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Posted on: March 30, 2020

3/30/20 Daily Update

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3/30/20 Update

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Public Information Line 970-252-4545; Open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm


Governor Polis issued a “Stay at Home” executive order for all Coloradans. The order is here: A Public Health Order was also issued by Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of Public Health for the State of Colorado: Montrose Police Department and Montrose County Sheriff’s Office will not be conducting random traffic stops to enforce the statewide stay-at-home order. 


To date, 264 tests were administered in Montrose County (this includes tests performed by the Colorado National Guard).  Of that number, 212 are pending tests, 38 are negative tests and 14 positive cases. Montrose County Public Health has a test site available for individuals who meet criteria to be tested. In order to be tested, please CALL your primary care provider first and describe your symptoms. Tests performed at the National Guard testing event have NOT been returned yet. 


As of 3/30/20, there are 14 positive cases of COVID-19 in Montrose County. Two patients are hospitalized, and the rest are in self-quarantine at their residences. Additional information regarding positive cases is at the bottom of the daily report. 


The Emergency Operations Center is receiving reports of a “Coronavirus Challenge” circulating on a social media platform that involves a person licking public objects. Public objects often have a high density of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This increases the likelihood of contracting an illness by introducing pathogens into your mouth. Also, a person’s saliva will leave bacteria on the public object that is being licked and that can be transferred to the next person who comes in contact with that object. Do NOT do this. 


The Emergency Operations Center is aware of reports of soccer games, informal gatherings, poor trail etiquette, and more. Social distancing or a physical distance of at least six feet in between yourself and those outside your immediate family is important to stopping the spread of this virus, and ultimately flattening the curve. Please limit grocery shopping trips to as few family members as you are able; and only try to shop once per week or as infrequently as possible. 


Do not use chloroquine phosphate, or anything a health care provider does not prescribe, as a COVID-19 remedy. It could kill you.

1.  Do not ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.

2. Medications like chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only when prescribed by and under the supervision of your healthcare provider and always according to the instructions provided.

3. Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or your poison center (1-800-222-1222).  


If you are feeling ill with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19:

•    Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold symptoms. We want to reduce the risk of transmission, so to the extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home.

•    If you need medical care, contact your primary care provider via phone. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.

•    Only contact 9-1-1 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19.

•    Restrict visits to the hospital emergency room or urgent care - only individuals needing immediate care should visit these facilities. If you must visit an ER or urgent care facility, call ahead and let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.


Please call your neighbors, do they have enough supplies? Are they getting these updates? We ask that you as a community come together to help push this information to those that might not have internet access.


Montrose County School District: school lunches are being provided by Montrose County School District RE1-J from 11am to 1pm on Monday to Friday at designated walk-up or drive-through locations. The following are designated pick up locations (students in schools served are in parenthesis): Centennial Middle School (Cottonwood, Johnson, Centennial); Northside Elementary School (Northside, Oak Grove, Peak Academy); Montrose High School (Early Childhood Center, Columbine, Pomona, Vista Charter, Montrose High School); and Olathe Elementary School (Olathe Elementary and Olathe Middle/High). Please make sure to pick up meals at the site designated for your school. 

West End Public Schools: school lunches provided by West End Family Link Center in Nucla and the Naturita Elementary School (bus loop) Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm.  


The Center for Mental Health has added resources to its crisis line. Services are available at 970-252-6220 or text “TALK” to 38255. 


Montrose Community Foundation has created the Montrose Emergency Relief Fund in response the COVID-19 protective measures that are now in place. The fund will help provide flexible resources to organizations in the greater Montrose County area working with communities impacted by this pandemic. Visit to donate or checks may be mail payable to the Montrose Community Foundation, PO Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402. 

A personal protective equipment drive for healthcare providers will be TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 31, from 2-4pm at the Montrose High School. Items requested include: eye protection and goggles, face shields, surgical masks, N95 masks, sterile and non-sterile gloves, disposable gowns, and biohazard bags.  


The Montrose Business Update is every Wednesday at 8:30am. This week, the City of Montrose will outline its business assistance package. Sign up for the Business Update Zoom Call through the Facebook Event on the @montrosedart Facebook page. The session will be recorded for later viewing. 

West End: for west end information business information (including a list of businesses open and delivering), please visit or contact Deana Sheriff at


For more information on the executive orders issued by Governor Jared Polis: 


3/20/20: 39-year-old male in self-quarantine at home (unknown exposure)

3/20/20: 35-year-old male in self-quarantine at home (travel to Crested Butte)

3/24/20: 27-year-old female in self-quarantine in home (*was out in the Montrose and Delta communities on 3/16)

3/34/20: 88-year-old male in self-quarantine at home (unknown exposure)

3/25/20: 84-year-old male, hospitalized 

3/26/20: 50-year-old male, in self-quarantine at home (community exposure)

3/27/20: 57-year-old-female, in self-quarantine at home (community exposure)

3/27/20: 58-year-old-female in self-quarantine at home (community exposure)

3/28/20: 65-year-old female in self-quarantine at home (unknown exposure)

3/28/30: 68-year-old female in self-quarantine at home (unknown exposure)

3/28/20: 22-year-old female in self-quarantine at home (unknown exposure)

3/30/20: 75-year-old male, hospitalized (unknown exposure)

3/30/20: 79-year-old male, self-quarantine (unknown exposure)

3/30/20: 70-year-old female, self-quarantine (exposure to positive COVID-19)

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