White River National Forest lifting fire restrictions

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (July 29, 2021) – Beginning Friday, the White River National Forest will lift fire restrictions.

Fire danger has been moderated due to recent precipitation across much of the White River National Forest.   There is still some risk from wildfire and conditions will vary by location. Caution and compliance with fire safety across the forest is critical. 

“The recent rains have improved conditions considerably.  However, we are still in a drought and things can dry out quickly.  Please use caution with campfires.  Put out all campfires and make sure the ashes are cold before you leave them,” said Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. 

Staff will continue to monitor conditions.  If there is a change in risk, fire restrictions may be re-established. Visitors are encouraged to visit the forest service webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver and check for Alerts & Warnings prior to visiting the forest to have current information about conditions and fire restrictions on the forest.

White River National Forest lifting fire restrictions

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Flat Tops and other areas

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops Including the cities of Eagle, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Buford, and Trappers Lake
2:53 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021
Map of flash flood watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE GRIZZLY CREEK AND LAKE CHRISTINE BURN SCARS…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.

* From Friday morning through Friday evening.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over portions of west central Colorado. This includes the Grizzly Creek and Lake Christine Fire Burn Areas as well as the Park and Gore Ranges, Flat Tops, Elk Mountains and Colorado River Basin and Central Mountain Valleys.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses leading to debris and mud flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Flat Tops and other areas

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Battlement Mesa region

Elkhead and Park Mountains-Grand and Battlement Mesas-West Elk and Sawatch Mountains- Including the cities of Columbine, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Skyway, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, and Marble
2:53 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021
Maps of flood watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Elkhead and Park Mountains. In west central Colorado, Grand and Battlement Mesas and West Elk and Sawatch Mountains.

* From Friday morning through Friday evening.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over portions of west central and northern Colorado mountains. This will lead to multiple rounds of afternoon thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall. Several areas have received heavy rainfall the past few days and additional amounts could lead to excess runoff and localized flash flooding. Rainfall amounts of a half to one inch in a short duration will exacerbate flooding concerns in the watch area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Battlement Mesa region

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area; Glenwood Canyon and Cottonwood Pass closed

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

July 30, 9:15 amMotorists from Glenwood Canyon safely in Glenwood Springs

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 30, 12:40 am UPDATE: I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is CLOSED due to mudslides at several locations along the roadway next to the Grizzly Creek burn scar area. CDOT is working to ensure safety in the canyon. Motorists should use the northern alternate route (see image). A safety closure continues to be in place for I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, with closure points at Exits 87 (West Rifle), 109 (Canyon Creek), 116 (Glenwood Springs) and 133 (Dotsero).

CDOT crews are responding to the multiple large mudslides on I-70, caused by heavy rain on the Grizzly Creek burn area. Our focus is on life safety, and the debris flows will be evaluated more extensively in the morning. Crews will continue to monitor the canyon and weather overnight. This will be an EXTENDED CLOSURE and motorists should use the recommended alternate route (please see map).

Please do not use navigation apps to choose an alternate route, because those routes are often unpaved, rough roads without services and which can be unsafe to drive. **All updates will continue to be posted to cotrip.org, CDOT’s Twitter page and available by dialing 511.** This post will not be monitored overnight.

Glenwood Canyon detour route

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

Cottonwood Pass is closed due to severe weather.

Garco 911

July 29, 8:58 pm – I-70 is closed between mile-markers 87-133 both directions, West Rifle-Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

Colorado Department of Transportation

I-70 Glenwood Canyon CLOSED due to a Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek burn scar area. Updates will continue to be posted to cotrip.org and available by dialing 511.** Closure points are Exit 133, Exit 116, Exit 109 and Exit 87 (West Rifle).

National Weather Service

8:45 pm, July 29 – The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a 

* Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area in western Eagle County in west central Colorado, and east central Garfield County in west central Colorado.

* Until 1045 PM MDT. 

* At 845 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area. Between 0.5 and 1 inch of rain has fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.7 to 1.3 inches in 1 hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. 

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials. 

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area. 

SOURCE…Radar. 

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area. 

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Glenwood Springs and Shoshone. 

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.7-1.3 INCHES IN 1 HOUR.

