Garfield County Public Health: Coronameter update, ‘Why I Mask Up’ video premier and updated mask FAQs

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has added content to its mask frequently asked questions (FAQ) page, including “Can a business still deny me entry if I have a medical exemption to wearing a face covering?” The page has additional information about masks and sports/recreation, in the workplace and in schools.

CDPHE highlighted mask frequently asked questions:

Is the mask order a law?
Yes, executive orders and public health orders have the force of law. People who do not comply with the executive order may be subject to civil or criminal penalties.

Who has to wear a mask?
The order applies to people in Colorado over 10 years old when they are in a public indoor space or when they are waiting for or using public transportation or ride-shares.

Who does not have to wear a mask?

  • People who are 10 years old and younger.
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.

What does it mean to be unable to medically tolerate a face covering?
Essentially, this means a person who has trouble breathing or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more from the CDC about other reasons face coverings may not be possible in every situation or for some people. 

How do I prove I cannot medically tolerate a face covering? Do I need a written exemption?

  • You do not need a written exemption.
  • You may tell the establishment that you cannot medically tolerate a mask. But please be aware that if you cannot medically tolerate a mask, you should consider limiting any visits to businesses to protect yourself and others. If you need help getting groceries or other necessities, you can call 211 to be connected to local resources that may be able to help you.
  • Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses may offer reasonable accommodations for individuals with medical disabilities that make it so that they can’t wear a mask. This could include offering delivery or call-ahead curbside pickup instead of allowing entry into the building – more information.
    • The CDC recommends businesses post a sign outside that says, “Masks required” and provide a phone number and email address for someone to contact should they be unable to use a mask.

Is there guidance available regarding both mask order and ADA compliance?
Yes. If someone is unable to wear a mask due to a medical exemption, we encourage businesses to work with those exempted individuals to create alternative accommodations such as curbside pickup or delivery. For more information, refer to the Guidance to Employers and Places of Public Accommodation Regarding Equal Opportunity Employment and Reasonable Accommodations Due to the Presence of COVID-19.

“Why I Mask Up” video premiers in Spanish
Garfield County essential workers, doctors, business owners, coaches and school officials are masking up to stop COVID. Masks are one of the leading ways to keep the virus levels down and keep the economy, schools and activities we love open! Why do we mask up? Watch the video to see more.

Coronameter update for September 11
Indicators on the Coronameter have not moved since the meter’s last update on Tuesday.  People who have COVID-like symptoms should seek testing within 48 hours of symptom onset. As cooler weather sets in and indoor activities increase, it will be even more important to take COVID precautions. Take precautions for both your own health and for the health of others.

The Coronameter is updated at the end of the day on Tuesdays and Fridays on the Garfield County COVID data page and shared on the Public Health Facebook page.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
11 de septiembre, 2020

Actualización del Coronametro, estreno del video ‘Porque Uso Cubrebocas’, y actualización de preguntas frecuentes sobre cubrebocas

El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado ha agregado contenido a su  página de preguntas frecuentes (FAQ) sobre cubrebocas, que incluye “”¿Puede un negocio negarme la entrada si tengo una exención médica para usar un cubrebocas?  La página tiene información adicional sobre cubrebocas y los deportes/recreación, en el lugar de trabajo y en las escuelas.

CDPHE recalca sobre las preguntas frecuentes hacia el uso de cubrebocas:

¿Es la orden de cubrebocas una ley?

Sí, las órdenes ejecutivas y las órdenes de salud pública tienen fuerza legal. Las personas que no cumplan con la orden ejecutiva pueden estar sujetas a sanciones civiles o penales.         

¿Quién tiene que usar cubrebocas?

La orden se aplica a personas en Colorado mayores de 10 años cuando se encuentran en un espacio público al interior o cuando están esperando o usando transporte público o viajes compartidos. 

¿Quién no tiene que usar un cubrebocas?

  • Personas de menores de 10 años.
  • Personas que no pueden tolerar médicamente un cubrebocas.
  • Niños menores de 2 años NO deben usar cubrebocas o cubiertas faciales de tela.

¿Qué significa no poder tolerar médicamente un cubrebocas?

Básicamente, esto significa una persona que tiene problemas para respirar o cualquier persona que esté inconsciente, incapacitada o que no pueda quitarse el cubrebocas sin ayuda, según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC). Lea más del CDC sobre otras razones por las que es posible que no sea posible cubrir el rostro en todas las situaciones o para algunas personas.

