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Public Hearing

Ascendigo Autism Services

Public Hearing continuance
June 21, 2021, 1 p.m.

Potential extension to June 22 if necessary



Garfield County sees increase in ‘Delta’ variant cases

June 10, 2021
Garfield County Public Health is aware of an increased amount of cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant in neighboring Mesa County and has identified six confirmed individuals in Garfield County who have tested positive for the variant over the past three weeks....
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Garfield County rescinds emergency COVID-19 declaration

May 18, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has rescinded its emergency declaration regarding COVID-19 precautions in light of greater number of people being vaccinated, combined with decreasing number of local cases. On March 16, 2020, Garfield County declared a local disaster emergency...
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Walk-up, no appointment vaccines offered at Public Health

April 23, 2021
Garfield County Public Health now offers the option of walk-in COVID vaccines at any of the scheduled weekly Public Health COVID vaccine clinics. “Last week our vaccine appointments filled quite fast. But this week we received an influx...
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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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La Vacuna es Para Nosotros, The Vaccine is for Us project launch

May 11, 2021

Public Health partnered with National Geographic Explorer, Sylvia Johnson to capture photo stories of people who live in Garfield County sharing why they decided to get the COVID-19 vaccine.



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

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

If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call a health care provider.


Veterans Resource Center open

June 14, 2021
The Jesse Beckius/Casey Owens Veterans Resource Center at 801 Colorado Avenue in Glenwood Springs is open following an expansion of its offerings and grand reopening ceremony on June 13. From the office, the Western Slope Veterans Coalition provides a hub for information, programs and activities...
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Watershed protection projects continue in burn areas

June 10, 2021
Garfield County has contracted with local businesses on an Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP) to help mitigate potential impacts, such as mudslides or flash flooding, in areas affected by the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires last summer. The Pine Gulch Fire, which was located...
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Three acts highlight 2021 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo concert

June 7, 2021
Good times, boot stompin’ and western dancing return to the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo this summer. The Friday night concert is back with three of country music’s brightest stars, Aaron Watson, Michael Ray and Chancey Williams, performing under starry skies and the shine of...
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Garfield County expands firework use prohibition

June 16, 2021
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has extended a prohibition on firework use in unincorporated Garfield County to cover the period through July 5 due to severe drought conditions in western Colorado. The county already has in place a one-year prohibition that began on April 5, 2021, but the dates of May 31 through...
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Construction projects set for I-70 mountain corridor

June 1, 2021
The Interstate 70 mountain corridor between Denver and Grand Junction have a busy construction season scheduled this spring and summer as the Colorado Department of Transportation is making numerous improvements along the highway.  
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K-9 Rex performs all that is asked of him and more

May 25, 2021
On Sunday May 23, 2021, Garfield County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a vehicular pursuit around 6 a.m. The subject (Jeffrey Doran Hill, DOB: 10/15/1964) exited his vehicle near mile marker 77 on Interstate 70, just west of Parachute. He headed toward the Colorado River. Additional resources were called in from the sheriff’s office,...
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