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Eagle County to adopt statewide COVID-19 dial dashboard
Sept. 16, 2020 - Eagle County’s Department of Public Health and Environment (ECPHE) will adopt Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 dial dashboard
over the next two weeks. ECPHE worked closely with the state’s health department and the Governor’s Office to develop the comprehensive dial, which was released on Sept. 15 and includes a risk assessment for each of the state’s 64 counties. It is meant to create consistency for expectations and goals among counties, while allowing a measure of local control in tailoring public health policies.
The dial dashboard relies on three key metrics, including disease incidence rate, percentage of countywide COVID-19 tests that come back positive, and the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19, to generate a color-coded risk assessment. Each level further determines the activities and capacity limits based on the risk within each county.
The state created the following resources about the dial:
Eagle County will start at the Safer at Home Level 2, Concerned. The metrics for the county have been stable over the past few weeks and if they can be maintained for two more weeks, Eagle County could qualify for the Safer at Home Level 1, which can increase capacities for some indoor and outdoor settings.
“Consistent tracking of disease trends and subsequent messaging to the community is always a priority,” said Heath Harmon, Director of ECPHE. “This is true with disease monitoring as well as with guidance for events, organized sports, dining, shopping and other activities outside the home. We have seen clearly that when the messaging is inconsistent between communities, this inevitably leads to confusion and frustration. Our intention in adopting the statewide dial dashboard is to eliminate these problems.”
Eagle County will be working over the next two weeks to implement the new state dial and replace its existing COVID-19 Risk Meter. This will include collaborating with local partners to ensure there is a clear understanding of what the new dial will mean and the activities the community can expect by level.
School protocols have proven effective and have not led to an increase in COVID-19 spread. However, officials say private social gatherings that took place during the Labor Day weekend where masking and distancing were not implemented have contributed to increased spread in the community.
ECPHE is reminding community members that regardless of how the state’s risk assessment of the county fluctuates, prevention measures will not change. Following the 5 Commitments of Containment will continue to be the simplest, most effective strategy for preventing disease spread
Regular updates on the county’s response to COVID-19 are being shared at www.ECEmergency.org. The county’s forum for community discussions is at www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Those with additional questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-328-9750.
Eagle County is Currently at LEVEL 2: CONCERN
Additional State Updates
Gov. Polis Extends Mask Order: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/2991-gov-polis-extends-mask-order
| || WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME SICK |
Availability and turnaround time for COVID-19 testing in Eagle County is getting better every day. If you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, you should seek testing, preferably as soon as you experience the onset of symptoms. These include shortness of breath, fever, dry cough, headache, body aches, ear ache, sore throat, loss of the sense of smell or taste, or sometimes abdominal pain, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Eagle County COVID-19 testing sites.
If you are feeling sick, please self-report your symptoms at: Eagle County Community COVID-19 Monitoring
Eagle County Paramedic Services recently launched a telemedicine program called Hippo Health designed to connect patients with their health care options beyond a hospital visit: https://www.hippohealth.com/eaglecounty?fbclid=IwAR3FxBzqhR5e3NHlhFctHXCcZlohPm56Q9r53gwZjKl6mdqHiMN3hmCkfOI
Isolation and Homecare Recommendations
If you are sick and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect that you have COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 may include mild symptoms at the start such as headache, sore throat, fatigue, as well as muscle aches, fever, cough and shortness of breath.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have some of the symptoms above but have not been tested, you should follow the below instructions.
Stay home for 10 days from the start of symptoms AND 72 hours until fever free, whichever is longer and as long as your symptoms are significantly improving. Do not go outside, have other people visit, or leave your home during this time, except to see a healthcare provider.
Separate yourself from other people in your home
Do the best you can to stay away from other people as much as possible. If you can, stay in a room to yourself and away from other people in your home. Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone else as much as you can. Use a separate bathroom, if you can. You should not be responsible for caring for others. Additional guidance below.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Call your healthcare provider first and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. If you have a medical plan with Eagle County Public Health & Environment - follow that plan. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Wear a facemask
You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (for example, sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they are in the same room as you.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and immediately clean your hands with either alcohol based hand rub or soap and water.
