Garfield County Public Health: Silt adds new COVID testing site; Rifle/Parachute testing sites have a permanent time change

Garfield County, CO – Roaring Fork COVID testing will add a Silt testing site location beginning Monday January 18. The new site will be in the parking lot behind the Silt Library and Town Hall, at 600 Home Ave. The Silt site testing will be open from 7 am – noon Monday through Friday. Appointments are made online and are necessary to be tested.

The Western Garfield County Curative testing sites in Rifle and Parachute have new permanent hours. Parachute hours are 8 am to 10 am, and the Rifle hours are 11:30 am to 3 pm on Mondays.

Testing is at no cost, does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance.

Roaring Fork Valley free COVID testing
https://www.rfvcovidtest.com/
By appointment only.
Locations in Silt, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Snowmass and Aspen
See website for days, hours and locations

Elk Creek Elementary School – mobile van
Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., January – March
804 W Main St., New Castle, 81647
https://curative.com/sites/17935/walkup#9/39.573/-107.5417

Bea Underwood Elementary School – mobile van
Mondays 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., January – March
0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, 81635
https://curative.com/sites/17936/walkup#9/39.441/-108.0382

Garfield County Fairgrounds- Mobile Van
Mondays 11:30 – 3:00 p.m., January – March
1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 81650
https://curative.com/sites/17938/walkup#9/39.5401/-107.7851

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing — an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19. It is an observed and directed, self-collected test, which minimizes the in-person contact and risk of transmission for all site visitors and testing professionals. Results are returned to patients within 48 hours upon receipt at the lab.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 5 to 7 days after exposure and quarantine.

Garfield County Public Health has a list of testing sites on the COVID-19 testing page. Symptoms include:

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

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or bypass other public health orders, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, interact only with members of their own households, wash hands and stay home while sick.

How can I stay up to date on Garfield County COVID testing, vaccine information and data?

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

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Se agrega nuevo sitio para pruebas de COVID en Silt; también hay cambios permanentes de horario en los sitios de prueba en Rifle/Parachute

Condado de Garfield Pruebas de COVID del Roaring Fork agregará una ubicación para pruebas en Silt a partir del lunes 18 de enero. El nuevo sitio estará ubicado en el estacionamiento detrás de la biblioteca y de las oficinas del pueblo de Silt, en el 600 Home Ave. y estará abierto de 7 am al mediodía de lunes a viernes.

Los sitios de prueba del Western Garfield County Curative (por sus siglas en Ingles) en Rifle y Parachute tienen nuevos horarios. El horario de Parachute será de 8 am a 10 am y el horario en Rifle será de 11:30 am a 3 pm los lunes.

Las pruebas no tienen costo, no se requiere una nota médica, identificación o seguro.

Prueba COVID gratuita de Roaring Fork Valley
https://www.rfvcovidtest.com/
Solo por cita.
Ubicaciones en Silt, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, El Jebel, Snowmass y Aspen

Visite el sitio web para conocer los días, horarios y ubicaciones
Escuela Primaria Elk Creek – En el estacionamiento
Domingos de 9 a.m. A 3 p.m., De enero a marzo
804 W. Main St., Castillo Nuevo, 81647
https://curative.com/sites/17935/walkup#9/39.573/-107.5417


Escuela Primaria Bea Underwood – En el estacionamiento
Lunes 8 am – 10 am, enero – marzo
0741 Tamarisk Trail, Paracaídas, 81635
https://curative.com/sites/17936/walkup#9/39.441/-108.0382

Recinto ferial del condado de Garfield: En el estacionamiento
Lunes 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, enero – marzo
1001 Railroad Ave., rifle, 81650
https://curative.com/sites/17938/walkup#9/39.5401/-107.7851

Curative ofrece la prueba de cotonete de fluido oral, un método alternativo a los cotonetes nasofaríngeos o cerebrales en la prueba de COVID-19. Es una prueba que se auto-recopila por el individuo, la cual es dirigida y observada, que minimiza el contacto en persona y minimiza el riesgo de transmisión para visitantes del sitio y profesionales que hacen pruebas. Los resultados se devuelven a pacientes dentro de las 48 horas después que el laboratorio recibe la prueba.

Cualquier persona que tenga síntomas debe hacerse la prueba de inmediato y aislarse durante al menos 10 días desde el inicio de síntomas y hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante 24 horas (sin la ayuda de medicamentos) y que sus síntomas hayan mejorado. Cualquier persona que haya estado expuesta a alguien con COVID-19 debe hacerse la prueba 7 días después de que se expuso y cuarentena.

