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Posted on: February 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Updates from Public Health

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March 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Winter Park Resort to Suspend all Operations until Further Notice

Below is a Statement from Winter Park Resort - 

After careful thought and deliberation in the face of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and in what we believe is in the best interest of our guests, employees and local communities, Winter Park Resort will suspend operations starting the morning of Sunday, March 15, until further notice. All operations will be closed with limited exceptions. Lodging will remain open in limited capacity to provide services for those who are here. Limited food and beverage will be available for those guests as well. Rentals and Ski + Ride School will also be open to process refunds only.

We will work directly with our guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this short notice will undoubtedly create.


March 14, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

East and West Grand School Districts Closed Through April 5th

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. 

Press Release: East Grand | West Grand

Colorado currently has 101 cases of COVID-19 and community spread is evident.

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.

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.

Per the statement by Governor Polis on March 13th please plan to postpone events that will have an attendance of more than 250 people.

If you need to speak with someone about a question you have in regards to COVID-19 or need answers in different languages, please call the Colorado Help Line at 303-389-1687 or toll-free at 1-877-462-2911. You can also email cohelp@RMPDC.org

We advise you to take actions to protect yourself and those you love through social distancing, washing your hands, and covering your cough or sneeze. We would also encourage you to share accurate information with neighbors, friends, and co-workers, especially people who may have difficulty receiving or understanding the information.

If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19, please call your local health care provider for guidance.


March 14, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

COVID-19 Update

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 of 12:00 PM on March 13, 2020, Colorado currently has 72 cases of COVID-19 and community spread is evident.

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. 

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.

See Updated Document


People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.

Coloradans can also visit the CDC and CDPHE websites for more information on best practices. 

For more information and recommendations regarding how you can help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County, visit Grand County Public Health or follow Grand County Public Health, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, and CDPHE on Facebook.

Please note we will keep you posted with new information as soon as we have it. The CDPHE website states: “We are doing everything possible to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and it’s hard to predict exactly how COVID-19 may affect our communities. What we’re seeing in other areas tells us that once spread is detected in a community, numbers can increase quickly. Given that, our recommendations may change just as quickly.”


March 13, 2020 at 12:05 p.m.

Colorado COVID-19 Case Summary

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: 72
  • Negative: 524
  • Total number of people tested: Appx. 600

*All positive cases are presumptive positive, but this status does not delay public health response. The CDC provides official confirmation.


Presumptive positive cases by county of residence

  • Adams: 3
  • Arapahoe County: 7
  • Denver County: 13
  • Douglas County: 3
  • Eagle County: 14
  • El Paso County: 2
  • Gunnison County: 3
  • Jefferson County: 6
  • Larimer County: 1
  • Pitkin County: 1
  • Pueblo: 1
  • Summit County: 2
  • Weld: 2
  • Out of state visitors - 14 (Currently located in these counties:)
    •      Pitkin - 9
    •      Eagle - 2
    •      Routt - 1
    •      Waiting on information - 2

People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.

Coloradans can also visit the CDC and CDPHE websites for more information on best practices. 

For more information and recommendations regarding how you can help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County, visit Grand County Public Health or follow Grand County Public Health, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, and CDPHE on Facebook.

Please note we will keep you posted with new information as soon as we have it. The CDPHE website states: “We are doing everything possible to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and it’s hard to predict exactly how COVID-19 may affect our communities. What we’re seeing in other areas tells us that once spread is detected in a community, numbers can increase quickly. Given that, our recommendations may change just as quickly.”


March 13, 2020 at 11:05 a.m.

Nurse Lines to Utilize - Colorado

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Updated: COVID-19 Planning for Schools and Child Care

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 

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Teach children and staff to:

  • Cough or sneeze into their sleeved arm or cover their nose and mouth with a tissue. Throw away the tissue after they use it and wash hands
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Wash their hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze; a 60 % alcohol-based hand rub can be used if soap and water are not nearby
  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others
  • Increase deep cleaning to at least 2 times per week and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, tables, drinking fountains and handrails. For instructions regarding disinfecting see here. For an additional list of recommended products visit: Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List
  • Family style serving should be avoided if possible. It is recommended that the school and child care facility staff prepare and serve snacks and meals using gloves.
  • If napping mats are used, children should be kept at least 6 feet apart if possible and mats should be cleaned after each use. 

