GCPH: Hospitalizations up in Garfield County, booster offers greater protection

Garfield County Public Health

Hospitalizations increase, omicron retreats

As of Wednesday, January 27, Garfield County had 13 cases of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, of which seven are unvaccinated, six vaccinated. Only two of the vaccinated had been boosted. The average age of those hospitalized was 63 for the unvaccinated, and 71 for the vaccinated.

“We know that hospitalizations and deaths follow case increases,” said Mason Hohstadt, Garfield County Public Health Specialist. “This increase in hospitalizations is not unexpected. The difference from this time last year to present is that we are seeing a lower proportion of cases being admitted for COVID-19.”

Boosters making large impact on hospitalization data

Protection offered by COVID-19 vaccine wane over time, even for those who receive two doses. However, the following findings show the importance of receiving a third dose of an mRNA vaccine when initial effectiveness has waned.

Unvaccinated adults ages 50 to 64 are 44 times more likely, (age 65 and older, 49 times more likely) to be hospitalized than those who have had three doses of the vaccine according to December 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. Unvaccinated adults ages 50 to 64 are 17 times more likely to be hospitalized than those with only two doses of vaccine.

Another recent CDC study shows a third booster dose highly effective during both the delta and omicron predominant periods at preventing emergency room or urgent care visits (94 percent during delta and 82 percent during omicron circulation).

How to reuse KN95 masks

KN95 masks can be safely used more than once before being discarded. KN95 masks can be reused up to five times, though masks worn briefly, such as trips to the store, may last longer than those worn all day or worn around sick individuals. Masks that are visibly soiled, wearing down, or no longer maintaining a good seal, should be discarded.

To re-use your mask, CDC recommends placing used masks in paper bags for 5-7 days. This period of time allows any potential coronavirus to become inactive. Don’t try to wash, or disinfect masks with soap, bleach, or alcohol, as this can damage the mask material. FREE KN95 and surgical grade masks are available at locations around Garfield County.

Testing, Vaccine, Isolation/Quarantine Guidance at Garfield County COVID & Public Health

FREE home COVID tests: COVIDTests.gov  and Colorado rapid at-home testing program.

GCPH: Hospitalizations up in Garfield County, booster offers greater protection

COVID hot topics

Garfield County Public Health

COMMUNITY NOTICE
1.6.22

Vaccine

Hundreds of first doses administered each week

Garfield residents are still getting vaccinated. County providers administered 859 new first doses of COVID-19 vaccine December 17 to 31.

Boosters for 12 to 15

The CDC recommends anyone age 12 and up get a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months after completing the two-dose series. Garfield County vaccine clinics are posted on the vaccine web page.

Lost your vaccine card? Find your digital copy

Go to myColorado,the State of Colorado’s Officialh Mobile App, to find your vaccine record and set up your profile. You can add your dependent’s vaccine card as well by taking a photo and uploading it to the ‘myDocuments’ section of your app.

Testing

Expanded weekend testing. State of Colorado FREE testing, walk up or appointment, PCR molecular test (results in 36-48 hours)

Saturdays, Glenwood Garfield County Public Health (back parking lot), 2014 Blake Ave. Glenwood Springs, 10 am – 4 pm

Sundays, Rifle Garfield County Public Health, (conference room) 195 W. 14th St. 10 am – 4 pm 

Complete list of COVID testing locations in Garfield County

FREE rapid home testprogram for residential and businesses.

Isolation/quarantine simplified

Test negative for COVID but feel sick?

If you are sick stay home and get well. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 AND feel sick, but receive a negative COVID test, please follow isolation guidance.

Simplified isolation/quarantine guidance for the general public.


Temas importantes sobre COVID

AVISO COMUNITARIO
6 de enero, 2022

Vacunas

Cientos de primeras dosis administradas cada semana

Residentes de Garfield todavía se están vacunando. Los proveedores del condado administraron 859 nuevas primeras dosis de la vacuna COVID-19 del 17 al 31 de diciembre.

Refuerzos para para niños de 12 a 15 años

El CDC recomienda que cualquier persona de 12 años o más reciba la tercera dosis de la vacuna Pfizer al menos cinco meses después de completar la serie de dos dosis. Las clínicas de vacunación del Condado Garfield están publicadas en la página web de vacunas.

