CDPHE: State adds masking requirements for residential care facilities

Colorado Department of Public Health

7:32 AM, August 4, 2021

Following CDC recommendations, universal masking now required regardless of vaccination status 

Statewide, (August 3, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released updated guidance modifying masking requirements for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities. The changes come after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended mask use for vaccinated individuals indoors in areas where cases are surging.

Changes include:

Requiring universal mask use for staff, visitors, and residents in residential care facilities regardless of vaccination status.

Requiring testing of fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a COVID positive person. Testing will include both lab-based PCR immediately following the exposure and point-of-care testing, utilizing rapid testing daily during their incubation period.    

“The recent CDC announcement recommends that people in substantial and high transmission areas wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status ,” said Randy Kuykendall, Director, Health Facilities and EMS Division, CDPHE. “As we look to decrease new COVID-19 cases, additional or more stringent infection prevention measures may be necessary at times and our experts will continue to monitor virus data so we can make mitigation decisions that best fit Colorado’s residential care facilities.”

In addition to the mask requirement changes, CDPHE continues to implement rapid testing for all unvaccinated staff and residents who leave the facility for longer than 24 hours.

According to Public Health Order 20-20, each facility must establish and maintain a COVID-19 vaccination plan that promotes vaccine confidence and acceptance and continues to offer vaccinations to all staff and residents. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov/ltcf.

El Estado agrega requisitos del uso de tapabocas en instalaciones de cuidado residencial

Siguiendo las recomendaciones del  CDC, el uso de tapabocas es requerido sin importar si una persona está vacunada o no

Colorado, (3 de agosto de 2021): El Departamento de Salud y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE), publicó una guía  actualizada que modifica los requerimientos de tapabocas en instalaciones de cuidado residencial de adultos mayores y con discapacidades.  Los cambios se presentan después de que los Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), recomendaran el uso tapabocas en ambientes cerrados donde hay un repunte de casos.  

Los cambios incluyen:

  • Uso de tapabocas para el personal, visitantes y residentes de las instalaciones sin importar si están vacunados.
  • Requiere la realización de pruebas a las personas que están completamente vacunadas que han estado en contacto con personas que hayan resultado con COVID19.  Las pruebas incluyen pruebas de laboratorios PCR inmediatamente después de haber sido expuesto, así como pruebas en el punto de cuidado, utilizando pruebas rápidas durante el período de incubación.  

“El reciente anuncio del CDC recomienda que las personas que se encuentran en áreas de alta transmisión, usen tapabocas en ambientes cerrados, sin importar si están vacunados”, dijo  Randy Kuykendall,  Director de la División de Facilidades de Salud y EMS, del  CDPHE. “A medida que vemos una disminución de nuevos casos de COVID-19, se implementarán medidas de prevención adicionales y nuestros expertos continuarán monitoreando el virus para tomar las decisiones de mitigación que le correspondan a las instalaciones de cuidado en Colorado”.

Además de los cambios en los requerimientos de tapabocas, CDPHE continúa implementado pruebas rápidas para todo el personal que no está vacunado y residentes que salen de las instalaciones por más de 24 horas.

De acuerdo a la orden de Salud Pública 20-20,  cada lugar debe establecer y mantener un plan de vacunación contra el COVID19 que promueva la confianza en la vacuna y la aceptación, así como también continuar con la vacunación entre su personal y residentes  Continúe manteniéndose informado en covid19.colorado.gov/ltcf.


CDPHE: State adds masking requirements for residential care facilities

CDPHE: State health officials release back-to-school guidance

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released new P-12 school guidelines as teachers, students, and staff prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. CDPHE will adopt and clarify school guidance released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is providing a practical guide for schools, parents, and students on how to operationalize the CDC guidance in the state’s education settings. 

“We want to make sure that schools remain a safe place, and this plan outlines ways to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 in the school setting, while facilitating in-person learning,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. 

Colorado has adopted a guidance model designed to empower local public health and local leaders to protect their communities using the mitigation strategies most appropriate to local conditions. The guidance does not constitute statewide requirements, but instead outlines evidence-based best practices for local governments and schools to manage the next stage of the pandemic.

