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For best information on COVID-19, please click the link for San Juan Basin Health below. To the right you will find the Declaration of Local Disaster signed by County Administrator Scott Wall along with the approved Resolution 2020-95 extending the length of the Declaration. Create an account and opt in for alerts to get the first notice of any County updates.
Support for Workers, Families, and EmployersTo Address the Economic Fallout of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Crisis Direct Economic Support Payments (“Recovery Rebates”):• Eligibility and structure of the $1,200 payment per taxpayer and $500payment per child:o The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act providesfor a $1,200 direct economic support payment (“recovery rebate”) forsingle tax filers and heads of households ($2,400 for married couples filingjoint returns), along with a $500 payment per qualifying child dependentunder age 17.o The total amount of payments for which the taxpayer is eligible phases outat a 5% rate ($50 per $1,000 earned) above adjusted gross incomes of$75,000 for single filers; $122,500 for taxpayers filing as a head ofhousehold; and $150,000 for taxpayers filing jointly.o There is no minimum income, meaning that all recipients with incomesbelow the phase-out thresholds will receive the same amount.• How and when to claim:o For tax filers: These payments are structured as tax credits automaticallyadvanced to households in 2020 if they filed an income tax return for 2019and will be received as a direct deposit or check by mail. If a 2019 returnhas not been filed, rebates will be advanced automatically based on 2018return information.2o For Social Security and Railroad Retirement recipients: The legislationallows the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) to work to deliver payments to Social Security and RailroadRetirement recipients who did not file an income tax return automaticallyin 2020 based on information on their 2019 Social Security or RailroadRetirement Benefit Statement. However, in the meantime, to ensureprompt delivery, we encourage Social Security and Railroad Retirementbeneficiaries to file a simple form that will be made available by the IRS.o For people who do not ordinarily file: Otherwise eligible individuals whodid not file a 2019 or 2018 income tax return will generally notautomatically receive the benefit in 2020. In order to receive the benefit in2020, these individuals will need to file a 2019 (or 2018) income tax return.Alternatively, they can file and claim this benefit on their 2020 tax returnnext year. Taxpayers who were not eligible in 2019 or 2018 but becomeeligible in 2020 may claim the payment when they file their 2020 tax returnas well.• More information:o More information from the IRS is available HERE. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-knowUnemployment Benefits:Benefits for Workers:• Unemployment weekly benefit increased by $600: The CARES Act provides anadditional $600 per week in unemployment compensation beyond the baseunemployment benefit amount for every American effective July 31, 2020. Thisincrease is designed to result in approximately full replacement of lost wages forthe average American who has been laid off or furloughed due to the publichealth crisis.• Unemployment benefit extended by 13 weeks: Employees will be able to filefor an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits, beyond the 26weeks already provided in Colorado. That means that employees in Coloradowho have lost their jobs or been furloughed can now file for up to a total of 39weeks of unemployment, and people who have been on unemployment and 3were at risk of having those benefits exhaust during the public health crisis cannow extend the duration of that assistance for 13 additional weeks.• New unemployment benefits for individuals who do not qualify for regularunemployment compensation: Workers who did not previously qualify forunemployment compensation can now access Pandemic UnemploymentAssistance (PUA). You may now qualify for unemployment if:o You work for an employer who temporarily ceases operations or furloughsemployees due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;o You are quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after thequarantine is over;o You leave employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care fora family member; oro You are a self-employed worker (including gig workers and independentcontractors), part-time worker, or have a limited work history and wouldotherwise be eligible for unemployment benefits. Previously, workers inthese categories were often excluded from receiving benefits.• More information/how to apply:o Guidance on whether you now qualify for unemployment benefits isavailable HERE. https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/unemployment-insuranceo File for unemployment benefits in Colorado HERE.https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/unemploymentFor Employers, Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors, Gig Workers:• Short-time compensation and work-sharing: The CARES Act provides federalfunding to pay workers when employers are forced to reduce hours because ofCOVID-19. Employers can access funding to support short-time compensation(STC) or work share programs, in which employers reduce employees’ hoursinstead of furloughing them completely or laying them off. The employees withreduced hours receive a pro-rated unemployment benefit. Alongside continuedpayment by the employer for hours worked, the CARES Act will pay 100 percentof the costs of providing short-time compensation to make up for employees’reduced hours through 2020, including for Colorado’s Work-Share Program.4o More information on Colorado’s Work-Share program is available HERE. