State health officials investigate a detection of H5 influenza virus in a human in Colorado

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Corrections

Person had direct contact with infected poultry; public health experts say the risk to the public is low.

April 28, 2022—The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has been monitoring and testing people exposed to poultry and wild birds infected with avian flu (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, HPAI), also known as H5N1 flu. Earlier this week, a test revealed the presence of the influenza A (H5) virus in a single nasal specimen from a person who was working on a farm with infected poultry. CDC confirmed the result on April 27, 2022. Repeat testing on the person was negative for influenza. Because the person was in close contact with infected poultry, the virus may have been present in the person’s nose without causing infection.

The adult male, who is younger than 40, is largely asymptomatic, reporting only fatigue. He is now isolating and receiving the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir (tamiflu) per CDC guidance. Scientists believe that the risk to people is low as H5 flu viruses spread among wild birds and poultry. They do not normally infect humans nor spread from person to person. There are currently no known cases of this H5 flu virus spreading among people. There are no other confirmed human cases in Colorado or the United States at this time.

This positive result is due to direct exposure to infected poultry at a commercial farm in Montrose County. The person, who is an inmate at a state correctional facility in Delta County, was working with poultry as part of a pre-release employment program, where participants have the opportunity to work for private employers and be paid a prevailing wage. The affected flock has been euthanized and disposed of under the guidance of the USDA and CDA. All members of the response team, including other inmate workers, were provided personal protective equipment while working on the farm.

“We want to reassure Coloradans that the risk to them is low,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “I am grateful for the seamless collaboration between CDC, Department of Corrections, Department of Agriculture, and CDPHE, as we continue to monitor this virus and protect all Coloradans.”

While human infections of the H5 viruses are rare, direct exposure to infected birds increases that risk. Infected birds shed flu viruses in their saliva, mucous, and feces. Public health officials in the United Kingdom confirmed H5N1 virus in January 2022 in a person who was asymptomatic and had direct contact with infected birds.

People should avoid contact with poultry that appear ill or are dead, and avoid contact with surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from wild or domestic birds. If you must handle sick or dead poultry, wear gloves and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. If possible, wear respiratory protection such as a medical face mask and eye protection, such as goggles. CDC also has guidance for specific groups of people with exposure to poultry, including poultry workers and people responding to poultry outbreaks. CDC will continue to provide further updates to the situation and update guidance as needed.

It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry and poultry products in the United States. The proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit kills bacteria and viruses, including H5N1 viruses.

What flock owners can do

HPAI is a highly contagious and deadly foreign animal disease in domestic poultry. Wild birds serve as a reservoir for influenza viruses and can spread these viruses to poultry. Certain strains of avian influenza are also zoonotic. USDA has published all detections of HPAI in poultry and wild birds on the APHIS website. Learn more about avian influenza and how to report unusual bird deaths on the CDA website at ag.colorado.gov/hpai.

INCREASE BIOSECURITY: It is extremely important for poultry owners to increase biosecurity measures to protect their birds. The USDA Defend the Flock website has helpful resources for keeping poultry healthy in any operation. Commercial poultry producers can use this toolkit to assess their biosecurity practices and preparedness.

MONITOR FLOCKS: Monitor your flock for clinical signs of H5N1, including monitoring production parameters (feed and water consumption, egg production) and increased morbidity and mortality. Any changes in production parameters that could indicate H5N1 should be reported.

REPORT DISEASE: It is important for veterinarians and producers to report any suspicious disease events in poultry flocks to the State Veterinarian’s office at 303-869-9130. If it is after hours, the voicemail message will indicate which veterinarian is on call.

If you have sick birds or birds that have died from unknown causes, help is available at the Colorado Avian Health Call Line at Colorado State University Their number is 970-297-4008.

SECURE FOOD SUPPLY: The Colorado Department of Agriculture strongly encourages poultry producers to enroll as a Secure Food Supply participant through their office. The most important component of ensuring your continuity of business in an outbreak is to enroll in Secure Food Supply and have a biosecurity plan in place. If you would like more information, contact dave.dice@state.co.us or
303-263-2407.

Additional resources:

CDA: Avian influenza
USDA: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; Defend the Flock
CFSPH: Poultry biosecurity

State health officials investigate a detection of H5 influenza virus in a human in Colorado

GCSO: D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez in custody

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez in custody

4.25.22, 11:50 a.m. – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – This morning, shortly after 11:00 a.m., the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office learned that D’Antiago, (“Dante”), Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez was arrested by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Mesa County. D’Antiago was wanted for the April 24, 2022 shooting that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old male at a quinceañera celebration near Rifle, CO.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Rifle Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Garfield County all Hazards Response Team (AHRT) and Colorado River Fire Rescue for their efforts the night of the incident and each agency’s part in concluding this manhunt.

We would also like to acknowledge our facebook followers, local news agencies, radio stations and the public for their assistance in this matter.

This is an active investigation, and no additional information will be forthcoming at this time.

