Gov. Polis provides update on Colorado’s COVID-19 response & vaccination progress

DENVER – Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Kit Kieling, President & COO of Orderly Health. 

In an effort to continue making the free COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible, today Governor Polis signed an Executive Order ensuring that the vaccine is free for Coloradans, and insurance status will not be used to deny or deprioritize any patient from getting the vaccine. The state wants to ensure there are no barriers to accessing the vaccine. The executive order directs the Colorado Division of Insurance to enact a rule regarding rates for COVID-19 vaccine administration. 

“The vaccine is free and there should be no barriers to receiving it when that time comes,” said Governor Polis. “Vaccines are the path back towards the Colorado we all know and love, and to ensure that can happen as quickly and easily as possible, our State must make sure the vaccine is accessible to all.” 

“We should all be proud of Colorado for hitting our target goal of vaccinating the majority of those in Phase 1A, meaning that a majority of our State’s high-risk healthcare workers have received at least their first dose of the vaccine,” said Governor Polis. “This victory means that our front line healthcare workers who have worked day in and day out to care for COVID patients have the protection they need to continue their commendable work until all of Colorado is vaccinated. Our State has also made significant efforts towards vaccinating our seniors ages 70 and older, who are at the greatest risk of dying from COVID and they now become our top focus.”

Governor Polis provided an update on how Colorado businesses experiencing financial hardships due to the pandemic can receive the support they need. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is continuing to manage the Small Business Relief Program. Through this $35 million program, local governments have been able to distribute grants to small businesses hurt by the pandemic. Small businesses that are interested but haven’t applied should reach out to their local government soon, as most applications are closing at the end of January. Visit cdola.colorado.gov/small-business-relief for more information.

“Orderly Health received $130,000 in funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and with that, we took five full-time employees and expanded our company by hiring more Coloradans and creating a diverse talent pool,” saidDr. Kit Kieling, President & COO of Orderly Health. “Governor Polis, I appreciate the opportunity to share our experience and am thankful for the Paycheck Protection Program.” Orderly Health is a provider of a data management system that helps clients improve the accuracy of their healthcare data. 

Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reopened earlier this week. Colorado’s Office of Economic Development is working with the federal government to make sure our State’s businesses are getting access to these funds. Businesses can visit oedit.colorado.gov/covid19 for more information on how to apply. 

View today’s presentation and press conference

Gov. Polis provides update on Colorado’s COVID-19 response & vaccination progress

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 14, 2021

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats – 1/14/2021
Number of individuals tested: 6,180
Positive results: 1,013
Pending results: 43
New positives since 1/5/21: 26
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 39
Patients transferred: 12
Patients discharged: 27
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Seniors 70+ vaccinations:  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. We appreciate your patience.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility (no gators, bandanas or buffs please).

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for January 14, 2021

CDPHE to add variant case updates to data dashboard; confirms fifth case of the B.1.1.7 variant

Colorado Department of Public Health Environment has confirmed five cases of the B 1.1.7 variant and will add variant case totals in the case summary snapshot on the COVID-19 data dashboard. Starting tomorrow, CDPHE will update the information every day at about 4 p.m., providing additional data transparency and allowing Coloradans to more closely track disease transmission in the state.

“Our state lab was the first in the country to identify a B 1.1.7 variant case through sophisticated analysis of testing samples,” Scott Bookman, incident commander, COVID-19 response, said. “Scientists believe this variant is far more contagious, so I’m pleased we are adding this information to our website to help keep Coloradans informed of disease transmission trends in our state.” 

The state lab is now routinely screening all samples submitted to the state lab for COVID-19 diagnostic testing for the S drop out profile associated with the B 1.1.7  variant and using a well-established genome sequencing program to characterize mutations using a number of advanced molecular detection techniques.

CDPHE is doing about 5-10% of the statewide testing analysis and has also asked other labs in the state to submit batches of positive tests so they, too, can be screened. So far, the state lab has confirmed five cases of the B 1.1.7 variant. 

The most recent case involves an individual from Boulder County in their 20s. A private lab discovered the variant, and the state lab confirmed it. 

Scientists in the United Kingdom believe the B.1.1.7 variant to be more contagious than previously identified strains of the SARS-CoV-2 variant, though no more severe in symptoms. In addition, the currently authorized vaccines are thought to be effective against this variant.

