PUBLIC INFORMATION LINE
Public Information Line 970-252-4545 ¡Se habla!; Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Public Health has no additional positive cases to report today. There has been an increase in pending tests due to private lab delays. The Emergency Operations Center is working with Montrose Memorial Hospital to determine the best course of action moving forward. In today’s public lands update, public land agencies and Sheriff Gene Lillard asked the public to recreate responsibly, know before you go (check conditions, trail information, etc.), and make wise choices in the back country. Fire restrictions are in place for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, for more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF. Please wear a mask or face covering if you are out in public; the more the community can do to assist in flattening the curve will decrease the potential surge of COVID-19 patients. As a friendly reminder, if you are sick, please STAY HOME and quarantine—call your doctor if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
DATA & TESTING INFORMATION
Montrose County Public Health has a test site available for individuals who meet criteria to be tested. In order to be tested, please CALL your primary care provider.
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NON-MEDICAL MASKS ADVISED
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Governor Polis is asking Coloradans to wear a non-medical mask if needing to go outside the home. Please remember the N95s need to be reserved for healthcare workers.
THANK YOU TO THE WORKFORCE
There has been tremendous community support for the healthcare and emergency management teams. Let us not forget the sacrifice that others are making to keep us fed, our lights on, and our water running. Sometimes their work is done behind the scenes and invisible to many, yet it’s critical. We cannot thank them enough for the work they have done to keep our community going.
STAY AT HOME ORDER
Governor Polis issued a “Stay at Home” executive order for all Coloradans. The order is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O1EDCY6-A6QBKxzDImCSF8bBBdOOI3Km/view. A Public Health Order was also issued by Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of Public Health for the State of Colorado: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18n2zIw1XdqYHzU-aRqAFBK3pEsaRxmV4/view. The link for guidance for places of worship and Easter services can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/198uBL74jwCudBodIA2JZoNoKFfH-A7d4/view?userstoinvite=%22%22.
The Montrose Police Department and Montrose County Sheriff’s Office will not be conducting random traffic stops to enforce the statewide stay-at-home order.
The Emergency Operations Center is aware of reports of informal gatherings and poor trail etiquette. Social distancing or a physical distance of AT LEAST six feet in between yourself and those outside your immediate family is important to stopping the spread of this virus, and ultimately flattening the curve.
Please limit grocery shopping trips to as few family members as you are able; and only try to shop once per week or as infrequently as possible. The Emergency Operations Center has received reports of limited supplies on common household items in grocery stores. We encourage the public to have food and supplies (as possible) for two weeks. Please do not hoard supplies; this is a community effort and hoarding only harms overall community response and preparedness efforts. Please be kind and respectful to your neighbors.
The Emergency Operations Center continues to receive reports of younger students getting together for playdates and socialization. While we understand that physical and social distancing is challenging for your entire family; we urge community members to stay home and keep interactions among families.
I’M FEELING SICK . . . WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you are feeling ill with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19:
- Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold symptoms. We want to reduce the risk of transmission, so to the extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home.
- If you need medical care, contact your primary care provider via phone. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
- Only contact 9-1-1 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
- Restrict visits to the hospital emergency room or urgent care – only individuals needing immediate care should visit these facilities. If you must visit an ER or urgent care facility, call ahead and let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
Please call your neighbors, do they have enough supplies? Are they getting these updates? We ask that you as a community come together to help push this information to those that might not have internet access.
SCHOOL LUNCH RESOURCES (FREE OF CHARGE)
Montrose County School District: Over 3000 meals are served daily by volunteers and staff, with the hope that up to 4,000 meals will be served each day. School lunches are being provided by Montrose County School District RE1-J from 11am to 1pm on Monday to Friday at designated walk-up or drive-through locations. The following are designated pick up locations (students in schools served are in parenthesis): Centennial Middle School (Cottonwood, Johnson, Centennial); Northside Elementary School (Northside, Oak Grove, Peak Academy); Montrose High School (Early Childhood Center, Columbine, Pomona, Vista Charter, Montrose High School); and Olathe Elementary School (Olathe Elementary and Olathe Middle/High). Please make sure to pick up meals at the site designated for your school.
RE1–J SCHOOL REMOTE LEARNING
Phase Two remote learning starts after spring break for Montrose County School District, which is the week beginning 4/13/20.
West End Public Schools: school lunches provided by West End Family Link Center in Nucla and the Naturita Elementary School (bus loop) Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE
The Center for Mental Health has added resources to its crisis line. Services are available at 970-252-6220 or text “TALK” to 38255.
Montrose Community Foundation has created the Montrose Emergency Relief Fund in response the COVID-19 protective measures that are now in place. The fund will help provide flexible resources to organizations in the greater Montrose County area working with communities impacted by this pandemic. Visit www.montrosecf.org to donate or checks may be mail payable to the Montrose Community Foundation, PO Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402.
The City of Montrose is now offering a full business relief package including: 90-Day Sales Tax Deferral for all businesses with $2M or less in gross annual sales; Small business loan fund available to those businesses facing severe hardship. Loans will not have interest and do not require repayment for 12 months; Marketing cooperative grant program. Up to $1,000 per business group available. More information and applications available at cityofmontrose.org/covid19 under the Business Resources button
West End: for west end information business information (including a list of businesses open and delivering), please visit www.choosewestend.org or contact Deana Sheriff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS
For more information on the executive orders issued by Governor Jared Polis: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/2020-executive-orders