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield tiene una lista de sitios que ofrecen pruebas en la página de Pruebas COVID-19. Los síntomas incluyen:

Fiebre o escalofríos
Tos
Falta de aire o dificultad para respirar.
Fatiga
Dolores musculares o corporales
Dolor de cabeza
Nueva pérdida del gusto u olfato
Dolor de garganta
Congestión o secreción nasal.
Náuseas o vómitos
Diarrea

Mientras las pruebas son una herramienta importante en la respuesta de COVID-19, el estado advierte que una prueba negativa no significa que esté bien reunirse en grandes reuniones o pasar por alto otras órdenes de salud pública, como usar un cubrebocas. Todos los habitantes de Colorado deben usar cubrebocas, distanciarse físicamente, interactuar solo con los miembros de su propio hogar y quedarse en casa mientras están enfermos.

¿Cómo puedo mantenerme actualizado sobre las pruebas de COVID, información y los datos sobre vacunas del Condado Garfield?

Salud Pública del Condado Garfield publica actualizaciones frecuentes en los medios de comunicación, en Facebook @garfieldhealth, y en nuestro sitio web en la página de COVID Y Salud Pública. Para navegar a la página de COVID y salud pública desde el sitio principal del condado de Garfield, haga clic en el rectángulo rojo de COVID y salud pública en la parte superior de la página. Regístrese para recibir notificaciones sobre las noticias de COVID del Condado de Garfield en garfieldcounty.net. 

Garfield County Public Health: Silt adds new COVID testing site; Rifle/Parachute testing sites have a permanent time change

Garfield County Public Health: COVID-19 precautions impact the local flu season

State report: masks, social distancing and increased hand washing are impacting trends

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The spread of influenza (flu) in the state of Colorado is currently sporadic. A recent Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) report notes that although the flu season can be generally unpredictable, it is thought that the public health measures to address the spread of COVID-19, such as mask wearing, social distancing and increased hand washing may impact trends in seasonal flu transmission.

As COVID-19 numbers remain high, Grand River Health and Valley View Hospital have had a quiet flu season and do not anticipate a sharp increase in cases.

In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Influenza viruses that cause the flu circulate year-round. However, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. The flu vaccine is highly recommended for all age groups.

COVID-19 prevention measures saving kids’ lives
Prevention measures are lowering overall flu cases, leading to less pediatric deaths from flu. The CDC reports influenza-associated pediatric deaths for current and past flu seasons. Nation-wide, there were 195 pediatric flu deaths last season. So far this season, there has only been one in the United States and zero reported in Colorado.

“This is the year to do everything we can to prevent the flu. I tell my patients, ‘you don’t want to take a space from someone else in the emergency room.’ Even if one person in your household gets sick with the flu, or even something as minor as cold, it means that everyone has to stay home and get tested for COVID-19. So, take this one additional precaution. Get your flu shots and prevent a major hassle for everyone in your home,” said Dr. Colby Quintenz, pediatrician with Grand River Health.

Flu hospitalizations in Garfield County
There have been no flu-associated hospitalizations in Garfield County during this current 2020-2021 season. By comparison, the 2019-2020 season had 29, the 2018-2019 season 35, and the 17-18 season 46.

Flu deaths as compared to COVID-19 deaths
In the United States, an average of 35,000 people die from the flu each year. In less than one year, the COVID-19 virus has claimed more than 374,000 lives.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) graphic

COVID-19 and flu
COVID-19 is caused by an infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people.

With both flu and COVID-19, people over 65 bear the greatest burden of severe illness and death. Approximately 90% of flu-related deaths and 50-70% of flu-related hospitalizations occur among people in this age group.

A comparison of hospitalizations and deaths by age due to COVID-19 shows that adults 65 to 74 are being hospitalized at five times the rate of the 18- to 29-year-old demographic and dying at 90 times the rate of the younger group. These death rates increase to 220 times for adults age 75 to 84, and 630 times for those over 85, when compared to 18- to 29-year-olds.

Because of their increased risk, older adults are a priority group for receiving both flu and COVID-19 vaccination.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention graphic

“We as physicians don’t recommend things that we wouldn’t do for our own families,” added Dr. Quintenz. “Every year, I take flu vaccine home and give it to my own children. Getting vaccines is the choice that medical professionals make for their own families. As a society we are trying to do everything we can for our neighbors and friends. One of the things we can do for them is to get the flu vaccine and, when it is time, our COVID-19 shots.”

Garfield County Public Health: COVID-19 precautions impact the local flu season

Garfield County Public Health: Vaccine distribution currently focusing on those aged 70 and older locally and statewide

Garfield County Public Health, in partnership with Valley View Hospital and Grand River Health, will continue to follow the state priorities of vaccinating people 70 and older before any expansion to those 65 and older.