In addition to vaccination, the state continues to recommend a layered approach of best practices to COVID-19 prevention. These best practices are described in detail in the Back to School Roadmap, and include ventilation, maximization of outdoor activities, mask wearing, testing, spacing, cohorting, symptom screening, cleaning and disinfecting, and handwashing.

“Our data demonstrate a clear association between Colorado’s increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and decreasing case, hospitalization, and death rates,” said Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, CDPHE. “Yet our unvaccinated Coloradans remain vulnerable to the new variants, especially the Delta variant, which appears to be more likely to make young people ill than previous variants. Because many students have yet to be vaccinated and students under 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine, we must continue to remain vigilant, take important mitigation steps that can reduce transmission of COVID-19, and address outbreaks in a safe and thoughtful manner.” 

Colorado’s best defense against COVID-19 is increased vaccinations, as vaccination prevents disruptions to in-person learning. Fully vaccinated staff and students won’t have to miss school due to quarantine and fully vaccinated staff and students do not have to wear masks unless they choose to. Vaccines have been highly successful at preventing transmission, infections, and deaths from COVID-19. The back-to-school guide includes ways that CDPHE can partner with schools and school districts to host vaccination clinics and increase our defense against this virus. Children’s risk of contracting COVID-19 is greatly reduced when they live in a household where all eligible individuals are fully vaccinated, even if the children are not yet eligible for vaccination. Any school or school district interested in hosting a vaccination clinic should complete the vaccination event request form to request more information about vaccination partnerships and outreach. 

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

CDPHE: State health officials release back-to-school guidance

CDPHE: Air Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke

Issued for large portions of northern and central Colorado

Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area:  Routt, Jackson, Grand, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Mesa, Pitkin, Lake, Delta, Montrose, and Gunnison Counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Glen Eden, Clark, Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Granby, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Grand Junction, Aspen, Leadville, Delta, Montrose and Gunnison.

Advisory in Effect:  8:00 AM MDT, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors.  This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.  Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present.  Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.  If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Outlook:  Areas of moderate to heavy smoke have been observed Tuesday morning across the advisory area, particularly for northern Routt County in close vicinity to the Morgan Creek wildfire.  Gradual improvement is expected late morning into Tuesday afternoon as atmospheric mixing increases and shower and thunderstorm development is expected across large parts of the advisory area.  By late Tuesday evening heavy smoke should mainly be confined to lower elevations surrounding the Morgan Creek wildfire, with generally isolated pockets of heavy smoke elsewhere across the advisory area. Near the fire, periods of heavy smoke will remain possible for areas along Morgan and Reed Creeks, the Elk River Valley, and the communities of Glen Eden and Clark Tuesday night through early Wednesday morning.  Note: Even though smoke is expected to decrease for many areas Tuesday afternoon and evening, the public health recommendations should continue to be followed throughout the advisory area due to the lingering health impacts of long-term exposure to smoke.
 

For the latest Smoke Outlook, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

For more information about smoke and your health, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

For the latest Colorado statewide air quality conditions, forecasts, and advisories, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

Social Media:
http://www.facebook.com/cdphe.apcd
http://twitter.com/cdpheapcd

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Aviso de calidad del aire para humo proveniente de incendios forestales

Expedido para de Áreas extensas del norte y el centro de Colorado
Expedido en 8:00 AM MDT, martes 13 de julio
Expedido por el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado


Áreas cubiertas: condados de Routt, Jackson, Grand, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Mesa, Pitkin, Lake,
Delta, Montrose, y Gunnison. Las ciudades y puntos de interés incluyen, entre otros Glen Eden, Clark,
Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Granby, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Grand Junction,
Aspen, Leadville, Delta, and Gunnison.

Aviso en vigor: 8:30 AM MDT, martes 13 de julio, 2021 a 9:00 AM MDT, miércoles, 14 de julio, 2021.

