State announces updates COVID-19 website to add data, improve accessibility and streamline navigation

State announces updates COVID-19 website to add data, improve accessibility and streamline navigation

The state will update its COVID-19 website to add new data, and improve accessibility, readability, and ease of use.

Among the changes are:
• New feature on the hospital data section of the data visualization to include regional ICU bed availability information.
• Reorganization of guidance to match the dial framework.
• Improved accessibility to make it easier for web visitors to find data and other important information about COVID-19. Features have been added to assist those using web readers.
• Improved navigation, including categories “For Coloradans,” “Guidance for Businesses and Communities,” and “Public Health Orders” to help web visitors find what they need.

The website address will remain unchanged at www.covid19.colorado.gov.

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Colorado anuncia actualizaciones a la página web del COVID-19, agregará información de datos, mejorará la accesibilidad y simplificará la navegación.

Colorado actualizará su página web del COVID-19, agregando nuevos datos, mejorando la accesibilidad, su lectura y facilidad de uso.

Estos cambios son:
• Una nueva función en la visualización de datos de la sección de datos hospitalarios para incluir información acerca de la disponibilidad de camas en la Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos (ICU, por sus siglas en inglés).
• Reorganización de directrices para coincidir con el sistema de indicadores.
• Una mejora en la accesibilidad para facilitar que usuarios puedan encontrar datos y otra información importante acerca del COVID-19. Se han agregado funciones para ayudar a aquellas personas que están utilizando lectores de páginas web.
• Un mejoramiento en la navegación, que incluye a categorías “Para habitantes de Colorado”, “Guia para empresas y comunidades”, y “Órdenes de Salud Pública” para poder ayudar a que los usuarios encuentren lo que necesitan.

La dirección web no se cambiará y seguirá como www.covid19.colorado.gov.

State announces updates COVID-19 website to add data, improve accessibility and streamline navigation

Newest COVID-19 model indicates Colorado will hit a record number of hospitalizations from the pandemic within two weeks

The longer the state remains on current trajectory, the greater the change in transmission control needed 

REMOTE, (Oct. , 2020): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado School of Public Health released an updated modeling report showing that hospitalizations from SARS-CoV-2 continue to increase rapidly across the state. 

On the current epidemic curve, Colorado will likely exceed the April peak in hospitalizations within two weeks. If the epidemic curve is not bent, Colorado could surpass intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in January. If contacts increase over the holidays (for example, due to gatherings between multiple households), ICU capacity could be exceeded in December. As announced by the state last week, gatherings should be limited to no more than 10 people from a maximum of two households. 

“There is a small window to improve transmission control over the next few weeks,” said Dr. Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. “To limit increasing infections and avoid peaks that could strain healthcare capacity over the next three months, a substantial increase in transmission control is needed.”

The latest modeling provides projections based on COVID-19 hospital census data through October 26, 2020. The models are based on Colorado data and assumptions based on the current state of the science.

Key findings from the report:

  • Hospitalizations continue to rapidly increase. On the current trajectory of the epidemic curve, Colorado will probably hit its highest number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 by November 10, and the limits of ICU capacity may be reached in early to mid-January. If infections increase over the holidays because of gatherings and other reasons for increased contacts among people, ICU capacity could be exceeded in December. 
  • The effective reproductive number is approximately 1.6 (with statistical uncertainty ranging from 1.47 to 1.70 at the 95% confidence level).
  • Approximately 1 in 219 Coloradans are currently infectious (compared to 1 in 292 last week). This implies that the probability of encountering an infected person in the population is higher than it was at any point this summer. This estimate is generated from the model and assumes that not all infectious residents are captured by state surveillance systems.
  • The estimated level of transmission control is currently 65% (for the period of September 28-October 13). Transmission control levels under about 79% will lead to increasing infections and an effective reproductive number greater than 1; and if contact rates are reduced and transmission control is above 79%, infections will decrease.
  • Using an extended modeling approach based on case data, the modeling team estimates transmission control varies significantly by age group, with significant decreases in control levels among all ages over the last month. Individuals aged 20-39 have the highest infectious contact rates (transmission control = 60%), and contact rates have increased among individuals over 65 over recent weeks (transmission control = 76%).

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled the expert group that works with the state on modeling projections. The group includes modeling scientists at the ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University. 

All previous modeling reports are available on the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. 