Wash your hands
Clean your hands often. Wash thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alternatively, if your hands are not visibly dirty, you can use an alcohol based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol, rubbing on all surfaces of the hands until dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid sharing personal household items
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and hot water.
Monitor your symptoms and act quickly if they worsen
If your illness is worsening (for example, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing):
- Act quickly. Call your healthcare provider and tell them that you are a person who is confirmed to have, or may have COVID-19.
- If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or may have COVID19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
- Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- People who are being monitored by public health for symptoms should follow instructions provided by public health.
Family Members and Roommates of a Person with Symptoms
- If you have symptoms, please stay away from healthy household members as much as possible.
- Household members that don’t have symptoms: keep distance from the person that is ill as much as possible. This includes not sharing the same bedroom, staying at least 6 feet apart, and having the ill person and all other household members wear a mask when in the same room.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that come into contact with anyone who is sick on a regular basis.
- Make sure everyone in the household washes their hands frequently. Monitor yourself for any symptoms daily for 14 total days.
- For more information call Eagle County Public Health & Environment at 970-235-0187.
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Eagle County to adopt statewide COVID-19 dial dashboard: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Eagle_County_to_adopt_statewide_COVID-19_dial_dashboard/
Gov. Polis Extends Mask Order: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/2991-gov-polis-extends-mask-order
Gov. Polis Takes Action on Learning Pods, Extends Alternate Care Sites Executive Order: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/2966-gov-polis-takes-action-learning-pods-extends-alternate-care-sites-executive-order
Community Conversation: A Collaborative Response to COVID-19: https://reflect-vod-eaglecounty.cablecast.tv/CablecastPublicSite/show/5252?channel=1
County responds to state notification on public health variance:https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/County_responds_to_state_notification_on_public_health_variance/
Eagle County makes updates to its community monitoring dashboard: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Eagle_County_makes_updates_to_its_community_monitoring_dashboard/
With Sanitized Boulders And Masked-Up Gondolas, Colorado Ski Resorts Hope To Welcome Back Tourists, Not The Virus:https://www.cpr.org/2020/07/21/with-sanitized-boulders-and-masked-up-gondolas-colorado-ski-resorts-hope-to-welcome-back-tourists-not-the-virus/
Eagle County's One Valley Voice hosts live streaming forum to address community response to COVID-19: https://www.eaglecounty.us/Commissioners/News/Eagle_County_s_One_Valley_Voice_hosts_live_streaming_forum_to_address_community_response_to_COVID-19/
Town of Vail Public Meetings Will Return to Virtual-Only Format: https://www.vailgov.com/announcements/artmid/1158/articleid/3382/preview/true/town-of-vail-public-meetings-will-return-to-virtual-only-format
Increasing cases of COVID-19 in Eagle County prompt changes to public health order: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Increasing_cases_of_COVID-19_in_Eagle_County_prompt_changes_to_public_health_order/
Vail Dance Festival announces plans, schedule for virtual 2020 festival: https://www.vaildaily.com/entertainment/vail-dance-festival-announces-plans-schedule-for-virtual-2020-festival/
New Eagle County COVID-19 restrictions deliver a blow to events, producers: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/new-eagle-county-covid-19-restrictions-deliver-a-blow-to-events-producers/
Absent personal responsibility, Eagle County’s COVID-19 toolbox relies on regulation: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/absent-personal-responsibility-eagle-countys-covid-19-toolbox-relies-on-regulation/
Eagle County reports ninth COVID-19 death as cases double in five days: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/eagle-county-reports-ninth-covid-19-death-as-cases-double-in-five-days/