Recomendaciones de salud pública: Si el humo es denso o se vuelve denso en su vecindario, es
posible que desee permanecer en áreas cerradas, especialmente quienes padecen enfermedades
cardíacas, respiratorias, los más jóvenes y los ancianos. Considere la posibilidad de limitar las
actividades al aire libre cuando haya humo moderado o intenso. Considere la posibilidad de moverse de
lugar temporalmente si hay humo en áreas interiores y le hace sentir mal. Si la visibilidad es inferior a
5 millas [aproximadamente 8 km] debido al humo en su vecindario, éste ha alcanzado niveles que
no son saludables.

Pronóstico: Se observaron áreas de humo moderado a denso en la mañana del martes en el área bajo
aviso, en particular en el norte del Condado de Routt cerca del incendio forestal de Morgan Creek. Se
espera una mejora gradual a última hora de la mañana y hasta la tarde del martes a medida que
aumente la mezcla atmosférica y se espere que haya lluvia y tormentas en gran parte de la zona cubierta
por el aviso. A última hora de la tarde del martes, el humo pesado debería limitarse principalmente a las
elevaciones más bajas que rodean el incendio forestal de Morgan Creek, con focos generalmente
aislados de humo denso en otras partes del área cubierta por el aviso. Cerca del incendio, es posible que
haya períodos de humo denso para las áreas que se encuentran a lo largo de los arroyos (creeks) de
Morgan y Reed, el valle del río Elk, y las comunidades de Glen Eden y Clark desde el martes por la
noche hasta la mañana del miércoles. Importante: Aunque se espera que el humo disminuya en
muchas zonas el martes por la tarde y por la noche, se deben seguir las recomendaciones de los
organismos de salud pública en toda el área cubierta por el aviso debido a los efectos persistentes sobre
la salud de la exposición prolongada al humo.

Para conocer el pronóstico más reciente sobre el humo, visite:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

Para más información sobre el humo y su salud, visite:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

Para conocer la información, los pronósticos y los avisos más recientes sobre las condiciones de la
calidad del aire en todo el estado de Colorado, visite: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

Redes sociales:
http://www.facebook.com/cdphe.apcd
http://twitter.com/cdpheapcd

CDPHE: Air Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke

CDPHE: Air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area:  Routt, Jackson, Grand, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Mesa, Delta, Gunnison, Pitkin, Lake, Delta, Montrose, and Gunnison Counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Glen Eden, Clark, Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Granby, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Grand Junction, Aspen, Leadville, Delta, and Gunnison.

Advisory in Effect: 7 a.m. MDT, Monday, July 12, 2021 to 9 a.m. MDT, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors.  This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.  Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present.  Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.  If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Outlook: Areas of moderate to heavy smoke have been observed Monday morning across the advisory area, particularly for northern Routt County in close vicinity to the Morgan Creek wildfire. Smoke will gradually decrease late Monday morning for most areas as atmospheric mixing increases, however smoke could increase again during the mid to late afternoon hours as the fire becomes more active and smoke transported from out-of-state wildfires begins to increase again.   By late Monday evening, smoke will begin to drain to lower elevations surrounding the Morgan Creek wildfire bringing periods of heavy smoke to areas along Morgan and Reed Creeks, the Elk River Valley, and eventually impacting the communities of Glen Eden and Clark through early Tuesday morning. Additionally, smoke will begin to settle Monday night across the remainder of the advisory area from out-of-state wildfires, with the heaviest smoke impacts expected for valley locations.

For the latest smoke outlook, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

For more information about smoke and your health, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

For the latest Colorado statewide air quality conditions, forecasts, and advisories, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

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Aviso de calidad del aire para humo proveniente de incendios forestales

Expedido para de Áreas extensas del norte y el centro de Colorado
Expedido en 8:00 AM MDT, lunes 12 de julio
Expedido por el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado

Áreas cubiertas: condados de Routt, Jackson, Grand, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Mesa, Delta, Gunnison,
Pitkin, Lake, Delta, Montrose, y Gunnison. Las ciudades y puntos de interés incluyen, entre otros Glen
Eden, Clark, Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Granby, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Grand
Junction, Aspen, Leadville, Delta, and Gunnison.

