5/19/20 Daily Update


Montrose County Public Health has one new cases today and 20 negative tests to report.

Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released draft proposed guidelines for restaurants to stakeholders. Stakeholders can submit comments to this draft through Friday, May 22 using this online form. Once final, these guidelines will be used when it is safe to start easing COVID-19 related safety restrictions for restaurants. On May 25, the state will decide if restaurants can begin reopening and at what level. This date does not reflect when restaurants may or may not open.

At this time, the county is waiting to hear back from the state in regard to the variance application. As a reminder, the Safer at Home order is in effect until a variance is approved.

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests officials will open developed recreation sites as weather conditions allow. Some recreation sites remain closed and inaccessible due to snow and will open on a site-by-site basis. Beginning May 20, fire restrictions will be rescinded and users are urged to continue to use caution with campfires. Current fire information is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/home/?cid=STELPRDB5420083. Up-to-date campground status is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/gmug/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=32366&actid=29.

Please note that contact tracing has indicated that community spread is the case of several recent cases. The public is encouraged to continue to take precautions: wash your hands, limit social interactions, maintain social distance, and wear a mask when in public when you cannot maintain at least 6′ separation.

If you have questions, the Montrose County Public Health info line is available at 970-252-4545 in both English and Spanish.

As always, please keep regular appointments with your primary care provider to keep chronic conditions under control. If you need emergency medical help, the Emergency Department at Montrose Memorial Hospital is a safe place to go for care. They have precautions to keep patients safe and skilled medical care for emergencies.


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. Please note COVID-19 Patients Hospitalized at MMH include both positive cases and suspected cases; as such, this number fluctuates daily as results are returned and patients discharged.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases includes +IgG (person has had COVID-19 at least 14 days ago) and +IgM (the person has a recent infection) antibody results. Several primary care providers are able to complete antibody testing in Montrose County; please contact your doctor for more information.

Negative test results may not include results from private labs, as they are not always reported to public health. The actual negative test result may be much higher.

COVID-19 Cases in Montrose County COVID-19 Deaths in Montrose County
138, and *one presumptive/inconclusive result 11


COVID-19 Patients Hospitalized at MMH Positive Cases Reported as “Self-recovered” from COVID-19 symptoms
1 114


Age Range Number of Cases
0-9 1
10-19 4
20-29 22
30-39 22
40-49 22
50-59 21
60-69 21
70-79 14
80-89 10
90-99 1


Male Female
66 72