People that are 70+ in age will need to make appointments with local hospitals to receive the vaccine. Appointments are only being made as the vaccine is available.

Yesterday’s announcement by the federal government caused some confusion, but statewide and locally there is no change. We will continue with the state’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of our 70 years and older population by February 28, 2021. 

Garfield County Public Health will continue to provide updates on the Garfield County COVID-19 vaccine page with current information as it comes in. 

https://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccine/

Governor Polis indicates that Colorado is not currently expanding its age criteria currently.

Garfield County Public Health: Vaccine distribution currently focusing on those aged 70 and older locally and statewide

Garfield County COVID-19 summary

Garfield County, CO – Garfield County is averaging approximately 41 COVID-19 cases per day. This is significantly below the levels seen towards the middle of December, where the county was averaging 68 cases per day.

Test turnaround time is currently averaging 2.3 days from collection to notification. The desired number of days is two, therefore test turnaround time in the county is generally good.

The incidence rate, while high, at 892.5 per 100,000 persons for the last 14-day period, is moving generally in a declining direction.

The test positivity rate had one day last week above ten percent, but numbers below that are an indicator that Garfield County is testing enough people and finding more cases earlier than at the end of November or beginning of December.

People exposed to COVID-19 on New Year’s Eve would be most contagious between January 3 – 7. Based on incubation periods and test turnaround times, the health department will know how the holidays affected cases by next week.

Public Health, working with hospital partners, hopes to report the number of vaccines administered each week. Garfield County has been vaccinating 1A and limited 1B categories. 4.8% of Garfield County residents have received their first dose.

Geographic AreaTotal CasesCurrently HospitalizedDeathsRecovered
Global90,074,323Not Available1,932,05349,923,251
United States22,300,696130,781363,598N/A
Colorado358,9479775,19018,891
Garfield County4,444N/A33 confirmed, and 3 being investigatedN/A
Eagle County3,780N/A14N/A
Pitkin County1,488N/A4N/A
Mesa County10.00841875,305

*Statistics from Johns Hopkins University, covidtracking.com, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Cases since last week

  • 299 cases reported/added since last week for a 7-day rolling average of 42.7 cases added per day
  • Dates with most cases added:
    • 1/7: 83
    • 1/5: 54

Vaccinations

  • Public Health is working with hospital partners to obtain the number of vaccinations administered. These numbers include Phase 1A, 1B, and 70+:
    • Valley View Hospital (through 1/8): 2,078
    • Grand River (through 1/8): 880
    • Total amount of vaccine allocated to Garfield County to date: 2,915

Deaths

  • 33 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths, 3 pending investigation
  • 0 new deaths reported since last week

State dial information (week dates)

  • Two-week incidence:
    • Monday: 797.8
    • Tuesday: 807.7
    • Wednesday: 811.1
    • Thursday: 807.7
    • Friday: 877.5
    • Saturday: 924.1
    • Sunday: 892.5
      • Increases are likely because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, though these increases are less of a surge than those experienced in November.
  • Hospitalizations, days with stable or declining hospitalizations:
    • Monday: 8
    • Tuesday: 9
    • Wednesday: 7
    • Thursday: 8
    • Friday: 9
    • Saturday: 9
    • Sunday: 10
  • Test positivity:
    • Monday: 9.4%
    • Tuesday: 9.4%
    • Wednesday: 9.7%
    • Thursday: 9.3%
    • Friday: 10.3
    • Saturday: 9.7%
    • Sunday: 9.9%
      • Staying under 10%, especially during the holidays period is a positive for Garfield County numbers.
Garfield County COVID-19 summary

Western Garfield County testing closing early today, January 11, at 3 pm instead of 4:30 pm

Shipping center hour changes require the site to close at 3 pm in order to send tests to Curative lab on time

Garfield County, CO – The Western Garfield County testing in Rifle will close early today, ending at 3 pm. The shipping center used by the testing site is closing early and all tests must make the cutoff to be sent to the lab.

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Las pruebas del Oeste del Condado de Garfield cerrará temprano hoy, 11 de Enero a las 3 pm en lugar de las 4:30 pm

Los cambios en el horario del centro de envío requieren que el sitio cierre a las 3 pm para poder enviar las pruebas a tiempo al laboratorio de Curative

Condado de Garfield, CO – Las pruebas del Oeste del Condado de Garfield en Rifle cerrarán temprano hoy, terminando a las 3 pm. El centro de envío utilizado por el sitio de pruebas está cerrando temprano y todas las pruebas deben cumplir con el límite para ser enviadas al laboratorio.

