Pitkin County Public Health (PCPH), Aspen Valley Hospital, and other local agencies are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We are working together to prepare, 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). We are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our community and visitors.
A Letter to Our Community from AVH and Our Medical Staff | March 24, 2020
A Letter from AVH CEO Dave Ressler | March 19, 2020
The Aspen Daily News Update: Featuring Dave Ressler on information about COVID-19 and what you need to know | March 20, 2020
HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
What To Do If You Are Sick
Caring For Yourself At Home
Get Your Home Ready
How To Slow The Spread
Are You At A Higher Risk?
Follow the link above and click the "Coronavirus Self-Checker" bubble to follow a series of prompts to help you understand your symptoms.
POSTPONING ELECTIVE SURGERIES AND OUTPATIENT SERVICES
Guided by the recent recommendations from the Surgeon General of the United States and the American College of Surgeons, Aspen Valley Hospital and the Midvalley Surgery Center are postponing elective surgeries beginning today, Monday, March 16, for two weeks, and then will reevaluate. The postponement of surgical cases is necessary to limit COVID-19 spread and do everything we can to protect our patients and healthcare providers, and to preserve limited resources for the weeks ahead. Patients who have elective surgeries over the next two weeks will be notified by Aspen Valley Hospital personnel.
In addition, Aspen Valley Hospital is in the process of evaluating all elective outpatient services. Patients with outpatient appointments and procedures will be notified if they are also being postponed.
This decision aligns with our community’s proactive approach to mitigate the transmission rate of the virus and flatten the dissemination curve, while also being aggressive with Hospital preparation for critically ill patients. And Aspen Valley Hospital stands ready to provide supportive care for patients with severe symptoms, who may need hospitalization or a higher level of care.
We recognize the inconvenience this decision causes our patients, and we ask them for their understanding during this quickly evolving situation.
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 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.
While some ongoing classes are still running as planned, all participants will be screened prior to entering those classes. However, please be advised of the following changes:
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, and are able to manage your symptoms on your own, stay home. If you are over 60 and have underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, contact your doctor to discuss your risk.
WHO CAN BE TESTED FOR THE VIRUS?
With the COVID-19 virus now presumed to be in the “community transmission” mode, testing is being reserved for critical cases. Aspen Valley Hospital is only testing patients who are high risk and who are in need of emergency care or hospitalization.
We are now in a “mitigation phase” in our community, and our focus is on utilizing social distancing measures in order to reduce the rate of transmission between persons, and the resulting stress on the local healthcare delivery system.
In the event that CDPHE decides it can support additional testing in our community, Aspen Valley Hospital would welcome the opportunity to broaden the testing eligibility in order to further inform our state’s response, and for the benefit of potentially afflicted community members who want to know their viral status.
Call the Pitkin County Community Coronavirus Hotline at 970-429-6186 for coronavirus questions and concerns. It is staffed daily, 8 am to 8 pm.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
The following are some steps our community can take to be informed and proactive: