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0401 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
As of this writing, Aspen Valley Hospital’s overall capacity status has been elevated from “comfortable” to “cautious.” This is based on a handful of factors — the greatest pressure being our ability to maintain our services amid the alarming spike in the COVID incidence rate due to Omicron. Like all employers, we are worried about how our staff are being impacted by this explosive increase locally. Our current number of essential healthcare workers out with COVID and COVID-like symptoms has pushed us into the “concerning” or “red” status on our capacity matrix. We’re also seeing a precipitous rise in the number of COVID-positive patients in our emergency department, which has pushed us into the “cautious” level there. And because the number of ICU beds across the state of Colorado continues to hover at the 90% or greater occupancy level, we are “cautious” with regards to our transfer capacity, too.
What we don’t know at this time is how many hospitalizations we may see because of this dramatic rate of climb and the trajectory of cases. Omicron is different than Delta and previous versions of COVID. We can’t afford to allow AVH to be overwhelmed by hospitalized patients. We need to maintain capacity to care for our COVID patients, as well as everyone else who needs care.
This is a critical time to come together once again for our collective health and safety and to protect our ability to keep our community open. Omicron is more transmissible than any other virus except measles. Here’s how you can help protect yourself, your family and our community. You’ve heard it before, and as much as it bears repeating, we know it works:
Call the Pitkin County COVID Helpline for information at 970-429-3363.
Our actions speak louder than words. Please make smart choices as we head into New Year’s celebrations and double down on your efforts to adhere to these precautions. Aspen Valley Hospital will continue to be there for all who need us.