Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado: State & National Resources

  • Downtown Lake City and Town Park

  • Lake San Cristobal Overlook

  • Hinsdale County Courthouse

  • County boat dock at Lake San Cristobal

  • View of Lake San Cristobal from Wupperman Campground

  • Moose at Deer Lakes

  • Ute-Ulay Historic Mine and Townsite Buildings

  • Deer Lakes area

    Deer Lakes Area



Hinsdale County Variance Request Approved

On Saturday afternoon, May 23, Hinsdale County received notification about the variance request from the state’s Safer at Home order. The variance was approved with extra guidance for restaurants and places of worship.

Approval Decision Letter

The state’s response on the variance for restaurants, private residences being used as short-term rentals, and places of worship is attached here. The variance request was approved with the following amendment for restaurants and places of worship: In each confined indoor space, in order to achieve 6 ft social distancing, the limit is 50% of the posted occupancy code limit, ensuring a minimum 28 square feet per person not to exceed more than 175 people at any given time.

Specific restrictions for each area of the variance are attached here. Restaurants, private residences being used as short-term rentals, and places of worship must follow these variance restrictions. The variance approval is limited to these three functions; in all other respects, the requirements of the Safer at Home Executive Order and Public Health Order remain in effect for Hinsdale County.


This variance is granted based on the facts and circumstances described in the request. If Hinsdale County were to have two epidemiologically unlinked cases or more than two linked cases, the variance is automatically rescinded. Additionally, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reserves the right to modify or rescind this variance approval as circumstances warrant. This approval is in effect until the final expiration of the state’s Safer at Home orders, which will be extended in some capacity beyond the current expiration date next week.

Colorado Safer at Home Orders in Place until May 26

Currently Colorado is under Safer at Home public health orders. Under these orders Coloradans are no longer ordered to stay home, but are strongly advised to stay at home. These orders are in place until Monday, May 26, when they will be reviewed by the Governor.

Further information on the State's Safer at Home orders is available at: Colorado Safer at Home

Under Safer at Home orders:

  • Gatherings still limited to less than 10 people
  • Restaurants remain limited to take-out service only. No on-premises dining.
  • Playgrounds and gyms are still closed.
  • Private homes rented for less than 30-days still prohibited.
  • No non-essential travel recommended. Coloradans shouldn't travel more than ten miles from home to recreate.




Workers, Employers Economic Support Information

CARES Act - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. Click HERE for a CARES Act Support Guide for workers, families, and employers, which includes information and resources regarding the following:

• Direct Economic Support Payments;
• Unemployment Benefits;
• Paid Sick and Family Leave;
• Food and Nutrition;
• Small Businesses and Nonprofits;
• General Business;
• Nonprofit Support;
• and Other Benefits.

Paying rent, paying bills and food assistance:

Numbers for western Colorado;  888-217-1215, 970-244-8400

Hinsdale County, Town of Lake City Declare Local Disaster Emergency

March 14, 2020

On March 14, Hinsdale County and Town of Lake City declared a local disaster emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our communities and neighboring counties.




Census employees are distributing packets in Lake City and Hinsdale County starting this week. Most of the country gets their packets in the mail but PO Boxes do not count as an address.The packets are in white plastic "2020Census" bags.

HINSDALE COUNTY RESIDENTS! you don't need to wait for the questionnaires! You can go online right now to and complete the questionnaire online.


State of the County

Hinsdale County Board of County Commissioners has released a State of the County report. Download the document here.

County Goals

Hinsdale County Board of County Commissioners has approved the Department & Commission Goals and Strategic Actions for 2020. To download the document, click here.


Monitor the Hinsdale County Emergency Facebook page for up-to-the-minute emergency notifications or information.

   To receive emergency alerts, download the CodeRED app, or register here.


How Do I...

Apply for the County Administrator Position

Click HERE for the Human Resources page with job description.

Submit a CORA Request

          Download the CORA request form here. Complete and return to the Hinsdale County Administration Office, 311 N. Henson St., Lake City OR email to: Hinsdale County Administrative Assistant.

Submit an Employment Application

           Download an Employment Application here. Submit the application by email to:, or by mail to: Hinsdale County, PO Box 277, Lake City, CO 81235.




County Meetings

All county meetings will be held virtually online until further notice.

BOCC Regular Meetings -

June 3 -

JUne 27 - Meeting in Hinsdale County South End


Marketing Committee Meeting - June 4

Planning Commission Meeting - June 18