Urgent bird flock protection for highly pathogenic avian influenza

Garfield County and CSU Extension

PRESS RELEASE
4.22.22

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County, CSU Extension, state and federal partners join counties statewide in strong advisories for protecting all bird species following two western slope incidents and others in Colorado for infection from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1. Migrating wild geese, ducks and other fowl are carrying HPAI pathogens and disseminating the catastrophic illness to flocks of birds that are domestically raised.

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed April 9 that a Pitkin County backyard operation had 35 of 36 birds become ill with the disease, and in an April 20 release that a commercial operation in Montrose County had to depopulate a vast 60,000 bird flock from spread of the disease.

“While Garfield County does not have any confirmed cases, we are urgently asking people to take immediate measures to protect their flocks,” said Colorado State University Extension County Director Carla Farrand.

She advises that producers who find a sick domestic bird must 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. For backyard producers, who have sick birds or birds that have died from unknown causes, help is available at the Colorado Avian Health call line at CSU, 970-297-4008.

Signs of illness in birds include:

  • Extreme depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decrease in feed or water intake
  • Swelling or purple discoloration of head, eyelids, comb, wattle, and hocks
  • Decrease in egg production
  • Sudden, unexplained death

“We are working together as a team with local, state and federal partners to provide a safe opportunity for backyard flocks to grow and survive and thrive,” said Farrand. “We do not have commercial meat raising operations in Garfield County, but there are families with 20 or more birds in the Colorado Department of Agriculture programs raising and selling eggs as producers we also are alerting.”

Protective measures for flocks that should be taken immediately are:

  • Cover coops and runs to keep birds inside
  • Wash hands before entering coops and do not handle other people’s birds
  • Wear dedicated flock clothes and shoes
  • Avoid feed stores and other places with poultry
  • Avoid parks and other places with waterfowl
  • Don’t share equipment, and regular disinfect equipment in contact with poultry
  • Don’t attract wild birds with feeders*, feed birds inside coops, clean up feed spills, remove standing water

*All residents – not just producers or backyard operators – are asked to avoid feeding wild birds.

“CSU Extension is working with CSU Avian Flu Lab to make sure that we are educating our community about the best things to keep their back yard poultry safe,” said Farrand. “It will take urgent action to protect domestically raised turkeys, quail, pheasants, geese, and peacocks – all types of birds are of concern. Defend your flocks!” Farrand suggests keeping tame or pet birds indoors until all threat of disease passes as well.

“For backyard chicken producers to get general information on this virus, how it spreads, how to prevent it, and monitoring – we recommend viewing a video webinar,” said Farrand. Bird owners seeking more resources, like biosecurity plans, signage, and webinars, can visit the USDA’s Defend the Flock website or visit PoultryBiosecurity.org.

The US Department of Agriculture confirmed detection of HPAI in wild birds in Sedgwick County in late March. Colorado’s State Veterinarian advised issuing an emergency rule suspending all poultry shows, including meets, sales, swaps, and competitions. The state’s Agricultural Commission approved this emergency rule on March 30. The rule extends until June 30 at the earliest, unless renewed or ended at an earlier date by vote of the Ag Commission and a recommendation of the State Veterinarian.

Members of the community who encounter dead birds in the environment are asked to contact their nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office for testing.

Bird owners struggling with stress or anxiety around HPAI can contact Colorado Crisis Services by calling 1-844-494-TALK (8255) or texting TALK to 38255. Farmers and ranchers can receive a voucher for six free sessions with an ag-competent provider through the Colorado Agricultural Addiction and Mental Health Program – campforhealth.com


Resources

Colorado Department of Agriculture:
https://ag.colorado.gov/press-release/usda-confirms-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-detection-in-backyard-flock-in

https://ag.colorado.gov/press-release/usda-confirms-detection-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-in-commercial-operation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bird flu current situation summary: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/avian-flu-summary.htm


Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division and Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Video webinar


United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Defend the Flock program:
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/defend-the-flock-program

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine – the Center for Food Security and Public Health: Poultry Biosecurity
https://poultrybiosecurity.org/

Colorado Parks and Wildlife:
https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/News-Release-Details.aspx?NewsID=7859

Colorado Department of Human Services – Colorado crisis services
https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