Dominguez-Lopez

D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez wanted for homicide

4.24.22, 11:55 a.m. – This morning, shortly after midnight, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a shooting that occurred outside of Rifle. The victim and suspect were attending a quinceañera when the shooting occurred. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, the victim was still alive. He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction via ambulance where he was treated and later pronounced dead.

A warrant has been issued for D’Antiago, (“Dante”), Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez from Rifle, CO (shown above). D’Antiago is considered, “armed and dangerous”. If you see him or know of his whereabouts, please do not attempt to contact him. If you see D’Antiago, call our dispatch center (970) 625-8095 or 911.

If you have any information for this investigation, please contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 970-945-1377 ext. 1075.

GCSO: D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez in custody

CDOT major impact | I-70 closed eastbound Glenwood Canyon

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

4.12.22, 3:00 pm – I-70 is open at mile marker 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs.

Colorado Department of Transportation

4.12.22, 2:57 pm – Between Exit 116: Glenwood Springs; Aspen and Exit 119: No Name (Glenwood Canyon) at Mile Point 116.6. The roadway is reopened to traffic.

4.12.22, 12:37 pm – I-70 eastbound is closed at Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) due to a crash and vehicle recovery. This closure will continue to remain in place for several hours and is estimated to reopen late this afternoon. Please see cotrip.org/home for updates on reopening.

Glenwood Canyon semi vehicle recovery

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

4.12.22, 11:17 am – I-70 is closed at mile-marker 116 EB, Glenwood Springs, due to an accident in the canyon.

CDOT major impact | I-70 closed eastbound Glenwood Canyon

Westbound I-70 near Glenwood Canyon reopened after closure

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

3.16.22, 1:20 p.m. – I-70 is open at mile-marker 133 westbound, Dotsero.

Colorado Department of Transportation

3.16.22, 8 a.m. – Westbound I-70 near Glenwood Canyon is closed due to a commercial motor vehicle crash. The westbound closure is in place between exit 133 (Dotsero) and exit 129 (Bair Ranch). Westbound motorists should plan for an extended closure today and use an alternate route. Eastbound is open with one lane.

Crews will be working as quickly and safely as possible to remove the crashed tractor-trailer. A significant factor is the trailer is torn open and the entire load must be cleared and offloaded. Then a crane will likely be used to remove the empty trailer.

Updates and conditions will continue to be posted to COtrip.org.

Semi in Glenwood Canyon blocking westbound traffic
Glenwood Canyon closure

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

3.16.22, 7:46 a.m. – I-70 is closed at mile marker 133, westbound, Dotsero, due to an accident. No estimated time for reopening.

Westbound I-70 near Glenwood Canyon reopened after closure

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Feb. 14 to Feb. 18

Colorado Department of Transportation

I-70 Glenwood Canyon Devil’s Hole debris pile removal is complete.

Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 11 beginning at 8 p.m. the I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project will implement a rolling closure for eastbound traffic starting at Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to the project location at Mile Point 124.4. This closure is anticipated to take less than an hour but drivers should expect delays. The rolling closure is necessary to remove excavation equipment from the Colorado River bed at the Devil’s Hole location. Westbound traffic will not be impacted.

Great news! The IHC Scott team has completed the debris removal from the Devil’s Hole location (MP 124.4 ). That operation will now move to Unnamed Gulch (MP 124). IHC Scott continues night work and will utilize the mile point 123-124.5 lane closure for 22 hours each day for shift work from 8 a.m.-6 a.m. In order to accommodate commuter traffic, this lane closure will be lifted from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. each day.

The Lawrence team continues debris removal at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch. To increase production their team will be working 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. For a birdseye view of the progress at Blue Gulch please visit this link:https://fb.watch/b4VIz_UgcS/

Both teams will continue with the eastbound one lane closure from MP 123-124.5.
Motorists should anticipate slower speeds throughout the canyon and an increase in truck traffic. Work is weather dependent and motorists are reminded to drive the posted speeds through the work zone and drive for conditions.

The GeoHazard project team anticipates they will restart the rockfall fence project sometime in late February/early March.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here.
Anticipated Traffic Impacts

• There will be an eastbound right lane closure from MP 123-124.5 for the Colorado River recovery work. This lane closure will be in place for 22 hours a day, from 8 a.m.-6 a.m. In order to accommodate commuter traffic, this lane closure will be lifted from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. each day.
• Work at some locations will be conducted from 8 a.m.-6 a.m. Monday-Friday, for maximum productivity.
• In the coming weeks, work may take place on the weekends if necessary to complete work before the end of April.

Stay Informed and Connect with the Project
Project information is available at:
• Project website:
https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs/about
• Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
• Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

CDOT: Traffic impacts in Glenwood Canyon, Feb. 14 to Feb. 18

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts, Feb. 7-11

Week of February 7-11, 2022

I-70 Glenwood Canyon river bed excavation at Blue Gulch. 

