CDPHE: CDC approves additional dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-olds

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Today, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a third (booster) dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 through 11 years. This announcement came after CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine in this younger population. FDA authorized the use of a single booster dose for children 5 through 11 years on Tuesday, May 17. COVID-19 vaccine providers can now begin administering third doses of Pfizer vaccine to children aged 5 through 11 years. A full list of vaccine providers can be found at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

This authorized third dose will help protect children aged 5 through 11 years as COVID-19 transmission in Colorado continues on a slight upward trend due to the omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1. Some immunocompromised children may need four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Find out how many follow-up doses your child will need for the highest level of protection with our COVID-19 vaccine follow-up dose calculator

Colorado children aged 5 through 11 years should get their third dose at least five months after their second dose. If possible, children should receive a third dose prior to summer camp, vacation plans, and other activities. It takes two weeks after getting a third dose to build maximum protection. Children who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations may be able to avoid quarantining after exposure to COVID-19. Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act entitles people to paid time off from work to take their child to a vaccine appointment or care for them if they experience side effects after vaccination.

In addition, CDC strengthened its recommendation that people 50 and older and people 12 and older who are immunocompromised should receive a fourth dose (second booster) at least four months after their first. This update to their previous recommendation comes due to the fact that, while they have the highest coverage of any age group of third doses, most older Americans received their last dose many months ago and this leaves them potentially more vulnerable to the worst outcomes.

Vaccines are the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help avoid the worst outcomes — severe illness, hospitalization, and death — among those who do become infected. The authorization makes everyone in the United States aged 5 and older eligible for a third dose of the lifesaving vaccine. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine authorized or approved for children ages 5 through 17 years.

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

CDPHE: CDC approves additional dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-olds

CRFR: Fire at Alpine Storage units in Rifle

Colorado River Fire Rescue

5.19.22, 12:45 p.m. – At least 24 storage units have been damaged or destroyed in a fire in Rifle.
The fire occurred at Alpine Storage at 113 Aspen Rd., just west of Cottonwood Mobile Home Park at 8:44 a.m.
Crews witnessed black smoke and large flames upon their arrival and began a defensive attack on the blaze. Mutual aid was called in from Glenwood Springs Fire Department and Grand Valley Fire Protection District. Rifle Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Colorado, Xcel Energy, Covenant Towing and Transport also assisted with the call.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. There was one injury reported.

5.19.22, 9:49 a.m. – Working a structure fire at Alpine Storage units in Rifle. Highway 6 is closed between Mile Pond Road and Peterson Lane.

Structure fire at Alpine Storage units in Rifle.
Structure fire at Alpine Storage units in Rifle.
CRFR: Fire at Alpine Storage units in Rifle

CDPHE: State issues Public Health Order 22-01 and amends Public Health Order 20-38

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued two public health orders. The 16th Amended Public Health Order 20-38 follows CDC’s statement that the federal order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. As such, Public Health Order 20-38 no longer requires masks to be worn on public transit services in Colorado. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.

Public Health Order 22-01 promotes sustainable access to COVID-19 testing for all Coloradans and therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 patients. It requires health care providers do all they can to provide testing and therapeutic treatment. This Order comes as the state continues to transition COVID-19 testing and vaccination to traditional health care settings as laid out in the state’s Roadmap to Moving Forward and it will help ensure that equity and accessibility continue to be prioritized.

To help maintain access to testing services throughout the state, providers that do not use testing materials provided by the State are encouraged to provide testing services and, whenever possible, to do so at no cost to individuals without health insurance or who can otherwise not afford testing. Providers of COVID-19 testing services that use test materials provided at no cost by the state can not charge a fee to the patient for the COVID-19 test.

Any patient eligible for a COVID-19 therapeutics should be offered the treatment for COVID-19 after a discussion with a health care provider about the risks and benefits. Health care providers are encouraged to provide COVID-19 therapeutics immediately within their health care setting on an outpatient basis, or if unable to do so, the provider must refer patients who are appropriate candidates for such therapeutics to outpatient settings. People seeking COVID-19 therapeutic treatment can visit this CDPHE webpage to learn more. Health care providers interested in ordering therapeutics to prescribe for patients should use this form.

