Gov. Polis extended the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors Executive Order, and provided an update on Colorado's next steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, introducing more details on the Protect Our Neighbors framework. The Governor did not announce any additional relaxing of restrictions today, but described the new phase: Protect Our Neighbors that will give local communities more freedom to provide economic opportunity while ensuring that they have the necessary public health capacity. The introduction of the new phase means that different parts of the state could be at different phases of reopening, based on local conditions and capabilities.
Gov. Polis was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy to remind Coloradans about the importance of social distancing and wearing masks, especially with the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The Governor highlighted an initiative from the Colorado Tourism Office encouraging visitors to show care, not only for destinations but also for the people who call them home. He also released guidance to allow outdoor visitation at residential care facilities.
View the full news conference on the Governor's Facebook page.
Colorado remains the only state in the Pacific or Mountain time zones -- the entire western half of the country -- that is seeing a steady decline in case counts.
That is a testament to Coloradans continuing to take the pandemic seriously and take the proper precautions: wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, practicing proper hygiene, and protecting vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions.
As the state continues to reopen, more of the burden is placed on individuals to do the right thing. We have to use common sense and consider the level of risk when participating in certain activities.
Before participating in an activity, Coloradans have an obligation to ask themselves:
How many other people will be participating in this activity?
Is the activity outside?
Can I put distance between myself and others?
How long will the activity take?
Do I feel 100% healthy?
How will I get there? Biking, walking, driving in a car are safer than public transportation.
Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?
And what is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?
Things like camping, hiking, biking, outdoor exercise/activities, or shopping outdoors at a farmer’s market are fairly Low Risk activities.
Things like dining out, playing on the playground, shopping indoors, or visiting a swimming pool carry a Medium Risk.
And then activities like airline travel, concerts, attending worship services in-person, personal services, bars, gyms, or large gatherings carry a Higher Risk.
So please exercise personal responsibility, use common sense, and err on the side of caution.
Visit covid19.colorado.gov/risks-benefits for more information about how we can continue to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.
Guidance for Outdoor Events - Updated June 18, 2020
Outdoor receptions, events, fairs, rodeos, non-critical auctions, concerts, outdoor markets, or other outdoor venues not covered in other guidances where these guidelines and adherence to physical distance can be maintained. This guidance does not apply to activities covered under guidelines for restaurants, houses of worship, personal recreation, or outdoor recreation.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer At Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order, as well as an upcoming public health order: Protect Our Neighbors.
Gov. Polis today signed an Executive Order, to transition to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors, stating: "Our state has some of the most beautiful natural open spaces in the world and we want Coloradans to enjoy our vast, great outdoors. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined spaces."
Read the Executive Order here.
Governor Polis issues updates to Safer at Home, and changes to restaurants, summer camps and private camping.
Read the Executive Order here.
Read the FAQ document here.
Read Logan County's variance here. The variance has been approved and supercedes the new guidance released by the State of Colorado.
The variance approval is limited to the four functions for which Logan County requested a variance, which include restaurants, movie theaters, places of worship and gyms.
State officials ask Coloradans to continue to follow orders to slow and limit transmission of COVID-19, and offered a dozen ideas for safe things to do on Memorial Day weekend.
Logan County has resubmitted an application for variance from Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home, after the county's first application was denied by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last week.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has denied Logan County's application for variance from Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home. Reviews noted several concerns about vulnerabilities in Logan County and want to monitor the situation before further consideration of a variance.
The Office of State Planning and Budgeting released the May 2020 Economic Forecast showing the impact of COVID-19 on Colorado's economy.
Gov. Polis provided an update on the state's response to COVID-19 and a timeline for decision-making during the Safer at Home phase. As Colorado continues Safer at Home, there are a number of criteria the Governor is considering when making decisions on what can be reopened safely.
As Colorado transitions to the Level 2: Safer at Home COVID-19 response, Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. Critical Businesses are open and non-critical businesses are operating with restrictions. In that regard, the Logan County Courthouse and other governmental offices will open to the public on Monday, May 4 with restrictions.
Per the order, some businesses can open with abundant precautions; people 65 and older and those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 must continue to stay home; and the general public is strongly advised to stay at home and only leave for specific tasks. The order is intended to better support the state’s social, mental, and economic health while responding to this pandemic.
