NEWS

Expect delays through Glenwood Canyon over holiday weekend

Motorists should plan extra travel time with expected increased traffic over the Independence Day holiday on Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon. Both west- and eastbound lanes are affected by ongoing improvements. A head-to-head detour switches over to single left lane closures on Thursday night – the lane closure between the Hanging Lake and No Name tunnels is for the use of emergency services. Plan ahead and call 970-618-5379 for current travel times. Sunday is expected to see the most traffic in this area. Help minimize delays by driving the speed limit, using both lanes to the merge point and being kind to other travelers. Also, make sure to take safety precautions this weekend against the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, wearing a face covering in public, washing your hands frequently and remaining home if you feel ill.
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Fire information

7/1/20 7:32 a.m. – Fire at Mile Marker 109


WRNF, BLM stage 1 fire restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect July 2 for unincorporated Garfield County, White River National Forest, BLM lands

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2020 PRIMARY ELECTION






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Unofficial election results

Garfield County had a nearly 45 percent voted ballot return for the Primary Election June 30. Winning in unofficial Garfield County results were Lauren Boebert (U.S. Congress District 3 – Republican), Diane Mitsch-Bush (U.S. Congress District 3 – Democrat), John Hickenlooper (U.S. Senator), Bob Rankin (State Senator District 8 – Republican), and Karl Hanlon (State Senator District 8 – Democrat).


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Colorado statewide results
2020 Primary Election unofficial results

Votes tallied | 14,800 of 33,002 = nearly 45% at 11:39 p.m. on 6.30.20 | unofficial results


All in-person events canceled for the 2020 Garfield County Fair & Rodeo

June 5, 2020

2020 Fair livestock shows and sale, and open classes will be online



Garfield County receives Safer at Home variance

Variance approval document and board requests


Virus prevalence keeps Garfield County from moving into next phase

June 30, 2020
The Governor’s Office announced today guidance for the Protect Our Neighbors phase. With the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Garfield County, the county does not meet the qualifications to move into this next phase of opening. As such, Garfield County will still remain in the Safer at Home phase...
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Submit a Business Social Distancing Plan

April 24, 2020
The Safer at Home order allows businesses to begin ramping up, while still protecting the well-being of our citizens. The Roadmap to Recovery details a phased reopening. Businesses looking to re-open must fill out an online form before May 4. - Plan de Distanciamiento Social para Negocios es en Español tambien.
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Increase in COVID cases may threaten variance

June 25, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A concerning uptick in COVID-19 cases could put Garfield County’s variance from the state in jeopardy. The county is now at 244 cases since the pandemic began, with 44 being diagnosed between June 8 and 21. The variance could be rescinded if the county sees 60 cases in any two-week period. More concerning is that the...
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COVID-19

Health

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Testing

If you have mild COVID symptoms and are able to manage them, you will probably not be tested for COVID at this time. We are reserving our tests for our most critically ill. If you are ill, please help our community by staying at home in self-isolation. Here is our valley’s (Aspen to Parachute) most recent guidance on testing:


Data

Garfield County has data available on cases and symptoms locally, as well as other data points of interest.

Community assistance

The Human Services office in Rifle is open for limited services:
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Monday – Friday
Call lines help you access available resources,  7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (970) 625-5282 or (970) 945-9191.

Asistencia de comunidad

La oficina de DHS en Rifle estara abierto para servicios limitados:
9 a.m. a 11 a.m.
Lunes – Viernes
Líneas disponibles a llamar para asistir a la comunidad para informarles de recursos disponibles. Las líneas operan de Lunes a Viernes de 7 a.m. a 7 p.m. Llame al 970-945-9191.

Apply for assistance through our Human Services department

Applications for food, medical and adult financial assistance, Colorado Works/ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), long term care and child care assistance can be made online at Colorado PEAK or via the MyCOBenefits app (download from the Google Play Store.)

The Department of Human Services has seen a significant decrease in the number of applications that are being accessed at the remote locations. As a result we will be pulling all remote location boxes and applications. Applications for assistance will still be available at our two office locations in Rifle and in Glenwood Springs.

DHS has also seen a significant decrease in the amount of calls coming into our office. As a result we will be limiting phone coverage to business hours. Individuals will still be able to apply for emergency assistance via phone or paper application but please take note of our adjusted arrangements.

A long standing relationship with Colorado Mountain College is being updated and redesigned. GarCo Design Works will be closing and programming is being developed to meet the needs of our changing work force. Garfield County DHS appreciates the long standing relationship with Colorado Mountain College and looks forward to modernizing the workforce training they provide our clients.