Colorado Agricultural Addiction and Mental Health Program
campforhealth.com

Media contact

Carla Farrand
County Director
4-H Youth Development Agent
Family and Consumer Science Educator
970-625-3969 ext. 1
970-319-9377 (cell)
carla.farrand@colostate.edu
https://garfield.extension.colostate.edu/

Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating.  Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

Urgent bird flock protection for highly pathogenic avian influenza

CDPHE: Fairs, concerts, and community centers added to statewide COVID-19 vaccine clinics calendar

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: CDPHE

Community vaccination clinics continue including evening clinic at La Música de Tu Pueblo concert

STATEWIDE (April 22, 2022) — Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment continues its statewide COVID-19 vaccination campaign this week with clinics scheduled at a variety of community locations including community fairs, community centers, and a special evening clinic at La Música de Tu Pueblo concert at the state fairgrounds. In addition to these events, a full list of COVID-19 vaccine clinics can be found on our website, as well as a list of nearly 2,000 vaccine providers throughout Colorado. We encourage appointments for all clinics, and walk-ups are accepted while vaccine inventory is available each day.  

Community Fairs

Garfield County Child Safety Fair at Rifle Middle School (753 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650)

Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

Families are invited to attend the Garfield County Child Safety Fair Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy free food and giveaways, learn safety information, and find local resources for children and families in our communities. In addition, there will be music, dancers, and other entertainment.

La Música de Tu Pueblo State Fair at the Colorado State Fairgrounds (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004)

Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

La Música de Tu Pueblo live concert with Banda Machos, Ana Barbara and Luis Coronel. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the link above. 

Loveland Library-Preschool Readiness Fair  (300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland, CO 80537)

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

Family Fun and Preschool Fair for children birth to 8 years old! Join us on Saturday, April 23rd from 11am – 1pm for an afternoon of FUN including learning activities for kids, book giveaways, family resources, community vehicles, preschool information and SNACKS! The event is free and will be outdoors! (weather permitting)

Community Centers

The Center on Colfax parking lot (1301 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218)

Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here.

The Center is a safe and welcoming place for Colorado’s proud, diverse LGBTQ community. We are focused on ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

Nederland Community Center (Hwy. 750, 72 N., Nederland, CO 80426)

Thursday, April 28, 4-6 p.m. No scheduling link available but walk ups are accepted. 

Nederland Community Center serves the greater Nederland area and provides space for community gatherings, town board and municipal court meetings, fitness and dance classes, and concerts and performances.

The clinics listed above offer Pfizer 12+, Pfizer for children age 5-11, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and flu vaccines. While walk-ups will be accepted based on availability, appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made online using the link in each listing. 

Vaccines are the safest, most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and to help avoid the worst outcomes (severe illness, hospitalization, and death) among those who do become infected. Staying up to date with all recommended doses is the best way to keep up protection for you, your loved ones, and the community.  Everyone ages 5 years and older should get at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone ages 12 years and older should get at least three doses for the highest level of protection. 

Find out how many follow-up doses you or your child will need for the highest level of protection with our new Covid-19 Follow-up Dose Calculator. It is recommended that some people get four or five doses depending on their age and medical conditions.

Many vaccine clinics offer everything a family needs to get the highest level of protection: first and second doses, pediatric doses, and the important third and fourth doses. Most clinics also offer flu vaccine, and it is safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and  flu vaccine on the same day. Read our complete listing of where you can get vaccinated. 

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

Media advisory – Members of the media interested in covering an event should contact media_info@state.co.us to discuss options before arriving at the location. 


INFORMACIÓN SEGUIDA EN ESPAÑOL 

Ferias, conciertos, y centros comunitarios se agregan al calendario de clínicas de vacunación contra el COVID-19 a través de Colorado

Las clínicas comunitarias de vacunación siguen ofreciendo servicios (incluyendo una clínica nocturna en el concierto de La Música De Tu Pueblo)

COLORADO (22 de abril de 2022) — El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado prosigue esta semana su campaña de vacunación contra el COVID-19 a través del Estado con clínicas programadas en varias localidades, incluyendo ferias, centros comunitarios, y una clínica especial a realizarse por la noche durante el concierto de La Música de Tu Pueblo en el recinto ferial. Aparte de estos eventos, podrá encontrar una lista completa de las clínicas de vacunación contra el COVID-19 en nuestro sitio web, así como una lista de casi 2,000 proveedores de vacunas en todo Colorado. Se insta a los interesados a registrarse con antelación (si bien se puede concurrir sin cita previa en la medida en que las dosis diarias disponibles no se agoten).  