¿Perdiste tu tarjeta de vacunas? Encuentra tu copia digita

Vaya a myColorado la aplicación móvil oficial del estado de Colorado, para encontrar su registro de vacunas y configurar su perfil. También puede agregar la tarjeta de vacunación de sus dependientes tomando una foto y subiéndola en la sección “myDocuments” de su aplicación

Pruebas

Pruebas ampliadas durante el fin de semana. Pruebas gratis por el Estado de Colorado, sin cita o con cita, Prueba molecular PCR (resultados en 36-48 horas)

sábados, Salud Pública del Condado Garfield en Glenwood (estacionamiento posterior), 2014 Blake Ave. Glenwood Springs, 10 am – 4 pm

domingos, Salud Pública del Condado Garfield en Rifle, (cuarto de conferencias) 195 W. 14th St. 10 am – 4 pm 

Lista completa de lugares de prueba para COVID en el Condado Garfield

Programa de pruebas rápida en su hogar GRATIS para hogares y empresas

Aislamiento/cuarentena simplificada

¿Da negativo para COVID pero se siente enfermo?  Si está enfermo, quédese en casa y recupérese. Si ha estado expuesto a COVID-19 Y se siente enfermo, pero recibe una prueba de COVID negativa, por favor siga la guía de aislamiento.

Guía simplificada de aislamiento/cuarentena para el público en general.

COVID hot topics

GCPH: Critical information before holiday gatherings

Garfield County Public Health

COMMUNITY NOTICE
12.23.21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The holidays are here and so is the Omicron variant. More contagious than any previous variant, it is now the leading form of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Before gathering for the holidays, Garfield County Public Health strongly urges everyone to:

  • Consider having everyone test before gathering for the holidays.

Testing is available at multiple locations through Roaring Fork, including: free COVID testing, state testing site in Rifle on Sundays 12 – 4 p.m. at 195 W. 14th St., at medical provider offices throughout Garfield County, and for purchase at big box stores.

  • Masks, frequent handwashing and staying at home if sick are also effective to help reduce spreading illness.
  • Remember that people are most contagious in the two days prior to testing positive or before developing symptoms.
  • If you feel that you have been exposed, know what to do. How to quarantine or isolate.
  • Get boosted or vaccinated. Find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

With the potential increase in cases and over the holidays, Garfield County Public Health may have limited ability for contact tracing and public health services. All county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 23 and 24, and again on Monday, Jan. 3.

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Salud Pública del Condado Garfield

AVISO COMUNITARIO
22 de diciembre, 2021

Información urgente antes de las reuniones festivas.

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Los días festivos están aquí y también la variante Omicron.  Omicron es más contagiosa que cualquier variante anterior, y ahora la variante principal de COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos.

Antes de reunirse durante los días festivos, Salud Pública del Condado Garfield recomienda urgentemente a todos que:

  • Considere que todos se hagan la prueba antes de reunirse para las fiestas. 

Pruebas gratuitas disponibles en múltiples localidades ofrecidas por el Sitio de Pruebas del Roaring Fork, pruebas por el Estado en Rifle los domingos de 12 – 4 p.m. en 195 W. 14th St., y consultorios médicos alrededor del Condado Garfield, también las pruebas se pueden comprar en tiendas.

  • Usar cubrebocas, lavarse las manos seguido y quedarse en casa cuando este enfermo ayuda a reducir la propagación de la enfermedad.
  • Recuerde que las personas son más contagiosas dos días antes de la prueba positiva o antes de desarrollar síntomas.
  • Si cree que se ha expuesto, sepa que hacer. Como aislarse o como ponerse en cuarentena.
  • Reciba un refuerzo o vacúnese. Encuentre una clínica de vacunación de COVID-19.

Con el aumento potencial de casos debido a los días festivos, Salud Pública del Condado Garfield experimente una capacidad limitada para rastrear contactos y servicios de salud pública.  Todas las oficinas del condado estarán cerradas el jueves y viernes 23 y 24 de diciembre, y el lunes, 3 de enero.