Coloradans can protect themselves from the B.1.1.7 variant in the same ways they can protect themselves from the prominent SARS-CoV-2 strain by following public health protocols– hand washing, mask wearing, physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings. Quarantine guidance for those exposed to the variant is more strict. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE to add variant case updates to data dashboard; confirms fifth case of the B.1.1.7 variant

Connect for Health Colorado® is operating Colorado’s COVID-19 call center

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is partnered with Connect for Health Colorado® to provide Coloradans with a call center that has support services for COVID-19 testing and containment results. The “COVID Results” Call Center opened on Nov. 19, 2020 and has placed more than 228,000 calls.

“We are eager to do our part to help manage the COVID public health crisis,” said Connect for Health Colorado’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson. “We are proud to be a trusted resource for Coloradans when it comes to their health and help the State be successful in combatting the pandemic.”

The COVID-19 Call Center staff provide outbound call support to deliver COVID-19 test results. The call center is also open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provides information and guidance in English and Spanish, as well as in other languages using an interpretation service. 

Outbound calls originate from an 888 number and the caller ID appears as “Colorado COVID Results.” Call center staff also identify themselves as representatives from Colorado COVID Results in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Callers then confirm the patient’s name and date of birth before releasing their test results, but our call center staff will never request other personal information such as social security numbers or bank/credit card information. If you are contacted by someone without an 888 number or who asked you for more information than listed above, hang up, and report the incident to CDPHE.

Connect for Health Colorado® is operating Colorado’s COVID-19 call center

Garfield County Public Health: Silt adds new COVID testing site; Rifle/Parachute testing sites have a permanent time change

Garfield County, CO – Roaring Fork COVID testing will add a Silt testing site location beginning Monday January 18. The new site will be in the parking lot behind the Silt Library and Town Hall, at 600 Home Ave. The Silt site testing will be open from 7 am – noon Monday through Friday. Appointments are made online and are necessary to be tested.

The Western Garfield County Curative testing sites in Rifle and Parachute have new permanent hours. Parachute hours are 8 am to 10 am, and the Rifle hours are 11:30 am to 3 pm on Mondays.

Testing is at no cost, does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance.

Roaring Fork Valley free COVID testing
https://www.rfvcovidtest.com/
By appointment only.
Locations in Silt, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Snowmass and Aspen
See website for days, hours and locations

Elk Creek Elementary School – mobile van
Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., January – March
804 W Main St., New Castle, 81647
https://curative.com/sites/17935/walkup#9/39.573/-107.5417

Bea Underwood Elementary School – mobile van
Mondays 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., January – March
0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, 81635
https://curative.com/sites/17936/walkup#9/39.441/-108.0382

Garfield County Fairgrounds- Mobile Van
Mondays 11:30 – 3:00 p.m., January – March
1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 81650
https://curative.com/sites/17938/walkup#9/39.5401/-107.7851

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing — an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19. It is an observed and directed, self-collected test, which minimizes the in-person contact and risk of transmission for all site visitors and testing professionals. Results are returned to patients within 48 hours upon receipt at the lab.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 5 to 7 days after exposure and quarantine.

Garfield County Public Health has a list of testing sites on the COVID-19 testing page. Symptoms include:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or bypass other public health orders, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, interact only with members of their own households, wash hands and stay home while sick.

How can I stay up to date on Garfield County COVID testing, vaccine information and data?

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

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Se agrega nuevo sitio para pruebas de COVID en Silt; también hay cambios permanentes de horario en los sitios de prueba en Rifle/Parachute

Condado de Garfield Pruebas de COVID del Roaring Fork agregará una ubicación para pruebas en Silt a partir del lunes 18 de enero. El nuevo sitio estará ubicado en el estacionamiento detrás de la biblioteca y de las oficinas del pueblo de Silt, en el 600 Home Ave. y estará abierto de 7 am al mediodía de lunes a viernes.

Los sitios de prueba del Western Garfield County Curative (por sus siglas en Ingles) en Rifle y Parachute tienen nuevos horarios. El horario de Parachute será de 8 am a 10 am y el horario en Rifle será de 11:30 am a 3 pm los lunes.

