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COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus

Information about COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus

For the safety of our patients, providers and staff, we are not accepting visitors at this time.

Exceptions to these guidelines may be considered on a case-by-case basis for patients who are at the end of life, and our birth center has slightly different restrictions.

We encourage family members and friends to use digital devices to connect with their loved ones in the hospital. Video chats, messages and telephone calls are important to help support patients. Thank you for helping us provide your loved ones with extraordinary care .

Call Center Information & Screening Test Sites

Overall Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location and Schedule:

Monday / Wednesday / Friday - Gunnison Gunnison Public Health (South Parking Lot)

Tuesday and Thursday - Crested Butte Community School (Back parking lot)

*All community inquiries need to be directed to call the Call Center (970-641-7660)

For the most current information in our area, visit Gunnison County Health and Human Services.

You will find:

  • Current Updates
  • General Information about COVID-19
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to go Gunnison County Health and Human Services website


Hospital Impacts

The Emergency Department averaged 25% capacity today. Med/Surg averaged 38% capacity today. There were 3 patients whose symptoms worsened and they needed ICU care. All 3 were transferred to St. Mary’s. These 3 are included in the tally of 9 patients overall who have transferred out of Gunnison since the start of the incident. Three patients are currently in beds (23% capacity). One is amber, 2 are green. Total patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 that have required hospitalization at GVH is 14, to date. Green-stable, we are treating and hopeful to discharge to home in the next 24-48 hours. Amber-not-so-stable, symptoms are worsening and we are providing extra care for them, no discharge anticipation.

GVH Updates March 24th

Backcountry Use

As you may have heard through social media and news outlets, San Juan County has banned backcountry skiing. Ouray County’s Sheriff’s Office has also made a request that residents halt “high risk” backcountry activities like backpacking, climbing and backcountry skiing.

We recognize that residents of Gunnison County have found solace, peace and mental health benefits over the past several difficult weeks from participating in activities like backcountry skiing and climbing. We also recognize that mountain biking season is right around the corner at Hartman Rocks.

At this point, and moving forward, any need for search and rescue or emergency services will put a significant burden on our healthcare system. Having to initiate a rescue will force first responders and your partners to break social distancing protocols and potentially expose them to COVID-19.

We do not have any plans to discourage backcountry use at this time, but we are asking all users to dial down their expectations and dial up their risk management. One way to think about your risk choices would be to ask yourself if you would feel totally fine doing what you are doing with no partner, no rescue equipment and no evacuation plan. You should not be relying on emergency services to provide a rescue during this pandemic.

While the backcountry has seen an uptick in use during this time, we also are encouraging avid backcountry users to try lower risk activities. Now is a great time to try Nordic skiing, hiking, running or fly fishing. If you do choose to use the backcountry, please tune into resources like the Crested Butte Avalanche Center and bring your full attention to the level of risk that you are placing yourself, your partners and your first responders in.

GVH Updates March 23rd

Social Distancing

Business compliance and social distancing is very important. Social distancing does in fact apply to children as well as adults. Children can be vectors for this disease, so please self isolate at home away from group settings to eliminate any risk of your children bringing this virus home to parents or other family members.

GVH Updates March 21st

Alternate Treatment Facility

Gunnison County Public Works has re-purposed the Fred Field Building at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds as an alternate treatment facility in case of a surge of hospitalized patients affected by COVID-19.

Co-incident commanger and EMS Captain C.J. Malcolm told the Times this morning that the building is well-suited for an alternative treatment center in that it has a strong exhaust system which will keep fresh air flowing through the room should it become filled with patients. The room will be used in the event of hospital overflow to treat noncritical patients who need more support than they can receive at home.

“Our goal is to never use it,” Malcolm said.

Additionally, Malcolm said a type 2 strike team has been requested which will consist of five ambulances containing pre-hospital ventilators which will be stationed in the Gunnison Valley. The strike team — a homgenous group of resources, in this case ambulances — will service the region stretching from Chaffee County to Telluride. It will tranfer patients who need a higher level of care out of region to other facilities for treatment.

GVH Updates March 20th

Potential Impacts on the Hospital

Gunnison County is working on a way to better reflect the impacts that the hospital is seeing. They are considering a green, amber, red type indicator to display to the public. The numbers can change so quickly there and we want to ensure we are portraying an accurate message. Gunnison County doesn't currently have a need for an alternate care site, but are working to adapt the Fred Field Center should we have a surge of folks to the healthcare system.

State Orders for Ambulance Strike Team

A Type II Ambulance Strike Team was ordered today with the state to be a local and regional asset. This includes a Strike Force Leader and 5 ALS Paramedic Ambulances. We are uncertain of its arrival or availability at this time.

GVH Updates March 19th

We are beginning to see the growth in treatment phase of this pandemic in our community. We cannot stress enough the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of this disease. We MUST adhere to the Public Health Orders so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system. While we don’t anticipate the need to use the Fred Field House as an alternate care facility, we are taking proactive measures to stand it up as an alternative should GVH become overloaded.

Special Shopping Hours for 60+

Walmart: Starting on Tues, March 24th, Walmart will be dedicating 6:00am-7:00am hours to age 60+ every Tuesday.

Safeway will be allowing shopping for the elderly, immunocompromised, pregnant, and other people with health conditions on Tuesday and Thursday 7:00am-9:00am.

Clark’s Market in Crested Butte has Senior Shopping Hours from 8:00am-9:00am each day for residents 60+ years of age.

City Market: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00am-8:00am is available for anyone 60+.