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Western Garfield Free COVID testing is available though a Curative mobile van location that will be available each week in Parachute, Rifle and New Castle as long as there is community demand. Testing is at no cost, does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance.

While walk-ins are welcome, online pre-registration is highly encouraged. Register here:

Elk Creek Elementary School – mobile van

Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., January – March

804 W Main St., New Castle, 81647

https://curative.com/sites/17935/walkup#9/39.573/-107.5417

Bea Underwood Elementary School – mobile van

Mondays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., January – March

0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, 81635

https://curative.com/sites/17936/walkup#9/39.441/-108.0382

Garfield County Fairgrounds- mobile van

Mondays 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., January – March

1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 81650

https://curative.com/sites/17938/walkup#9/39.5401/-107.7851

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing — an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19 with the highest possible clinical sensitivity. It is an observed and directed, self-collected test, which minimizes the in-person contact and risk of transmission for all site visitors and testing professionals. Results are returned to patients within 48 hours upon receipt at the lab.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 5 to 7 days after exposure and quarantine.

Garfield County Public Health has a list of testing sites on the COVID-19 testing page. Symptoms include:

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

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or bypass other public health orders, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, interact only with members of their own households, wash hands and stay home while sick.

How can I stay up to date on Garfield County COVID testing, vaccine information and data?

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

Western Garfield County testing closing early today, January 11, at 3 pm instead of 4:30 pm

Garfield County Public Health: COVID vaccinations ongoing for 1A and some 1B categories, including people 70 and older

Valley View and Grand River Health hospitals are currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available to people in 1A and some of the groups listed in the 1B categories.

Please follow along for updates on the Garfield County vaccines page.

Who is currently being vaccinated and where can I get more information?

  • People age 70 and older 

Contact the hospital to make a vaccine appointment. Appointments will be made as vaccine supplies become available. For Valley View Hospital, call 970-384-7632. For Grand River Health, call 970-625-1100. Please note that it will take several weeks to vaccinate everyone in this category. Please be patient and know that as vaccine supplies arrive, additional appointments will become available. 

  • Phase 1A and 1B agencies in only the following categories: 
  • 1A Highest-risk health care workers and individuals who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients
  • Long-term care facility staff and residents 
  • 1B Moderate-risk health care workers and responders with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (e.g. home health, hospice, pharmacy, dental etc.) and EMS.
  • Firefighters, police, COVID response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services.

Eligible 1A and 1B agencies should complete a pre-registration form online and may contact the health department at garcovaccine@garfield-county.com or 970-665-6371 if they have additional questions. 

The following 1B groups are not yet being vaccinated:

  • 1B categories below the marked line on the Garfield County or state vaccine graph.
  • Frontline essential workers in education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, postal service, public transit and specialized transportation staff, grocery, public health, frontline essential human service workers, and direct care providers for Coloradoans experiencing homelessness.
  • Essential officials from executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.
  • Essential frontline journalists.

Please see the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID vaccine page for more information on Phase 2 and Phase 3 groups anticipated to be vaccinated in the Spring and Summer. 

“Though we are serving those in the 70 and older category, our hospitals are getting a large number of phone calls from people looking to make appointments. We want people to know that vaccinating everyone in this category will take some time and some patience. People who live in Garfield County and fall into this age group will be vaccinated, but it may take several weeks as we wait for enough vaccine to arrive,” said Garfield County Public Health Director Yvonne Long.

More about vaccines for the 70 and older group in Garfield County:

No walk-ins are being accepted at this time. An appointment is required to receive the vaccine. 

Vaccine scheduling hotlines are open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To make an appointment at Grand River Health call 970-625-1100. To make an appointment at Valley View Hospital call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 970-384-7632. 

Scheduling is based on the availability of vaccine doses. 

Garfield County residents who are 70 years and older and have additional health complications should reach out to their primary care provider. Primary care practices may refer high-risk patients who are 70 years and older directly to hospitals for priority scheduling.

Individuals must be a resident of Garfield County. Residents are defined as those with a permanent mailing or physical address within Garfield County or, those who own property in Garfield County and reside there for longer than 30 days at a time. Residents of other counties should look to their respective public health agencies for information on how they may receive the vaccine. Eagle County residents can find information at http://www.eaglecountycovid.org. Pitkin County has information at https://pitkincounty.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=398

Two doses of the vaccine are required. All those being scheduled will be asked to confirm their ability to receive the second dose to ensure maximum efficacy of the vaccine. The vaccine is free, and no administration fee is charged.

