Community Updates

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:

👉Wear a face covering
👉Wash your hands often
👉Watch your distance – spread out and avoid gatherings
👉If you are sick, stay home and don’t go out (work, grocery store, out with friends, etc.). #MakeGoodChoices
👉If you are sick call your doctor or Public Health at (970) 252-4545.
As a reminder, all Montrose County Offices including Public Health will be closed for the holiday tomorrow and Friday. You can expect the next report on Monday, 11/30.

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

Effective Friday, November 20, the State of Colorado will transition to a new dial. Below is a brief summary of changes to PHO 20-36 COVID-19 Dial:
  • 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.

Details can be read in the updated Public Health Order which can be seen by clicking here.
CDPHE has notified the following counties that they will move to Level Red on Friday, November 20, 2020:
Clear Creek
La Plata
CDPHE has notified the following counties that they will move to Level Orange on Friday, November 20, 2020:
San Juan
CDPHE has notified the following counties that they will move to Level Yellow on Friday, November 20, 2020:
Las Animas
CDPHE will share additional counties moving to more restrictive levels as necessary.
Learn more on this updated capacity chart for all 6 levels.

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.