Third COVID-19 death reported in Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A third Garfield County resident has died from COVID-19. This news comes as cases of the virus continue to rise towards 300 in the county, marking a steady increase over the past several weeks.

The deceased man, in his early 70’s, passed away due to COVID-19. His wife also tested positive, and is in quarantine. “We wish the family peace and comfort during this difficult time,” said Public Health Director, Yvonne Long.

“This loss of life underscores the reality that this virus is still spreading in our community, and that we need to remain vigilant. Until we have a vaccine, the only defense we have is to continue to wear face coverings, to socially distance, to wash our hands, and to stay isolated when we are sick. We take these actions to protect ourselves, but also to protect others.”

Third COVID-19 death reported in Garfield County

BOCC: take precautions to limit COVID-19 spread

Simple actions, personal responsibility will help limit spread of illness

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) requests residents and visitors take simple actions and personal responsibility to help limit the spread of COVID-19, which tests have confirmed in greater numbers around the county in recent weeks.

The county is not able to enter the less restrictive “Protect Our Neighbors” phase of reopening, due to increasing cases of COVID locally.

“With the governor’s latest health orders, all businesses could open with social distancing plans,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky. “We are advocating for local control to open our businesses 100 percent, but we won’t be able to meet the criteria if we cannot lower our case count. We all can help us achieve this if we practice safety measures.”

“Be assured, we as county commissioners are doing all we can to get these variances approved and Garfield County opened up,” added Commissioner Mike Samson.

Garfield County Public Health has coined a new motto: “More masks, more distance, more business,” and the board is urging all residents to maintain social distancing, wearing face coverings – per the governor’s order, wash your hands frequently, and to remain at home if you feel ill (do not go to work if you are sick) or have been near someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. These simple actions can help to limit the spread of the virus, keep people safe and facilitate the reopening of the economy.

A variance request was approved by the state May 23, allowing restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms to re-open at 50 percent of the posted occupancy code limit, provided they meet safety requirements. “The county’s variances could be in jeopardy if case numbers continue to rise,” said Commissioner John Martin. “As a statutory county government, we must follow the lead of the state.”

“We know that some folks don’t like wearing masks, but the use of facial coverings while in public establishments is the best way to ensure our businesses remain open,” added Jankovsky.

In a short time, the county has gone from a low case count to a high amount of cases. Garfield County has experienced 299 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. To be able to move into the less restrictive Protect Our Neighbors phase, the county would have to meet an extensive set of criteria and demonstrate that viral spread is low, as low as 15 cases in a 14-day period. In the most recent 14-day period there were 42 cases.

“The most concerning statistic is that six of our recent cases required hospitalization in hospitals outside of the county. The increase in cases is a trend we must reverse,” Jankovsky said. “We’ve seen a cluster of cases within construction crews that were working together. Contact tracing took place to ensure that anyone that may have been around these individuals was aware, so potential spread could be limited.”

A construction site in Rifle voluntarily halted construction for two weeks due to COVID-19 cases in its work crews.

While COVID-19 can affect anyone, especially the more vulnerable population, which includes the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, such as heart or lung conditions, obesity or a weakened immune system, most of the new cases are in people ranging from 20 to 59 years old.

According to public health statistics, roughly half of the county’s cases are appearing in Latino or Hispanic families (49 percent), and many cases in the region are people working in the construction and food service industries. Fatigue and cough are the two most common symptoms, followed by body aches, sore throat, fever and headache.

“Make no mistake, this illness doesn’t discriminate by age, and anyone could contract COVID-19. We want everyone to do their part and help us combat the spread of the virus,” Jankovsky said. “COVID-19 is contagious, virulent and aggressive.”

“Let’s get our numbers on the decline. We’re all in this together and together we’ll get by,” added Martin.

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BOCC: tome precauciones para limitar la propagación de COVID-19

Simples acciones y la responsabilidad personal ayudarán a limitar la propagación de la enfermedad

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – La Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Garfield (BOCC) pide a residentes y visitantes tomar medidas simples y tener responsabilidad personal para ayudar a limitar la propagación de COVID-19, ya que las pruebas han confirmado números altos en el condado en las últimas semanas.

El condado no puede ingresar a la fase menos restrictiva de reapertura “Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos”, debido al aumento de casos de COVID localmente.

“Con las últimas órdenes de salud del gobernador, todas las empresas podrían abrir con planes de distanciamiento social “, dijo el Comisionado Tom Jankovsky. “Estamos abogando para el control local y poder abrir nuestros negocios al 100 por ciento, pero no podremos cumplir con los criterios si no podemos reducir nuestros casos. Todos podemos ayudar a lograr esto si practicamos medidas de seguridad.”

