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The Colorado Division of Insurance is taking action to protect insurance consumers and reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Sunday President Trump and the federal government declared a major disaster for the state of Colorado in response to an urgent request Polis submitted Wednesday to help Colorado deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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With implementation of stay-at-home requirements issued Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis, outdoor recreation equipment and play structures are now closed in the city of Salida.

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Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom described the county’s amended public health order Friday during Chaffee County Public Health’s weekly town hall meeting on Facebook Live and Zoom.

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The first positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Lake County this morning. The patient is a 50 year old female from Lake County and was likely exposed through community transmission, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) said. The agency is in the process of investigating the case further.

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Colorado State Patrol, Otero County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agents are investigating reports of a man stopping drivers and asking for documentation about their authority to drive to their place of employment and asking why they are violating the statewide stay-at-home order.

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Chaffee County Public Health has been made aware of its twelfth positive case Sunday morning, along with two probable positive cases who have not been tested but who came into contact with a positive case and are now symptomatic, according to a press release issued by Andrea Carlstrom, director of Chaffee County Public and Environmental Health.

As of Friday, March 27, Chaffee County had submitted 137 tests, 87 had come back as negative, 8 had come back as positive. That number has increased to 12 over the weekend, 1 is considered a probable, and 41 were pending. That number has decreased to 37 over the weekend.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released results from a survey asking Coloradans about their perceptions and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 45,000 Coloradans completed the survey between March 22-24

Note: This survey was conducted prior to the state-wide stay-at-home order.

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“I continue urging my fellow Coloradans to stay home whenever possible. This global pandemic is not a competition about what you think you can get away with. The data we put forth today shows that staying home is crucial to saving lives. These are not statistics on a page, these are your neighbors, your friends, and even your family members,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “Our community and our economy will come out of this stronger than before but that means everyone must do their part.”

Gov. Polis and the Department of Health and Environment also updated the public health order corresponding with the stay-at-home executive order.

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 The Association of Colorado Chambers of Commerce Executives reminded businesses they need to stay connected to their local chamber of commerce for expertise and resources during the COVID-19 crisis, the association said in a press release issued Friday afternoon.

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Chaffee County Commissioners authorized the convening of a Chaffee County Economic Recovery Team to engage local businesses to begin an assessment that will help determine the impact of the coronavirus on local businesses.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some claims and questions about COVID-19 that have been making the rounds.

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To accommodate those most at risk for contracting COVID-19, the Salida Walmart Supercenter, 7865 W. U.S. 50, will dedicate a special hour exclusively for senior customers from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays.

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With so many closures and cancellations now, parents are juggling extra variables to keep the kids happy and healthy. For some it may be a rare occasion where everyone stays at home. If you are scratching your head, here is a helpful list of activities to help make the best use of your time. Glued to your smartphones is not on this list.

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Colorado State Parks remain open, but all campgrounds and playgrounds are closed effective immediately. Restrictions and closures continue to be subject to change.

When getting outside, Coloradans must practice social distancing to help prevent COVID-19 and limit community spread. Updated information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at cpw.state.co.us.

In addition, all U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, restrooms, trailheads, cabins and fire lookout rentals, picnic sites and trash facilities are closed to the public. Check with your local National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, or US Fish and Wildlife Service office for specific closures and allowed recreation activities.

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Gov. Jared Polis sent a letter Tuesday to presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center CEO Bob Morasko praised the hospital’s staff and administration during recent preparations for COVID-19 at the Salida Hospital District board’s virtual meeting Tuesday.

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Bobby Woelz, director of the Saguache County Office of Emergency Management, said his department is following orders issued by the state of Colorado and increasing its COVID-19 orders.

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Chaffee County Public Health will host two drives to collect unused personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used for health care and essential staff who must work throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order Wednesday to take effect at 6 a.m. today and to expire April 11.

“Our generation is being called upon to sacrifice to save the lives of our fellow Coloradans and our fellow Americans,” Polis said during a news conference announcing the order. “And that sacrifice is staying at home. And that is a sacrifice for those who live paycheck-to-paycheck.”

Essential tasks, such as grocery shopping, filling prescriptions and picking up takeout food will be allowed. Outdoor activities are still allowed, although everyone is encouraged to stay 6 feet from the nearest person.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked no shortage of anxiety about health and wellness, as well as innumerable rumors on how to beat the respiratory virus.

Dr. Evron Helland, a Buena Vista chiropractor and nutritionist with a background in cellular biology, recommends calcium to his patients.

The element is best known in nutrition for its role in building strong bones. But in its ionic form, calcium plays an important role in fortifying the cell membrane against unwanted intruders like viruses.

