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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
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