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CO-03 Coronavirus Resources

CO-03 Coronavirus Resources

"My office has been reaching out to dozens of local officials, healthcare clinics and hospitals across the 3rd District to ensure they are in communication with state and federal agencies coordinating the response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Coordination and communication at all levels is critically important, as is ensuring that rural and smaller healthcare systems receive the resources they need to prevent, detect, and treat any potential outbreak of Coronavirus, as well as to educate the public and dispel misinformation should it arise."

- Rep. Tipton

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If you have symptoms of COVID-19, first CALL a health care provider, clinic, or hospital. The provider will give you instructions on whether you need to be tested and on where to go to for care and testing.

If instructed to seek care, follow the precautionary advice of the medical provider BEFORE going into any health facility.—Guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health

or call


State and Federal Resources on COVID-19

Tipton Actions on Preparing CO-03 for COVID-19

Local Resources

Alamosa County

Alamosa County Public Health

Phone Number: (719)-589-4848


Archuleta and La Plata Counties

San Juan Basin Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-247-5702


Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties

San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership

Phone Number: (719)-588-4527


Custer County

Custer County Public Health Agency

Phone Number (719)-458-9211


Delta County

Delta County Health Department

Phone Number: (970)-874-2165


Garfield County

Garfield County Public Health

Phone Numbers:

  • Glenwood Springs: (970)-945-6614
  • Rifle: (970)-625-5200

Hinsdale and Mineral County

Silver Thread Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-658-2416


Huerfano and Las Animas Counties

Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department

Phone Numbers:

  • Las Animas County: (719)-846-2213
  • Huerfano County: (719)-738-2650


Jackson County

Jackson County Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-723-4660


Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-248-6900


Moffat County

Moffat County Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-824-8282


Montezuma County

Montezuma County Public Health Department

Phone Number: (970)-565-3056


Montrose County

Montrose Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-249-7755


Ouray County

Ouray County Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-325-4670


Pitkin County 

Pitkin County Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-920-5200


Pueblo County

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment

Phone Number: (719)-583-6000


Rio Blanco County

Rio Blanco Public Health

Phone Number:

  • Meeker: (970)-878-9520
  • Rangely: (970)-878-9525


Routt County

Routt County Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-879-3992


San Miguel County

San Miguel County Public Health

Phone Number: (970)-728-9276

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is COVID-19?
    • A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • What are the symptoms?
    • The following symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after coming in contact with someone who has COVID-19: 
      • Cough
      • Fever
      • Shortness of breath
  • ​Who is at risk of contracting COVID-19?
    • ​​Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
      • Older adults
      • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
      • Heart disease
      • Diabetes
      • Lung disease
  • Am I considered High Risk?
    • Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
      • Older adults
      • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
      • Heart disease
      • Diabetes
      • Lung disease
*If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
  • What do I do if I am high risk and there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in my community?
    • ​If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
      • Stock up on supplies.
      • Take everyday precaution to keep space between yourself and others.
      • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
      • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
      • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
      • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
  • How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
  • ​What measures were in the recent legislation?
    • Fact Sheet from House Ways and Means Committee available here.

  • I am sick, what should I do if  I think I have Coronavirus?
    • Check for the warning signs first: Have I been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? Do I show symptoms of the virus like a cough, fever, or difficutly breathing?​
    • If so, call your doctor and seek their professional guidance.
    • DO NOT go to the ER-- this puts other people at risk. As per the CDC, stay at home as much as possible until directed by a medical professional to do otherwise.
    • More from the CDC here
    • A doctor's referral is still required to be tested for COVID-19. In Colorado, tests can only be administered by a certified CDPHE lab. Should test results comes back positive, the sample/test is sent to CDC for further sampling. Test kits are complex and require professional lab operators, they are not readily available for wide distribution to local hospitals or clinics. 
  • ​​Should I be tested for COVID-19?
    • If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
  • Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?
    • Using the CDC-developed diagnostic test, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected.
    • For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.
  • Can I get a “test kit”?
    • Currently testing for COVID-19 is designed to be used by trained professionals with specific software in a lab setting. There are not portable test kits in the sense that anybody can pickup a kit and administer the test on site. The sample must be collected from a patient and sent to an approved lab for testing. The number of testing facilities is expanding allowing for a greater number of tests to be run.
    • From the CDC: The test kit is called the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel.” It is intended for use with the Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast DX Real-Time PCR Instrument with SDS 1.4 software. This test is intended for use with upper and lower respiratory specimens collected from persons who meet CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing. CDC’s test kit is intended for use by laboratories designated by CDC as qualified, and in the United States, certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to perform high complexity tests. The test kits also will be shipped to qualified international laboratories, such as World Health Organization (WHO) Global Influenza Surveillance Response System (GISRS) laboratories. The test will not be available in U.S. hospitals or other primary care settings. 
  • Am I at risk for COVID-19?
    • This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.
  • ​What is the CDC's response to COVID-19?
    • ​This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. CDC works 24/7 to protect people’s health. More information about CDC’s response to COVID-19 is available online.

How to properly wash your hands: CDC