Public Health Agency & COVID-19 Updates

Public Health










15193 HWY 119, Black Hawk 
Colorado 80422
 

Contacts and Hours
Vacant, Public Health Coordinator 
Dr. Dawn Comstock, Public Health Executive Director
Dr. Sarah Rowan, MD, Medical Director
Kelly Schossow, Epidemiology & Preparedness Planner

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 4:00  Click here for more information

Telephone: 303-582-5803
Fax: 303-582-9063
Email: GilpinPublicHealth@co.jefferson.co.us

Latest News December 1, 2021

  • We are currently without a Public Health Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Please direct all inquiries to GilpinPublicHealth@co.jefferson.co.us and allow additional time for responses. Additionally, some services may be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience during this transition.
  • Child doses will be available at the Gilpin Community Center 12/4. Please see the links below to register.
  • Boosters are available in Gilpin. See below for clinic details.
  • All appointments for Moderna are booked this week. Please check back next week for new links to register or visit another site in the State.
  • Scheduling links for COVID-19 Vaccination (Please note, all will say Jogan Health - this is the contractor we use to provide the vaccine; you are scheduling for the correct site if you use the corresponding links):
  • The Jefferson Center for Mental Health will be hosting an Adult Mental Health First Aid training at the Gilpin Public Library on December 9th. Click here for more information.
  • We Have Moved!! - Our new office is located at 15193 Hwy 119, Black Hawk, CO 80422.  All regular public health services (including COVID testing and water sample drop off) will take place at the new office.  
  • As of 11/30/2021, Gilpin County has had a total of 531 confirmed COVID-19 cases (7 confirmed and probable cases in the last 7 days), 20 hospitalizations and 3 COVID-related deaths. As this number has begun to change daily, it is best to visit CDPHE’s COVID website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data for the most updated information.
  • The Board of County Commissioners adopted PHO 21-4, requiring mask for all persons entering the Gilpin Public Schools. Click here for more details.
  • Due to the increase in cases and hospitalizations around Colorado, Gilpin County has amended the public health order pertaining to mask wearing.  Masks are now required in all county buildings and unvaccinated employees and elected officials are now required to obtain weekly COVID tests effective 9/7/21 moving forward.  Click Public Health Order to read the order.
  • The CDC and CDPHE and Gilpin County Public Health are strongly recommending wear a masking indoors. Masks are still required in Gilpin County buildings and clinical settings.

COVID-19 Vaccine 
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Gilpin County by appointment only. We are currently offering 1st, 2nd, and Boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Because doses for children 5-11 years old are different from those 12+, please note that the vaccine will not be available to children at all clinics. Schedule your appointment here.

Upcoming clinics:
Gilpin Community Center: 9am-3pm - Every Saturday
Gilpin Public Library: 10am-2pm - Every Wednesday

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series completion. 

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

How to Get a Vaccine for Your Child

  • Check with your child’s health care provider to see if they are offering the vaccine.
  • Children ages 5-11 can get a COVID-19 vaccine at pediatric clinics around the state. Find upcoming clinics for children.
  • Some retail pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens are taking appointments for children age 5 to 11. Find an appointment at a pharmacy near you at www.vaccines.gov.
  • Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is offering the vaccine for children ages 5-11 at some vaccination clinic locations. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup to find a vaccination location offering the vaccine for kids in Jeffco.
  • CDPHE is partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado to offer vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. Adults and children age 12 and older may also receive COVID-19 vaccines at these clinics on a walk-in basis while supplies last. Visit CDPHE’s website for more information: https://covid19.colorado.gov/kids-vaccines

Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you: 
https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated or email us at GilpinPublicHealth@co.jefferson.co.us.

For answers to commonly asked questions about the vaccine and its safety, please see the CDPHE FAQ page here: 
https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-faq.

While you wait to get vaccinated, please continue doing your part by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from those not in your household.

COVID-19 Testing

  • We have COVID-19 testing available at 100 Chase St., the parking lot for the Z Casino. Every Tuesday from 9am-12pm. You can sign up here: https://www.affinityecarecolorado.com/co/. Please pre-register prior to arrival.
  • We have COVID-19 testing available at 15193 Hwy 119, Black Hawk CO 80422, Gilpin Public Health. Every Tuesday from 12:30pm-4:30pm. You can sign up here: https://www.affinityecarecolorado.com/co/. Please pre-register prior to arrival. 

