10/15/20 COVID-19 Update

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Today’s Data Notes

Public Health reports a total of 384 positive (PCR) cases, which is an increase of 18 cases since our last report on 10/8/20. Montrose County is at Level 1 on the Dial Dashboard, which can be found here. An additional outbreak site was added to Montrose County; the CDPHE outbreak map can be found here. At this time, the county is continuing to monitor data and discussing working on an application for Protect Our Neighbors, the next level of the dial.

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 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”.

Community Updates

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: 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): 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.