Garfield County hospitals release COVID-19 treatment data
- Specimens collected thru Valley View: 175
- Positive results: 22
- Pending results: 2
- Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 11
- Specimens collected thru Grand River Health: 137
- Positive results: 7
- Pending results: 31
- Negative results: 99
- Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 0
A total of 11 patients have been treated for the new coronavirus at Valley View Hospital since the beginning of the outbreak, according to new data released from Garfield County hospitals.
Grand River Hospital has not admitted any patients with COVID-19 since the outbreak began.
The data provides a clearer look at the pandemic situation in Garfield County than what was previously available. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment manages the testing, and releases daily data about confirmed cases and deaths attributed to COVID-19 by county, but does not release county-specific numbers on hospitalizations.
“Valley View recognizes the importance of information during this COVID-19 pandemic. It will therefore start to share regular COVID-19 statistics with the media and our community,” the hospital said in a statement.
“These statistics will hopefully affirm the collective importance of following public health guidance to best protect ourselves, our loved ones and fellow community members.”
Between Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and Grand River Hospital in Rifle, 312 people have been tested for COVID-19, and 29 of those results have come back positive. There were 33 pending results between both hospitals as of the news release Thursday.
To date, one person who tested positive for COVID-19 in Garfield County has died. It’s unclear how many people in the county have recovered from the disease.
Valley View has discharged some patients treated for COVID-19, but tracking recovered patients has been a problem for health officials statewide.
Many people with COVID-19 may not be tested due to the limited availability of tests. Only patients who are at high risk of severe complications and death, or those who require hospitalization, will receive testing.
“Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instruction,” Valley View said in a statement.
Valley View plans to release updated data on hospitalizations twice a week.
Garfield County Public Health is also hoping to gain useful data from the Aspen to Parachute community survey.
“We hope to also include more data from our symptoms self-report and our social distancing feeling self-report forms and encourage the public to continue to fill these out so that we have a better picture of what is occurring in our region,” the Public Health department said in a statement.
Both Grand River and Valley View hospitals are open for non-coronavirus emergencies, and encourage people to continue seeking medical care for ongoing issues.
“It’s important that individuals with serious chronic health issues like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and the like, do not forgo medical attention during this time of COVID-19 with their primary care providers,” Dr. Kevin Coleman, chief medical officer at Grand River Health, said in a statement.
Conditions that need frequent monitoring can often be addressed over telehealth calls, Coleman said.
“We cannot stress enough how important it is to not delay or neglect your health in any manner during this time,” he added.
Community spread of COVID-19 happens primarily by person-to-person contact, prompting social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. The goal is to reduce the initial spike of cases that could overwhelm hospital resources.
The peak of cases could be weeks away, according to the health department.
“It’s too early to see if the curve is flattening as we are only a week in to (Gov. Jared Polis’) stay at home order,” Garfield County Public health said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, we don’t expect to see diminishing cases for 4-6 weeks.”
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