Toses con tanta fuerza que la espalda se desgasta y duele cada músculo de su cuerpo.”

La familia reportó una tos seca, sintiéndose con mucha fatiga y letárgica. La esposa de Justin, Jamie, tuvo fiebre baja durante 13 días consecutivos. Su hijo Alistair durmió la mayor parte del día. Mayfield bromeó: “dormía más de lo normal de un niño de 17 años.”

La familia permaneció aislada durante las dos semanas recomendadas, pero tres semanas después, el virus todavía los estaba afectando. “Hubo un día que me sentí mejor a medio día,” dijo Mayfield, “pero al día siguiente me sentía mal nuevamente.”

“Experimenté dolores extraños en el cuerpo como cuchillos apuñalando mi pie un día y al día siguiente el dolor estaba en mi hombro. Mi esposa se hizo una radiografía de tórax y el médico dijo que parecía “pulmón de COVID” y que había dos manchas de neumonía que empezaron a formarse “.

La familia sabía que el virus podía volverse grave rápidamente y compró un oxímetro de pulso para monitorear su frecuencia cardíaca y sus niveles de oxígeno. “Estábamos mirando y si se caía, iríamos a la sala de emergencias. No queríamos arriesgarnos. Estuvo cerca. Estuvimos en los bajos noventa.”  La Asociación Americana del Pulmón considera que entre el 95 y el 97 por ciento es normal y cualquier cifra por debajo del 90 por ciento es razón para ir a la sala de emergencias. “También estábamos observando nuestro ritmo cardíaco. Nuestra frecuencia cardíaca en reposo era de 60 latidos por minuto y saltaba a 125 o 145 cuando iba a la cocina por un vaso de agua.”

Después de la enfermedad, Mayfield dio positivo por anticuerpos de COVID. “Tengo los anticuerpos COVID, y aunque no tengo que usar un cubre bocas cuando estoy en el trabajo, generalmente lo hago. Estoy tratando de dar el ejemplo. Queremos volver a la normalidad y el lavado de manos y el distanciamiento social parecen ser la clave para hacerlo.”

Respondiendo a aquellos que se reúsan a tomar precauciones contra COVID, Mayfield dice: “Es frustrante escuchar a la gente no importarle. Es real y es muy serio.

Encuentra a alguien que lo tenga y pasa una noche con ellos y luego ve que tan real es al día siguiente. Ven a pasar un rato conmigo y te darás cuenta de que no está inventado.”

Mayfield admitió que en el pasado él y su esposa a menudo trataban de resistir enfermedades, yendo a trabajar si era posible. “Hemos aprendido, no trates de lucharlo. Así es como vas a infectar a todos. Éramos esa gente, no seas esa gente.”

Mayfield reconoció que, si las escuelas no hubieran cerrado antes de las vacaciones de primavera, su esposa, que es maestra, probablemente habría ido a trabajar y sin saberlo habría infectado a niños en la escuela que a su vez podrían haber infectado a sus familias.

Los CDC y los expertos en salud señalan cuatro estrategias simples para combatir el virus, quedarse en casa cuando están enfermos, usar un cubre bocas, mantener distanciamiento social y practicar una buena higiene personal.  Quedarse en Casa aislado para aquellos que estén enfermos, y la cuarentena para aquellos que sienten que han estado expuestos es fundamental.

El Sargento Mayfield compartirá su experiencia personal con COVID en una transmisión en vivo el viernes 26 de junio a las 10:30 am en la pagina de Facebook de la Ciudad de Glenwood Springs. Junto a él estará la enfermera de epidemiología de Salud Pública, Sara Brainard, para analizar cómo está cambiando el panorama de COVID, las tendencias de datos y el proceso de búsqueda de contactos.