The Colorado modeling team began using a new “transmission control” indicator in mid-October to describe the collective impact of all policies and behaviors on the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Transmission control captures ALL behavioral and policy changes in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic including mask wearing, physical distancing, improved ventilation, working from home, contact tracing (including both isolation and quarantine), moving activities outside, and any seasonal impact. This approach has the advantage of requiring fewer assumptions and increasing accuracy for the Colorado model. In technical terms, the transmission control parameter describes the percent decrease in effective contacts between infected and susceptible individuals compared to pre-pandemic behavior. 

The state will continue to review data and model findings as the pandemic continues to inform policy decisions.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

Newest COVID-19 model indicates Colorado will hit a record number of hospitalizations from the pandemic within two weeks

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

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

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 10/29/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 11,536

Positive results: 553
Pending results:  85
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 77
Admitted patients discharged: 68

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

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional Questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing. 

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

CDPHE tests confirm two new COVID cases at Criminal Justice facility

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Two new client cases are confirmed and no new staff cases surfaced with the results of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environments Rapid Response Team testing. The team arrived Thursday to test everyone who lives in the group facility and those who work there. In total, eight clients and three staff members have tested positive. Test results were provided by CDPHE to county staff at midmorning today.

One of the clients in the newest case confirmations was approved for furlough Thursday after testing was complete, and arrangements for the other are being made today. The facility moved all confirmed case clients out of the facility for recovery as each confirmation was received.

“The facility had been operating at 50 percent capacity during the pandemic, and now is further reducing clients in the program to facilitate best social distancing measures,” said Criminal Justice Services Administrator Rodney Hollandsworth. “This is intended to diminish spread of COVID. We know this has been a stressful time for our clients and our staff, and we extend our concern to them during this time, as we move forward to ensure that we have a safe group living environment.”

CDPHE tests confirm two new COVID cases at Criminal Justice facility

CDPHE: Declining transmission control in the Colorado SARS-CoV-2 model and rapidly increasing hospitalizations signal Colorado is at a critical moment in the COVID-19 pandemic

REMOTE, (Oct. 23, 2020): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health released a new modeling report based on recent data showing hospitalizations from SARS-CoV-2 are increasing rapidly across the state. To avoid increasing infections and strain on hospitals over the next three months, a substantial increase in transmission control will be needed. 

The Colorado modeling report uses a new “transmission control” indicator to describe the collective impact of all policies and behaviors designed to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Transmission control captures ALL behavioral and policy changes in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic including mask wearing, physical distancing, improved ventilation, working from home, contact tracing (including both isolation and quarantine), moving activities outside, and any seasonal impact. This approach has the advantage of requiring fewer assumptions and increasing accuracy for the Colorado model. In technical terms, the transmission control parameter describes the percent decrease in effective contacts between infected and susceptible individuals compared to pre-pandemic behavior.

Transmission control levels under about 79% will lead to increasing infections and an effective reproductive number greater than 1; and if contact rates are reduced and transmission control is above 79%, infections will decrease. 

The latest modeling provides projections based on COVID-19 hospital census data through October 19, 2020. The models are based on Colorado data and assumptions based on the current state of the science.

Key findings from the report:

  • We are at a critical moment. If Colorado remains on the current trajectory, we will likely exceed the April peak in hospitalizations for COVID-19 by mid-November, which exceeded 900 in one day. Increases in contacts over the holidays will accelerate growth in cases and intensive care unit hospital capacity may be exceeded in December or January.
  • The effective reproductive number is approximately 1.5 (ranging with statistical uncertainty from 1.16 to 1.85).
  • Approximately 1 in 292 Coloradans are currently infectious. This estimate is generated from the model and assumes that not all infectious residents are captured by state surveillance systems.
  • Hospitalizations are rapidly increasing. Avoiding challenging peaks in infections and hospital demand over the next three months will require a substantial increase in transmission control. 
  • The window to improve transmission control is over the next several weeks to assure that critical care capacity is not stressed. The magnitude and timing of reductions in transmission will determine the severity of COVID-19 in Colorado in the months ahead. 

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled the expert group that works with the state on modeling projections. The group includes modeling scientists at the ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University. 

All previous modeling reports are available on the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. 