GCPH: Critical information before holiday gatherings

GCPH: First case of the omicron variant detected on Colorado’s Western Slope

Garfield County Public Health

Garfield County Public Health was notified on December 15 that a vaccinated individual tested positive for the COVID-19 omicron variant.

“We anticipated that we would see omicron cases in our county,” said Sara Brainard, Garfield County Public Health nurse manager. “We are still learning about this variant. It is more contagious than delta, with similar symptoms to other variants of the virus. Those who have been vaccinated seem to be experiencing less severe symptoms.”

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is tracking the spread of omicron, which was first detected December 2 on the Front Range. There are now four confirmed cases of the variant in the state. Unlike the first three identified cases, the Garfield County case had no recent travel history. Omicron has also been detected in Boulder wastewater, leading officials to believe that community transmission is occurring.

“Our primary concern is that a more contagious virus will make more people ill and strain our hospital systems more quickly,” Brainard said. “Omicron, combined with holiday gatherings, means that this is the time to get boosted. And, if you have not yet, protect yourself and your children by getting vaccinated.”

Public health, in collaboration with the CDPHE, continues to monitor for additional spread of the variant.

Experts from around the world conclude that vaccines are the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, as well as help avoid the worst outcomes (severe illness, hospitalization, and death) among those who do become infected.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES / HOLIDAY TRAVEL ADVISORY:

If you feel sick, or test positive, guide for what to do next.

Vaccine and booster clinics in Garfield County. Boosters now recommended for those 16+.

Where to get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

10 Tips for Holiday Gatherings and workplace parties.

Travel Information for international and domestic destinations.

*Public health recommends taking rapid antigen test kits with you on your travels. Take a rapid test prior to gathering with others, or prior to airline travel. Rapid tests can be purchased at many retail locations. Many international destinations require testing prior to departure. For international travel, it may also be helpful to take a PCR test within a few days of your departure. Those results are emailed to you generally within 48 hours. Be sure to check for any specific COVID-19 requirements prior to your travels. Report your home test results as directed on your test kit. Upon your return, consider testing within 3 – 5 days, regardless of symptoms or vaccination history.

Monoclonal antibody treatment information, to reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
15 de diciembre 2021

Primer caso de la variante omicron detectada en el oeste de Colorado

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – El 15 de diciembre se notificó al departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield que un individuo vacunado dio positivo a la variante omicron.

“Anticipamos que veríamos casos de omicron en nuestro condado,” dijo Sara Brainard, gerente de enfermería de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield. “Todavía estamos aprendiendo sobre esta variante. Es más contagioso que el delta, con síntomas similares a los de otras cepas del virus. Aquellos que han sido vacunados parecen estar experimentando síntomas menos severos.”

El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) está rastreando la propagación de omicron, que se detectó por primera vez el 2 de diciembre en el área de Colorado conocida como Front Range. Ahora hay cuatro casos confirmados de la variante en el estado.  A diferencia de los primeros tres casos identificados, el caso del Condado Garfield no tenía antecedentes de viajes recientes. También se ha detectado Omicron en las aguas residuales de Boulder, lo que lleva a los funcionarios a creer que se está produciendo una transmisión comunitaria.

“Nuestra principal preocupación es que un virus más contagioso enfermará a más personas y afectará más rápidamente a nuestros sistemas hospitalarios,” dijo Brainard. “Omicron, combinado con reuniones navideñas, significa que este es el momento de ponerse el refuerzo. Y, si aún no lo ha hecho, protéjase y proteja a sus hijos vacunándose.”

El departamento, en colaboración con el CDPHE, continuará monitoreando la propagación de la variante.  

Expertos de todo el mundo concluyen que las vacunas son la forma más segura y eficaz de frenar la propagación del COVID-19 y sus variantes, así como de ayudar a evitar los peores resultados (enfermedad grave, hospitalización y muerte) entre quienes se infectan.

RECURSOS IMPORTANTES/AVISO PARA VIAJEROS EN DÍAS FESTIVOS:

Si se siente enfermo o da positivo, guía sobre qué hacer.

Clínicas de vacunas y refuerzos en el Condado Garfield. Refuerzos recomendados para personas mayores de 16 años.

