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Please understand that this is a rapidly changing situation, we will keep you posted with new information as soon as we have it.For all updates and additional information go to CO.GRAND.CO.US/COVID19
New Public Health Amendment Order
Grand County is in the final stages of Phase 1A and begins looking toward the early stages of administering populations in Phase 1B (above the dotted line).GCPH will not be able to move below the “dotted line” of the phase 1B population until given specific direction from Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Providing vaccine to non-authorized populations at this time will result in the penalty of being denied further vaccine delivery to vaccinate the Grand County community. ~ Vaccination Process ~Grand County Public Health (GCPH) and Community Healthcare partners are working to prioritize COVID-19 Vaccine to our community. Our efforts are to vaccinate all populations in the timeline outlined and in an expedited manner. These efforts are based on the following factors:- GCPH is adjusting plans, in real-time, as State priorities change or are adjusted.- COVID-19 Vaccine logistics are a massive undertaking with limited staff resources and availability- All Vaccine Providers signed an agreement to meet all criteria, or potentially have future vaccine shipments stopped.- Vials of the vaccine contain 10 doses. Once a vial is punctured the 10 doses must be given within a 6 hour period, or doses will be wasted.~ Vaccine Registration ~In order to ensure that GCPH has committed individuals for each Phase of the distribution process, we have developed a Vaccine Registration Form for individuals who are not already being provided access to the vaccine through their employers and a Vaccine Registration Form for businesses.IF YOU ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE A COVID-19 VACCINE BASED ON YOUR JOB INFORM YOUR WORKPLACE AND DO NOT REGISTER HERE.- Persons who are ill with a fever should not be vaccinated.- Any person with a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine will be referred to the primary care provider to consult before the vaccine is administered.- Persons with multiple food &/or drug allergies may be referred to their primary care provider. (Please let us know ahead of time. GCPH will assess and triage these persons.)- Grand County Public Health is registering those who would like the vaccine, but GCPH cannot guarantee any timeline.- Vaccination distribution is based on the availability of the vaccine.- The COVID vaccine is free; however, there may be a small administration fee at some vaccination sites. People will be notified of that cost prior to getting a vaccination.
New COVID-19 Update for December 31, 2020
New COVID-19 Update for December 22, 2020
Public Health Advisory
GCPH Issues New Temporary Amendment Order
New COVID-19 Update for December 11, 2020
~ Grand County Public Health Updates Quarantine Times in accordance with the CDC and CDPHE ~On Dec. 2, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published options for reducing the length of quarantine for people who remain asymptomatic after exposure to COVID-19. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has reviewed and adopted this guidance, and Grand County Public Health (GCPH) is following suit. ~ Grand County Public Health Temporarily Amends PHO ~On December 4, 2020, Grand County Public Health (GCPH) issued a Temporary Amendment Order to the June 26, 2020 Standing Public Health Order Related to COVID-19 Pandemic Best Practice and Activity Specific Protective Measures (June 26, 2020 Standing Public Health Order). The amendments reflect temporary modifications to targeted Activity Specific Protective Measures which will reflect CDPHE’s dial framework for Level Red: Severe Risk. The goal of implementing these additional measures is to reduce Grand County’s rising case rates before the holiday season arrives in an attempt to improve the overall health of the community and ensure less burdensome economic restrictions during such time frame.Please use the "Most Recent Update" button on our website at www.co.grand.co.us/covid19
New COVID-19 Update for 12.2.20
GRAND COUNTY, CO – On November 12, 2020, the Grand County Board of Commissioners, acting as the Grand County Board of Health, voted 2-1 to move Grand County into Safer at Home - Level Orange until at least November 30th in accordance with the guidance of Grand County Public Health (GCPH). This decision was made with the hope that this action will help Grand County get a handle on its rising disease spread before the winter season. The decision was made during a meeting held with mayors, town managers, town trustees, business owners, and the public to discuss the current state of COVID-19 and how we can respond as a county. Many points of view and comments were taken into consideration prior to the vote. Ultimately, the decision was influenced by the desire to keep control of our COVID-19 response at the county level and not defer to the state.
New press release in response to the county's current COVID-19 outbreaks.
New press release regarding the rising number of cases in the community.
New COVID-19 Update for October 2, 2020
New COVID-19 Update for September 21, 2020
GCPH issues an Amendment Order to the June 26, 2020 Standing Public Health Order. The amendments being made address updates needed to reflect recent guidance put forth by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and ensure continued implementation of COVID-19 Activity Specific Protective Measures throughout Grand County as well as within Public and Private Schools in Grand County.
New COVID-19 Update for September 14, 2020
New COVID-19 Update for September 8, 2020
GCPH releases an open letter to the Grand County community regarding the county's COVID-19 response and schools.
New COVID-19 Update for August 21, 2020
Grand County Public Health Releases Public Health Order Related to Schools
New COVID-19 Update for August 14, 2020
New COVID-19 Update for July 29, 2020
GCPH's Public Dashboard is LIVE. Updates on this dashboard will occur daily for some categories and weekly for others.