Parachute officer shares personal struggle with COVID-19

Glenwood Springs to host community conversation on June 30

Glenwood Springs, CO – The City of Glenwood Springs will host a virtual Town Hall Community Conversation at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 30.  To register in advance go to: cogs.us/townhall

The purpose of the meeting is to listen and better understand community questions as Glenwood Springs seeks to balance public health and opening the economy.   During the virtual Town Hall, Sara Brainard from Garfield Public Health, and Dr. David M. Brooks, Chief Medical Officer for Valley View Hospital, will provide a public health update. Other speakers will include:

  • Angie Anderson, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association 
  • Sumner Schachter from Imagine Glenwood
  • Beatriz Soto, Directora Defiende Nuestra Tierra for Wilderness Workshop
  • Steve Beckley, owner of the Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park 
  • John Bosco – COO and Vice President, Hot Springs Pool
  • Erin Zalinski – owner, Treadz
  • Jonathan Godes – Glenwood Springs Mayor

In advance of the interactive town hall meeting, please visit www.gwscommunityconversations.com to provide input that will help shape the topics for the Town Hall conversation.  We are soliciting ideas for balancing health and reopening the economy; how we might best communicate with visitors to our city; thoughts on specific policies and any other questions or comments.  This virtual “bulletin board” will inform the agenda on Tuesday’s Town Hall.

There will also be a Question and Answer session during the town hall. Questions will be taken from participants on the phone and online. 

  • Text Glenwood to 833-TXT-LIVE to be added to the registration list in advance of the event (and to receive a call for the event)
  • To register in advance, and to watch the live event, go to: cogs.us/townhall
  • To call in on Tuesday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m., dial 866-416-5235 or Dial 833-380-0618 (Spanish)

During the event, individuals who choose to participate on the phone will be able to “raise their hand” to ask a question by pressing *3 on their phone. Those watching the live stream on the Glenwood Springs website at cogs.us/townhall can enter their name and question in the fields below the streaming player.

Glenwood Springs to host community conversation on June 30

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for June 25, 2020

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 6/25/2020:

Number of individuals tested: 1473
Positive results: 60
Pending results: 29
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 2
Patients Transferred: 2
Admitted Patients:  0

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 June 25, 2020

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats 6/25/2020

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 2,754
Positive results: 114
Pending results: 16
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 26
Admitted patients discharged: 20

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 sent to outside laboratories 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 to an outside lab.

“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 in approximately 24 to 48 hours.

“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

Water use restrictions continue to 5 pm June 25, 2020

Glenwood Springs, Colo.- All non-essential use of water is restricted until 5PM June 25, 2020. The City of Glenwood Springs is continuing the water usage restrictions to allow the Water Plant to refill water levels after the raw water line broke Wednesday June 24, 2020.

City Crews worked until 2AM Thursday morning to repair the broken raw water line and a section of Red Mountain Drive that was damaged. Work began refilling water tanks at midnight and morning crews continue to recharge and test the system. The water line that broke is approximately 50 years old and made of ductile iron. The City estimates the work and repair to cost $25,000, however are still finalizing numbers.

Eagle Sanitation District and Glenwood Hot Springs pool assisted the effort by providing materials. Eagle Sanitation District was able to provide pipe fittings that the City will replace. The Glenwood Hot Springs pool provided a section of new pipe. 

Notification of the water line break and water restrictions was sent out via Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority to subscribers. Residents can go to www.GarCo911.org  and sign up to receive notifications tailored to geographic area and type.

To sign up for notifications from the City go to http://cogs.us/list.aspx?Mode=Subscribe#newsFlash and enter a phone number or email to receive timely updates.

Water use restrictions continue to 5 pm June 25, 2020

Garfield County: increase in COVID cases may threaten variance

Garfield County has recorded 44 new cases of COVID-19 between June 8-21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A concerning uptick in COVID-19 cases could put Garfield County’s variance from the state in jeopardy. The county is now at 244 cases since the pandemic began, with 44 being diagnosed between June 8 and 21.

The variance could be rescinded if the county sees 60 cases in any two-week period. More concerning is that the current pending variance request could be jeopardized, as well as the possible move into the next state-wide phase of Protect Our Neighbors. It is unclear whether the State will allow counties with high level of disease transmission to move into the next stage.

On May 23, the state approved the county’s Safer at Home variance, which allowed restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms to re-open at 50 percent of the posted occupancy code limit, provided they met additional safety requirements, such as strict social distancing. This allowed a capacity at restaurants and places of worship of up to 175, rather than the state’s number of 50.