Governor Polis Announces Statewide Mask Order: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/governor-polis-announces-statewide-mask-order
Bravo! Vail announces reimagined season with outdoor concerts at Ford Amphitheater: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/bravo-vail-announces-reimagined-season-with-outdoor-concerts-at-ford-amphitheater/
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Announces Summer Programming: http://grfavail.com/2020-summer-programming/
Vail Mountain opening Eagle Bahn Gondola, bike hauls and Forest Flyer on Friday, July 17: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/vail-mountain-opening-eagle-bahn-gondola-bike-hauls-and-forest-flyer-on-friday-july-17
Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin counties to implement regional testing strategy for COVID-19:
County to implement new COVID-19 public health order: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/County_to_implement_new_COVID-19_public_health_order/
Governor Polis Extends Safer at Home and Updates Protect Our Neighbor Framework, Announces Closure of Bars: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/governor-polis-extends-safer-home-and-updates-protect-our-neighbor-framework-announces-closure
State Health Department Releases Protect-Our-Neighbors Roadmap: https://covid19.colorado.gov/press-release/state-health-department-releases-protect-our-neighbors-roadmap
Eagle County Public Health and Environment has elevated its performance indicator for new cases from comfortable to cautious:
Public Health officials responding to clusters of illness, urging precautions: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Public_Health_officials_responding_to_clusters_of_illness,_urging_precautions/
County amends Blue Square public health order: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/County_amends_Blue_Square_public_health_order/
Eagle County Prepares to Move to New COVID-19 Public Health Order: https://vailgov.com/announcements/eagle-county-prepares-to-move-to-new-covid-19-public-health-order
Residents and guests reminded of the importance of personal actions in managing COVID-19: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Residents_and_guests_reminded_of_the_importance_of_personal_actions_in_managing_COVID-19/
Eagle County Submits Variance Request for Next Iteration of Public Health Order: https://www.vailgov.com/announcements/eagle-county-submits-variance-request-for-next-iteration-of-public-health-order
Governor Polis Signs Updated Safer at Home Executive Order to Transition to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/governor-polis-signs-updated-safer-home-executive-order-transition-safer-home-and-vast-great
Governor Polis, COVID Relief Fund Announce Fourth Round of Grants: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/governor-polis-covid-relief-fund-announce-fourth-round-grants
Vail Town Manager Names Public Locations for Consumption of Alcohol under Emergency Ordinance: https://vailgov.com/announcements/vail-town-manager-names-public-locations-for-consumption-of-alcohol-under-emergency-ordinance
Vail Announces Protocols for Public Meetings: https://vailgov.com/announcements/vail-announces-protocols-for-public-meetings
Vail Community Relief Funds Providing Direct Assistance to those in Need: https://vailgov.com/announcements/vail-community-relief-funds-providing-direct-assistance-to-those-in-need
Town of Vail Buildings to Begin Phased Reopening to the Public June 1 with Required Safety Protocols: https://vailgov.com/announcements/town-of-vail-buildings-to-begin-phased-reopening-to-the-public-june-1-with-required-safety-protocols
Vail Town Council to Review Updated Budget Projections, Economic Recovery Actions during Tuesday’s Meeting: https://vailgov.com/announcements/vail-town-council-to-review-updated-budget-projections-economic-recovery-actions-during-tuesdays-meeting
2021 Burton U.S. Open Cancelled Due to Ongoing Pandemic Concerns: https://vailgov.com/announcements/2021-burton-us-open-cancelled-due-to-ongoing-pandemic-concerns
Eagle County buildings scheduled for phased reopening starting June 1: https://www.eaglecounty.us/Administration/News/Eagle_County_buildings_scheduled_for_phased_reopening_starting_June_1/
County launches collaborative COVID-19 Business Toolkit for Blue Phase: https://www.eaglecounty.us/Commissioners/News/County_launches_collaborative_COVID-19_Business_Toolkit_for_Blue_Phase/
County receives state approval for transition to Blue Phase: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/County_receives_state_approval_for_transition_to_Blue_Phase/
Eagle County to update COVID-19 public health order: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Eagle_County_to_update_COVID-19_public_health_order/
