Public Health Agency & COVID-19 Updates

Public Health










101 Norton Drive, Black Hawk 
Colorado 80422
 

Contacts and Hours

Bonnie Albrecht, Public Health Coordinator 
Mark Johnson, MD, Medical Director
Kelly Schossow, Epidemiology & Preparedness Planner
Jamie Aberle, Administrative Coordinator


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 May 18th, 2021 

  • We have COVID19 testing available at 100 Chase St., the parking lot for the Z Casino. Every Thursday from 10am-2pm.
    You can sign up here:
    https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe. Please pre-register prior to arrival. 

  • As of 5/18/2021, Gilpin County has had a total of 245 confirmed COVID19 cases (12 cases in the last 7 days), 11 hospitalization 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.

      • Gilpin County is in Level Green on the COVID19 Dial.  This means most businesses and restaurants may operate at 100% capacity with 6 foot distancing.  Also, table games in casinos are authorized to open.  The state and county mask orders remain in effect, and in Gilpin County all residents and visitors are required to wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces when 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained. For more details see the full public health order here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1erJtOVUPOyqnFLgNTzSJDaMCa3Vpk4Ys/view.

        

  • Beginning May 16, Gilpin County will move to Level Clear on the Simplified Dial, per GCPH’s Public Health Order 21-02. Under Level Clear, the county will enter a 90-day observation period during which businesses will be able to operate at 100 percent capacity with no additional restrictions, except for indoor mask requirements or other requirements implemented by the State of Colorado or Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This move is part of a Metro Denver regional approach to phase into a full reopening as safely as possible while efforts continue to help more residents get vaccinated against COVID-19.

    “Gilpin County and our neighbors across the Denver Metro Area are able to make this change now because so many residents are choosing to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, Gilpin County Public Health (GCPH). “Getting vaccinated is our community’s path to staying fully open. Widespread vaccination coverage among Gilpin residents is the key to all of us getting back to doing the things we love. That’s why I’m so thrilled that, with the FDA’s very recent Emergency Use Approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 12-15, now even more residents can be protected. Further, getting a vaccine is now easier than ever with free, walk-up vaccine clinic locations widely available across the state.”

    While capacity limits and mitigation requirements will go away in Level Clear, there is a snapback provision. For 90 days (May 16-August 15), GCPH will closely monitor new hospitalizations of individuals with COVID-19, a health metric indicative of severity of COVID-19 infections. If needed, GCPH will reapply capacity limits and mitigation requirements based on hospitalization rates. For example, if the county surpasses 1.0 hospital admissions per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period, public health officials will implement restrictions as described in the public health order.

    “While every step forward gives me a lot of hope, we remind residents that COVID-19 is still circulating in our community — currently, especially among young people — and variants are threatening our progress,” said Dr. Comstock. “In order to remain fully open for good, we’ll need everyone who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Together we can keep severe illness low as we continue efforts to contain this virus and prevent ongoing widespread community transmission.”

    In Gilpin County as of May 13, 38.3% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and another 14.3% have received at least one dose of their two-dose vaccine. Public health experts estimate that 70-85% of the population needs to be vaccinated to stop the ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

    With the county’s move to Level Clear, the statewide indoor mask requirements remain in effect. Community members must wear masks in indoor public settings where 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present, unless a business has verified that at least 80% of people in the space are fully vaccinated and have shown proof of vaccination. Most indoor public settings where large numbers of people gather and enter and exit frequently like grocery stores, retail stores and gyms will continue to need to require mask-wearing. Masks also continue to be required in Pre-K-12 schools, public areas of county or municipal government facilities, congregate care facilities, prisons, jails, medical and healthcare settings, during travel (per CDC requirements), personal service settings and casinos regardless of vaccination status. All sectors must also comply with any other requirements put in place by the State of Colorado or CDPHE.

    Community members should know that businesses can still require COVID-19 mitigation steps, such as continued mask wearing and social distancing measures, even if they are not required by the county or state. Anyone visiting a business should follow that particular business’s requirements for entering.

    For more information about Level Clear, see Public Health Order 21-02. For more information about where and how to get a vaccine, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated. To track case rates, hospitalization data and more in Gilpin county, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial-dashboard. For vaccination coverage, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-data-dashboard



COVID-19 Vaccine

  

All Coloradans are eligible to receive a vaccine and doses are now widely available from a variety of providers, including most retail pharmacies and many primary care providers, with no appointment needed. In Gilpin County, we are finishing up 2nd dose appointments and have very limited 1st doses available due to a significant decrease in demand. You can look for appointments elsewhere in the state here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/where-can-i-get-vaccinated. If you need to receive a 1st dose and are unable to go outside of the county, please call us at 303-582-5803 or email gilpinpublichealth@jeffco.us to discuss your options.

The FDA has approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15 years old. We are working on a plan to offer vaccines to this age group and will update the website once available. You also may search for providers carrying the Pfizer vaccine here: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ (make sure to specify the Pfizer product when searching).

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.

Once you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, it is imperative that you continue to follow public health guidelines for the health and safety of our community. Please continue to wear a mask as required and social distance.


 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID19 testing is available at the Z-Casino parking lot (100 Chase St.) every Thursday from 10am-2pm.
You can sign up here:
https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe. 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 nurseline 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

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

The 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.

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