¿Cómo puedo demostrar que no puedo tolerar médicamente un cubrebocas? ¿Necesito una exención por escrito?

  • No necesita una exención por escrito.
  • Puede informar al establecimiento que no puede tolerar médicamente un cubrebocas. Pero tenga en cuenta que, si no puede tolerar médicamente un cubrebocas, debería considerar limitar las visitas a negocios para protegerse y proteger a los demás. Si necesita ayuda para comprar comida u otras necesidades, puede llamar al 211 para que lo comuniquen con los recursos locales que pueden ayudarlo.
  • Según la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA), negocios pueden ofrecer arreglos razonables para personas con discapacidades médicas que no pueden usar un cubrebocas. Esto podría incluir ofrecer la entrega en la acera o que puedan llamar para llevar en lugar de entrar al edificio; – más información.
    • El CDC recomiendan que los negocios coloquen un letrero en el exterior que diga “Se requieren cubrebocas” y proporcionen un número de teléfono y una dirección de correo electrónico para que alguien se comunique en caso de que no puedan usar un cubrebocas.

¿Hay orientación disponible sobre la orden de cubrebocas y el cumplimiento de la ADA?

Si. Si alguien no puede usar un cubrebocas debido a una exención médica, alentamos a negocios trabajar con esas personas exentas para crear adaptaciones alternativas, como la entrega en la acera. Para obtener más información, consulte la Orientación para Empleadores y Lugares de Alojamiento Público con Respecto a la Igualdad de Oportunidades de Empleo y Adaptaciones Razonables Debido a la Presencia de COVID-19.

El video de “Porque uso Cubrebocas” se estrena en español

Trabajadores esenciales, médicos, dueños de negocios, entrenadores y funcionarios escolares del Condado de Garfield están usando cubrebocas para detener el COVID. ¡Los cubrebocas son una de las principales formas de mantener bajos los niveles del virus y mantener abierta la economía, las escuelas y las actividades que amamos! ¿Por qué usamos cubrebocas? Vea el video para ver más.

Actualización del Coronametro para el 11 de septiembre

Los indicadores del Coronametro no se han movido desde la última actualización del medidor el martes. Las personas que tienen síntomas similares a los de COVID deben buscar pruebas dentro de las 48 horas posteriores al inicio de los síntomas. A medida que se establezca un clima más fresco y aumenten las actividades en el interior, será aún más importante tomar precauciones contra el COVID. Tome precauciones tanto por su propia salud como por la salud de los demás.

El Coronametro se actualiza al final del día los martes y viernes en la página de datos sobre COVID del Condado Garfield  y compartida en la página de Facebook de Salud Pública.

Garfield County Public Health: Coronameter update, ‘Why I Mask Up’ video premier and updated mask FAQs

Garfield County Public Health: Fifth Garfield County resident passes away from complications due to COVID-19

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A fifth person from Garfield County has died from complications due to COVID-19. The a 57-year-old male was being hospitalized in Denver.

“We regret that another Garfield County resident has lost his life to this illness. We offer our sincere condolences to the family,” said Yvonne Long, Garfield County Public Health Director.  “For many people, COVID-19 symptoms are mild to moderate. However, we need to continue to take preventive action to protect those that may have much more serious complications.”

While the amount of cases in the county has slowly dropped in past weeks, Garfield County Public Health urges the public to continue taking preventative action against this virus.

Garfield County Public Health: Fifth Garfield County resident passes away from complications due to COVID-19

‘Coronameter’ update from Garfield County Public Health

A reminder to get tested within 1-2 days of symptoms and guidance on quarantining after travel

Resources:

*NEW* – “Stay at home when you are sick” poster – English ? Spanish

Tested for COVID-19? Here’s what to expectEnglish/Spanish

Testing following Labor Day

Following Labor Day weekend, Garfield County Public Health is emphasizing the need for people with one or more COVID-19 symptoms to seek testing as soon as possible. Many people traveled or were exposed to visitors over the long holiday weekend.

If you have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, follow up with your primary care physician or public health for guidance. People experiencing the following symptoms should be tested within 1-2 days of becoming ill.

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

After you travel, guidance on COVID-19

If you have recently traveled or are planning on traveling, you may have questions about quarantining after your return.