Colorado Department of Transportation

6:00 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021
UPDATE: I-70 Glenwood Canyon is OPEN – CDOT crews have reopened both westbound and eastbound I-70 Glenwood Canyon. The Flash Flood Warning has ended. **This post will not be updated or monitored overnight. For the status of the road closure, please check cotrip.org or CDOT’s Twitter page, or call 511**

3:30 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed at Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and Exit 133 (Dotsero), due to flash flooding potential for the Grizzly Creek burn scar. Local eastbound traffic on I-70 will be allowed east of Exit 109, but motorists should expect delays. No Name. Grizzly Creek, Shoshone, and Hanging Lake rest areas are closed.

National Weather Service

4:12 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…The Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in…Western Eagle County in west central Colorado…East Central Garfield County in west central Colorado…
* Until 615 PM MDT.
* At 412 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. The expected rainfall rate is 0.8 to 1.3 inches in 1 hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…Glenwood Springs and Shoshone.

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATEDFLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.8-1.3 INCHES IN 1 HOUR.

Instructions:      
This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters, climb to safety. Turn around, don`t drown, when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
3:01 PM MDT Thu Jul 29 2021
Map of flash flood watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…
…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE GRIZZLY CREEK AND LAKE CHRISTINE BURN SCARS…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.

* Until Midnight MDT tonight.

* National Weather Service Meteorologists are monitoring the potential for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses leading to debris and mud flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area; Glenwood Canyon and Cottonwood Pass closed

Governor Polis to announce fourth $1 million

 Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine drawing winner & third round of scholarship winners

DENVER — Governor Jared Polis will announce the fourth $1 million winner of Colorado’s Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing and the third round of scholarship winners.

WHO: Governor Jared Polis
Fourth $1 million winner
Five $50,000 Scholarship Winners

WHEN: Friday, June 25, 2021 1:20pm

WHERE: Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion, Carriage House 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver

Media who plan to attend in person, please RSVP to victoria.graham@state.co.us . If you are a member of the media who can’t attend in person, but would like to ask a question, please contact  victoria.graham@state.co.us to receive information on participating remotely. 

If you would like to watch the news conference remotely, please view the live-stream on the Governor’s Facebook page

Governor Polis to announce fourth $1 million

Stage 2 fire restrictions begin Friday June 25, 2021

Current Garfield County fire restrictions

STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN IN GARFIELD COUNTY FRIDAY JUNE 25, 2021 at 12:01 AM

Garfield County, CO, The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, BLM lands in Garfield County, Forest Service lands in Garfield and the seven Fire Districts in Garfield County are implementing Stage 2 Fire Restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2021. This applies to all of unincorporated Garfield County.

This decision was made with thoughtful consideration. We look at the data as well as the potential for significant wildfires and balance it with the impacts to our community. The current active wildfires in Garfield County have already stretched our available resources and effected our ability to respond as necessary.

Fire restrictions are implemented based on specific criteria to including moisture content of vegetation, weather outlooks, human risk factors and firefighting resource availability.

With increasingly dry vegetation, severe drought conditions, and Fourth of July celebrations approaching, the danger for human caused wildfires increases even more.

WHAT STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS MEAN IN GARFIELD COUNTY

  1. Use of fireworks – Not permitted
  2. Burn Permits (General) – No Burn Permits will be issued. All previously-issued burn permits are cancelled.
  3. Cooking Fires – Use caution and keep attended.  Cooking devices must be clean (including gas cylinder) and in proper working order.
    1. Gas Grills – No permit required. 
    2. Charcoal and other Solid Fuel Grills & Cookers – No permit required in Developed Areas only.   
    3. In Undeveloped Areas, a permit from the local fire department may be required.
  4. Smoking – Open Smoking allowed in Developed Areas
    1. In Undeveloped Areas, allowed only in an enclosed vehicle or building.
  5. Welding and Spark-emitting cutting (Hot Work) – Developed area: Use extreme caution and take preventative measures as necessary.
    1. Undeveloped area: Industrial use only. A permit from the local fire department may be required.  Must be in a cleared area at least 10 feet in diameter with a designated lookout.  Must have Class A fire extinguishing capabilities readily available.
  6. Operating of internal combustion engine-powered equipment such as Chain Saws, hand-held tools, or generators without a spark-arresting device is prohibited.   If described equipment does have a spark arresting device, you must have Class A fire extinguishing capabilities readily available, and round-point shovel (36″ length minimum) shall be readily available for use.
  7. Other internal combustion engine-powered equipment, such as tractors and mowers: Operate with extreme caution paying special attention in areas subject to extreme conditions that may be susceptible to ignition (dry weeds and grasses, etc.). 
  8. Use of explosives, explosive targets and steel or tracer bullets – Not permitted
  9. Use of firearms – Steel jacket/core bullets (Armor Piercing) and tracer bullets are expressly prohibited.  It is the responsibility of each independent range to ensure safe fire conditions at all times the range is in use.  This includes: mitigating fuels that may potentially catch fire; monitoring downrange conditions/impacts; maintaining the ability to access and rapidly extinguish fires; notifying the local fire department immediately in the event of a fire of any size. Keeping a usable fire-extinguishing application method on hand is strongly recommended. 
    1. If shooting at an unattended range – including those on public and private property – the responsibility for ensuring safe fire conditions falls on the independent shooter.

