COVID-19

UPDATED:  April 3, 2020 10:45 a.m.

Park County Public Health is closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus outbreak and remain in collaboration with local, regional, and state partners. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are committed to providing reliable and timely information through frequent updates.

Important Update:  

  • On April 1st, the Governor issued Executive Order D 2020 021 (click HERE), which amends Executive Order D 2020 007 To Extend The Suspension Of In Person Instruction At Public And Private Elementary And Secondary Schools In the State Of Colorado Due To The Presence Of COVID-19.
  • On April 1st, the Governor issued Executive ORDER D 2020 020 (click HERE) to expand the use of telehealth services.  For more information about telehealth services click HERE.
  • Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, click HERE.
  • The COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for individual health insurance will be extended to run through April 30th. For more information visit:  connectforhealthco.com and enroll today.
  • The Governor has ordered all Coloradans to stay home on March 26th at 6:00 a.m.   Click HERE for an explanation and FAQs about the Stay At Home Order.

Stay Informed:

  • For more information about the COVID-19 outbreak in Colorado click HERE.
  • You can also find more information from the CDC by clicking HERE.
There are 3 laboratory confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Park County.

  • To find out updated information about cases in Colorado, click HERE.

Park County Public Health continues to be ready to respond should more laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 be identified here. Our primary responsibility would be to promptly identify a suspected case and implement measures to prevent any additional spread of illness locally.

To protect the privacy of those individuals in smaller areas, Park County will not release any identifying information, unless there is a need to do so to protect the health of others, in regards to COVID-19.  The most effective way to prevent COVID-19 is to follow the social distancing orders that have been issued to avoid contact with everyone but your household.


Use The myColorado Mobile App To Support The Stay-At-Home Order

  • Click HERE for information about myColorado mobile app to access COVID-19 information, Alerts, myDMV Services, State Jobs Search and more.
  • The myColorado mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
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Park County COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Team     

The Park County COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Team is available 24/7 to assist with local information and resources to help citizens with the challenges of COVID-19.

Contact us at:

  • 719-836-4145     or      303-816-5913
  • Click HERE for the Contact Us Form.

Who Is At Risk For COVID-19:

Certain people will have an increased risk of infection:

  • People who have traveled to areas where widespread community transmission is occurring.
  • People who had direct close contact with someone who as confirmed to have COVID-19.

Some people are at higher risk for getting sick from COVID-19.  That includes:

  • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
  • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease or diabetes.
  • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.
CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages, or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English


Things To Remember:

It is normal to be scared, distressed or angry when you hear about a disease outbreak, even when you are at low risk of getting sick.  Be careful not to turn fear and anger towards people who have become sick.  Ask yourself:

  • Would you think or do the same thing if this was a different infectious disease, like the flu?
  • Does what I am doing make people safer or does it create more fear or harm?

The risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity, or nationality.  Blaming others will not help fight the illness.  Seeking and sharing accurate information will.

Click HERE to find out more about talking to kids about their fears and actions you can take to help release fear and stress energy.

What Does Community Spread Mean?

Community spread can mean a few different things.

  • Limited person to person spread (or transmission) means a person in Colorado became infected from a known exposure to another person in Colorado.
  • Limited community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in certain communities where people became infected, and we are unable to identify the source.
  • Widespread community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in many communities where people are spreading the virus to other people.
  • Click HERE to learn more about Slowing Community Spread.

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Actions To Protect Yourself And Others:

There are effective ways to reduce the risk to yourself and others.

  • Practice social distancing:
    • Don’t shake hands.  Instead, bump fists or elbows.
    • When possible, increase distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread.
    • Do not attend public gatherings.
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before eating or touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay at home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Be calm and prepared:

  • Click HERE for guidance on getting your household ready for COVID-19.

What If I Am Sick?  

  • Stay home if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Wear a mask or cover your cough and sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently and do not share personal items (drinking glasses or utensils) with others.
  • Call your healthcare provider.  Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or the emergency department unannounced.
  • Since many of the illnesses are mild, we expect most COVID-19 patients will be isolated in their own home to rest and recover.  If possible, sleep in a bedroom and use a bathroom that is not used by other household members.
  • There is no antiviral treatment for COVID-19.  Getting rest and drinking plenty of fluids will likely be helpful for recovery.  Only the most critically ill will be hospitalized.

How Do I Get Tested For COVID-19?

  • Testing for COVID-19 is not a routine test. 
    • Read about testing criteria HERE.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, first CALL a health care provider, clinic or hospital.
  • The healthcare provider will assess your illness on the phone and provide information or guidance for you, household members, and other close contacts.
  • The healthcare provider will assess your symptoms and risk for the disease based on guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • The provider will give you instructions on whether you need to be tested and on where to go for care and testing.
  • As of March 19th, residents in the Platte Canyon-Bailey area would be able to call Stride Community Health Center at 303-360-6276 to schedule an appointment.  Stride has locations in the Denver-metro area, including Jefferson County.  Hospitals in the Denver-metro area are also conducting testing and it is important for residents to know that you have to CALL AHEAD before going to a hospital. 
  • As of March 19th, residents in the South Park, Fairplay and Alma area could call Summit Community Care Clinic at 970-668-4040 or Summit Medical Center at 970-668-3300.  Do not go to the clinic or hospital without CALL AHEAD.
  • Click HERE for Telehealth and Nurselines information and directories.

Should I Be Concerned About Traveling?

Shopping

  • Senior-Only Shopping:  Click HERE (PDF) for Colorado Stores Offering Senior-Only Shopping.
  • Click HERE (PDF) to learn how you can do your part and SHOP SMART.

What Happens If The Schools Are Closed?

For information about school closures please contact your school or district:

Information For Workplaces and Businesses

Events And Community Gatherings

The Governor’s Executive Order D 2020 017 orders all Coloradans to stay at home effective March 26th at 6:00am through April 11th, unless otherwise rescinded or revised.