“Tengan la seguridad que nosotros, como comisionados del condado, estamos haciendo todo lo posible para que se aprueben estas variaciones y para que se abra el Condado de Garfield”, agregó el comisionado Mike Samson.

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield ha adoptado un nuevo lema: “Más Cubrebocas, más distancia, más negocio”, y la junta de comisionados urge a todos los residentes a mantener el distanciamiento social, usar cubrebocas – según la orden del gobernador, lavarse las manos con frecuencia y permanecer en casa si se siente enfermo (no vaya a trabajar si está enfermo) o si ha estado cerca de alguien a quien le han diagnosticado con COVID-19. Estas acciones simples pueden ayudar a limitar la propagación del virus, mantener a personas seguras y facilitar que se abra la economía.

El estado aprobó la solicitud de variación el 23 de mayo, permitiendo a restaurantes, lugares de adoración, gimnasios y lugares deportivos volvieran abrir al 50 por ciento del límite de cupo permitido, siempre que cumplan con los requisitos de seguridad. “Las variaciones del condado podrían estar en peligro si los números de casos continúan aumentando”, dijo el comisionado John Martin. “Como gobierno legal del condado, debemos seguir el ejemplo del estado”.

“Sabemos que a algunas personas no les gusta usar cubrebocas, pero el uso de cubrebocas mientras se encuentra en lugares públicos es la mejor manera de garantizar que nuestros negocios permanezcan abiertos”, agregó Jankovsky.

En un corto plazo, el condado pasó de tener un número bajo de casos a una gran cantidad de casos. El Condado de Garfield ha experimentado 299 casos de COVID-19 desde que comenzó la pandemia. Para poder pasar a la fase menos restrictiva, “Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos”, el condado tendría que cumplir con amplios criterios y demostrar que el contagio viral es bajo, tan bajo como 15 casos en un lapso de 14 días. En el período más reciente de 14 días se registraron 42 casos.

“La estadística más preocupante es que seis de nuestros casos recientes requirieron hospitalización. El aumento de casos es una tendencia que debemos revertir”, dijo Jankovsky. “Hemos visto varios casos en cuadrillas de construcción que trabajaban juntos. Se hizo un seguimiento de contactos para garantizar que cualquier persona que haya estado cerca de estas personas estuviera al tanto, para así poder limitar la propagación”.

Un sitio de construcción en Rifle detuvo voluntariamente la construcción durante dos semanas debido a casos de COVID-19 en sus cuadrillas de trabajo.

Mientras COVID-19 puede afectar a cualquier persona, especialmente a la población más vulnerable, que incluye a ancianos y personas con condiciones médicas críticas, como problemas cardíacos o pulmonares, obesidad o un sistema inmunológico debilitado, pero la mayoría de los casos nuevos se están presentando en personas entre 20 a 59 años.

Según las estadísticas de salud pública, aproximadamente la mitad de los casos en el condado aparecen en familias Latinas o Hispanas (49 por ciento), y muchos casos en la región son personas que trabajan en las industrias de construcción y servicio de alimentos. La fatiga y la tos son los dos síntomas más comunes, seguidos de dolores en el cuerpo, dolor de garganta, fiebre y dolor de cabeza.

“No se confundan, esta enfermedad no discrimina edad, y cualquiera podría contraer COVID-

19. Queremos que todos hagan su parte y nos ayuden a combatir la propagación del virus “, dijo Jankovsky. “COVID-19 es contagioso, virulento y agresivo”.

“Pongamos nuestros números en bajada. Estamos todos juntos en esto y juntos saldremos de esta”, agregó Martin.

BOCC: take precautions to limit COVID-19 spread

Garfield County: Virus prevalence keeps Garfield County from moving into next phase

Warning precedes 4th of July holiday weekend

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Governor’s Office announced today guidance for the Protect Our Neighbors phase. With the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Garfield County, the county does not meet the qualifications to move into this next phase of opening. As such, Garfield County will still remain in the Safer at Home phase of reopening, with its one approved variance still in place.

Under the new state guidance, any county that wishes to move into the Protect Our Neighbors phase must demonstrate that they meet specific qualifications designated by the state. The state will post this information today or tomorrow.

“Garfield County must prove that our community is ready to move forward, and to do this now requires individual action countywide,” said Yvonne Long Public Health Director.

“Looking ahead to the July 4 holiday weekend we are concerned. We know people will be socializing, and it is up to them to do it responsibly, so as not to further spread the disease. Looking at the data, we can see that our last increase in cases in part stem from the Memorial Day weekend, based on symptom onset dates. We need to take precautions this weekend, so we don’t see another surge in cases.”