By Definition:

A “Developed Area” is an area, whether within city limits or rural, that is groomed, manicured and or watered, where grasses, brush and trees are regularly attended to by landowner.  This includes residential and business areas, improved recreational areas, parks and other common areas.

Undeveloped Areas” are lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered; where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes green belts that are not landscaped or manicured, open space lands, non-manicured parklands, and other areas where the fire hazard presented by the vegetation is determined by the authority having jurisdiction or designee to be an undue wildland fire hazard. 

Stage 2 fire restrictions begin Friday June 25, 2021

Governor celebrates launch of first state community vaccination sites in El Paso and Mesa counties

Individuals can register now for vaccine appointments

DENVER – Today, as part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts, the Governor launched the very first State Community Vaccination Site at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, and celebrated the launch of another community vaccination site at the Grand Junction Convention Center in Mesa County. These sites are being run in partnership with Centura Health and Mesa County Public Health, respectively. The Governor was joined by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanerWerf, and Dr. Ozzie Grenardo from Centura Health, as he greeted Coloradans at the drive-through clinic, waiting to receive their vaccine. 

“Today is an important next step in our vaccine distribution efforts, and I’m thrilled that Colorado is leading the way. As our vaccine supply increases, these sites will play a vital role in rapidly getting shots into arms,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I never get tired of seeing the smiling faces of folks who are about to get their vaccine, and these community vaccination sites will help make this a reality for more Coloradans, more quickly. We’re all eager for life to get back to normal, and the vaccine is our path forward.”

In addition to the sites at the Broadmoor World Arena and the Grand Junction Convention Center, there will be four other sites opening up in the coming days in Adams, Pueblo, Larimer and Denver Counties. 

The Broadmoor World Arena is operating a drive-through clinic starting with 2,000 vaccines per day, and will be able to conduct 6,000 vaccinations per day once there is enough vaccine supply. The drive-through clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine can register for an appointment here or by calling 720-263-5737. 

“By opening mass vaccine clinics, we ensure every Coloradan, regardless of race, color or ability to pay, has access to this life-saving medicine,” said Dr. Ozzie Grenardo, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Centura Health. “We believe this vaccine truly symbolizes hope as we move toward the end of the pandemic.”

In Grand Junction, the site is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Coloradans eligible to receive the vaccine can sign up here in English, or here in Spanish. All vaccines are free with no co-pay. Starting Friday, March 19, all Coloradans age 50 and older are eligible.

“Mesa County Public Health has been operating a community vaccination site since early January, and we are thrilled to partner with the State on this important expansion. This allows us to more effectively and efficiently serve residents in Mesa and surrounding counties. Mesa County already serves as a regional medical hub for counties across Western Colorado, and this expansion will ensure residents in our part of the state have access to COVID-19 vaccine as the supply grows. Expanding our distribution site is the logical next step on our path forward together, to restore what we love about Western Colorado,” said Jeff Kuhr, PhD, Executive Director, Mesa County Public Health.

The Polis-Primavera administration is partnering with providers and local communities to stand up community vaccination sites to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is administered equitably and efficiently as vaccine eligibility expands. The six Vaccines for All community vaccination sites are expected to administer a maximum of 6,000 doses per day at each site at six days per week for a total of 36,000 doses administered each week through the program. This depends on vaccine supply provided to the state. The large vaccination sites do not replace the 900 vaccine provider efforts or the efforts of the Equity Outreach Team.

