Public Health Agency & COVID-19 Updates

Public Health










101 Norton Drive, Black Hawk 
Colorado 80422
 
     

Contacts and Hours
Bonnie Albrecht, Public Health Coordinator 
Dr. Dawn Comstock, Public Health Executive Director
Dr. Sarah Rowan, MD, Medical Director
Kelly Schossow, Epidemiology & Preparedness Planner

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 October 11th, 2021 

  • We Have Moved!! -  Our new office is located at 15193 Hwy 119, Black Hawk CO 80422.  All regular public health services (including covid testing and water sample drop off) will take place at the new office, please plan ahead.  
  • Free Flu Shot Clinics - Gilpin County Community Center 10-2pm - 10/20/21.  You may register here, or email jaberle@jeffco.us 
  • The Board of County Commissioners adopted PHO 21-4, requiring mask for all persons entering the Gilpin Public Schools. Click here for more details.
  • As of 10/18/2021, Gilpin County has had a total of 416 confirmed COVID-19 cases (6 confirmed and probable cases in the last 7 days), 18 hospitalizations 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.
  • Due to the increase in cases and hospitalizations around Colorado, Gilpin County has amended the public health order pertaining to mask wearing.  Mask are now required in all county buildings and unvaccinated employees and elected officials are no required to facilitate weekly covid tests effective 9/7/21 moving forward.  Click Public Health Order to read the order.
  • The CDC and CDPHE and Gilpin County Public Health are strongly recommending wear a masking indoors.  Mask are still required in Gilpin County buildings and clinical settings.                                                                                                      

COVID-19 Vaccine 
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Gilpin County.  No appointment is necessary.  Offering Pfizer, Moderna and J&J. 
Upcoming clinics:
Gilpin Community Center -  9am -3pm - 10/23, 10/3
Gilpin Public Library: 10am-2pm - 10/20, 10/27   
         

Following authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially recommended Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people at higher risk for COVID-19 to help increase their protection. These recommendations only apply to eligible individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their first two vaccine doses at least six months ago. People who received a Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccine should continue to wait for more information, which is expected in the coming weeks.

Specifically, CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

 

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. 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. 

The FDA has authorized an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. An additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after completion of the initial two-dose mRNA series is authorized for individuals with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. There is no recommendation for additional doses for individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine at this time. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html). 

We expect boosters to be available for the general population shortly. Information will be posted when we have more to share.

Find a covid-19 vaccine near you: https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated or call us at (303) 582-5803.

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.

COVID-19 Testing

  • We have COVID19 testing available at 100 Chase St., the parking lot for the Z Casino. Every Tuesday from 9am-12pm. You can sign up here: https://www.affinityecarecolorado.com/co/. Please pre-register prior to arrival.
  • We have COVID19 testing available at 101 Norton Dr., Gilpin Public Health. Every Tuesday from 12:30pm-4:30pm. You can sign up here: https://www.affinityecarecolorado.com/co/. 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 nurse line 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.

Public Health Newsletters: Click here to see the editions available.
Public Health Facebook Page: Click here 
Septic & Well Information
This has been moved to Community Development. Please click here for that page.

 

 


 

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