First reported death of COVID-19 positive patient in Garfield County

March 14, 2020
Garfield County Public Health has confirmed a woman in her 70’s who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. The woman had other significant health conditions.
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Business and employee assistance

March 20, 2020
Coloradans seeking unemployment benefits may do so by contacting the Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) at 1-800-388-5515, or 1-866-422-0402 en Español. Business assistance is also available from several resources for continuity of business operations during the COVID-19 crisis.
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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.

CDC symptom info
Garfield County Coronavirus info

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:
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Gov. Polis announces statewide Stay-At-Home Order, provides update on Colorado response to COVID-19

Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus.

This executive order means Coloradans should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities including:

  • Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for dependents or pets
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  • Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open
  • Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

Amended Public Health order - Stay at Home

Governor's Executive Order

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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

Community assistance

A hotline is available to assist the public with gaining access to available resources. The hotline operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by dialing (970) 625-5282 or (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)


Feeling ill or concerned? COVID-19 hotline 970-429-6186: English/Español

Local volunteer opportunities: 970-456-2804

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

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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.


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.

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

Garfield County Commissioners appoint new Garfield County Treasurer

March 27, 2020
Garfield County resident Carrie Couey was appointed by Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) this morning as Garfield County Treasurer and Public Trustee at 10 a.m. The appointment was made in a Special Meeting...
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Most Garfield County facilities closed to the public

March 17, 2020
Effective immediately, Garfield County’s facilities are closed to the general public until April 8, pending further evaluation. The measure is to help suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The exceptions are the Garfield County...
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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...
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Childcare tuition credit for critical workers

April 2, 2020
Colorado will extend a full childcare tuition credit to all critical workers identified in the Colorado State Executive Stay at Home Order as referenced here: This 100% tuition credit will provide childcare to all...
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Construction in Glenwood Canyon begins Friday

April 1, 2020
Construction in Glenwood Canyon begins Friday The Colorado Department of Transportation asks Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon travelers to plan for additional travel time beginning Friday, Apr. 3, when the head-to-head detour between Hanging Lake Tunnel...
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Meals on Wheels program delivering to larger population

March 30, 2020
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners voted Friday to fund Grand River Meals on Wheels (GRMoW) in the amount of $40,000 to sustain home delivery meal services to homebound clients in Western Garfield County....
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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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