Las pruebas no tienen costo, no se requiere una nota médica, identificación o seguro.

Prueba COVID gratuita de Roaring Fork Valley
https://www.rfvcovidtest.com/
Solo por cita.
Ubicaciones en Silt, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Snowmass y Aspen

Visite el sitio web para conocer los días, horarios y ubicaciones
Escuela Primaria Elk Creek – En el estacionamiento
Domingos de 9 a.m. A 3 p.m., De enero a marzo
804 W. Main St., Castillo Nuevo, 81647
https://curative.com/sites/17935/walkup#9/39.573/-107.5417


Escuela Primaria Bea Underwood – En el estacionamiento
Lunes 8 am – 10 am, enero – marzo
0741 Tamarisk Trail, Paracaídas, 81635
https://curative.com/sites/17936/walkup#9/39.441/-108.0382

Recinto ferial del condado de Garfield: En el estacionamiento
Lunes 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, enero – marzo
1001 Railroad Ave., rifle, 81650
https://curative.com/sites/17938/walkup#9/39.5401/-107.7851

Curative ofrece la prueba de cotonete de fluido oral, un método alternativo a los cotonetes nasofaríngeos o cerebrales en la prueba de COVID-19. Es una prueba que se auto-recopila por el individuo, la cual es dirigida y observada, que minimiza el contacto en persona y minimiza el riesgo de transmisión para visitantes del sitio y profesionales que hacen pruebas. Los resultados se devuelven a pacientes dentro de las 48 horas después que el laboratorio recibe la prueba.

Cualquier persona que tenga síntomas debe hacerse la prueba de inmediato y aislarse durante al menos 10 días desde el inicio de síntomas y hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante 24 horas (sin la ayuda de medicamentos) y que sus síntomas hayan mejorado. Cualquier persona que haya estado expuesta a alguien con COVID-19 debe hacerse la prueba 7 días después de que se expuso y cuarentena.

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield tiene una lista de sitios que ofrecen pruebas en la página de Pruebas COVID-19. Los síntomas incluyen:

Fiebre o escalofríos
Tos
Falta de aire o dificultad para respirar.
Fatiga
Dolores musculares o corporales
Dolor de cabeza
Nueva pérdida del gusto u olfato
Dolor de garganta
Congestión o secreción nasal.
Náuseas o vómitos
Diarrea

Mientras las pruebas son una herramienta importante en la respuesta de COVID-19, el estado advierte que una prueba negativa no significa que esté bien reunirse en grandes reuniones o pasar por alto otras órdenes de salud pública, como usar un cubrebocas. Todos los habitantes de Colorado deben usar cubrebocas, distanciarse físicamente, interactuar solo con los miembros de su propio hogar y quedarse en casa mientras están enfermos.

¿Cómo puedo mantenerme actualizado sobre las pruebas de COVID, información y los datos sobre vacunas del Condado Garfield?

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield publica actualizaciones frecuentes en los medios de comunicación, en Facebook @garfieldhealth, y en nuestro sitio web en la página de COVID Y Salud Pública. Para navegar a la página de COVID y salud pública desde el sitio principal del condado de Garfield, haga clic en el rectángulo rojo de COVID y salud pública en la parte superior de la página. Regístrese para recibir notificaciones sobre las noticias de COVID del Condado de Garfield en garfieldcounty.net. 

Garfield County Public Health: Silt adds new COVID testing site; Rifle/Parachute testing sites have a permanent time change

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats 1/14/21:
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 18,229
Positive results: 1,524
Pending results:   43
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 200
Admitted patients discharged: 173

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: Colorado reports record number of MIS-C cases in children

In December 2020, Colorado hospitals reported the highest number of reported Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases of any month since the COVID-19 pandemic began, which tracks with the rise in COVID-19 cases that occurred during October and November. Though research continues to show that children most often have asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 infection, there is still a risk for severe illness requiring hospitalization, including MIS-C. Colorado currently has 29 cases of MIS-C that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed, and we expect this number to grow as December cases continue to be reviewed– and compared alongside COVID-19 data. The state has had two MIS-C deaths, both reported in the spring of 2020. 

