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child flu shot Walk-in flu shot clinics
Garfield County Public Health will hold two walk-in flu clinics Saturday, November 8 from 9 am -1 pm at the public health offices in Glenwood Springs and Rifle. No appointment necessary, walk-ins are welcome.
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Ebola preparedness
Garfield County is taking precautions and coordinating with health care providers following the CDC confirmation of the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States.
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Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory has confirmed 19 of 25 specimens submitted by Children's Hospital Colorado tested positive for enterovirus-D68, an uncommon respiratory virus. Investigation is ongoing.
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Mosquito radication West Nile precautions
Mosquitoes are appearing in unusually high numbers in Garfield County prompting the risk of West Nile virus infections. Take precautions, West Nile mosquitoes are already appearing in five Colorado counties, including Mesa County.
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hepc testing Hantavirus case prompts call for citizen precautions
Hantavirus is a rare but potentially fatal disease carried by rodents such as deer mice. Garfield County has a current case of this illness. It can be contracted by exposure to rodent urine or droppings that require careful cleanup.
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Live Well Garfield CountyCommunity Strategic Plan
LiveWell Garfield County has developed three main assessments to identify barriers and drivers to healthy eating active living (HEAL) in our community. The initial assessment was a part of the first HEAL Coalition meeting in 2012. Our coalition members listed concerns in the community related to physical activity and food. Once the lists were compiled, participants ranked those issues they felt were most important to their constituents.
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LiveWell mini grants
LiveWell awards mini grants to local groups supporting healthy eating and active living. LiveWell will distribute awards of $500 to $5,000 as part of $40,000 in mini grant funding to qualified applicants for 2014. Applications are due September 2.
2-1-1 program
2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Learn more about your local 2-1-1 by looking it up here.
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hepc testing Hepatitis C testing
If you were born between 1945 and 1965, have ever injected drugs, received blood products before 1992 or had a sexual partner who is hepatitis C positive, you are at risk for hepatitis C. Free hepatitis C testing is available with Garfield County Public Health. Call for an appointment in Glenwood Springs, 970-945-6614 or Rifle, 970-625-5200.
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Radon testing
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that enters homes through the ground. 40% of homes in Garfield County have tested above the EPA limit. Garfield County Public Health provides free test kits.
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Live Well group Health assistance
Connect for Health Colorado offers individuals, families and small employers an online marketplace for health insurance and exclusive access to up-front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs.
Open enrollment extends from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Whether you are renewing or enrolling for the first time, you must complete enrollment by December 15, 2014, to have coverage January 1, 2015, and avoid a gap in your coverage.     open enrollment-|

Public Health annual report
In 2013, Garfield County Public Health served the community through health care services and environmental programs. The annual report summarizes how residents of Garfield County benefitted from immunizations, radon testing, literacy outreach, air quality monitoring, water protection and many more programs of Public Health.
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Roaring Fork River Public Health Improvement Plan
Garfield County Public Health Department has developed a five-year plan to provide a framework for expansion as well as focus on the county's public health needs. The plan was developed with the Colorado Health Assessment and Planning Systems and the assistance of multiple stakeholders.
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Whooping cough outbreak
Garfield County has reached 20 confirmed cases of whooping cough. Tdap immunizations are offered at GCPH offices in Glenwood Springs and Rifle for adults and children ages 10 and older.
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment alerted the public to an epidemic number of pertussis cases in Colorado last fall and in December, and urges Coloradans to get vaccinated. more-|     
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state pub healthEpidemiologist investigates fetal data
Garfield County Public Health has been in contact with the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE) regarding fetal health concerns reported to the state. CDPHE is investigating, and it is likely to be several weeks before the investigation is completed.

Garfield County Public Health staff has not received evidence to notify the community of a public health concern.
Once the investigation and final report are finished, the state health report will be a public document available to our citizens.

what's new

10/31/14 Flu information
10/1/14 CDPHE reminds small game hunters of rising tularemia risk
8/21/14 Swimming area closes at Harvey Gap
8/6/14 Garfield County appoints new Environmental Health Manager
7/10/14 Pneumonic plague found in a Colorado resident and pet dog on Front Range
6/27/14 West Nile virus
5/28/14 CDPHE hantavirus precautions
5/20/14 LiveWell Garfield County awards mini grants
4/18/14 Hantavirus case prompts call for citizen precautions
3/13/14 Community Strategic Plan
2/28/14 Free Hepatitis C testing
2/21/14 2013 Annual Report
12/10/13 Tdap vaccination clinic for students
11/15/13 New Castle flu clinic
11/13/13 Garfield County whooping cough cases reach 26 in 2013
11/12/13 New online resource for parents on teen driving laws
10/9/2013 Colorado WIC possible shutdown
9/20/13 Sept 28 & October - 2013 Flu vaccine clinics
9/16/13 CSU Air emissions study update
9/5/13 Tularemia - "rabbit fever" human risk
9/4/13 Flu immunizations
8/28/13 Weld County death - West Nile Virus
8/22/13 Salmonella from baby poultry
7/17/13 West Nile presence
7/10/13 CDC investigates 143 cases of Hepatitis A
7/0/13 Recall of organic pomegranate kernels
7/3/13 Garfield County reports 20 confirmed whooping cough cases
7/8/13 First human case of West Nile virus reported in 2013 in Delta County
7/5/13 Federal government declares drought disaster for 38 Colorado counties
6/20/13 CDC investigates 118 cases of Hepatitis A
6/4/13 Hepatitis A cases increase to 49
6/3/13 Garfield County whooping cough cases reaches 16
5/31/13 Hepatitis A Outbreak - CDPHE
5/23/13 Mandate reserves federally funded vaccines for uninsured
4/26/13 Mary Meisner retirement open house
4/15/13 New public health director appointed
4/9/13 Whooping cough outbreak
3/7/13 Planned burn at entrance to Rifle
1/11/13 Late season flu vaccinations available
11/16/12 Suicide prevention
9/21/12 Flu clinics in Garfield County during October and November
8/31/12 Whooping cough epidemic information
8/1/12 - Protection against West Nile Virus
3/21/12 Hantavirus warning in Garfield County
10/25/11 Mother lost son to flu
8/2/11 Hepatitis press release / short version

Garfield County Public Health Department - working to promote health and prevent disease.

Our vision is that residents of Garfield County will have access to resources that promote optimal health, safety and well-being.

The Garfield County Public Health Department is committed to the highest standards of health for individuals and communities.

Program and services
     •  Blood pressure screenings
     •  Car seat checks
     •  Communicable disease surveillance
     •  Early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid clients (EPSDT)
     •  Environmental health
     •  Health care program for children with special needs (HCP)
     •  Health education
     •  Immunizations for children and adults
     •  Prenatal case management
     •  Tobacco prevention
     •  Travel vaccinations
     •  Women, Infants and Children nutritional supplement program (WIC)

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Public Health - Rifle
195 West 14th Street
Rifle, CO 81650
Email Public Health

970-625-5200 | phone
970-625-4804 | fax

  Public Health - Glenwood Springs
2014 Blake Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Email Public Health

970-945-6614 | phone
970-947-0155 | fax


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