COVID-19 Local Info

  • For local info:
    • Sign up for emails at
    • Sign up for Public Alert text messages on the Nixle System:
      Text 81433 to 888-777
    • Call the Visitor's Center at 970-387-5654, open daily 10-3
  • Colorado resources:
  • If you are sick or think you have been exposed, STAY ISOLATED AT HOME. Call a health care provider prior to being seen.
  • There are 0 confirmed cases in San Juan County (as of 9:30 am March 31). However, we should presume the virus is already circulating in our community.

March 26: Press ReleaseState of Colorado Activates 2-1-1 Colorado to Connect Coloradans with Human Services Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic.

March 25: San Juan Board of Health signs Declaration of Epidemic / Board of County Commissioners signs Emergency Declaration

March 25: Governor Orders to Stay Home; Updates COVID-19 Response

Full Order | FAQ | Amended Public Health Order | Watch Press Conference

State Stay Home Order Bullet Points

March 24: COVID-19 Response Frequently Asked Questions by Sheriff Conrad

March 23: Press Release: Shelter in Place Order Issued
Only Essential Businesses and Services Allowed through at least April 17; Travel in/out of the County strongly discouraged. Full text of the Public Health Order

March 22: Public Health volunteers available for prescription pick-ups
Silverton residents can have prescriptions picked up from Durango once a week. San Juan County Public Health (SJCPH) asks that you call your pharmacy to pre-pay for the prescription(s) and donate $5 to help cover the volunteer's gas. Contact SJCPH to arrange for this service at 970-387-0242.

March 21: Sheriff warns backcountry users; limits activity to essential services

San Juan County Sheriff’s Department issues a stern warning to all backcountry recreation users. The Sheriff’s Department is prohibiting backcountry recreation activities in the County due to the limited availability of Medical, Emergency and Search and Rescue Services due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. The SJC Sheriff has also issued a policy/order prohibiting all but essential services in San Juan County. US HWY 550 is open to DRIVE THROUGH traffic and San Juan County residents only. Vehicles parked on the passes, and on County roads not registered in San Juan County Colorado are subject to fines and towing.

March 19:
State Public Health Order expanded and extended to April 30, 2020. State Implements Social Distancing

March 18
San Juan County Emergency Disaster Declaration

March 17
Silverton Town Council and San Juan County Commissioners issue
Joint letter regarding COVID-19 crisis.

March 17, 8:00 a.m.
Statewide order against dine-in seating at restaurants, bars begins today.
Guidance for restaurant establishments

Governor Ordered Business restrictions

March 13, 2020
San Juan County issues Public Health Order Restricting Groups and Events to no more than 30. Failure to comply may result in a fine up to $5,000.
Press Release

Standing Public Health Order

Do Your Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper respiratory symptoms, like a runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Coronaviruses can affect many different species of animals, including camels and bats. Rarely, these viruses can evolve and infect humans and then spread between humans. Novel indicates that this is a type of virus that had not been previously seen. In December 2019, cases of a respiratory virus started appearing and sickening humans in one region of China. The virus has been named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes has been named coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated to COVID-19.

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