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The County Public Health Order in effect as of June 1, 2020 does allow for short-term lodging in phases and with restrictions. The Phased Approach to reopening Short Term Lodging will begin with Phase 1 on June 1, 2020 with limited opening not to exceed 25% maximum occupancy. Phase 2 is anticipated to begin on June 22, 2020 with 50% maximum occupancy and Phase 3 is anticipated to begin on July 13, 2020 with 75% maximum occupancy. The progression through phases is dependent upon the county metrics and case trends as determined by San Miguel County Public Health Department. All Short Term Lodging providers must follow the Lodging Sector Protocol. See Appendix A for additional detail and information.
Governor Polis’ “Safer at Home” order is now in effect until July 1st. San Miguel County is fully in alignment with all current Colorado’s Executive and Public Health Orders except as specifically set forth in Public Health Order #2020-06 regarding Short Term Lodging. For additional information and guidance on the current state orders, please visit the State’s Public Health and Executive Order Resources page. For industry-specific questions, visit the Safer at Home page.
The Center for Mental Health understands our community is struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak and they have a Support Line available for people to call. According to their website, "The Center Support Line is a free, 24-hour call line for you to connect with our caring staff when you need a listening ear. Our staff are here to listen to you and help you during this tough time. Each of us occasionally needs to talk, to break away from the isolation, and to express our emotions in a healthy, non-judgmental, and confidential manner. Let us support you during this difficult time."
Please call The Center Support Line at 970.252.6220.
San Miguel County staff are manning a hotline and are able to answer your non-medical questions concerning public health orders and more. The hotline number is 970-728-3844. If you do not want to speak to someone on the phone, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, at this time there are no plans to close roads or barricade any community. Public transit will be open, but people must only use it for purposes of performing Necessary Activities or to travel to and from work to operate Businesses or maintain Critical Governmental Functions. People riding on public transit must comply with Physical Distancing Requirements to the greatest extent feasible.
No, the local schools have set up online learning for all grades and this will continue through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The Telluride School District and Norwood school districts are offering basic food assistance for families in need Monday-Friday. Please call 970-369-1205 for more information.
Many non-critical businesses are allowed to open as of May 2nd as long as they comply with strict precautions lined out in the current public health orders. It is recommended that you contact the business to ensure they are open and their customer protocol.
Businesses that are currently not allowed to be open to customers for use on the premises are: restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption (With the exception of take-out or delivery services); gyms, except for the limited purpose authorized; and movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls.
San Miguel County is implementing a County-wide voluntary blood test for COVID-19 and requesting all residents “shelter in place” beginning tonight (3/19/20) at 12:01 am. The blood test will show a person’s immunity for COVID-19 and will help health officials learn who is protected against the virus and who might still be at risk. We are requesting we adhere to strict self-isolation and only essential personnel travel away from home during this timeframe.
No, it will be voluntary. Widespread public testing is targeted to begin the week of March 23. The testing is being charged free of charge and will be administered by San Miguel County Public Health Department and Telluride Medical Center.
First, you need to sign up online to be tested if this is possible for you at c19SMC.com. The best way to be notified of when you will be tested is to sign up for CodeRED Alerts. You can do this on the website on the COVID-19 page by clicking on the CodeRED Icon on the right side ribbon bar. This way you will be notified if there are changes in the schedule.
Tests will be sent to a lab with results expected to be available within a few days. The test will ideally be repeated in 14 days so officials can gauge if infection is increasing or decreasing. The blood test will show a person’s immunity for COVID-19 and will help health officials learn who is protected against the virus and who might still be at risk.
Please read our March 31st press release which outlines the notification process.
The goal is to detect and contain community spread and provide a more accurate assessment of the disease’s prevalence. The highest concentrated population centers of the county will be tested first and then the testing will be offered to all other communities within the county.