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

  • Public Service Announcement from the Moffat County Department of Human Services:

     

    March 26, 2020

     

     

    On March 25, 2020, Governor Polis announced a statewide Stay-At-Home order. In response to this order, Moffat County DHS will be changing some operating processes to the public.

    Beginning Friday the 27th the lobby to Moffat County DHS will be open during the hours of 9am-4pm for self-service which includes applications, verifications or any other documents.  Drop boxes are conveniently located outside and in the lobby.  A copier has also been provided in the lobby for your convenience.  Staff assistance will be available for limited services between the hours of 10am-1pm.

    MCDHS offers the following services: Food/Cash/Medical/Child Support, and Child Care Assistance. Please apply online at www.colorado.gov/PEAK.  Staff will contact clients if an appointment is needed. Please provide a good working phone number as we are conducting interviews by phone only.

    The department remains committed to our partners and those we serve. If you suspect you are ill, please do not come to the building. We are available to the public by phone, online or in person during the revised hours.

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    Citizens of Moffat County,

    As community members, business owners and employees, Churches and other religious organizations, governmental entities, family members, public safety community, health care workers, and various leaders, we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of ourselves and those around us.

    In recent weeks we have become a part of a global pandemic. These are times that none of us have experienced in the past with unknowns that we can only imagine. With these events we have seen the Nation, along with many states, counties, cities, and towns declare public health emergencies.

    With these emergency declarations many restrictions have taken place in efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus thus saving lives. These lives can be family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and many more. Public Health from federal, state, and local entities have issued public health order's which rely on voluntary compliance from businesses and citizens.

    We in Moffat County are weeks behind the initial spread of COVID-19 and might not know the full impact for two-three weeks from now. The following is a link to The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment website and states:

    " As with all other recent public health orders, businesses are asked to voluntarily comply; however, counties and local public health agencies have the authority to enforce this order. Local law enforcement and/or the local public health agency may contact businesses to encourage them to voluntarily comply.  If the problem continues, the business could face civil or criminal action for a violation of the public health order. People who are concerned about noncompliance should express their concerns to the business first, and if you continue to have concerns, report them to local law enforcement or your local public health agency."

    This information and more can be accessed at:

    https://covidl9.colorado.gov/press-release/state-health-department-issues-public-health-order-reducing-person-work-and

    Please help us help our community! Thank You,

  • MOFFAT COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY ORDER # 2020 - 32

    EFFECTIVE MARCH 23, 2020

    (Pertaining to Moffat County employees and public access to the Moffat County Courthouse)

    A TEMPORARY ORDER CLOSING COUNTY OFFICES IN THE MOFFAT COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO THE PUBLIC AND SETTING FORTH PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR THE PUBLIC AND FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF MOFFAT COUNTY

     

                  Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes §§ 25-1-506, 25-1-508, 25-1-509, and other applicable authority, the Moffat County Board of Health and the Moffat County Public Health Director have powers and duties to develop and promote the public policies needed to secure the conditions necessary for a healthy community. In the event of a public health emergency, the Moffat County Public Health Agency issues orders and adopts rules consistent with the laws and rules of the state as the Public Health Director may deem necessary for the proper exercise of the powers and duties vested in or imposed upon the agency or county board. 

     

                  The Moffat County Public Health Agency has the duty to investigate and control the causes of epidemic or communicable diseases and conditions affecting public health and to establish, maintain, and enforce isolation and quarantine, and in pursuance thereof, and for this purpose only, to exercise physical control over property and over the persons of the people within the jurisdiction of the agency as the agency may find necessary for the protection of the public health.   

     

                  The Moffat County Board of Health recognizes the escalating threat to residents and employees of Moffat County from the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”), and based on recommendations from the Moffat County Public Health Director and consistent with recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (“CDPHE”), this Public Health Order is enacted to protect health and safety in Moffat County.

