Office of Emergency Management

Mineral County Emergency Management wishes to relay critical information in an timely and accurate manner.  This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.  Please refer to this page often for the latest information.

MINERAL COUNTY - 27 March 2020, We have received notification that a Mineral County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is in their 40’s, experienced signs and symptoms earlier this week and is currently hospitalized. Unknown source of exposure at this time, but Public Health will be conducting a full communicable disease investigation to determine extent of contacts and level of exposure risks throughout the community.

This case is a reminder of the importance that everyone take proactive steps to reduce physical contact with others in the community. Continue washing hands and staying home when you are sick, which are good practices all the time, even when there is not a serious outbreak. Follow state and local public health orders regarding public gatherings.

This is the first positive test in the Mineral County but it is almost certainly not the first person who has had the virus here. We must continue to assume for the time being that there is COVID-19 in our community.
If you or any member of your household shows symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) please stay home and call Rio Grande Hospital: 719-657-4990. They will assess your condition over the phone and give you instructions on what to do next.

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For general information, you can call the Colorado Help Line at: 1-877-462-2911

General COVID information: CO HELP line 1-877-462-2911 (English and Spanish)

Colorado updates and guidance:

CDC updates and guidance:

We have added a Critical Business Self-Certification form to our website in response to requests from employees and private sector members.  
The form is voluntary.  It is not required.  It is to help assure those in the critical businesses that they can travel for work. 
This is our COEmergency post below.  And the document can be found on our website at on the right hand side of the webpage.  
"In response to requests for a document to carry to show that you are a critical business staff we have a Critical Business Self-Certification form. The use of the document is voluntary and is not required. Link  "
Micki Trost, M.A. | Strategic Communications Director

Gov. Polis Announces Statewide Stay-At-Home Order, Provides Update on Colorado Response to COVID-19


CENTENNIAL - Today Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus. 

“Coloradans are living through a global pandemic and this decision was made to help save lives,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We will continue doing everything we can to get the resources Colorado needs to address COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. In true Colorado spirit, we’re seeing our friends, family and neighbors rise to the challenge, donating their time, money or extra supplies to support relief efforts at the state and local levels. We are in this together and this is the season to stay at home to save lives.” 

This executive order means Coloradans should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities including: 

  • Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine

  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee

  • Seeking medical care

  • Caring for dependents or pets

  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location

  • Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open 

  • Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

Read the full order here. Read the FAQ here. Read the public health order here. Watch the press conference here

Click here for the full order

Additional Current Information:

Mineral County Emergency Manager Facebook Page

Mineral County Emergency Management Website

Silver Thread Public Health Website

Silver Thread Public Health Facebook page



Notice of Positive COVID-19 Test

As of the morning of 3/23/2020, Rio Grande County Public Health was notified by Rio Grande County Hospital that we do have two (2) positive cases of COVID-19 in Rio Grande County. The cases are currently a 20-year-old female and a 50-year-old male. They are both currently isolating at home. 

This is a reminder that the virus is in our community so remember to keep observing social distancing, quarantine at home if you think you may have been exposed, and isolate yourself at home if you have any symptoms. 

Use the SLV information hotline (719-480-8719) if you have questions.  Questions around symptoms and testing can be directed to the nurse hotlines: SLV Health Nurse Line @ 719-589-2511 ext. 9. and Rio Grande Hospital Nurse line @ 719-657-4990.  They will assess your condition over the phone and give you instructions on what to do next.

As we get more information so will you. 

For accurate local information, please check the website or follow us on Facebook at

General COVID information: CO HELP line 1-877-462-2911 (English and Spanish) updates:

Colorado updates and guidance:

CDC updates and guidance:

20 March 2020

Hinsdale has a confirmed positive of COVID-19 in a woman in her 70’s.  Facebook Post here
Mineral County Emergency Management and Silver Thread Public Health discourage travel between Lake City and Creede, unless absolutely necessary.
If you feel like you may be experiencing symptoms, please call Rio Grande Hospital: 719-657-4990. They will assess your condition over the phone and give you instructions on what to do next. If you are experiencing symptoms and need extra support, please call Emergency Management at (719) 658-2600. We are happy to help. 




DENVER, March 21, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended its statewide public health order on social distancing.

The public health order limits gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

The purpose of the order is to limit the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that  spreads through person-to-person contact, or (less likely) by contact with surfaces contaminated with the virus. People  infected with COVID-19 may become symptomatic anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. Limiting the number of people gathered in one area limits the spread of disease, reduces the number of people who become severely ill and protects our health care system.

The order applies to all public and private gatherings except for those specifically exempted by the order.

