Rifle COVID-19 testing hours changes, fourth doses available
April 4, 2022
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO –
UPDATE: Free COVID-19 testing
*Beginning Friday, April 1, Rifle Roaring Fork Free COVID-19 Testing services will now be offered via mobile van with hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 7 – 8 a.m. (applies to Rifle location only).
Free testing locations in Garfield County:
Roaring Fork Free COVID-19 Testing
• Same-day results
• PCR testing
• Requires appointment
State Mobile Testing Weekends *Closed Easter Sunday 4/17
• Saturdays, Glenwood Springs Public Health 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Sundays, Rifle Public Health 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• PCR testing
• Walk-in or make an appointment
• 48-hour results
NEW: Fourth COVID-19 dose for those 50 and older and fifth for immunocompromised
People aged 50 or older may get a fourth vaccine as long as four months have passed since the third dose.
People 12 or older and moderately to severely immunocompromised may benefit from a fifth dose as long as four months have passed since the fourth dose.
State- and Garfield County Public Health-run clinics are offering all vaccines.
Check online for special clinics or to make an appointment at a Garfield County Public Health office.
UPDATE: Federal transportation mask mandate extended through April 18
The Federal Department of Transportation has extended the directive requiring masks on public transportation and in public transportation hubs (Roaring Fork Transit Authority RFTA and airports) through April 18, 2022.
BA.2 Variant: Nationwide COVID-19 cases are still continually decreasing.
The BA.2 variant accounts more than 30 percent of COVID cases statewide. It arrived in Colorado at the end of January and has roughly doubled its percentage of cases every week up until March. BA.2 has been detected in the Roaring Fork Valley through Colorado’s wastewater monitoring program.
The variant poses the greatest threat to who have not been vaccinated, are not boosted, or have not been infected recently.
There is no evidence it results in more severe disease or that it is more likely to evade our immune protection. However, it is more contagious than the BA.1 omicron variant.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get therapeutic treatment to help you recover. There are two main types of treatments: monoclonal antibody therapy and antivirals. Coloradans can also use the new federal Test to Treat site to seek treatment options.