COVID-19 Information




Effective Feb 6, 2021 at 9am, Chaffee County is in the YELLOW Level on the State’s COVID-19 Dial.

Press Release announcement here.


Click the link below to view all Colorado counties:

https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial-dashboard


COVID-19 UPDATES


Vaccine Distribution and Clinics

See CCPH's online scheduler for our COVID-19 vaccine clinics.   


As of Feb 8, currently authorized population groups (per CDPHE) include:

  • Phase 1A

      • Highest-risk health care workers and individuals:

        • People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 
        • Long-term care facility staff and residents.
  • Phase 1B.1

      • Coloradoans age 70+, moderate-risk health care workers, and first responders:

        • Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (eg, home health, hospice, pharmacy, dental, etc.) and EMS. 
        • Firefighters, police, COVID-19 response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services.
        • People age 70 and older.
  • Phase 1B.2

      • Coloradans age 65-69, PK-12 educators and child care workers in licensed child care programs, and state government:

        • Child care workers in licensed child care programs, teachers (full-time and substitutes), bus, food, counselors, administrative, safety, and other support services offered inside the school.
        • Select members of the executive and judicial branches of state government (members of the legislative branch have already received access to the vaccine).
        • People age 65-69.

Beginning March 5th, vaccination groups will expand to include (per CDPHE):
  • Phase 1B.3

      • People age 60 and older, frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers, and people age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions:

        • People age 60 and older.
        • Frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture: The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers who cannot maintain physical distance from others at their place of employment, who work in close contact with many people, especially indoors, and in places with poor ventilation including meatpacking workers; grocery store workers; and agricultural processing workers.
        • People age 16-59 with two or more of the following: Cancer (defined as patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer), chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2), Down syndrome, specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease), obesity (BMI of 30 or more), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, solid organ transplant, individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home, and people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks.

Anticipated for late-March, vaccination groups are expected to expand to (per CDPHE):
  • Phase 1B.3

      • People age 50 and older, frontline essential workers, people with high risk conditions, and the continuation of operations for state government and continuity of local government:

        • People age 50 and older.
        • Frontline essential workers in the sectors and fields as listed by CDPHE:
          • Higher education
          • Frontline essential workers in food/restaurant services
          • Frontline essential workers in manufacturing
          • Frontline essential workers for the US postal service
          • Frontline essential workers in public transit and specialized transportation
          • Frontline essential workers in public health
          • Frontline essential human service workers
          • Faith leaders
          • Frontline essential direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness
          • Frontline essential journalists.
        • Continuity of local and state government
        • People age 16 to 49 with one of the following higher risk conditions: The intent of this classification is to vaccinate Coloradans who have risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.  It includes Coloradans with one condition listed in 1B.3 or asthma (moderate-to-severe), Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain), Cystic fibrosis, Hypertension or high blood pressure, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, Neurologic conditions, such as dementia, Liver disease, Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues), Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder).
        • Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial
  • CCPH will offer new appointment slots, as vaccine inventory becomes available.  

  • The scheduler for your second dose will be open the day after you receive your first dose.  Please schedule your second dose using the electronic scheduler

  • If you know of someone who has barriers to accessing the online scheduler, please help them get registered.

  • We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding.



PLEASE ALSO NOTE:


  • Currently, CCPH clinics are usually drive-through clinics held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. Additional clinics may be scheduled as vaccine supply and staffing capacity allow.

  • Vaccinations for the general public not already covered in a prior phase is expected by summer, depending on vaccine supply and distribution from state and federal sources.

  • We recognize that not everyone in the county, including those 70 and older, has access and ability to utilize the online scheduling system.  

  • We encourage family, friends, service providers, and other support systems to help those who do not have the means to register themselves.  

  • We continue to pursue a phone registration option, which will most likely involve a phone bank. More details coming soon!

  • Plans are underway to collaborate with the Chaffee County Shuttle for transportation alternatives and with other service providers to offer those who are homebound with vaccination services.



COVID-19 Community Testing Clinics--Free!

Chaffee County Public Health offers COVID tests Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday by appointment.


To schedule an appointment through our online system, visit https://chaffeecovidtesting.rsvpify.com/.


To learn more about the testing clinics, go here.




Chaffee’s Got HEART Campaign

CCPH encourages all residents in the “Heart of the Rockies” to continue to take HEART:

H - Hang at Home if Sick.

E - Excel at Handwashing. 

A - Always Wear a Mask Properly in Public.

R - Respect Social Distancing.

