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UPDATE SAGUACHE COUNTY GOVERNMENT SERVICES DURING COVID-19

UPDATED 04-22-2020

In an effort to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community,
Saguache County government will have limited access to buildings 
beginning Monday, April 27, 2020. 

In an effort to move forward with our job duties, a decision was made
to begin integrating the public back into the county sector.  

Staff will be providing limited essential services via phone and online avenues.
In-person contact for receiving essential services will have limited restrictions during this time. 

These adjustments to county services and public access will be in place until further notice.

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Safer-at-Home executive order

Saguache County’s Public Health Order is in effect through April 26th.
On April 27, Saguache County will operate under the state's Safer-at-Home executive order and public health orders.

Click Here to download the Saguache County Official Safer-at-Home Executive order PDF

Click to download the State of Colorado's updated orders: 

Colorado-PUBLIC-HEALTH-ORDER-20-28_SAFER-AT-HOME.pdf

Colorado-Safer-at-Home-Executive-Order-D-2020-044.pdf



What Does Safer-At-Home Mean?

The goal of this phase is to maintain 60-65% physical distancing.
● Critical businesses will remain open with strict precautions (social distancing, masks for all employees, more frequent cleanings, etc.)
● Retail businesses may open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions.
● Elective medical and dental procedures begin, with strict precautions to ensure adequate personal protective equipment and the ability to meet critical care needs.
● Personal services (salons, dog grooming, limited personal training, etc.) will open with strict precautions. (starting May 1st)
● Telecommuting continues for offices. Starting on May 4, up to 50% of staff can work in person (with social distancing in place).
● Nightclubs, gyms and spas will remain closed.
● No group gatherings of more than 10 people.
● K-12 schools remain online only for the 2019-2020 school year.
● Vulnerable populations and older adults must stay home unless absolutely necessary.

What Does This Mean for the General Public?

● Follow Safer at Home guidelines
● Strongly advised face coverings and staying 6ft apart in public
● No gatherings over 10 people
● Sick people may not go to work
● Limit non-essential travel

What Does This Mean for Older Adults and Vulnerable Populations?
● Continue to Stay at Home except when absolutely necessary
● Utilize special industry hours for vulnerable populations

What Does This Mean for Seeing Friends and Family?

● People should still limit interactions except with immediate household
● If you do see limited family or friends outside of your household, be extra cautious to stay 6 ft apart, wear face covering, and limit contact
● Stick to solo and non-contact recreation activities like running, walking, or hiking in your local community. Do not travel outside of your local community for recreation. Avoid contact sports or equipment.

What are Next Steps for the Safer-at-Home Phase?
The state is working to develop best practices and specific guidance for different industries during the Safer-at-Home phase and will have more details in the coming days.
This includes:
● Retail
● Offices
● Elective Medical and Dental Services
● Childcare
● Personal Services
● Real Estate

How Will Local Governments be Affected?

Under the Safer-at-Home phase, local governments will have a variety of options.
● Operates under the state's Safer-at-Home executive order and public health orders.
● They can go farther than the state, including but not limited to stay at home orders or additional protective measures.
● They can apply for a variance from the state. To do so, they will need to demonstrate proof of very low case counts of COVID 19 and/ or 14 consecutive days of decline of infection of COVID-19 in the county. They also must submit an application that includes a written COVID-19 suppression plan approved by the appropriate local public health authority. All local hospitals and elected officials must sign off on the plan.

What is the timeline for the Safer-at-Home phase?
Sunday, April 26:
● Last day of Stay at Home Order
● Safer at Home Order Issued

Monday, April 27:
Public Health Order and guidance to be issued:
● Retail - Curbside can begin
● Real Estate - showings can resume

Friday, May 1
● Retail and Personal Services can open if implementing best practices

Monday, May 4
● Offices can reopen at 50% reduced capacity, if best practices are being implemented.
Note: if you can continue telecommuting at higher levels, you are encouraged to do so.

* Saguache County can implement stricter restrictions than the State restrictions at any time, if necessary.  If County and State orders differ, the more restrictive order will take precedence.  Saguache County will continue to review data and models to inform future policy decisions.

 

Bobby Woelz, Director

Saguache County Office of Emergency Management

 


 

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