“This is even the first line of defense, even before antibody production,” Helland said.

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The end of the Douglas Adams classic “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” is wrong. And yet, it’s right at the same time.

The true meaning of the answer to the “Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” is hidden in the dolphins’ parting thought in the book, “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”

The secret is the fish – sardines for the sake of this argument – they were fed for doing tricks. The answer, however, lies at the molecular level.

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Chaffee County Public Health confirmed the fourth and fifth cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County Wednesday.

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Chaffee County Public Health confirmed a fourth case of COVID-19 in Chaffee County Wednesday morning.

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Chaffee County Public Health, on behalf of Chaffee County commissioners, is promoting the 2020 census on its social media platforms on Facebook and YouTube (Chaffee County 2020 Census).

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While U.S. economists are uncertain of the economic trajectory resulting from mass closures of certain businesses because of COVID-19, Emily Gallagher, assistant professor of finance at Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado-Boulder, said there are ways for small businesses to su…

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Three keys that can help during the difficult challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic are to maintain your routine, to find time daily to do something you enjoy and to find ways to connect with others while maintaining social distancing, said Mandy Kaisner, chief operations officer for Solvista H…

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Volume continues to impact system, but benefit payments will not be reduced because of application issues.

• Claimants with last names that begin with A through M may file a claim on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or after 12 noon on Saturday.  


• Claimants with last names beginning with N through Z may file their claims file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

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In continuing to take measures to protect the safety of patients, visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center introduced telehealth services for family medicine Thursday.

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser issued a statement Sunday calling for a statewide pause on eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Salida Hospital District board of directors is scheduled to discuss the 2019 final audit report at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment along with the National Guard tested 21 people for COVID-19 Saturday at Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

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The diagnosis of a third positive case in Chaffee County comes on the heels of a Chaffee County Public Health virtual meeting Friday, at which local health and government representatives weighed in on measures each entity is taking during the COVID-19 crisis.

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The executive order directs all employers to implement tele-work options to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work is not practical or possible, employers are encouraged to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of employees during work hours and to keep employees on payroll.

This executive order does not apply to any employer that can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any part of their work hours.

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Governor Jared Polis provided an update Friday on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and announced a number of actions the state is taking to support Colorado’s economy.

“This virus has significantly impacted our economy here at home and across the world. We know this has been challenging for our local businesses and workers, and we are working to provide relief including deferral of taxes and suspension of evictions to Colorado families and individuals. These times are difficult, but they are temporary. Coloradans should rest assured that we will get through this together and we will be well-positioned for success when this all blows over,” said Polis.

The governor announced that the state will be taking action to provide relief from evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs.

Polis also signed an executive order allowing take out of sealed alcoholic drinks for licensed establishments. 

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“After conducting our initial investigations, we are finding that those who were tested listened to the isolation and quarantine recommendations,” said Andrea Carlstrom, Director of Chaffee County Public Health and local Incident Command in response to COVID-19. All cases are Chaffee County residents.

CCPH’s recent public health order insisting on social distancing and closures, along with state and national ordersand declarations, must be followed to slow down the transmission of COVID-19.

“We are counting on our community to take these orders seriously," Carlstrom said. "Together, with patience and understanding, we have the opportunity to save lives.”

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"The patient is a male in his 20s who was probably exposed in a county on the Front Range," the release states. The patient was not hospitalized and is self-isolating at his residence. He has been working with Public Health officials in the investigation to identify anyone he may have had contact with.

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Chaffee County Community Foundation is postponing all March trainings. We will assess our April trainings and events at the end of the month. 

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The state is expanding testing to include a temporary drive-through site at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds at 10165 CR 120 in Salida Saturday, March 21. The first 100 people in the queue will have access to the drive-up testing; all other vehicles that arrive after that will be encouraged to seek testing from a private provider.

The Colorado National Guard and Chaffee County Public Health are supporting these efforts. Chaffee County residents who are symptomatic and have a doctor’s order can show up between noon and 4 p.m. for the test.

If there are multiple people in one vehicle, each person to be tested must have their own doctor’s order.

CDPHE also plans to send testing resources to other locations next week. CDPHE is prioritizing testing in areas that have not been highly tested to better understand where the disease is occurring and respond.

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Those who have not yet filed their 2019 tax returns can breathe a little easier.

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Chaffee County Public Health is reporting its first positive cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in the county. They are two adults and are under investigation. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure.

Local health and medical partners have acknowledged that the arrival of COVID-19 Chaffee County was a matter of when versus if.  As a result, they have been planning what a local response would look like as well as running through different scenarios. 