T - Test If You Have Symptoms. 


Take the Chaffee’s Got HEART pledge today!



All videos related to the Chaffee's Got HEART campaign are available on our YouTube channel


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from Businesses about COVID's Impact



Current Public Health Orders

Effective Feb 12, 2021 - PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY ORDER # 2020–08 – AMENDMENT 14


Spanish Speaking COVID-19 Facts


Resolution 2021-27 Ratification & Extension of Declaration of a Local Disaster Emergency.  


Masks are required indoors, per the State of Colorado's Order. 

State Executive Order   Cloth Mask Request Form     Personal Protection Request Form 



CHAFFEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT HUMAN SERVICES (DHS)
Call the DHS Benefits Team at 719-530-2500. If you are suffering a sudden job loss and haven’t already applied for benefits, you should do so ASAP. While their doors are locked, they can arrange for applications to go out as needed. There are drop boxes at both the north and south offices for you to leave paperwork for the application process. They will be checked regularly to ensure the process is as streamlined as possible.

If you are wanting to make a donation, please call 719-530-2500, so the team can ensure donations are in line with the actual needs.

DHS and Chaffee County Community Foundation have updated its process for Chaffee County community members seeking financial assistance due to the impact of COVID-19.  Please fill out this Google form:
Chaffee County Emergency Assistance Request Form.

How we follow up with you:

   *Your assistance request form will be screened for financial assistance eligibility criteria available in                    Chaffee County.
   * If you are eligible to receive assistance through the Department of Human Services, the DHS office will           contact you and request for you to submit an application for the programs you may qualify for.  Once you       have submitted an application, you may be scheduled for an interview with a Chaffee Benefits Team               member to review your application. Please note, you may be asked to provide verification of income and         expenses that you are needing assistance with.
   * If you are not eligible for assistance through the Department of Human Services, your assistance request        form will be sent to the Chaffee County Community Foundation who will submit an application for                    assistance for you and follow up with you about assistance that you may qualify for through their                      program.

CHAFFEE COUNTY COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Community Resources

CHAFFEE COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT
Job Site Registration

CHAFFEE COUNTY HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES LIST
https://chaffeeresources.com/

CHAFFEE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION https://www.chaffeecommunity.org/
CCCF is taking donations for a newly established EMERGENCY FUND. Community members looking to give locally in response the coronavirus please contact this group.

STATE OF COLORADO RESOURCES
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is providing a phone line to answer questions from the public about COVID-19. Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email cohelp@rmpdc.org for answers in English, Spanish, Mandarin and more


COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
SPECIAL TAB FOR COVID-19 RELATED UNEMPLOYMENT https://covid19.colorado.gov/


COLORADO OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT www.choosecolorado.com
SPECIAL TAB FOR ECONOMIC RELATED COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES AT https://choosecolorado.com/covid19/


CENTRAL MOUNTAIN SMALL BUSINESS DEVEOPMENT CENTER 

A great resource for loans, and support funding.
       * Helping business in Colorado respond Please click to download FREE COVID-19 Small Business                    Response Resources Guide.
       * If your small business or non-profit still has questions unanswered Click here for the most current daily            updates and links to program assistance.
       * SBDC offers free confidential consulting to further answer small business questions, help with                          application forms, loans, other financial support and unemployment questions.  We have ten local                    consultants, click here to request an appointment.


FEDERAL RESOURCES
SALIDA SPECIFIC  https://cityofsalida.com/
  • Please call City of Salida at 719-539-4555. Their phone will be staffed from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday - Friday.
BUENA VISTA SPECIFIC https://www.buenavistaco.gov/
  • Please call BV Town Hall at 719-395-8643. Their phone will be staffed from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday - Friday.
EDUCATION, CHILDCARE AND SUPPORTING CHILDREN
LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Sol Vista Health: https://solvistahealth.org
All new client referrals should be directed through our call center at 719-275-2351 to coordinate virtual enrollment into care.
  • Behavioral Health services will be provided via phone or telehealth beginning March 17th.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact the Statewide Crisis Line at?1-844-493-TALK (8255) or call Solvista Health crisis directly at?719-275-2531. Or, text "TALK” to 38255.
DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT-CRISIS INTERVENTION

The Alliance https://alliancechaffee.org provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter, transitional and long term housing, legal advocacy, women and youth support group, community education and prevention activities for women, men and youth suffering from domestic and sexual violence in Salida, Buena Vista, and Poncha Springs.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM UTILITY COMPANIES




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