Everyone wants to know what's going on during the current pandemic. Is there testing? How many cases of COVID-19 have been documented in Pitkin County? In Eagle County? What kind of mask should I wear? While social media and online postings make it easy to share information (not all of it accurate, BTW), it can also be overwhelming; keeping track of everything can feel like a fast-paced volley with multiple opponents across the net.
Here, we've gathered essential resources in one place and will be updating and adding to this list as needed. In cases where multiple links led to similar information, we've just included one. Much of the information linked to is available in both English and Spanish. Scroll to the end of this post for important social media links.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Health and Well-Being
Find out how many patients are hospitalized at Aspen Valley Hospital, at Valley View Hospital, and in Colorado; the number of confirmed cases and deaths in Pitkin County and in Colorado; the number of people who self-reported COVID-19 symptoms in Pitkin County; and actions taken related to community services, health and medical updates, public transportation news, and planned communication outreach.
COVID-19: The Story on Testing
A 10-minute video with Aspen Ambulance District Director and Incident Commander of Pitkin County's COVID-19 Incident Management Team Gabe Muething that details how a test is actually performed and the necessary precautions for those doing the testing; why antibody testing is just being developed; what exactly Telluride and the rest of San Miguel County has been doing in terms of privately supplied tests and why we are not currently replicating it here; and why personal protective equipment (PPE) is so important to our first responders.
What to Do If You Feel Sick
Advice from the Pitkin County Public Health Department on managing symptoms at home, when to call the doctor, and how to prevent spreading illness. Also refer to this information from the Centers for Disease Control.
Aspen Valley Hospital Response
Info on how and when to access the hospital (both essential and non-essential), testing, postponed elective surgeries, and links.
Valley View Hospital Resource Page
Visitation policies, postponed events, hospital access, and links.
Eagle County COVID-19 Cases and Symptom Monitoring
Updates on the number of people tested in Eagle County, the number of confirmed cases, and the number of people who self-reported COVID-19 symptoms in Eagle County, plus where to report your own symptoms and a breakdown of symptoms already reported by type and demographic
General Resources and Getting Assistance
Aspen to Parachute Coronavirus Hotline, 970-429-6186, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Aspen Community Foundation CO-VID 19 Response page
A comprehensive overview of resources (in English and Spanish) for families and individuals, including getting food, emergency funding and other financial assistance, legal aid, mental health support, childcare, where to volunteer, and more
Eagle County Public Safety Information
Links to the county's COVID-19 stats, financial assistance, mental health resources, testing guidelines, emergency assistance, businesses resources, and videos
Eagle County COVID-19 Resources in the Roaring Fork Valley
A one-sheet with links for health information, emergency assistance, food bank pickups, and other resources
Pitkin County Public Health Orders
The official word on how many people can gather at one time (no more than five); which businesses can be opened and closed; which businesses are considered essential; social distancing requirements; the parameters of sheltering in place; and the timeline for all of these measures (May 9 for now)
Pitkin County Public Meeting Webcasts
Miss one of the country's streaming public meetings on COVID-19? Find the recorded archives here, as well as links to Board of County Commissioners meetings and work sessions.
COVID-19 Relief Programs from Aspen to Parachute (scroll down to second page)
A detailed listing of local sources that are providing help with essentials like housing, food, rent, gas, utilities, childcare, and transportation; food bank distribution; emergency shelters; mental health; disability assistance; domestic violence issues; unemployment; and help for undocumented residents.
Carbondale Emergency Task Force
This community-wide response mobilization to COVID-19 also serves as a clearinghouse for news updates, food and grocery assistance, help with deliveries and errands, mental health resources, financial relief options, school support, immigrant resources, assistance applications, volunteering, and more.
Federal Government Stimulus Payments
Find out how much you'll get, when you'll get it, and how to get it
Pitkin County List of Employer and Business Resources
Comprehensive info on small business loans, filing for unemployment, links to Colorado and federal updates, foreclosure and property taxes, and useful links to resources on the local, state, and federal levels
Garfield County Resources for Businesses and Employees
Links to info on loans and grants, unemployment regulations and insurance, highlights of the federal CARES Act, filing for unemployment, and individual emergency assistance
Aspen Chamber Business Recovery Toolbox
Info and links to the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan application, Colorado COVID Relief Fund application, the City of Aspen's business packet, small business loans, local financial resources, payroll tax credit and deferral, webinars from the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, and other workplace-related resources
Basalt Chamber Business Resources
Includes a small business–owner's guide to the federal CARES Act, news updates, comprehensive links to info on workforce and labor regulations, and links and info on recovery and assistance from the Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, and the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
Carbondale Revolving Loan Fund
Local businesses can now apply for this town-adminstered financial foot-up, established in 2002, as a bridge loan during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Volunteer Opportunities and Donations
A list of who needs what throughout the valley from the Aspen Chamber
Aspen Community Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
This newly established fund will donate to nonprofits and governmental organizations from Aspen to Parachute that provide access to healthcare and provide emergency assistance—including help with rent, utility payments, and food—for those impacted by the coronavirus.
Help out Aspen Valley Hospital
Where and how to donate money, supplies, and blood
Help out Valley View Hospital
Where and how to donate money and supplies
Aspen's Essential Services
The Aspen Chamber's list of stores and services that remain open in Aspen, from doctor's offices and banks to grocery stores and pot shops