“Safer at Home” precautions recommended for older adults in Blue Phase: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/%E2%80%9CSafer_at_Home%E2%80%9D_precautions_recommended_for_older_adults_in_Blue_Phase/
Eagle County preparing for next iteration of public health order: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Eagle_County_preparing_for_next_iteration_of_public_health_order/
Eco Transit expands service: https://www.eaglecounty.us/Transit/News/ECO_Transit_expands_service(1)/
Western States Pact Urges $1 trillion in Federal Support for States and Cities Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/western-states-pact-urges-1-trillion-federal-support-states-and-cities-responding-covid-19
Economic Forecast Shows COVID-19’s Significant Impact on Colorado Economy: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/economic-forecast-shows-covid-19s-significant-impact-colorado-economy
Governor Polis Updates Coloradans on Timeline for Decision Making Under Safer at Home Phase: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/governor-polis-updates-coloradans-timeline-decision-making-under-safer-home-phase
Open For Business, A List of Local Businesses that are open and their offerings: http://vaildaily.secondstreetapp.com/Community-Bulletin-Board/
Public Health Director Heath Harmon Added to Governor's Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Policy: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/governor-polis-provides-update-colorado-response-covid-19-0
Vail Transit Returns to Service May 4 with Safety Requirements for Passengers and Drivers: https://www.vailgov.com/announcements/vail-transit-returns-to-service-may-4-with-safety-requirements-for-passengers-and-drivers
Colorado & Nevada Join California, Oregon & Washington in Western States Pact: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/colorado-nevada-join-california-oregon-washington-western-states-pact
Gov. Polis Issues Executive Order on Safer at Home: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-polis-issues-executive-order-safer-home
Plasma from recovered Vail Valley COVID-19 patients needed to help victims: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/plasma-from-recovered-vail-valley-covid-19-patients-needed-to-help-victims/
Watch: How Vail Health & the Eagle River Valley Prevented a Surge of COVID-19 Cases: https://vailhealthfoundation.org/news/watch-how-vail-health-the-eagle-river-valley-prevented-a-surge-of-covid-19-cases/?mc_cid=a51ba639b9&mc_eid=ad6cadc120
State releases public health order requiring critical business employees to wear masks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_jT7Nsg5ZNXdu-osPehkHoAwkdtKKxBI/view
Gov. Polis Provides Update to Coloradans on State Response to COVID-19 (4.22.20): https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-polis-provides-update-coloradans-state-response-covid-19-0
Colorado Gov. Polis says he expects Eagle County will be the first in the state to reopen: https://www.vaildaily.com/news/colorado-gov-polis-says-he-expects-eagle-county-will-be-the-first-in-the-state-to-reopen/?fbclid=IwAR0oTMpTJB1Cgf8WvP7QH6smWsLKqgs1x1gPRRqhmJGIGEyFCa_L6oFe9wc
Gov. Polis Provides Update to Coloradans on State Response to COVID-19 to Safer at Home: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-polis-provides-update-coloradans-state-response-covid-19
Seventh death of Eagle County resident from COVID-19: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Seventh_death_of_Eagle_County_resident_from_COVID-19/
Eagle County seeks partial relief from Colorado stay-at-home orders: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Eagle_County_seeks_partial_relief_from_Colorado_stay-at-home_orders/
ECO Transit requires passengers to wear face coverings: https://mailchi.mp/eaglecounty.us/eco-transit-requires-passengers-to-wear-face-coverings
Commissioners allocate an additional $500,000 in financial assistance for residents: https://www.eaglecounty.us/Commissioners/News/Commissioners_allocate_additional_$500,000_in_financial_assistance_for_residents/
Sixth death of Eagle County resident from COVID-19: https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Sixth_death_of_Eagle_County_resident_from_COVID-19/
Town of Vail Extends Sales Tax Relief Program to Aug. 20: https://www.vailgov.com/announcements/town-of-vail-extends-sales-tax-relief-program-to-aug-20
Critical Businesses Now Required to Post Social Distancing Protocol by 5 p.m. on April 9: https://www.vailgov.com/announcements/critical-businesses-now-required-to-post-social-distancing-protocol-by-5-pm-april-9