“We are concerned. We realized that we would see an increase in cases as we opened, but this many cases in this short of time was unexpected,” said Garfield County Public Health Director Yvonne Long. “We worry about our community’s health, in conjunction with our concerns over our economic recovery. Now we’re worried we could lose our existing variance or be unable to move into the next phase because our transmission rates are too high. This is why it is so important to remember the things that we can do to control the spread.”

Recent cases identified in Garfield County are not all linked, meaning they stem from different sources. While some cases in the past two weeks are associated with outbreaks, most are not. Many cases are from clusters, in which family, close friends or co-workers spread the illness to one another. A small number of the cases report not knowing where they contracted the virus. When a person doesn’t know how they contracted the illness, the case is considered “community spread.”

Chart gauges transmission threat level

Garfield County has adopted a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) color-coded chart that helps identify the risk of transmission. The tool assesses the risk to the community and outlines the chances the county will receive future variances from the state.

“(We) evaluate variance requests based on local epidemiological data to assess whether the county requesting the variance has a disease prevalence that is LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH,” CDPHE said of the chart. “Other metrics are considered as well, such as the two-week case trend, percent positivity of tests, and whether outbreaks exist and are contained. The variance will be commensurate with the local virus transmission and disease burden.”

Under this assessment, Garfield County is in the high-risk category for the period of June 8 – 21. For a population of roughly 61,000 to be in the low category, there would have to be 15 cases or less in two weeks; medium would be 16-30 cases; and high is considered 31-60 cases. Garfield County has now jumped from low to high risk in a short period of time.

Data available in real time

Advances in testing are allowing results in most cases in 24 to 48 hours. It is essential that anyone with symptoms be tested within the first two days of its onset. These advances give Garfield County Public Health a more accurate reading of disease spread in the area.

Some are not quarantining themselves after exposure

A major concern for health care workers is that some people are not quarantining themselves after possibly being exposed to COVID-19. There appears to be confusion regarding what it is and why it is a vital strategy to prevent further spread of illness. Examples are if someone on your child’s sports team tested positive and your child was in close contact; if you carpooled to work with a co-worker that later falls ill; or if someone you live with tests positive for the disease. 

In these scenarios, there is a high likelihood that you have been exposed and may be able to pass the virus on to others, and you must quarantine yourself. Garfield County nurses conducting contact tracing have seen many instances of people not in quarantine passing the illness on, in some cases seeing the 3rd and 4th generation of disease transmission making it difficult to trace back to one event or exposure date.

A simple rule is if you have spent time with someone who has COVID (time means as little as being within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) you need to stay at home or stay put in the same location for 14 days so you don’t spread disease to healthy people. If you become ill, begin following isolation directions.

More masks, more distance, more business

Garfield County has also adopted the mantra, “More masks, more distance, more business,” to remind people that simple actions go a long way to improving the local economy.

“In order for our businesses and our economy to continue operating under current conditions, we are relying on everyone, adults and their children alike, to take personal responsibility so that we can move forward and enter into the next phase,” Long said. “We all wish the pandemic would end. We all would like to go back to our normal ways of living life. And the good news is that we can do more of that if we all commit to taking three simple steps: keep our germs inside a personal face covering, maintain social distance from others and continue to wash our hands well and frequently.”

The latest updates can be found on the county’s website at garfield-county.com and emergency feed at garfieldcounty.net.

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24 de junio, 2020

El aumento en casos de COVID puede amenazar la variación

 El Condado de Garfield ha registrado 44 nuevos casos de COVID-19 entre el 8 y el 21 de junio

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – Un aumento preocupante en casos de COVID-19 podría poner en peligro la variación estatal del Condado de Garfield. El condado ahora tiene 244 casos desde que comenzó la pandemia, con 44 diagnosticados entre el 8 y el 21 de junio. 

La variación podría cancelarse si el condado ve 60 casos en un período de dos semanas. Más preocupante es que la solicitud de variación actual podría estar en peligro, así como no poder pasar a la siguiente fase estatal de “Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos”. No está claro si el Estado permitirá que los condados con un alto nivel de transmisión de enfermedades pasen a la siguiente etapa.