PHO 22-01 is effective April 20, 2022 and will continue to be in effect until the Colorado COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Order (Executive Order D 2021 122) is rescinded. The 16th Amended Public Health Order 20-38 is effective April 20, 2022 and will expire at 12:01 AM on May 20, 2022 unless extended.

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

CDPHE: State issues Public Health Order 22-01 and amends Public Health Order 20-38

GCSO: Missing juvenile from Battlement Mesa, Colorado

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

Trinity Trent, DOB: 3/21/2005, age 17, was last seen on April 18, 2022. Trinity is a 17-year-old student living in Battlement Mesa, Colorado.  She is pictured here with a few of her friends.

Trinity was last seen wearing basically the same outfit as shown in the picture. If you see her or know of her whereabouts please call 911 immediately.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!

GCSO: Missing juvenile from Battlement Mesa, Colorado

CDPHE extends Public Health Order 20-38 

Colorado Public Health and Environment

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released the 15th Amended Public Health Order 20-38, extending the order for four weeks through May 13, 2022. 

This updated public health order continues to require:

  • Face coverings in some settings based on CDC Community Levels and, in some instances, vaccination status.
  • Hospital data reporting.
  • COVID-19 vaccination for state contractors working in residential care settings.

The public health order is effective until May 13, 2022 unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

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

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El CDPHE extiende la vigencia de la Orden de Salud Pública 20-38

COLORADO (14 de abril de 2022) — El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado publicó la 15ª Orden de Salud Pública (PHO) corregida 20-38, por la cual extiende la orden por cuatro semanas hasta el 13 de mayo de 2022.

La presente actualización de la Orden de Salud Pública sigue exigiendo:

  • El uso del cubrebocas en ciertos entornos sobre la base de las recomendaciones de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC Community Levels), así como, en ciertos casos, el estado de vacunación.
  • Reportes de datos hospitalarios.
  • Vacunación contra el COVID-19 de contratistas del Estado en establecimientos de cuidados residenciales.

La Orden de Salud Pública tendrá vigencia hasta el 13 de mayo de 2022, a menos que sea extendida, rescindida, sustituida o modificada por escrito.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE extends Public Health Order 20-38 

CDPHE: State of Colorado announces transition plans for COVID-19 community testing

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The state of Colorado announced additional details to the testing transition plans outlined in the Polis administration’s Colorado’s Next Chapter: Our Roadmap to Moving Forward. The state will close 40 testing sites by the end of April as part of the State’s gradual transition from offering COVID-19 testing through state-run community testing sites to traditional healthcare settings and federal programs including the Test to Treat program. Eighty state-run community testing sites with a capacity of 26,000 tests per day will remain open throughout the state. Current demand for PCR testing is less than 2,500 tests per day on average — about 5% of total testing capacity.

“Colorado’s network of more than 150 community testing sites across the state have provided free, reliable testing options to Coloradans throughout the pandemic. We took careful consideration of community needs and capacity demand in determining the schedule of site closures. We considered equity, site traffic and strategic location when determining the 80 sites that remain open,” said Dr. Emily Travanty, CDPHE Laboratory Director. “Now is an appropriate time to begin this gradual transition as we continue to see a plateau in case rates in Colorado, and decreased demand for community testing.”

Similar to flu or other endemic communicable diseases, the state will begin to rely more on health care providers for diagnostic testing, treatment, and vaccination services. Additionally, the federal government has made a commitment to supporting COVID-19 testing through multiple programs including COVID.gov/tests, a pharmacy-commercial laboratory partnership titled Increased Community Access to Testing (ICATT), and the Test to Treat program. Test to Treat allows anyone to get tested for COVID-19, get a prescription for treatment from a health care provider (if appropriate), and have their prescription filled all at one location (if they are positive and treatments are appropriate).

CDPHE is committed to providing a safety net of services to those most vulnerable as a part of a future emergency surge response. This includes a stockpile of a million over-the-counter rapid tests for community distribution, a two to four week remobilization schedule for strategically located drive thru community testing sites and equity testing mobile vans, and testing options dedicated to K-12 and residential care settings. 

