On Thursday, March 4, 2020, the City of Glenwood Springs was notified that an employee in the Parks and Recreation Department became symptomatic after a COVID-19 exposure. Currently, the City is treating the employee, who works at the Community Center as presumptive positive. Community Center members are not believed to have been exposed.
Following guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Garfield County Public Health, the presumptive positive employee, as well as others in their immediate work area, are self-isolating. Garfield County Public Health has begun contact tracing for all individuals that may have been in contact with the employee. People with questions should contact the public health office via email or call 970-945-6614 in Glenwood Springs or 970-625-5200 in Rifle.
The community center will be closed through Saturday to accommodate reduced staffing due to precautionary isolation while Garfield County Public Health conducts contact tracing. The community center may extend the closure depending on Garfield County Public Health quarantine recommendations. Patrons are encouraged to find community center reopening updates on social media and its website.
The City of Glenwood Springs is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and Community Center users. Parks Director, Brian Smith said, “We’re working closely with Garfield County Public Health and the City of Glenwood Springs Fire Department Infection Control Officer, to protect the safety of our staff and patrons. We will reopen the Community Center as soon as we can safely do so.”
RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:
Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 3/4/2021
Number of individuals tested: 6,964 Positive results: 1,142 Pending results: 30 New positives since 3/2/21: 2 Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 44 Patients transferred: 12 Patients discharged: 31
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.
Vaccine update: Grand River Health did receive a small shipment of Moderna vaccines and will be doing some new vaccines this week. Revaccination appointments on Friday afternoon will go on as planned. When vaccine is available, GRH is vaccinating Seniors 60+, those with two or more comorbidities and other categories as identified by the CDPHE in Phase 1B3. To know when COVID-19 vaccines become available, please watch the Grand River Health Facebook page and the website at www.grandriverhealth.org. There are no walk ins at this time. All vaccinations will be done by appointment only by calling (970) 625-1100 (Option 1) on Wednesdays after 1 p.m. 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).
COVID-19 pandemic increases energy burdens for many Coloradans
As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches the one-year mark, the number of people experiencing critical home energy burdens continue to rise. From April 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) received over 250,000 calls from vulnerable Coloradans looking for urgent help affording their utility bills.
EOC has paid over 25,000 past due utility bills during the pandemic totaling over $13 million dollars in assistance. This represents a 46% increase in the number of bills paid and a 75% increase in assistance dollars over the same time period from the previous year.
The need for assistance continues and the deficits get larger as people struggle to pay their rent, buy food, afford medicine, and keep up with their home energy bills. Lost wages have not been replaced, and the pace at which we are providing assistance to households statewide has not slowed down.
If you, or someone you know is struggling to afford their home energy costs, call 1-866-HEAT HELP (1-866-432-8435), or visit our website at www.energyoutreachcolorado.org.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:
Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 3/4/21 Specimens collected thru Valley View: 22,351 Positive results: 1,883 Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 234 Admitted patients discharged: 213
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.
“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.
A gas line break occurred at approximately 9:30am at the intersection of Mt. Sopris Drive and South Midland on March 4, 2021. The roadway opened at approximately 1pm.
As of 11:58am, the gas line break is currently clamped off and crews are in repair mode.
Traffic control for the roadway project is screening traffic at the south leg of the roundabout at 27th Street. Traffic that is not going to the Hager Lane, Old Cardiff Bridge Road or Park West neighborhoods will not be allowed onto So. Midland at this time. Four Mile traffic is being diverted at Four Mile Ranch and sent back to Dry Park Road.
The gas line break is part of Black Hills Energy gas line replacement project.
A gas line break occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Mt. Sopris Drive and South Midland on March 4, 2021. There is no current estimated time of repair and there are currently no evacuations.
Traffic control for the roadway project is screening traffic at the south leg of the roundabout at 27th Street. Traffic that is not going to the Hager Lane, Old Cardiff Bridge Road, Park East or Park West neighborhoods will not be allowed onto S. Midland at this time. Four Mile traffic is being diverted at Four Mile Ranch and sent back to Dry Park Road.
The gas line break is part of Black Hills Energy gas line replacement project.
New vaccine benefits, 1B.3 phase to open, Level Blue
Small increase in cases and cumulative incidence rate, low hospitalizations
Garfield County’s test positivity is still below 5 percent, but up slightly from last week and the incidence rate tipped just over blue into the yellow category on the dial metrics. Both levels remain significantly below where they were even one month ago. Hospitalizations remain low and stable. One reason is that the vaccine has now been delivered to many of our communities most vulnerable 65 and older population and nearly all residents and staff of long-term care facilities statewide.
Four new reasons to get the COVID vaccine
Two weeks after the second dose there is no required quarantine for people exposed to COVID-19. Out of caution, there are still a few exceptions for those who work or live in congregate settings.