Teachers, Caregivers, and Families

  • Practice control measures listed above at home and in group care settings.
  • If a child or staff member develops symptoms associated with COVID-19, report to the staff member designated (health staff, school nurse, or Childcare Director) by the child care program or school.

School Staff and Local Public Health Agency

  • The school staff notified about a child or staff member becoming symptomatic will inform designated school personnel with decision-making authority.
  • Designated school personnel with decision-making authority will, in collaboration with the registered school nurse, coordinate next steps with Local Public Health Agency (LPHA). find-your-local-public-health-agency
  • LPHAs and state health department will determine next steps in collaboration with the school administration and school nurse.



March 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Cleaning and Environmental Considerations

Grand County Public Health recommendations for schools, restaurants, hotels, businesses, and households.

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Colorado COVID-19 Case Summary

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.


Presumptive positive cases by county of residence

  • Arapahoe County: 3
  • Jefferson County: 4
  • Pitkin County: 10
  • Larimer County: 1
  • Gunnison County: 3
  • Denver County: 9
  • Douglas County:  3
  • Eagle County: 11
  • El Paso County: 1
  • Summit County: 1
  • Adams: 3

View Presumptive positive case details


People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.

Coloradans can also visit the CDC and CDPHE websites for more information on best practices. 

For more information and recommendations regarding how you can help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County, visit Grand County Public Health or follow Grand County Public Health, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, and CDPHE on Facebook.

Please note we will keep you posted with new information as soon as we have it. The CDPHE website states: “We are doing everything possible to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and it’s hard to predict exactly how COVID-19 may affect our communities. What we’re seeing in other areas tells us that once spread is detected in a community, numbers can increase quickly. Given that, our recommendations may change just as quickly.”


March 12, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

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. 

Stay informed: Find the most up-to-date info here.

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Guidance Regarding the Hosting, Postponement or Cancellation of Local Public Events and Gatherings.

GRAND COUNTY – In response to numerous inquiries from the public, Grand County Public Health is issuing this guidance document regarding the hosting, postponement or cancellation of local public events and gatherings.

As of 11:30 AM Thursday, March 12th, There have been no presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) in Grand County, Colorado.

With confirmed disease activity in nearby counties in Colorado, Grand County Public Health is encouraging local organizations to take COVID-19 transmission prevention into account when planning or hosting community gatherings. However, at this time, each individual organization should make its own final decision that best suits its particular circumstances and attendees.

If you are planning an event see GCPH’s current recommendations here


March 12, 2020 at 1:45 p.m.

State EOC Update: Governor Declares Emergency

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
  • better contain the outbreak

More Information about what a State of Emergency means for Colorado


National Update: President Addresses the Nation

On March 11, 2020 at 9:02 p.m. President Trump addressed the Nation about COVID-19

THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world.

Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic.

We have been in frequent contact with our allies, and we are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.

This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.  I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.

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Global WHO Update: Director Declares Pandemic

On March 11, 2020 WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19.

"In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled. There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives. Thousands more are fighting for their lives in hospitals. In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher. WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic..."

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March 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Joint Press Release.

Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Grand County Public Health Department, Grand County EMS, Denver Health Winter Park Medical Center and Middle Park Health

Yesterday the Grand County Public Health Department reported a suspected case of Novel Coronavirus in Grand County.  Upon further assessment and treatment of the patient, Novel Coronavirus has been ruled out as a possible diagnosis.  Health care workers in close contact with this patient wore appropriate personal protective equipment; therefore the risk of possible transmission was low.  There is no danger to the general public. 

Middle Park Health’s affiliate, Centura Health, has put together an information sheet on myths about Coronavirus. You can see that here in this article as well as Middle Park Health’s Facebook page.