Identification of the first case in Chaffee County is an important indicator. Health officials are reminding residents and guests that the individual precautions they can take to limit their exposure are the same precautions that can help slow the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

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Actions include a special enrollment period for uninsured Coloradans, executive orders temporarily suspending elective surgeries and reducing in-person contact related to election requirements, and an updated public health order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Members of the National Guard and Colorado Department of Public Health will begin arriving in Chaffee County this weekend to assist local health officials in administering tests for COVID-19.

"This event will not take drive-up requests without a doctor’s orders."

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City Market in Buena Vista has posted shopping hours for seniors aged 60 and up only beginning at 7 a.m. through 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in its store on U.S. Highway 24.

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Colorado 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 Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Gov. Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved.

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“Every decision we are making right now is 180 degrees from the decisions we have been making for the last 10 or 15 years to improve our economic standing, but is sadly necessary at this time,” Chaffee County Commissioner Rusty Granzella said Wednesday.

Granzella was responding to a question about the order to close all hotels, motels and other similar establishments in the county to leisure purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The same order directs all visitors to the county to return home and warns anyone considering a visit to stay home.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced it will host daily Facebook Live COVID-19 updates at noon Monday through Thursday and virtual town halls at 12:30 p.m. Fridays, both on Facebook Live on the COVID-19 Chaffee County page and Zoom, starting today.

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Safeway is asking customers to reserve 7-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays as times for those considered to be in a high-risk category of COVID-19 infection to shop.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees voted Wednesday to extend a local disaster emergency declaration until April 15 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wednesday afternoon meeting was called following town administrator Phillip Puckett's executive action Tuesday making the declaration. Per town code, Puckett's executive action was limited to 48 hours. 

The board also set its official policy regarding virtual meetings, held through a video conference application called Zoom, expecting that Wednesday's meeting would not be the last held remotely.

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The governor signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17.

The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time while taking into account the needs of local communities.

The governor also announced that he would be extending the suspension of downhill ski area operations through April 6

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment  is pursuing a strategic approach to testing in the state to steward our state and country’s scarce resources in the face of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Colorado.

CDPHE is sending testing resources to specific communities that have not yet had testing that will yield vital information about how the disease is spreading. There is unprecedented collaboration between state government, local government, and the private sector to increase testing capacity over the next few weeks.

However, CDPHE is strongly advising the public: If you have symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), don’t wait for a test to self-isolate.

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United Congregational Church of Christ: Remaining Lenten Services with Grace Church have been cancelled. Women’s Missionary Society has cancelled its March 26 program. Services for this week cancelled. As for later services, we’re going week by week.

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The HRRMC retail pharmacy will now offer curbside delivery of prescriptions at the Outpatient Pavilion as well as home delivery. This will replace picking up prescriptions inside the pharmacy.

Staff are being posted at the entrances to all HRRMC buildings beginning this week. They will ask anyone who wishes to enter any HRRMC facility – including the clinics – several medical questions based on the most recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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While restaurants and bars in Buena Vista were making voluntary modifications to their business plans, Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all bars and restaurants in the state would need to close or limit their service to take out or delivery only for 30 days.

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Families who need help during the current COVID-19 situation have options.

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Facilities in the Colorado Department of Corrections system, including the Buena Vista Correctional Complex, are modifying their operations – especially related to outside visitation of inmates – as a precaution against the spread of COVID19.

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Health officials have issued stern warnings with regards to the coronavirus and considering the torrent stream of recent closures and cancellations involving public gatherings of virtually any kind, those warnings have apparently been heard, and headed.

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Based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all elective surgeries are postponed until further notice. Urgent and emergent surgeries and emergent pain procedures will continue to be performed.

Based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all elective surgeries are postponed until further notice. Urgent and emergent surgeries and emergent pain procedures will continue to be performed.

The hospital will begin notifying patients scheduled for elective surgeries of this change immediately.

Only two public entrances will remain open on the main campus. Patients and visitors may enter either through the main hospital entrance or through the doors to the Outpatient Pavilion by the retail pharmacy.

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Social distancing is a measure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health entities have been advising to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday that beginning today all restaurants and bars in Colorado will be closed to dine-in service and limited to only takeout and delivery service for at least the next 30 days in an effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“The best information we have is three to five days behind what is actually happening on the ground. We’re doing our best to extrapolate, to predict, to use modeling, but the data is a trailing indicator in terms of positives,” Polis said.

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The Buena Vista welcome wenter is closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the BV Chamber of Commerce said Monday, but chamber staff are available by phone or email during normal business hours.

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Community health updates are changing daily in Lake County due to COVID-19. No COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in Lake County as of March 16. Following is the latest:

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Some anxiety is normal, especially in times like these. But we need to be careful not to let our anxiety get the better of us.