Aviso en vigor: 8:30 AM MDT, lunes 12 de julio, 2021 a 9:00 AM MDT, martes, 13 de julio, 2021.

Recomendaciones de salud pública: Si el humo es denso o se vuelve denso en su vecindario, es
posible que desee permanecer en áreas cerradas, especialmente quienes padecen enfermedades
cardíacas, respiratorias, los más jóvenes y los ancianos. Considere la posibilidad de limitar las
actividades al aire libre cuando haya humo moderado o intenso. Considere la posibilidad de moverse de
lugar temporalmente si hay humo en áreas interiores y le hace sentir mal. Si la visibilidad es inferior a
5 millas [aproximadamente 8 km] debido al humo en su vecindario, éste ha alcanzado niveles que
no son saludables.

Pronóstico: El lunes por la mañana se observaron áreas con humo de moderado a denso en el área de
advertencia, particularmente en el norte del Condado de Routt, en las cercanías del incendio forestal de
Morgan Creek. El humo disminuirá gradualmente a última hora de la mañana del lunes en la mayoría de
las áreas afectadas a medida que se mezcle más con la atmósfera; sin embargo, el humo podría
aumentar nuevamente a última hora de la tarde cuando el fuego se intensifique y el humo transportado
desde los incendios forestales fuera del estado vuelva a incrementarse. A última hora de la noche del
lunes, el humo comenzará a trasladarse hacia las zonas más bajas que rodean el incendio forestal de
Morgan Creek, lo que generará períodos de humo denso a lo largo las zonas de Morgan y Reed Creeks,
Elk River Valley y, finalmente, afectará a las comunidades de Glen Eden y Clark hasta la madrugada del
martes. Además, el humo comenzará a asentarse el lunes por la noche en el resto del área de
advertencia de incendios forestales fuera del estado, y se espera la llegada de humo más denso en las
zonas de los valles.

Para conocer el pronóstico más reciente sobre el humo, visite:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke
Para más información sobre el humo y su salud, visite:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx
Para conocer la información, los pronósticos y los avisos más recientes sobre las condiciones de la calidad del aire en todo el estado de Colorado, visite:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

CDPHE: Air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke

CDPHE: SARS-CoV-2 hospitalizations continue to decline statewide

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado School of Public Health released the most recent statewide modeling report showing the state’s SARS-CoV-2 epidemic is declining. The effective reproduction number for SARS-CoV-2 statewide is below one at 0.77, indicating that SARS-CoV-2 infections are still occurring but at a decreasing transmission rate. Currently, 1 in 390 Coloradans are estimated to be infected.

There are large differences in estimated immunity and in vaccination uptake across the state. Regions of the state with higher vaccination rates have fewer SARS-CoV-2 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. There are large differences in vaccine uptake around the state. The modeling team anticipates that regions of Colorado with low vaccination rates at present will be areas of concern in the months ahead. 

Based on the recent increase in the Delta variant in the state, the modeling team estimates that approximately 90% of cases could be due to the highly infectious variant strain. The more transmissible Delta variant poses the greatest risk to unvaccinated Coloradans.

The modeling report estimates that 52% of the total population of Colorado is immune. The percentage of the entire population that is vaccinated includes both those eligible and those not eligible (right now, children under 12 years of age are not eligible to be vaccinated). This estimate accounts for estimated prior infections, vaccine doses, and vaccine efficacy. The percent of people vaccinated used in the modeling report includes anyone who has received at least one dose of vaccine through June 27. In order to determine immunity levels from vaccination alone, those doses are weighted on overall vaccine efficacy and whether the fullest immunity possible has been achieved based on time elapsed since vaccination. As of the morning of July 6, 70.25% of Colordans 18+ have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The latest modeling provides projections based on COVID-19 hospital census data through June 28 and vaccination data through June 27, 2021. 

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. The models are based on Colorado data and incorporate assumptions reflecting the current state of the science.

