Summit County Emergency Blog

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Mar 27

Summit County Launches Online Symptom Tracker

Posted on March 27, 2020 at 5:24 PM by Julie Sutor

Summit County has launched an interactive, online symptom tracker to help provide a more complete picture of the spread of illness in our community.

Summit County has confirmed community spread of COVID-19. But due to a national shortage of test kits, local health care providers are not able to offer comprehensive testing of the community – they are only testing health care workers, first responders and people who have serious illness.

The County is asking all Summit County residents who have experienced symptoms of illness since March 1, 2020, to report those symptoms in the Symptom Tracker. Residents' responses will help County and state officials dedicate resources to Summit County to ensure our needs are being met. All personally identifiable information is protected and will not be shared, sold or used to contact respondents.

On the Symptom Dashboard, community members can view anonymous aggregated data from all respondents and sort the data by ZIP code. Data displayed on the Symptom Dashboard includes responses by age group, responses by ZIP code, a symptom onset timeline and symptoms by ZIP code. Symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Any resident of Summit County who has had any symptoms of illness since March 1, 2020, is strongly encouraged to report them anonymously on the Symptom Tracker. 
Summit County residents should complete the online symptom reporting form in the tracker for each person in their household who is exhibiting symptoms or has exhibited any symptoms dating back to March 1.

The form should be completed once for each separate illness. Take, for example, a person who was sick with nausea, vomiting and fever on March 1, and then sick with fever, cough and sore throat on March 20. On March 10, her daughter was sick with fever and cough. She would complete the form three times, once for each illness.

Mar 27

Summit County to Expand Mountain Mobility Paratransit Services

Posted on March 27, 2020 at 4:50 PM by Julie Sutor

Summit Stage will offer a limited public transit service within Summit County by expanding the Mountain Mobility paratransit program beginning Monday, March 30. This limited public transit
service will provide necessary transportation, as defined in the State of Colorado's Amended Public Health Order 20-24:

“All travel, including, but not limited to, travel by automobile or public transit, except necessary travel is prohibited. Public transit only for purposes of performing necessary activities or to travel to and from work to operate critical businesses or maintain critical governmental functions. Those using public transit must comply with social-distancing requirements as defined in Section III.F, below, to the greatest extent feasible.”

This expanded paratransit service will operate on a reservation-only basis. To make a reservation, call the Summit Stage at 970-668-0999 to schedule a trip 24 hours in advance. Some same-day service may be available.

Hours of operation for the expanded paratransit service will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week, with the first pick-up at 7:30 a.m. and the last drop off at 6:30 p.m. To maintain appropriate social distancing, the number of riders per reservation will be limited. 

Critical needs are defined as: critical (non-emergency) doctor’s appointments, medication needs, groceries and those employees serving in essential sectors of the workforce (as defined by State of Colorado Public Health Order 20-24).

All requests for a reservation will be screened to ensure compliance with the desired outcomes of the Governor’s Public Health Order 20-24 (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6819224-ORDER.html) and the Summit County Public Health Department Amended Public Health Order dated March 23, 2020, along with an Addendum dated March 26, 2020, in response to the state actions.

This will not be “stop to stop” service, but is intended to fill a critical need in our community while ensuring the safety of our riders and our staff. This is not an emergency transportation service. If you have an emergency, call 911.
Mar 27

State and Local Public Health Orders Explained

Posted on March 27, 2020 at 4:40 PM by Julie Sutor

Guidance Regarding State of Colorado and Summit County Public Health Orders

On March 25, 2020, Governor Polis issued “Stay at Home” Executive Order D2020-017, and on March 26, 2020, the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued an Updated Public Health Order 20-24 Implementing Stay at Home Requirements. The Summit County Public Health Department (SCPH) has also issued an Amended Public Health Order dated March 23, 2020, along with an Addendum dated March 26, 2020, in response to the State actions.

Summit County Public Health is offering this comparison of the existing orders in order to assist individuals and businesses in determining which provisions from each order apply to them. In general, the more restrictive provision applies and/or controls, so individuals must take responsibility to read and abide by all of the orders.

Below is a comparison of potentially conflicting provisions and identification of the more restrictive provision. The governing (more restrictive) provision is listed in orange.

Please note this is not a list of all provisions that may apply to a specific individual, business or activity, this is only to clarify what applies where CDPHE’s order conflicts or potentially conflicts with SCPH’s Order. Reading this list is not a substitute for reading the actual Orders. If you have questions about CDPHE’s Order, please call 211.

View the guidance on local and state public health orders.