El 23 de mayo, el estado aprobó la variación ‘Más Seguro en Casa’ del condado, que permitió a restaurantes, iglesias, gimnasios y lugares deportivos se reabrieran al 50 por ciento del límite del código de ocupación permitido, siempre que cumplieran requisitos de seguridad adicionales, como estrictos distanciamientos sociales.  Esto permitió una capacidad en restaurantes y lugares de adoración de hasta 175, en lugar de 50 del estado.

“Estamos preocupados. Nos dimos cuenta de que veríamos un aumento en casos cuando abrimos, pero muchos de estos casos en este corto tiempo fueron inesperados,” dijo la directora de Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield, Yvonne Long. “Nos preocupa la salud de nuestra comunidad, así como nos preocupa nuestra recuperación económica. Ahora nos preocupa que podamos perder nuestra presente variación o no poder pasar a la siguiente fase porque nuestras tasas de transmisión son demasiado altas. Por eso es tan importante recordar las cosas que podemos hacer para controlar la propagación.”  

Casos recientes identificados en el condado de Garfield no están todos vinculados, lo que significa que provienen de diferentes fuentes.  Algunos casos en las últimas dos semanas están asociados con brotes, la mayoría no. Muchos casos son de grupos, en los que familiares, amigos cercanos o compañeros de trabajo transmiten la enfermedad entre ellos. Un pequeño número de casos informa que no sabe dónde contrajeron el virus. Cuando una persona no sabe cómo contrajo la enfermedad, el caso se considera “propagación comunitaria.”

El gráfico mide el nivel de amenaza de transmisión

El Condado de Garfield ha adoptado un cuadro codificado por colores  del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE por sus siglas en inglés) que ayuda a identificar el riesgo de transmisión. Esta herramienta evalúa el riesgo para la comunidad y describe las posibilidades de que el condado reciba futuras variaciones del estado.

“(Nosotros) evaluamos las solicitudes de variación basadas en datos epidemiológicos locales para calcular si el condado que solicita la variación tiene una prevalencia de enfermedad BAJA, MEDIA o ALTA,” dijo CDPHE sobre el cuadro. “También se consideran otras métricas, como la tendencia de casos durante dos semanas, el porcentaje de positividad de pruebas y si existen brotes y si están contenidos. La variación corresponderá con la transmisión del virus local y la carga de enfermedad .”

Bajo esta evaluación, el Condado de Garfield se encuentra en la categoría de alto riesgo ente el 8 al 21 de junio. Para que una población de aproximadamente 61,000 esté en la categoría baja, tendría que haber 15 casos o menos en dos semanas; categoría media sería 16-30 casos; y categoría alta se considera 31-60 casos. El condado de Garfield ahora ha pasado de bajo riesgo a alto riesgo en un corto período de tiempo.

Datos disponibles en tiempo real

Los avances en pruebas están permitiendo resultados en 24 a 48 horas en la mayoría de los casos. Es esencial que cualquier persona con síntomas se haga la prueba dentro de los primeros dos días de inicio de síntomas. Estos avances le dan a la Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield un entendimiento más preciso sobre la propagación de enfermedades en el área.

Algunos no se ponen en cuarentena después de la exposición

Una de las principales preocupaciones para trabajadores de la salud es que algunas personas no se ponen en cuarentena después de estar posiblemente expuestas al COVID-19. Parece haber confusión sobre lo que es y por qué es una estrategia vital para prevenir una mayor propagación de la enfermedad. Algunos ejemplos son si alguien del equipo deportivo de su hijo dio positivo y su hijo estuvo en contacto cercano; si viajo en carro con un compañero de trabajo que luego se enfermó; o si alguien con quien vive tiene resultados positivos para la enfermedad.  En estos escenarios, existe una alta probabilidad de que haya estado expuesto y pueda transmitir el virus a otras personas, y debe ponerse en cuarentena usted mismo. Las enfermeras del Condado de Garfield que hacen seguimiento de contactos han visto muchos casos de personas que no están en cuarentena y están transmitiendo la enfermedad, en algunos casos viendo una tercera y/o cuarta generación de transmisión de la enfermedad, lo que dificulta el seguimiento de un evento o fecha de exposición.