Economic assistance

Information for businesses and employees, or recently unemployed workers, experiencing economic distress due to the spread of COVID-19.

Mental health resources - COVID-19

Local crisis services

We'd like to help

We are all dealing with the difficulties and disruptions of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reality of this illness is frightening, but the good news is we are all in this together. People from across the world are demonstrating immense courage and compassion during this crisis, and are helping one another to remain safe. It’s natural to be afraid, upset or depressed during times like these, and there are numerous resources for anyone feeling down that would like someone to talk to. An understanding and caring ear is just a phone call away. Reach out now to talk.

Colorado crisis services

We provide free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24/7/365.

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.

STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER IMPLEMENTING VARIANCE FROM COLORADO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-28, AND SETTING STANDARDS FOR RESTAURANTS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, FITNESS FACILITIES AND GYMS, RECREATION, AND OUTFITTERS IN GARFIELD COUNTY

Effective Date: May 24, 2020

Full Garfield County Public Health Orderel Condado de Garfield variación en español


Garfield County Sheriff's Office press release



Garfield County enacts extended emergency declaration

It is hereby determined and declared that the presence of the COVID-19 virus within Garfield County constitutes and continues to be a local disaster emergency that warrants the mobilization of emergency response and the furnishing of aid and assistance.

The continuation of the declaration of local disaster emergency is necessary for the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the County of Garfield, State of Colorado.

This continuation of the declaration of local disaster emergency shall be promptly filed with the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder and with the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and given prompt and general publicity.

The declaration of local disaster emergency shall remain in effect for the duration of the CDPHE Order on Social Distancing, as amended, or further action by the board.

Emergency declaration

Garfield County Emergency Operations Center


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Local/regional

Symptoms/concerns: 970-625-5200 and 970-945-6614 English/Español

Local volunteer opportunities: 970-456-2804

Emergency assistance: 970-625-5282 or 970-945-9191

Facebook: @garfieldhealth

Subscribe for updates: www.garfieldcounty.net

Email Public Health: publichealthinfo@garfield-county.com

Register for emergency notifications www.garco911.com

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Statewide help

Colorado Department of Health and Environment

Media line (for media only): 303-900-2849

Colorado Emergency Management

Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer for Medical and Public Health Professionals - register to volunteer

Help Colorado Now - statewide volunteers only

If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call a health care provider.

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2-1-1 Colorado

2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state.

2-1-1 Live chat     Dial 211 or (866) 760-6489     Text your ZIP CODE to 898-211


 
 

Fourth of July closures

July 1, 2020
All Garfield County offices of elected officials and county administrative departments will be closed Friday, July 3, for Independence Day. Staff functions that serve the community in emergency or 24-hour capacities will remain in operation as needed, but administrative offices of such departments will be...
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Human Services Commission grants available

June 30, 2020
Garfield County Human Services Commission grants are now available to qualifying nonprofit 501(c) (3) agencies. The applications are due to the Garfield County Manager’s Office, 108 8th Street, Suite 101, Glenwood Springs, by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.
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Garfield County offices and departments still closed to public

April 30, 2020
UPDATE - May 4, 2020 GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – During Colorado’s “Safer at Home” phase of the COVID-19 response, the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s, Treasurer’s and Assessor’s offices in the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs are still closed to walk-in traffic. Services through...
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County receiving more than $3.3 million in PILT funds

July 1, 2020
More than 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds. Garfield County is receiving more than $3.3 million in payment, which is made for tax-exempt federal lands within the county.
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STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT

June 25, 2020
The Garfield County Sheriff, and the seven Fire Districts in Garfield County are implementing Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020. This applies to all of unincorporated Garfield County. This decision was not made without thoughtful consideration. We look at...
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Commissioners ban fireworks use for balance of 2020

June 16, 2020
On May 18, 2020 Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2020-1 Prohibiting the Use of Fireworks in Unincorporated Garfield County for one year excluding May 31 thru July 5. On Monday June 15, 2020, the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners banned the ignition/setting-off of...
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Fill out your census form today

The 2020 U.S. Census is underway and forms can be filled out online, by phone or mail. April 1 is Census Day and all residents are asked to complete their census form. Each person that completes the census form equates to $2,300 per year in federal funding for the area. All people living in a household should be counted in the census, including children, other family members and even renters. Your census information is secure and citizenship information is not collected.


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Postcard reminders coming to P.O. boxes

Between June 24 and July 3, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing roughly 1.3 million postcard reminders to residents that receive their mail at a P.O. box. People residing the in U.S. still have time to fill out their census forms online or by phone.

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