Reporting Procedures

Reporting Procedures

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Deaths which do not fall within our jurisdiction do not need to be reported.

If there is an emergency, please call 911.

If a death is reportable and is not an emergency, please notify our office promptly by calling Vail Public Safety and Communications at
970-479-2201. Your call will be forwarded to the on-call investigator who will return your call as soon as possible.

Our office will not respond to deaths which are reported to our office phone number (970-328-8864). All reportable deaths must be reported by either calling 911 or Vail Public Safety and Communications.

Hospital Cases

Please have the following information when reporting hospital cases:

  • Demographic information such as name, date of birth, ethnicity, gender, marital status, social security number and address of decedent
  • Next of kin information including name, address, phone number and time/date of notification of death.
  • Place of death
  • Admission information including date/time of admission and from where transferred (e.g. private residence, other medical facilities, etc.).
  • Past medical history
  • Pronouncement information including date, time and physician’s name
Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Hospice Cases

For nursing home and hospice reportable cases, in addition to the above information, please have the following:

  • Primary care physician name and phone number
  • Date of the last visit with the primary care physician
Nursing Home and Hospice deaths may also be reported using this link:

Nursing Home and Hospice ONLY Death Reporting Form
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