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Buena Vista's Fourth of July parade will not take place this year as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, the BV Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning.

Art in the Park, the arts and crafts show in McPhelemy Park on the same weekend, has also been canceled for 2020, a news release from the chamber said.

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Gov. Polis today discussed the new state guidelines around in-person dining at restaurants, day camps and private campgrounds, as well as the decision-making process around implementing or loosening restrictions.

Beginning May 27, 2020, restaurants are allowed to re-open for in-person dining at 50% capacity. The restaurant industry has a significant impact on Colorado’s economy, employing almost 300,000 Coloradans, or 10% of the state workforce.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Tuesday two positive cases of COVID-19 were discovered during the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in Chaffee County to 70.

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Five Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services employees who were exposed to COVID-19 and considered high risk have tested negative twice.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in the county Saturday, bringing the county’s total cases to 69.

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The Buena Vista Recreation Department is opening back up, although its programming, rentals and events are postponed until “at least June 1.”

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The Seven Peaks Festival will not be returning to the Meadows this Labor Day Weekend.

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After assessing the stable COVID-19 landscape in Chaffee County over the past several weeks, Chaffee County Public Health has decided to gradually reopen the short-term lodging industry (hotels and motels) and thus will be amending its Public Health Order 2020-05 to reflect the lifted restrictions, it announced in a press release Tuesday.

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Salida Community Center Director Elaine Allemang recently announced statistics showing the number of people served in the center’s food distribution events has nearly tripled over the last two months.

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As Chaffee County residents head outside to enjoy warmer weather, Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom reminds everyone that safer-at-home orders are still in effect, both locally and at the state level. 

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation is offering up to two annual scholarships of $2,500 each for college students planning to pursue a career in health care.

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Never has it been more important for smokers to quit and for individuals to avoid damaging their lungs by vaping.

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As a part of Giving Tuesday, the Rotary Club of Salida announced in a press release that it will donate to local nonprofit organizations to support relief from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County public health director and COVID-19 incident commander, said the most recent positive case of COVID-19 was tested outside the county, and Public Health is trying to reach that person to start an investigation.

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To aid BV residents in figuring out which businesses are and aren’t open, Chandler Morehardt created a map compiling whatever announcements he can find into a map as part of a GIS class he is taking at Colorado Mountain College.

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Prior to this semester, I had always thought about trying online school for various classes. This would allow me to learn at my own pace and to not spend 8 hours of my day in a school building.

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Chaffee County held steady at 68 positive or probable cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths, Chaffee County Public Health reported Tuesday.

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Effective now, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will be gradually reintroducing in-person, elective services. Providers will split their time equally between face-to-face clinic visits and telehealth visits.

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A new positive or probable case of COVID-19 reported in Chaffee County is unrelated to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will partner to offer free COVID-19 testing for Chaffee County residents from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at HRRMC, 1000 Rush Drive.

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“Safer at Home is not a return to normalcy, which means that Coloradans should continue to be responsible, stay at home when possible and wear masks when in public,” Gov. Jared Polis said today.

On March 20, Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order addressing this issue and is now extending and strengthening that order.

2-1-1, Colorado’s free information hotline, is a critical service for many Coloradans and during the COVID-19 pandemic the line has seen a sharp increase in calls. Today, in addition to providing guidance on emergency assistance, transportation, housing support, and other services, 2-1-1 will now be answering questions about worker protections and health care discrimination as more Coloradans begin returning to work.

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One new positive or probable case of COVID-19 was diagnosed at Columbine Manor Care Center, bringing the total number of cases there to 53, Chaffee County Public Health reported Thursday.

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Chaffee County Public Health is partnering with local healthcare providers to pilot an innovative contact tracing protocol as the county begins reopening.

Participating local healthcare providers will begin the contact tracing process each time they perform a COVID-19 test by collecting a list of the close contacts of the patient. They will then pass that information to public health staff if the test comes back positive.