Dónde hacerse la prueba si tiene síntomas de COVID-19.

Consejos para reuniones navideñas y reuniones festivas en el empleo.

Información a viajeros a destinos nacionales e internacionales.

*Salud Pública recomienda llevar kits de prueba rápida de antígenos en sus viajes. Realice una prueba rápida antes de reunirse con otras personas o antes de viajar en avión.  Las pruebas rápidas se pueden comprar en tiendas.  Muchos destinos internacionales requieren una prueba antes de la salida.  Para viajes internacionales, también puede ser útil realizar una prueba de PCR unos días antes de su partida.  Esos resultados se le envían por correo electrónico generalmente dentro de las 48 horas.  Asegúrese de verificar los requisitos específicos de COVID-19 antes de viajar. Informe los resultados de su prueba casera como se indica en su kit de prueba.  A su regreso, considere la posibilidad de realizar la prueba dentro de los 3 a 5 días, independientemente de los síntomas o el historial de vacunación.

Información sobre el tratamiento con anticuerpos monoclonales, para reducir el riesgo de enfermedad grave y hospitalización de las personas que dieron positivo a la prueba de COVID-19.

GCPH: First case of the omicron variant detected on Colorado’s Western Slope

Garfield County COVID-19 update

Garfield County Public Health

COMMUNITY NOTICE
12.14.21

Vaccine clinics are available for boosters, first and second doses, and youth on theCOVID-19 vaccine page.

*Check to make sure the clinic you are attending has the vaccine you need. 

Valley View Hospital is hosting a large vaccine clinic for those 12+ on Tuesday, December 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. Appointments are required.

County vaccination status drops

The state has added the population numbers for five- to 11-year-olds to the COVID vaccine dashboard. This change added 5,795 people to the number of those eligible to receive vaccine. This addition of eligible people caused the counties vaccination percentages to decrease. The percent of Garfield County residents with one dose is 70 percent, down from 75.8. The percent of those up to date is 62.4, down from 67.3.

Boosters approved for teens 16 – 17

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially expanded Pfizer booster recommendations for everyone 16 and older to help broaden and strengthen the protection against omicron and other variants. Those who are eligible should get their booster dose as soon as possible and prior to holiday gatherings. It takes two weeks for a booster dose to build maximum protection.

Hospitalizations and test positivity

The Garfield County Public Health Department is monitoring an increase in the seven- and 14-day test positivity rates, which at times have exceeded 10 percent. This is the number of tests that come back positive out of the total number of tests performed. The standard to ensure that enough testing is being done is a percent positivity of less than five. Eight individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
10 de diciembre, 2021

Informe sobre COVID-19:

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Página de vacunación del COVID-19  para primer y segunda dosis, refuerzos y para jóvenes

*Verifique que la clínica a la que acudirá tenga la vacuna que necesita.

El Hospital Valley View está organizando una clínica grande de vacunación para mayadores de 12 años el martes 14 de diciembre a 6 pm. Se require cita.

Disminuye el estado de vacunación del condado

El estado agregó las cifras de población de niños de cinco a 11 años al panel de control de la vacuna COVID.  Este cambio agregó 5.795 personas a la cantidad de personas elegibles para recibir la vacuna.  Esta adición de personas elegibles provocó que los porcentajes de vacunación de los condados disminuyeran.  El porcentaje de residentes del condado con una dosis es del 69.6 por ciento, frente al 75.8.  El porcentaje de personas actualizadas es 62.4 en comparación con 67.3.

Refuerzos aprobados para adolescentes de 16 a 17 años

El Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por siglas en inglés) oficialmente ampliaron recomendaciones para refuerzos de Pfizer para mayores de 16 años para ayudar a ampliar y fortalecer la protección contra el omicron y otras variantes. Aquellos que son elegibles deben recibir su dosis de refuerzo lo antes posible y antes de las reuniones festivas. Se necesitan dos semanas para que una dosis de refuerzo genere la máxima protección.