     

    FINDINGS:

     

    1. Coronavirus Disease (“COVID-19”) was first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019, and since then has spread to over 60 countries including the United States. As of March 21, 2020, the CDPHE Colorado Case Summary, current through March 20, 2020, 4, 550 people in the state have been tested and there are 475 known positive cases of COVID-19 in Colorado in 29 out of 64 counties.  There is an expectation that the virus will spread. 

     

    1. While Moffat County has not yet identified a case of COVID-19, Moffat County medical experts are actively testing for COVID-19 within the county according to specific testing criteria.    

     

    1. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness transmitted like other respiratory illness through person-to-person contact or by contact with surfaces contaminated with the virus. Persons infected with COVID-19 may become symptomatic anywhere from two to fourteen days after exposure.  Symptoms include fever, cough or shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and fatigue. 

     

    1. Individuals with serious chronic health conditions and older adults are most at risk for becoming ill with this disease.    

     

    1. The Moffat County Public Health Director and the Moffat County Medical Officer report that expert, peer-reviewed sources indicate that at this time, an effective way to combat COVID-19 is with significant travel restrictions, social distancing, quarantine and isolation to reduce transmission, in addition to rigorous handwashing and hygiene practice.   

     

    1. On March 10, 2020, the Governor of Colorado declared a State of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. CDPHE has confirmed that COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Colorado. 

     

    1. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a National Emergency due to COVID-19.

     

    1. A significant number of Coloradans are at risk of serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19.   

     

    1. Limiting the number of people in Moffat County who may gather together directly to ten people or less and requiring those who meet in such groups to keep six (6) feet away from each other is necessary for the protection of public health.  The age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population in Moffat County places it at risk of serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19. Although most individuals who contract COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, persons with mild symptoms and asymptomatic persons with COVID-19 may place other vulnerable members of the public at significant risk. A large surge in the number of persons with serious infections can compromise the ability of the healthcare system, to deliver necessary healthcare to the public. It has been reported that Routt County, an adjacent county, is currently experiencing community transmission of this virus.  Residents of Moffat County travel to Routt County frequently and vice versa, so this risk extends to Moffat County, too. 

     

    1. Closing Moffat County offices in the Moffat County Courthouse to the public protects both the public and the employees of Moffat County.  Decreasing direct contact between people has been shown to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission to others, and is especially important for people who are over sixty (60) years old and those with chronic health conditions due to their higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. This Order will reduce the likelihood that many individuals will be exposed to COVID-19, and will, therefore, slow the spread of COVID-19 in Moffat County.

     

    Based on the foregoing FINDINGS, the Moffat County Public Health Director has determined, in consultation with the Moffat County Medical Officer, that the following Order is necessary for the protection of the public health.

     

    1. ORDER.

     

    1. Virtual Meetings by the Moffat County Board of Health and the Board of County Commissioners of Moffat County.  Meetings of the Moffat County Board of Health and the Board of County Commissioners of Moffat County should be conducted as much as possible by telephone, electronically, or by other means of communication so as to provide maximum participation and also protect the public.  Any meeting other than an emergency meeting is to be open to the public and arrangements shall be devised for how the public can participate in an open meeting. 

     

    1. Closing Moffat County Offices in the Moffat County Courthouse to the Public.  The Moffat County offices located in the Basement and Main floor of the Moffat County Courthouse shall be temporarily closed to the public.  County office staff can be reached by telephone or email, but many county employees have been encouraged to work remotely.  Documents for the Clerk and Recorder can be delivered by the public via the Drop Box or by U.S. Mail.  Access to the Moffat County Courthouse shall remain open for the delivery of mail.

     

    1. Quarantine Plan.  In the event of the need to implement quarantine procedures, the Moffat County Board of Health will follow the direction of State officials and the Moffat County Public Health Director and the Moffat County Medical Officer, who will provide specific information and directions relative to cancellation of public events, quarantine processes and procedures.  Both the Moffat County Public Health Director and the Moffat County Medical Officer shall be authorized to sign Isolation Orders and Termination of Isolation Orders regarding individuals located in Moffat County.