In addition to visiting the vaccination clinics, the Governor also stopped by Kinship Landing, a hotel and event space, as well as El Taco Y La Arepa, a family-owned restaurant. The Governor spoke with the owners of these establishments to learn more about their businesses and discuss how they are recovering from the pandemic. Last week, the Governor and bipartisan leaders from the Colorado General Assembly announced The Colorado Recovery Plan, which will invest roughly $700 million into helping Colorado recover faster and build back stronger. Five big goals will guide dozens of bills narrowly tailored to meet the challenge at hand, including strengthening small businesses, revitalizing infrastructure, supporting Colorado families, investing in rural Colorado, and developing the workforce.

Governor celebrates launch of first state community vaccination sites in El Paso and Mesa counties

U.S. Small Business Administration provides grant program for venue operators impacted by COVID

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

For additional details, see our Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Frequently Asked Questions (revised 02-12-21).

Cross Program Eligibility on SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

In our area, Northwest Small Business Development Council consultants are available to help businesses in this consideration. www.northwestsbdc.org 

Preparation steps to apply for an SVO grant

U.S. Small Business Administration provides grant program for venue operators impacted by COVID

Houses of worship guidance

For many of us, our faith and spiritual community are critical to our well-being, especially in a time of crisis. This document includes guidelines for places of worship under the State’s “Safer-at-Home” Executive Order. It is important to note that your city or county may still be under a Stay-at-Home order or an approved variance from the statewide Safer-at-Home Order.  If that is the case, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines applicable to places of worship under those orders, and abide by those guidelines. 

Under Safer-at-Home, gatherings are permitted as long as they are under 10 people and social distancing (6 feet apart) is observed. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment supports the necessary continuation of electronic platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic for services, Bible studies, small groups, meetings, etc.  In addition, places of worship with adequate parking lot resources may safely hold “drive-in” services as long as the following guidelines are followed at all times. Showing how we value the sanctity of life and are acting to reduce the spread of this deadly virus by being innovative in safely meeting, the pastoral and spiritual needs of Coloradans is the calling of this moment in time. 

Guidelines for drive-in type venues

Practice physical distancing, as detailed below.

  • Use electronics that attendees can have inside the car or use a radio channel to broadcast the audio and/or video.
    • If you will be providing devices, ensure they are cleaned and disinfected prior to passing them out.
    • It is preferable for attendees to use their own, personal devices for audio/video.
  • Attendees need to stay in their vehicles and not socialize through their vehicle windows.
  • Public restrooms must be cleaned and have signage posted that they should be used by only one person at a time.
  • Cleaning guidance.
  • Those most at risk, including people over age 65 and anyone with a pre-existing immune or respiratory condition, are urged to remain home, following the guidance of the previous Stay-at-Home order. 
  • There should be no other opportunity for in-person interaction. Do not have food or beverage or any other services at the site. Do not make available gathering spaces at this location for attendees to gather outside of their vehicles.
  • Have attendees turn off their vehicles to avoid idling and protect everyone’s health.

General guidelines for broadcasting services with a crew of 10 or fewer people

Crew shall follow all social/physical distancing requirements. The following requirements apply to crew, as well as participants who may be present at the time of broadcasting.

  • Direct those having symptoms of COVID-19– as well as people who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, head or body aches) to refrain from participating in any aspect of in-person services and stay at home unless they need medical care.
  • People must be at least 6 feet apart at all times while seated and standing.
    • Brainstorm virtual alternatives to handshaking, handholding, hugging, communion, passing the peace, etc.
    • Remember, the smaller the group, the larger the space, and the healthier the people are beforehand, the lower the risk of transmission.
  • Those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (people 65 and older, people who have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people) should follow the guidance of the previous
  • Stay-at-Home order and not attend in-person services.
  • Consider providing hand sanitizer and tissues in convenient locations.
  • Urge attendees to wear a mask or cloth face covering) over their mouths and noses while attending services.
  • Consider asking (or screening) attendees for signs of illness before admitting them into the place of worship. Disallow individuals with elevated temperatures or signs of illness (coughing, runny nose, sneezing).

Clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after any in-person gathering.

Health protocols for your employees, volunteers, and workspaces.

Maintain in-office occupancy at no more than 50% of total at one time by maximizing use of telecommuting and developing in-office rotation.

  • Employees and volunteers are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings to protect themselves and others while at work.
  • Allow for flexible work schedules, where possible, to lessen the need to be in the office during normal business hours. This could include allowing employees to work evenings or weekends, when the office is traditionally less crowded or closed.
  • Minimize the number of in-person meetings and maintain adequate 6-foot distancing in those meetings. Use online conferencing, email, or the phone instead of in-person meetings, even when people are in the same building, whenever possible.
  • Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to observe Stay-at-Home, who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay-at-Home due to underlying condition, age, or other factors.
  • Be flexible for those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (including people 65 and older, people who have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people) because they need to follow the previous Stay-at-Home order.

Incorporate best practices

  • Deputize workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues and for planning and communication, developing a plan for resources like cleaning supplies and internal regular (daily or weekly) communication, planning for employees to be out of the office for quarantine or caring for others, and considering how new precautions will affect  workflow, etc.
  • Require gloves and masks or cloth face coverings for any interactions with other individuals (e.g. customers, co-workers, vendors) 
  • Provide employees with cleaning and disinfection products and guidance on daily workspace cleaning routines.
  • Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene and new office practices, and make regular announcements to remind employees and volunteers to follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • Do not allow an employee or volunteer with known close contact to a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 to return to work until the end of the 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure.
  • Have employees or volunteers maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals.  
  • Encourage the use of digital files rather than paper formats (e.g., documentation, invoices, inspections, forms, agendas).
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of space between all desks/workspaces.

Screen employees and volunteers before coming into the place of worship

  • Take their temperature and ask simple screening questions or have employees and volunteers take their temperature at home and report the results. Forms are available at https://covid19.colorado.gov/guidance-resources
  • Immediately send home any employee or volunteer who has any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
  Cough.     Fever.     Shortness of breath.     Chills.     Head or body aches.·  Sore throat. ·  Runny nose. ·  Vomiting or diarrhea. ·  New loss of taste or smell.

·  Refer symptomatic employees and volunteers to the CDPHE Symptom Tracker.

·  Do not allow employees or volunteers with new or worsening symptoms to return to work until 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and they have been fever-free (without the help of medication) for 72 hours.

·  Ask employees or volunteers to clean  their hands frequently. 

Health protocols for facilities

  • Modify the flow of people traffic to minimize contact between people (e.g. designate doors for entry or exit only).
  • Frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.
  • Implement 6-foot distancing measures (e.g., marked space).
  • Ensure proper ventilation.
  •  Disinfect seats.
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with employees and volunteers.
  • Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available at entrances and other high-traffic locations.
  • Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
  • If a church or place of worship provides meals for employees, volunteers, or those in need it is recommended to have the meals individually packed for each employee or volunteer.
  • Maintain rigorous sanitation practices like disinfection, handwashing, and cleanliness when preparing or serving anything edible. 

Funerals and other special events

  • For conducting funerals, please visit the CDC’s website on funeral guidance.
  • Under Safer-at-Home, weddings and other small events may resume as long as the gatherings are of 10 or fewer people and physical distancing (6 feet apart) is observed. Event staff are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering and appropriate protective equipment as needed and required by OSHA standards. The 10- person limit includes event staff.
  • While the Safer-at-Home level is in effect, gatherings in both public and private spaces of more than 10 people are prohibited. We advise continuing to only socialize with members of your household. Any gatherings of 10 or fewer people outside your household should adhere to all Social/Physical Distancing Requirements and recommendations. 
Houses of worship guidance

Alternative Care Site Update on Operational Dates

DENVER, May 7, 2020: The Colorado state Unified Command Group (UCG) updated the operational dates for the alternative care sites in Colorado as hospitals continue to meet patient care and capacity needs.  These five alternative care sites are medical shelters that will be used to provide medical care if the hospital capacity is exceeded.  

“These sites are like the state’s healthcare insurance policy to ensure we are prepared to take care of our Colorado community,” stated Unified Command Center Incident Commander Mike Willis.  