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KW Construction & Restoration delivered an assortment of canned food, fresh meat and hand sanitizer to the Arkansas Valley Christian Mission Friday, as well as to St. George Episcopal Church in Leadville.

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The 4th Rapids & Grass Beer Festival, which was scheduled to return to Buena Vista on the weekend of July 4, has been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, festival organizers announced last Wednesday through the blog Rad Craft Beer.

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No new positive COVID-19 tests have occurred in Chaffee County since April 11, Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County public health director and COVID-19 incident commander, said Monday.

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Social distancing felt doable until I was no longer able to run outside in the sunshine with a close friend. Our back and forth discussions benefitted me physically, mentally and emotionally.

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In response to the recent announcement by Gov. Jared Polis that Colorado will be moving from a Stay at Home executive order to a Safer at Home model on April 27, Chaffee County Public Health announced in a press release late Friday afternoon the county has already been moving in that direction.

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Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom announced in Thursday’s Facebook update that all of the positive and probable COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County that are not related to Columbine Manor Care Center have reported recovery.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported as of 4 p.m. Thursday, there had been 11 deaths in Chaffee County due to COVID-19. The latest two deaths were probable cases related to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that there had been a 1-day delay in paying benefit payments for those people who requested payment on their claims on April 19.

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For the last 3 weeks, former Buena Vista resident Ryan Taft, 21st Contracting Squadron COVID-19 response team member, and his neighbor, Chris Myers, have been producing and donating a piece of plastic that will help ease the tension of surgical masks medical professionals wear for over 12 hours a day.

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“This is a marathon - not a sprint, which was the easy part - now we need to pace ourselves and these distancing measures need to be sustainable. We’re going to have to learn to live with coronavirus for a while, but we must live not with anxiety or fear, but with extreme caution, especially if you are a member of a vulnerable population." – Gov. Jared polis

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Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the last few days, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday. Five of the deaths are connected to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even if the person experiencing symptoms is unable or does not need to be tested.

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Two more people have died locally from COVID-19, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday, April 17. The latest COVID-19 case was a 67-year-old female and resident of Columbine Manor Care Center, according to a press release from Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. The patient was diagnosed with COVID-19 and had multiple comorbidities. She was admitted to HRRMC on Monday evening for conditions unrelated to COVID-19.

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While Coloradans are already encouraged to wear cloth face coverings when going on grocery runs, they can take additional sanitary steps to ensure their purchases remain contaminant-free.

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Following testing of all 66 residents and several staff members at Columbine Manor Care Center, 41 of Chaffee County’s 58 cases of COVID-19 were reported to be associated with the care facility.

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To cope with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, Salida residents have begun joining a loosely organized national movement to howl at 8 p.m. every night outside their homes.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and incident commander for COVID-19, explained what a phased approach to lifting restrictions and reaching recovery from COVID-19 could look like Wednesday in her daily Facebook Live update.

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Within the last month, Chaffee County Community Foundation has raised $280,000 and distributed more than $41,000 for financial assistance through its Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

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For a community that bases much of its economy on being a destination for outdoor adventure seekers and holds many businesses that operate during the summer months and hibernate through the slower winter, stay at home orders can feel like an existential threat.

Rafting outfitters on the Arkansas River are moving forward under the expectation that the valley will have a season, albeit a potentially quieter one.

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The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office is implementing fire restrictions in seven counties in central and eastern Colorado effective April 14.

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At the Buena Vista school district board of directors’ first regularly scheduled meeting in April – about 3 weeks into the district’s move to at-home, remote instruction to reduce the spread of COVID-19 – district administrators shared what education in Buena Vista under quarantine was starting to look like.

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The Park County Coroners Office can confirm that a 39 year old male resident of Florida died from COVID-19 at a residence in the county on April 11, 2020. Park County Public Health conducted a disease tracing investigation and have determined that the risk to Park County Citizens is low.

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In a Facebook post written today, FIBArk Board of Directors announced that the 2020 festival is cancelled.