One of the criteria to move into the next phase is a steady or declining virus prevalence in the county. The state has adapted a red/high, yellow/medium, green/low system to measure prevalence of disease spread. The county’s transmission rate is currently in the ‘red’ category with 35 COVID cases in the past 14 days. To be in the green/low category requires 15 cases or less in a 14-day period.

“Today’s statewide announcement gives us a goal, to move to the less restrictive Protect Our Neighbor phase. If everyone is ready and willing to take the personal measures required, we can move in the right direction of COVID containment,” said Long. While Garfield County remains under Safer at Home orders, the Protect Our Neighbors phase or stricter measures will be in place in counties statewide until the pandemic spread is contained.

The county is launching a community campaign to encourage citizens and businesses to pledge to help. It focuses on “More Masks, More Distance, equals More Business in Garfield County.”

Garfield County Public Health indicates in order to move forward to Protect Our Neighbors, it is incumbent on each business, each visitor, each adult, each teen and child in Garfield County to pledge to:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Walk, ride or play 6 feet away.
  • Work successfully.
  • Will get symptoms tested within 1-2 days.
  • Want to stay home if you are ill.

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La prevalencia del virus evita que el Condado de Garfield pase a la siguiente fase

La advertencia precede por el fin de semana festivo del 4 de julio

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – La Oficina del Gobernador anunció hoy la guía para pasar a la fase de Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos. Pero con el aumento en casos de COVID-19 en el Condado de Garfield, el condado no cumple con los requisitos para pasar a la siguiente fase de apertura. Como tal, el condado de Garfield seguirá en la fase de Más Seguro en Casa, con su única variación aprobada aún vigente.

Bajo la nueva guía estatal, el condado que desee pasar a la fase Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos debe demostrar que cumple con los requisitos específicos designados por el estado. El estado publicará esta información hoy o mañana.

“El Condado de Garfield debe demostrar que nuestra comunidad está preparada para seguir adelante, y para hacer esto requiere una acción individual en todo el condado”, dijo la Directora de Salud Pública, Yvonne Long.

“Mirando hacia este fin de semana festivo del 4 de julio, estamos preocupados. Sabemos que las personas socializarán, y depende de ellos hacerlo de manera responsable, para no propagar aún más la enfermedad. Al observar los datos, podemos ver que nuestro último aumento de casos se debe en parte al fin de semana del Día de Los Soldados Caídos (Memorial Day), según las fechas de inicio de síntomas. Necesitamos tomar precauciones este fin de semana, para no ver otro aumento en casos “.

Uno de los requisitos para pasar a la siguiente fase es una prevalencia constante o decreciente de virus en el condado. El estado ha adaptado un sistema rojo/alto, amarillo/medio, verde/bajo para medir la prevalencia de contagio de la enfermedad. La tasa de transmisión del condado está actualmente en la categoría “roja” con 35 casos COVID en los últimos 14 días. Para estar en la categoría verde/baja requiere 15 casos o menos en un período de 14 días.

“El anuncio estatal de hoy nos da una meta, pasar a la fase menos restrictiva de Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos. Si todos están listos y dispuestos a tomar las medidas personales requeridas, podemos avanzar en la dirección correcta de contención de COVID,” dijo Long. Mientras el Condado de Garfield permanece bajo las órdenes de Más Seguro en Casa, la fase Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos o las medidas más estrictas estarán vigentes en los condados de todo el estado hasta que se contenga la propagación de la pandemia.

El Condado está lanzando una campaña comunitaria para alentar a los ciudadanos y las empresas a comprometerse a ayudar. Se centra en “Más cubrebocas, más distancia, equivale a más negocio en el Condado de Garfield”.

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield indica que, para avanzar a la fase de Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos, es necesario que cada negocio, cada visitante, cada adulto, cada adolescente y niño en el condado de Garfield debe comprometerse a:

  • Usar cubrebocas.
  • Lavar las manos con frecuencia.
  • Camine, monte bicicleta o juegue a 6 pies de distancia.
  • Trabajar con éxito.
  • Evaluar los síntomas dentro de 1-2 días.
  • Quedarse en casa si está enfermo.
Garfield County: Virus prevalence keeps Garfield County from moving into next phase

Garfield County: increase in COVID cases may threaten variance

Garfield County has recorded 44 new cases of COVID-19 between June 8-21

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A concerning uptick in COVID-19 cases could put Garfield County’s variance from the state in jeopardy. The county is now at 244 cases since the pandemic began, with 44 being diagnosed between June 8 and 21.

