Third COVID-19 death reported in Garfield County

PRESS RELEASE
July 2, 2020

A third Garfield County resident has died from COVID-19. This news comes as cases of the virus continue to rise towards 300 in the county, marking a steady increase over the past several weeks.

The deceased man, in his early 70’s, passed away due to COVID-19. His wife also tested positive, and is in quarantine. “We wish the family peace and comfort during this difficult time,” said Public Health Director, Yvonne Long.

“This loss of life underscores the reality that this virus is still spreading in our community, and that we need to remain vigilant. Until we have a vaccine, the only defense we have is to continue to wear face coverings, to socially distance, to wash our hands, and to stay isolated when we are sick. We take these actions to protect ourselves, but also to protect others.”

 

 

Virus prevalence keeps Garfield County from moving into next phase

Warning precedes 4th of July holiday weekend

PRESS RELEASE
June 30, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM

The Governor’s Office announced today guidance for the Protect Our Neighbors phase. With the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Garfield County, the county does not meet the qualifications to move into this next phase of opening. As such, Garfield County will still remain in the Safer at Home phase of reopening, with its one approved variance still in place.

Under the new state guidance, any county that wishes to move into the Protect Our Neighbors phase must demonstrate that they meet specific qualifications designated by the state. The state will post this information today or tomorrow.

“Garfield County must prove that our community is ready to move forward, and to do this now requires individual action countywide,” said Yvonne Long Public Health Director.

“Looking ahead to the July 4 holiday weekend we are concerned. We know people will be socializing, and it is up to them to do it responsibly, so as not to further spread the disease. Looking at the data, we can see that our last increase in cases in part stem from the Memorial Day weekend, based on symptom onset dates. We need to take precautions this weekend, so we don’t see another surge in cases.”

One of the criteria to move into the next phase is a steady or declining virus prevalence in the county. The state has adapted a red/high, yellow/medium, green/low system to measure prevalence of disease spread. The county’s transmission rate is currently in the ‘red’ category with 35 COVID cases in the past 14 days. To be in the green/low category requires 15 cases or less in a 14-day period.

“Today’s statewide announcement gives us a goal, to move to the less restrictive Protect Our Neighbor phase. If everyone is ready and willing to take the personal measures required, we can move in the right direction of COVID containment,” said Long. While Garfield County remains under Safer at Home orders, the Protect Our Neighbors phase or stricter measures will be in place in counties statewide until the pandemic spread is contained.

The county is launching a community campaign to encourage citizens and businesses to pledge to help. It focuses on “More Masks, More Distance, equals More Business in Garfield County.”
Garfield County Public Health indicates in order to move forward to Protect Our Neighbors, it is incumbent on each business, each visitor, each adult, each teen and child in Garfield County to pledge to:
– Wear a mask.
– Wash your hands frequently.
– Walk, ride or play 6 feet away.
– Work successfully.
– Will get symptoms tested within 1-2 days.
– Want to stay home if you are ill.

 

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