Hospitalizaciones y positividad a la prueba

El departamento de salud está monitoreando un aumento en tasas de positividad en las pruebas de siete y 14 días que en ocasiones han excedido el 10 por ciento.  Este es el número de pruebas que dan positivo del número total de pruebas realizadas.  El estándar para garantizar que se realicen suficientes pruebas es un porcentaje de positividad de menos de cinco.  Las hospitalizaciones han disminuido levemente con cuatro personas actualmente hospitalizadas.

Garfield County COVID-19 update

Garfield County Public Health update: COVID boosters, natural immunity, SMART cards

Garfield County Public Health

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – COVID-19 update for Garfield County.

COVID vaccine clinics

Many community providers are offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

Counting booster doses

Anyone 18 or older who received Pfizer or Moderna six months ago, or anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months ago, is due for a booster and should plan to get one.

As of last week, 27 percent of those eligible have received a booster/third dose of vaccine. Roughly 18,000 people in Garfield County are now eligible to receive a booster dose.

Examining natural immunity

In a study published October 1, 2021, by the journal Microbe, researchers have begun modeling how long natural immunity lasts after a COIVD-19 infection. Scientists are unable to measure how much protection individual antibodies provide, due to the number of variants circulating and each person will have a different immune response.

Research shows that an individual can expect to see reinfection between 3 to 53 months after antibody decline, with most people seeing re-infection within 16 months.

Individuals who were sick with a previous strain of virus may find that their natural immunity is waning and may be at risk for contracting a new variant. Researchers who modeled the durability of natural immunity make the case that vaccinations are they best way to solve the pandemic, and that herd immunity is not a viable option due to variants of COVID-19.

Scientists have found the most consistent levels of antibody development, and development that offers protection against many variants of COVID-19, is through vaccination.

Garfield County has 74.6 percent of eligible individuals age 12+ vaccinated with at least one dose, and 66.6 percent are up to date.  

Hospitalizations, outbreaks, and deaths

Ten individuals (nine unvaccinated) are currently hospitalized for COVID-19.

Garfield County Public Health is monitoring outbreaks within long-term care facilities at Heritage Park (three individuals) and the Veterans Community Living Center (10 individuals) and one school outbreak, Ross Montessori (68 individuals). All numbers are cumulative.

There have been 10 deaths since October 1 (all unvaccinated). Eight have been confirmed due to COVID-19, with two currently pending an investigation by the coroner.

Keep a secure digital vaccine copy with SMART Health Card

The SMART Health Card is a free, internationally recognized, digital version of the COVID-19 vaccine record. It allows users to share proof of vaccination using a secure QR code on mobile phones.

Proof of vaccination required for indoor seated events of 500+

The Ninth Amended Colorado Public Health Order issued November 19, mandates proof of vaccination for indoor seated events of over 500 people. This order primarily impacts larger venues on Colorado’s front-range.

Vaccinations

As of November 11, individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.

VaccineFirst DosesSecond DosesThird Doses 
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)3,089100  
Pfizer16,16813,9472,712 
Moderna19,55317,4414,306 
Total38,79031,4887,018Overall change
Difference from 11/129203051,4562,681

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
22 de noviembre, 2021

Refuerzos de COVID, inmunidad natural, tarjetas INTELIGENTES

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO – Informe sobre COVID-19 para el Condado Garfield.

Clínicas de Vacunación contra COVID

Varios proveedores comunitarios están ofreciendo clínicas de vacunas contra COVID-19.

Refuerzos de la Vacuna

Cualquier persona mayor de 18 años que haya recibido Pfizer o Moderna hace seis meses o que haya recibido la vacuna Johnson & Johnson hace dos meses, debe recibir una dosis de refuerzo y hacer un plan para recibirla.

Desde la semana pasada, el 27 por ciento de los elegibles han recibido un refuerzo/tercera dosis de la vacuna.  Aproximadamente 18,000 personas en el Condado Garfield ya son elegibles para recibir un refuerzo.

Examinando la Inmunidad Natural

En un estudio publicado el 1 de octubre, 2021 por la revista Microbe, los investigadores han empezado a modelar cuánto tiempo dura la inmunidad natural después de una infección por COVID-19.  Los científicos no pueden medir cuánta protección brindan los anticuerpos individuales, debido a la cantidad de variantes que circulan y cada persona tiene una respuesta inmune diferente.

