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Logan County Board of County Commissioners Responds to State COVID-19 Dial Change



COVID-19 Dial Evolves into Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions which allows counties to implement regulations at the local level.


Logan County transitions to Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors on the COVID-19 Dial, effective Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 6 am.


Logan County transitions to Level Blue: Caution on the COVID-19 Dial, effective Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 6 am.


Vaccine Scheduling Information. An update on vaccine availability in our community.


Colorado's COVID-19 Dial 2.0 goes into effect Saturday, February 6. Logan County moves to Level Yellow: Concern.


New Changes to Public Health Order Effective January 4, 2021 provide updates to the COVID-19 dial framework. Review the summary of changes.


Red Level Counties Move to Orange Level allowing in-dining with limited capacity for restaurants and capacity increases for gyms. Five levels that guide a county's response to COVID-19.


Logan County Currently at Level 3: High Risk This level means metrics are high, many indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative.



Logan County Moves on COVID-19 Dial Because of a significant increase in case numbers over the past month, the county has been moved to Level 3: High Risk. This means a greater level of restrictions and requirements are in place effective immediately. Specifics can be found here:


Nearly 400 COVID-19 Tests Processed at Drive Through Test Site held at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Sterling.


Logan County Working with Health Department to Address COVID-19 Response in providing information to the public about wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, and social distancing. STAY HOME if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


Gov. Polis extended an Executive Order providing relief to public utility customers to mitigate, respond to, and recover from the current economic disruption due to the presence of COVID-19. 


The Governor also extended an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes and rules to expand the healthcare workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to the presence of COVID-19.  


In addition, the Governor extended an Executive Order to provide boards of county commissioners with broader discretion and greater flexibility to implement restrictions on open burning. 


Logan County Implements PPE Distribution Plan for businesses, organizations and groups in Logan County.


New Guidance To Help Schools Respond to COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks


Logan County Launches Grant Program for Local Business Community


Governor Issues New "Last Call" for Alcohol Sales


Statewide Mask Order

Gov. Jared Polis today announced a Statewide mask order, directing Coloradans to wear a face covering while indoors. This Executive Order goes into effect at midnight tonight. The Governor also provided an update on the State’s response to COVID-19. “Wearing a mask is an easy and highly effective way to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. The more we wear masks, the safer we will be and the stronger our economy will grow,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Unfortunately, this pandemic is far from over, cases are up, and we have to find a way to live sustainably while protecting ourselves and those around us. Masks are the ticket to the Colorado we love and a critical part of supporting Colorado’s economy and prosperity. The best way to support Colorado workers and businesses right now is to wear a mask. I’ve said this from the beginning, and it’s still true today: together, we will get through this.”

Guidance for Wearing Masks


Safer at Home extended / Protect Our Neighbors Framework / Bars Reclosed


Gov. Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

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.



Balancing Risks and Benefits of Activities During COVID-19

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 for more information about how we can continue to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.


Lifting Additional Restrictions - June 19, 2020

Telehealth Update - June 19, 2020

Protecting Our Seniors - June 19, 2020


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.


Protect Our Neighbors - Next Phase

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.


Colorado Transitions from Safer at Home to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

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.


New Guidance for Restaurants, Summer Camps and Private Camping

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.


Logan County Application for Variance from Public Health Order Approved

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 Provides a Dozen Ideas for Enjoying Memorial Day Weekend During the Pandemic

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 Reapplies for Public Health Order Variance

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.


Logan County Public Health Order Variance Application is Not Approved

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.


Economic Forecast Shows COVID-19's Significant Impact on Colorado Economy

The Office of State Planning and Budgeting released the May 2020 Economic Forecast showing the impact of COVID-19 on Colorado's economy.


Timeline for Decision Making Under Safer at Home Phase

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.

View the Governor's presentation.


Logan County Government Offices Open May 4 with Restrictions

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.

Non-Face-to-Face Options for Conducting County Business


State Health Department Releases Safer-At-Home Public Health Order; Launches Safer-At-Home Website Landing Page

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.

Safer At Home Website Landing Page

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Guidance for Businesses



Gov. Polis Issues Executive Order on Safer at Home

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.


Further Clarification on the Safer-At-Home Phase of the Pandemic

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:

P-12 Closure Extended End of Year

What Does Safer-At-Home Mean?

4/22/2020 Presentation.


Gov. Polis Provides Update to Coloradans on Next Steps

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.



Confirmed Deaths Associated with COVID-19 in Northeast Colorado

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.


Considerations for Modifying Colorado's Social Distancing Guidance

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.


Gov. Polis Addresses Coloradans, Extends Stay-at-Home Order

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.


NCHD Stresses the Importance of Following the Stay-At-Home Public Health Order

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."


Gov. Polis Provides Update on State's Response to COVID-19

"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.orgGov. 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.


NCHD Urging Compliance with Public Health Orders

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.


Logan County Government Extends Office Closures to April 30

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.


First Positive COVID-19 Test Result in Phillips County

This individual is currently not hospitalized, but is in appropriate isolation.


Requirements of Quarantine and 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.


An Increase in Positive COVID-19 Test Results in Northeast Colorado Demonstrates Importance of Staying Home

Northeast Colorado Health Department has been notified of another positive COVID-19 test result in a Logan County resident.


Gov. Polis: COVID-19 Relief Fund Accepting Grant Applications

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.


State of Colorado Activates 2-1-1 to Connect Coloradans with Human Services Resources During Pandemic

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, 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.



Gov. Polis Announces Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

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.


First Positive COVID-19 Test in Washington County / Brings Total to 8 for NE Colorado

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.


USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities

(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.


Sterling Community Shopping & Errands Service

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...


Mental Wellness While Practicing Social Distancing

It's not just your physical health that you need to be mindful of, but also your mental wellness as well.


FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients

(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.



COVID-19 Link on Logan County's Website

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.


Landfill Changes - Commercial and Charge Accounts Only

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.


Two Test Positive in Logan County

Northeast Colorado Health Department has been notified of the first two positive COVID-19 test results in Logan County.


Gov. Polis Secures Federal Assistance for Colorado Small Businesses

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.


New Prairie Express Schedule

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.


Logan County Government Closure

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.


City of Sterling Response

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.


Non-Face-to-Face Options for Conducting Logan County Busines

Logan County government offices have several options for completing transactions without having to enter county public buildings.

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