Testing sites closing April 30

Aspen Airport Cell Lot (233 Airport Rd, Aspen, CO 81611)

Glenwood Springs Community Center (100 Wulfsohn Rd, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601)

Mountain Family Health Center (195 14th Street, Rifle, CO 81650)

Snowmass Village Town Hall- (130 Kearns Rd, Snowmass Village, CO)

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

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El gobierno estatal anuncia su plan de transición respecto a los centros comunitarios de pruebas de detección del COVID-19 

80 centros estatales seguirán abiertos a través de Colorado

COLORADO (6 de abril de 2022) — El gobierno estatal anunció detalles adicionales en torno al plan de transición de servicios relacionados con las pruebas de detección. Este figura en el documento del Gobernador Polis titulado Colorado’s Next Chapter: Hoja de ruta para seguir hacia adelante. El gobierno cerrará 40 centros de pruebas a fines de abril como parte de su plan de transición; el mismo implementará el gradual traspaso de la gestión de las pruebas del COVID-19, desde los centros de pruebas comunitarios patrocinados por el Estado hacia establecimientos de salud convencionales y hacia los programas administrados por el gobierno federal, incluido el programa “Test to Treat”. A través de Colorado, se mantendrán abiertos 80 centros de pruebas comunitarios con capacidad para administrar 26,000 pruebas por día. La demanda actual de pruebas de PCR, es inferior en promedio a las 2,500 pruebas diarias (vale decir, un 4% de la capacidad total de pruebas).

La Dra. Emily Travanty, Directora del Laboratorio del CDPHE, declaró: “La red estatal dispone de más de 150 centros de pruebas comunitarios a través de Colorado. Durante la pandemia, esta red ha brindado opciones a nuestros habitantes para acceder a pruebas gratuitas y seguras. A la hora de establecer nuestro calendario de cierres, tuvimos muy en cuenta las necesidades de la comunidad y la demanda de suministros. Tuvimos asimismo presente cuestiones de equidad, el número de concurrentes, y la ubicación estratégica de los 80 centros que permanecerán abiertos. Ahora es el momento apropiado para dar inicio a esta transición gradual, visto que seguimos observando una meseta en el gráfico de tasas de casos de COVID-19 en Colorado y una disminución de la demanda de pruebas en centros comunitarios”.

Tal como ocurre con la gripe u otras enfermedades contagiosas endémicas, a nivel estatal, el gobierno de Colorado comenzará a delegar más prestaciones a los proveedores de atención médica en lo que hace a pruebas de diagnóstico, tratamientos y servicios de vacunación. Por otro lado, el gobierno federal se ha comprometido a brindar soporte administrativo para pruebas de COVID-19 a través de múltiples programas, entre los que se incluyen: COVID.gov/tests, una asociación entre farmacias y laboratorios comerciales denominada Increased Community Access to Testing (ICATT, por sus siglas en inglés) y el programa “Test to Treat”. Mediante el último programa mencionado, cualquier interesado podrá hacerse la prueba de COVID-19, obtener una receta para el tratamiento de un proveedor de atención médica (si corresponde), y hacerse de su receta en un solo y mismo lugar (si la prueba les da positivo y los tratamientos son adecuados).

El CDPHE se ha comprometido a proporcionar una red de seguridad de servicios a los más vulnerables como parte de una futura respuesta de emergencia. Esto incluye una reserva de un millón de pruebas rápidas de venta libre para su distribución en la comunidad, un programa de removilización de dos a cuatro semanas pensado para los centros de pruebas de detección de ubicación estratégica con atención a vehículos por ventanilla y para las unidades móviles de promoción de equidad, así como opciones de administración de pruebas destinadas al sistema escolar P-12 y establecimientos de atención residencial, 

Lista de centros de pruebas de detección que cerrarán el 30 de abril

Aspen Airport Cell Lot (233 Airport Rd, Aspen, CO 81611)

Glenwood Springs Community Center (100 Wulfsohn Rd, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601)

Mountain Family Health Center (195 14th Street, Rifle, CO 81650)

Snowmass Village Town Hall- (130 Kearns Rd, Snowmass Village, CO)

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State of Colorado announces transition plans for COVID-19 community testing

CDOT prepares for spring, summer in Glenwood Canyon

Colorado Department of Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor partners Lawrence Construction and IHC Scott have nearly completed the removal of material from the Colorado River in six locations. The work is part of several efforts to prepare Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon for possible 2022 spring runoff and summer debris flows. CDOT crews will soon resume a rockfall removal project in the canyon. Crews will continue previous work to clear rock caught by rockfall fencing, repair fencing and remove loose rock from the canyon walls. Midwest Rockfall, Inc. is the contractor on the rock fence repairs.