La investigación muestra que una persona puede volver a infectarse entre 3 y 53 meses después de que disminuyen los anticuerpos.  La mayoría de las personas experimentan una reinfección dentro de los 16 meses.

Personas que se enfermaron con una cepa del virus anterior pueden ver que su inmunidad natural está disminuyendo y pueden estar en riesgo de contraer una nueva variante.  Los investigadores que modelaron la durabilidad de la inmunidad natural argumentan que las vacunas son la mejor manera de resolver la pandemia y que la inmunidad colectiva no es una opción viable debido a las variantes de COVID-19.

Los científicos han encontrado los niveles más consistentes de desarrollo de anticuerpos, y el desarrollo que ofrece protección contra muchas variantes de COVID-19 es a través de la vacunación.

El Condado Garfield tiene el 74.6 por ciento de personas elegibles mayores de 12 años vacunadas con al menos una dosis, y el 66.6 por ciento están completamente vacunadas.

Hospitalizaciones, brotes y muertes

Diez personas (nueve no vacunadas) están actualmente hospitalizadas por COVID-19.

Salud Pública está monitoreando brotes dentro de instalaciones de atención a largo plazo en Heritage Park (tres personas) y el Veterans Community Living Center (diez personas) y un brote escolar, Ross Montessori (68 personas). Todos los números son acumulativos.

Ha habido 10 muertes desde el 1 de octubre (todas sin vacunar). Se han confirmado ocho debido a COVID-19, y dos están pendientes de una investigación por parte del forense.

Tenga una Copia Digital Segura de la Vacuna con SMART Health Card

La SMART Health Card es gratuita, versión digital reconocida internacionalmente del registro de la vacuna COVID-19.  Permite a usuarios comprobar vacunación mediante un código QR seguro en teléfonos móviles.

Prueba de vacunación requerida para eventos bajo techo de más de 500

La Novena Orden de Salud Pública emitida el 19 de noviembre, exige prueba de vacunación para eventos bajo techo de más de 500 personas.  Esta orden afecta principalmente ciudades más grandes de Colorado.

Vacunaciones

A partir del 11 de noviembre, personas que se vacunaron en cualquier parte del estado con una dirección del Condado Garfield.

VacunaPrimera DosisSegunda DosisTercera Dosis 
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)3,089100  
Pfizer16,16813,9472,712 
Moderna19,55317,4414,306 
Total38,79031,4887,018Cambio en general
Diferencia de 11/129203051,4562,681
Garfield County Public Health update: COVID boosters, natural immunity, SMART cards

Resources to answer kid’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Garfield County Public Health
COMMUNITY NOTICE
11.18.21


Resources to answer kid’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Kids and parents have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. For families looking for answers to common vaccine questions, below are some helpful resources presented in a kid-friendly format.  

Brains On! radio podcast: A guide to getting your COVID shot (American Public Media)

NBC Nightly News Kids Edition: COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 (NBC)

Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine (American Academy of Pediatrics)

COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions (CDPHE)

More resources:

Vaccines for children and teens (CDPHE)

COVID-19 vaccines for children: Tips for parents and guardians (CDPHE)

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens (CDC)

The Truth About Vaccines: What Parents Need to Know (Children’s Hospital Colorado)

7 Tips to Help Your Child Overcome a Fear of Shots (Children’s Hospital Colorado)

Many community providers are offering vaccines. Some November clinics are highlighted here. For a full list of providers and clinics visit the Garfield County COVID-19 vaccine page.

*Check to make sure the clinic you are attending has the vaccine you need. Ages 5-11 may receive pediatric-dose Pfizer vaccine, all Coloradans 12 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and up are eligible for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Resources to answer kid’s questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

November COVID-19 booster, youth, first, and second dose clinics

November COVID-19 booster, youth, first, and second dose clinics

COMMUNITY NOTICE
11.16.21

Many community providers are offering vaccines. Some November clinics are highlighted here. For a full list of providers and clinics visit the Garfield County COVID-19 vaccine page.