The state will continue to review data and model findings as the pandemic continues to inform policy decisions. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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La disminución del control de la transmisión en el modelo SARS-CoV-2 de Colorado y el rápido aumento de las hospitalizaciones indican que Colorado se encuentra en un momento crítico en la pandemia del COVID-19

REMOTO, 23 de octubre: El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Escuela de Salud Pública de Colorado publicaron un nuevo reporte de modelos basado en datos recientes que muestran que las hospitalizaciones de SARS-CoV-2 están aumentando rápidamente en todo el estado. Para evitar el aumento de infecciones y la tensión en los hospitales durante los próximos tres meses, se necesitará un aumento sustancial en el control de la transmisión.  

El reporte de modelo de Colorado utiliza un nuevo indicador de “control de transmisión” para describir el impacto colectivo de todas las políticas y comportamientos en la propagación del SARS-CoV-2. El control de transmisión captura TODOS los cambios de comportamiento y políticas diseñadas para mitigar la pandemia SARS-CoV-2, incluido el uso de tapabocas, el distanciamiento físico, la ventilación optimizada, el trabajo desde casa, el rastreo de contactos (incluido el aislamiento y la cuarentena), el mover las actividades al aire libre y cualquier impacto estacional. Este enfoque tiene la ventaja de requerir menos suposiciones y aumentar la precisión para el modelo de Colorado. En términos técnicos, el parámetro de control de transmisión describe la disminución porcentual de los contactos efectivos entre las personas infectadas y susceptibles en comparación con el comportamiento pre-pandémico.

Los niveles de control de la transmisión por debajo del 79% conducirán a un aumento de las infecciones y a un número reproductivo efectivo superior a 1; y si se reducen las tasas de contacto y el control de la transmisión es superior al 79%, las infecciones disminuirán.

El último modelo  proporciona proyecciones basadas en los datos del censo hospitalario del COVID-19 hasta el 19 de octubre de 2020. Los modelos se basan en datos y suposiciones de Colorado basados en el estado actual de la ciencia.

Principales conclusiones del reporte:

  • Estamos en un momento crítico. Si Colorado permanece en la trayectoria actual, es probable que superemos el pico de abril en hospitalizaciones para el COVID-19 a mediados de noviembre, que sobrepasaron los 900 en un solo día. El aumento de los contactos durante las vacaciones acelerará el incremento de los casos y la capacidad de las unidades de cuidados intensivos de los hospitales podrá excederse en diciembre o enero.
  • El número reproductivo efectivo es de aproximadamente 1.5 (que oscila con la incertidumbre estadística de 1.16 a 1.85).
  •  Aproximadamente 1 de cada 292 habitantes de Colorado están actualmente infectados. Este estimado se genera a partir del modelo y supone que no todos los residentes infectados son capturados por los sistemas de vigilancia estatales.
  •  Las hospitalizaciones están aumentando rápidamente. Evitar picos desafiantes de infecciones y demanda hospitalaria durante los próximos tres meses requerirá un aumento sustancial en el control de la transmisión.
  • La ventana de oportunidad para mejorar el control de la transmisión es durante las próximas semanas para asegurar que la capacidad de cuidados críticos no se vea estresada. La magnitud y el momento de las reducciones en la transmisión determinarán la gravedad del COVID-19 en Colorado en los próximos meses.

La Escuela de Salud Pública de Colorado (ColoradoSPH) reunió a un grupo de expertos que trabaja con el estado en proyecciones de modelos. El grupo incluye científicos de modelos del ColoradoSPH y la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Colorado en el CU Anschutz Medical Campus, así como expertos de la Universidad de Colorado en Boulder, la Universidad de Colorado en Denver y la Universidad Estatal de Colorado.

Todos los anteriores reportes de modelo están disponibles en el sitio web del COVID-19 de la Escuela de Salud Pública de Colorado.

El estado seguirá revisando los datos y los resultados modelo, a medida que la pandemia siga determinando las decisiones políticas. Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: Declining transmission control in the Colorado SARS-CoV-2 model and rapidly increasing hospitalizations signal Colorado is at a critical moment in the COVID-19 pandemic

CDPHE: Personal gatherings limited to ten people, no more than two households

REMOTE, (Oct. 23, 2020): In response to an alarming increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today amended its Safer at Home public health order to limit personal gatherings in all counties at all Safer at Home levels. The revised order reduces the size of personal gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households. 

Recent case investigation data show that since July attending social gatherings and community exposures have become more common among new cases.  This suggests people have relaxed their precautions and are interacting more closely with a greater number of households.