Our anxiety has an influence on everyone around us, especially children. Use conversations with your children as an opportunity to convey facts and set an emotional tone.

Accept anxiety as an integral part of human experience. Try not to overestimate the threat or underestimate how well you can cope and adapt. We tend to exaggerate the danger of unfamiliar situations.

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In order to protect our staff and their families, our customers and their families as well as the citizens of the communities we serve, High Country Bank is temporarily closing the lobbies at their Salida highway, Salida downtown, Buena Vista, and Cañon City locations.

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The Buena Vista school district is continuing to monitor local, national and worldwide health situations as they develop 24/7. Yates called out residents to step up to help meet the challenges that lie ahead in the coming days and weeks.

Late Saturday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new COVID-19 guidelines that included an 8-week classroom closing guideline.

Yates said via email Sunday morning that decision may ultimately lie on her shoulders.

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The Buena Vista school district is continuing to monitor local, national and worldwide health situations as they develop 24/7. Yates called out residents to step up to help meet the challenges that lie ahead in the coming days and weeks.

Late Saturday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new COVID-19 guidelines that included an 8-week classroom closing guideline.

Yates said via email Sunday morning that decision may ultimately lie on her shoulders.

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Governor Jared Polis executed an executive order which directed that all downhill ski resorts in the state of Colorado suspend their operations from March 15- 22, 2020. The order is to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in mountain communities with limited care capacity.

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Be on the lookout for COVID-19 scams, Attorney General Phil Weiser warned Coloradans Thursday.

Scammers are setting up websites to sell bogus products and using fake emails, texts and social media posts to lure consumers into giving money and personal information.

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Buena Vista town hall will be minimally staffed and closed to the public from March 16 through at least March 30 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the town announced late Friday.

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Ark Valley Humane Society announced late Friday afternoon it would close its doors to the public for an "undetermined period of time" as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

Although the news release from the shelter notes a consensus among veterinarians that dogs and cats cannot become ill from or spread the virus, "Our goal is to protect our community of both people and pets from unnecessary exposure to groups of people and to contribute to our county’s efforts to slow transmission by reducing gatherings of people."

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Tests for COVID-19 run on an individual with symptoms of respiratory illness have returned a negative result for the virus, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center spokesperson Allison Gergley said.

The hospital is placing visitor restrictions into effect.

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The Buena Vista School District announced March 12 that it would be canceling all district-sponsored out-of-state travel, including the school band's trip to perform at Disneyland in California, due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.

"District leaders made the decision to cancel student trips for the remainder of the school year and until further notice due to the evolving nature and surging impact of COVID-19 on communities and schools across the country and the world," said district superintendent Lisa Yates in an email to families. "At the time the decision was made, multiple states and cities across the country had declared formal states of emergency due to the spread of the virus, and that number is growing. At this time, we cannot as a school district ensure the safety and wellbeing of students traveling out of state."

Disney announced later in the day that it was closing the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim.

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The unidentified individual tested by Heart of the Rockies Regional Health Center for COVID-19 Wednesday is a hospital staff member, HRRMC marketing and public relations manager Allison Gergley confirmed Thursday.

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The Center for Disease Control, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Chaffee County Health recommend social distancing to decrease the spread of COVID-19, resulting in several events being cancelled.

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Buena Vista school district has made the difficult decision to cancel all school- and district-sponsored out-of-state travel for students due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This includes all international and domestic trips, district superintendent Lisa Yates said in a lett…

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A press release from HRRMC public relations manager Allison Gergley emphasized the hospital does not currently have a positive case of COVID-19.

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9Health, the largest volunteer-driven, nonprofit health wellness and prevention effort in the country, has postponed the spring 9Health Fairs as a proactive measure to its ongoing commitment to keep Colorado healthy amid the growing public interest in COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronav…

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Facilities in the Colorado Department of Corrections system, including the Buena Vista Correctional Complex, are modifying their operations – especially related to outside visitation of inmates – as a precaution against the spread of COVID19.

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Health officials have issued stern warnings with regards to the coronavirus and considering the torrent stream of recent closures and cancellations involving public gatherings of virtually any kind, those warnings have apparently been heard, and headed.

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Based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all elective surgeries are postponed until further notice. Urgent and emergent surgeries and emergent pain procedures will continue to be performed.

Based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all elective surgeries are postponed until further notice. Urgent and emergent surgeries and emergent pain procedures will continue to be performed.

The hospital will begin notifying patients scheduled for elective surgeries of this change immediately.