*Check to make sure the clinic you are attending has the vaccine you need. Ages 5-11 may receive pediatric-dose Pfizer vaccine, all Coloradans 12 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and up are eligible for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

November

Roaring Fork School District Clinics for Re1 students & family members. Multiple locations and times. *Pfizer, Pediatric Pfizer 5-11, Pfizer boosters.

Tuesday, Nov 16 Battlement Mesa Clinic West, 201 Sipprelle Dr. 1:30 – 4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Moderna, Moderna Booster (No 12+ Pfizer available at this clinic). Must call for appt. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Tuesday, Nov 16 CMC Glenwood Spring Valley 3 – 7 p.m. & CMC Glenwood 8 – 12 noon. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 Glenwood Public Health 9-4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Wednesday, Nov 17 Glenwood Hot Springs *Providing a free one-day pool pass for children getting vaccinated at this clinic. 9 – 3 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in or appt.

Thursday, Nov. 18 Rifle Public Health 9-4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Friday, Nov. 19 Glenwood Public Health 11-6:30 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Friday, Nov. 19 Battlement Mesa Clinic West, 201 Sipprelle Dr. 9 – 3 p.m. (closed for lunch 12-1 p.m.) *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Moderna, Moderna Booster (No 12+ Pfizer available at this clinic). Must call for appt. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Monday, Nov. 22 Carbondale Fire, 301 Meadowood Dr. 12 – 7 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

Tuesday, Nov. 23 Rifle Public Health 9 – 4 p.m. *Pediatric Pfizer for 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Boosters, J&J. Walk-in.

The State offers clinics periodically throughout Garfield and surrounding counties. Please see the State vaccine clinic schedule for a schedule of these clinics.

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Clínicas para jóvenes, refuerzos, primera y segunda dosis de COVID-19 en Noviembre

Muchos proveedores comunitarios están ofreciendo vacunas. Algunas clínicas de noviembre se destacan aquí. Para obtener una lista completa de proveedores y clínicas, visite la página de la vacuna COVID-19 del Condado Garfield.

* Verifique que la clínica a la que acudirá tenga la vacuna que necesita.   Edades de 5 a 11 años pueden recibir la vacuna Pfizer en dosis pediátrica todas las personas mayores de 12 años son elegibles para recibir la vacuna Pfizer, y los de 18 años en adelante son elegibles para la vacuna Moderna o Johnson & Johnson.

Noviembre

Clínicas del Distrito Escolar de Roaring Fork para estudiantes y familiares de Re1. Localidades y horarios multiples. *Pfizer, Pfizer pediátrica 5-11, refuerzos de Pfizer.

Martes, 16 de noviembre en la Clínica de Battlement Mesa, 201 Sipprelle Dr. de 1:30 – 4 p.m. *Pfizer Pediátrica para 5-11, Moderna, refuerzo de Moderna (No hay disponibilidad para mayores de 12 en este día). Debe llamar para cita. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Martes, 16 de noviembre en CMC Glenwood Spring Valley de 3 – 7 p.m. Y CMC Glenwood de8 – 12 de la tarde. *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Miércoles, 17 de noviembre Salud Pública en Glenwood de 9-4 p.m. * Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Miércoles, 17 de noviembre en Glenwood Hot Springs *Dara un pase gratuito para la piscina a niños que se vacunen en esta clínica por un dia de 9 – 3 p.m *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Jueves, 18 de noviembre Salud Pública en Rifle de 9-4 p.m. *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Viernes, 19 de noviembre Salud Pública en Glenwood de 11-6:30 p.m. *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Viernes, 19 de noviembre en la Clinica de Battlement Mesa, 201 Sipprelle Dr. de 9 – 3 p.m. (cerrado durante la hora de comida de 12-1 p.m.) *Pfizer Pediátrica para 5-11, Moderna, refuerzo de Moderna (No hay disponibilidad para mayores de 12 en este día). Debe llamar para cita. 970-625-1100 ext. 1.

Lunes, 22 de noviembre en Carbondale Fire, 301 Meadowood Dr. De 12 – 7 p.m. . *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

Martes, 23 de noviembre en Salud Pública en Rifle de 9 – 4 p.m. . *Pfizer pediátrica para 5-11, Pfizer, Moderna, Refuerzos, J&J. No necesita cita.