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 In the 14-page court filing, Chaney said two inmates at the prison tested positive for the virus last Wednesday.

   "The Constitution does not guarantee comfortable prisons, but it does demand safe ones," the 14-page court filing states. 

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Chaffee County Public Health issued a new countywide Public Health order effective 6 a.m. Friday through April 30.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported Friday the fourth death in the county due to COVID-19, the third such death associated with Columbine Manor Care Center.

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There is a rising need for pet food supplies available to those experiencing financial hardship. Ark-Valley Humane Society is aiming to help keep pet families together by alleviating financial hardship affecting pet ownership.

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As of April 9, Chaffee County has 39 confirmed positive tests and three deaths associated with COVID-19, Andrea Carlstrom, director of Chaffee County Public and Environmental Health reported Friday morning.

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Greg Felt, Chaffee County commissioner, said a few words about maintaining kindness and respect on social media while expressing “valuable feedback”, during the daily update Thursday.

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As photographs capture moments in time, a scrapbook preserves these moments as a collection of memories and history. But these colorful collections are more than just photo albums.

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Zac Rogers, an assistant professor of operations and supply chain management in CSU’s College of Business, has spent a lot of time thinking about what it takes to get things from Point A to Point B.

Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic as people stock up on the essentials to avoid repeated trips to the grocery store, many are stuck looking at near-empty shelves and wondering: Why it’s so hard to buy toilet paper?

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Gov. Jared Polis recently issued an executive order extending the deadline for businesses to remit sales tax by 30 days.

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Monarch Quilters cancelled the April meeting and workshop due to COVID-19 virus. However, they have not let the down time stop them.

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Chaffee County Public Health launched a Google form for reporting business or individual non-compliance with public health orders Wednesday, which was accessible via the COVID-19 Chaffee County Facebook Page briefly.

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Gov. Jared Polis recently signed an executive order that extends the deadline to file certain business documents and information to county assessors from April 15 to June 15.

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Chaffee County Public Health director and incident command for COVID 19, Andrea Carlstrom, said CCPH is working on an amended public health order for Chaffee County, which should be rolled out today.

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings, Ark-Valley Humane Society’s (AVHS) third annual Tails on the Trail 5k Run/Walk for Animals will be held virtually from now until May 17.

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Monarch Mountain recently provided much needed assistance to Columbine Manor Care Center which has been coping with an outbreak of COVID-19.

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As of Thursday morning, CCPH is aware of 38 positive cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County, four of those are probable cases not having received a positive test.

24 staff and residents associated with Columbine Manor have been reported as confirmed cases of COVID-19, 13 people of the 38 report having recovered. The deaths related to COVID-19 include two Columbine residents and one non-Columbine resident.

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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in 2018 over 30 million small businesses accounted for 99.9 percent of the total businesses in the United States. Over 59 million small business employees accounted for 48% of the total employees across the country.

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Chaffee County Public Health and local elected officials are encouraging people who own second homes in the county to stay in their primary residence for the time being.

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The Now This Is Love Auction raised $116,514.88, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Scott Peterson, marketing director for the Chaffee County Visitors Bureau.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 34 positive or probable cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Tuesday in the county. That was up from 26 reported cases Monday.

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Chaffee County extended the Declaration of Local Emergency through May 5, the commissioner’s first meeting in May.

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In a Chaffee County Public Health daily update about COVID-19, Andrea Carlstrom, CCPH director and Incident Command for COVID-19, presented a summary of a new modeling report from Colorado School of Public Health: “Projections of the COVID-19 epidemic in Colorado under different social dista…

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Chaffee County residents have donated more than $250,000 to Chaffee County Community Foundation’s (CCCF) Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as of April 7 according to a press release.

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The Now This IS LOVE Auction raised $116,514.88, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Scott Peterson, marketing director for the Chaffee County Visitors Bureau.

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As Buena Vista schools entered its second week of distance learning in compliance with self-isolation rules to curb the spread of COVID-19, the district school board held a special virtual meeting Monday to receive an update on school life during this strange time.