“We are asking all Coloradans to act with an abundance of caution to reverse these worrying trends. Right now, the virus is spreading when people from multiple households attend gatherings. We need to keep gatherings smaller and with people from fewer households — we are asking everyone to ‘shrink their bubble’ to reduce the spread,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “Please take every effort to reduce contact with members of other households. If you can work remotely, please do so to reduce contact with other individuals. Taking action now can prevent your loved ones from getting sick, and help us save lives and avoid stricter public health orders in the future.”

Certain counties, like Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, and Boulder, have recently instituted stricter public health orders on gathering sizes. As always, Coloradans living in counties with stricter orders should continue to follow those orders. 

The amended public health order does not apply to counties that are currently at the Protect Our Neighbors level. Local governments in these counties may continue to determine gathering limits as they see fit, but all Coloradans are strongly encouraged to limit gatherings.

In addition to limiting  gatherings and gathering sizes, Coloradans should continue to follow other public health guidance, including wearing a mask in public, washing hands frequently, and keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet from others outside their household. 

Access all public health and executive orders online. 

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

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CDPHE: Reuniones personales limitadas a diez personas, de no más de dos viviendas

REMOTO, (octubre 23, 2020): En respuesta a un alarmante aumento de las hospitalizaciones debido al COVID-19, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) hoy modificó su orden de salud pública Más Seguros en Casa para limitar las reuniones personales en todos los condados que se encuentran en todos los niveles de Más Seguros en Casa. La orden revisada reduce el tamaño de las reuniones personales a no más de 10 personas de no más de dos viviendas separadas.

Los datos recientes de la investigación de casos muestran que asistir a reuniones sociales se ha vuelto más común entre los nuevos casos. Esto sugiere que las personas han reducido sus precauciones y están interactuando más cercanamente con un mayor número de viviendas.

“Pedimos a todos los habitantes de Colorado que actúen con mucha precaución para revertir estas tendencias preocupantes. En este momento, el virus se está propagando cuando personas de varias viviendas asisten a reuniones. Tenemos que mantener las reuniones más pequeñas y con personas de menos viviendas; estamos pidiendo a todos que ‘reduzcan su círculo ‘ para reducir la propagación”, dijo Jill Hunsaker Ryan, directora ejecutiva del CDPHE. “Por favor, hagan todos los esfuerzos para reducir el contacto con los miembros de otras viviendas. Si pueden trabajar de forma remota, por favor háganlo para reducir el contacto con otras personas. Tomar medidas ahora puede evitar que sus seres queridos se enfermen, y ayudarnos a salvar vidas y evitar órdenes de salud pública más estrictas en el futuro”.

Algunos condados, como Denver, Arapahoe, Adams y Boulder, han instituido recientemente órdenes de salud pública más estrictas en el tamaño de las reuniones. Como siempre, los habitantes de Colorado que viven en condados con órdenes más estrictas deben seguir esas ordenanzas. 

La orden de salud pública modificada no se aplica a los condados que actualmente están en el nivel de Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos. Los gobiernos locales de estos condados pueden seguir determinando los límites para reuniones como consideren necesario, pero se recomienda firmemente a todos los habitantes de Colorado a limitar las reuniones.

Además de limitar las reuniones y el tamaño de ellas, los habitantes de Colorado deben seguir otras directrices de salud pública, como usar un tapabocas en público, lavarse las manos con frecuencia y mantener una distancia física de al menos 6 pies de otras personas fuera de su hogar.

Puede acceder a todas las órdenes ejecutivas y de salud pública en línea.

 Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov

CDPHE: Personal gatherings limited to ten people, no more than two households

UCR: Grizzly Creek Fire grew 150 acres

Since Thursday, the Grizzly Creek fire has grown approximately 150 acres between the west side of Grizzly Creek drainage and No Name drainage. Spot fires also occurred on the east side of the upper Grizzly Creek drainage and ground crews are working to contain these spots. Please do not report smoke visible from area communities.  

The fire is now 32,631 acres and 91 percent contained.

Additional resources were called in Friday to engage the new fire activity: air attack, 2 Large Air Tankers, 1 Very Large Air Tanker, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, a type 3 helicopter, type 1 helicopter, White River Wildfire module, California Eagle Lake Wildfire Module, Montana BLM type 6 engine, a type 2 Initial Attack crew, and an additional type 2 crew arriving on Saturday.