Una regla simple es si ha pasado tiempo con alguien que tiene COVID (tan poco como estar dentro de 6 pies durante 10 minutos o más) debe permanecer en su casa o quedarse en el mismo lugar durante 14 días, para evitar transmitir la enfermedad a personas sanas. Si empieza a sentirse enfermo, comience a seguir las instrucciones de aislamiento.

Más máscaras, más distancia, más negocios

El Condado de Garfield también adoptó el mantra, “Más máscaras, más distancia, más negocio”, para recordar a personas que las acciones simples contribuyen en gran medida a mejorar la economía local.

“Para que nuestros negocios y nuestra economía continúen operando bajo las condiciones actuales, confiamos en que todos, adultos y sus hijos, asuman la responsabilidad personal para que podamos avanzar y entrar en la siguiente fase,” dijo Long. “Todos deseamos que la pandemia termine. A todos nos gustaría regresar a nuestra vida normal. Y la buena noticia es que podemos hacerlo si todos nos comprometemos a tomar tres pasos simples: mantener nuestros gérmenes dentro de un cubre bocas, mantener un distanciamiento social de los demás y continuar lavando nuestras manos bien y con frecuencia .”

 Las últimas actualizaciones se pueden encontrar en el sitio web del condado en garfield-county.com.

Garfield County: increase in COVID cases may threaten variance

Water line break and essential water use guidelines

UPDATE: All ingress/egress to Mountain Springs Ranch, Red Mountain and the area above Glenwood Springs water plant is closed. The only road access to this area will be via Three Mile Road. Expect notification when the road is repaired and open for use.

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – On June 24 at 11:37 a.m., the City of Glenwood Springs notified residents of a raw water supply line break, and to cease all non-essential use of water until further notice.

For the purpose of clarifying these restrictions the following guidelines are offered.

Essential water usage includes: drinking, toilets, water necessary for cooking and basic hygiene. Restaurant operations are also considered essential.

Non-essential water usage includes showers, irrigation, dishwasher, washing machine, and car wash.

The cause of the disruption was a break in the raw water line servicing the Water Treatment plant. Maintenance was not being performed on the line at the time of rupture and the break is believed to be a factor of aging infrastructure. Water Department staff was alerted to the issue by an audible noise when the line broke. Staff quickly assessed the issue and shut off the effected water line.

Water usage restrictions are necessary until the line can be repaired and the Water Treatment Plant can refill. The plant has approximately 5 million gallons of volume in reserve tanks, which fluctuate depending on daily usage. Currently City water is being provided from these tanks.

A large section of road on Red Mountain Drive was impacted by the rupture and City crews are actively working to repair the impacted area. All residents above the water treatment plant are being rerouted to an alternate route. There is no current time for reopening the damaged road.

“Thank you so very much to our local contractors who have offered assistance without even being asked. That kind of teamwork and sacrifice is what our community is all about. I am proud of our staff that acted quickly, as well as staff working tirelessly to fix the issue.  Thank you to all water users for their efforts to reduce water usage while we work to fix the line,” said Mayor Jonathan Godes.

Water line break and essential water use guidelines

City of Glenwood Springs water notice

This is a notification from Garco911:

The raw water supply for the City of Glenwood has been disrupted. ALL NON essential water use should STOP immediately, including irrigation for at least the next 24 hours, or until further notice.

Expect notification when these restrictions are lifted.

Do not use NON ESSENTIAL water until you are notified. Please do not call dispatch for updates.

Please be advised the area on Red Mountain Drive is experiencing flooding and some roads will be inaccessible. Additional information will be released as soon as it is available.

City of Glenwood Springs water notice

County sees 40 new COVID-19 cases in past week

One-quarter of all county cases diagnosed since June 15, most patients ages 20-59

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has experienced significant growth in the number of COVID-19 cases, with 40 new cases in the past seven days. This brings the total case count to 240 in Garfield County since the pandemic first reached the area. We have had 139 lab-confirmed cases, with 22 people hospitalized – six of which remain in the hospital.