The variance could be rescinded if the county sees 60 cases in any two-week period. More concerning is that the current pending variance request could be jeopardized, as well as the possible move into the next state-wide phase of Protect Our Neighbors. It is unclear whether the State will allow counties with high level of disease transmission to move into the next stage.

On May 23, the state approved the county’s Safer at Home variance, which allowed restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms to re-open at 50 percent of the posted occupancy code limit, provided they met additional safety requirements, such as strict social distancing. This allowed a capacity at restaurants and places of worship of up to 175, rather than the state’s number of 50.

“We are concerned. We realized that we would see an increase in cases as we opened, but this many cases in this short of time was unexpected,” said Garfield County Public Health Director Yvonne Long. “We worry about our community’s health, in conjunction with our concerns over our economic recovery. Now we’re worried we could lose our existing variance or be unable to move into the next phase because our transmission rates are too high. This is why it is so important to remember the things that we can do to control the spread.”

Recent cases identified in Garfield County are not all linked, meaning they stem from different sources. While some cases in the past two weeks are associated with outbreaks, most are not. Many cases are from clusters, in which family, close friends or co-workers spread the illness to one another. A small number of the cases report not knowing where they contracted the virus. When a person doesn’t know how they contracted the illness, the case is considered “community spread.”

Chart gauges transmission threat level

Garfield County has adopted a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) color-coded chart that helps identify the risk of transmission. The tool assesses the risk to the community and outlines the chances the county will receive future variances from the state.

“(We) evaluate variance requests based on local epidemiological data to assess whether the county requesting the variance has a disease prevalence that is LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH,” CDPHE said of the chart. “Other metrics are considered as well, such as the two-week case trend, percent positivity of tests, and whether outbreaks exist and are contained. The variance will be commensurate with the local virus transmission and disease burden.”

Under this assessment, Garfield County is in the high-risk category for the period of June 8 – 21. For a population of roughly 61,000 to be in the low category, there would have to be 15 cases or less in two weeks; medium would be 16-30 cases; and high is considered 31-60 cases. Garfield County has now jumped from low to high risk in a short period of time.

Data available in real time

Advances in testing are allowing results in most cases in 24 to 48 hours. It is essential that anyone with symptoms be tested within the first two days of its onset. These advances give Garfield County Public Health a more accurate reading of disease spread in the area.

Some are not quarantining themselves after exposure

A major concern for health care workers is that some people are not quarantining themselves after possibly being exposed to COVID-19. There appears to be confusion regarding what it is and why it is a vital strategy to prevent further spread of illness. Examples are if someone on your child’s sports team tested positive and your child was in close contact; if you carpooled to work with a co-worker that later falls ill; or if someone you live with tests positive for the disease. 

In these scenarios, there is a high likelihood that you have been exposed and may be able to pass the virus on to others, and you must quarantine yourself. Garfield County nurses conducting contact tracing have seen many instances of people not in quarantine passing the illness on, in some cases seeing the 3rd and 4th generation of disease transmission making it difficult to trace back to one event or exposure date.

A simple rule is if you have spent time with someone who has COVID (time means as little as being within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) you need to stay at home or stay put in the same location for 14 days so you don’t spread disease to healthy people. If you become ill, begin following isolation directions.

More masks, more distance, more business

Garfield County has also adopted the mantra, “More masks, more distance, more business,” to remind people that simple actions go a long way to improving the local economy.

“In order for our businesses and our economy to continue operating under current conditions, we are relying on everyone, adults and their children alike, to take personal responsibility so that we can move forward and enter into the next phase,” Long said. “We all wish the pandemic would end. We all would like to go back to our normal ways of living life. And the good news is that we can do more of that if we all commit to taking three simple steps: keep our germs inside a personal face covering, maintain social distance from others and continue to wash our hands well and frequently.”

The latest updates can be found on the county’s website at garfield-county.com and emergency feed at garfieldcounty.net.

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24 de junio, 2020

El aumento en casos de COVID puede amenazar la variación

 El Condado de Garfield ha registrado 44 nuevos casos de COVID-19 entre el 8 y el 21 de junio

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – Un aumento preocupante en casos de COVID-19 podría poner en peligro la variación estatal del Condado de Garfield. El condado ahora tiene 244 casos desde que comenzó la pandemia, con 44 diagnosticados entre el 8 y el 21 de junio. 

La variación podría cancelarse si el condado ve 60 casos en un período de dos semanas. Más preocupante es que la solicitud de variación actual podría estar en peligro, así como no poder pasar a la siguiente fase estatal de “Proteger a Nuestros Vecinos”. No está claro si el Estado permitirá que los condados con un alto nivel de transmisión de enfermedades pasen a la siguiente etapa.