     

    1. Phasing of Responses to COVID-19. 

     

    Tier 1 – Heightened Awareness.The CDPHE and local health authorities have indicated that COVID-19 is in Colorado and are encouraging citizens to be aware and to focus on sanitization and hygiene.

     

    • Instruct employees to stay home if sick or to go home if exhibiting symptoms while at work.
    • Identify work spaces where employees can temporarily isolate if they are awaiting transportation to their home or medical care.
    • Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Cover mouth with arm/elbow or tissue if coughing. 
    • Heightened amount of environmental sanitation with products approved by Centers for Disease Control.
    • Employees should refrain from traveling to conferences and/or meetings in other parts of the country where cases of COVID-19 are expanding.
    • Acquire/inspect/issue Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to select Moffat County staff (gloves, masks, etc.)

     

    • 2 – State and Local Concern.  The CDPHE have indicated multiple cases of COVID-19 within the State of Colorado.  When directed by the Moffat County Board of Health, Moffat County will move its response to Tier 2, which in addition to Phase 1 steps, includes:

     

    •  Trial Teleworking and staggered shifts authorized.

     

    • Employees should refrain from physical contact with each other and with members of the public (i.e. handshakes, hugging, etc.)  The Centers for Disease Control recommends a 6’ separation between people.
    • Employees should limit or eliminate any outside agency meeting attendance, unless able to be done remotely.
    • All public and internal meetings should be limited by all Departments and Elected Officials.
    • Moffat County will follow direction from State authorities.
    • Employees will be directed to stay home (or go home) if they or any family member they live with is exhibiting any symptoms or if they are at high risk.
    • Teleworking and staggered shifts authorized.  Additional measures or plans to allow employees to work remotely, when feasible.
    • Departments must take additional steps they have identified to limit exposure between employees and between employees and the general public.
    • County buildings authorized to have reduced staffing and to limit public spaces.
    • Heightened level of sanitization processes.
    • Other steps as directed by State and Moffat County Public Health Director and Moffat County Medical Officer.

     

    • 3 – Full implementation of Response Plan.  Tier 3 may occur at such time as the Moffat County Public Health Agency or the State of Colorado recommends region wide social distancing, or schools are shut down, or at such other time as the Moffat County Board of Health deems it to be in the best interests of Moffat County residents.  When directed by the Moffat County Board of Health, Moffat County will move its response to Tier 3, which in addition to Phase 2 steps, includes:

     

    • County buildings will be minimally staffed, public access by appointment.  The public will be directed to conduct business online, if feasible, or by phone.
    • Departments will fully enact their Continuity Of Operations Plans.  Teleworking options and staggered shift work maximized.  Only essential services ongoing, unless able to be provided through employees working remotely.
    • Other steps as directed by State and the Moffat County Public Health Agency and its Medical Officer, including support of their efforts.

     

     

    1. General Information For All Persons Affected By This Order. The Moffat County Public Health Agency is tasked with protecting the health and welfare of the citizens of  Moffat County, Colorado, by investigating and controlling the causes of epidemic and communicable disease.  This Order is necessary to control transmission of disease to others.  See C.R.S. §25-1-508, Colorado Revised Statutes.  Immediate issuance of this Order is necessary for the preservation of public health, safety, or welfare.

     

    Any person aggrieved and affected by this Order has the right to request judicial review by filing an action with the Moffat County District Court within ninety (90) days of the date of the date of this Order, pursuant to C.R.S. §25-1-515, Colorado Revised Statutes.  However, you must continue to obey the terms of this Order while your request for review is pending.

     

    This Order is in effect until midnight Mountain Standard Time, April 17, 2020, and is subject to continuing review by the Moffat County Public Health Director, consistent with recommendations from the Moffat County Medical Officer, and the CDPHE.