The Safer at Home Executive Order outlines a new level in Colorado's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a more sustainable way of living for Coloradans while slowing the spread of the virus and allowing more Coloradans to return to work.
Governor Jared Polis today provided an update on how the state is responding to COVID-19 and provided further clarification on what the Safer-At-Home phase of the pandemic will look like for Coloradans. For more information:
Governor Jared Polis discussed modeling data that shows how Coloradans are doing their part during the stay-at-home order and what next steps will look like as health and safety restrictions change in the coming days and weeks. **Find links within the press release to view the Governor's presentation, see the latest Colorado model report, and to watch the Governor's news conference.
There are three confirmed deaths, one each in Logan, Morgan and Yuma counties that are associated with COVID-19, and additional deaths may be attributed to COVID-19 pending further review.
Gov. Polis announced the key indicators that are guiding Colorado's process for ongoing updates to policies, guidance, and requirements on statewide social distancing measures. See presentation here.
This evening Governor Jared Polis addressed Coloradans directly and announced an extension to the stay-at-home Executive Order. The Executive Order will now remain in effect until April 26.
According to NCHD, "There is scientific evidence that the most effective way to slow the spread of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, is to limit interactions among people and increase distance between people in the work environment."
"This is one of the greatest challenges we've ever faced. The more we stay home, the sooner we'll be able to squash this threat, start earning money, and support our families."
Coloradans with medical training can help bolster medical staff by signing up to volunteer at HelpColoradoNow.org;
Gov. Polis also announced that he would extend the suspension of normal in-person learning at all public and private elementary and secondary schools until April 30. Read the full Executive Order here.
Here is what you can do if a business is not abiding by the orders or if an individual is violating the Stay At Home Order.
Based on the recent order of President Trump for continued social distancing to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Logan County Commissioners have agreed that all Logan County buildings will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020.
This individual is currently not hospitalized, but is in appropriate isolation.
Northeast Colorado Health Department wants to remind everyone that isolation and quarantine are serious steps taken to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick.
Northeast Colorado Health Department has been notified of another positive COVID-19 test result in a Logan County resident.
Last week, Governor Jared Polis announced the launch of joint efforts to raise relief funds and volunteer efforts to address this public health crisis. Help Colorado Now has raised $7.7 million dollars from nearly 4,000 individuals, foundations and companies since the fund launched. More than 9,000 volunteers including 2,000 health care volunteers have signed up to date.
2-1-1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado to vital resources in their local community. Coloradans can reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org, by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your Zip Code to 898-211. Do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions unless it is a medical emergency.
Today Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order that will begin on Thursday, March 26 at 6 am and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state's response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus. Click here for updates to the list of other critical services that are exempt to the order.
Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) has been notified of the first positive COVID-19 test result in one Washington County resident as well as a second Yuma County resident.
(Washington, D.C.) USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
The Logan County Heritage Center is offering a free volunteer service to older adults and high risk adults to provide grocery shopping and errands. This service is for those who should be quarantining at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. To be matched up to a willing community volunteer please call the Heritage Center at 522-1237, Monday-Friday, between 8 am and 4 pm. To become a volunteer...
It's not just your physical health that you need to be mindful of, but also your mental wellness as well.
(Washington, D.C.) Be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants today.
The Logan County Board of County Commissioners has launched a new link on the county's website to provide a clearinghouse of information for county residents. Access link here.
Effectively immediately, the Logan County Landfill will be open to commercial operators and charge accounts only as an effort to minimize public contact as much as possible. Credit application to print and submit.
Northeast Colorado Health Department has been notified of the first two positive COVID-19 test results in Logan County.
Colorado's small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Logan Program.
In order to ensure the safety of passengers and staff of Logan County's public transportation system, the South Platte Valley Regional Transportation Authority Board has decided to run Prairie Express on a limited schedule in Sterling effective Thurs., March 19, 2020, until further notice.
In order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19, the Logan County Courthouse in downtown Sterling will be closed to the public as of Wed., March 18 until further notice.
The City of Sterling has closed public access to city-owned facilities including the Library, Overland Trail Museum, the Recreation Center and all outdoor restrooms in the Park system to limit exposure and slow the transmission of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
Logan County government offices have several options for completing transactions without having to enter county public buildings.