El 23 de mayo, el estado aprobó la variación ‘Más Seguro en Casa’ del condado, que permitió a restaurantes, iglesias, gimnasios y lugares deportivos se reabrieran al 50 por ciento del límite del código de ocupación permitido, siempre que cumplieran requisitos de seguridad adicionales, como estrictos distanciamientos sociales.  Esto permitió una capacidad en restaurantes y lugares de adoración de hasta 175, en lugar de 50 del estado.

“Estamos preocupados. Nos dimos cuenta de que veríamos un aumento en casos cuando abrimos, pero muchos de estos casos en este corto tiempo fueron inesperados,” dijo la directora de Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield, Yvonne Long. “Nos preocupa la salud de nuestra comunidad, así como nos preocupa nuestra recuperación económica. Ahora nos preocupa que podamos perder nuestra presente variación o no poder pasar a la siguiente fase porque nuestras tasas de transmisión son demasiado altas. Por eso es tan importante recordar las cosas que podemos hacer para controlar la propagación.”  

Casos recientes identificados en el condado de Garfield no están todos vinculados, lo que significa que provienen de diferentes fuentes.  Algunos casos en las últimas dos semanas están asociados con brotes, la mayoría no. Muchos casos son de grupos, en los que familiares, amigos cercanos o compañeros de trabajo transmiten la enfermedad entre ellos. Un pequeño número de casos informa que no sabe dónde contrajeron el virus. Cuando una persona no sabe cómo contrajo la enfermedad, el caso se considera “propagación comunitaria.”

El gráfico mide el nivel de amenaza de transmisión

El Condado de Garfield ha adoptado un cuadro codificado por colores  del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE por sus siglas en inglés) que ayuda a identificar el riesgo de transmisión. Esta herramienta evalúa el riesgo para la comunidad y describe las posibilidades de que el condado reciba futuras variaciones del estado.

“(Nosotros) evaluamos las solicitudes de variación basadas en datos epidemiológicos locales para calcular si el condado que solicita la variación tiene una prevalencia de enfermedad BAJA, MEDIA o ALTA,” dijo CDPHE sobre el cuadro. “También se consideran otras métricas, como la tendencia de casos durante dos semanas, el porcentaje de positividad de pruebas y si existen brotes y si están contenidos. La variación corresponderá con la transmisión del virus local y la carga de enfermedad .”

Bajo esta evaluación, el Condado de Garfield se encuentra en la categoría de alto riesgo ente el 8 al 21 de junio. Para que una población de aproximadamente 61,000 esté en la categoría baja, tendría que haber 15 casos o menos en dos semanas; categoría media sería 16-30 casos; y categoría alta se considera 31-60 casos. El condado de Garfield ahora ha pasado de bajo riesgo a alto riesgo en un corto período de tiempo.

Datos disponibles en tiempo real

Los avances en pruebas están permitiendo resultados en 24 a 48 horas en la mayoría de los casos. Es esencial que cualquier persona con síntomas se haga la prueba dentro de los primeros dos días de inicio de síntomas. Estos avances le dan a la Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield un entendimiento más preciso sobre la propagación de enfermedades en el área.

Algunos no se ponen en cuarentena después de la exposición

Una de las principales preocupaciones para trabajadores de la salud es que algunas personas no se ponen en cuarentena después de estar posiblemente expuestas al COVID-19. Parece haber confusión sobre lo que es y por qué es una estrategia vital para prevenir una mayor propagación de la enfermedad. Algunos ejemplos son si alguien del equipo deportivo de su hijo dio positivo y su hijo estuvo en contacto cercano; si viajo en carro con un compañero de trabajo que luego se enfermó; o si alguien con quien vive tiene resultados positivos para la enfermedad.  En estos escenarios, existe una alta probabilidad de que haya estado expuesto y pueda transmitir el virus a otras personas, y debe ponerse en cuarentena usted mismo. Las enfermeras del Condado de Garfield que hacen seguimiento de contactos han visto muchos casos de personas que no están en cuarentena y están transmitiendo la enfermedad, en algunos casos viendo una tercera y/o cuarta generación de transmisión de la enfermedad, lo que dificulta el seguimiento de un evento o fecha de exposición.

Una regla simple es si ha pasado tiempo con alguien que tiene COVID (tan poco como estar dentro de 6 pies durante 10 minutos o más) debe permanecer en su casa o quedarse en el mismo lugar durante 14 días, para evitar transmitir la enfermedad a personas sanas. Si empieza a sentirse enfermo, comience a seguir las instrucciones de aislamiento.