“There’s still a lot we don’t know about MIS-C and the notable increase in cases is a clear reminder that our children are also at risk of serious complications from COVID-19,” said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer, CDPHE. “As in-person learning resumes, it’s important that students continue to take measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19, such as masking, practicing physical distancing, hand washing, and staying home when they are ill.”

MIS-C is a rare but serious condition where different parts of the body  can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. The cause of MIS-C has not yet been determined, but many children with MIS-C have either had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19 and likely undiagnosed. 

Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s health care provider if a child is showing symptoms of MIS-C, including fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. Parents and caregivers should seek emergency care immediately for potentially life-threatening symptoms of MIS-C including trouble breathing, chest pain, new confusion, inability to stay awake, blue lips or face, or severe abdominal pain.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) continues to recommend that children of all ages be evaluated for COVID-19, including through testing, whenever they develop COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals who develop COVID-19 symptoms should be tested as soon as possible after symptoms develop.

Because in-person learning is a priority for our communities and is subject to potential COVID-19 transmission, it is important that children attending school be tested both when they develop symptoms of COVID-19 and following close contact with a COVID-19 case (even if asymptomatic). CDPHE recommends testing asymptomatic contacts of COVID-19 cases no sooner than 5 days after their last exposure and within 48 hours of the end of quarantine if using the test-based option to shorten quarantine. Symptomatic contacts should be tested as soon as possible following the onset of symptoms.

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

CDPHE: Colorado reports record number of MIS-C cases in children

Garfield County Public Health: COVID-19 precautions impact the local flu season

State report: masks, social distancing and increased hand washing are impacting trends

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The spread of influenza (flu) in the state of Colorado is currently sporadic. A recent Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) report notes that although the flu season can be generally unpredictable, it is thought that the public health measures to address the spread of COVID-19, such as mask wearing, social distancing and increased hand washing may impact trends in seasonal flu transmission.

As COVID-19 numbers remain high, Grand River Health and Valley View Hospital have had a quiet flu season and do not anticipate a sharp increase in cases.

In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Influenza viruses that cause the flu circulate year-round. However, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. The flu vaccine is highly recommended for all age groups.

COVID-19 prevention measures saving kids’ lives
Prevention measures are lowering overall flu cases, leading to less pediatric deaths from flu. The CDC reports influenza-associated pediatric deaths for current and past flu seasons. Nation-wide, there were 195 pediatric flu deaths last season. So far this season, there has only been one in the United States and zero reported in Colorado.

“This is the year to do everything we can to prevent the flu. I tell my patients, ‘you don’t want to take a space from someone else in the emergency room.’ Even if one person in your household gets sick with the flu, or even something as minor as cold, it means that everyone has to stay home and get tested for COVID-19. So, take this one additional precaution. Get your flu shots and prevent a major hassle for everyone in your home,” said Dr. Colby Quintenz, pediatrician with Grand River Health.

Flu hospitalizations in Garfield County
There have been no flu-associated hospitalizations in Garfield County during this current 2020-2021 season. By comparison, the 2019-2020 season had 29, the 2018-2019 season 35, and the 17-18 season 46.

Flu deaths as compared to COVID-19 deaths
In the United States, an average of 35,000 people die from the flu each year. In less than one year, the COVID-19 virus has claimed more than 374,000 lives.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) graphic

COVID-19 and flu
COVID-19 is caused by an infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people.

With both flu and COVID-19, people over 65 bear the greatest burden of severe illness and death. Approximately 90% of flu-related deaths and 50-70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur among people in this age group.

A comparison of hospitalizations and deaths by age due to COVID-19 shows that adults 65 to 74 are being hospitalized at five times the rate of the 18- to 29-year-old demographic and dying at 90 times the rate of the younger group. These death rates increase to 220 times for adults age 75 to 84, and 630 times for those over 85, when compared to 18- to 29-year-olds.

Because of their increased risk, older adults are a priority group for receiving both flu and COVID-19 vaccination.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention graphic

“We as physicians don’t recommend things that we wouldn’t do for our own families,” added Dr. Quintenz. “Every year, I take flu vaccine home and give it to my own children. Getting vaccines is the choice that medical professionals make for their own families. As a society we are trying to do everything we can for our neighbors and friends. One of the things we can do for them is to get the flu vaccine and, when it is time, our COVID-19 shots.”