     

     

     

  • March 20, 2020

    Re: COVID-19/Coronavirus

    Dear Constituents:

    The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners, who also serve as the Moffat County Board of Health, are working diligently to actively address the escalating threat to residents and employees of Moffat County from the Coronavirus COVID-19. There are dedicated resources and staff that have been working for weeks in preparedness efforts if/when the COVID-19 virus comes to Moffat County. The safety and health of our employees and community are our top concern.

    Steps we have taken include the following:

    • Moffat County Public Health Department Director Kari Ladrow, the Public Health Department Public Health Nurse Olivia Scheele and the Board of Health are receiving guidance on a daily basis from the State Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the CDC and from the Public Health Officer, Dr. Brian Harrington. Postings are being done every day on the Health Department website in order to provide the public with a current count of any positive cases.
    • Sheriff Hume has organized a Stakeholder group meeting comprised of Public Health, Memorial Regional Health, Colorado State Patrol, the Craig Police Department, Commissioners and the Department of Human Services. This group is meeting on a regular basis to discuss preparedness and response efforts for COVID-19.
    • Moffat County is working with Memorial Regional Hospital who are preparing for an influx of patients, working on gathering resources for preparedness for COVID-19, changing visitors hours and limiting visitors in the facilities and recognizing social distancing.
    • Recognizing our seniors are a vulnerable population, the Health Department has been working with Sandrock Ridge nursing facility in their preparedness efforts, the Senior Center and the Housing Authority in their preparedness efforts and compliance with the isolation orders issued by the State of Colorado.
    • The Department of Human Services has created an extensive plan for collaborating with other community partners to meet the needs of the community. This plan was presented during the Board of Health Meeting March 19, 2020.
    • Moffat County has hired an Emergency Coordinator who comes to the county with a wealth of experience in Emergency Management. The Moffat County Office of Emergency Management is located in the Sheriff’s office.
    • Moffat County Commissioners support the new State order for limiting gatherings to 10 residents or less as well as asking for residents to practice "social distancing" which is defined as 6 feet from others and also recommend residents from vulnerable populations remain home.
    • Moffat County Public Health Department are posting the testing locations in Moffat County as well as instructions for testing eligibility in order to ensure residents know where they can get tested for COVID-19 per doctors' orders.
    • Moffat County has developed Continuity of Operations Plans for Moffat County offices and departments and are also working on a policy for how to go forward if and when COVID-19 is identified in the county.

    As COVID-19 information continues to evolve, your Commissioners will work closely with community partners to act responsibly. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact any one of your County Commissioners at 970-824-5517.

    Sincerely,

    Ray Beck                                             Don Cook                                            Donald Broom

    Chairman, District 2                            Commissioner, District 1                     Commissioner, District 3

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    Due to the heightened concern for all human health and well-being, the Moffat County Assessor, Clerk and Treasurer’s offices would like to remind the public that many services are available without having to leave the comfort of your home. The Assessor’s office welcomes all calls regarding any valuation questions to 824-9102. Additionally, any Personal Property Declarations MAY be emailed into the office to Chuck Cobb at ccobb@moffatcounty.net but will still be accepted by mail. The Treasurer’s office accepts mailed in tax payments as well as online tax payments and you can call them at 824-9111 for assistance with their webpage. For license plate renewals, the Clerk and Recorder accepts them by mail and there is also a website, please call 824-9104 for more information. Changes in voting registration can be done online as well, but please call 824-9120 for assistance. We hope that you are feeling well if you do come to visit us and we will be happy to help you however necessary. As always we are grateful for the resilient community that we reside in and we know that together we will prevail.

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

    How Moffat County Public Health is monitoring Coronavirus

    While there’s no immediate threat to the community, the Moffat County Public Health Department, in partnership with various private and public sector organizations, is working to plan and prepare for an outbreak in Colorado. 

