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Registering those age 65+ for vaccination now

February 3, 2021
The criteria for administering COVID-19 vaccines has expanded to those age 65+. The state began vaccinating Coloradans ages 65 and older, as well as Colorado PreK-12 educators, on February 8. This is part of the state's new COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.  ...
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State moves Garfield County from Yellow to Blue

February 25, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has been notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that it sustained seven days of Level Blue metrics for a rolling period ending February 23. The change to Level Blue will be effective Friday, February 26 at 6 a.m. In accordance with the most recent state public health order, counties...
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State changes testing provider

February 5, 2021
Western Garfield free COVID testing is still available in New Castle, Rifle and Parachute one day per week through March 1, though pre-registration links and times have changed. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is no longer using Curative testing and has switched to Mako testing due to concerns about 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. – 1 p.m.
Monday – Friday

The Human Services office in Glenwood Springs is also open for limited services:
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday

Call lines are available to assist the community with gaining access to available resources. Call lines operate from 9 a.m. to 4 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

La oficina de DHS en Glenwood Springs estara abierto para servicios limitados:
9 a.m. a 11 a.m.
Martes - Viernes

Líneas disponibles a llamar para asistir a la comunidad para informarles de recursos disponibles. Las líneas operan de Lunes a Viernes de 9 a.m. a 4 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.

Food resources / Lista de recursos alimentarios

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.

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

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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.







Garfield County achieves success with capital projects

February 23, 2021
During a year filled with uncertainty, Garfield County was able to achieve a high percentage of important capital projects benefitting the entire community. Nearly 80 percent of the county’s 97 capital projects were completed in 2020, and six percent were near completion by year’s end....
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Garfield County work to be presented in CDC panel on COVID vaccines

February 22, 2021
Since November, Garfield County has been taking part in a project with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A group of 25 local Hispanic community members participated in a series of three listening sessions....
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District court confirms Garfield County’s authority to regulate limestone quarry

February 2, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) obtained a significant victory in its litigation against Rocky Mountain Industrials, Inc. and RMR Aggregates, Inc. (collectively, “RMI”). On January 31, 2021, in District Court in Garfield County, Ninth Judicial District Judge Anne Norrdin rejected legal claims...
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Garfield County appoints two to fair board

February 22, 2021
Garfield County has appointed Tyler Davis and Leah Bergener to the Garfield County Fair Board, filling the two final unoccupied seats heading into a busy 2021. Five applicants interviewed with the Board of County Commissioners for the two open seats. The terms on the fair board run through Oct. 15, 2022, and both new board...
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Garfield County opposing ‘30 x 30’ executive order

February 17, 2021
Garfield County is opposing an executive order by President Joe Biden that would permanently preserve 30 percent of public land and water by 2030, effectively removing 680 million acres from multiple use management practices. A county resolution opposing Section 216 of Executive Order 14008 (Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Aboard) notes that 62...
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Garfield County grants $30,500 to local nonprofits

February 11, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has approved more than $30,000 in first quarter discretionary grants to local nonprofits. These grants help these organizations thrive, providing numerous opportunities for the citizens of Garfield County. The Rifle Elks Lodge was granted $4,000 toward its replacement of its lone broken furnace/air conditioner unit; KSUN Community Radio...
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