Más máscaras, más distancia, más negocios

El Condado de Garfield también adoptó el mantra, “Más máscaras, más distancia, más negocio”, para recordar a personas que las acciones simples contribuyen en gran medida a mejorar la economía local.

“Para que nuestros negocios y nuestra economía continúen operando bajo las condiciones actuales, confiamos en que todos, adultos y sus hijos, asuman la responsabilidad personal para que podamos avanzar y entrar en la siguiente fase,” dijo Long. “Todos deseamos que la pandemia termine. A todos nos gustaría regresar a nuestra vida normal. Y la buena noticia es que podemos hacerlo si todos nos comprometemos a tomar tres pasos simples: mantener nuestros gérmenes dentro de un cubre bocas, mantener un distanciamiento social de los demás y continuar lavando nuestras manos bien y con frecuencia .”

 Las últimas actualizaciones se pueden encontrar en el sitio web del condado en garfield-county.com.

Garfield County: increase in COVID cases may threaten variance

County sees 40 new COVID-19 cases in past week

One-quarter of all county cases diagnosed since June 15, most patients ages 20-59

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has experienced significant growth in the number of COVID-19 cases, with 40 new cases in the past seven days. This brings the total case count to 240 in Garfield County since the pandemic first reached the area. We have had 139 lab-confirmed cases, with 22 people hospitalized – six of which remain in the hospital.

Garfield County has seen 25 percent of its lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases since June 15; an analysis of the past six-weeks shows a steady increase in cases since the county shifted from “Stay at Home” March 26  to “Safer at Home,” April 26 and following the Memorial Day holiday.

As more and more of us move around, both in our county and regionally, the potential to contract COVID-19 increases, as does the chances an infected person may spread it to their families and community. In one recent cluster, individuals from five different counties contracted the disease.

Most new cases are in people ages 20 to 59, who are more mobile and may be traveling for work or recreation. Clusters of cases are appearing in the food service and construction and trades industries, as well as among young people that are gathering socially.

Some of those who have been hospitalized have been transferred to other facilities with higher levels of care, because of the severity of their cases. This disease does not discriminate; just three of the hospitalized patients were over the age of 60, and we’ve seen patients as young as elementary-school age.

Garfield County Public Health asks the community to take responsible actions to ensure the health of everyone. As we continue to open our businesses and get back to living life to the fullest, we remind you that there are only a few essential tools available to fight this disease. These tools are not designed to impinge on personal freedoms or rights, but to ensure the health of all people.

Small actions and personal responsibility can go a long way toward helping us combat this pandemic. These include wearing a face covering when in public, maintaining a social distance of six feet, washing your hands, getting tested within one to two days, and most importantly, staying home if you are sick or feel unwell. These steps will help save lives and keep our economy open.

El Condado vio 40 nuevos casos de COVID-19 la semana pasada

Una cuarta parte de todos los casos del condado se han diagnosticado desde el 15 de junio, la mayoría de los pacientes son entre 20 y 59 años

CONDADO DE GARFIELD, CO – El Condado de Garfield experimenta un crecimiento significativo en el número de casos de COVID-19, con 40 casos nuevos en los últimos siete días. Llevando un recuento total de 240 casos en el Condado de Garfield desde que la pandemia llegó por primera vez al área. Hemos tenido 139 casos confirmados por laboratorio, con 22 personas hospitalizadas, seis de las cuales permanecen hospitalizadas.

Un 25 por ciento de casos confirmados por laboratorio de COVID-19 se han visto desde el 15 de junio; Un análisis de las últimas seis semanas muestra un aumento constante en casos desde que el condado pasó de “Quedarse en Casa” el 26 de marzo, a “Más Seguro en Casa” el 26 de abril y después del día feriado de Memorial Day.

A medida que más personas empezamos a salir, tanto en nuestro condado como a nivel regional, aumenta el potencial de contraer COVID-19, al igual que las posibilidades de que una persona infectada pueda contagiarlo a su familia y comunidad. Un grupo que se reunió recientemente, individuos de cinco condados diferentes, contrajeron la enfermedad.

La mayoría de los casos nuevos son personas de 20 a 59 años, usualmente salen más y viajan por trabajo o recreación. También están apareciendo casos entre grupos de empleados que trabajan en las industrias de servicios de alimentos, construcción y comercio, así como entre jóvenes que se reúnen socialmente.

Algunos que han sido hospitalizados han sido transferidos a otros hospitales que ofrecen mayores niveles de atención médica, debido a la gravedad de sus casos. Esta enfermedad no discrimina; solo tres de los pacientes hospitalizados tenían más de 60 años, y hemos visto pacientes muy jóvenes de edad escolar primaria.

