10/1/20 COVID-19 Update

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Today’s Data Notes

Public Health reports a total of 360 positive (PCR) cases, which is an increase of seven cases since our last report on 9/24/20. Montrose County is at Level 1 on the Dial Dashboard, which can be found here. Today, the county released a new data format (in both English and Spanish), in order to provide a better overall picture of COVID-19 in the community. For questions or feedback, please contact the public information line at 970-252-4545 or email pr@montrosecounty.net.

In regard to the epidemiological data, the majority of cases continues to come from community spread and exposure to positive contacts. Please continue to take precautions including washing hands, wearing a mask, and maintaining social distance.

If You Have Been Tested

If you have been tested for COVID-19, please quarantine for 14 days to avoid exposing others. 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”.

Community Updates

City of Montrose, CO: All City offices are open with regular business hours including the Visitor Center. Masks are required in all city facilities. Montrose Memorial Hospital: New Testing Hours: COVID testing with a Provider Order changed to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m – Monday through Saturday.

The Montrose County School District (MCSD): MCSD continues to prioritize informing the community of important, up-to-date COVID information. We will always directly contact affected students, staff and family during a school COVID event. After affected individuals are contacted, we plan to also continue notifying the public regarding quarantine events on our social media, homepage, and through press releases.

Reminder: if you are symptomatic, please stay home from school. If you are on quarantine or illness isolation, please do not interact in-person with others, in order to reduce viral transmission. This will allow us to maintain the cohort system and continue in-person instruction and activities.

Montrose High School and Olathe High School now have WiFi Hotzones providing expanded wireless internet access for students and families to work near campus. Montrose High School has a covered work site set up in the football field parking lot for students to access WiFi and work as well. We continue to work with community partners and internet providers to meet the digital learning needs of all families and will have additional resources available soon.