Pitkin County Public Health (PCPH), Aspen Valley Hospital, and other local agencies are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to ensure the health and safety of our community. We are working together, 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), to safely move our community forward.
For the most up-to-date information including hospital capacity, testing numbers and status of public health orders, visit Pitkin County's COVID-19 Response and Recovery website by clicking the button below.
Aspen Valley Hospital is immensely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from our community during this unprecendented time. For more information on how you can help support your healthcare workers, please click the link below.
ASPEN VALLEY HOSPITAL IS TESTING FOR COVID-19
As part of Pitkin County Public Health’s transition to a “Box It In” strategy to contain COVID-19 and safely reopen our community, Aspen Valley Hospital is partnering with Public Health and has expanded COVID-19 testing in our community. Currently:
Our Respiratory Evaluation Center is still open to see patients who need help managing moderate to severe respiratory symptoms. The center is open to patients seven days a week: 12 noon – 4pm. Again, please call your primary care physician for further evaluation, or if you do not have a primary care physician, please call Aspen Valley Primary Care at 970-279-4111.
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, call your primary care physician so you can be evaluated for testing. If you are over 60 and have underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, contact your doctor to discuss your risk.
RESUMING ELECTIVE SURGERIES, PROCEDURES AND OUTPATIENT SERVICES
Guided by the direction of a team of Aspen Valley Hospital surgeons, anesthesiologists and staff, Aspen Valley Hospital and the Midvalley Surgery Center are resuming non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries, procedures and some outpatient services effective Friday, May 1. Originally postponed to preserve essential capacity and PPE levels in accordance with COVID-19 safety recommendations from the Surgeon General of the United States and American College of Surgeons, these cases will be rescheduled as soon as possible based on patient need and physician judgment.
Only patients who do not have COVID-19 symptoms or risk factors, such as cough, fever or shortness of breath or who have not been recently exposed to COVID-19, will be candidates at this time. To maintain the safety of our patients and medical staff, all surgical patients will be screened for these COVID-19 risk factors and tested pre-operatively using PCR swab tests specifically for this purpose.
Aspen Valley Hospital continues to follow CDC and CDPHE guidelines regarding resuming of operations, taking extra precautions to assure the physical separation of potential COVID patients from our other patients, while actively screening all who enter our facilities. Aspen Valley Hospital’s restricted access and masking guidelines are still in place.
Patients with elective surgeries, procedures or outpatient services originally scheduled on or after March 16 will be notified by personnel to reschedule. Some clinics (Otolaryngology/ENT and Ophthalmology, specifically) will require additional preparation to see patients and perform surgeries; their re-opening will happen more slowly than other clinics. In the meantime, these two clinics will accommodate as many patients as possible while necessary procedures are put in place to maintain the hospital as a safe place for care. Aspen Valley Hospital strongly encourages remote (telemedicine) consultations whenever possible.
This decision to resume non-urgent, non-emergent surgeries, procedures and outpatient services aligns with our community’s cautious approach to re-opening the community, staying vigilant with social distancing and safety measures. Today, and throughout this crisis, Aspen Valley Hospital stands ready to provide supportive care for patients, including those with COVID-19 symptoms who may need hospitalization or a higher level of care.
Aspen Valley Hospital would like to thank our community and our patients for helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19 these last few months. Your sacrifice has made our graduated return to normal operations possible.
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 and have their temperature taken 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:
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.
COMMUNITY UPDATES FROM ASPEN VALLEY HOSPITAL
The Aspen Daily News Update: Featuring CEO Dave Ressler on the current state of the hospital, surge preparedness and COVID-19 testing | April 9, 2020
A Letter to Our Community from AVH and Our Medical Staff | March 24, 2020
The Aspen Daily News Update: Featuring CEO Dave Ressler on information about COVID-19 and what you need to know | March 20, 2020
A Letter from AVH CEO Dave Ressler | March 19, 2020
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
The following are some steps our community can take to be informed and proactive: