Today’s Data Notes
Public Health reports a total of 420 positive (PCR) cases, which is an increase of 35 cases since our last report on 10/15/20. One additional outbreak site was added to the state’s outbreak map here. Cases in Montrose County are rising; and public health would like to remind the public to help us stop the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands, wearing a mask, and watching your distance. At this time, Montrose County is at Level 1 on the Dial Dashboard, which can be found here.
We are sad to report the death of an 89-year-old woman, who died with COVID-19 as well as other underlying conditions. Please note this report has been updated to reflect the number of deaths in Montrose County (as reported by CDPHE) to include those who have passed “with/among COVID-19” and those who have passed “due to/from” COVID-19. For more information on how CDPHE is distinguishing deaths, please visit here.
Please continue to help out the community by staying home if you are sick, assisting elderly family and neighbors with groceries and other tasks to limit exposure, and be kind as the pandemic is wearing on all of us.
If You Have Been Tested
If you have been tested for COVID-19, please follow CDPHE guidelines for quarantine or isolation. Do NOT go to work or to the store sick. Contact the public health hotline at 970-252-4545 if you need assistance accessing resources due to loss of work or otherwise. Please continue to make good choices to keep our community healthy.
Stay Home if Sick
Maintain physical distancing to reduce person-to-person contacts and slow the spread of infection.As CDPHE states, “Creating distance between people slows community spread of COVID-19. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will decrease the daily number of cases and hospitalizations that occur in Colorado.” If you cannot maintain distancing, then wear a face covering. As CDPHE states, “The main reason to wear a non-medical mask is to protect others. Data show that some people may spread COVID-19 when they do not have symptoms. People may spread the disease when speaking, coughing or sneezing — especially in situations where a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained”.
Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions: At 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be implemented on the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. For additional information, please click here to visit westslopefireinfo.com
Agriculture Grant: The Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund has a third round of grants available, made possible by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. About $1 million is available for producers, processors, and intermediaries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open through Nov. 9, 2020. More information here: https://cofoodsystems.org/covid-19-response-fund/
Montrose County, CO: The County and Region 10 are now proud to offer small business grants for local businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Apply today at https://region10.net/businesses-resources/access-to-capital/
City of Montrose, CO: The City of Montrose has been allocated funds through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act) to respond to community nonprofit needs as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. A portion of these funds has been set aside to establish the COVID-19 Nonprofit and Child Care Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to local community nonprofit organizations and child care providers in the form of grants to address unexpected expenses resulting from the COVID-19 emergency.
Apply at cityofmontrose.org/covid19
Montrose Memorial Hospital: COVID testing has been moved to the Montrose County Event Center. Need a test? Please contact your primary care provider or call Montrose County Public Health at (970) 252-4545.
The Montrose County School District (MCSD): The USDA free school meal program has been extended until the end of the school year. All school-aged children can revive a free school lunch and breakfast at their in-person campus or pick up meals at the Olathe Elementary or the School District Office (930 Colorado Avenue, Montrose) drive-through sites from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday through Friday.
The District reminds all members of our community to wear your PPE, social distance whenever possible, wash your hands often, and stay home from school if you are sick or symptomatic.