Before road repairs and river material removal at Blue Gulch (Mile Point 123.5) on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.
After road repairs and river material removal at Blue Gulch (Mile Point 123.5) on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

“CDOT has made tremendous progress in recovery from the 2021 mudflows,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “From fixing the road in record time to removing material from the river, as well as rockfall work and other mitigation, it’s been a team effort. And that team extends beyond this agency. CDOT will continue to work with agency partners to manage this complex section of I-70 and impacts on our vital alternate routes.”

Preparation efforts included two coordination exercises organized by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Federal, state and local agencies met in Glenwood Springs and Gunnison on March 29 and 30 to review emergency response protocol for closures of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. One hundred and seventy participants from more than 50 agencies participated in the tabletop exercises.

“The importance of partnerships in emergency operations cannot be understated,” said Kevin Klein, director of the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “The response to the 2021 mudflows and rockslides demonstrated the value of our partnerships. Exercises help strengthen these relationships making us better prepared for future incidents.”

“It is truly encouraging to see turnout from so many federal, state and local agency partners,” said Director Lew. “We look forward to continuing to work together with stakeholders from along the I-70 corridor, the northern alternate route and the southern route to build on the lessons learned from 2020 and 2021.”

Mudslides in July 2021 prompted an extended safety closure on I-70 for approximately two weeks. CDOT crews worked around the clock to remove boulders, dirt, rocks and other debris from the highway. Road repairs were also necessary, and were completed in December 2021. Since January, contractor partners Lawrence Construction and IHC Scott have focused on removing material from the Colorado River at six locations. The debris piles at these locations were created in summer 2021 by mudslides and other material flows. Removing material significantly helps protect I-70 and other infrastructure in the canyon, by lowering the risk of damage from high water or new mudslides. The Federal Highway Administration has concurred that mitigating the risk of runoff is critical to protecting the interstate and will reimburse the state’s costs pursuant to the emergency relief program supporting the repairs to I-70 over the past several months. Work is weather dependent and motorists are reminded to drive the posted speeds through the work zone and drive for conditions.

Be prepared

For spring, summer and fall 2022, CDOT continues to have an I-70 Glenwood Canyon safety protocol in place to protect the traveling public. Motorists planning to travel on I-70, visit rest areas or use the recreation path in Glenwood Canyon should pay close attention to weather forecasts. If there is rain in the forecast, be prepared for a safety closure of I-70, rest areas and recreation path. CDOT recommends that travelers have a back up plan in the event that closures are necessary. If a closure is anticipated to last longer than two hours, CDOT continues to recommend that travelers use the northern alternate route.
 

Alternate route

If a safety closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is anticipated to last longer than two hours, CDOT recommends a northern alternate route using Colorado Highway 9, US Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 13. Motorists should anticipate delays on the alternate route due to additional detour traffic and possible construction or maintenance projects. 

  • WESTBOUND I-70: Motorists coming from the Denver metro area or Interstate 25 can travel westbound on I-70 to Silverthorne, then turn north onto CO 9. In Kremmling, travelers should turn onto westbound US Highway 40 towards Steamboat Springs. After reaching Craig, motorists can return south via CO 13 towards Rifle. Access to I-70 westbound is at Rifle.
  • EASTBOUND I-70: Motorists traveling eastbound from Utah or Grand Junction can reach the Denver Metro area by traveling the route above in reverse. CO 13 north to US 40 east to CO 9 south.

CDOT strongly discourages travelers from using highways south of I-70 for an alternate route, due to extensive construction closures on US Highway 50. CDOT also asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass Road (in Eagle/Garfield counties), Hagerman Pass, Eagle/Thomasville Road or other county or forest service roads in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties as a detour. These roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. Many of these four-wheel drive roads also do not have cell phone coverage.  Motorists should be familiar with the recommended alternate route (more information below) and should check www.cotrip.org for the latest road conditions and route options. CDOT also recommends that travelers bring an emergency kit with water, snacks, a flashlight and a blanket, as mountain conditions often change suddenly.

