UPDATED GRAND RIVER HEALTH COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS FOR APRIL 27, 2021

April 27, 2021, RIFLE, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/27/2021

Number of individuals tested: 7835

Positive results: 1228

Pending results: 27

New Positives since 4/22/21: 9

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 48

Patients Transferred: 12

Patients Discharged: 36

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

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

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

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

UPDATED GRAND RIVER HEALTH COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS FOR APRIL 27, 2021

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

April 27, 2021, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/27/21

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 25,727

Positive results: 2,074

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 249

Admitted patients discharged: 224

Definitions:

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

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

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

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

Additional Questions:

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

· Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.

· Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.

· Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.

· Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

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

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a

higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

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

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

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

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

April 15, 2021, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/15/21

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 25,117

Positive results: 2,050

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 246

Admitted patients discharged: 222

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

UPDATED GRAND RIVER HEALTH COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS FOR APRIL 15, 2021

April 15, 2021, RIFLE, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/15/2021

Number of individuals tested: 7634

Positive results: 1200

Pending results: 35

New Positives since 4/13/21: 0

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 47

Patients Transferred: 12

Patients Discharged: 34

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

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

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

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

UPDATED GRAND RIVER HEALTH COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS FOR APRIL 15, 2021

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Governor Polis amended and extended the Executive Order pertaining to the State’s disaster declaration due to COVID-19 in Colorado. The amendment reallocates funds from the Department of Public Health and Environment to the Department of Corrections for response activities related to COVID-19. This amendment does not allocate any new emergency funds.

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Governor Polis amended and extended the Executive Order pertaining to the State’s disaster declaration due to COVID-19 in Colorado. The amendment reallocates funds from the Department of Public Health and Environment to the Department of Corrections for response activities related to COVID-19. This amendment does not allocate any new emergency funds.

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 weekly summary

4-14-2021

State dial changes uncertain, 46% of Garfield County vaccinated, J&J will be replaced by Moderna at county clinics, half of all cases in Colorado are due to variant strains


State Dial and Local Control
The State has shared that on April 16 the COVID-19 Dial will be turned over to local ordinances and local control. What that really means is still not clear for those in health departments across the state and in Garfield County. The County is waiting for further announcements, guidance or orders to come from the Governor’s office on Friday. However, the dial leaving does not mean that all restrictions automatically go away.

Public Health will continue to monitor COVID cases and adhere to guidance and regulations. The health department will continue to provide local data and a color-coded guide for the community and medical partners to gauge prevalence and spread. Many of the preventive measures such as indoor mask wearing and social distancing are still incredibly important. A nation-wide fourth wave a number of recent local outbreaks and case levels persistently in the ‘yellow’ category are evidence that we are still living with the COVID-19 virus.

Vaccines / Johnson & Johnson
Using a census estimate, around 45,000 residents are age 16+ and eligible for vaccine
in Garfield County. This means approximately 46% have had one shot and 36% have
been fully vaccinated. The state surpassed 2,122,809 people immunized with one dose.

State and Federal agencies have asked that vaccine providers pause on distributing
Johnson & Johnson vaccine as they further investigate six rare but serious cases of
blood clotting that have been reported. Garfield County has been able to continue all of
its planned clinics and will be providing the Moderna vaccine.

Public Health will continue to post vaccine appointments available each week by
Tuesday morning on the vaccine English webpage, Spanish webpage, and on Facebook
@Garfieldhealth.

Variant Update
More than 50% of COVID-19 cases in Colorado are due to variants. According to the
CDPHE, if you contract COVID now, it is probably going to be one of the variant strains
which are known to cause more severe illness and are much easier to spread.
The state has officially entered a fouth-wave, though it looks different because of the
vaccine progress and variants. There is a state-wide increase in the 50 and younger
population becoming ill with COVID, while the 50 and older population are reporting
fewer cases due to higher vaccination rates.

• 54 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant with over 60 suspect cases awaiting
sequencing.
• 11 B.1.427/429 (CA) variant

CURRENT STATS – from Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, CDPHE, and Our World in Data

Geographic areaTotal Cases Currently Hospitalized Deaths*Recovered
Global135,744,480Not Available (N/A)2,932,00377,131,597
United States31,181,26035,536561,973N/A
Colorado479,5904706,303N/A
Garfield County5,709N/A39 confirmedN/A
Eagle County5,787N/A22N/A
Pitkin County2,441N/A4N/A
Mesa County13,806512413,674
*This number represents patients discharged in the state

Cases since last week
• 96 cases added from 4/5-4/11, up 11 from week before, for a rolling average of 13.7
cases added per day