Only two public entrances will remain open on the main campus. Patients and visitors may enter either through the main hospital entrance or through the doors to the Outpatient Pavilion by the retail pharmacy.

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Social distancing is a measure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health entities have been advising to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday that beginning today all restaurants and bars in Colorado will be closed to dine-in service and limited to only takeout and delivery service for at least the next 30 days in an effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“The best information we have is three to five days behind what is actually happening on the ground. We’re doing our best to extrapolate, to predict, to use modeling, but the data is a trailing indicator in terms of positives,” Polis said.

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The Buena Vista welcome wenter is closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the BV Chamber of Commerce said Monday, but chamber staff are available by phone or email during normal business hours.

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Community health updates are changing daily in Lake County due to COVID-19. No COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in Lake County as of March 16. Following is the latest:

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Some anxiety is normal, especially in times like these. But we need to be careful not to let our anxiety get the better of us.

Our anxiety has an influence on everyone around us, especially children. Use conversations with your children as an opportunity to convey facts and set an emotional tone.

Accept anxiety as an integral part of human experience. Try not to overestimate the threat or underestimate how well you can cope and adapt. We tend to exaggerate the danger of unfamiliar situations.

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In order to protect our staff and their families, our customers and their families as well as the citizens of the communities we serve, High Country Bank is temporarily closing the lobbies at their Salida highway, Salida downtown, Buena Vista, and Cañon City locations.

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The Buena Vista school district is continuing to monitor local, national and worldwide health situations as they develop 24/7. Yates called out residents to step up to help meet the challenges that lie ahead in the coming days and weeks.

Late Saturday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new COVID-19 guidelines that included an 8-week classroom closing guideline.

Yates said via email Sunday morning that decision may ultimately lie on her shoulders.

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The Buena Vista school district is continuing to monitor local, national and worldwide health situations as they develop 24/7. Yates called out residents to step up to help meet the challenges that lie ahead in the coming days and weeks.

Late Saturday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new COVID-19 guidelines that included an 8-week classroom closing guideline.

Yates said via email Sunday morning that decision may ultimately lie on her shoulders.

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Governor Jared Polis executed an executive order which directed that all downhill ski resorts in the state of Colorado suspend their operations from March 15- 22, 2020. The order is to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in mountain communities with limited care capacity.

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Be on the lookout for COVID-19 scams, Attorney General Phil Weiser warned Coloradans Thursday.

Scammers are setting up websites to sell bogus products and using fake emails, texts and social media posts to lure consumers into giving money and personal information.

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Buena Vista town hall will be minimally staffed and closed to the public from March 16 through at least March 30 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the town announced late Friday.

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Ark Valley Humane Society announced late Friday afternoon it would close its doors to the public for an "undetermined period of time" as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

Although the news release from the shelter notes a consensus among veterinarians that dogs and cats cannot become ill from or spread the virus, "Our goal is to protect our community of both people and pets from unnecessary exposure to groups of people and to contribute to our county’s efforts to slow transmission by reducing gatherings of people."

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Tests for COVID-19 run on an individual with symptoms of respiratory illness have returned a negative result for the virus, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center spokesperson Allison Gergley said.

The hospital is placing visitor restrictions into effect.

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The Buena Vista School District announced March 12 that it would be canceling all district-sponsored out-of-state travel, including the school band's trip to perform at Disneyland in California, due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.

"District leaders made the decision to cancel student trips for the remainder of the school year and until further notice due to the evolving nature and surging impact of COVID-19 on communities and schools across the country and the world," said district superintendent Lisa Yates in an email to families. "At the time the decision was made, multiple states and cities across the country had declared formal states of emergency due to the spread of the virus, and that number is growing. At this time, we cannot as a school district ensure the safety and wellbeing of students traveling out of state."

Disney announced later in the day that it was closing the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim.

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The unidentified individual tested by Heart of the Rockies Regional Health Center for COVID-19 Wednesday is a hospital staff member, HRRMC marketing and public relations manager Allison Gergley confirmed Thursday.

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The Center for Disease Control, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Chaffee County Health recommend social distancing to decrease the spread of COVID-19, resulting in several events being cancelled.

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Buena Vista school district has made the difficult decision to cancel all school- and district-sponsored out-of-state travel for students due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This includes all international and domestic trips, district superintendent Lisa Yates said in a lett…

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A press release from HRRMC public relations manager Allison Gergley emphasized the hospital does not currently have a positive case of COVID-19.

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9Health, the largest volunteer-driven, nonprofit health wellness and prevention effort in the country, has postponed the spring 9Health Fairs as a proactive measure to its ongoing commitment to keep Colorado healthy amid the growing public interest in COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronav…