Aspen – Parachute region
COVID-19 Community update from Aspen Valley Hospital, Grand River Health, Valley View Hospital, Garfield County Public Health and Pitkin County Public Health
Testing is generally not necessary for mild symptoms and is being reserved for our most critically ill and high risk. A formal diagnosis of COVID-19 will not change the priority to self-isolate if you are experiencing manageable symptoms.As a community, the most important thing we can do right now is to practice social distancing.
Guidance for businesses regarding COVID-19 testing
Garfield County Public Health urges employers to follow this guidance regarding COVID-19 testing of employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), employers should not require a positive COVID-19 test result, or a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick, to validate their illness; qualify for sick leave; or to return to work.
Why isn’t the public health and medical community testing more people?
- We do not have the testing capacity to test everyone.
- We want to be able to devote all available resources to be able to take care of our most critically ill.
- We need to protect our health care providers by not exposing them to potential illness.