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.
Finding Coverage and Care in Colorado During COVID19
Official information sources by location
Quarantine and Isolation – what does this mean?
Community Assistance – financial and other resources
Take care of yourself – 5 Commitments and mental health resources
Public Health Dashboards and Data
- Eagle County Community COVID-19 Monitoring – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Pitkin County Community COVID-19 Monitoring – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Garfield County Community COVID-19 Data – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Colorado COVID Dial Dashboard – Lastest COVID case data, trends, and guidelines
The State’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a tool for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs. NOTE: On November 20, 2020, modifications to the original dial go into effect. This incorporates a revised Level Red: Severe Risk and a new Level Purple: Extreme Risk. Both have Stay At Home requirements.
Masks & Other measures in place
In short – both throughout Colorado and in our local communities, you need to wear a mask when outside of your household. Social distancing and face masks are mandatory in Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. Aspen, Snowmass Village, and areas of Garfield county have specific mask zones, where masks are required both inside and outside.
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 COVID-19 website – Main site; available in English and Spanish
- Eagle County Community COVID-19 Monitoring (Dashboard) – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Eagle County symptom reporting form
- Face Covering Guidance for Eagle County
- Eagle County Government Facebook page
- Eagle County PIO Facebook page
- Eagle County Public Health Facebook page
- Eagle County One Voice COVID specific 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 (part of Basalt, Aspen, Snowmass)
- Pitkin County Coronavirus website – Main site
- Pitkin County COVID-19 Community Report (Data) – Latest COVID case data and reporting
- Pitkin County symptom reporting form
- Pitkin County Community COVID-19 Emotional Check-In – data and form
- 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
- 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
Public health departments in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties have coordinated a regional testing strategies for COVID-19. Testing is a key containment strategy to slow the spread of the disease, however public health officials stress the need for community members to work collectively to help slow the transmission of COVID-19. How individuals behave have a direct impact on the whole community. Individual precautions can allow businesses to stay open, keep the local workforce employed, have in-person learning for students, again, protect the most vulnerable residents, and save lives.
NOTE: 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.
At this time, we are not recommending that asymptomatic individuals (people without symptoms) who have not had a known exposure to COVID-19 receive testing. Testing resources are limited and therefore the community is best served if only those who have exposure and symptoms receive the test.
Cost of testing should not be a barrier. Each county has free testing options.
Quarantine and Isolation
11/15/2020 Update – Contact tracing case investigators are beyond capacity in both Eagle and Garfield County.
The counties are now relying on everyone to act without waiting for public health intervention:
- If you are sick or test positive = Isolate for 10 days.
- If you are exposed to someone who has COVID-like symptoms or tests positive = Quarantine at home for 14 days.
What to do if you are sick
If you are sick and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect that you have COVID-19, follow these steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Have a plan
From the Garfield County website:
Make your quarantine plan before it happens / what does quarantine really mean?
With a high volume of COVID spread in the community it is important to make your COVID plan now, before you or someone in your family is affected. The individuals in our community need to think about their personal COVID plan. What will you do if you receive a COVID exposure notification or are told to quarantine?
- The person should not go to stores, school, social gatherings, sports, or church for the full 14-day period. It is all right to spend time outside, but if you encounter others who are not in your household, stay six feet away and wear a mask.
- Quarantine only ends after the 14-day period when no symptoms have started or if COVID symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, get tested within 1-2 days and begin isolation following the CDPHE guidelines.
- Other household members of a person in quarantine are considered ‘contacts of a contact’ and are not required to quarantine. However, everyone should continue to monitor symptoms and seek medical evaluation if symptoms develop.
- Quarantine at home does not mean isolating the person from the rest of the family but wearing masks and distancing within the home are recommended during this time.
CDC: When to Quarantine
Life can be tough. Right now it is more stressful than ever for many of us. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are resources and supports to help you, your family, your friends and your neighbors stay healthy, stay safe, stay calm and stay connected while you stay at home, including those who are need to quarantine or isolation.
Eagle County community assistance resources (Roaring Fork Valley specific)
Rental Assistance resources (Aspen to Parachute) [PDF – English/Spanish]
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
The Hope Center: Call the HopeLine at (970) 925-5858 to reach an on-call mental health clinician 24/7.
Mind Springs Health: Mental Health Support Line (877) 519-7505.
- Aspen office: (970) 920-5555.
- Glenwood office: (970) 945-2583.
Colorado Crisis Services: (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 for free confidential, professional support 24/7.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
Aspen Strong: https://aspenstrong.org
- Eagle County mental health resources
- Pitkin County mental health resources
- Energize Colorado | Mental Health resources (additional links to more widely available options)
- CDPHE | Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Program (State program)
- CDPHE | Coping with COVID
- World Health Organization (WHO) | Mental health & COVID-19
- CDC | Coping with stress