Last Updated 11/25/20
We are reporting 95 cases today. These cases are spread across all age ranges and can be attributed to general community spread. Please remember:
Make a COVID Plan, Montrose County
Montrose, COLO.— Montrose County Public Health is encouraging the public to have a COVID-19 plan for their household. Increased COVID-19 cases have indicated that transmission is occurring within family or residence units and creating a plan may help reduce case numbers. Make a plan, much like emergency preparedness, encourages residents to think through scenarios involving COVID-19 and helps guide them through some common questions in order to be better prepared.
“Montrose is a strong, resilient and generous community and we take care of each other,” said Commissioner Sue Hansen. “This community-first attitude has helped Montrose County overcome challenges in the past and this is one small step to ensuring that we will continue to protect our vulnerable and slow the spread of COVID-19. The benefits of having a plan extend beyond just your residence—it will help keep schools and businesses open and ultimately, help protect our community.”
One of the most important parts of this plan is to find a doctor. Several practices in Montrose County are accepting new patients—including uninsured and under-insured individuals—and many offer sliding fee scales to assist with payments. It’s easier to connect with a doctor and fill out paperwork before getting sick rather than in the middle of an illness. Having reliable medical guidance from a physician is key to helping individuals stay healthy.
“Recently the county has moved a level on the state’s dial due to the increase of cases, and right now our job is to identify ways to help reduce that spread,” said Assistant Public Health Director Allison Howe. “Transmission among families is high—we know it is important to help care for loved ones when sick, but we are encouraging the public to have a plan in place to help keep the rest of the household residents safe. Also, because many households have multiple generations, and it is extremely important to keep our vulnerable populations safe from COVID-19.”
For additional information on how to care for a sick family member, click here.
To learn more about making a COVID plan for your family, click here.
Montrose Memorial Hospital
Montrose Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 testing site at the Montrose County Fairgrounds & Event Center now features an oral swab collection method, as opposed to nasopharyngeal collection. Please note that you MUST NOT eat or drink 20 minutes before sample collection. Results within 1-2 days are typical.
Montrose County Public Health
- The Dial adds a sixth level, Purple, and revises Level Red accordingly.
- Individuals at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 remain advised to stay in their residence at all levels of the Dial.
- Additionally, the definition of individuals at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 is revised to align with the revised CDC definition, which added pregnant individuals as well as individuals who smoke to the list.
- Remote working is strongly encouraged throughout the Dial, particularly in Levels Yellow through Purple.
- Critical retail is subject to the 50% occupancy limit, and strongly encouraged to take extraordinary measures in Level Purple to implement more curbside, take out and delivery options to reduce in-person services to the minimum necessary.
- Both libraries and animal grooming were added to the list of critical businesses.
At this time, Montrose County has not been notified of any changes to our dial level.
Montrose County School District Update
Reminder to all MCSD students: weekday meal pickup is available at the District Office (930 Colorado Avenue) and Olathe Elementary drive through sites from 11:00-1:00 PM each school day, Monday through Friday.This is available for all school-aged children in our community and Montrose High and Cottonwood Elementary School students who depend on school for breakfast and lunch may also utilize this service during their remote week.
The choices families make, and the consistent mitigation precautions families practice will allow us to continue in-person instruction during this pandemic. Failure to take necessary COVID precautions may jeopardize our ability to maintain in-person school operations.