Vaccine information for other demographic groups:

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

Garfield County Public Health: COVID vaccinations ongoing for 1A and some 1B categories, including people 70 and older

People age 70 and older in Garfield County can schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, January 4

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – On December 30, the Governor’s office announced new guidance for the COVID-19 Phase 1B group, which now includes people age 70 and older. Beginning Monday, January 4, residents of Garfield County age 70 and older can make appointments at Grand River Health or Valley View Hospital to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

“Garfield County Public Health, Grand River Health and Valley View are excited to respond to this change and move forward with the Governor’s order,” said Yvonne Long, Garfield County Public Health Director.

No walk-ins are being accepted at this time. An appointment is required to receive the vaccine. Vaccine supply is still very limited and other Phase 1A and 1B vaccinations are still ongoing. Additional clinics will be made available as additional vaccine supplies are received. 

Vaccine scheduling hotlines are open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To make an appointment at Grand River Health call 970-625-1100. To make an appointment at Valley View Hospital call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 970.384.7632. 

Scheduling is based on the availability of vaccine doses. If local hospitals do not have enough doses, individuals will be placed on a waitlist.

Garfield County residents who are 70 years and older and have additional health complications should reach out to their primary care provider. Primary care practices may refer high-risk patients who are 70 years and older directly to hospitals for priority scheduling.

Individuals must be a resident of Garfield County. Residents are defined as those with a permanent mailing or physical address within Garfield County or, those who own property in Garfield County and reside there for longer than 30 days at a time. Residents of other counties should look to their respective public health agencies for information on how they may receive the vaccine. Eagle County COVID information. Pitkin County COVID information.

Two doses of the vaccine are required. All those being scheduled will be asked to confirm their ability to receive the second dose to ensure maximum efficacy of the vaccine. The vaccine is free and no administration fee will be charged.

How will I know when it is my turn to be vaccinated?

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
12.31.20

Las personas de 70 años o más en el Condado de Garfield pueden programar citas para la vacuna COVID-19 a partir del Lunes, 4 de Enero

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – El 30 de Diciembre, la Oficina del Gobernador anunció una nueva guía para el grupo COVID-19 Fase 1B, que ahora incluye a personas de 70 años o más. A partir del Lunes, 4 de Enero, los residentes del Condado de Garfield de 70 años o más pueden programar citas en Grand River Health o Valley View Hospital para recibir su vacuna COVID-19.

“Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield, Grand River Health y Valley View están emocionados de responder a este cambio y seguir adelante con la orden del Gobernador”, dijo Yvonne Long, Directora de Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield.

No se aceptan visitas sin cita previa en este momento. Se requiere una cita para recibir la vacuna. El suministro de vacunas es todavía muy limitado y otras vacunas de Fase 1A y 1B aún están en curso. Se pondrán a disposición clínicas adicionales a medida que se reciban suministros de vacunas adicionales.

Las líneas directas de programación de vacunas están abiertas de Lunes a Viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

Para hacer una cita en Grand River Health, llame al 970-625-1100. Para programar una cita en Valley View Hospital, llame a la línea directa comunitaria COVID-19 al 970.384.7632.

La programación se basa en la disponibilidad de dosis de vacuna. Si los hospitales locales no tienen dosis suficientes, se colocará a las personas en una lista de espera.

Los residentes del Condado de Garfield que tengan 70 años o más y tengan complicaciones de salud adicionales deben comunicarse con su proveedor de atención primaria. Los consultorios de atención primaria pueden derivar a los pacientes de alto riesgo que tienen 70 años o más directamente a los hospitales para una programación prioritaria.

Las personas deben ser residentes del Condado de Garfield. Los residentes se definen como aquellos con una dirección postal o física permanente dentro del Condado de Garfield o aquellos que poseen una propiedad en el Condado de Garfield y residen allí por más de 30 días seguidos. Los residentes de otros condados deben consultar a sus respectivas agencias de salud pública para obtener información sobre cómo pueden recibir la vacuna. Información de COVID del Condado de Eagle. Información de COVID del Condado de Pitkin.

Se requieren dos dosis de la vacuna. Se pedirá a todos los que estén programados que confirmen su capacidad para recibir la segunda dosis para garantizar la máxima eficacia de la vacuna. La vacuna es gratuita y no se cobrará ninguna tarifa de administración.

¿Cómo sabré cuándo es mi turno de vacunarme?

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield publica actualizaciones frecuentes en los medios de comunicación, en Facebook @garfieldhealth, y en nuestro sitio web en la página de COVID y Salud Pública. Para navegar a la Página de COVID y Salud Pública desde el sitio principal del Condado de Garfield, haga clic en el rectángulo rojo de COVID y Salud Pública en la parte superior de la página. Regístrese para recibir notificaciones sobre las noticias de COVID del Condado de Garfield en garfieldcounty.net.