Garfield County Public Health: COVID-19 precautions impact the local flu season

Garfield County Public Health: Vaccine distribution currently focusing on those aged 70 and older locally and statewide

Garfield County Public Health, in partnership with Valley View Hospital and Grand River Health, will continue to follow the state priorities of vaccinating people 70 and older before any expansion to those 65 and older.

People that are 70+ in age will need to make appointments with local hospitals to receive the vaccine. Appointments are only being made as the vaccine is available.

Yesterday’s announcement by the federal government caused some confusion, but statewide and locally there is no change. We will continue with the state’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of our 70 years and older population by February 28, 2021. 

Garfield County Public Health will continue to provide updates on the Garfield County COVID-19 vaccine page with current information as it comes in. 

https://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine/

Governor Polis indicates that Colorado is not currently expanding its age criteria currently.

Garfield County Public Health: Vaccine distribution currently focusing on those aged 70 and older locally and statewide

CDPHE to closely monitor Curative testing and add measures to ensure efficacy

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is closely monitoring the Curative testing administration in Colorado, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert about the potential risk of false-negative results for the tests. To be responsive to the alert and help ensure testing viability, CDPHE has also requested Curative provide a full instructional video on the proper way to collect a sample to train or retrain administers. 

According to the FDA: “To reduce the risk of false negative results, it is important to perform the test in accordance with its authorization and as described in the authorized labeling, e.g., the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers. When the test is not performed in accordance with its authorization or as described in the authorized labeling, there is a greater risk that the results of the test may not be accurate.”

Read the entire safety statement on the FDA website, which describes appropriate use. CDPHE will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. 

CDPHE has thoroughly reviewed the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), safety statement, and data resulting from Curative tests performed in Colorado. The state believes that tests processed by Curative are a reliable option in the context of FDA guidance, as existing oversight and strict instructions related to the sampling process increase the likelihood that the results of the test are more accurate.

“At this time, we believe these Curative tests are one more tool in our COVID-19 testing toolbox. Each type of test is appropriate for specific situations. We will continue to evaluate the test’s effectiveness and will make decisions accordingly,” said Sarah Tuneberg, COVID-19 Innovation Response Team Lead and Senior COVID-19 Advisor at CDPHE.  

At the request of some local partners, CDPHE is supporting mobile test sites, long-term testing sites, and pop-up community testing events to ensure everyone has access to COVID-19 tests. The state will continue to work with local partners to meet community testing needs in a manner that best serves their residents. 

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or bypass other public health protocols, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, interact only with members of their own households, and stay home while sick.

Curative has been working with the FDA to address concerns, including the testing limitations. The FDA validated Curative’s test during the pandemic under an Emergency Use Authorization. It is labeled with specific warnings, precautions, and limitations that the FDA reiterated in the safety communication. 

Current Curative testing sites in Colorado are:

Site(s)CountyType
DIA – Denver International AirportDenverPrivate Kiosk
Jefferson County FairgroundsJeffersonDrive-thru
University of Northern ColoradoWeldKiosk
Youth Sports Fields – GreeleyWeldDrive-thru
Bailey Public LibraryParkMobile Van
Our Lady of the Pines Catholic ChurchJeffersonMobile Van
Clear Creek County EMSClear CreekMobile Van
Sterling Center DouglasMobile Van
Larkspur Town Hall DouglasMobile Van
Buchanan Recreation Center JeffersonMobile Van
Logan County FairgroundsLoganMobile Van
Washington County FairgroundsWashingtonMobile Van
Sedgwick County FairgroundsSedgwickMobile Van
Morgan Community College (both locations)Morgan and YumaMobile Van
Wiggins Community ChurchWeldMobile Van
Elk Creek Elementary SchoolGarfieldMobile Van
Bea Underwood Elementary School GarfieldMobile Van
Garfield County FairgroundsGarfieldMobile Van
Montrose Recreation Center – Field HouseMontroseMobile Van
Bill Heddles Recreation Center – Field HouseDeltaMobile Van
Delta County FairgroundsDeltaMobile Van

*Please go to curative.com for testing site hours* 

For any patient inquiries related to their test they may contact support@curative.com or 888-702-9042.

CDPHE to closely monitor Curative testing and add measures to ensure efficacy