Garfield County has seen 25 percent of its lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases since June 15; an analysis of the past six-weeks shows a steady increase in cases since the county shifted from “Stay at Home” March 26  to “Safer at Home,” April 26 and following the Memorial Day holiday.

As more and more of us move around, both in our county and regionally, the potential to contract COVID-19 increases, as does the chances an infected person may spread it to their families and community. In one recent cluster, individuals from five different counties contracted the disease.

Most new cases are in people ages 20 to 59, who are more mobile and may be traveling for work or recreation. Clusters of cases are appearing in the food service and construction and trades industries, as well as among young people that are gathering socially.

Some of those who have been hospitalized have been transferred to other facilities with higher levels of care, because of the severity of their cases. This disease does not discriminate; just three of the hospitalized patients were over the age of 60, and we’ve seen patients as young as elementary-school age.

Garfield County Public Health asks the community to take responsible actions to ensure the health of everyone. As we continue to open our businesses and get back to living life to the fullest, we remind you that there are only a few essential tools available to fight this disease. These tools are not designed to impinge on personal freedoms or rights, but to ensure the health of all people.

Small actions and personal responsibility can go a long way toward helping us combat this pandemic. These include wearing a face covering when in public, maintaining a social distance of six feet, washing your hands, getting tested within one to two days, and most importantly, staying home if you are sick or feel unwell. These steps will help save lives and keep our economy open.

El Condado vio 40 nuevos casos de COVID-19 la semana pasada

Una cuarta parte de todos los casos del condado se han diagnosticado desde el 15 de junio, la mayoría de los pacientes son entre 20 y 59 años

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – El Condado de Garfield experimenta un crecimiento significativo en el número de casos de COVID-19, con 40 casos nuevos en los últimos siete días. Llevando un recuento total de 240 casos en el Condado de Garfield desde que la pandemia llegó por primera vez al área. Hemos tenido 139 casos confirmados por laboratorio, con 22 personas hospitalizadas, seis de las cuales permanecen hospitalizadas.

Un 25 por ciento de casos confirmados por laboratorio de COVID-19 se han visto desde el 15 de junio; Un análisis de las últimas seis semanas muestra un aumento constante en casos desde que el condado pasó de “Quedarse en Casa” el 26 de marzo, a “Más Seguro en Casa” el 26 de abril y después del día feriado de Memorial Day.

A medida que más personas empezamos a salir, tanto en nuestro condado como a nivel regional, aumenta el potencial de contraer COVID-19, al igual que las posibilidades de que una persona infectada pueda contagiarlo a su familia y comunidad. Un grupo que se reunió recientemente, individuos de cinco condados diferentes, contrajeron la enfermedad.

La mayoría de los casos nuevos son personas de 20 a 59 años, usualmente salen más y viajan por trabajo o recreación. También están apareciendo casos entre grupos de empleados que trabajan en las industrias de servicios de alimentos, construcción y comercio, así como entre jóvenes que se reúnen socialmente.

Algunos que han sido hospitalizados han sido transferidos a otros hospitales que ofrecen mayores niveles de atención médica, debido a la gravedad de sus casos. Esta enfermedad no discrimina; solo tres de los pacientes hospitalizados tenían más de 60 años, y hemos visto pacientes muy jóvenes de edad escolar primaria.

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield pide a la comunidad que tome medidas responsables para garantizar la salud a todos. A medida que continuamos abriendo negocios y regresando a vivir la vida al máximo, le recordamos que solo hay pocas herramientas esenciales disponibles para combatir esta enfermedad. Estas herramientas no están diseñadas para afectar las libertades o derechos personales, sino para garantizar la salud de todas las personas.

Pequeñas acciones y responsabilidad personal pueden ayudarnos a combatir esta pandemia. Estos incluyen usar un cubrebocas cuando está en público, mantener distanciamiento social de seis pies, lavarse las manos, hacerse la prueba dentro de uno o dos días y, lo más importante, quedarse en casa si está enfermo o se siente mal.

Estos pasos ayudarán a salvar vidas y mantener abierta nuestra economía.

County sees 40 new COVID-19 cases in past week