GRAND COUNTY, CO – On July 22, 2020, Grand County Public Health (GCPH) is issuing an Amendment to the June 26, 2020 Standing Public Health Order Related to COVID-19 Pandemic Best Practice and Activity Specific Protective Measures. In this amendment, the following are addressed: ⬝ Event sizes shall be decreased to the lower of 50% capacity or a maximum of 50 persons at Indoor Events and 125 persons at Outdoor Events with rigorous prevention measures in place. These maximum numbers represent the maximum allowable per venue unless Grand County Public Health approves a plan for multiple control areas within a venue. Grand County Recreation Playbook⬝ Following Colorado Executive order D 2020 138 (as amended July 16th), several references to mask and cloth face coverings have been amended in Grand County PH Playbooks to update mask usage to match the state requirements. Grand County Suppression Plan and Playbooks
COVID-19 Update for July 17, 2020
COVID-19 Update for July 12, 2020
COVID-19 Update for July 10, 2020
A Message for the Holiday Weekend
Updated guidance for Bars, Taverns, Breweries, etc. as well as Field Services and Real Estate.
Press Release for June 30, 2020
Grand County Sees First Outbreak of COVID-19
COVID-19 Update for June 18, 2020
COVID-19 Update for June 12, 2020
Today, Grand County Public Health has issued an Amendment Order to the May 29 Public Health Order. The purpose of this Amendment Order is to ease restrictions on specific protective measures. All other requirements of the May 29, 2020 Standing Public Health Order shall remain the same. The Public Health Amendment Order will become effective immediately, and will remain in effect until the final expiration of the May 29, 2020 Standing Public Health Order.
COVID-19 Update for June 4, 2020
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved Grand County’s request for a variance from some of the provisions of their Safer at Home public health order that is in effect until June 1. According to a letter from Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE, “This variance approval is granted based on the facts and circumstances today as you have described them in your request. If the county were to exceed 100 cases per 100,000 population in a two week period (15 cases in two weeks), the variance is automatically rescinded. Additionally, CDPHE reserves the right to modify or rescind this variance approval as circumstances warrant. This approval is in effect until the final expiration of PHO 20-28, which will be extended in some capacity beyond the current expiration date next week” (June 1).
COVID-19 Update for May 27, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 21, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 20, 2020
Memorial Day Weekend has traditionally been the beginning of the busy summer tourist season in Grand County. Businesses look forward to this weekend to jumpstart their cash flows and welcome in a new season of prosperity. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in some way and has caused a lot of disruption in our lives. Because the holiday weekend is quickly approaching and our team has not received a response regarding the variance request, GCPH wishes to remind all Grand County residents, visitors, and businesses that the state’s Safer at Home guidelines and restrictions remain in effect until further notice. GCPH will update the community if the variance is approved by enacting a Public Health Order (PHO) outlining the new guidelines for the holiday weekend. Until then, everyone should assume that the state’s current Safer At Home restrictions prevail.Please forward this message to any applicable parties. Information regarding the County’s variance request status will be posted online at co.grand.co.us/covid19.
COVID-19 Update for May 15, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 4, 2020
COVID-19 Update for May 1, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 30, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 29, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 28, 2020
Grand County Issues Public Health Order to Implement COVID-19 Mitigation and Suppression Plan
COVID-19 Update for April 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 24, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 22, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 21, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 20, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 16, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 14, 2020
Grand County Public Health has issued a public health order on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, prohibiting all Short-Term Lodging (STR) operations from operating and taking new reservations until April 30, 2020, designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County; it also aligns with orders from the State of Colorado that were implemented on March 26, 2020. The Public Health Order will become effective Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. MST.
Confirmed Positive Case of COVID-19 in Grand County
Please remember the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order remains in effect until April 11 and all individuals currently living within the State of Colorado are ordered to stay at home whenever possible. The intent is to minimize contact between people and to minimize the exposure of the public to contaminated public surfaces and people.
Currently we only have two positive cases, but we continue to screen and test individuals daily per state and federal guidelines.
Good afternoon Grand County! It is our mission to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and fear of the unknown can create anxiety in all of us. Our team is working diligently to gather and distribute the right information to you so you can make the right decisions for yourself and your family.
Today Governor Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 Evening Update
GRAND COUNTY, CO. – Today Grand County Public Health (GCPH) was notified of a confirmed positive test result for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) involving a person with close ties to Grand County. The confirmed individual provided a sample for testing on March 17, and GCPH was notified by the facility where the patient sought testing. Once symptoms were apparent, the patient immediately self-quarantined to help ensure the health and safety of the community. GCPH is currently conducting contact tracing and any people with very close, prolonged contact with the infected person are being notified and provided guidance. The individual works in Grand County but has a permanent residential address in another county.“This case will not be included in the case count for Grand County through the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) online case tracking map as the individual has permanent residence in another county,” stated Brene Belew-LaDue, Director for Grand County Public Health.
Good evening. We are happy to clarify the case count for Grand County as reported by the State of Colorado. Grand County has only one confirmed case of COVID-19 as of this evening. CDPHE counts "probable" cases when they report numbers. Grand County does have one probable case. As far as the third case, they have not established a connection to Grand County so tomorrow this will be reconciled. Thank you for your understanding.
