Garfield County COVID Numbers Trending in the Right Direction

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s COVID-19 cases continue to drop.  County Public Health Specialist Mason Hohstadt says a month ago, the average was almost 70 cases per day. Last week’s 7-day rolling average was down to 29.6.  Hohstadt says it would’ve been lower if not for one unusual day.  “This week we had 55 cases reported to … Read more

Pitkin County Goes “Red” This Weekend

ASPEN—Pitkin County is going to level red on the COVID dial this weekend. County health officials say the tighter restrictions will apply to all sectors. Starting this Sunday, January 17th at one minute past midnight, indoor dining will be banned and the last call for alcohol will be at 8 o’clock. Ski areas will be … Read more

Colorado COVID Relief Fund Shutdown

DENVER (AP) – A statewide relief fund for those in need because of the pandemic has been taken offline after raising nearly $23 million since March. A spokeswoman for Gov. Jared Polis says a seventh and likely final round of grants was recently distributed and that the state is working with the philanthropic community and … Read more

Garfield County Commissioners Ease COVID Restaurant Restrictions

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Effectively immediately, restaurants in Garfield County can offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity thanks to a resolution unanimously passed this morning by the Board of County Commissioners. The resolution was proposed last Thursday in response to the state health department’s order moving the county to level red on the COVID-19 dial due to … Read more

Garfield County COVID Cases Climbing

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to soar. According to the latest report from the county’s public health department, 807 positive cases have been confirmed over the past two weeks for an average of 57 per day. The COVID-19 death toll is now up to 23. County Public Health Director Yvonne Long says she is … Read more

Pitkin County COVID Affidavit Program Proving Costly

ASPEN— Pitkin County’s program requiring visitors to sign a coronavirus affidavit has resulted in some visitors canceling trips. Aspen Chamber Resort Association president Debbie Braun says  confusion over the program that began today is keeping many visitors out. The county is asking  visitors to sign an online affidavit that states they had a negative coronavirus … Read more

COVID Vaccine Arrives

DENVER (AP) – Colorado received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine. A FedEx driver delivered a box holding 975 frozen vials of the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech to Colorado’s health department laboratory in Denver today. Governor Jared Polis eagerly signed for the package. After opening the box, he … Read more

BREAKING: Garfield County Upgrading to Level Red

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Garfield County is being ordered by the state to move to level Red on the COVID-19 dial. The order came directly from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan and goes into effect Thursday, December 10th at 5 pm.  In her signed letter to the Board of County Commissioners, … Read more

Holy Cross Helping with Bills During COVID

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Holy Cross Energy is stepping up to help it’s members stay warm and keep the lights on during the budget-straining pandemic. The Holy Cross Board of Directors unanimously approved a Bill Payment Assistance Fund.  Under the plan, members who’ve been hit hard by COVID-19 can apply for a bill credit of up to one … Read more

COVID-19 Claims More Lives in Garfield County

GLENWOOD SPRINGS—The COVID death toll in Garfield County is now up to 16. County Coroner Rob Glassmire says 11 have been certified and five are still being investigated. He says between November 30th and December 6th, the virus claimed eight lives.  “They ranged in the age group between 53 and 98 years old.  Out of … Read more