If you are sick and you suspect you are contagious with the Novel Coronavirus, please stay at home except to seek medical care and call Grand County Public Health for advice on appropriate actions.  If you feel you need to seek medical care, please call the facility in which you will be seeking medical care to discuss appropriate actions first before arriving.  For information on how to keep yourself safe, you can visit the Grand County Public Health Department website for more information.

Grand County OEM, Grand County Public Health Department, Grand County EMS, Denver Health Winter Park Medical Center, Middle Park Health, and other key stakeholders are working closely together to ensure we are prepared to safely care for our residents and visitors of, and to, our community.

Please visit the Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook page and/or website for information regarding the Novel Coronavirus and current updates.


March 5, 2020 - 8:00 pm

Suspected Novel Coronavirus in Grand County.

A patient suspected of carrying Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was transported from Grand County, CO to a medical facility on the Front Range for testing on Thursday, March 5, 2020. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) currently oversees testing for COVID-19 and will notify appropriate entities in Grand County should the case be confirmed. We expect to know more on Friday, March 6, 2020. If the case is confirmed, we will work collaboratively with CDPHE to share that information with the public as soon as possible.

Earlier today: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed that a man visiting Summit County tested “presumptive” positive for COVID-19. A presumptive case means testing was done at the state level and will need to be verified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDPHE officials said the state is acting on all "presumptive" cases as if they were confirmed, "because a quick response is essential to minimize the spread of the virus."

For more information and recommendations regarding how you can help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County, visit Grand County Public Health or follow Grand County Public Health, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, and CDPHE on Facebook.

Please note we will keep you posted with new information as soon as we have it. The CDPHE website states: “We are doing everything possible to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and it’s hard to predict exactly how COVID-19 may affect our communities. What we’re seeing in other areas tells us that once spread is detected in a community, numbers can increase quickly. Given that, our recommendations may change just as quickly.”


March 5, 2020 - 3:00 pm

What Grand County is doing to be prepared for the Novel Coronavirus.

Even though there have been no cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Grand County or Colorado, and though the immediate risk to most people is low, Grand County Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and our health and medical partners are prepared. 

Since the start of the outbreak, Grand County has been taking a proactive approach working closely with CDC, CDPHE and other partners to:

  • Provide timely and accurate information about the outbreak to our community.
  • Share guidance with health care providers so they know how to safely care for people with possible COVID-19 infection.
  • Support local hospitals and other health and medical partners with requests for information, resources, and logistics.
  • Actively monitor the situation and refine our response and recovery plans to minimize the impact of COVID-19 should it occur in our community.

Grand County Public Health maintains a Public Health Emergency Operations Plan. The Grand County Office of Emergency Management maintains a County-wide all-hazards Emergency Operations Plan, which states that Grand County will utilize the incident command system to allow for enhanced and coordinated response efforts and acquire resources and supplies. 

To stay updated visit the Grand County Public Health webpage or follow Grand County Public Health, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, and CDPHE on Facebook.


February 28, 2020

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Grand County Public Health is working closely with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) to monitor progress and risk of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are associated with a respiratory illness that results in fever, cough and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. 

Some coronaviruses are common and regularly cause illness in the U.S. in the fall and winter. There are many types of coronaviruses currently circulating in Colorado and the U.S. that cause respiratory illness. These illnesses are NOT COVID-19. Symptoms appear within 2-14 days after exposure. 

We do not know yet how severe 2019 Novel Coronavirus is compared to other coronaviruses or how easily it can spread between humans.

There has been limited person to person transmission in the United States. People who have had close contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of 2019 novel coronavirus persons are at greater risk of infection. 

Currently, in Colorado there are NO cases of COVID-19. The risk for Coloradans is low at this time.

People who are at the greatest risk for this virus are: 

  • People who recently traveled from China 
  • Close contact with people that have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

As with other respiratory viruses, it is recommended that people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub when soap and water is not available. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone that is experiencing symptoms of illness. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your face.



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