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/layoffassistance• Contractors, gig workers, self-employed, and 1099 income: As noted above,contractors, gig workers, the self-employed, and 1099 income are generallyeligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance under the new emergencylegislation.Paid Sick and Family Leave:For Workers:• Two weeks of emergency paid sick leave: The Families First CoronavirusResponse Act (“Families First”) requires public agencies regardless of size andprivate companies with 500 employees or fewer to offer two weeks (10 work daysor 80 hours) of emergency paid sick leave for employees that are:o Quarantined, pursuant to a federal, state, or local government order or atthe advice of a health care provider; and/or experiencing COVID-19symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis. These employees will receivetheir regular rate of pay, up to a cap of $511 per day.o Unable to work because they need to care for an individual subject toquarantine or care for a child under 18 years of age whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19. These employeeswill receive two-thirds of their pay, up to a cap of $200 per day.• 10 Weeks of required paid family and medical leave for workers caring for achild whose school or daycare has been closed because of COVID-19: TheFamilies First legislation requires that employers with fewer than 500 employeesoffer 10 weeks of paid family and medical leave for workers caring for a childwhose school or day care had been shut down due to COVID-19.• Additional information:o Additional details on paid sick and paid family and medical leave foremployees are available HERE. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leaveo Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available HERE. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions5For Employers, Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors and Gig Workers:• Tax credit for paid sick and paid family and medical leave: The Families FirstAct created a new federal tax credit of 100% of the costs of providing wageswhile on sick leave for all employers with fewer than 500 employees to fully offsetthe cost of these COVID-19-related employment interruptions.• Required paid sick leave: All companies with 500 employees or fewer are nowrequired to offer two weeks of paid sick leave for employees that are unable towork as a result of coronavirus.• Exemption: Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify forexemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or childcare unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of thebusiness as a going concern.• Additional information:o Additional details on paid sick and paid family and medical leave foremployers are available HERE. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leaveo Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available HERE. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questionsFood and Nutrition:• Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP): More information on how toaccess SNAP (formerly known as “food stamps”) in Colorado is available HERE https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/and HERE. https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/361• Child nutrition programs: More information on how to access child nutritionprograms in Colorado is available HERE https://www.coloradowic.gov/ and HERE. https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/• Funding for home-delivered meals to seniors: The Families First legislationincluded $250 million for the Senior Nutrition program in the Administration forCommunity Living (ACL) to provide approximately 25 million additional homedelivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors who depend on theSenior Nutrition programs in their communities. For seniors looking for assistancegetting nutritious foods, call the Aging Disability Resources for Colorado Office at 61.844.265.2372. More information about other nutrition programs for seniors inColorado is available HERE https://www.voacolorado.org/gethelp-denvermetro-foodnutrition and HERE. https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx• School meals: The CARES Act included $8.8 billion to give schools more flexibilityto provide meals for students. In Colorado, school districts are implementinggrab and go meals for all children under the age of 18. Use the interactive map tofind free meals for kids HERE https://dhsem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9d4c088bca3b4166994dcb0dbbec6f94 . You can also text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 toreceive the information via text.• Food banks: Recent legislation also included $450 million more for food banksand other community food distribution programs. Find links to major Coloradofood banks here:o Care and Share Food Bankhttps://careandshare.org/o Food Bank of the Rockies (food locations)https://www.foodbankrockies.org/o Food Bank for Larimer County (food locations)https://foodbanklarimer.org/o Community Food Share (Boulder)https://communityfoodshare.org/o Weld Food Bankhttps://weldfoodbank.org/o More on food and nutrition services in Colorado is available HERE. https://www.voacolorado.org/gethelp-denvermetro-foodnutritionSmall Businesses and Nonprofits:• The Paycheck Protection Program: The CARES Act included nearly $350 billionin funding to create a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP will providesmall businesses and other entities such as non-profits with zero-fee loans of upto $10 million. The Small Business Administration will forgive up to 8 weeks ofpayroll and other costs, such as rent and utilities, if the business maintains itsnumber of full-time equivalent employees and salary levels, relative to a baselineperiod before the COVID-19 crisis began.o Types of businesses and non-profits that can apply: The program isopen to small businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(19)veterans organizations, or certain tribal business organizations that areunder 500 employees. