8/13/20 COVID-19 Update



Today’s Data Notes

Public Health reports five positive confirmed cases (PCR) since Monday, 8/10/20. The majority of cases right now are the result of travel exposure from local residents who are visiting out-of-state areas. Please make sure to take precautions, and if you are able, to stay home (limit interactions) for at least a week upon returning from a trip. The second most common source of exposure has been gatherings of individuals. Please continue to make good choices to keep our community healthy. As a reminder, here is the list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Free Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic

Montrose County Public Health announced the seventh annual Drive Through Free Flu Shot Clinic on Friday, Aug. 28. The clinic is usually held in October, but was moved up this year because the Event Center is unavailable (due to equine events) in September. Additionally, public health received the vaccine shipment early this year, so the decision was made to move up the event in order to offer this service to our community. Additional clinics will be held on the same time and date in Naturita (Basin Clinic) and Olathe (location TBD).

Variance Update

The county is working with the state to address the increase in cases. As a result of this, the county now uses the Ninth Amended Public Health Order for guidance. The order is very similar to the variance with two small differences in bars (that do not serve food) and gym operations (no more than 50 patrons in a room).

Colorado Mask Order

Effective July 16th, 2020, Governor Polis announced a statewide mask order for all Coloradans ages 11 and up when indoors.

Read the press release here.

Visit the state mask mandate page here.

Go directly to the state mask faq by clicking here.

Read Civil Rights Guidance for Employers here.

Businesses, click here to download a sign that you can hang on the door of your business.


COVID-19 Prevention

  1. Stay home if sick.
  2. 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”.
  3. 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

City of Montrose, CO: All City offices are open with regular business hours including the Visitor Center. Masks are required in all city facilities.

The Montrose County School District (MCSD): School specific plans (with pickup and drop off times and site specific details) will be published by August 14th. Watch this video for an in-person school preview.