“Fire behavior today has not showed much growth in acres. Mostly some isolated torching” said Incident Commander Dan Nielsen. “Please respect the area closure of the fire perimeter and remember the White River National Forest and BLM in this area are in Stage 1 fire restrictions.” Nielsen elaborated that the plan is to suppress the fire with ground resources where it is safe to do so. Air resources to the west side of Grizzly Creek will be utilized to slow fire growth. The plan for additional resources to staff the fire will continue to evolve depending on precipitation from this weekend’s predicted snow fall.

If you are hunting, camping or recreating in the area be alerted to changing fire behavior, respect the closure area, and follow Stage 1 fire restrictions which prohibit campfires outside of designated fire rings.

UCR: Grizzly Creek Fire grew 150 acres

Smoke visible from Grizzly Creek Fire

Smoke visible today from the Grizzly Creek Fire from some activity in the Grizzly Creek drainage. About 15 firefighters are working with a helicopter to check its growth. Photo from the Fourmile area by Zac Stansberry from Glenwood Spring Fire Department.

Updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO
@GrizzlyCreekFireCO

Grizzly Creek Fire smoke
Photo by Zac Stansberry from Glenwood Spring Fire Department
Smoke visible from Grizzly Creek Fire

One new COVID-19 case notification for Criminal Justice facility

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – One new COVID-19 case was confirmed late yesterday evening at the Garfield County Criminal Justice community corrections facility in Rifle. No new case notifications have come in as of this release today.

Currently, there are a total of nine positive cases; three staff members and six clients. All three staff have been released to quarantine away from the facility, and all six clients have been either furloughed or transferred to parole for quarantine. Previous to last weekend, correction staff reports the facility had not been notified of any positive COVID-19 cases in clients or staff during the pandemic.

A Rapid Response Team from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) completed testing on all remaining staff and current clients at midday today. CDPHE has collected the samples to test at the state lab.

One new COVID-19 case notification for Criminal Justice facility

COVID cases increase at Criminal Justice facility

Eight COVID confirmed cases; CDPHE rapid response team to do more testing

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased to eight at the Garfield County Criminal Justice facility in Rifle. Six clients of the program and two staff members have tested positive for COVID. Tomorrow, a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) rapid response team arrives to test all clients and staff, including those who have been tested previously.

Notifications of four COVID positive cases were made by midday Tuesday, and notifications of positive test results for three additional cases were received later Tuesday and one today. Quarantine protocols are continuing.

The community corrections facility had an established cleaning structure in place before the first case of COVID-19 presented over the weekend. Cleaning protocols were strengthened when the first case presented. In March of this year, sanitizing was increased to include provision of sanitizing wipes for commonly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, in restrooms and in common areas.

As a result of the first positive test over the weekend, all cleaning supplies were provided in the common areas for both the male and female living spaces 24 hours a day. Sanitizing is done both of vehicles and surfaces in which people have routine contact.

The community corrections program is designed to prepare clients to live independently after incarceration. As a part of the program, many work outside of the facility; and all are supervised in caring for their own needs inside the facility. Frequent and routine cleaning is a part of the requirements of clients to meet the standards of preparing to live on their own after their release. Staff has increased cleaning protocols to include cleaning after every single use of the restrooms, and as always after any use of the common areas. Consistent mask wearing is place by staff and encouraged for clients. The facility was quarantined upon notice of the first positive case.

Garfield County Public Health staff began working on contact investigations in the correctional facility over the weekend. During that time, there was one confirmed case. The department was awaiting test results early this week to identify and determine whether or not there was a COVID outbreak in the facility, which is determined to be two or more cases. Public Health is working with the facility to conduct contact tracing; and has brought in CDPHE to do everything possible to protect the clients and staff of the facility.

Once cases were confirmed by positive tests, each was isolated. Daily monitoring of temperatures has been done for months. Some clients have reached out to their health care providers to request testing. For the clients whose health care providers have requested tests or upon notification of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, community corrections staff has facilitated the accommodation of testing in every case.

No transfers of clients have occurred recently, reducing the risk of transfer of the illness to or from other facilities.

Operations regarding receipt of mail or packages for clients has not changed; clients can still receive care packages that meet the normal security standards for incoming packages or mail. However, they are not able to receive visitors, and their places of employment have been notified they will not be working while on quarantine.

Garfield County Criminal Justice and the Colorado Department of Corrections determined today that community corrections clients will not be charged rent while the facility is in quarantine, as community corrections clients are not able to report to work.

COVID cases increase at Criminal Justice facility