Ferias comunitarias

Garfield County Child Safety Fair en Rifle Middle School (753 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650)

Viernes 29 de abril, de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m. Las citas pueden programarse aquí.

Se invita a las familias a asistir a la Garfield County Child Safety Fair el viernes 29 de abril de 11 a.m. a 2 p.m. Disfrute de comida gratis y regalos, aprenda sobre seguridad y encuentre recursos a nivel local para los niños y las familias de nuestras comunidades. Habrá además música, baile y otros entretenimientos.

La Música De Tu Pueblo State Fair en el Colorado State Fairgrounds (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004).

Sábado 23 de abril, de 6 p.m. a 8:30 p.m. Las citas pueden programarse aquí.

Concierto en directo de La Música De Tu Pueblo con la Banda Machos, Ana Bárbara y Luis Coronel. Las puertas se abrirán a las 6 p.m. y el espectáculo comenzará a las 7 p.m. Las entradas están disponibles haciendo clic en el enlace anterior. 

Loveland Library-Preschool Readiness Fair  (300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland, CO 80537)

Sábado 23 de abril, de 11 a.m. a 6 p.m. Las citas pueden programarse aquí.

¡Una feria divertida para la familia y los interesados en educación prescolar! Pensada para niños (desde bebés hasta los 8 años de edad). Acompáñenos este sábado 23 de abril de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m.; hemos organizado una tarde de diversión que incluirá actividades de aprendizaje para niños, regalos de libros, recursos para la familia, información sobre educación preescolar y ¡golosinas! ¡El evento es gratuito y se hará al aire libre! (si las condiciones climáticas lo permiten).

Centros Comunitarios

Estacionamiento de The Center on Colfax (1301 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218)

Viernes 26 de abril, de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. Las citas pueden programarse aquí.

El Centro de Colfax es un lugar seguro y acogedor para nuestra honrosa y diversa comunidad LGBTQ de Colorado. Nuestro objetivo es asegurarnos de que cada miembro de la comunidad LGBTQ tenga acceso a los programas y recursos que necesita para así poder vivir una vida feliz, saludable y productiva.

Nederland Community Center (HWY  750, 72 N., Nederland, CO 80426)

Jueves, 28 de abril, de 4 p.m. a 6 p.m. No es posible registrarse con antelación, pero se puede acudir sin cita previa. El Centro Comunitario de Nederland presta servicios a la zona de Nederland y ofrece lugar para reuniones comunitarias, reuniones de la junta y del tribunal municipal, clases de fitness y de baile, conciertos y demás funciones.

Las clínicas mencionadas anteriormente ofrecen vacunas Pfizer para mayores de 12 años, Pfizer para niños de 5 a 11 años, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna y vacunas contra la gripe. Si bien, siempre que haya disponibilidad, se puede acudir sin cita previa, se insta encarecidamente a los interesados a programar sus citas con antelación usando el enlace que figura junto a cada centro de vacunación. 

Las vacunas constituyen la herramienta más segura y eficaz para frenar la propagación del COVID-19 y sus variantes, así como para ayudar a que los infectados no sufran los peores desenlaces posibles que el virus es capaz de provocar: cuadro de enfermedad grave, hospitalización o muerte. Para usted, sus seres queridos y la comunidad, estar al día con todas las dosis recomendadas es la mejor manera de mantenerse protegidos.  Cualquier mayor de 5 años debe recibir al menos dos dosis de la vacuna. Todos los mayores de 12 años deben aplicarse al menos tres dosis para alcanzar el máximo nivel de protección. 

Averigüe cuántas dosis suplementarias necesitarán usted o su niño para obtener el máximo nivel de protección utilizando la herramienta calculadora de dosis suplementarias. Se recomienda a algunas personas, dependiendo de su edad y sus afecciones de naturaleza médica, que reciban cuatro o cinco dosis.

Muchas de las clínicas de vacunación ofrecen todo lo que su familia necesita para obtener la más alta protección: primeras y segundas dosis, dosis pediátricas y terceras y cuartas dosis de fundamental importancia. La mayoría de las clínicas también ofrecen vacunas contra la gripe. Aplicarse ambas vacunas (COVID y gripe) el mismo día es seguro. Encuentre aquí la lista completa de los lugares donde usted puede vacunarse. 

