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 June 7th, 2021 

  • As of 6/7/2021, Gilpin County has had a total of 272 confirmed COVID19 cases (2 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.

  • GCPH Aligns with State Mask Orders:Along with other Denver Metro Area counties, Gilpin County Public Health (GCPH) amended its countywide mask order (Public Health Order 21-02) effective May 18 to allow all residents to follow the more relaxed mask requirements from the State of Colorado per Executive Order D 2021 103 and according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Second Amended Public Health Order 20-38. The courts and all other county buildings, however, will continue to require masks regardless of vaccination status.  All persons entering the building for court-related matters are required to wear masks in accordance with the Order Regarding Safety in Colorado Courthouses issued by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on May 17, 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. 

  • 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.


INTERESTED IN HEALTH CARE CLOSER TO HOME?

Clinica Family Health is a community health center that provides comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and pharmacy services to families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. For the past 45 years, they have offered health care to families living in Boulder, Broomfield and Adams counties.

Many of you would probably agree that finding health care can be difficult in the mountains. Adverse travel conditions or long drives can discourage people from getting the care they need. Postponing care can have serious consequences, especially for those who are pregnant, sick or dealing with a long-term condition like diabetes or depression. Leaders of western Boulder and Gilpin counties have asked Clinica to explore bringing health care services closer to our homes so we don’t have to make lengthy trips to the doctor. But wanting to respect the wishes of our community, Clinica and the mountain community leaders want to know what you think. Would you like to have health care closer to home? What is most important to you when you choose a health care provider?

If Clinica made the commitment to your community to provide health services in Western Boulder and Gilpin counties, would you be interested in utilizing these services for yourself or your family? Please click on the link below to learn more and complete a short survey on bringing health care to the mountain community. And feel free to share this link with your friends and neighbors. Your feedback is vital to Clinica’s decision on whether to expand their services and which services we want most.

Click on this link to learn more about Clinica and our mountain community health care project -- https://www.clinica.org/mnt-comm-health-2/

Click on this link to complete the survey about mountain community health care --  https://managemycare.clinica.org/mtn-survey

 

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. We will be offering a limited number of Johnson & Johnson vaccines Wednesday mornings in June. Appointments are strongly encouraged; however, we will take walk-ins if we have doses remaining. You can schedule an appointment for one of these clinics here. You can look for appointments elsewhere in the state here.

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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