Covid Skyrocketing: and How to Stay Safe

     In the month of November, coronavirus cases have risen not only around the county, but also in San Miguel County. This increase in cases is not only affecting people, but also businesses, schools, and more. The county has recently moved into the “Level Red – Severe Risk” phase, and this level has caused restrictions to be placed, including 10% capacity in gyms and offices. Indoor dining at restaurants is closed, and dining outdoors with anyone besides people in your household is not advised. This has also caused bars to be completely shut down, lodging is at 50% capacity, and non-essential travel by car or plane should be highly avoided. Private gatherings are not allowed at this time. Group sports are advised to be practiced with no more than 10 people. We are gradually moving back toward another shutdown!

     Over the past several months, COVID-19 cases in San Miguel County have skyrocketed. Right now, San Miguel County cases are in the red zone, which indicates high risk and puts into effect the safer at home order. Overall, there have been 171 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county starting with the first Covid-19 case in Colorado which appeared in early March, 2020. It quickly spread to many counties in Colorado, and San Miguel experienced its first positive test in early April.

     Since then, Covid-19 has been slowly spreading around the county, getting a new positive case around once every three weeks. County health officials have been doing a fabulous job keeping the pandemic under control. However, since around late October, Covid cases in San Miguel county have reached an all-time high. On November 12th, 2020, the 928th Area Support Medical Company of the Colorado Army National Guard once again made a stop in San Miguel County to conduct more testing for COVID-19. The National Guard assisted the county in a free drive-through testing event, where 1,100 people got tested. Around 27 people came back positive from that round of testing. Many sources say that large amounts of Halloween gatherings have caused this outbreak. 

     With cases rising and county restrictions high, it is very important to stay at home and abide by county orders and restrictions. Additionally, following the county’s 5 commitments of containment is very important at this time in order to maintain the health of the community.  If we’d like to see restaurants and stores re-open, and students return to school, it is essential that we all comply.