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Garfield County moves to Level Yellow; 5 Star program information awaiting clarification

April 1, 2021
The state officially moved Garfield County to Level Yellow on the COVID-19 Dial due to a surge in COVID cases with levels similar to July. The number of COVID cases and the cumulative incidence rate have increased over the past two weeks....
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Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic registration open

April 5, 2021
Garfield County Public Health has opened its COVID-19 vaccination appointment scheduler for the week. *The clinics below will be offering the single dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine for anyone age 18 or older. Register here: Glenwood Springs, Wednesday April 7 -...
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COVID-19 testing throughout Garfield County

March 16, 2021
Testing for COVID-19 is available by appointment at locations across Garfield County. If a person is exhibiting symptoms, they should get tested within 1-2 days of the onset and remain in isolation while waiting for test results.
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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 offices in Rifle and Glenwood Springs will return to normal operating hours beginning Monday April 5th.
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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.

Las oficinas de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Garfield regresaran a su horario regular de oficina a partir del Lunes Abril 5.
Horarios de oficina: Lunes – Viernes 9 a.m. – 4 .p.m.

Líneas disponibles para asistir a la comunidad e informarles de recursos disponibles están disponibles de Lunes a Viernes de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m.; Números a llamar 970 625-5282 o 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

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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.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office temporarily closed to public

April 8, 2021
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office / Detention Facility have led to the temporary closure of services to the public at our Glenwood Springs location. As of the time of this release, 4 Detentions...
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Garfield County approves grants for local animal shelters

April 7, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has approved two grants totaling $420,000 to the Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) and Rifle Animal Shelter. The nonprofits help keep animal populations in control and healthy in Garfield County through spaying and neutering services and vaccination clinics. Glenwood...
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Seats open on two planning boards

March 1, 2021
Seats are open for citizen volunteers to serve on the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. Members of both boards help shape land use decisions in Garfield County. Terms are for three years, and currently, the meetings are being held virtually.
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How to find and sign up for Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics

April 1, 2021
Current information on all vaccinating providers in Garfield County and Public Health clinics will be listed on the Garfield County vaccine webpage and Facebook page. Moderna/Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Each week, the state allocates providers different amounts of COVID-19 vaccine from either Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). Providers do not know how much,...
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Public Health partnerships help promote nutrition

March 19, 2021
Garfield County Public Health partnered with numerous local nonprofits and programs to help provide families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown with nutritious food over the past year. Staff also helped coordinate and distribute diapers and formula in the early stages of the pandemic. The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and...
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Garfield County aids landowners in controlling noxious weeds

March 17, 2021
Applications are available for 2021 Noxious Weed Cost Share program Garfield County and the Bookcliff, Mount Sopris, and South Side Conservation districts are once again offering landowners financial assistance for controlling noxious weeds and trees on their properties. Cost-sharing is available for all state of Colorado listed noxious weeds and watch list species, including Russian...
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