Deaths
• 37 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths
• 2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19
• 0 deaths under investigation
• 0 new death reported since last week

STATE DIAL INFORMATION (4/5 – 4/11)
Two-week incidence:
Monday: 141.3
Tuesday: 141.3
Wednesday: 151.2
Thursday: 151.2
Friday: 164.5
Saturday: 151.2
Sunday: 142.9

Hospitalizations, days with stable or declining hospitalizations (previous 14 days):
Monday: 11
Tuesday: 10
Wednesday: 11
Thursday: 11
Friday: 10
Saturday: 10
Sunday: 10

Test positivity, two-week period:
Monday: 5.1%
Tuesday: 5.2%
Wednesday: 5.1%
Thursday: 4.8%
Friday: 4.8%
Saturday: 4.6%
Sunday: 3.9%

VACCINATIONS
As of April 10, for individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.

VaccineFirst dosesSecond doses
Moderna12,7908,441
Pfizer7,2106,238
Johnson & Johnson1,588
Total21,58814,679

Using a census estimate, around 45,000 residents are age 16+ and eligible for vaccine in
Garfield County. This means approximately 46% have had one shot and 36% have been fully
vaccinated.

The following are the total number of doses administered by Garfield County providers as of
April 10, 2021.

First dosesSecond doses
All vaccinating providers as of 4/10/202122,70915,831

Resumen Semanal sobre COVID-19

14 de abril, 2021

Los cambios en el marcador estatal son inciertos, el
46% del Condado Garfield está vacunado, J&J será
reemplazado por Moderna en clínicas del condado,
la mitad de todos los casos en Colorado se deben a
variantes


Marcador Estatal y Control Local
El Estado anuncio que el 16 de abril el Marcador de COVID-19 se entregará a las
ordenanzas locales y al control local. Lo que realmente esto significa aún no está muy
claro para los departamentos de salud en todo el estado y para el Condado Garfield. El
Condado está esperando anuncios, orientación u órdenes de la oficina del Gobernador
este viernes. Sin embargo, la salida del marcador no significa que todas las
restricciones desaparezcan automáticamente.

Salud Pública continuará monitoreando casos de COVID y seguirá las guías y
regulaciones. El departamento de salud continuará proporcionando datos locales y una
guía codificada por colores para que la comunidad y colegas médicos midan la
prevalencia y la propagación. Muchas de las medidas preventivas, como el uso de
cubrebocas en interiores y el distanciamiento social, siguen siendo increíblemente
importantes. Una cuarta ola a nivel nacional, una serie de brotes locales recientes y
niveles de casos persistentemente en la categoría ‘amarilla’ son evidencia de que
todavía vivimos con el virus COVID-19.

Vacunas/Johnson & Johnson
Usando una estimación del censo, alrededor de 45,000 residentes tienen 16 años o más
y son elegibles para la vacuna en el Condado Garfield. Esto significa que
aproximadamente el 46% ha recibido una sola inyección y el 36% ha sido
completamente vacunado. El estado superó las 2,122,809 personas vacunadas con
una sola dosis.

Las agencias Estatales y Federales han pedido a proveedores que pausen la
vacunación con la vacuna Johnson & Johnson mientras investigan más de seis casos
raros, pero graves de coagulación sanguínea que se han reportado. El Condado
Garfield ha podido continuar con todas sus clínicas planificadas y proporcionará la
vacuna Moderna.

Salud Pública continuará publicando la disponibilidad de citas para vacunas cada
semana los martes por la mañana en la página web en inglés , pagina web en español y
en la página de Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

Informe sobre el Variante
Más del 50% de los casos de COVID-19 en Colorado se deben a variantes. Según el
CDPHE (por sus siglas en ingles), si contrae COVID ahora, probablemente será una de
las variantes de cepas que se sabe que causan enfermedades más graves y son mucho
más fáciles de contagiar.

El estado ha entrado oficialmente en una cuarta ola, aunque se ve diferente debido al
progreso de la vacuna y las variantes. Hay un aumento en todo el estado en la
población de 50 años o menos que se está enfermando con COVID, mientras que la
población de 50 años o más informa menos casos debido a las altas tasas de
vacunación.

