6/16/20 Update



Today’s Data Notes

Today Public Health reports four positive PCR cases since Thursday. The county has not heard back from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regarding the second data-driven variance. Three additional cases were added to today’s data in an effort to clear up confusion regarding the state’s numbers. These cases were from March and the people tested were initially indeterminate/presumptive positive results. The county re-tested the individuals and all returned with negatives tests; regardless, the state is including the three as confirmed positives due to the potential for a false negative.

As a reminder, the variance request is driven by the county’s data–the overall community prevalence is low and the county’s testing capability is strong. When the county is informed of the decision, the public will be made aware of the changes.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order. Coloradans can review draft guidelines in the following areas:

The deadline for providing feedback is Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. The draft guidance may be updated based on stakeholder feedback and will be finalized on Thursday, June 18.

CDPHE is also soliciting feedback on an upcoming public health order — Protect Our Neighbors. The Protect Our Neighbors phase comes after Stay at Home and Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phases.

Coloradans can review the draft framework, and provide feedback by Thursday, June 18, 11:59 p.m.:

Community Updates

Montrose Memorial Hospital (MMH) will be offering COVID-19 antibody testing June 15-19 from 2pm to 5pm at the Montrose County Event Center Lobby. The cost is $75 per test and will be limited to first come, first serve basis. This is not a test for the presence of COVID-19. Antibody tests indicated if your body had COVID-19, not necessarily if you currently have it. There is no medical confirmation that antibodies offer protection from COVID-19–and if they do, for how long. This test does not provide actionable information for your medical provider. MMH will not bill your insurance. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. This is a blood draw; you do not need to fast for this blood draw. Please take medications as usual and drink plenty of water. Results will be mailed in 5-7 business days. Must be 18 or older to participate.

The Montrose County School District (MCSD): Weekday meal pickup continues at Montrose High School and Olathe Elementary from 11:00-1:00. MCSD summer athletics and activities will begin the first phase of in-person return-to-play on Monday, June 22. Our comprehensive Summer Athletics and Activities Base Plan (with Annexes for Indoor and Outdoor Sports and Weight Room requirements) can be viewed on the MCSD website and official Facebook. Athletes will wear PPE when entering and exiting practice and during non-vigorous-exercise activities; coaches will screen and record temperatures prior to play each day. Head Start eligible children who are entering kindergarten and/or have an Individualized Education Plan may attend Early Childhood Center summer classes in-person (based on current public health guidance) from July 7 through July 30, Monday through Thursday, with times to be determined.