2 & 3. No deaths or hospitalizations were reported in the 75,000 people who received the COVID vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novovax after four weeks. Well-documented evidence shows that vaccinated people have almost no risk of getting seriously ill from COVID.
4. Early data shows that people who have received the COVID vaccine have significantly less chance of spreading the virus to others.
Level Blue for Garfield County
Last week, the state moved Garfield County into Level Blue on the COVID dial. Outdoor events have potential to benefit the most with more space than indoor businesses and events. In Level Blue, the social distancing calculator still applies and may limit the number of people allowed in a space even though the per person maximums have increased. Garfield County has provided a chart of the highlights between Level Yellow and Level Blue and where to find sector specific guidance for your event or business.
Masks and distancing for now, but hope in the future
The statewide mask mandate is still in effect. The state estimates that only 21 percent of Coloradoans are immune (from both vaccine and natural immunity after previous COVID infection) and that only 30 percent of cases are being reported. Therefore, COVID is still able to spread to many people and why precautions still need to be taken. Even those who have been vaccinated are asked to model the way and continue to wear masks and distance. Other measures like handwashing and staying home when sick will always be important elements in fighting disease spread.
Next vaccination phase announced
On March 5, anyone age 60 and up; people with two or more chronic conditions (of those listed); and grocery store workers may make a vaccine appointment.
Find when and where you can be vaccinated on the vaccine page.
In mid- to late-March, the state hopes to expand to phase 1B.4.
Following 1B.4, the vaccine will be open to the general public.
*This number represents patients discharged in the state
Cases since last week
83 cases added from 2/22 – 2/28, for a rolling average of 11.9 cases added per day
37 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths
2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19
2 deaths under investigation
0 new death reported since last week
STATE DIAL INFORMATION (2/22 – 2/28)
Hospitalizations, days with stable or declining hospitalizations (previous 14 days):
Test positivity, two-week period:
Previous week’s weather delays caused a delay in Garfield County vaccine providers reporting out on the numbers of individuals vaccinated. We anticipate a jump in the number of doses administered and the number of people vaccinated.
Grand River Health
Mountain Family Health Center
Garfield County Public Health
Long Term Care Facilities
2nd Dose/fully vaccinated
70+ fully vaccinated
65-69 yrs. fully vaccinated
*Numbers are from reporting agencies. There may be other entities administering vaccine that do not report to Garfield County.
Beneficios de la nueva vacuna, se abrirá fase 1B.3, Nivel Azul
Pequeño aumento en casos y tasa de incidencia acumulada, bajas hospitalizaciones
La positividad de prueba un está por debajo del 5%, un poco más alta que la semana pasada y la tasa de incidencia se inclinó ligeramente por encima de la categoría azul, dentro de la categoría amarilla en las métricas de indicadores. Ambos niveles se mantienen significativamente por debajo de donde estaban desde hace un mes. Las hospitalizaciones se mantienen bajas y estables. Un motivo es que la vacuna se ha entregado a muchas de nuestras comunidades con población de edad mayor de 65 años más vulnerable y casi todos los residentes y a personal de centros de atención a largo plazo en todo el estado.
4 nuevas razones para recibir la vacuna COVID
Dos semanas después de la segunda dosis, no se requiere cuarentena para personas expuestas al COVID-19. Por precaución, todavía hay algunas excepciones para quienes trabajan o viven en ambientes grandes.
2 & 3. No se reportaron muertes u hopitalizaciones en las 75,000 personas que recibieron la vacuna contra COVID de Pfizer, Moderna, AztraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novovax después de cuatro semanas. Evidencia bien documentada muestra que las personas vacunadas casi no tienen riesgo de enfermarse gravemente por COVID.
La semana pasada, el estado movió al Condado Garfield al Nivel Azul del indicador COVID. Los eventos al aire libre tienen potencial de beneficiarse con más espacio que negocios y eventos al interior. En el Nivel Azul, la calculadora de distanciamiento social aún se aplica y puede limitar la cantidad de personas permitidas en un espacio aunque los máximos de personas hayan aumentado. Consulte aquí para un gráfico de los aspectos más destacados entre el Nivel Amarillo y el Nivel Azul y dónde encontrar orientación específica del sector para su evento o negocio.
Por ahora máscaras y distanciamiento, hay esperanza en el futuro
El mandato de use de cubrebocas en todo el estado todavía está en vigor. El estado estima que solo el 21% de los habitantes de Colorado son inmunes (tanto a la vacuna como a la inmunidad natural después de una infección previa por COVID) y que solo se informa el 30% de los casos. Por lo tanto, COVID un puede contagiar a muchas personas y por eso es necesario tomar precauciones. Incluso a aquellos que han sido vacunados se les pide que formen el camino y continúen usando cubrebocas y distancia. Otras medidas, como lavarse las manos y quedarse en casa cuando están enfermos, siempre serán elementos importantes para combatir la propagación de enfermedades.