Other Testing Sites in Colorado: https://covidtest.colorado.gov/map

What to do if you test positive:

If you test positive, you will need to isolate yourself, take care of yourself and monitor your symptoms.

Talk with your healthcare provider for guidance about your care. Consider a telehealth visit or nurse line before seeking in-person care.

The people who have been in close contact with you will need to take precautions. Read more about self-quarantining.

Help GCPH slow the spread:

When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is very important for GCPH to quickly identify any individuals who have come in close contact with that person. This allows us to let that person know they could have been exposed to the virus, so they can also take steps to protect their own health and the health of their loved ones. 

Following your positive diagnosis, an employee from GCPH will call you to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate. We will also reach out to close contacts who could have been exposed and ask them to monitor their symptoms and self-quarantine. We will never disclose your name to those close contacts.

Questions? Call Public Health 303.582.5803

OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

FOODBORNE ILLNESSES
To report a foodborne illness from a restaurant, please complete the form here: Form Center • Jefferson County, CO • CivicEngage (jeffco.us)

MENTAL HEALTH WITH THE JEFFERSON CENTER - https://www.jcmh.org/

Jefferson Center will be providing walk in crisis support once offices are safe to reopen, but until that time crisis responses, including mobile requests, will be provided over the phone or through Zoom.

Hours of availability are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am-6:00pm.

Phone number to call is 720-731-4146

24/7 crisis support at our Walk In Crisis Center located at 4643 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheatridge 80033, by phone to 303-432-5525 and through Zoom.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services were added at our Evergreen Office located at 31207 Keats Way #202, Evergreen, CO 80439.

RADON AWARENESS - Click for more information

Across the US, about 6% of homes have unhealthy radon levels. In Colorado, that number increases to 50%. If prolonged exposure to unhealthy radon level occurs, its equivalent to receiving 200 chest x-rays in a year. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that decays into radioactive particles, increasing the risk of lung cancer to those exposed. Radon cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, yet is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America. Radon exposure causes as many as 500 lung cancer deaths every year in Colorado. 

Radon 101 - What You Need to Know - Jan 22nd, 2021 Zoom Recording

To protect yourself and your home, test for radon often. Testing is simple and inexpensive and when problems are discovered, they’re much easier to fix than you’d think. Gilpin County Public Health provides a free test kit for residents while supplies last. Stop by to pick up your kit, or call for more information: 101 Norton Dr. Black Hawk, CO 80422 / 303.582.5803


If your home needs radon mitigation, below is a list of Gold Star Mitigation Companies that will come to Gilpin County.  To become recognized, a Gold Star Radon Mitigator must take a pledge to:

Follow one of the recognized radon mitigation standards

Maintain a current mitigation certification by the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) or the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB)

Guarantee their mitigation system will reduce radon levels below 4.0 pCi/L

GOLD STAR MITIGATION COMPANIES 
All Colorado Radon Mitigation, Inc
   - Ben Ingalls - ben@allcoloradoradon.com- 720-726-4556
-  Rocky Mountain Radon Control, LLC 
   - Don J. Bronson -bronsond@msn.com- 303-980-1961
ACE Radon Corporation
     - Brian T. Schultz - mail@aceradon.com - 303-753-1044
RDS Environmental, Inc
   - Donald Humphrey - don@rdsenvironmental.com - 303-444-5253
American Radon, LLC
   - John Cardos - americanradonllc@gmail.com - 720-465-1495

WATER TESTING
Gilpin County Public Health has a water quality lab certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It provides water testing to detect total coliform bacteria and E. coli using the Colilert Presence/Absence method. 
Water samples are accepted Monday through Thursday from 8 am until 4 pm at this office. There is a $25 charge for this test. For more information call 303-582-5803. For a schedule of webinars on caring for your well, please click here.

Public Health Newsletters: Click here to see the editions available.
Public Health Facebook Page: Click here 
Septic & Well Information:
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