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, andother self-employed individuals are also eligible.o How a lender determines eligibility: For eligibility purposes, instead ofrequiring lenders to determine repayment ability, lenders will only need todetermine whether a business was operational on February 15, 2020 and if it had employees for whom it paid salaries and payroll taxes. The borrowerwill also need to certify that the loan is necessary due to the economicchallenges due to the pandemic. Eligible employers can use the loan tomaintain payroll as well as cover mortgage, lease, or utility costs.o Amounts forgiven: The amount forgiven will be reduced proportionallyby any reduction in employees or reduction in salaries beyond 25 percentof total payroll, as compared to a baseline period prior to the COVID-19crisis. To encourage employers to rehire employees who have alreadybeen laid off due to the COVID--19 crisis, borrowers will not be penalizedfor having a reduced payroll at the beginning of the period so long as theemployer eliminates the reduction in the number of employees and/orsalary levels by June 30, 2020.o More information on the Paycheck Protection Program is available HERE. https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses• Economic injury disaster loans and grants: The CARES Act includes $10 billionin funding to provide an advance grant of up to $10,000 to small businesses andnonprofits that apply for an SBA economic injury disaster loan (EIDL). Thebusinesses will receive the grant within three days of applying for the loan. EIDLscan total up to $2 million and carry interest rates up to 3.75 percent forcompanies and up to 2.75 percent for nonprofits, as well as principal and interestdeferment for up to 4 years. The loans may be used to pay for expenses thatcould have been met had the disaster not occurred, including payroll and otheroperating expenses.o Grants do not need to be repaid: The initial EIDL grant does not need tobe repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EIDL. The grantmay be used to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll,meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or paybusiness obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.o Eligibility: Eligible grant recipients must have been in operation onJanuary 31, 2020. The grant is available to small businesses, privatenonprofits, sole proprietors and independent contractors, tribalbusinesses, as well as cooperatives and employee-owned businesses withfewer than 500 employees.o Converting to a PPP loan: A business that receives an EIDL betweenJanuary 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 as a result of a COVID-19 disaster declaration is eligible to apply for a PPP loan. The business may not use aPPP loan to meet the same obligations as an EIDL or other existing SBAloan, but it may refinance an existing EIDL into a PPP loan. In either case,the emergency EIDL grant award of up to $10,000 would be subtractedfrom the amount forgiven in the payroll protection plan.• Immediate debt relief for borrowers: The CARES Act includes $17 billion infunding to provide immediate relief to small businesses with standard SBA 7(a),504, or microloans. Specifically, SBA will cover all loan payments for existing SBAborrowers, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief willalso be available to new borrowers who take out an SBA loan within six monthsafter the President signs the bill. The borrower will not have to repay the SBA ortheir bank for the six months of debt relief.• Small business tax relief:o Deferral of payroll taxes: The CARES Act defers the employer side ofcertain payroll taxes through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will notbecome due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liabilitybeing paid at each date. Any business that does not have a loan forgivenunder the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program is eligible for the payrolltax deferral.o Employee retention credit: The CARES Act provides an employeeretention tax credit for businesses that are not eligible or choose not toparticipate in the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Anybusiness that has been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, orthat has seen a significant drop in revenues is eligible for a 50-percentcredit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees. Forbusinesses with 100 employees or less, the credit is based on all wagespaid, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. There is an overalllimit on wages per employee of $10,000. The credit can be claimed againstthe business’s quarterly payroll tax liability and is fully refundable to theextent of excess. There will also be options to receive advance payments.More information on the employee retention credit is availableHERE. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-employee-retention-credit-available-for-many-businesses-financially-impacted-by-covid-19• More information: o For more information on Small Business Administration (SBA)programs:Visit the SBA COVID-19 guidance page HERE. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resourcesSign up HERE https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/subscriber/new?topic_id=USSBA_77 for e-mail updates for the latest news and informationfrom the Colorado SBA.o Colorado OEDIT Small Business Navigator hotline and email: Forbusinesses seeking general guidance, information on access to capitalprograms, workforce development concerns, and other areas smallbusinesses are affected by COVID-19, the Small Business Navigator hotlineis available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT.Hotline: (303) 860-5881Email: email@example.comGeneral Business:The CARES Act made a major commitment to support businesses and nonprofits of allsizes, through a Treasury-Federal Reserve fund:• General business, nonprofit, and financial stability support: The $454 billionof capital in that fund will be levered up to many times that amount, providingtrillions of dollars in loans to businesses and nonprofits, while enabling theFederal Reserve to support stability in our financial markets.• Support to airlines and airline workers: The legislation also provides $25 billionin direct assistance to passenger airlines and billions more to cargo airlines,enabling them to maintain employment and benefits and tide themselves overuntil we get to the other side of this crisis.o More information will be forthcoming on these programs from theDepartment of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.Nonprofit Support:Non-profits will be able to access many of the Small Business Administration, TreasuryFederal Reserve, and tax benefits described above. This includes:• Deferral of employer-side payroll taxes (see above);• The Employee Retention Tax Credit (see above);• SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (see above); and• Credit: The CARES Act authorized a program to allow any mid-sized nonprofitbetween 500 and 10,000 employees to obtain access to quick, low-cost, governmentguaranteed credit through their local lender or financial institution. The lawprescribes that the loans must carry an interest rate of no greater than 2% and toprovide forbearance on principal and interest for at least the first 6 months. Any loanrecipient will have to attest that they’ll use the money to keep workers employed – atleast to 90% of their payroll – and keep workers paid at close to full compensationand benefits.Other Benefits:• Tax Day pushed back from April 15 to July 15: The Treasury Department andInternal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date isautomatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can alsodefer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020,without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.o Eligibility: This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals,trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as wellas those who pay self-employment tax.o No action needed: Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms orcall the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and paymentrelief.o More information is available HERE. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed• Additional flexibility for withdrawals from retirement accounts: The CARESAct provides a waiver of the penalty for early distributions from IRAs and definedcontribution plans (such as 401(k) plans) in the case of COVID-19-relateddistributions. It also waives minimum distributions are that are required to bemade in 2020 from defined contribution plans (such as 401(k) plans) and IRAs. If and when additional information is made available by the IRS, it will be postedHERE.https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus• Student loan relief: To alleviate the pressure of student loan costs during thiscrisis, the federal stimulus includes tax relief encouraging employers toimplement student loan repayment programs. This provision will exclude up to$5,250 in qualifying student loan repayments paid by the employer on behalf ofthe employee from income for income tax purposes.• Federal student loan borrowers: Borrowers do not need to make payments onstudent loans held by the federal government (Direct Loans and FFEL Loans heldby the U.S. Department of Education) through September 30, 2020. No interestwill accrue on these loans during this period. Borrowers with commercially-heldFFEL loans and Perkins Loans are not eligible, and private student loan borrowersare not eligible. The Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aidprovides real-time updates and guidance on coronavirus and loan forbearancefor students, borrowers, and parents HERE. https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus#borrower-questions• Emergency relief for students impacted by COVID-19: Students are eligible foremergency financial aid grants from their institutions to meet unexpected andurgent needs related to coronavirus, such as expenses related to food, housing,course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Students who arecurrently participating in the Federal Work Study program can continue toreceive work-study payments from their institution if they ae unable to work dueto workplace closures. Students can find more information from the state andtheir schools about changes and resources HERE.https://highered.colorado.gov/Staying_informed_about_COVID-19.html• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): This bill provides$900 million for LIHEAP, a federally-funded program to assist families with energycosts in order to ensure families are able to heat and cool their homes. Moreinformation on how to apply for LIHEAP in Colorado is available HERE. https://liheapch.acf.hhs.gov/profiles/Colorado.htm
New San Juan Basin Public Health Recommendation: Cover Your FaceDurango, Colo.: San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is recommending covering one’s nose and mouth whenleaving the home for essential travel to the grocery store, doctor, or pharmacy. Safely cover your face with abandana or homemade, cotton face covering, reserving hospital grade masks for health care workers andthose who are sick.Studies indicate that there is no reason to not use a face covering as a precaution and wearing something overyour nose and mouth can provide an additional layer of protection for those who must go out. Many aren’taware they are spreading COVID-19 as they carry it without having symptoms, or their symptoms are mild.The spread of the virus occurs primarily through droplets from an infected individual, which fabrics can filter. Aface covering helps lessen the risk for a healthy individual to breathe in droplets as well as lessens spread fromone who may not realize they’re sick. When face coverings are combined with frequent hand washing, theyhelp reduce the transmission of infections.Wearing face coverings also serves as a strong message to others that these are not normal times, and that weall need to change our behaviors to stop a devastating epidemic. As more residents start wearing facecoverings, this action may be regarded as an act of solidarity, showing that all residents are on board with theresponsible steps needed to reduce the spread of the virus.Also, face coverings are a good way to remember not to touch your face. Wearing a face covering will deny youaccess to your own face and make you conscious of how often you are tempted to touch your nose andmouth.SJBPH continues to stress that staying at home and physical distancing (at least 6 feet away from anotherperson) are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.How to safely adhere a face covering• Tie long hair back.• Wash your hands well.• Secure the face covering over your nose and mouth.• DO NOT touch your face or the face covering. If you do, sanitize your hands thoroughly.• Leave the covering on until you can safely remove it.• Remove your face covering immediately if it’s become wet or if you feel you’ve been in contact withsomeone who is sick.How to safely remove a face covering.• Wash your hands.• Grab the face covering by the area that goes over your ears.• Take the covering off, keeping the outside of it away from your face, and place directly in the washingmachine or a site where you will appropriately sanitize.• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.For the most up to date information, visit SJBPH’s website at https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/.San Juan Basin Public Health is a local public health agency, governed by a seven-member local Board ofHealth, serving all residents of La Plata and Archuleta counties. For over 70 years, San Juan Basin Public Healthhas improved the health and environment of the Southwest Colorado community.