The answer to whether you should quarantine depends on how much exposure you may have had during your trip. Traveling to places where there is widespread transmission or to places where you intend to participate in large gatherings increases your chances of being exposed to COVID-19. 

Consider how you got to your destination, what activities you did while there, and what precautions you and those around you took to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you took precautions, such as maintaining social distancing of 6 feet or more; wore masks; practiced good hygiene; and spent less than 15 minutes in close contact with others, chances are that your risk of contracting the virus is low.

Upon your return, you may want to consider voluntarily minimizing your contact with others (co-workers, classmates, family, etc.) in case you do develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you will need to isolate and everyone that you had contact with during your contagious period will have to quarantine. Being proactive may prevent others from having to quarantine.  

Check out the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) travel health page and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after you travel page for additional guidance.

Coronameter update on 9-8-20

The Garfield County Coronameter was updated on September 8, 2020. Public Health emphasizes the need for everyone to get tested within 1-2 days of their symptoms beginning. This is a major disease containment strategy. “Days before seeking testing,” remains in the “concerned” category, with 50-65 percent of our local cases seeking testing more than 2 days after symptoms began. Another area remaining in the concerned category includes “cases from community spread,” which increased slightly from the previous 14-day period.

The Coronameter is updated mid-day on Tuesdays and Fridays on the Garfield County COVID data page and shared on the Public Health Facebook page.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
9 de septiembre, 2020

Actualización del ‘Coronametro’: recordatorio de hacerse la prueba dentro de 1 a 2 días de los síntomas y guía sobre la cuarentena después de viajar

Recursos:

*NUEVO* – Póster “Quédate en casa cuando estés enfermo”Inglés ? Español

¿Recibiste la prueba para COVID-19? Esto es lo que debes esperarInglés/Español

Pruebas después del Día del Trabajo

Después del fin de semana del Día del Trabajo, Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield resalta la necesidad de que las personas con uno o más síntomas de COVID-19 busquen hacerse la prueba lo antes posible. Muchas personas viajaron o estuvieron expuestas a visitantes durante el largo fin de semana de vacaciones. 

Si sabe que estuvo expuesto a alguien con COVID-19, consulte con su médico o con salud pública para obtener orientación.

Personas que experimentan los siguientes síntomas deben hacerse la prueba dentro de 1-2 días después de enfermarse.

  • Fiebre o escalofríos                                       
  • Tos
  • Falta de aire o dificultad para respirar
  • Fatiga
  • Dolor muscular o corporal
  • Dolor de Cabeza
  • Nueva pérdida de sabor u olfato
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Congestión o secreción nasal
  • Nausea o vómitos
  • Diarrea

Dónde hacerse la prueba en el Condado de Garfield

Guía sobre COVID-19 después de viajar

Si ha viajado recientemente o está planeando viajar, es posible que tenga preguntas sobre la cuarentena después de su regreso.

La respuesta a si debe ponerse en cuarentena depende cuánto se haya expuesto durante su viaje. Viajar a lugares donde hay una transmisión generalizada o a lugares donde tiene la intención de participar en grandes reuniones aumenta sus posibilidades de estar expuesto al COVID-19.

Considere cómo llegó a su destino, qué actividades hizo mientras estuvo allí y qué precauciones tomaron usted y los que le rodean para evitar la propagación del COVID-19.

Si tomó precauciones, como mantener una distancia social de 6 pies o más; uso cubrebocas; practicó buena higiene; y pasó menos de 15 minutos en contacto cercano con otras personas, es probable que su riesgo de contraer el virus sea bajo.

A su regreso, es posible que desee considerar voluntariamente minimizar su contacto con otras personas (compañeros de trabajo, compañeros de clase, familiares, etc.) en caso de que desarrolle síntomas. Si desarrolla síntomas, deberá aislarse y todas las personas con las que tuvo contacto durante su período contagioso tendrán que ponerse en cuarentena.

Ser proactivo puede evitar que otros tengan que ponerse en cuarentena.

Consulte la página de advertencias sanitarias para viajeros del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) y la página de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) después de su viaje para obtener orientación adicional.

