COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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:

  • We offer nasal and saliva PCR tests.
  • We are only testing individuals who have symptoms/illness, or who have been in close contact with someone who is presumed or confirmed positive based on Public Health guidance. 
  • We do not have enough supplies to test for return to work and summer camp requests, or for any individual desire other than reasons stated above.
  • A physician referral is required. Testing will not be done on a walk-in basis. All testing requires an appointment.
  • We are testing Pitkin County residents, Eagle County residents, and visitors to Pitkin County at this time.
  • All testing is done at AVH’s Respiratory Evaluation Center, which is located on Aspen Valley Hospital’s campus in Aspen. The Center has a dedicated entrance/exit, and patients visiting the center do not mix with the general hospital population.
  • Hours of operation for testing at the Respiratory Evaluation Center are Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 4 pm.
  • Tests will be billed to insurance. There is no additional cost for the test after insurance.
  • If you do not have health insurance, you will not need to pay for the test. Cost should not be a barrier to getting tested. 
How does it work?
If you are a Pitkin County resident, Eagle County resident or visitor to the Pitkin County area, and you are currently experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, call your primary care physician. Only your physician can give you a referral to be tested after evaluation of symptoms. Your physician can fax your testing referral and appointment request to Aspen Valley Hospital's scheduling department at 970-544-1589.
 
If you are a Pitkin County resident, Eagle County resident or visitor to the Pitkin County area, and you are currently experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, but you do not have a primary care physician, please call Aspen Valley Primary Care at 970-279-4111.
 
COVID-19 Symptoms
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

 
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.

  • 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 do not have a primary care physician, call Aspen Valley Primary Care at 970-279-4111.
  • Your physician can refer you to Aspen Valley Hospital's Respiratory Evaluation Center for an in-person visit and further evaluation. 
  • If you experience severe respiratory distress and/or need immediate attention, present to AVH's emergency department or call 9-1-1 and let them know you are concerned you may have COVID-19.


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:

  • 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 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.


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:

  • 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.

HELPFUL LINKS 
What To Do If You Are Sick
Caring For Others At Home
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.


Pitkin County Public Health has created an information hub dedicated to COVID-19 at www.pitkincounty.com/coronavirus.
It features local information and updates, community meetings, plus links to websites for CDPHE, the CDC, and much more.

 
 

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