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

Aviso a los medios de comunicación – Aquellos que trabajan en medios interesados en cubrir un evento deberán comunicarse con media_info@state.co.us para averiguar antes de asistir cuáles son las opciones disponibles. 

CDPHE: Fairs, concerts, and community centers added to statewide COVID-19 vaccine clinics calendar

New statewide modeling report projects continued increase of cases; Level of immunity in Colorado projected to prevent high wave

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: CDPHE

DENVER (April 21, 2022) — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado School of Public Health released an updated statewide modeling report estimating approximately?1 in 375 Coloradans are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2. While that number is low compared to previous times in the pandemic, the state is experiencing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases due to the increasing prevalence of BA.2 subvariants. Over the past month, BA.2 has become the dominant variant in the United States and Colorado, and there are now signs that SARS-CoV-2 infections may be increasing in Colorado as percent positivity and detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater have ticked upwards in recent weeks.

Hospitalizations in Colorado are starting to show a slight increase. This aligns with the modeling report’s projection that BA.2 may cause an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the next three months, though the peak is expected to be considerably lower than prior peaks.  

“We continue to believe there is a high level of community immunity and protection from severe disease in Colorado due to vaccination and prior infection, and this should help protect Colorado from a surge of severe illness,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist. “However, the spread of the BA.2 variant may cause an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the next few months.”

The report also considers the potential impact of future variants on case and hospitalization rates. The severity of a future surge driven by a new variant depends on characteristics of the variant such as how easily it spreads from person to person, whether it causes milder disease or more severe disease, and how much protection people who are vaccinated or previously infected have against the new variant.   

The best protection against all variants of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated with all recommended doses of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone, regardless of vaccine status, who experiences symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate while waiting for test results.

If someone in Colorado tests positive for COVID-19, they might be eligible for therapeutic treatment. These treatments work best when they are administered as soon as possible. CDPHE has the latest information on therapeutics and what might work for those that test positive for COVID-19 (and are at risk for getting very sick) on our website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/getting-covid-19-treatment. People who test positive should notify people they’ve been in close contact with, especially those who are at high risk of severe illness, so they can take steps to protect themselves and the people they are in contact with.

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled the expert group that works with the state on modeling projections. The group includes modeling scientists at ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University.

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

New statewide modeling report projects continued increase of cases; Level of immunity in Colorado projected to prevent high wave

COVID hot topics

Garfield County Public Health

COMMUNITY NOTICE
1.6.22

Vaccine

Hundreds of first doses administered each week

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

Boosters for 12 to 15

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

Lost your vaccine card? Find your digital copy

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

Testing

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

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

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

Complete list of COVID testing locations in Garfield County

FREE rapid home testprogram for residential and businesses.

Isolation/quarantine simplified

Test negative for COVID but feel sick?

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

Simplified isolation/quarantine guidance for the general public.


Temas importantes sobre COVID

AVISO COMUNITARIO
6 de enero, 2022

Vacunas

Cientos de primeras dosis administradas cada semana

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

Refuerzos para para niños de 12 a 15 años

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

¿Perdiste tu tarjeta de vacunas? Encuentra tu copia digita

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

Pruebas

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

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

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

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

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

Aislamiento/cuarentena simplificada

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

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

COVID hot topics

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

Valley View Hospital

January 4, 2022, 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

I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

Week of January 3-7, 2022

I-70 Glenwood Canyon debris flow locations.
Off haul operations on
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Welcome to the New Year!
The project moves into the Colorado River Recovery phase this week.
Work will resume on Monday, Jan. 3 with an eastbound right lane closure from mile point
123.5-124.5. Contractors, Lawrence Construction and IHC Scott will utilize the same lane
closure.
The IHC Scott project team will mobilize equipment to the Union Pacific railyard and the
equipment will be taken into the canyon by train on Wednesday. Off haul operations will then
begin at the Devil’s Hole location (MP 124.4).
Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week
or over the weekend. In order to maintain a safe working environment, work is weather
dependent.
Happy Holidays and safe travels!