Se anuncio la próxima fase de vacunación
El 5 de marzo, cualquier persona de 60 años o más, personas con dos o más condiciones médicas crónicas (aquí enlistadas) y trabajadores de supermercados, pueden hacer una cita para vacunas.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is adding 822 cases to the data dashboard today that meet the standard national criteria to define persons who had a second infection of the virus that causes COVID-19. The cases have report dates of Aug. 20, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021, and represent 0.19% of Colorado’s total case count. Cases range in age from 1 – 101 with a median age of 42 years and are distributed among 45 Colorado counties. Forty-nine percent are female.
The criteria the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses to define persons with a second infection is two positive molecular amplification tests, such as a PCR test, separated by 90 days or longer. The measure of whether the two tests actually represent two different infections, as opposed to one continued infection with intermittent shedding of the virus, is whether they are genetically different from each other. However, it is rarely possible to make this definitive determination due to availability of specimens.
A lab needs access to the first and second samples to perform genetic sequencing. Because most labs don’t keep samples for more than a few days, the state lab is unable to sequence for the vast majority of these cases. Additionally, extended storage can reduce the quality of a specimen and second infections often have lower viral load, affecting our ability to perform genetic sequencing. To date CDPHE’s State Public Health Laboratory has successfully sequenced seven specimen pairs of sufficient quality to make a determination about true reinfection. Of those seven, five were genetically different, representing true reinfection, the other two were not. It’s important to note that the criteria used to define a new case or reinfection may change as we learn more about how long immunity lasts.
While reinfection is rare, it’s not unexpected based on what we know from similar viruses. Coloradans should continue to protect themselves, whether or not they have already had COVID-19, by following public health protocols – hand washing, mask wearing, physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings.
DENVER – Governor Jared Polis released a statement following reports that the U.S. FDA approved the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is great news — our country will quickly be equipped with another life-saving and crisis-ending vaccine to help us in the fight against COVID-19. Colorado will continue working around the clock to ensure that there is an arm for every dose, that we are reaching at-risk populations and administering the vaccine as equitably as possible.”
Governor Polis also extended an executive order providing relief to public utility customers affected by COVID-19. Governor Polis also extended an executive order related to protections provided to Colorado tenants from late fees due to COVID-19.
Governor Polis extended an executive order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan enrollees. The Governor also extended an executive order ordering expedited unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. During his remarks, Governor Polis was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman and CDPHE Incident Commander Scott Bookman.
“Equitable distribution of the vaccine is a top priority for Colorado and to continue that trend, the state is moving to a new phase next week of the vaccine prioritization plan where more doses of this lifesaving vaccine will be available to most vulnerable communities. I’m focused on ensuring that Coloradans who are at the most risk of COVID due to the environment they work in can receive the vaccine, so we can save more lives and end this pandemic,” said Governor Polis.
Governor Polis announced that 90% of frontline healthcare workers who have stepped up to treat their fellow Coloradans have received both doses of the vaccine. Nearly all residents and staff in long-term care facilities across the state have been vaccinated. The state expects the program to be complete and for these individuals to be fully vaccinated in the next 10 days.
Governor Polis announced Colorado’s efforts to move into Phase 1B3 of the vaccine prioritization plan, which now includes current agriculture and grocery store workers, Coloradans aged 60 and older, and Coloradans aged 16-59 with two or more comorbidities. Phase 1B3 will begin on March 5th.
“Please be patient and sign up for an appointment. As we announce this next phase and put more people into the phases, sign up and please be patient, you will have your turn to get the vaccine,” said Brigadier General Scott Sherman
“Getting this vaccine is safe, effective and it is a critical next step in ending this pandemic,” added CDPHE Incident Commander Scott Bookman.
Governor Polis also announced that in late March Coloradans aged 50 and up will be able to get the vaccine, along with those in student-facing roles in higher education and other frontline workers, including restaurant and food service workers, bus drivers, U.S Postal Service workers, and manufacturing workers. The date of vaccinations for this group is set for late March, and dependent on vaccine supply.
Glenwood Springs, CO – The City of Glenwood Springs will host a virtual Community Conversation “Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Responses During the Pandemic” on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will be simulcast on Zoom in both English and Spanish and be live streamed to Facebook.
The purpose of the meeting is to listen and discuss limits of law enforcement and response during the COVID-19 pandemic, and better understand community questions. Speakers include Glenwood Springs Police Chief Joseph Deras, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, and 9th Judicial District Attorney Jefferson Cheney.
The meeting login information can be accessed on the City of Glenwood Springs Calendar at cogs.us/calendar and is included below.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Mar 1, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Topic: 2021/03/01 Information Session Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89099473649
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