CDOT prepares for spring, summer in Glenwood Canyon

CDPHE to send text messages to Coloradans about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Over the next two weeks, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will send text message and email reminders to Coloradans aged 65 and up about the authorization of a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as reminders to Coloradans aged 50 and up who still need their third dose. 

The FDA and CDC have authorized a fourth (second booster) dose for people over the age of 50 who may be at higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. Text messages to Coloradans age 65 and older who received their third dose at least four months ago will read:

English:

The FDA authorized a fourth dose — and in some cases a fifth dose — of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 50 and older. For more info, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-follow-up-doses-booster or call 1-877-268-2926. If you test positive for COVID, learn more about treatments at https://covid19.colorado.gov/getting-covid-19-treatment  

Spanish:

La FDA autorizó una cuarta dosis — y en algunos casos una quinta — de las vacunas contra el COVID-19 de Pfizer o Moderna para los mayores de 50 años. Para más información, visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol/dosis-suplementarias o llame al 1-877-268-2926. Si la prueba de detección del COVID-19 le dio positivo, infórmese acerca de los tratamientos disponibles en https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol/acceder-al-tratamiento

CDPHE will also text and email information to people ages 50 and up whose vaccine records in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) indicate they have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series at least five months ago, but have not yet received their third dose. These messages will read:

English:

State public health records show you completed your primary COVID vaccine series at least 5 months ago and are due for a third dose. For more info, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated or call 1-877-268-2926 to make an appointment.

Spanish:

Los registros estatales de salud médica indican que completó su esquema inicial de vacunación contra el COVID hace al menos 5 meses; de ser así, deberá aplicarse una tercera dosis. Para más información, visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol o llame al 1-877-268-2926 para programar una cita. 

Nearly 2,000 providers across Colorado are enrolled in the state’s COVID vaccination program, including many pharmacies and doctor’s offices. More information about COVID vaccines, as well as assistance with scheduling an appointment, is available at https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine. You can also call Colorado’s Vaccine Hotline to get help finding a vaccine: 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

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

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El CDPHE enviará mensajes de texto a los habitantes de Colorado acerca de las recomendaciones sobre la vacunación contra el COVID-19

COLORADO (5 de abril de 2022) — Durante las próximas dos semanas, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) enviará recordatorios por mensaje de texto y correo electrónico a nuestros habitantes mayores de 65 años respecto a la autorización de una cuarta dosis de las vacunas contra le COVID-19. Asimismo, los mayores de 50 años que aún necesitan aplicarse una tercera dosis recibirán un recordatorio correspondiente.

La FDA y los CDC han autorizado una cuarta dosis (segunda dosis de refuerzo) para las personas mayores de 50 años que corren mayor riesgo de enfermarse gravemente si contraen el COVID-19. Los mensajes de texto enviados a los habitantes de Colorado mayores de 65 años que hayan recibido su tercera dosis hace al menos cuatro meses dirán lo siguiente:

En inglés:

The FDA authorized a fourth dose — and in some cases a fifth dose — of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people aged 50 and older. For more info, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-follow-up-doses-booster or call 1-877-268-2926. If you test positive for COVID, learn more about treatments at https://covid19.colorado.gov/getting-covid-19-treatment 

En español:

La FDA autorizó una cuarta dosis de las vacunas contra el COVID-19 de Pfizer o Moderna para los mayores de 50 años. Para más información, visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol/dosis-suplementarias o llame al 1-877-268-2926. Si la prueba de detección del COVID-19 le dio positivo, infórmese acerca de los tratamientos disponibles en https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol/acceder-al-tratamiento

El CDPHE también enviará información por mensaje de texto y por correo electrónico a los mayores de 50 años cuyos registros de vacunas en el Sistema de Información de Vacunación de Colorado (CIIS, por sus siglas en inglés) indiquen que, pese a que ya han completado su esquema de vacunación primario hace al menos cinco meses, aún no se han aplicado su tercera dosis. Esos mensajes dirán lo siguiente:

En inglés:

State public health records show you completed your primary COVID vaccine series at least 5 months ago and are due for a third dose. Para más información https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated o llame al 1-877-268-2926 para programar mismo su cita

En español:

Los registros estatales de salud médica indican que completó su esquema inicial de vacunación contra el COVID hace al menos 5 meses; de ser así, deberá aplicarse una tercera dosis. Para más información, visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol o llame al 1-877-268-2926 para programar una cita.