All previous modeling reports are available on the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. 

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

CDPHE: SARS-CoV-2 hospitalizations continue to decline statewide

CDPHE: The state deactivates Crisis Standards of Care for personal protective equipment

June 30, 2021 – The state is deactivating the Crisis Standard of Care (CSC) Plan for personal protective equipment (PPE) on June 30.

Crisis standards of care are recommendations for how the medical community should allocate scarce resources. PPE crisis standards of care were necessary at some facilities when there was a global shortage of medical-grade masks; Colorado was able to procure supplies during that period, but allowed facilities to ration/reuse supplies while also protecting the safety of patients and health care practitioners. With the deactivation of personal protective equipment crisis standards of care, health care providers can stop crisis capacity strategies and resume conventional practices around managing PPE. Hospitals and medical providers may continue to use more efficient equipment management procedures after learning best practices throughout the pandemic. 

Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, hospitals and other providers have reported PPE needs and status to EMResource. EMResource is a communication tool that supports day?to?day information exchange, facilitates data collection, and provides medical resource management. Through a partnership with the Colorado Hospital Association throughout 2020 and 2021, we enhanced this statewide system for hospitals, long-term care facilities, and EMS to provide daily situational awareness for essential elements of information like ICU and medical surgical bed shortages, PPE supply (masks, gowns, gloves, etc.), staffing shortages, and medical therapeutics. In the spring and summer of 2020, CDPHE added over 1300 medical facilities to the state’s EMResource system with consistent daily reporting from hospitals. Through this system, the state is able to monitor the numbers of COVID patients, bed availability, and other critical shortages. 

Since May of 2020, the number of critical shortages of PPE has steadily declined. Only four percent of hospitals across the state were reporting an anticipated PPE shortage in November 2020. That trend fell to one percent in January of this year. No hospitals have reported an anticipation of a shortage in PPE since February. 

Additionally, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) warehouse is storing a 90-120 day supply of PPE to respond to future incidents in addition to the PPE supplies being managed by CDPHE and the Colorado Department of Human Services.The SEOC warehouse also retained equipment from the alternative care system program to set up a 200 bed facility if needed.

Visit the Crisis Standards of Care website for the latest information: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/colorado-crisis-standards-care. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: The state deactivates Crisis Standards of Care for personal protective equipment

CDPHE: State epidemiologists on the ground in Mesa County as Delta variant increases in Mesa County, state meeting with local leaders & CDC

Governor Polis and Dr. Herlihy held roundtable with local officials

Grand Junction, CO, (June 24, 2021): State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Dr. Ginger Stringer, the Epidemiology Response Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Janell Nichols, the Infection Prevention Unit Manager at CDPHE, visited Grand Junction this week to meet with local public health officials, long term care facilities, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and community leaders to investigate the Delta variant and its prevalence in Mesa County. 

“The proportion of Colorado cases due to the Delta variant has been rapidly increasing; now estimated to be greater than 50% of cases,” said Dr. Herlihy. “We are taking extra precautions and turning to the CDC for additional support to make sure we know how and why the Delta variant is spreading in Western Colorado. Getting fully vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant.”

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labeled the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) as a variant of concern. This variant was first identified in India in December 2020, where it caused a devastating outbreak. Following the identification of several long term care facility outbreaks including some vaccine breakthrough cases, as well as high hospitalization rates in the community, CDPHE formally requested technical assistance from the CDC to investigate the Delta variant presence in Western Colorado. CDPHE officials arrived in Mesa County Tuesday morning and a team from the CDC arrived on Tuesday afternoon to provide the state of Colorado additional technical support.
CDPHE identified the first Colorado case of the Delta variant on May 5 in Mesa County. As of June 22, the variant had been identified in 28 Colorado counties. As of June 22, 54% of Delta variant cases in Colorado so far have been identified in Mesa County through genomic sequencing. In addition, Colorado is starting to see more cases of the Delta variant outside of Mesa County.

