CDPHE: State adds 33,456 COVID-19 tests to data dashboard

Due to onboarding from a new testing provider, today’s regular 4 p.m. data dashboard update added 33,456 recent COVID-19 test results to the state’s totals. The provider performed these tests between May 22 and June 2 and returned 135 positive results that CDPHE added to the dashboard and the data surveillance system during the update.

Given the small proportion of positive tests returned, this update did not have a noticeable impact on the state’s overall positivity rate, which is 2.14% for the latest update on June 2.

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

CDPHE: State adds 33,456 COVID-19 tests to data dashboard

CDPHE: Colorado to announce first $1 million Colorado Comeback Cash winner Friday

The first pool of eligible winners is set for the weekly Colorado Comeback Cash drawings, which offer vaccinated Coloradans the first of five chances to win $1 million.

Colorado Comeback Cash is a drawing in Colorado intended to promote and incentivize COVID-19 vaccination. It consists of weekly drawings that eligible Colorado residents will automatically be entered into if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Entries are automatic upon an individual receiving at least the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccination and the individual’s vaccination information being received and accepted as valid by the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) by 11:59:59 p.m. the night before the drawing. The entries for the first drawing have closed, and assuming an eligible winner can be verified this week, the Governor will announce the winner to the public this Friday, June 4.

CDPHE provided the Colorado Lottery with the number of eligible Coloradans, including those vaccinated at U.S. Department of Veterans Administration (VA) facilities, and the Colorado Lottery selects a winner using a random number generator. No personally identifying information is shared during this process.

“VA values the privacy of each person who receives their COVID-19 vaccine from one of our three health care systems serving Colorado,” said VA Rocky Mountain Network spokesman Jason Strickland. “We are pleased to collaborate with CDPHE to ensure those who received a vaccine from VA and meet the eligibility criteria are included in the (weekly) drawing.”

CDPHE is contacting the winners of the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing by phone or email. CDPHE will not request any personally identifiable information from the winner via phone, e-mail, or text. After the initial contact with the eligible winner, the winner will need to come in person to sign and submit all required documentation — a photo ID and two pieces of mail addressed to the winner — and releases as part of the claims process by the required deadline. 

The four remaining drawings will be held on June 9, June 16, June 23, and July 2 with announcements happening the Friday after the drawing and the last announcement taking place on July 7. We encourage Coloradans to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves from COVID-19 and become eligible for the Colorado Comeback Cash drawings.

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

CDPHE: Colorado to announce first $1 million Colorado Comeback Cash winner Friday

CDPHE: State adds 561 backlogged COVID-19 cases to data dashboard

Due to a processing delay, today’s regular 4 p.m. data dashboard update will add 561 backlogged and newly reported positive COVID-19 cases to the state’s totals. These cases reflect the results of 28,259 unprocessed labs between July 2020 and November 2020.

Today’s update will not affect any recent incidence metrics.

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

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CDPHE: El Estado añade 561 casos atrasados de COVID-19 al tablero de datos 

REMOTO, (2 de junio de 2021): Debido a un retraso en el procesamiento, la actualización regular del tablero de datos de las 4 p.m. de hoy añadirá 561 casos de COVID-19 atrasados y recientemente reportados como positivos a los totales del estado. Estos casos reflejan los resultados de 28,259 laboratorios no procesados entre julio de 2020 y noviembre de 2020.

La actualización de hoy no afectará a ninguna métrica de incidencia reciente. Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State adds 561 backlogged COVID-19 cases to data dashboard

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 6/1/21
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 27,389
Positive results: 2,163
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 264
Admitted patients discharged: 235

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 June 1, 2021

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats 6/1/2021

Number of individuals tested: 8,336
Positive results: 1,312
Pending results: 4
New positives since 5/25/21: 22
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 52
Patients transferred: 12
Patients discharged: 39
Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Vaccine Update: Grand River Health has begun vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds. Please call 625-1100 (option 1) to schedule. When vaccine is available, GRH is vaccinating the general public ages 12+. 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. Please call 625-1100 (option 1) to schedule your appointment.

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 June 1, 2021

State updates public health order

REMOTE, (May 31, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amended public health order that provides updated requirements for individuals and businesses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. 