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Between the governor’s stay at home order, now extended through April 26, and county health orders, questions have arisen as to what constitutes residency in the state of Colorado.

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As the COVID-19 quarantine continues, residents of Buena Vista continue to hold on to hope and community values – and encourage them.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced the county was closed to visitors last month in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 from neighboring counties and Front Range cities.

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Solvista Health and Chaffee County Public Health create a survey to “check in” with community members and see how they are doing during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a total of 26 positive cases (including probable cases) of COVID-19 in Chaffee County.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has compiled a list of COVID-19 symptoms, from mild to severe, to help people determine what steps they should take.

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Chaffee County Commissioner Greg Felt said Friday one of the challenges the county is facing in the COVID-19 pandemic is providing consistent messaging through the county and municipalities.

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Chaffee County Public Health director and Incident Command for COVID-19 Andrea Carlstrom announced Friday the state and federal guidelines for COVID 19 precautions now include recommendations for the general public to wear a non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essentia…

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At the weekly town hall hosted by Chaffee County Public Health on Facebook Live and Zoom, Greg Felt said one of the challenges the county is facing is providing consistent messaging through the county and municipalities.

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As the weekend approaches, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a strain on hospitals and first responders everywhere – especially in smaller mountain communities where people often visit for recreation,” said CDOT executive director Shoshana Lew. “One of the easiest ways people can help is by staying off the road."

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Small nonfarm businesses in 35 Colorado counties, including Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Lake counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The Chaffee County Clerk’s Office remains closed, but many of its functions can be completed online, by telephone or through the mail, County Clerk Lori Mitchell said.

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• Public lands are open only to residents of Chaffee County. Tourists are asked to return home under the stay-at-home orders.

• Practice social distancing on trails during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Go explore: You are strongly encouraged to only recreate with people who live with you. If you are with anyone outside your household, you must maintain proper social distancing the entire time.

• Do not congregate at base areas or trailheads.

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As of Thursday, more than 220 donors had given about $240,000 to Chaffee County Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some common claims and questions about COVID-19. The organization’s answers and comments are as follows:

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The second death of a Chaffee County resident due to COVID-19 occurred the evening of April 1, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, according to a press release issued by the hospital Thursday morning.

The known positive COVID-19 case was an 87-year-old female and resident of Columbine Manor Care Center

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Salida Circus is seeking acts for its online Social Distance Extravaganza, scheduled for 2 p.m., April 4.

The show will feature circus members performing their various acts through a livestream on the circus Facebook page. All acts are welcome, including acrobatics, clowning, aerial, juggling, tumbling, stiltwalking and magic.

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We are receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These report…

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Colorado business leaders’ optimism dropped to its lowest point in the 17-year history of the Leeds Business Confidence Index, largely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The quarterly report, produced by the Leeds Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business, marks Colorado business leaders’ expectations for the state and national economies, industry sales, industry profits, hiring and business spending. More than 400 business leaders responded to the latest survey, run between March 1 and March 20, 2020.

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Due to increased restrictions on social gatherings because of COVID-19, organizers of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have had to adapt by transferring their sessions to online formats.

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As COVID-19 makes its mark on Chaffee County, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has been planning ahead and anticipating logistical challenges as the number of cases increases.

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Colorado Department of Transportation suspended Bustang and Outrider bus service between cities throughout the state Sunday.

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The majority of Coloradans are “very concerned” about COVID-19 in Colorado, according to results of a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment survey asking residents about their perceptions and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Now This Is Love Colorado Auction had raised $39,110.94 for local businesses as of 11:36 a.m. Monday since opening to the public Thursday, Scott Peterson, Chaffee County Visitors Bureau marketing director, said.

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Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a top priority for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Colorado Unified Coordination Group  is currently supporting strategic, targeted community testing for health care workers and first responders, and are working to increase the state’s testing capabilities, according to a press release issued by CDPHE early Monday evening.