El estado ofrece clínicas periódicamente en Garfield y los condados cercanos. Consulte el calendario de la clínica estatal de vacunas para conocer el calendario de estas clínicas.

November COVID-19 booster, youth, first, and second dose clinics

COVID-19 update: Hospitals encourage precautions to avoid illness

On Nov. 3, the Colorado Hospital Association moved the state’s hospitals and health systems to their highest level of activation. The Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHCT) has been moved to Tier 3 of a three-tier system to manage hospital capacity.

On the Western Slope, hospitals are feeling the strain. Garfield County hospitals routinely transfer patients to larger hospital systems when a higher level of care is needed. With near crisis-level bed capacities across the state, lower acuity patients are now being transferred in.

Dr. Kevin Coleman of Grand River Health noted that this is the first time he has witnessed patients being transferred into the Rifle hospital from areas outside of the county.

“Unfortunately, we are finding ourselves in the same situation as many Front Range hospitals regarding bed availability and hospital capacity,” he said. “We are partnering with all of our neighboring hospitals and working on how to best serve our communities and patients. Our providers have struggled to find timely placement for some individuals when care is needed.”

Garfield County Public Health has been informed that in some cases, patients with life-threatening conditions are waiting up to a full day to be seen or transferred to a facility that can provide the level of care needed.

“Hospital capacity strains aren’t just affecting the Front Range. The issue is here on the Western Slope, too,” said Garfield County Public Health Nurse Sara Brainard.

Colorado’s hospitalizations are at the highest levels they have been all year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been called in to help with capacity issues in areas across the state where hospitals are especially full. Daily COVID-19 cases reported to Garfield County grew from 11 on Sept. 2 to nearly 30 by Nov. 2. Public health has updated its guidance for what to do if you feel sick.

“It’s never a good time to get sick,” added Brainard. “So, we all must do what we can to avoid the spread of germs and viruses. Do what you can to keep yourself out of the healthcare system: wash your hands, consider wearing a mask in crowded areas, and stay home if you feel ill. Look into getting your flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine, or booster to lessen the healthcare burden and keep space available for unpreventable emergencies.”

Boosters, Pfizer for ages five to 11, and first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses are available at Garfield County Public Health COVID clinics.

COVID-19 update: Hospitals encourage precautions to avoid illness

Garfield County Public Health COVID update – 11.2.21

FDA and CDC approve vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unanimously authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported the move as well. There is also important news about free at-home COVID tests, what to do if you are sick or test positive, booster clinics, and more.

Vaccinations for youth 5 to 11 Garfield County Public Health is waiting for pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be delivered. Clinics around Garfield County may receive vaccine at different times, check with your provider to find a clinic convenient for you. Once Garfield County vaccine has arrived, families may attend any Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic to have their children vaccinated. Vaccine arrival will be announced on Facebook and on the COVID-19 vaccine page.

Feel sick? Exposed to COVID? Test positive? Now what?

Free rapid COVID-19 over the counter tests available to your home or organization

Colorado is providing free BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests available to order for your home or organization.

The BinaxNOW antigen test shows results in 15 minutes. However, results are less accurate than a molecular (PCR) type test. A negative result may mean you have to get a PCR test. A positive result means you must isolate and you should report results to public health, especially if you need additional care for medical reasons due to COVID. Home tests are not automatically reported to public health and results must be reported online. BinaxNOW tests used for school re-entry must be performed in the presence of school or medical personnel.

Where else to get a test?

Roaring Fork Free COVID testing in Rifle, Glenwood and Carbondale offers PCR molecular tests with highly accurate results back in 48 hours. BinaxNOW antigen tests are also available for people with symptoms who also take a PCR test.

Boosters can be obtained at any Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic. You may mix and match vaccine types. Those 18+ and at least 6 months past Pfizer/Moderna, or 2 months past J&J, and in frequent contact with others, may receive a booster vaccine.

Flu vaccine clinics are open by appointment.

Free radon test kits are available in Rifle, Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale. More information on the Garfield County  radon page.

Garfield County Public Health COVID update – 11.2.21