Confirmed Alternative Care Sites

Tier 2.5 care facilities are former medical facilities that have resources that enable them to care for higher acuity patients than Tier 3 care facilities.  Tier 2.5 sites will be used for COVID-19 positive patients from senior long-term care facilities to provide isolation from the rest of the facility.  Tier 3 care facilities will have resources and staff capable of caring for patients who are recovering from COVID-19 who no longer need a critical or acute level of care.  

St. Anthony’s North 84th Avenue Facility

  • Location: Westminster (Adams County)
  • Tier 2.5 Facility
  • Bed Capacity: 88
  • Lease Signed: April 7
  • Construction Finish Date: May 12
  • Projected Operational Date: June 25

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center 

  • Location: Pueblo 
  • Tier 2.5 Facility
  • Bed Capacity: 120
  • Lease signed: April 7
  • Construction Finish Date: May 24
  • Projected Operational Date: June 18

Western Slope Memory Care 

  • Location: Grand Junction (Mesa County)
  • Tier 2.5 Facility
  • Bed Capacity: 50
  • Lease signed: April 10
  • Construction start date: Build out suspended as of May 1
  • Projected Operational Date: July 2

Colorado Convention Center

  • Location: Denver County
  • Tier 3 Facility
  • Initial Bed Capacity: 250
  • Lease Signed: April 5, 2020
  • Construction Finish Date: April 24, 2020
  • Projected Operational Date: June 4, 2020

The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex

  • Location: Loveland (Larimer County)
  • Tier 3 Facility
  • Initial  Bed Capacity: 200
  • Lease Signed: April 7, 2020
  • Construction Finish Date: April 27, 2020
  • Projected Operational Date: June 11, 2020

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Actualización de las fechas operativas de los sitios alternativos de atención médica

DENVER, 7 de mayo de 2020: El Grupo de Comando Unificado de Colorado (UCG, siglas en inglés) actualizó las fechas operativas de los sitios alternativos de atención médica en Colorado, a medida que los hospitales sigan satisfaciendo las necesidades de atención a pacientes y de capacidad. Los 5 sitios alternativos de atención médica son refugios sanitarios que se activarán para brindar atención médica en caso de excederse la capacidad hospitalaria. 

“Estos sitios representan una póliza de seguro médico del estado, que asegura que estamos preparados para cuidar de nuestra comunidad en Colorado”, dijo el comandante de incidentes del Centro de Comando Unificado, Mike Willis. 

Sitios alternativos confirmados de atención médica

Las instalaciones de nivel 2.5 eran centros de atención médica que tienen los recursos necesarios para cuidar a pacientes con enfermedad de mayor agudeza en comparación con instalaciones de nivel 3. Dichas instalaciones de nivel 2.5 se utilizarán para los pacientes de centros de cuidados de larga duración para personas mayores que hayan dado positivo de COVID-19, con el fin de proveer aislamiento del resto del centro. Las instalaciones de nivel 3 tendrán los recursos y el personal con capacidad de cuidar a pacientes que se estén recuperando del COVID-19 y que ya no necesiten un nivel de atención médica crítica ni aguda. 

St. Anthony’s North, centro en la Avenida 84th

?      Ubicación: Westminster (Condado de Adams)

?      Instalación de nivel 2.5

?      Capacidad de camas: 88

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 7 de abril

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 12 de mayo 

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 25 de junio

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center 

?      Ubicación: Pueblo 

?      Instalación de nivel 2.5

?      Capacidad de camas: 120

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 7 de abril

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 24 de mayo

?     Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 18 de junio

Western Slope Memory Care 

?      Ubicación: Grand Junction (Condado de Mesa)

?      Instalación de nivel 2.5

?      Capacidad de camas: 50

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 10 de abril

?      Fecha de inicio de construcción: construcción suspendida desde el 1 de mayo

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 2 de julio

Centro de Convenciones de Denver

?      Ubicación: Condado de Denver 

?      Instalación de nivel 3

?      Capacidad inicial de camas: 250

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 5 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 24 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 4 de junio de 2020

The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex

?      Ubicación: Loveland (Condado de Larimer)

?      Instalación de nivel 3

?      Capacidad inicial de camas: 200

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 7 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 27 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 29 de abril de 2020

Alternative Care Site Update on Operational Dates