The new changes are effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021 and will expire at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2021 unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

Updates in this public health order: 

  • Modified face covering requirements as follows:
    • Changed face covering requirements to start at age 12, reflecting the state’s vaccine-eligible population.
    • Revised face covering requirements to only apply to unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals in settings such as schools, camps, Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle offices, prisons, jails, and other settings outlined in the order. This update clarified that patients, staff, and visitors in healthcare settings are included in these requirements.
    • Changed the exemption age for face coverings to individuals age 11 and younger.
  • Removed restrictions for large indoor gatherings.
  • Removed all references to the face covering Executive Order, because it expires. 

The updated order maintains some restrictions on certain activities while we continue to take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. Schools, including camps, must continue to follow outbreak guidance and coordinate their responses with local public health agencies. We recommend that businesses and government offices provide work accommodations as needed while continuing to implement disease mitigation practices such as requiring masks as outlined above. Hospital reporting requirements remain in place, and snapback restrictions may be issued if hospital capacity exceeds 85%. In addition, we continue to recommend local partners, including cities, emergency operations centers, and housing and public health agencies, provide non-congregate sheltering for people experiencing homelessness.

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

State updates public health order

State releases updated public health order for residential care facilities

REMOTE, (May 31, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an updated Public Health Order (PHO) and guidance that modifies mitigation requirements for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities. 

The public health order follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control allowing fully vaccinated people to go without a mask in most places. In addition, vaccinated staff and residents will no longer have to undergo weekly testing for monitoring. Facilities in outbreak status still have to adhere to the previous state and federal mitigation measures. See the guidance crosswalk for a breakdown of state and federal mitigation guidelines.

“We want our residents and staff members at residential care facilities in Colorado to know there are clear benefits to vaccination,” said Randy Kuykendall, Director, Health Facilities and EMS Division, CDPHE. “These at-risk communities have been on the front-line of mitigating COVID-19 throughout the pandemic and while we aren’t quite out of it yet, making sensible, data-based decisions in regards to infection prevention and socialization will continue to help us finish strong and power the comeback.”

To ensure easy access to vaccines, residential care facilities will now be required to submit an ongoing vaccination plan that outlines role responsibilities, vaccine provider information, and educational opportunities. The changes are a part of the state’s plan to encourage ongoing vaccination in residential facilities so residents can have meaningful interactions while continuing to prevent COVID-19 case and community spread.

Residential care pharmacies or facilities that would like to become COVID-19 vaccine providers should notify the CDPHE Residential Care Strike Team at residentialcarestriketeam@state.co.us. Pharmacy assistance is available through cdphe_covidvax@state.co.us.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov/ltcf.

State releases updated public health order for residential care facilities

Garfield County Public Health issues COVID India variant update

COVID testing and gene sequencing have confirmed the B.1.617.2 India variant has now infected at least six people in Garfield County. This COVID-19 India variant has been circulating in neighboring Mesa County and took the life of a 10-19 year old, announced earlier this week.

“It’s very concerning that we are seeing these cases of the India variant impacting individuals in the western parts of our county,” said Carrie Godes, Garfield County public health information officer. “With so many things trending in the right direction, this is the public health COVID update we don’t want to give. There is so much reason for optimism and hope, with lower numbers of infections and great turnout for vaccines. With summer holiday gatherings and vacations all around the corner, we have to jump on this now.”

Of the six confirmed cases of the India variant, five were unvaccinated. New variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are spreading in the United States and in other parts of the world. Current data suggest that COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer protection against most variants currently spreading in the United States. However, some variants might cause illness in some people even after they are fully vaccinated.

People who are fully vaccinated have significantly more protection against getting any form of the COVID-19 virus, and if they do become infected, their symptoms are generally lessened. The vaccines also greatly reduce the risk of hospitalization or death.

“We have a window of opportunity to get ahead of this in Garfield County,” said Sara Brainard, Public Health nurse manager. “It is new. It is not our most widely circulating strain right now, and we don’t want it to become any more dominant. If it is allowed to circulate and mutate in our unvaccinated population it will become a variant of concern here. Our best defense is the vaccine. We also must continue to have anyone who is sick follow isolation protocols to keep others safe.”

Vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine unless they become symptomatic. Anyone with COVID symptoms must isolate for at least 10 days past when symptoms started, and have no fever for 24 hours. Symptoms vary, but may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, head and body aches, diarrhea among others. Unvaccinated individuals have a much greater risk of hospitalization due to complications from the illness. A COVID-related hospital stay can cost upwards of $30,000.

“We still have a staff of contact tracers working to control COVID, along with other viruses, like the recent norovirus, circulating in the community,” continued Brainard. “The economic impacts can hit families really hard. If you haven’t been vaccinated, and one person in the home tests positive, everyone has to stay home. Kids will have to stay home from summer camps and sports. Adults lose wages because they can’t go to work. Getting that vaccine means you don’t have to stop life because you were exposed. What we have learned in the last year is that staying home when sick for the full recommended period, hand washing, masks, and distance still work.”

To find vaccination sites in Garfield County, visit https://www.garfield-county.com/publichealth/covid-19-vaccine/ or call 970-665-6371.

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SALUD PÚBLICA OFRECE ACTUALIZACIÓN SOBRE VARIANTE DE COVID DE LA INDIA

CONDADO GARFIELD – Pruebas de COVID y secuenciación genética han confirmado que la variante B.1.617.2 de la India ha infectado al menos a seis personas en el Condado Garfield. La variante de COVID-19 de la India ha estado circulando en el vecino condado de Mesa y le quitó la vida a un niño de entre 10 a 19 años, anunciado a principios de esta semana.

“Es muy preocupante ver estos casos de la variante de la India que afectan a personas en partes occidentales de nuestro condado”, dijo Carrie Godes, oficial de información de salud pública del Condado Garfield. “Con tantas cosas que van en dirección correcta, este es el tipo de actualizaciones sobre COVID que no nos gusta dar. Hay muchas razones para tener optimismo y esperanza, hay un menor número de infecciones y una gran cantidad de vacunación. Con reuniones de días festivos durante verano y vacaciones a la vuelta de la esquina, tenemos que aprovechar esto ahora.”

De los seis casos confirmados de la variante de la India, cinco de ellos no estaban vacunados. Las nuevas variantes del virus que causan el COVID-19 se están propagando en los Estados Unidos y en otras partes del mundo. Los datos actuales sugieren que las vacunas COVID-19 autorizadas para su uso en los Estados Unidos ofrecen protección contra la mayoría de las variantes que actualmente se propagan en los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, algunas variantes pueden causar enfermedades en algunas personas incluso después de que estén completamente vacunados.

Personas que están completamente vacunados tienen una protección significativamente mayor contra cualquier forma del virus COVID-19 y, si se infectan, sus síntomas generalmente son menores. Las vacunas también reducen en gran medida el riesgo de hospitalización o muerte.

“Tenemos la oportunidad para adelantarnos a esto en el Condado Garfield”, dijo Sara Brainard, gerente de enfermería de Salud Pública. “Es nuevo. No es nuestra cepa de mayor circulación en este momento y no queremos que se vuelva más dominante. Si se le permite circular y mutar en nuestra población no vacunada, se convertirá en una variante de preocupación aquí. Nuestra mejor defensa es la vacuna. También debemos continuar poniendo en aislamiento a cualquier persona que esté enferma y seguir los protocolos de aislamiento para mantener a los demás a salvo.”

Personas vacunadas que han estado expuestas a alguien con COVID-19 no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena a menos que presenten síntomas. Aquellas personas con síntomas de COVID deben aislarse durante al menos 10 días después del inicio de síntomas y no tener fiebre por 24 horas. Los síntomas varían, pero puede incluir fiebre, tos, dificultad para respirar, dolores de cabeza y cuerpo, diarrea, entre otros.

Las personas no vacunadas tienen un riesgo mucho mayor de hospitalización debido a las complicaciones de la enfermedad. Una hospitalización relacionada con COVID puede costar más de $30,000.

“Todavía tenemos un equipo de rastreadores de contactos que trabajan para controlar el COVID, junto con otros virus, como el del norovirus reciente, que circula en la comunidad”, continuó Brainard. “Los impactos económicos pueden afectar mucho a familias. Si no ha sido vacunado y una persona en el hogar da positivo en la prueba, todos deben quedarse en casa. Los niños tendrán que quedarse en casa y no ir a los campamentos de verano y a los campamentos de deportes. Los adultos pierden sueldos porque no pueden ir a trabajar. El recibir la vacuna significa que no tiene que dejar de vivir porque estuvo expuesto. Lo que hemos aprendido en el último año es que quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo durante el período completo recomendado, lavarse las manos, usar cubrebocas y practicar distanciamiento social aún funcionan.”

Para encontrar lugares de vacunación en el Condado Garfield, visite https://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine/ o llame al 970-665-6371.

Garfield County Public Health issues COVID India variant update

Garco911: Canyon reopen on I-70 following accident in Glenwood Canyon

1:53 a.m. – CDOT reopened all lanes on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon following crash cleanup.

3:40 p.m. – CDOT has placed an eastbound closure point on I-70 at exit 87 (Rifle) to encourage use of the alternative route. Local traffic is still able to pass through to Glenwood Springs as needed at exits 87 and 109, but eastbound traffic is fully closed at exit 116.

3:20 p.m. – Local access is open on I-70 eastbound from exit 109 (Canyon Creek) to Glenwood Springs/CO 82, but local traffic is being screened and is moving slowly. There is no eastbound access past exit 116 (main Glenwood Springs exit). Please plan accordingly.

2:44 p.m. – CDOT: Between Exit 109: US 6; Canyon Creek (1 mile east of the New Castle area) and Exit 133: Dotsero (Dotsero). Update: remains closed during ongoing crash cleanup in eastbound lanes. All WB lanes now open. Use alternate routes north of I-70. Extensive construction & other restrictions ongoing along multiple routes south of I-70.

2 p.m. – I-70 EB through Glenwood Canyon following serious crash.  Early est. for eastbound being re-opened is 12 HOURS. I-70 EB is CLOSED at MP 109 (Canyon Creek) – only open for local access.  All others should use COtrip.org for alt route.

1:50 p.m. – COTrips: There is an extended closure in place for I-70 eastbound in Glenwood Canyon due to a major crash. The closure is expected to continue through Friday night, May 28, 2021.

Due to the extended closure, *eastbound* motorists on #I70 are advised to take the northern alternate route if traveling eastbound between Rifle and Eagle County, Summit County or the Denver metro area. Motorists should anticipate delays on the alternate route due to additional detour traffic. Westbound I-70 is closed at this time but the closure is expected to be shorter than for eastbound. Eastbound and westbound are closed due to a crash in the eastbound lanes near Mile Point 125, which is near the Hanging Lake exit.

RECOMMENDED ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR EASTBOUND TRAVELERS:
Motorists traveling eastbound on I-70 can reach the Denver Metro area by turning north from I-70 onto Colorado Highway 13 at Rifle (Exit 90). Travel north on CO 13 to Craig, then turn east on US Highway 40 towards Kremmling. In Kremmling, motorists should head south on Colorado Highway 9 towards Silverthorne. In Silverthorne, motorists can rejoin eastbound I-70.

Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to www.cotrip.org for the latest road conditions. CDOT strongly discourages travelers from using highways south of I-70 for an alternate route, due to extensive construction closures. CDOT also asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass Road (in Eagle/Garfield counties), Hagerman Pass, Eagle/Thomasville Road or other county or forest service roads in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties as a detour. These roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. Many of these four-wheel drive roads also do not have cell phone coverage.

1:36 p.m. – I-70 is closed at mile-marker 109 EB, Canyon Creek, to reroute traffic due to an accident in Glenwood Canyon.

12:35 p.m. – I-70 is closed at mile-marker 116 EB, Glenwood Springs, due to an accident.

CDOT: I-70 eastbound / westbound 6 miles east of Glenwood Springs (milemarker 124.4-124.4) road closed.

Garco911: Canyon reopen on I-70 following accident in Glenwood Canyon

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic

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

Governor Polis extended an executive order ordering expedited unemployment insurance claim processing to provide relief to Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Governor Polis extended an executive order temporarily suspending statutes to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Basic Health Plan enrollees, increasing the Medicaid home health workforce, and eliminating cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Governor Polis takes action in response to COVID-19 pandemic