9/24/20 COVID-19 Update

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Today’s Data Notes

Public Health reports a total of 353 positive (PCR) cases, which is an increase of 17 cases since our last report on 9/17/20. Montrose County has been moved to a Level 1 on the Dial Dashboard, which can be found here. The move allows for increased gathering sizes; please see the dial for specifics.

In regard to the epidemiological data, there has been a slight increase of cases over the past reporting period. At this time, the majority of cases are due to community spread and exposure to positive contacts. Please continue to take precautions including washing hands, wearing a mask, and maintaining social distance.

If You Have Been Tested

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.

Stay home if sick

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.” 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. Montrose Memorial Hospital: New Testing Hours: COVID testing with a Provider Order changed to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m – Monday through Saturday.

The Montrose County School District (MCSD):

Regarding COVID-19 Press Releases: Please know that all MCSD press releases and community notifications are only posted after all affected parties have been contacted to test and quarantine. We understand parent, staff, and student concerns/questions regarding notification of COVID-19 events; no COVID event communication will post until MCSD has worked in collaboration with Montrose County Public Health to complete contact tracing and notify all affected individuals prior to community publication. Free and Reduced Lunch Deadline: while school lunch and breakfast are free for all school-aged children through December, we still need eligible families to apply for the benefit that provides vital federal funds to our community and schools. At present, more than two thousand students who previously benefited are not enrolled and the deadline is September 30th of next week. Please visit www.mcsd.org or contact your child’s school to register. Illness Policy Reminder: Montrose County School District’s COVID-19 Illness Isolation policy requires students with multiple minor COVID-related symptoms and/or one major COVID-related symptom to isolate from school for ten days from symptom onset. Visit www.mcsd.org and click the COVID-19 tab for a complete list of symptoms and details. The only exclusion or abbreviation of the MCSD Illness Isolation ten-day period is if a family can produce to the District a negative PCR COVID-19 test for their child exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms. Families on Medicaid can obtain testing for $2 or less and local providers are offering a sliding scale for families to afford testing.