People age 70 and older in Garfield County can schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, January 4

Garfield County Public Health: Governor asks CDPHE to move all counties in the Red Level on the COVID Dial into Orange, effective January 4

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – On December 30, the Governor’s office announced on Twitter that it is asking Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to move all counties currently under the Level Red to Level Orange on the state’s COVID-19 dial. This would become effective Monday, January 4, 2021. The governor is making this move in response to a 13-day downward trend in cases statewide, and a plea from counties that are suffering economically.

This move would allow counties to reopen restaurants for indoor dining at 25% capacity (or 50 people) and gatherings would increase to no more than 10 people from two different households. Gyms would also see a capacity increase from 10% to 25% capacity.

According to the directive given by Garfield County Board of County Commissioners, Garfield County is currently enforcing up to Level Orange on the COVID-19 dial with variances in place.

The Garfield County variances in English and Spanish are listed on the COVID orders/resources page on the Garfield County website.

Guidance for Garfield County Businesses:

  • Please verify the current policies in the municipality of your location.
    • Individual businesses may choose to continue to follow the Level Red guidelines as set forth in the State Public Health Order 20-36 third amended.
    • By opting to continue to operate under Level Orange, your business will be required to display signage provided by Garfield County Public Health stating such until January 4. Signage can be found on the orders and flyers page.
    • Businesses may also consult with private attorneys about individual risks in continuing to operate under orange restrictions prior to January 4.

How can I stay up to date on Garfield County COVID testing, vaccine information and data?

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

Garfield County Public Health: Governor asks CDPHE to move all counties in the Red Level on the COVID Dial into Orange, effective January 4

Free weekly COVID-19 community testing comes to western Garfield County

New mobile testing comes one day per week to New Castle, Rifle and Parachute

Garfield County, CO – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Garfield County are pleased to announce curative COVID-19 weekly community testing days in New Castle, Rifle and Parachute. Testing is at no cost, does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance.

Testing begins January 3, 2021 and is anticipated to run through March.

While walk-ins are welcome, online pre-registration is highly encouraged. Register here:

Elk Creek Elementary School- Mobile Van

Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., January – March

804 W Main St., New Castle, 81647

https://curative.com/sites/17935/walkup#9/39.573/-107.5417

Bea Underwood Elementary School- Mobile Van

Mondays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., January – March

0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, 81635

https://curative.com/sites/17936/walkup#9/39.441/-108.0382

Garfield County Fairgrounds- Mobile Van

Mondays 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., January – March

1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 81650

https://curative.com/sites/17938/walkup#9/39.5401/-107.7851

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing — an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19 with the highest possible clinical sensitivity. It is an observed and directed, self-collected test, which minimizes the in-person contact and risk of transmission for all site visitors and testing professionals. Results are returned to patients within 48 hours upon receipt at the lab.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 5 to 7 days after exposure and quarantine.

Garfield County Public Health has a list of testing sites on the COVID-19 testing page. Symptoms include:

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

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or bypass other public health orders, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, interact only with members of their own households, wash hands and stay home while sick.

How can I stay up to date on Garfield County COVID testing, vaccine information and data?

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO

12.31.20

Las pruebas gratuitas semanales de COVID-19 llega al oeste del condado de Garfield

Nuevas pruebas móviles llegan un día a la semana a New Castle, Rifle y Parachute.

Condado de Garfield, CO- El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) y el condado de Garfield se complacen en anunciar los días de pruebas comunitarias semanales de COVID-19 en New Castle, Rifle y Parachute. Las pruebas no tienen costo, no requieren una nota médica, identificación o seguro.

Las pruebas comienzan el 3 de enero y se prevé que se extenderán hasta marzo.

Los asistentes sin cita son bienvenidos, se recomienda la preinscripción en línea. Registrarse aquí:

Escuela Primaria Elk Creek – En el estacionamiento

Domingos de 9 a. M. A 3 p. M., De enero a marzo

804 W Main St., Castillo Nuevo, 81647

https://curative.com/sites/17935/walkup#9/39.573/-107.5417


Escuela Primaria Bea Underwood – En el estacionamiento

 Lunes 9 am – 11 am, enero – marzo

0741 Tamarisk Trail, Paracaídas, 81635

https://curative.com/sites/17936/walkup#9/39.441/-108.0382

Recinto ferial del condado de Garfield: En el estacionamiento

Lunes 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, enero – marzo

1001 Railroad Ave., rifle, 81650

https://curative.com/sites/17938/walkup#9/39.5401/-107.7851

Curative ofrece una prueba de frote de cotonete de fluidos orales, un método alternativo a los cotonetes nasofaríngeos o cerebrales en la prueba de COVID-19 con la mayor sensibilidad clínica posible. Es una prueba auto-recopilada, dirigida y observada, que minimiza el contacto en persona y el riesgo de transmisión para todos los visitantes del sitio y profesionales de pruebas. Los resultados se devuelven a los pacientes dentro de las 48 horas posteriores a su recepción en el laboratorio.