• 54 casos de la variante B.1.1.7 (UK) con más de 60 casos sospechosos en
espera de secuenciación.
• 11 de la variante B.1.427/429 (CA)

ESTADISTICAS ACTUALES – provienen de Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, CDPHE, y

Nuestro Mundo en Datos

Área GeográficaCasos TotalesActualmente HospitalizadosMuertes*Recuperados
Global135,744,480No Disponible (N/A)2,932,00377,131,597
Estados Unidos31,181,26035,536561,973N/A
Colorado479,5904706,303N/A
Condado Garfield5,709N/A39 confirmadosN/A
Condado Eagle5,787N/A22N/A
Condado Pitkin2,441N/A4N/A
Condado Mesa13,806512413,674
*Este número son pacientes dados de alta en el estado

Casos desde la semana pasada
• 96 casos agregados del 4/5 – 4/11, 11 más que la semana anterior, para un promedio de
13.7 casos agregados por día

Muertes
• 37 muertes confirmadas relacionadas por COVID-19
• 2 muertes ocurrieron entre los casos de COVID-19, y se determinó que fueron causadas
por algo distinto al COVID-19
• 0 muertes bajo investigación
• 0 muertes nuevas reportadas desde la semana pasada

INFORMACIÓN DEL MARCADOR ESTATAL (4/5 – 4/11)
Incidencia de dos semanas:
lunes: 141.3
martes: 141.3
miércoles: 151.2
jueves: 151.2
viernes: 164.5
sábado: 151.2
domingo: 142.9

Hospitalizaciones, días con hospitalizaciones estables o en bajada (últimos 14 días):
lunes: 11
martes: 10
miércoles: 11
jueves: 11
viernes: 10
sábado: 10
domingo: 10

Positividad de prueba, periodo de dos semanas:
lunes: 5.1%
martes: 5.2%
miércoles: 5.1%
jueves: 4.8%
viernes: 4.8%
sábado: 4.6%
domingo: 3.9%

VACUNACIONES
Desde el 10 de abril, personas vacunadas en cualquier parte del estado con una dirección en el
Condado Garfield.

VacunaPrimera DosisSegunda Dosis
Moderna12,7908,441
Pfizer7,2106,238
Johnson & Johnson1,588
Total21,58814,679


Usando una estimación del censo, alrededor de 45,000 residentes tienen 16 años o más y son
elegibles para la vacuna en el Condado Garfield. Esto significa que aproximadamente el 46%
ha recibido una sola inyección y el 36% ha sido completamente vacunado.

A continuación, se muestra el número total de dosis administradas por proveedores del
Condado Garfield desde el 10 de abril de 2021.

Primera DosisSegunda Dosis
Proveedores vacunaron desde 4/1022,70915,831


Primera
Dosis
Segunda
Dosis
Proveedores
vacunaron
desde 4/10 22,709 15,831

COVID-19 weekly summary

Latest statewide SARS-CoV-2 model

REMOTE, April 13: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado School of Public Health released an updated statewide modeling report.

The report shows that the effective reproduction number for SARS-CoV-2 statewide is just above one, indicating that SARS-CoV-2 infections are increasing in Colorado. Currently 1 in 196 Coloradans are estimated to be infected. 

As more Coloradans are vaccinated, mobility is reaching its highest level since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Modeling results suggest that transmission control should be maintained at the same level for the next month in order to prevent a spike in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. By then, Coloradans might be able to relax some of the behaviors that have been so critical in controlling the state’s epidemic. 

The state is continuing it’s push for individual’s behaviors that result in high levels of transmission control through key policies such as statewide mask mandate and statewide limits on some indoor settings in addition to launching a paid multimedia communications campaign in multiple languages to deliver critical public health messages during this pivotal time in the pandemic. Starting this week, the state will have public service announcements to remind Coloradans to follow public health protocols like masking, distancing, and staying home when you are sick, especially if they aren’t yet vaccinated. The public service announcements will be published on television, streaming services, social media, and digital channels. The state is also continuing to meet with local public health agencies to prepare for a transitional period where local ordinances will play an even more critical role. 

The latest modeling provides projections based on COVID-19 hospital census data through April 5 and vaccination date through April 4, 2021. The models are based on Colorado data and incorporate assumptions reflecting the current state of the science.

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.


Último modelo estatal del SARS-CoV-2

REMOTO, 13 de abril: 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 reporte de modelos actualizado a nivel estatal.

El reporte muestra que el número de reproducción efectiva del SARS-CoV-2 en todo el estado está justo por encima de uno, indicando que las infecciones por SARS-CoV-2 están aumentando en Colorado. Actualmente se estima que 1 de cada 196 habitantes de Colorado está infectado. 

A medida que más habitantes de Colorado se vacunan, la movilidad está alcanzando su nivel más alto desde el inicio de la pandemia en 2020. Los resultados de los modelos sugieren que el control de la transmisión debe mantenerse al mismo nivel durante el próximo mes para evitar un pico de hospitalizaciones y muertes por COVID- 19. Para entonces, los habitantes de Colorado podrían relajar algunos de los comportamientos que han sido tan importantes para controlar la epidemia en el estado. 