On Monday, Governor Polis and Dr. Herlihy held a roundtable with local officials in Grand Junction. In keeping with the state’s efforts to meet people where they are in their communities, the state drove a mobile vaccine clinic to the Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention. 

Early studies indicate that the Delta variant is more transmissible than the Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant, which has previously been the most common variant in Colorado and continues to be the most common across the United States. Studies also indicate that the Delta variant causes more severe disease, with roughly double the hospitalization rate of the Alpha variant.

Variant data, including a list of all counties known to be impacted by the Delta variant and the number of cases identified, is available on CDPHE’s COVID-19 data dashboard at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data.

In addition to requesting technical assistance from the CDC, CDPHE increased infection prevention requirements in residential care facilities and updated the residential care facility mitigation guidance. Such measures may be needed in situations including but not limited to: identification of variants of concern, increased transmission within a particular facility, and/or increase in morbidity and mortality during a specific outbreak. 

Facilities located in counties where SARS-CoV-2 virus Delta variant is emerging must use a CDPHE contracted lab for all laboratory based COVID-19 testing and follow enhanced testing procedures. All unvaccinated staff and unvaccinated residents (regardless of whether they have left the facility) must be tested with a lab-based PCR test twice weekly. Prior to the start of each shift, all unvaccinated staff must be tested for COVID-19 utilizing a rapid molecular or antigen test. Daily rapid testing should be completed in conjunction with twice weekly PCR testing, not in place of it.

Experts stress that getting vaccinated can provide significant protection against illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. The vaccine is effective against the Delta variant, particularly two weeks after both doses are received. Of people admitted to the hospital with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (but not necessarily due to COVID-19) during the week of June 6-June 12, 2021, more than 90% were not known to have received any vaccine before their hospitalization. Current data suggests that getting vaccinated reduces the spread of infection, leading to fewer opportunities for new variants to develop and spread. 

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

CDPHE: State epidemiologists on the ground in Mesa County as Delta variant increases in Mesa County, state meeting with local leaders & CDC

GCECA: Fire closes Douglas Pass

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

Hwy 139 is closed between mile-markers 12 to 39 both directions, Douglas Pass, due to a wildland fire. Fire is putting off a lot of smoke.

BLM: Small fires in Garfield County

The BLM reported a number of spot fires in western Garfield County yesterday. Federal maps show these north of Debeque in Garfield County, west of Rifle and one along the Hogback range north of Silt.

USFS: Sylvan Fire burning south of Eagle

Updates
Sylvan Fire in Eagle County on Inciweb
Sylvan Fire evacuation and community information

Pitkin County alert
6-21-21 9:00 a.m.
As of 6:30 a.m., the upper Frying Pan from the dam to Hagerman Pass is under pre-evacuation notice, due to the Sylvan Fire. An evacuation center is set up at the Basalt High School (600 Southside Drive). If you choose to evacuate and need resources, please go to the Basalt High School. More information is available at ecemo.org, or follow your local media and social media for updates.

White River National Forest: Sylvan Fire
June 20, 2021 8:59 p.m.

EAGLE, Colo. — Sixty firefighters, four single-engine air-tankers and a light helicopter worked the 180-acre Sylvan Fire 12 miles south of Eagle, Colo. today.

The fire is burning in timber on the White River National Forest about half a mile from Sylvan Lake State Park. Firefighters reported extreme fire behavior, as strong winds pushed the fire to the south and southeast.

The fire was reported about 3:15 p.m. today. The cause is currently unknown and under investigation.

Campers and others recreating in Sylvan Lake State Park and much of the surrounding lands have been evacuated. Much of the area in the vicinity of the fire has been closed, including Sylvan Lake State Park. Firefighters have taken steps to protect structures at the state park. Other infrastructure at risk includes a major power line in the burn area.

The latest information, including a map of the closure when it is available, is being posted at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/.  

White River National Forest: Sylvan Fire update June 20, 2021 6 p.m.