The order was amended to further clarify exemptions. Now the exemptions include:

  • The Colorado General Assembly, legislative bodies of municipal governments, and Colorado state and municipal courts.

  • Airports, bus, and train stations, health care facilities, and grocery or retail stores, pharmacies, or other spaces where 10 or more people may be moving around to get essential goods and services.

  • Delivery and take-out food services in accordance with Public Health Order 20-22.

  • Offices and state, county, and municipal government buildings where essential government services are offered.

  • Factories where more than 10 people are present, but social distancing measures of maintaining at least 6 feet between individuals is standard.

  • Newspaper, television, radio, and other media services.

  • Child care facilities, except for public preschools operated on public school campuses, which are addressed in Executive Order D 2020 007.

  • Homeless shelters.

  • Any emergency facility needed to respond to COVID-19 in Colorado.

The public can obtain additional information about the executive orders and public health orders on the state response website

As advised by the Colorado Attorney General, residents who suspect that someone is violating the order should first contact their local public health agency to report any concerns. Residents may also file a report with the Attorney General’s Office at if local law enforcement or a local public health agency is unresponsive. For more information about how public health orders are enforced click here.

State health department calls on people, especially those who think they might have the illness, to self-isolate

Close contacts of sick people should self-quarantine


DENVER, March 19, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is urging self-isolation or self-quarantine for Coloradans and visitors to Colorado.

Self-isolation applies to people who:


Have a positive COVID-19 test.


Have symptoms of COVID-19 (coughing, shortness of breath and/or fever).


Are getting ill and think they might have COVID-19. Symptoms, especially early on, may be very mild and feel like a common cold. Symptoms could include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness. Some people may not develop fever or fever may not appear until several days into the illness.

Self-quarantine applies to: 


People who are close contacts of a person who either has a positive test or symptoms --  even early symptoms -- of illness.

“Right now not everyone who has been exposed to or becomes ill with COVID-19 will be able to or need to have a test to confirm whether or not they have the illness,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, CDPHE, “but isolation and quarantine, even without test results, is what people must do to slow the spread of this illness in our state. Even people who feel mild illness, and aren’t sure, should follow self-isolation orders, and their contacts should follow self-quarantine orders.”

Self-isolation is for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and means staying away from others until 7 days have passed since the symptoms began and until any fever has been gone for 72 hours and all other symptoms are improving.

Self-quarantine is for people who don’t have symptoms but are close contacts of people who have symptoms. It means staying away from others for 14 days to see if one becomes ill. People who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms (even early symptoms) while self-quarantining then start the self-isolation period.

CDPHE has put together how-tos for people who are self-isolating and self-quarantining. They are available at

“We’re calling on all people in Colorado now to take personal responsibility and self-quarantine and self-isolate in order to protect people and our health care system,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE, “and we are counting on everyone, including the media to share this information quickly and responsibly.”

Increasingly, cities and counties, including some in Colorado, are issuing stricter social distancing orders than those that currently are in place in Colorado. The stricter orders mean everyone must stay home, except for certain essential activities. The terms of such orders could vary by location. More restrictive orders are a more aggressive approach intended to enforce social distancing and keep people at home to limit disease spread.


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Gov. Polis Secures Federal Loan Assistance for Colorado’s Small Businesses 

Approval Unlocks Billions in Economic Recovery Loans for Small Businesses Impacted  by COVID-19


DENVER – Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved.  

“The economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt across our state. We are committed to protecting public health and safety and will continue fighting to ensure the pain that Colorado’s small businesses are feeling is limited. This critical designation allows small businesses in all 64 Colorado counties to seek federal recovery loans that can help them through this challenging time. I thank the Colorado federal delegation for their efforts to help unlock this assistance,” said Governor Polis. 

The SBA Disaster assistance provides low-interest federal loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses that have realized economic injury from COVID-19. Funding was appropriated through the US congressional Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. 

“Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade is committed to helping our small businesses access these vital funds,” said Executive Director Betsy Markey. “Eligibility information, loan application links and emerging economic recovery resources can all be found at”

“Small businesses are the fabric of our economy and their success is dependent on the ability to freely market products and services to communities across the state and world,” said SBA Regional Administrator Dan Nordberg. “Local small businesses are bearing the brunt of that impact and facing a severe decline in customer traffic.  SBA’s top priority is to assist businesses adversely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be the working capital lifelines they need to weather this difficult time.”

Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19 can seek federal loans to pay key needs such as fixed debts, payroll, and accounts payable.

