8/24/20 COVID-19 Update



Today’s Data Notes

Public Health reports six positive confirmed cases (PCR) since Thursday 8/20/20. The epi data reveals that cases are continuing to come from travel and community exposure. If you have been tested for COVID-19, please quarantine for 14 days to avoid exposing others. Do NOT go to work or to the store sick. Contact the public health hotline at 970-252-4545 if you need assistance accessing resources due to loss of work or otherwise. Please continue to make good choices to keep our community healthy. As a reminder, here is the list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Fire Restrictions

Montrose County and several surrounding counties and public land partners are in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The governor also issued an executive order regarding fire restrictions for the entire state. Frequently asked questions can be found here and the executive order may be found here. For information on restrictions in surrounding areas, please visit westslopefireinfo.com. Additionally, there has been an increase in smoke in the valley due to significant wildfires across the state. This page can help provide an outlook on wildfire smoke in our area.

Free Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic

Montrose County Public Health announced the seventh annual Drive Through Free Flu Shot Clinic on Friday, Aug. 28 from 3-7 pm. 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 flu shots 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 (Corn Park). FAQs on the clinic can be found here.

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): We are excited to welcome back students for their first day of in-person and online instruction for the 2020-2021 school year this Thursday, August 27. MCSD has implemented thorough COVID-19 screening, mitigation, cleaning, and cohort protocols in our Return to Learn plans, in order to foster a safe and healthy back-to-school for all students and staff.In addition, (and in partnership with Montrose County Public Health) MCSD has developed plans to offer wide-scale COVID-19 testing in the event of a school outbreak and / or closure; we completed a recent training exercise with school and County staff to simulate our rapid school testing-center response.  Weekday meal pick-up (breakfast and lunch) will begin on Thursday, August 27 for all MCSD students learning from home. Pick up your daily meal bag at your zoned school site at 8:30 AM each morning. Families will need to pre-order weekday meals starting next week (using the online form at www.mcsd.orgor by calling 970.252.7918).