A través de políticas clave como el mandato del uso del tapabocas en todo el estado, y el establecimiento de límites estatales en algunos entornos en ambientes cerrados, el estado continúa alentando los comportamientos individuales que dan por resultado altos niveles de control de la transmisión. Además de lanzar una campaña de comunicación multimedia en varios idiomas para transmitir mensajes críticos de salud pública durante este momento crucial de la pandemia. 

Comenzando esta semana, el estado publicará anuncios de servicio público para recordar a los habitantes de Colorado que deben seguir los protocolos de salud pública como el uso del tapabocas, el distanciamiento y quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo, especialmente si aún no han sido vacunados. Los anuncios de servicio público se publicarán en televisión, servicios de transmisión, redes sociales y canales digitales. El estado también continúa reuniéndose con las agencias locales de salud pública para prepararse para un periodo de transición en el que las ordenanzas locales desempeñarán un papel aún más crítico. 

El último modelo proporciona proyecciones basadas en los datos del censo hospitalario del COVID-19 hasta el 5 de abril, y con fecha de vacunación hasta el 4 de abril de 2021. Los modelos se basan en datos de Colorado e incorporan hipótesis que reflejan el estado actual de la ciencia.

La Escuela de Salud Pública de Colorado (ColoradoSPH) reunió al grupo de expertos que trabaja con el estado en las proyecciones de los modelos. El grupo incluye a científicos de modelos de ColoradoSPH y de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Colorado en el Campus Médico Anschutz de la UC, así como expertos de la Universidad de Colorado Boulder, la Universidad de Colorado Denver y la Universidad Estatal de Colorado. 

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

El estado continuará revisando los datos y los resultados de los modelos a medida que la pandemia continúe informando las decisiones políticas.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

Latest statewide SARS-CoV-2 model

Public Health partnerships help promote nutrition

PRESS RELEASE
3.19.21

County partnered with local nonprofits to deliver supplies locally during pandemic
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Public Health partnered with numerous local nonprofits and programs to help provide families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown with nutritious food over the past year. Staff also helped coordinate and distribute diapers and formula in the early stages of the pandemic.

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided quarantine food boxes to county staff, which then worked with its partners to distribute the supplies to local families. Public health worked with The River Center, Roaring Fork Family Resource Center, District 16 Family Resource Center, Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (SANA), LIFT-UP and more to distribute the food to the community.

Christine Dolan, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) director and Nutrition Program manager for Garfield County Public Health, told the Board of County Commissioners that Hunger Free Colorado reported that 38 percent of the people surveyed statewide considered themselves food insecure.

“They felt they did not have consistent access to healthy food and households with children were especially hit hard when the pandemic took hold,” she said. “The estimate is that 50 percent of families have experienced some food insecurity.”

Dolan told the board that LIFT-Up has seen an increase in food-distribution services of 400 percent, noting that in January and February 2021, the nonprofit served 1,440 and 701 families, respectively. These figures are down from the peak in April 2020, when LIFT-UP served 3,390 families.

“They’ve pivoted to a drive-through system and will continue to do it that way for the foreseeable future,” she told the commissioners.

In February, Food Bank of the Rockies partnered with LIFT-UP to help provide food for families from Aspen to Parachute. It served 589 families from a mobile site at Rifle Middle School, and another 409 at a similar site at Glenwood Middle School.

“They really stepped up to help meet increased food demand in the region,” Dolan said.

Locally, Meals on Wheels saw an increase in services of six percent in 2020 and delivered 75 “blizzard bags” that contain 48-hours of shelf-stable food during storms in December. Shelfstable foods are also being delivered to people who have tested positive for COVID-19, providing them with food supplies that won’t spoil and will be available until they are well again.

“This is to help people who don’t have the support of family or friends,” Dolan explained. “We provide them with those food boxes as well as some supplemental foods. We have partners in this process who have taken on the some of the responsibilities of delivering food and helping with other needs, like rental assistance and the like.”

WIC has seen its caseload increase by 10 percent during the pandemic and is making referrals to community partners for rent assistance, COVID testing and vaccinations for clients and their family members. Staff has also been providing breast milk pumps and handing out Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to clients.

Dolan added that local school districts are also partnering to provide families with food, ensuring that students have enough to eat.

“The districts have been impressive in pivoting their models to provide food to remote learners, as well as in-person learners,” she said. “They are providing grab-and-go meals for numerous cohorts of students, while serving kids in multiple locations, and many times breakfast and lunch. They are really hustling to get food out to the kids.”

More information on food security is available at garfield-county.com.

Public Health partnerships help promote nutrition