About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at


Gov. Polis Pushes for Federal Funding for Small Businesses

DENVER - Governor Jared Polis sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for federal funding in order to provide relief for Colorado’s small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The Governor and the Polis administration are proactively working with Colorado’s federal delegation to ensure Colorado has the resources available to address this pandemic. 

“Colorado’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and are woven into the fabric of our way of life. As a person who came to government from the private sector, I understand the challenges and hurdles entrepreneurs and small business owners face. We will get through this together and I urge the federal government to quickly approve our loan application so we can provide relief to the state’s small business community during this global pandemic,” said Governor Polis. 

In addition to Colorado’s application for SBA loans, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has engaged its local, state and federal partners to identify other financial and technical assistance programs available to aid Colorado’s economic recovery. More information regarding economic and technical assistance can be found here

“I respectfully request that the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) implement a Small Business Administrative declaration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Alamosa, Baca, Denver, Eagle, El Paso, Gunnison, Jefferson, Larimer, La Plata, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Routt, San Miguel Counties as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, the Southern Ute Tribal Nation and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Nation have similarly been impacted and on their behalf, I respectfully request assistance for our Tribal partners,” the letter reads. 

Read Governor Polis’ letter to the Trump administration hereThe Governor spoke with Colorado’s federal delegation today about the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, help those who have lost or are losing their jobs and small businesses.

State launches new COVID-19 website

Site features variety of informational resources, including case summary data visualization


DENVER, March 17, 2020: The State of Colorado has launched a new website with a breadth of informational resources and improved data visualization for COVID-19. The website will be the state’s primary resource for information related to COVID-19 and will feature statewide coordinated response information.

The new website is

The new data visualization dashboard is It features data on Colorado’s COVID-19 testing results, including total test results completed, total positive results, positive cases by county, transmission type, and patient outcome, and number of hospitalizations and fatalities. The data will be updated daily around 4 p.m. This robust, automated, daily data source will replace news releases announcing this data. 

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State health department issues public health order closing Colorado bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos-- still allowing takeout and delivery


DENVER, March 16, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective at 8:00 a.m. on March 17 for the duration of 30 days. The public health order will help the state slow and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado communities.

“We understand the gravity of this public health order, and the disruption it will cause,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “But we are weighing this disruption against the need to save lives. Based on the experience of other countries, the state of Washington, and modeling data, the sooner we begin social distancing measures on a large enough scale, the more quickly we can slow transmission of the virus, which translates into less people requiring hospitalization at the same time and more lives saved.”  


Establishments may continue to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and must use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. 


Establishments may allow up to five members of the public at one time on the premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another.


In addition, the order does not apply to grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, food pantries, room service in hotels, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, juvenile justice facilities, crisis shelters or similar institutions, airport concessionaires, and any emergency facilities necessary for the response to these events.


Possible enforcement actions include fines or the possibility of filing an action in court. The main goal of all public health orders is compliance to protect the health and well-being of all Coloradans. 


Read the entire public health order here.


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CDPHE confirms 29 additional new positive cases in Colorado


DENVER, March 16, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) confirmed 29 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Colorado, based on overnight test results reported through 3 p.m. today. That brings the total number of positive cases to date to 160.


The state can confirm completed test results on about 1,216 people by the state lab since testing started on February 28. Private labs are required to report positive test results to the state. Private labs are not required to report negative test results to the state, so we are not reporting total testing numbers for the state.


Due to the high volume of tests being processed by the state lab and a need to get the information out quickly, today’s news release does not contain a demographic breakdown. Demographic data will be provided as soon as the lab is able to provide the statistical breakdown. 


All presumptive positive cases are now considered positive. CDC is no longer performing confirmatory testing


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State health department provides recommendations for parents and guardians

DENVER, March 16, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recommendations for parents and guardians with children at home from school.

Closing schools is a powerful way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect people at higher risk from getting very sick or dying. Though kids are thought to be at lower risk for severe disease from COVID-19, they can easily spread it to others.

“We are all in this together. Nearly every child could have an  interaction with an older adult or others at risk of getting severe illness from  COVID-19. This is not just about keeping kids safe, which is absolutely important; it’s about keeping the whole community safe by limiting and slowing the spread,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

When school is closed, kids and adults should practice social distancing. Aim to stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible. Do not take children into any social setting when they are sick. 

The complete set of recommendations is available on the website.

CDPHE recommends that Colorado follow CDC guidance to cancel or postpone
in-person events of 50 people or more

DENVER, March 15, 2020: To best protect public health, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is recommending that Coloradans follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released today. The guidance states that the CDC “recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

Information about the guidance can be found on the CDC website

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