The IHC Scott team continues night work and will utilize the mile point 123-124.5 lane closure for 22 hours each day for shift work from 8 a.m.-6 a.m. In order to accommodate commuter traffic, this lane closure will be lifted from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. each day.

The Lawrence team has completed debris removal at Wagon Gulch. Work continues at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

Both teams will continue with the eastbound one lane closure from MP 123-124.5. 

A daytime westbound one lane closure from MP 118.5-119 will be in place to assist with material hauling and roadway cleaning operations. This lane closure will be picked up on Friday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. to assist with traffic volumes.  

Motorists should anticipate slower speeds throughout the canyon and an increase in truck traffic. Work is weather dependent and motorists are reminded to drive the posted speeds through the work zone and drive for conditions.

The GeoHazard project team anticipates they will restart the rockfall fence project sometime in late February/early March. 

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on cotrip.org and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at cotrip.org. I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here

Anticipated Traffic Impacts

  • There will be an eastbound right lane closure from MP 123-124.5 for the Colorado River recovery work. This lane closure will be in place for 22 hours a day, from 8 a.m.-6 a.m. In order to accommodate commuter traffic, this lane closure will be lifted from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. each day. 
  • Work at some locations will be conducted from 8 a.m.-6 a.m. Monday-Friday, for maximum productivity.
  • A daytime westbound one lane closure from MP 118.5-119 will be in place to assist with roadway cleaning operations.  
  • In the coming weeks, work may take place on the weekends if necessary to complete work before the end of April.

Stay Informed and Connect with the Project

Project information is available at: 

CDOT launched a new, easy-to-use COtrip website and mobile app with an updated 511 map for drivers to safely navigate Colorado roads. Visit the new mobile-friendly COtrip website at COtrip.org.

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts, Feb. 7-11

CSP: Accident alert for travel in Garfield County and surrounding areas

Colorado State Patrol

Garfield County and surrounding areas are under an Accident Alert.

Unless your incident has injuries, is a solvable hit and run, driver is impaired, or one party does not have insurance, a counter report is requested.

You can file online at tinyurl.com/ycgb73jk

CSP: Accident alert for travel in Garfield County and surrounding areas

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

Valley View

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

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 1/4/22
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 41,648
Positive results: 3,573
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 405
Admitted patients discharged: 346

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing.

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

CDPHE study reinforces Colorado’s commitment to vaccine equity

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

STATEWIDE (Jan. 3, 2022) — Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a report that helps public health officials better understand and serve Coloradans when getting the COVID-19 vaccine. CDPHE designed the study with guidance from the Colorado School of Public Health to help our vaccine team understand how they can help eliminate disparities and ensure that all Coloradans have access to these life saving vaccines.  Specifically, CDPHE worked with Colorado School of Public Health to determine the modeling method that would allow a deeper understanding of the portion of vaccinated Coloradans who chose “other” or did not select a racial or ethnic option. 

The Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) is an essential tool in helping the state track COVID-19 vaccination rates, however it has about 9.8% of total records who are unidentified in terms of race or ethnicity. 

“Our aim with this study is to have the most complete picture possible of the vaccination data so we can tailor our strategies accordingly,” said Tara Trujillo, CDPHE deputy executive director who led the vaccine campaign over the summer and into the fall. “As the pandemic continues, and enthusiasm about vaccination reduces over time, this analysis gives us a better sense of how our vaccine outreach efforts have been working, while also showing us what additional work we have to do to reach historically underserved communities.” 

The report’s findings are incredibly important because vaccines remain the best available public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. CDPHE plans to add this modeling data to the vaccine data dashboard this month. 

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

CDPHE study reinforces Colorado’s commitment to vaccine equity

I-70 closed in Glenwood Canyon following multi-vehicle crash

Colorado State Patrol

1.3.22, UPDATE – 3:04 p.m. – ROAD OPEN: Interstate 70 in BOTH directions is now open through the Glenwood Canyon, following a multi-car crash. With sub-zero temps, roadways are still icy! Please take your time and SLOW DOWN!

Colorado Department of Transportation

1.3.22, UPDATE – 12 p.m. – Emergency responders continue to work to safely clear the crash. All real time updates will continue to be posted to cotrip.org, CDOT’s Twitter page, and are available by dialing 5-1-1.

Colorado State Patrol

1.3.22 – 11:04 a.m. – ROAD CLOSED due to multi-car crash in Glenwood Canyon. I-70 is closed in both directions due to a 17 car crash (15 cars and 2 commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s)). Injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on scene trying to clear the incident.

photos: Colorado State Patrol

Colorado Department of Transportation

Travel Impact | I-70 is closed both directions through Glenwood Canyon

I-70 is closed both directions between milepost 116 and 133 through Glenwood Canyon following a multi-vehicle crash.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

1.3.22 – 10:05 a.m.: I-70 is closed at mile marker 133 westbound, Dotsero, due to an accident.

1.3.22 – 9:52 a.m.: I-70 is closed at mile marker 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs, due to an accident.

I-70 closed in Glenwood Canyon following multi-vehicle crash