The GeoHazard project team will reevaluate the schedule this week and determine if they
can take advantage of any possible closures the river recovery projects will be implementing.
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 mile point 123.5-124.5 for the
debris removal as Colorado River recovery begins.
Stay Informed and Connect with the Project
Project information is available at:
? Project website:
https://www.codot.gov/projects/glenwood-canyon-emergency-repairs-2021
? Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
? Project email: I70GlenwoodCanyon@gmail.com

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.
Download the COtrip Planner App!
The new COtrip Planner smartphone app was designed to meet the growing trend of
information on mobile and tablet devices for the traveling public. The COtrip app provides
statewide, real-time traffic information, and works on smartphones and tablets that operate
on the iOS and Android platforms.
? Download for iOS in the Apple Store
? Download for Android in the Google Play Store

I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project

State extends Public Health Order 20-38

Colorado Department of Public Health

STATEWIDE (Dec. 30, 2021) — Today, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment extended Public Health Order 20-38

There are no substantive changes to Public Health Order 20-38 beyond this extension. The order includes limited requirements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. It requires face coverings in some settings. The Order also includes hospital reporting requirements to provide the state with critical information to assess the statewide capacity to provide necessary medical care and services to Coloradans.

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


El gobierno estatal extiende la vigencia de la Orden de Salud Pública 20-38

El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado

COLORADO (30 de diciembre de 2021) — El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado prorrogó la Orden de Salud Pública (PHO) 20-38.

No ha habido modificaciones importantes en la PHO 20-38 aparte de la prórroga. La orden incluye ciertos requerimientos a los efectos de atenuar la propagación del COVID-19 en Colorado y exige el uso del tapabocas en algunos entornos, Además, indica que los hospitales deben reportar datos a fin de proporcionar al gobierno información de fundamental importancia que le permita evaluar los recursos disponibles en todo el Estado para brindar atención y servicios médicos necesarios a los habitantes de Colorado.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

State extends Public Health Order 20-38

I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon after accident closure

Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, CDOT

UPDATE – 5:42 pm
Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority: I-70 is open from mile-marker 116 to the 133 both directions, Glenwood Canyon.

UPDATE – 4:08 pm
Colorado State Patrol: Both directions of I-70 remain closed through Glenwood Canyon. Additional ambulances and tow trucks are still responding to the scene.  The traffic cue inside the canyon will be cleared when it is safe to do so.

UPDATE – 3:40 pm
Colorado Department of Transportation: I-70 Glenwood Canyon is closed due to a multi vehicle accident. Eastbound and westbound directions are both closed. There is no estimated time of reopening. Ongoing real-time highway updates will continue to be posted to COtrip.org

UPDATE 3:10 pm
Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority:
I-70 is closed at mile-marker 133 westbound at Dotsero, due to this multi-vehicle accident.

UPDATE – 3:05 pm Colorado State Patrol: I-70 in BOTH directions is CLOSED through the Glenwood Canyon due to a multi-car crash with injuries. Initial reports of 17 passenger cars and 7 semi’s involved at I-70 MP 120 EB.

UPDATE – 2:57 pm Colorado State Patrol: Closing westbound Glenwood Canyon as well for emergency vehicle access to the front of the multi-car accident, including passenger vehicles and commercial motor vehicles.

12.29.21, 2:31 pm – Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority: I-70 is closed at the 116 EB, at Glenwood Springs, due to an accident. 

Colorado State Patrol: Multi-car crash (At least 10 cars with one on fire) I-70 mile marker 120 eastbound. Safety closures at Glenwood main exit 116.

I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon after accident closure

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor

DENVER – Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Polis amended and extended an Executive Order pertaining to Disaster Recovery. This amendment allocates funds to the Colorado Department of Public Safety for COVID-19 related purposes.

The Governor also extended an Executive Order pertaining to hospital transfers that authorizes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to order hospitals and freestanding emergency departments to transfer,  cease admission, or redirect patients in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The extension of the Executive Order will help to ensure that Coloradans have adequate care as we continue to combat COVID-19, promote public health, and protect the ability of hospitals to serve those with COVID-19 and other conditions. 

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

UPDATED VALLEY VIEW COVID-19 CUMULATIVE STATS

Valley View Hospital

December 29, 2021, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 12/29/21

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 40,433

Positive results: 3,228

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 392

Admitted patients discharged: 332

Note: There were duplicates in the previously reported number of “specimens collected thru Valley View.” This figure was corrected and a decrease is reflected in today’s figure.

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