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People age 70 and older can schedule COVID-19 vaccinations starting Jan. 4

December 31, 2020
People who are 70 years old and up must make appointments with local hospitals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are only being made when the vaccine is available. Go to the Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccines page for more up-to-date information.  ...
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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. Plan de Distanciamiento Social para Negocios es en Español tambien.
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COVID-19 testing

December 21, 2020
COVID-19 testing Western Garfield free COVID testing is now available through a Curative mobile van location that will be available each week in Parachute, Rifle and New Castle, as long as there is community demand. Testing is at no cost, and does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance. “Testing began in January...
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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.


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:


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.


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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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.


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

Mask Up and Do MORE in Garfield County

July 15, 2020
In an effort to remind visitors and residents how we can all help reverse the current trendline and start to lower the number of COVID cases in Garfield County, Public Health launches the Do MORE in Garfield County campaign. The campaign features summer messages to be used by community businesses...
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Garfield County receives $5.8 million Ursa tax payment

January 19, 2021
The Garfield County Treasurer’s office has received a $5.8 million dollar payment from URSA for 2019 taxes, payable in 2020, amid bankruptcy claims filed last year. URSA was acquired by Terra Energy Partners (TEP) after a bankruptcy court judge approved the sale in November. “Garfield...
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COVID-19 precautions impact the local flu season

January 13, 2021
The spread of influenza (flu) in the state of Colorado is currently sporadic. A recent Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) report notes that although the flu season can be generally unpredictable, it is thought that the public health measures to address the...
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Join the Garfield County Fair Board

January 13, 2021
Garfield County Fair Board members are needed for the remainder of 2021 and future years. Volunteer fair board members assist in ensuring the successful promotion, production and execution of the Garfield County Fair & Rodeo. Fair board members serve three-year terms and the deadline to...
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Garfield County supporting AVLT ranch project

January 20, 2021
Garfield County is backing the Aspen Valley Land Trust’s (AVLT) purchase of a ranch property near Carbondale for use as an educational resource for local schools that also provides public access to a remote stretch of the Roaring Fork River. The Board of County Commissioners...
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Garfield County Human Service mini-grants

December 21, 2020
Garfield County is offering human services mini-grants of up to $5,000 for qualifying 501c3 nonprofits. The amount of funding varies from year to year, and recipients are required to complete an annual grant report and give updates before the Board of County Commissioners. The county...
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Board of Adjustment opening

October 28, 2020
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners is seeking a citizen volunteer for a seat on the Board of Adjustment, which is a decision-making body that reviews variance requests and appeals to administrative interpretations. The vacancy is for one year and the board meets the...
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