5/20/20 Daily Update


Montrose County Public Health has no new cases today and five negative tests to report. On May 14, Montrose County submitted a variance application to the state in order to allow limited capacity in-person dining, operation of gyms, and houses of worship. The state has received a large amount of variance applications and has not reviewed the county’s at this time. As a reminder, the Safer at Home order (issued by the state) 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 Beginning May 20, fire restrictions will be rescinded and users are urged to continue to use caution with campfires.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.

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