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"While the virus is still spreading rapidly in Colorado, our community will start to see the effects of the recent steps we’ve taken in the coming days and weeks. In the near-term, it is crucial that we all stay home whenever possible to avoid jeopardizing the health of their friends, family, and community.”

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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 & Environment has compiled a list of COVID-19 symptoms, from mild to severe, to help people determine what steps they should take.

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Chaffee County Commissioner Greg Felt said Friday one of the challenges the county is facing in the COVID-19 pandemic is providing consistent messaging through the county and municipalities.

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Chaffee County Public Health director and Incident Command for COVID-19 Andrea Carlstrom announced Friday the state and federal guidelines for COVID 19 precautions now include recommendations for the general public to wear a non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essentia…

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At the weekly town hall hosted by Chaffee County Public Health on Facebook Live and Zoom, Greg Felt said one of the challenges the county is facing is providing consistent messaging through the county and municipalities.

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As the weekend approaches, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a strain on hospitals and first responders everywhere – especially in smaller mountain communities where people often visit for recreation,” said CDOT executive director Shoshana Lew. “One of the easiest ways people can help is by staying off the road."

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Small nonfarm businesses in 35 Colorado counties, including Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Lake counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The Chaffee County Clerk’s Office remains closed, but many of its functions can be completed online, by telephone or through the mail, County Clerk Lori Mitchell said.

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• Public lands are open only to residents of Chaffee County. Tourists are asked to return home under the stay-at-home orders.

• Practice social distancing on trails during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Go explore: You are strongly encouraged to only recreate with people who live with you. If you are with anyone outside your household, you must maintain proper social distancing the entire time.

• Do not congregate at base areas or trailheads.

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As of Thursday, more than 220 donors had given about $240,000 to Chaffee County Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some common claims and questions about COVID-19. The organization’s answers and comments are as follows:

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The second death of a Chaffee County resident due to COVID-19 occurred the evening of April 1, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, according to a press release issued by the hospital Thursday morning.

The known positive COVID-19 case was an 87-year-old female and resident of Columbine Manor Care Center

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Salida Circus is seeking acts for its online Social Distance Extravaganza, scheduled for 2 p.m., April 4.

The show will feature circus members performing their various acts through a livestream on the circus Facebook page. All acts are welcome, including acrobatics, clowning, aerial, juggling, tumbling, stiltwalking and magic.

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We are receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These report…

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Colorado business leaders’ optimism dropped to its lowest point in the 17-year history of the Leeds Business Confidence Index, largely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The quarterly report, produced by the Leeds Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business, marks Colorado business leaders’ expectations for the state and national economies, industry sales, industry profits, hiring and business spending. More than 400 business leaders responded to the latest survey, run between March 1 and March 20, 2020.

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Due to increased restrictions on social gatherings because of COVID-19, organizers of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have had to adapt by transferring their sessions to online formats.

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As COVID-19 makes its mark on Chaffee County, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has been planning ahead and anticipating logistical challenges as the number of cases increases.

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Colorado Department of Transportation suspended Bustang and Outrider bus service between cities throughout the state Sunday.

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The majority of Coloradans are “very concerned” about COVID-19 in Colorado, according to results of a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment survey asking residents about their perceptions and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Now This Is Love Colorado Auction had raised $39,110.94 for local businesses as of 11:36 a.m. Monday since opening to the public Thursday, Scott Peterson, Chaffee County Visitors Bureau marketing director, said.

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Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a top priority for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Colorado Unified Coordination Group  is currently supporting strategic, targeted community testing for health care workers and first responders, and are working to increase the state’s testing capabilities, according to a press release issued by CDPHE early Monday evening.

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"While the virus is still spreading rapidly in Colorado, our community will start to see the effects of the recent steps we’ve taken in the coming days and weeks. In the near-term, it is crucial that we all stay home whenever possible to avoid jeopardizing the health of their friends, family, and community.”

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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.