Garfield County Senior Programs suspending meals, group activities

PRESS RELEASE
March 13, 2020


Traveler service is reduced at this time in Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Senior Programs is suspending all group programs operations, beginning Saturday, March 14, due to risks presented by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The closures include congregate meals at our seven meal sites – Crystal Meadows Senior Housing in Carbondale; Sunnyside Retirement Center and Chat ‘n Chew in Glenwood Springs; New Castle Senior Housing; Silt Town Center; Rifle Senior Center; and Valley Senior Center in Parachute.

All Well and Wise classes and social programs and meetings are also canceled for the time being. The Traveler services are being evaluated and reduced services has been initiated. For essential transportation for medical purposes or trips to the pharmacy, remain in contact with Traveler regarding your needs.

Senior Programs staff is engaged and ready to communicate via phone, text, social media, etc., with current participants in all our programs and services. While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Garfield County at this time, the following are some steps our community can take to be more informed and proactive in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Food Access

High-risk seniors are encouraged to minimize public exposure when possible. Some options to help limit exposure are:

  • City Market’s grocery pick up (the first three are free).
  • Walmart grocery pick up (free).

If you are unable to use these resources and need assistance to access food, please call Garfield County Senior Programs Manager Judy Martin at 970-665-0041. She may be able to coordinate food delivery to at-risk seniors, if required.

Ways to limit exposure and be prepared

  • Have enough household supplies and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period.
  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period. If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Information on coronavirus

Call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) COVID-19 at 1-877-462-2911, or by email at cohelp@rmpdc.org (English only). Staff there is available to answer questions by phone in multiple languages and provide information.

Make sure to check local information and updates on the Garfield County website – www.garfield-county.com .

COVID-19 symptoms

If you have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and think you have been exposed, call a health care provider. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in adults, emergency warning signs are difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse and bluish lips or face.

Who is at higher risk? 

Older adults are at the highest risk for complications related to the coronavirus, hence why we are limiting group gatherings for the safety and well-being of those we serve.

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first was reported, shows that some people with underlying conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. These include people who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease

People who are symptomatic AND have traveled to affected areas, or have been in contact with a known patient, can call the CDPHE general epidemiology hotline at 303-692-2700. This line is staffed seven days a week, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please share this information with the older adult population and stay tuned for more emails and phone calls. Remember to wash your hands, cover coughs and stay home if you are ill! Thank you all so much for your understanding and patience. Status will be evaluated on a week to week basis. For more information regarding Senior Programs, please call 970-665-0041.

Garfield County Senior Programs suspending meals, group activities