COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. This virus was first identified in December 2019 and quickly spread around the world. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness. Most people recover in a few weeks, but some people are sick for a long time or die from this disease.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated with all the recommended doses. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and work well to keep you from getting very sick.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Vaccines are free and available for anyone 6 months of age or over. San Miguel County is providing primary series and booster vaccines for those who are eligible. Many frequently asked questions are answered on the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's Vaccine FAQ Page.
At-home rapid tests
Starting September 25, every U.S. household can order 4 more free COVID tests. Set a reminder and head to covid.gov/tests to get yours!
Free at-home rapid tests are available at the San Miguel County Public Health Department, 333 W. Colorado Ave, Telluride. Pick up available Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM.
Home Test to Treat Program
The federal government has expanded the Home Test to Treat program, a virtual community health program that offers free COVID-19 health services. Services available to eligible participants nationwide include at-home rapid tests, telehealth sessions, and at-home treatments. The Home Test to Treat program offers free testing, telehealth sessions, and treatment for both COVID-19 and for influenza (flu) A and B.
It is the first public health program that includes home testing technology at such a scale for both COVID-19 and flu. Home Test to Treat, a collaboration among the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and CDC, was launched as a pilot in select locations in 2023.
Other COVID Test Clinics
Please note, the following may require a fee or co-pay. Appointments are subject to availability.
Telluride Regional Medical Center: Monday through Saturday by appointment only
Rapid Nasal Swab NAAT COVID Test (same-day results). Telluride Regional Medical Center does not provide free or asymptomatic COVID testing.
Telluride Regional Medical Center, 500 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-3848
Uncompahgre Medical Center: Monday through Friday by appointment only
Rapid Nasal Swab NAAT/Molecular COVID Test (same-day results) and PCR Test (48 hours for results)
Uncompahgre Medical Center, 1350 Aspen Street #A, Norwood, CO 81423 | (970) 327-4233
Regional testing sites
Urgent cares and other medical centers offer a variety of covid tests throughout the week.
Cedar Point Health in Montrose offers PCR and antigen tests seven days a week. Pricing and information are listed on their website.
Affinity Care test site in Montrose and Delta: Offers PCR tests with 36-48 hour turnaround time for results.
Telehealth antigen test
Purchase test kits with a telehealth option.
eMed offers FDA-authorized virtually proctored at-home COVID tests for travel and treatment.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Guidance
Please review the CDC guidelines for isolation. Isolate for at least 5 days if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms.
How to measure your quarantine or isolation period:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html?acstrackingid=uscdc_1052-dm78392&acstrackinglabel=coca%20now%3a%20new%20cdc%20covid-19%20quarantine%20and%20isolation%20(q%26i)%20calculator&deliveryname=uscdc_1052-dm78392 CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator Use this tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.
Treatment for COVID
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get treatment to help you recover. Talk to your provider to find out if treatment is right for you. For more information surrounding treatment opportunities throughout Colorado, please visit the https://covid19.colorado.gov/getting-covid-19-treatment CDPHE's COVID Treatment page.
If you do not have a provider, find a place to get treatment using the https://covid-19-therapeutics-locator-dhhs.hub.arcgis.com/ ASPR COVID-19 Therapeutics Locator or https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1zg2eouis17kzb15e55-fors6oub7ieo0&%3bll=39.48174535434167%2c-104.93634686765816&%3bz=7&ll=39.2396586406249%2c-106.18632298854735&z=6 CDPHE’s therapeutics provider map.
How do I talk with people that I might have exposed?
A close contact is defined as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. Exposure in schools or daycare settings does not count as close contact.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/tell-your-contacts.html CDC: How to Talk to your Close Contacts
What if I was exposed?
Follow the https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html?cdc_aa_refval=https%3a%2f%2fwww.cdc.gov%2fcoronavirus%2f2019-ncov%2fdaily-life-coping%2ftell-your-contacts.html CDC Guidelines for exposure. Wear a mask and take extra precautions for 10 full days from the last exposure.
Support services: https://cdle.colorado.gov/hfwa#:~:text=employers%20must%20provide%20employees%20with,2021%2c%20and%20remains%20in%20effect Click here to learn more about Paid Sick Leave under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA).
https://covid19.colorado.gov/getting-covid-19-treatment Click here to learn more about treatment. (Talk to your provider to find out if treatment is right for you. For more information surrounding treatment opportunities throughout Colorado, please visit the CDPHE COVID Treatment page.)
https://www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov/documentcenter/view/8077/smcph-covid-19-quarantine--isolation-resources Click here to learn more about COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Resources (Recursos en español) in San Miguel County.
Protect yourself and prevent the spread
To keep from getting and spreading COVID-19, you can:
Stay up-to-date with vaccines: the COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces the chance that you will get sick or pass the virus on to others.
Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth in public. This is especially important if you are unvaccinated or at high risk.
Improve ventilation - Outdoor spaces are safer than indoor spaces. Opening doors and windows to bring in fresh air can reduce your chances of getting sick.
Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.