Keeping our community healthy
The Basalt Chamber is working in collaboration with Eagle County Public Health, Pitkin County Public Health, Colorado state government offices and other trusted sources to help share information for our community. We want to remind everyone that the Basalt Chamber is not a health official or government organization. Our goal is to share resources for our business, including relief as well a links to important official public health information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.
Be Informed – Official Sources
Please rely on the official, trusted sources for information. Rumors and bad information spread faster than any disease out there, which only causes added distress. Here in Colorado, the majority of public health decisions are made at the local level – meaning municipalities and counties. Below is a list of resources to get the most current information. BUSINESSES – Visit the Business Resources page for county-specific business information, including sector guidelines.
- Pitkin County – Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt
- Eagle County – Basalt, El Jebel and the Eagle River Valley (Vail)
- Garfield County – Carbondale, Glenwood Springs
- Town of Basalt map with county lines (Eagle and Pitkin)
- Eagle County Emergency website – Main site
- Eagle County Community COVID-19 Monitoring – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Eagle County symptom reporting form
- Eagle County KPIs and dashboard – Current status of different sectors and benchmarks (comfortable/cautious/comfortable)
- Face Covering Guidance for Eagle County
- Eagle County Government Facebook page
- Eagle County PIO Facebook page
- Eagle County Public Health Facebook page
- Subscribe to EC Alerts for text, email and phone updates: www.ecalert.org/
- For registration assistance, please call (970) 328-3545.
- Pitkin County Coronavirus website – Main site
- Pitkin County Community COVID-19 Monitoring – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Pitkin County symptom reporting form
- Pitkin County Community COVID-19 Emotional Check-In – data and form
- Public Health Orders
- Pitkin County Public Health Facebook page
- Pitkin County COVID Information line: (970) 429-6186
- Emergency Alert system – Pitkin Alert: Subscribe to Pitkin Alert for text, email and phone updates: www.pitkinalert.org/ OR
- Text 888 777 and write CVIRUS in the message. This will sign you up to receive COVID text updates. This feature is used for major press releases and alerts when needed, predominately changes to the public health orders.
- Garfield County Coronavirus website – Main site
- Garfield County Community COVID-19 Data – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Garfield County symptom reporting forms – physical and emotional
- Public Health Orders
- Emergency Alert system – GarCo 911: Subscribe to GarCo 911 for text, email and phone updates: garco911.com. Details about the emergency notification system
The state’s COVID-19 efforts are led by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Governor’s office.
- State of Colorado CDPHE Coronavirus website – Main site
- State of Colorado COVID-19 Data – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Colorado Coronavirus Modeling application: coloradocoronavirusmodel.com
- Governor Polis – Executive Orders
- CDPHE Press releases
- Governor Polis Facebook – Main source for Facebook LIVE updates/press conferences
- Governor Polis Twitter
- CDPHE Social Media Channels
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has many great resources on its official COVID-19 page.
COVID-19 testing information
Original press release – July 10, 2020
Public health departments in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties are coordinating their regional testing strategies for COVID-19. Testing is a key containment strategy to slow the spread of the disease. Surges in cases nationwide are stressing the testing components supply chain and the capacity at state and commercial labs cannot keep up with the demand, often delaying results by up to 8 days. A regional testing strategy will focus resources to decrease disease burden while supporting the needs of local communities. Health officials are seeking to improve capacity and decrease turn-around times, ideally so that test results are available within 48 hours, maximizing their utility.
Meanwhile, the following testing strategy is being implemented until state and commercial laboratory capacity can achieve consistent turn-around times of 48 hours or fewer.
Testing is recommended for:
- People with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath -People with symptoms and who are at greater risk for severe disease, including hospitalization and death (65 years of age or older or who have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, are immunocompromised, are pregnant, or are otherwise considered at high risk by a licensed healthcare provider)
- People that are hospitalized with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- Close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case, as defined and recommended by a local public health agency
- People within congregate settings where there may be a broader exposure to COVID-19 as determined by a local public health agency
Testing is not routinely recommended for:
- People that do not have symptoms and no known close contact exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case
- People that are preparing to travel or recently returned from travel that do not have symptoms
- Employees that do not have a known close contact exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case
- People that are worried, but do not have a close contact exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case and do not have symptoms
- People that have been confirmed previously and are being retested for release from isolation.
- If you are currently sick, antibody testing cannot determine if that sickness is COVID-19.
- Antibody tests measure whether you have ‘antibodies’ from a virus, which only occurs after you have already recovered.
- These tests should not be done until the patient has been without symptoms for at least seven days and does not have a fever.
- These tests indicate if a person previously had COVID-19 and whether or not they have the antibodies.
- A positive antibody test does not provide complete assurance at this time that someone will be protected from a future COVID-19 infection and people should continue to take precautions and adhere to the Five Commitments of Containment.
- With the exception of specific clinical scenarios, antibody testing is not used to diagnose active COVID-19 disease.
“We cannot test and trace our way out of this pandemic,” said Heath Harmon, Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “We need greater compliance on prevention measures from all people in our communities, regardless of whether they are locals or visitors.”
Public health officials from all three counties stressed the need for community members to work collectively to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 and how individual behaviors have a direct impact on the whole community. Individual precautions can allow businesses to stay open, keep the local workforce employed, help open schools, set the stage for a winter that may see ski resorts open again, protect the most vulnerable residents, and save lives.
Take care of yourself
The Five Commitments of Containment
Both Eagle and Pitkin County have adopted the Five Commitments:
- I will maintain 6 feet of social distance
- I will wash my hands often
- I will cover my face in public
- I will stay home when I am sick
- I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms