Prevention and Health Promotion

The Department of Public Health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. This includes maternal/child health services, prevention of child fatalities, immunizations, the WIC program, and other public health services. Along with these services, we develop emergency preparedness responses and track communicable diseases and zoonotic diseases, including West Nile, Hantavirus, Plague, and Rabies.


San Miguel County's coronavirus information page contains information for residents, visitors and businesses, as well as local statistics, restrictions, and testing information.

Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (COHELP) is activated and can provide callers with the latest public health information regarding COVID-19.  

COHELP can be reached at 1-877-462-2911 or 303-389-1687. 

  1. Domestic Cat Tests Positive for the Plague in San Miguel County

    (May 19, 2022) – Last week, a domestic cat exhibited symptoms of the plague in San Miguel County. The cat was tested and treated for suspected plague at a local veterinary hospital. Test results confirmed that the cat was infected with septicemic plague. Read on...
  2. Avian Influenza Infection Identified in Montrose County

    (May 3, 2022) – Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) identified the first US case and the second worldwide of human infection by avian flu (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, HPAI), also known as H5N1 flu. Read on...
  3. Public Health Launches New COVID Resources

    (April 21, 2022) – Beginning April 1, San Miguel County Public Health (SMCPH), aligned with updated guidance from the CDC, discontinued contact tracing of all individual COVID-19 cases, a step to continue phasing out of emergency COVID pandemic response. Read on...
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Public Health Improvement Plan