Cualquier persona que tenga síntomas debe hacerse la prueba de inmediato y aislarse durante al menos 10 días desde el inicio hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante 24 horas (sin la ayuda de medicamentos) y sus síntomas mejoren. Cualquier persona que haya estado expuesta a alguien con COVID-19 debe hacerse la prueba 7 días después de la exposición y cuarentena.

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield tiene una lista de sitios de prueba en la página de pruebas COVID-19. Los síntomas incluyen:

Fiebre o escalofríos
Tos
Falta de aire o dificultad para respirar.
Fatiga
Dolores musculares o corporales
Dolor de cabeza
Nueva pérdida del gusto u olfato
Dolor de garganta
Congestión o secreción nasal.
Náuseas o vómitos
Diarrea

Si bien las pruebas son una herramienta importante en la respuesta de COVID-19, el estado advierte que una prueba negativa no significa que esté bien reunirse en grandes reuniones o pasar por alto otras órdenes de salud pública, como usar una máscara. Todos los habitantes de Colorado deben ocultarse, distanciarse físicamente, interactuar solo con los miembros de sus propios hogares y quedarse en casa mientras están enfermos.

¿Cómo puedo mantenerme actualizado sobre las pruebas de COVID del condado de Garfield, la información y los datos sobre vacunas?

 Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield publica actualizaciones frecuentes en los medios de comunicación, en Facebook @garfieldhealth, y en nuestro website en la página de COVID & Public Health page.. Para navegar a la página de COVID y salud pública desde el sitio principal del condado de Garfield, haga clic en el rectángulo rojo de COVID y salud pública en la parte superior de la página. Regístrese para recibir notificaciones sobre las noticias de COVID del condado de Garfield en garfieldcounty.net. 

Free weekly COVID-19 community testing comes to western Garfield County

Garfield County Public Health clarifies new 1B phase guidance, urges patience as plans are developed to vaccinate additional groups

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – On December 30, the Governor’s office announced new guidance for the COVID-19 Phase 1B group, which now includes people age 70 and older. Garfield County Public Health has not completed vaccinations of the highest-risk healthcare workers and first responders and has not yet expanded to include the new 1B categories added today. It’s anticipated that phase 1B will last until spring.

Garfield County vaccine providers are awaiting additional vaccine supplies and developing a plan for vaccinating those age 70 and older. To date, Garfield County has received 215 Pfizer and 2,000 Moderna first-dose vaccines of a two-dose series. 

“We understand that people are excited and anxious to receive their vaccine,” said Yvonne Long, Garfield County Public Health Director. “We are sorry for any confusion, as the criteria for 1B changed today. Though we do not yet have enough vaccines in Garfield County to vaccinate those in the 70-plus age category, we are working on a plan to do this once we are able.”

Garfield County Public Health is currently seeking eligible agencies that fall into the COVID-19 vaccination category for 1A (highest-risk health care workers and individuals) and 1B (moderate-risk health care workers and responders). 

Individuals ages 70 and older can subscribe to be notified when vaccines are available by registering at garfieldcounty.net. People in the new 1B group do not need to contact hospitals or medical providers to pre-register for a vaccine at this time. 

“No matter what group you may fall in, Garfield County medical providers have only received a finite number of vaccines,” Long added. “Until we are able to receive sustained amounts of vaccine and enough providers that are able to administer them, this will be a slow process.”

How will I know when it is my turn to be vaccinated?

  • Employees of select 1A and 1B agencies and organizations are the only ones being vaccinated at this time. Garfield County Public Health is working with community partners to identify these qualifying individuals.
  • Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID vaccine page. To navigate to the vaccine page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle and scroll down to select “vaccines.”
  • Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net. 

Public Health is asking 1A and select 1B agencies to complete pre-registration form

Agencies with employees currently being vaccinated at this time are asked to complete a pre-registration form. This form is only for qualifying agencies or organizations at this time and include:

1A: Healthcare workers – inpatient and outpatient healthcare workers in high-risk settings, such as hospitals, primary care, urgent care and support staff (e.g., hospital food service, housekeeping, front desk, chaplains, etc.) who come into contact with COVID-19 patients for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

1B: Healthcare workers – inpatient and outpatient healthcare workers in moderate risk settings, such as non-COVID hospital floors, dental offices, behavioral health clinics, pharmacies and home health who have less direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

Responders – staff working for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), fire, police, COVID response, corrections, and funeral.