Actualización del Coronametro del 8 de septiembre del 2020

El Coronametro del Condado de Garfield se actualizó el 8 de septiembre de 2020. Salud Pública enfatiza la necesidad de que todos se hagan la prueba dentro de 1 a 2 días después del inicio de los síntomas. Ésta es una importante estrategia para la contención de enfermedades. “Días antes de buscar la prueba” permanece en la categoría de “preocupado”, porque el 50-65 por ciento de casos locales esperan hacerse la prueba más de 2 días después de que comenzaron los síntomas. Otra área que permanece en la categoría en cuestión incluye “casos de propagación comunitaria”, que aumentaron ligeramente desde el período anterior de 14 días.

El Coronametro se actualiza al final del día los martes y viernes en la página de datos COVID del Condado Garfield y se comparte en la página de Facebook de Salud Pública.

‘Coronameter’ update from Garfield County Public Health

State releases indoor visitation guidance for residential care facilities

REMOTE, Sept. 3, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today released guidance for indoor visitation in residential care facilities.

Residential care facilities (skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, group homes, and intermediate care facilities) that meet the criteria can now welcome visitors indoors.

“After releasing draft guidance last week, we received feedback from residents, families, friends, and essential workers in residential care facilities. After reviewing the feedback and keeping in mind the safety risks with visitation, we are providing guidance for limited indoor visitation opportunities,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer, CDPHE. “We need to continue to be cautious as these facilities are still high risk. We must balance the need for visitations with the risks that still very much exist.”

The guidance also allows for visits from service providers such as beauticians, barbers, podiatrists, dentists, and therapists. Currently, residential care facilities may offer visitation under compassionate circumstances, such as end-of-life situations, and in outdoor environments. There are other circumstances under which indoor visitation must be accommodated, such as to provide support for residents with disabilities and/or for religious exercise, and for long-term care ombudsman and adult protective services.

The guidance states facilities must meet the following criteria to implement indoor visitation:

  • Be located in counties that have less than or equal to an average of 25 new, active cases per 100,000 people over the prior 14 days or be in a county that is in the Protect Our Neighbors Phase
  • If in counties with 26 to 175 new, active cases per 100,000 people over the prior 14 days, visitors must provide documentation that they have had a negative COVID-19 test in the 48 hours preceding the visit (a PCR test or test approved by the State Lab or the FDA for use in asymptomatic people).
  • Visitation is not allowed in residential care facilities in counties with more than 175 new, active cases per 100,000 people over the prior 14 days.
  • Other criteria involve testing, outbreaks, personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, and staffing.

When indoor visitation is implemented, visitors must:

  • Have taken a COVID-19 test and received a negative result within 48 hours of conducting the visit, if applicable, based on the degree of community spread.
  • Be fever-free, symptom free, and have no known exposure to COVID-19.
  • Be age 18 and older.
  • Schedule appointments in advance.
  • Wear masks and adhere to all facility visitation rules.

The full guidance, drafted by the Residential Care Strike Team, is available online. The Residential Care Strike Team is composed of representatives of the Governor’s Office and state agencies that play a role in regulating and supporting residential care facilities. Visit the Residential Care Strike Team web page for more information.

State releases indoor visitation guidance for residential care facilities

Governor Polis Emphasizes Importance of Mask Wearing and Avoiding Large Groups This Labor Day Weekend

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today provided an update on Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reminded Coloradans to remain vigilant over Labor Day weekend.

The Governor announced that earlier this week, Colorado hit its lowest positivity rate yet, close to two percent. The positivity rate is the rate of positive results out of the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted. In March, the state was seeing positivity rates between 15-20%. Currently, some of Colorado’s neighboring states are still seeing rates that high: Kansas is at 16%, Nevada is at 15.3% and Iowa is at 18.5%. The Governor stressed the importance of Coloradans continuing to wear masks, follow social distancing protocols, and avoid large gatherings as the long Labor Day weekend approaches to maintain the state’s positive trend. 

“Coloradans have met the challenges of this pandemic head on, and our numbers may be declining, but we are not out of the woods,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Cases spiked after the 4th of July weekend and we can’t let that happen again after Labor Day weekend. Our success thus far is due to each individual doing their part and we can’t let up now. We need everyone, including all of our students who are back on campus, to take this seriously and act responsibly by avoiding large groups and parties and wearing a mask around others. Now is not the time to party. Be smart and be safe this weekend if you are enjoying our great outdoors. Colorado has fared better than many of our neighboring states during this pandemic, but we’re only as good as our collective actions to slow the spread of this virus.”