GVH Updates March 18th

  • The Senior Care Center has been testing all employees per state regulations. As of today, we will be testing all GVH employees entering the building using COVID screening techniques. Anyone testing positive will be given the appropriate follow up.

  • Public Health Order issued from Gunnison County

Latest Update March 17 - Screening Updates

The following patients with COVID-19 symptoms are asked to please call the call center at 970-641-7660.

  • Healthcare workers
  • Employed in public safety occupation (e.g., law enforcement, fire fighter, EMS)
  • Part of an illness cluster in a facility or institution (e.g., healthcare, school, corrections, shelters)
  • With severe lower respiratory illness (hospitalized or fatal)
  • With worsening symptoms
  • Older than 60 years
  • With underlying medical conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Had contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient

Some positive feedback during this time

“My profound thanks to all who have planned and delivered health care and other services over the past several weeks as our community has responded to the current health emergency. Your work and dedication confirm my belief that Gunnison County's health services infrastructure and delivery system is the best in Colorado. For your knowledge, commitment, hard work and ability to work together in the most difficult of situations we are all very grateful.”

Ronda Connaway

Latest Update March 16 - Self Reporting

In an effort to better track folks throughout our community and minimize call volumes to the call center, Gunnison County Health and Human Services have created a google form for those that are showing symptoms. If you are feeling symptomatic, but are not high risk, we ask that you fill out the form instead of call in. As this information becomes more available we will begin posting some of those numbers.

Social Distancing

While our social distancing and public health orders may seem severe, our model is being adopted across the state and possibly beyond. Our number one priority is to ensure that health care and emergency services are available to those that need it most. In order accomplish this, we have to slow the spread of this illness.

You can still get outside and recreate, so long as you are practicing social distancing, we encourage everyone to keep up the active lifestyle that our community loves.

Latest Update March 13 - People at Risk for Serious Illness

As COVID-19, novel Coronavirus begins to spread within the USA, the senior population and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, or respiratory sickness are the most vulnerable and at risk of transmitting the virus.

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel
  • If you are unable to access food or household supplies on your own, ask for help.
  • Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed

Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs

Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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As at March 12, there are three (3) people that have tested positive to COVID-19 in Gunnison County.

Gunnison Valley Health is here to meet all of your healthcare needs.

  • If you have a medical emergency call 911.

  • If you are concerned about your fever and flu-like symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, please call the Gunnison County Health Hotline at 970-641-7660.

  • If any of your symptoms become worse or you have difficulty breathing, call 911 or come to the emergency department.

Latest Update March 12 - New Public Health Screening Site and Screening Prioritization

Public Health has advised that in order to protect the highest risk groups in the community, they will prioritize screening for those that need it most. The Gunnion County Health Hotline is in place for initial screening. Those deemed at the highest risk will receive instructions for a screening at the drive-in screening center which will open tomorrow, March 13 and will remain open Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm. The drive-in screening center will be supported by Gunnison Valley Health trained staff. Health and Human Services is also working to create a secondary screening location in the north valley in the coming days.

Latest Update March 10 - New Gunnison County Health Hotline - call 970-641-7660 between 8am-6pm 7 days a week.

Gunnison County has established a local dedicated call center during the hours of 8am to 6pm seven (7) days a week. If you are experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, please call the hotline who will screen you and provide more information.

If any of your symptoms become worse, you experience difficulty breathing or have a a medical emergency, please contact 911 or come to the emergency department.

Latest Update March 10 - Visiting Patients at the Hospital

As a precautionary measure, we are encouraging limited patient visitation to our hospital. If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not visit the hospital. The doors to the Patient Care Unit are secure and all visitors must enter through the Emergency Department.

Latest update March 9 - Restricted Access to Senior Care Center and Assisted Living

As COVID-19, novel Coronavirus begins to spread within the USA, the senior population are the most vulnerable and at risk of transmitting the virus.

Over the next few weeks, it is expected that between 5,000 – 10,000 visitors will arrive to the Gunnison Valley to participate in Spring break vacations. We want to be proactive and implement every measure possible to ensure our senior community is safe.

Starting from 7pm March 9, we are prohibiting all visitation to the Senior Care Center and Assisted Living. During this time, we will be limiting out of facility transport to essential appointments only. We are monitoring this situation daily and encourage family members to call their loved ones to maintain contact during this time.

Guidance for communities concerning COVID-19, novel coronavirus.

Gunnison County Public Health and its partners within the healthcare system are ensuring the community is prepared for COVID-19. There are 7 different types of the coronavirus, most of which are the common cold. The strand of virus we are concerned with is COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand.

The Colorado Health Emergency Line, or CO Help, has been set up to provide information about COVID-19, call 1-877-462-2911 with questions. Language interpretation is available.

In order to keep everyone safe, we all must do our part to slow the spread of any illness by preparing now.

What you can do:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

  • Stay home if you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Wear a face mask (surgical mask if you have one) or cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently and don’t share personal items (drinking glass or utensils) with others.
  • Call your healthcare provider. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or the emergency department unannounced.
  • Your doctor’s office will assess your illness on the phone, which may include information or other guidance for you and household members.
  • Testing for COVID-19 is not a routine test. Your healthcare provider will work with local and state public health officials to determine who should be tested for COVID-19. All testing is currently limited to those with the highest risk of exposure.

Contacts and additional information:

Gunnison County Public Health: 970-641-3244 or visit

State COVID-19 hotline: CO-Help is a toll-free hotline that has been set up to provide information about COVID-19 and answer your questions. If you have questions about COVID-19 you are asked to call 1-877-462-2911.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) updates their website weekly:

CDPHE Facebook ( and Twitter (@CDPHE)