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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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