Gov. Polis was joined by CU President Mark Kennedy, David Holguin, a CU Denver student, and Dajah Brooks, a student at the University of Denver to emphasize the need for students returning to colleges and universities to continue following safety protocols to protect themselves and their peers. David is a Student Advisor with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and Latinx advancement leadership program. Dajah is the Undergraduate Student Body Vice President at the University of Denver, member of Delta Zeta sorority and the African Students United at DU. The Governor addressed recent parties at fraternities at CU Boulder, and applauded the efforts by Boulder’s Interfraternity Council on the Hill to punish these bad actors with fines.

Gov. Polis was also joined by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Park Ranger Michelle Seubert to remind Coloradans to recreate responsibly. The outdoors have played a critical role in giving Coloradans a safe outlet to exercise and experience nature during this pandemic. As Labor Day weekend approaches, it’s critical to remember the 7 key principles for responsible recreation: 

  • Have a plan before you go
  • Stay to the trails
  • Trash your trash
  • Leave what you find
  • Be careful with fire and abide by local fire restrictions 
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be kind and inclusive to others who are also enjoying the great outdoors
Governor Polis Emphasizes Importance of Mask Wearing and Avoiding Large Groups This Labor Day Weekend

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 3, 2020

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/3/2020:
Number of individuals tested: 2916
Positive results: 181
Pending results: 28
New Positives since 9/3/20: 0
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 10
Patients Transferred: 4
Patients Discharged: 6

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

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 a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 3, 2020

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/3/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View:  7,703
Positive results: 414
Pending results:  42
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 61
Admitted patients discharged: 53

Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

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 September 1, 2020

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

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/1/2020:
Number of individuals tested: 2885
Positive results: 181
Pending results: 29
New Positives since 8/27/20: 1
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 10
Patients Transferred: 4
Patients Discharged: 6

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

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 a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 1, 2020

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/1/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View:  7,556
Positive results: 413
Pending results:  10
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 61
Admitted patients discharged: 53
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

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

Garfield County air quality has been upgraded: good to moderate

Expect ‘good’ air quality today throughout Garfield County with the possibility of ‘moderate’ at times. View Smoke outlooks related to wildfire activity below:

Grizzly Creek Fire
Pine Gulch Fire

Where to watch for information
Grizzly Creek Fire Page
Pine Gulch Fire Smoke Page
Garfield County Air Monitoring Web page.
State Air Quality Health Advisory page.
Low-cost, community-based PurpleAir sensors along the I-70 corridor.

About PurpleAir:
Low-cost sensors, such as PurpleAir, can be used as an indicator of elevated levels of particulates in the air and help by adding data coverage in areas where there are not permanent regulatory monitors.

Public Health advises setting the default to a “one day average” rather than “10-minute average” because being exposed to moderate to heavy smoke for a short term period may not have the same health impacts as being exposed for a full 24-hours. 

It is important to understand that these low-cost sensors are not considered accurate enough to be used in regulatory action. These sensors are not a reference method nor approved by EPA for compliance with federal air quality standards.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
26 de agosto, 2020

La Calidad del Aire en el Condado de Garfield ha Mejorado:  Entre Bueno y Moderado

Espere “buena” calidad de aire hoy en todo el Condado de Garfield con la posibilidad de una calidad “moderada” a veces

Vea pronósticos sobre el humo relacionados con la actividad de incendios forestales a continuación:

Dónde buscar información
Incendio Grizzly Creek Página con Información sobre Humo
Incendio Pine Gulch  Página con Información sobre Humo
Página Web de Monitoreo de Aire del Condado Garfield
Página Estatal de Avisos de Salud Sobre la Calidad del Aire
Sensores PurpleAir comunitarios a lo largo del interestatal 70

Sobre PurpleAir:
Los sensores de bajo costo, como PurpleAir, se pueden usar como indicadores de niveles elevados de partículas en el aire y ayudan a agregar cobertura de datos en áreas donde no hay monitores permanentes.

Salud Pública sugiere establecer el valor predeterminado en un “promedio de un día” en lugar de un “promedio de 10 minutos” porque estar expuesto a humo moderado a denso durante un período corto puede no tener los mismos impactos en la salud que estar expuesto durante 24 horas completas.

Es importante comprender que estos sensores de bajo costo no se consideran lo suficientemente precisos para ser utilizados en acciones regulatorias. Estos sensores no son un método de referencia ni están aprobados por la EPA para cumplir con los estándares federales de calidad del aire.

Garfield County air quality has been upgraded: good to moderate