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield pide a la comunidad que tome medidas responsables para garantizar la salud a todos. A medida que continuamos abriendo negocios y regresando a vivir la vida al máximo, le recordamos que solo hay pocas herramientas esenciales disponibles para combatir esta enfermedad. Estas herramientas no están diseñadas para afectar las libertades o derechos personales, sino para garantizar la salud de todas las personas.

Pequeñas acciones y responsabilidad personal pueden ayudarnos a combatir esta pandemia. Estos incluyen usar un cubrebocas cuando está en público, mantener distanciamiento social de seis pies, lavarse las manos, hacerse la prueba dentro de uno o dos días y, lo más importante, quedarse en casa si está enfermo o se siente mal.

Estos pasos ayudarán a salvar vidas y mantener abierta nuestra economía.

County sees 40 new COVID-19 cases in past week

Garfield County: Spanish language public update on COVID-19

Tendencias de COVID en el Condado de Garfield

THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD IN SPANISH

Cuando: 3 p.m. 24 de Junio

Dónde: City of Glenwood Springs Facebook page @GlenwoodSpringsCO

Información actualizada presentada por Dr. Maria Roques, Mountain Family Health; Brisa Chavez -Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield

• Aprenda sobre cómo evitar la propagación de COVID-19
• ¿Qué es la investigación del caso y rastreo de contacto.
• La importancia de auto aislarse.
• No puede trabajar si dio positivo a COVID-19 y está enfermo/a.
• La importancia de seguir usando cubre bocas.

3 pm 24 de Junio

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Updated information submitted by
Dr. Maria Roques, Mountain Family Health
Breeze Chavez-Garfield County Public Health

• Learn about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19
• What is case investigation and contact tracking.
• The importance of self-isolating yourself.
• Can’t work if he tested positive for COVID-19 and is sick.
• The importance of continuing to wear mouths cover.

3 pm, June 24

Garfield County: Spanish language public update on COVID-19

Garfield County submits third variance request to CDPHE

Garfield County submitted a third variance to the state requesting local governance and management of the COVID-19 response.

The request states in part:

Garfield County is respectfully requesting a variance from the provisions of Governor Polis’ Executive Order D 2020 091 and/or 5th Amended Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors. This variance will allow Garfield County to implement the Variance Phase III portion of our Roadmap to Reopening.

Garfield County is requesting approval to govern and manage the COVID-19 response at the local level. We propose to use a tailored approach based on our Road Map to Reopening. Our road map is right sized for our local community and is supported by our ability and capacity to respond and manage cases, as evidenced by our Public Health resources and hospital support. This approach allows Garfield County to make independent decisions about the governance and operation of our COVID-19 response. This will allow Garfield County to balance our community’s needs for safety and welfare with a framework that matches local conditions.

Garfield County has been following the Governor’s Orders throughout the COVID-19 Stay at Home and Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors stages and are requesting the loosening of restrictions that make sense for our local conditions. This action will not burden our public health services inside or outside of Garfield County. Our Public Health Department will continue to regulate social behaviors, events, types of businesses that may reopen, and travel around the County, to control disease transmission. Hospital capacity remains more than adequate to address COVID-19 cases, testing supplies are more than sufficient and public health resources are readily available for contact investigation and tracing.

Both Valley View Hospital and Grand River Hospital submitted letters in support of this variance request.

This variance approval would allow Garfield County to continue to protect the health and welfare of the public by promoting social distancing, which continues to be the most effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19. In general, Garfield County is working to move away from an approach that permits certain businesses to operate and prohibits others. Instead, allowing a consistent approach to all businesses based on the known disease transmission mechanism and ensuring social distancing requirements will be implemented. Guidance, however, will be provided by type of business as safe operations will still remain business specific.

The variance letter from the commissioners was approved June 15.

Variance request documents:

Garfield BOCC letter for 3rd variance request
Garfield County Public Health Director variance letter
Garfield County Public Health Suppression Plan
Garfield County 3rd full variance request
Full signed submittal

Garfield County submits third variance request to CDPHE

Garfield County: COVID printable flyers

Communications tools to help local businesses with public messaging

GARFIELD COUNTY- COVID-19 safety flyers are available to anyone who would like a Garfield County branded flyer to post in their workplace or building. The flyers are available in English and Spanish and include the topics of social distancing, wearing a face covering, and not entering if sick.


The flyers are available here. To find them on the Garfield County website, go to https://www.garfield-county.com, and click on the “Business/unemployment” red section at the top of the page, select “Business,” and the “COVID-19 safety flyers for download” section is at the bottom of the page.

