Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pitkin County Public Health (PCPH), Aspen Valley Hospital, and other local agencies are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We are working together to prepare, following recommendations and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). We are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our community and visitors.

A Letter to Our Community from AVH and Our Medical Staff | March 24, 2020
A Letter from AVH CEO Dave Ressler | March 19, 2020

The Aspen Daily News Update: Featuring Dave Ressler on information about COVID-19 and what you need to know | March 20, 2020

Ways To Give During COVID-19


HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
What To Do If You Are Sick
Caring For Yourself At Home
Get Your Home Ready
How To Slow The Spread
Are You At A Higher Risk?
Coronavirus Self-Checker

Follow the link above and click the "Coronavirus Self-Checker" bubble to follow a series of prompts to help you understand your symptoms.

POSTPONING ELECTIVE SURGERIES AND OUTPATIENT SERVICES
Guided by recommendations from the Surgeon General of the United States and the American College of Surgeons, and to voluntarily comply with Governer Polis' executive order, Aspen Valley Hospital and the Midvalley Surgery Center will continue to temporarily postpone all elective surgeries and procedures through April 14. The postponement of surgical cases is necessary to limit COVID-19 spread and do everything we can to protect our patients and healthcare providers, and to preserve limited resources for the weeks ahead. Patients who have elective surgeries over the next two weeks will be notified by Aspen Valley Hospital personnel.
 
This postponement may also include elective outpatient services. Patients with outpatient appointments and procedures that are affected will be notified if they are also being postponed.
 
This decision aligns with our community’s proactive approach to mitigate the transmission rate of the virus and flatten the dissemination curve, while also being aggressive with Hospital preparation for critically ill patients. And Aspen Valley Hospital stands ready to provide supportive care for patients with severe symptoms, who may need hospitalization or a higher level of care.
 
We recognize the inconvenience this decision causes our patients, and we ask them for their understanding during this quickly evolving situation.
 
If you are an Aspen Valley Hospital patient and have questions about an upcoming surgery, appointment or procedure, please call your provider or the department for further instructions.


LIMITING NON-ESSENTIAL ACCESS
Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to protect staff, patients and Whitcomb Terrace residents, Aspen Valley Hospital is limiting non-essential access to all locations to help limit potential exposure to novel coronavirus, COVID-19. In an effort to maintain Aspen Valley Hospital’s operational status, all patients and visitors will be asked screening questions prior to entering the Hospital or any other Aspen Valley Hospital facilities, until further notice.

Aspen Valley Hospital itself will also have limited access points:

  • The designated entry point for all non-emergent services at Aspen Valley Hospital will be the east entrance.
  • The emergency department can still be accessed 24/7, after first calling a specific phone number and being screened by our ED charge nurse.
  • The emergency department will be the only point of entrance to Aspen Valley Hospital after 5pm on weekdays and on the weekends.
  • The Snowmass Clinic in Snowmass Village and the After-Hours Medical Care clinic in Basalt are now screening patients by phone before patients are allowed to enter either facility.
  • Whitcomb Terrace is limiting visitors and working with residents and families to limit non-essential outings.

Scheduled patients are asked to come in a few minutes in advance of their appointment, to allow time for the screening. In order to limit the number of persons entering the facility and requiring screening, Aspen Valley Hospital will be limiting Hospital access to only patients and their visitors, and not allowing access for other persons who do not have a healthcare-related reason to be at the Hospital. Aspen Valley Hospital is also working with vendors to limit access.

Please also be advised we are asking the general public not to access the Castle Creek Café at Aspen Valley Hospital.


​WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR HAVE SYMPTOMS?
If you have symptoms including cough, fever and shortness of breath, and are able to manage your symptoms on your own, stay home. If you are over 60 and have underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, contact your doctor to discuss your risk.

  • If you need help managing your symptoms, but are not in need of emergency care, call your doctor. In order to prevent the spread of illness, it is important to call ahead before going to see a doctor.
  • If you experience severe respiratory distress and/or need immediate attention, call 9-1-1 and let them know you are concerned you may have COVID-19.


WHO CAN BE TESTED FOR THE VIRUS?
With the COVID-19 virus now presumed to be in the “community transmission” mode, testing is being reserved for critical cases. Aspen Valley Hospital is only testing patients who are high risk and who are in need of emergency care or hospitalization.

We are now in a “mitigation phase” in our community, and our focus is on utilizing social distancing measures in order to reduce the rate of transmission between persons, and the resulting stress on the local healthcare delivery system.

In the event that CDPHE decides it can support additional testing in our community, Aspen Valley Hospital would welcome the opportunity to broaden the testing eligibility in order to further inform our state’s response, and for the benefit of potentially afflicted community members who want to know their viral status.

Call the Pitkin County Community Coronavirus Hotline at 970-429-6186 for coronavirus questions and concerns. It is staffed daily, 8 am to 8 pm.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

The following are some steps our community can take to be informed and proactive:

  • Subscribe to the Pitkin Alert text message updates by texting CVIRUS to 888-777.
  • Questions about coronavirus? Call the Pitkin County Community Coronavirus Hotline at 970-429-6186 or the state of Colorado COVID Helpline at 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org. Language interpretation is available.
  • People who are symptomatic AND have traveled to affected areas or have been in contact with a known patient can call the CDPHE general epidemiology hotline at 303-692-2700. This line is staffed seven days a week from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs - English
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs - En español

Pitkin County Public Health has created an information hub dedicated to COVID-19 at www.pitkincounty.com/coronavirus.
It features local information and updates, plus links to websites for CDPHE, the CDC, and much more.
 
We plan to continue to work closely with PCPH to share updates as the situation evolves.

 
 

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