Testing in Grand Lake Temporarily Suspended Due to the Forecasted Storm
GRAND COUNTY – Grand County Public Health (GCPH) received a positive test result for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday March 17, 2020. The patient is a resident of Grand County. GCPH is working on contact tracing and quarantine measures for the infected patient. The patient provided a sample for testing on March 12th and we received results today from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE).The information we can share at this time is that the patient has been on self-quarantine since the day before the test. GCPH is working to identify and contact any individuals who may be at risk of having contracted COVID-19 from this individual. As the investigation continues, GCPH will publish any information related to health risks to the general public.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 all Grand County government buildings and facilities will be closed to the general public until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.
Message to the Public Regarding COVID-19:Grand County Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management continue to request social distancing among all residents and visitors.As of today, there are no cases of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.If you are ill or concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please reach out to your primary care provider for guidance. Testing is available in Grand County.The best practice for all respiratory diseases including COVID-19 is to isolate yourself from others, practice good handwashing, clean hard surfaces on a regular basis and treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications. To ensure the health and safety of all members of the community, we request that you do not stockpile over-the-counter medications as supplies are limited. In the case that supplies become critically low, Public Health Officials may restrict dispensing.If you become short of breath or are having a difficult time breathing, contact your primary care provider or call 9-1-1.Up-to-date information can be found at CO.GRAND.CO.US. For questions, call 970-725-3803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Business, School Closures & Reduced Hours , Grand County
Evening UpdateThere are currently no active cases of COVID-19 Grand County and Public Health is actively monitoring for potential cases within the county. If you become ill, call your healthcare provider and they will assess your situation to determine the best course of action for you. Due to the unknown availability of testing kits, there are currently no mobile or drive-through testing sites in Grand County.Public Health officials recommend the following guidance:• Wash your hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap/water.• Keep your hands away from your face• Cover your cough• Stay home when you are sick• If you are concerned that you may have the virus, call your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action• Practice social distancingThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”For current information on Grand County’s response to COVID-19, sign up for “NotifyMe” on the Grand County website www.co.grand.co.us. Click on the “COVID-19 Alerts” banner to read the latest updates and to register for COVID-19 email and/or text alerts. Information will also be posted on the Grand County Public Health Facebook page: GC Public Health Facebook. The Joint Information Center will be open to answer calls from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting Monday morning. 970-725-3803
Winter Park Resort will suspend operations starting the morning of Sunday, March 15, until further notice.
After thoughtful discussion between East Grand and West Grand School District Administrations, they have determined that schools will be closed to students through April 5th.
Grand County Public Health was notified of an individual that spent time in Grand County between the dates of February 24th and February 28th, who later tested positive for Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) on March 11th, 2020. The individual is not a resident of the county. Public Health is investigating significant contacts and places where the individual spent time during their visit to Grand County. At this time, only one significant contact has become symptomatic within the onset timeframe and is currently under investigation. Others that may have come in contact with this individual that are not symptomatic are past the 14 day onset period and are considered not at risk for developing COVID-19.As of 4:30pm, Grand County still has no confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
March 13, 2020 at 12:45 p.m. UPDATED: Guidance Regarding the Hosting, Postponement or Cancellation of Local Public Events and Gatherings. As on March 12th, Senior Nutrition meals are being suspended to help keep our most vulnerable residents as healthy and safe as possible. If you are in need of food assistance, please contact Grand County Senior Nutrition at 970-725-3288 and we will see what options are available for you.Per the statement by Governor Polis on March 13th please plan to postpone events that will have an attendance of more than 250 people.
March 13, 2020 at 12:05 p.m. Colorado COVID-19 Case Summary
Updated: COVID-19 Planning for Schools and Child Care
Cleaning and Environmental Considerations: Grand County Public Health recommendations for schools, restaurants, hotels, businesses, and households.
Update: March 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. COVID-19 Test Result Overview. This represents the number of people tested, NOT the number of tests conducted. Numbers are changing very quickly. We will do our best to update them as soon as possible. Presumptive Positive: 49 (*includes Indetermtreated that we treat as a positive) Negative: 390. Total number of people tested: Appx. 430 *All positive cases are presumptive positive, but this status does not delay public health response. The CDC provides official confirmation.
Colorado currently has 45 cases of COVID-19. Grand County does not have any cases of COVID-19 at this time. Colorado state and local public health agencies are working to limit and slow potential spread of this disease, and all Coloradans can help. We advise you to stay informed with reliable sources of information, take everyday actions to protect yourself and those you love, and share accurate information with neighbors, friends, and co-workers, especially people who may have difficulty receiving or understanding the information.
On March 10, 2020 Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency at 9:30 a.m. The state of emergency provides:Access to resources; legal flexibility; protect our most vulnerable communities; and better contain the outbreak.
Joint Press Release: March 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Grand County Public Health Department, Grand County EMS, Denver Health Winter Park Medical Center and Middle Park Health