Casi 2,000 proveedores de todo Colorado están inscritos en el programa estatal de vacunación contra el COVID, entre ellos muchas farmacias y consultorios médicos. Para obtener más información sobre las vacunas, así como asistencia para programar una cita, visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol/vacuna. También puede comunicarse con la línea directa de las vacunas en Colorado para solicitar ayuda sobre dónde aplicársela: 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov

CDPHE to send text messages to Coloradans about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations

GCPH: Rifle COVID-19 testing hours changes, fourth doses available

Garfield County Public Health

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO –

UPDATE: Free COVID-19 testing

*Beginning Friday, April 1, Rifle Roaring Fork Free COVID-19 Testing services will now be offered via mobile van with hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 7 – 8 a.m. (applies to Rifle location only).

Free testing locations in Garfield County:

Roaring Fork Free COVID-19 Testing     

  • Same day results
  • PCR testing
  • Requires appointment

State Mobile Testing Weekends *Closed Easter Sunday 4/17

  • Saturdays, Glenwood Springs Public Health 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sundays, Rifle Public Health 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • PCR testing
  • Walk-in or make an appointment
  • 48-hour results

NEW: Fourth COVID-19 dose for those 50 and older and fifth for immunocompromised

People aged 50 or older may get a fourth vaccine as long as four months have passed since the third dose.

People 12 or older and moderately to severely immunocompromised may benefit from a fifth dose as long as four months have passed since the fourth dose.

State- and Garfield County Public Health-run clinics are offering all vaccines.

Check online for special clinics or to make an appointment at a Garfield County Public Health office.

UPDATE: Federal transportation mask mandate extended through April 18

The Federal Department of Transportation has extended the directive requiring masks on public transporation and in public transportation hubs (Roaring Fork Transit Authority RFTA and airports) through April 18, 2022.

BA.2 Variant: Nationwide COVID-19 cases are still continually decreasing.

The BA.2 variant accounts more than 30 percent of COVID cases statewide. It arrived in Colorado at the end of January and has roughly doubled its percentage of cases every week up until March. BA.2 has been detected in the Roaring Fork Valley through Colorado’s wastewater monitoring program.

The variant poses the greatest threat to who have not been vaccinated, are not boosted, or have not been infected recently.

There is no evidence it results in more severe disease or that it is more likely to evade our immune protection. However, it is more contagious than the BA.1 omicron variant.

Therapeutics

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get therapeutic treatment to help you recover. There are two main types of treatments: monoclonal antibody therapy and antivirals.

Coloradans can also use the new federal Test to Treat site to seek treatment options.

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AVISO COMUNITARIO
4 de abril, 2022


Cambios en horario para la prueba de COVID-19 en Rifle, cuarta dosis disponible, actualización de BA.2

CONDADO GARFIELD, CO –

ACTUALIZACIÓN: Pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19

*A partir del viernes, 1 de abril, los servicios para prueba gratuita de COVID-19 del Roaring Fork en RIFLE ahora se ofrecerán a través de una camioneta móvil con horario de lunes, miércoles y viernes de 7am – 8am (aplica solo a la ubicación de Rifle).

Lugares para prueba gratuita en el Condado Garfield:

Prueba gratuita de COVID-19 del Roaring Fork            

  • Resultados el mismo día
  • Pruebas PCR
  • Requiere cita

Pruebas Móviles Fines de Semana por el Estado

  • Sábados, Salud Pública en Glenwood Springs de 10 am – 4 pm
  • Domingos, Salud Pública en Rifle de 10 am – 4 pm
  • Pruebas PCR
  • Sin cita o haga cita
  • Resultados en 48 hrs

NUEVO: Cuarta dosis de COVID-19 para mayores de 50 años y quinta para inmunocomprometidos

Personas mayores de 50 años pueden recibir una cuarta vacuna siempre que hayan pasado cuatro meses después de la tercera dosis.