    Staff are currently monitoring the situation in Colorado and nationally and collaborating with partners in planning and preparing for case management and medical need situations. The department has begun meeting weekly with the CDC, CDPHE and other local and regional response partners to gain situational awareness and plan a coordinated response. 

    What is Coronavirus?

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease never seen before in humans. It is different from other human coronaviruses that cause the common cold.

    While CDC considers this a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from Coronavirus Disease is considered low at this time.

    The latest fact sheet is available in english or spanish along with a short video that explains the virus in more detail. 

    If there is an outbreak, what will Moffat County Public Health do?

    Public Health will work with partners on potential cases and lead investigations, monitoring, and disease containment measures if an outbreak occurs. 

    What you can do to stay healthy:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counter-tops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • State of the River presentation

    March 31, 5:30-8 pm

    Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion building

    4:30 pm: Ag benefits in Water Planning

    5:30 pm: Free community Dinner served

    6 pm: Program begins

    sponsored by:

    Colorado River District, Yamp/White/Green Basin Roundtable & Community Ag Alliance

  • Resolution 2020-16:

    A resolution setting days and hours for County Offices of

    Moffat County Assessor, Clerk & Recorder and Treasurer

    to be open for the transaction of business -

    effective March 2 

    8 am - 4 pm

  • Unaffiliated Voters -

    Make your vote count!

    VOTE ONLY ONE

    visit www.GOVOTECOLORADO.GOV

    for information

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    Moffat County Business Investment Toolkit

    The toolkit is a living document developed to attract and inform entrepreneurs, investors and businesses about

    who we are in Moffat County, our quality of life and tax saving opportunities available to help them succeed.

    https://www.facebook.com/MoffatCountyColorado/videos/484290879027692/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jar5-BQrcBQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR29hdIEB8-qTpF9p3YybWR_bGVmz6MEusfjQtZNkOo9QgHgBPjeCH7bDt0

     

     

     

  • Elk herd, near Browns Park School

    Photograph by Janele Husband

  • Moffat County Volunteer Board openings

  • Would you like to help shape the direction of the Moffat County Fair?
    The Board of County Commissioners 
    are accepting letters of interest from individuals who would like 
    to serve on the Fair Board (4 seats to be filled).

    Letters of interest will be accepted until filled
    (Please include contact information)

    Please mail to:
    Moffat County Commissioners
    Attn: Erin Miller
    221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130

    Craig, CO 81625;
    email to emiller@moffatcounty.net or fax to 824-9191

    For more information call 824-5517 or 824-9183

  • The Swinging Bridge at Browns Park has reopened!

    https://www.facebook.com/MoffatCountyColorado/videos/248752199320333/

  • Moffat County... Colorado's Great Northwest

    https://vimeo.com/241588637/5c679564d9

  • Yampa River, near Echo Park (Dinosaur National Monument)

    Photograph by Janele Husband

  • "Powering the West in BLM Coal Country"

    https://youtu.be/sm98jd3HheI

  • Moffat County Balloon Fest with Cedar Mountain in the background

    Photography by Janele Husband

  • Many thanks to Trapper Mine for the donation of their dragline bucket 400 for display at Loudy-Simpson Park (by the soccer fields).

  • The Gates of Ladore on the Green River in the Dinosaur National Monument

    Photograph by Janele Husband

  • Petroglyphs in Vermillion Canyon

    Photograph by Janele Husband

  • Like Moffat County on Facebook!

  • Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge overlooking the Green River

    Photograph by Janele Husband

  • Pay your Maybell Sanitation bill online

  • Visit the Moffat County Library

    New Hours For Craig Branch

    Beginning January 2019

    Mon & Tues. - 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Wednesday -   Closed

    Thursday -      10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Friday -           Closed

    Saturday -       Open the first and last 

                           12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Sunday -         Closed

     

  • Spring Storm over Craig

    Photograph by Janele Husband