Public Health Agency & COVID-19 Updates

Public Health

15193 HWY 119, Black Hawk 
Colorado 80422

Contacts and Hours
Vacant, Public Health Coordinator 
Dr. Dawn Comstock, Public Health Executive Director
Dr. Sarah Rowan, MD, Medical Director
Kelly Schossow, Epidemiology & Preparedness Planner
Shea Swickle, Environmental Health Specialist

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 4:00  Click here for more information

Telephone: 303-582-5803
Fax: 303-582-9063

Latest News January 24, 2022

  • If you are an individual that did an at-home test for COVID-19, you can report it through this website: You will need to create an account first. For facility name, you can enter "home", for facility address, enter your home address.
  • The CDC now recommends those aged 12 and older receive a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine 5 months after completion of their initial series. See clinic details below to register for a booster.
  • The CDC has updated its recommendation for people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to receive a booster 5 months after completion of their initial dose; it previously was 6 months. See clinic details below to register for a booster.
  • On Tuesday, January 4, the Board of Health approved Public Health Order #22-01 requiring facial coverings be worn for everyone 3 years of age and older in public indoor spaces
  • Due to insufficient resources, COVID-19 testing will only be offered on Tuesdays from 11:30am-3:30pm at the Public Health building. See this flyer for information to register.
  • The CDC has updated isolation and quarantine guidance. See their website for more information.
  • We are unable to process any water samples at this time due to insufficient staffing. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back soon to see if we have resumed this service.
  • We are currently without a Public Health Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Please direct all inquiries to and allow additional time for responses. Additionally, some services may be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience during this transition.
  • Boosters are available in Gilpin. See below for clinic details.
  • Scheduling links for COVID-19 Vaccination (Please note, the links may say Jogan Health - this is the contractor we use to provide the vaccine; you are scheduling for the correct site if you use the corresponding links):
    • We are working with our contractor to get the links for this week. Please check back soon for the links.
  • 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.  
  • As of 1/24/2022, Gilpin County has had a total of 775 confirmed COVID-19 cases (62 confirmed and probable cases in the last 7 days), 38 hospitalizations and 4 COVID-related deaths. As this number has begun to change daily, it is best to visit CDPHE’s COVID website at for the most updated information.

COVID-19 Vaccine 
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Gilpin County by appointment only. We are currently offering 1st, 2nd, and Boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Because doses for children 5-11 years old are different from those 12+, please note that the vaccine will not be available to children at all clinics. Schedule your appointment here.

Upcoming clinics:
Gilpin Community Center: 9am-3pm - Every Saturday
Gilpin Public Library: 10am-2pm - Every Wednesday

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech, anyone over the age of 12 is eligible for a booster shot at 5 months or more after their initial series completion. For those who received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a booster shot at 5 months or more after their initial series completion. 

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated 2 or more months ago.

How to Get a Vaccine for Your Child

  • Check with your child’s health care provider to see if they are offering the vaccine.
  • Children ages 5-11 can get a COVID-19 vaccine at pediatric clinics around the state. Find upcoming clinics for children.
  • Some retail pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens are taking appointments for children age 5 to 11. Find an appointment at a pharmacy near you at
  • Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is offering the vaccine for children ages 5-11 at some vaccination clinic locations. Pre-registration is required. Visit to find a vaccination location offering the vaccine for kids in Jeffco.
  • CDPHE is partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado to offer vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. Adults and children age 12 and older may also receive COVID-19 vaccines at these clinics on a walk-in basis while supplies last. Visit CDPHE’s website for more information:

Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you: or email us at

For answers to commonly asked questions about the vaccine and its safety, please see the CDPHE FAQ page here:

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 COVID-19 testing available at 15193 Hwy 119, Black Hawk CO 80422, Gilpin Public Health. Every Tuesday from 11:30am-3:30pm. You can sign up here: Please pre-register prior to arrival. 

Other Testing Sites in Colorado:

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


To report a foodborne illness from a restaurant, please complete the form here: Form Center • Jefferson County, CO • CivicEngage (


Jefferson 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

All Colorado Radon Mitigation, Inc
   - Ben Ingalls - 720-726-4556
-  Rocky Mountain Radon Control, LLC 
   - Don J. Bronson 303-980-1961
ACE Radon Corporation
     - Brian T. Schultz - - 303-753-1044
RDS Environmental, Inc
   - Donald Humphrey - - 303-444-5253
American Radon, LLC
   - John Cardos - - 720-465-1495

*We are currently unable to process any water samples due to insufficient staffing. Please check back to see if we have resumed this service. We apologize for any inconvenience
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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