Personas mayores de 12 años y con problemas inmunes moderados a graves pueden beneficiarse de una quinta dosis siempre que hayan pasado cuatro meses después de la cuarta dosis.

Clínicas Estatales y de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield ofrecen todas las vacunas. 

Consulte en línea para clínicas especiales o para hacer cita en Salud Pública del Condado Garfield.

ACTUALIZACIÓN: El mandato federal de cubrebocas en transporte se extendió hasta el 18 de abril

El Departamento Federal de Transporte ha extendido la directiva requiriendo cubrebocas en transporte público y en centros de transporte público (Roaring Fork Transit Authority RFTA y aeropuertos) hasta el 18 de abril, 2022.

Variante BA.2: Casos de COVID-19 a nivel nacional siguen disminuyendo continuamente

La variante BA.2 representa más del 30 por ciento de casos de COVID estatalmente. Llegó a Colorado a fines de enero y casi ha duplicado su porcentaje de casos cada semana hasta marzo. La BA.2 ha sido detectada en el Valle del Roaring Fork a través del programa de monitoreo de aguas residuales de Colorado.

La variante representa una mayor amenaza para quienes no han sido vacunados, no están reforzados o no se han infectado recientemente.

No hay evidencia de que provoque una enfermedad más grave o que sea más probable que evite nuestra protección inmunológica. Sin embargo, es más contagiosa que la variante omicron BA.1.

Terapéutica

Si ha dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19, puede recibir tratamiento terapéutico para ayudarle a recuperarse.  Hay dos tipos principals de tratamientos: terapia con anticuerpos monoclonales y antivirales.

Coloradenses también pueden usar el nuevo sitio Federal Test to Treat (Prueba para Tratar) para buscar opciones de tratamiento.

GCPH: Rifle COVID-19 testing hours changes, fourth doses available

CDPHE: Colorado moves to weekly hospital data updates

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

As a result of changes in hospital reporting requirements, the state’s public-facing hospital data dashboard and its associated metrics will update weekly on Wednesdays starting March 16. The 14th Amended Public Health Order 20-38 changed the cadence of COVID-19 hospital reporting requirements from daily to twice weekly. This reporting cadence provides CDPHE sufficient data to track important COVID-19 trends over time during this stage of the COVID-19 response. 

This change will affect most metrics on the hospital data tab, as daily data points will transition to weekly data points, including hospitalizations, vaccination status, and bed availability. Some data fields are no longer required to be reported and will no longer be updated, including ventilator use and discharge data. In addition, hospital admissions data will now be sourced from the HHS Protect Public Data Hub

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

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El Estado de Colorado pasa a reportar datos hospitalarios semanalmente

COLORADO (16 de marzo de 2022) — Como consecuencia de los cambios en los requisitos de información hospitalaria, a partir del 16 de marzo el tablero estatal de datos sobre hospitales para el público en general, así como los parámetros pertinentes, se actualizarán de forma semanal los días miércoles. En efecto, la 14ª Orden enmendada de Salud Pública, PHO 20-38, cambió la frecuencia de los requisitos de informes hospitalarios del COVID-19; de diarios, pasan a hacerse dos veces por semana. Esta periodicidad de informes brinda al CDPHE datos suficientes para rastrear las tendencias de importancia que presenta el COVID-19 a lo largo del tiempo durante esta etapa de nuestra respuesta a la pandemia.

Este cambio afectará a la mayoría de los parámetros en la pestaña de datos de hospitales, ya que los puntos que proporcionaban datos diarios sobre hospitalizaciones, el estado de vacunación y la disponibilidad de camas pasarán a hacerlo semanalmente. Además, ya no será necesario reportar algunos campos de datos por lo que estos no serán actualizados, incluyendo el uso de ventiladores e información sobre pacientes dados de alta. Por otra parte, los reportes sobre datos de ingreso a hospitales estarán a partir de ahora a cargo de HHS Protect Public Data Hub.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: Colorado moves to weekly hospital data updates