ARCHULETA COUNTY CALL CENTER 970-422-7084With this number you will have a choice for Archuleta County or La Plata County. When the caller select Archuleta County, an individual will come on the line and assist you. There is a range of assistance programs including food sources and meals, filing for unemployment, business financial assistance programs, counseling services, COVID-19 testing and much more. The call center is designed to assist people with finding the resource that might be able to help them.
Emergency Update from Archuleta County Commissioner Chairman Ronnie MaezThis is a brief update on some of the meetings and information that might help citizens better understand what actions our County leadership is taking in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.1. Phone call conversations almost daily with State Senator Don Coram regarding Archuleta County’s emergency needs.2. Met with Pagosa Springs Mayor and Town Manager to plan social media updates, help improve community with post emergency recovery and update on emergency operations.3. Prepared and implemented a social media update with Sheriff Valdez and shared the Emergency Call center contact number.4. Participated in four Video Meetings with San Juan Health District to coordinate public health initiatives.5. Chaired the Commissioner’s weekly work session with a focus on Emergency Operations. Sheriff’s Department Staff, County Commissioners and appointed staff shared mutually agreed goals to protect our citizens.6. Attended emergency operations meetings with emergency operations management team and Sheriff Rich Valdez7. Facilitated meeting with all County Elected and Department heads to respond to citizen’s requests for assistance and improve communications.Emergency Call Center Phone (970) 422-7084
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State of Colorado Activates 2-1-1 Colorado to Connect Coloradans with Human Services Resources During COVID-19 PandemicCENTENNIAL (March 26): Today, in partnership with Mile High United Way, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center activated 2-1-1 Colorado to connect Coloradans with human service resources statewide. Coloradans can reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org, by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your Zip Code to 898-211. Do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions unless it is a medical emergency.2-1-1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado to vital resources in their local community. 2-1-1 serves as one central location where people can access over 7,500 health and human service resources. Callers may experience long wait times, as demand for information is high. 2-1-1 Colorado is hiring in order to reduce wait times and meet Coloradans’ needs. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org.2-1-1 provides navigation services to resources such as: Housing, including shelters and transitional services.Rent and utility assistance.Applying for SNAP benefits by phone.Childcare.Food/meals.Transportation.Clothing/personal/household needs.Mental health and substance use disorders. Employment.Education.Medical clinics.Dental clinic.Other government/economic services.2-1-1 will work in conjunction with The Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP), a toll-free hotline for the latest public health information. If Coloradans are looking for general information about COVID-19, such as the number of cases in Colorado, the list of symptoms, or how you can protect yourself, they can call CO HELP by dialing 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. "2-1-1 Colorado provides an invaluable service to thousands of individuals and families across Colorado. 2-1-1 is committed to meeting the growing needs of our community members impacted by the outbreak, and we are expanding our capacity to reach more people in need of support. We encourage all of our neighbors in need of immediate resources to connect with 2-1-1 Colorado to get help. We are grateful to the State of Colorado for their support and all the volunteers and donors who are supporting us to be able to answer the call,” said Christine Benero, President and CEO, Mile High United Way.2-1-1 Resource Navigators are available to help by phone, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and have access to a language translation service to accommodate over 170 languages. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 toll-free by dialing 866-760-6489. 2-1-1 and CO HELP cannot offer medical advice or assistance. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.
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Released March 16, 2020Pursuant to §24-33.5-709 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.), as the principal executive officer of Archuleta County, I am today issuing a local disaster declaration following the lead of President Trump in declaring a nation-wide state of emergency, Governor Polis in declaring a state-wide state of emergency, and San Juan Basin Health Executive Director Liane Jollon in declaring a local disaster, all in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While, to date, there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Archuleta County, I am making this declaration as a proactive step to ensure that Archuleta County is in the best possible position to respond if, or when, COVID-19 is confirmed within our community. Making this declaration will allow Archuleta County to secure any needed resources more expediently, implement emergency plans as necessary and to become eligible for state and federal emergency funding should such funding be needed.L. Scott WallArchuleta County Administrator