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Garfield County receives Safer at Home variance

Garfield County received notification Saturday evening that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved five of the six items submitted for a Safer at Home variance.

The request gives the county a variance from portions of Colorado Executive Order D 20 044 and Public Health Order 20-28.

Effective immediately, restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms may re-open at fifty percent of the posted occupancy code limit, provided they meet several additional requirements detailed in the variance request. Recreation areas and outfitters may also re-open. Social distancing requirements must still be met.

The request to re-open large tourist attractions was not approved, but will be re-evaluated June 1.

Specific information regarding the variance can be found at: garfield-county.com/board-commissioners/garfield-county-variance-request/.

A new Garfield Public Health Order will follow, with details to further clarify the approved variance in the next few days.

Local business owners and public entities may call Garfield County Public Health at 970-625-5200 x 8120 or email publichealthinfo@garfield-county.com for more information.

Variance approval document and board requests


Garfield County receives Safer at Home variance

May 23, 2020
Effective immediately, restaurants, houses of worship, fitness facilities and gyms may re-open at fifty percent of the posted occupancy code limit, provided they meet several additional requirements detailed in the variance request. Recreation areas and outfitters may also re-open. Social distancing requirements must still be met.
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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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Garfield County COVID-19 data page statistics

March 14, 2020
Community members interested in viewing Garfield County COVID-19 data can find trends in reported cases, demographic information including the age, sex, race and ethnicity of confirmed cases, hospitalization numbers, and results from the self-reported symptoms and feelings tracker on the Garfield County COVID-19 cases web page.
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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.)

Paper applications for food, medical and adult financial assistance, Colorado Works/TANF, long term care and child support services can also be picked up at the following locations across Garfield County:

  • Clark’s Market, 71 Sipprelle Dr., Parachute, CO
  • Rifle DHS Office, 195 W. 14th, Rifle (by east facing front door)
  • City Market, 1320 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO
  • Wal-Mart, 1000 Airport Rd., Rifle, CO
  • Dollar General, 332 Main St., Silt, CO
  • City Market, 850 Castle Valley Blvd., New Castle, CO
  • Glenwood DHS Office, 108 8th, Glenwood Springs, CO (by Pitkin Ave. facing door)
  • City Market, 1410 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart, 3010 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Carbondale City Market, 1051 CO 133, Carbondale

DO NOT leave any documents or applications at these sites.  All applications and documents can be mailed to our Rifle office at 195 W. 14th St, Bldg. B, Rifle, CO 81650 or dropped off at the following locations:

  • Rifle DHS Office, 195 W. 14th, Rifle (by east facing front door)
  • Glenwood Springs DHS Office, 108 8th, Glenwood Springs, CO (by Pitkin Avenue facing front door)

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.

Colorado statewide Safer at Home Order

Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home.

  • Critical businesses are still open.
  • Non-critical businesses are open with restrictions.
  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a face covering or mask when you leave your home.
  • Connect with neighbors and loved ones virtually.

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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Fire ban lifted

May 26, 2020
All fire restrictions on unincorporated private and state lands in Garfield County are being lifted at 12:01 a.m. on May 27. Fire potential and conditions are still being monitored in Garfield County
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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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Garfield County enacts emergency declaration

March 17, 2020
Garfield County enacts emergency declaration Garfield County has declared a local disaster emergency in wake of the COVID-19 virus spread affecting Colorado and the rest of the world. The declaration, which is in effect for seven days and may be extended, is necessary to ensure...
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Grandstands events canceled at annual fair and rodeo

May 27, 2020
Ticketed grandstands events at this year’s Garfield County Fair and Rodeo have been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19 limitations on the amount of people that may safely congregate.
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Firework use banned in unincorporated Garfield County

May 21, 2020
An ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks in unincorporated Garfield County has been adopted to help protect public safety during the approaching wildfire season. The request, which was proposed by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s emergency manager, is considered “necessary for the...
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Garfield County increasing local preference policy

May 18, 2020
Garfield County is bolstering its local preference policy to award more contracts to local vendors, helping the area recover economically from disruptions from COVID-19. Through the Garfield County Procurement Department, approved local vendors will temporarily see a boost from the usual 5 percent to a...
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