Federal and local firefighters are on-scene of the Sylvan Fire burning about ½-mile west of Sylvan Lake State Park in Eagle County. The fire is estimated at 90 acres and growing in lodgepole pine and other timber on the White River National Forest. It is being pushed by high winds and firefighters are reporting extreme fire behavior.

Additional ground crews and aerial resources have been ordered. Campers and others recreating in Sylvan Lake State Park and much of the surrounding lands have been evacuated. Crews are working on structure protection preparation work in Sylvan Lake State Park. There is a major transmission line in the fire area.

The cause is unknown. More information will be shared when it becomes available.  

CDPHE: Air Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke

Issued for Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Routt, and Eagle counties

Issued at 6:30 PM MDT, Sunday, June 20, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected area:  Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Routt, and Eagle Counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Craig, Meeker, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Eagle, and Vail.

Advisory in effect:  6:30 PM MDT, Sunday, June 20, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Monday, June 21, 2021.

Public health recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors.  This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.  Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present.  Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.  If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Outlook:  Areas of moderate to heavy smoke have been observed across the advisory area Saturday evening due to smoke transported from both in-state and out-of-state wildfires.  Smoke will likely linger overnight as the winds turn calm, particularly in valley locations. 

For the latest Smoke Outlook, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

For more information about smoke and your health, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

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CDPHE: State of Colorado partners with community-based organizations, hosts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics

REMOTE: As part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts, the State of Colorado is working with community-based organizations to host clinics focused on vaccinating underserved Coloradans. This includes COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Juneteenth celebrations in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Pueblo.

“Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is the celebration of the emancipation of slavery in Texas. We choose this as one of our celebration days to honor the contribution of Black/African Americans. We are excited to provide the COVID vaccinations to our Black community as we continue to get back to work, get our children back in school, and continue to THRIVE in community and beyond,” said Kay Rhines of Black Girls Media, who organized one of the Juneteenth events below.

Vaccines are free, and no insurance, ID, or appointment are required to get vaccinated. 

Local clinics

Sunday, June 20

Glenwood Springs Meadows Mall
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
105 E Meadows Dr., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Monday, June 21

Apple Tree Park
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
5175 CO Rd. 335, New Castle, CO 81647

Riverside Middle School
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
215 Alder Ave., New Castle, CO 81647

Tuesday, June 22

Glenwood Springs Farmers Market
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
828 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Wednesday, June 23

Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
3000 CO Rd 114 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

View other locations statewide.

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

CDPHE: State of Colorado partners with community-based organizations, hosts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics

CDPHE: State begins outbound phone campaign to encourage vaccination

REMOTE: On Monday, June 21, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will begin making outgoing phone calls to Colorado residents age 18 and older who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. Callers will provide information about vaccination, help with scheduling appointments at local vaccine locations, and answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

The outbound call campaign is an important step toward Colorado’s goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4. This goal is in line with President Biden’s National Month of Action, which aims to increase vaccination rates across the country.

“I’m excited that Coloradans will have a new opportunity to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines to help them make informed decisions about their health,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “It’s normal to have questions about COVID-19 vaccines. These outgoing calls will provide Coloradans with accurate information and help them find a free vaccination appointment in their neighborhood if they choose to be protected from COVID-19.”

The calls will be completed by COVAXCO, the call center that has been answering inbound calls about COVID-19 vaccination in Colorado. Information will be available in multiple languages. Coloradans can continue to call the inbound vaccine hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additionally, CDPHE will send text and email notifications to people between the ages of 18 and 29 years old who may be overdue for their second COVID-19 vaccine. CDPHE previously sent similar messages to people over the age of 30.

Text messages will be sent from a text recipient: 45778 on June 22 and 25, and emails will originate from ColoradoDPHE@teletask.com on June 24 to notify people whose current records in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) indicate they may be more than 42 days past their first dose. These messages will include information on how to find a vaccine provider to schedule a second vaccination.

These reminders will be sent in English and Spanish. Anyone who has additional questions after receiving a message can contact our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 877-268-2926 that offers translation service in more than 100 languages. 

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

CDPHE: State begins outbound phone campaign to encourage vaccination