Garfield County: COVID printable flyers

Garfield County Fair will only include virtual shows and virtual livestock sale

June 5, 2020

The fair board has worked diligently with the support of the BOCC and county staff to put on a great 2020 fair. However, because of events beyond our control, it is with a great deal of regret that the Garfield County Fair Board has had to make the decision to cancel all in-person events at the fairgrounds this year. This is to abide by the recent Public Health order issued by the Governor on June 2, 2020 that all “fairs, rodeos and festivals and parades are not authorized to occur”. Per the governor’s health order, the fair board has no option but to cancel these events for the safety of our families, friends, community and visitors to avoid any further spread of COVID-19.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and participants for their past and continued support, and remind everyone that we are still having the 4-H virtual livestock and open class shows and virtual livestock sale. There is a great need to support our 4-H youth this year more than ever; please get involved with these events. Sponsors and buyers are needed to make this a success. Thank you to all who have supported and sponsored our fair in the past; please consider sponsoring the fair and these programs in the future.

The Garfield County Fair Board is hopeful that if opportunities are available by the end of the year, possibly we can have a community celebration of sorts on our road to recovery.

Thank you,

Levy Burris
Fair Board President

Garfield County Fair will only include virtual shows and virtual livestock sale

Garfield County: Public health order and variance FAQs: June 4

**Updated 6/4/20**

Links to the latest public health orders, variances, and the online social distancing plan can be found here. Information below is subject to change.

Can I hold a group gathering?

With strict social distancing measures in place, public and private gatherings both indoor and outdoor are limited to 25 people or less.

However, if an activity has specific guidance listed in the latest public health order, you must follow those guidelines (which may limit gathering size).

The Garfield County variance only applies to: restaurants, houses of worship, and fitness facilities (gyms) who may operate at 50% posted occupancy, with social distancing, and a maximum of 175 people. 

The variance also allows for an organization or municipality to open outdoor recreation facilities (parks, playgrounds, shelters, courts) under strict social distancing measures, for 50 people or less.

Are short-term rentals open?                     

Yes. Please see the following guidance.

Are pools and hot springs open?

Indoor, outdoor pools, and developed hot springs may operate under social distancing guidance provided in the Garfield County variance at 50% capacity, with 50 people or less. Bathrooms and showers will remain open if frequently disinfected. Lockers remain closed.

Are splash pads open?       

Not yet; they are still being considered.

Can I host a tournament?

Not at this time, adult and youth sports tournaments that attract crowds or travelers are not allowed. 

Are personal league and team sports allowed?

Yes, with specific guidance for personal recreation purposes only. Twenty-five players or less outdoors, and 10 players or less indoors. Parents may attend youth sports but must practice social distancing from those outside the household. Spectators are discouraged for adult sports. Leagues must retain records of who played, for disease investigation purposes.

Are summer camps open?

Day camps may reopen with strict precautions. Sleepaway camps will still be prohibited through June. Day camp businesses must submit an online Social Distancing Plan and follow specific guidance (page 42).

Are group fitness classes allowed?

Yes, with social distancing requirements outlined in the fitness facility variance, gyms, fitness, and dance facilities are allowed for groups of 10 people or less indoors, and 25 or less outdoors. Restrooms and showers are open, while lockers remain closed.

What types of courts are open?

Only tennis and pickleball courts are open for 10 people or less. Other indoor and outdoor courts such as basketball courts are currently closed.

Are playgrounds open?      

Yes, if allowed by the organization or municipality they are located in and meet strict social distancing requirements outlined in the recreation County variance.

Are there travel restrictions?

Travel responsibly throughout the state. Honor local restrictions by checking the rules before you go.

Are private campgrounds open?

Yes, with specific guidance (page 4). Group facilities, pavilions, cabins, and yurts remain closed.

Are breweries/bars open?

Only if they have an approved Garfield County social distancing form, and meet specific criteria in regards to foodservice. 

Are movie theaters open?  

Indoor movie, performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, music halls, and museums are still closed.  They do not fall under the County variance and are not allowed under the State order. Drive-in movies are permitted.

Are amusement parks or arcades open?

Not yet; they are still being considered.

Are rodeo, fairs, festivals, or parades ok?           

Not at this time, as large group gatherings could result in increased disease outbreaks.

Are funeral homes and cemeteries operating?

Yes, at 50% occupancy, not to exceed 50 people with strict social distancing requirements.

How long will this phase last?                                 

Garfield County is working on submitting another variance for state approval that would expand or open up more activities that are currently restricted or closed. The state is providing frequent updates that we will share with the community as soon as we receive them.           

Please direct public and business-related questions to:

publichealthinfo@garfield-county.com

Garfield County: Public health order and variance FAQs: June 4