Additional 1B categories will be notified when vaccines become available.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
12.30.20

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield aclara la nueva guía de la fase 1B, insta a tener paciencia mientras se desarrollan planes para vacunar a grupos adicionales

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – El 30 de Diciembre, la Oficina del Gobernador anunció una nueva guía para el COVID-19 Grupo Fase 1B, que ahora incluye a personas de 70 años o más. Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield no ha completado las vacunas de los trabajadores de la salud de mayor riesgo y los primeros auxillios y aún no se ha expandido para incluir las nuevas categorías 1B agregadas hoy. Esta anticipado que la Fase 1B durará hasta la primavera.

Los proveedores de vacunas del Condado de Garfield están esperando suministros de vacunas adicionales y desarrollando un plan para vacunar a las personas mayores de 70 años. Hasta la fecha, el Condado de Garfield ha recibido 215 Pfizer y 2,000 vacunas Moderna de primera dosis de una serie de dos dosis. 

“Entendemos que la gente está emocionada y ansiosa por recibir su vacuna”, dijo Yvonne Long, Directora de Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield. “Lamentamos cualquier confusión, ya que los criterios para 1B cambiaron hoy. Aunque todavía no tenemos suficientes vacunas en el Condado de Garfield para vacunar a las personas en la categoría de más de 70 años, estamos trabajando en un plan para hacer esto una vez que podamos.”

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield está buscando agencias elegibles que caigan en la categoría 1A de vacunación COVID-19 (trabajadores e individuos de atención médica de mayor riesgo) y 1B (trabajadores de atención médica y personal de auxillios de riesgo moderado).

Las personas de 70 años o más pueden suscribirse para recibir notificaciones cuando las vacunas estén disponibles registrándose en garfieldcounty.net.  Las personas en el nuevo grupo 1B no necesitan comunicarse con hospitales o proveedores médicos para preinscribirse para una vacuna en este momento.

“No importa en qué grupo pertenezca, los proveedores médicos del Condado de Garfield solo han recibido un número finito de vacunas”, agregó Long. “Hasta que podamos recibir cantidades sostenidas de vacunas y suficientes proveedores que puedan administrarlas, este será un proceso lento.”

¿Cómo sabré cuándo es mi turno de vacunarme?

  • Los empleados de agencias y organizaciones determinadas 1A y 1B son los únicos que se vacunan en este momento. Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield está trabajando con socios de la comunidad para identificar a estas personas calificadas.
  • Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield publica actualizaciones frecuentes en los medios de comunicación, en Facebook @garfieldhealth, y en nuestro sitio web en la página de la Vacuna COVID. Para navegar a la página de vacunas desde el sitio principal del condado de Garfield, haga clic en el rectángulo rojo de COVID y Salud Pública y desplácese hacia abajo para seleccionar “vacunas”.
  • Regístrese para recibir notificaciones sobre las noticias de COVID del Condado de Garfield en garfieldcounty.net. 

Salud Pública solicita a las agencias 1A y 1B seleccionadas que completen el formulario de preinscripción

Se solicita a las agencias con empleados que actualmente están siendo vacunados en este momento que completen un formulario de preinscripción. Este formulario es solo para agencias u organizaciones calificadas en este momento e incluye:

1A: Trabajadores de la Salud – trabajadores de la salud para pacientes hospitalizados y ambulatorios en entornos de alto riesgo, como hospitales, atención primaria, atención de urgencia y personal de apoyo (por ejemplo, servicio de alimentos del hospital, limpieza, recepción, capellanes, etc.) que entran en contacto con pacientes de COVID-19 durante más de 15 minutos durante un período de 24 horas.

1B: Trabajadores de la Salud – trabajadores de la salud para pacientes hospitalizados y ambulatorios en entornos de riesgo moderado, como pisos de hospitales que no son de COVID-19, consultorios dentales, clínicas de salud conductual, farmacias y atención domiciliaria que tienen menos contacto directo con pacientes de COVID-19.

Personal de Auxillios – personal que trabaja para Servicios Médicos de Emergencia (EMS), bomberos, policía, respuesta COVID, correcciones y funeral.

Se notificarán las categorías 1B adicionales cuando las vacunas estén disponibles.

Garfield County Public Health clarifies new 1B phase guidance, urges patience as plans are developed to vaccinate additional groups