Most Recent Update
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. Read Full Press Release
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. Read Full Press Release | Read Temporary Amendment Order
Now that we are officially entering the Winter Season, please be sure to reference Grand County's Winter Playbook. This book is authorized by Grand County Public Health's Standing Public Health Order; thus, the protective measures listed within are LAW. The playbook includes measures for the following: Private and Group Lessons, Outdoor Sports & Competitions, Indoor Sports & Competition, Downhill & Cross-Country Ski Areas, Sleigh and Carriage Rides, Snowmobile Operators, Snow Tubing Operations, Dog Sledding Operations, Retail & Equipment Rentals, Food and Beverage, Office Areas, Lodging & Hotels, Transportation, Indoor and Outdoor Events, Non-Commercialized Personal Winter Recreation, and Other Protective Measures/Playbooks. View the full playbook at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew9lixjjCU9JSuf6fvabCTy6ChNdz5MmpheTswXWgsE/edit
SOS: Save our Season, Stop our Spread, Save our Stores
SOS is one campaign Grand County Public Health is currently promoting to draw attention toward the need to take COVID precautions to protect our much needed winter tourism season. SOS also reminds us to shop locally to keep our small businesses afloat during these difficult times. We encourage you to buy gift cards at local businesses and give them to local residents to shop at their leisure.
If you are symptomatic, we recommend contacting your Primary Care Physician first and foremost.
If you are a local, asymptomatic Grand County resident who has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, are on quarantine orders, or are a critical/frontline worker in Grand County, you may attend any of the scheduled GCPH antigen testing times. However, because the goal of this program is to detect and contain outbreaks quickly, we ask that asymptomatic people who have not had a COVID exposure or who are not a critical/frontline worker to please coordinate with their primary care provider to get tested. Symptomatic patients and those who are positive for COVID should also contact their Primary Care Physician about testing.
Grand County Board of Health Votes to Move to Safer at Home Level Orange
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. Safer at Home Level Orange entails the following:
|Activity||Capacity or Protective Measures|
|Personal Gathering Size (for any gathering that does not |
fall under another category and that has not completed the Grand County Compliance Verification Form)
|Up to 10 from no more than 2 households|
|P-12 Schools||In-person, hybrid, or remote as appropriate|
|Places Of Worship And Life Rites -|
Indoor Unseated Functions
|25% capacity or 50 (with calculator)|
|Places Of Worship And Life Rites - Indoor Seated Functions||25%, 50 person capacity|
|Places Of Worship And Life Rites - Outdoors||6ft between parties outdoors, per local zoning|
|Restaurants - Indoors||25% capacity, 50 people|
|Restaurants - Outdoors||6ft between parties outdoors, per local zoning|
|Non-critical Manufacturing||25% capacity or 50 people|
|Gyms/Fitness||25% capacity, 25 indoors, or outdoors in groups less than 10|
|Group Sports And Camps||Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10|
|Personal Services||25% capacity or 25 people|
|Limited Health Care Settings||25% capacity or 25 people|
|Events - Indoor Unseated||25%, 50 person capacity (with calculator)|
|Events - Indoor Seated||25%, 50 person capacity (6ft distancing between parties)|
|Events - Outdoor Unseated||25%, 75 person capacity (with calculator)|
|Events - Outdoor Seated||25%, 75 person capacity (6ft distancing between parties)|
|Outdoor Guided Services||25% capacity or 10 people|
The move to Level Orange for 18 days will allow the county leadership to finalize a mitigation strategy to be implemented across the county for the purposes of reducing COVID-19 disease, preventing further surges in cases, and maintaining business operations at consistent levels for the next 6 months.
On the heels of this decision, Grand County Public Health was notified of 21 new cases in the previous 36 hours and the number of people currently on quarantine or isolation reached 534. In addition, local healthcare facilities were notified that multiple front range hospitals could not currently accept transfers of ill patients from Grand County. These situations make this difficult decision all the more timely.
Safer at Home - Level Orange will go into effect immediately. However, it was decided that if your business is reliant on hunting operations then you may have until November 22 to comply. GCPH will follow up with an amended Public Health Order in the next few days to solidify changes in restrictions and capacities. The Mitigation Plan will be finalized on Tuesday, November 17.
Together we are Grand, and together we will get this COVID-19 disease under control through local community action!
Growing Number of COVID-19 Cases
GRAND COUNTY, CO – On September 30 and October 1, 2020, Grand County Public Health (GCPH), along with Middle Park Health (MPH) and West Grand School District, announced a series of new confirmed cases. At the time, there were nine (9) confirmed positive cases at Cliffview Assisted Living Center and two (2) confirmed cases at West Grand High School.
Today, Grand County Public Health confirmed an increase of 12 new cases. Ten (10) cases are related to Cliffview and the other two (2) are still under investigation. GCPH and the COVID IMT have been working closely with MPH and Cliffview Assisted Living since March of 2020. MPH and Cliffview filed a COVID-19 Suppression Plan with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) in April of 2020. After review, it was determined that the plan met all the requirements of long-term care facilities. Collaboration has resulted in the institution of all appropriate Center for Disease Control (CDC), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and CDPHE preventative measures. During other possible exposures as well as the current situation, GCPH, MPH and Cliffview have successfully worked together to contact trace and contain the virus spread as best as possible.
With the increasing case numbers, it is important to emphasize everyone’s responsibilities related to this pandemic. COVID-19 suppression is a collective community responsibility. Everyone must play their part and is especially vital in the midst of rising case rates. The job of GCPH is to collaborate and provide guidance for all businesses and industries in Grand County.
- It is the responsibility of individual businesses to adopt and hold themselves accountable to the guidance & regulations. Enforcement from GCPH is an option, but compliance is the expectation.
With Summer coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about our upcoming winter season. Winter recreation is a huge economic driver in Grand County and the last thing we want to do is close down again. It is imperative that all members of our community take the necessary precautions to prevent further surges in COVID-19 cases.
- Wear face coverings in public areas
- Limit gatherings to small groups, do not congregate
- Anyone showing signs or symptoms of being sick must stay home
- Employers should conduct symptom screenings of all employees daily
- Limit, where possible, all high and medium risk interactions
- Practice good personal hygiene (wash hands frequently, cover coughs, do not touch your face)
- Protect our vulnerable populations like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions
- Maintain 6-foot distancing from others
- Increase ventilation as much as possible in all facilities
- Frequently sanitize high touch surfaces using cleaning and sanitizing products that meet EPA standards and CDC requirements.
GCPH has also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions that may be helpful if you have questions related to a variety of topics: General FAQs, School FAQs, Business FAQs, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) COVID-19 FAQs, and COVID-19 Definitions. Check out these documents here.