UPDATED 01/19/2021

Saguache County Offices are Open.
Masks are required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Appointments are recommended.
Click here for a full directory of all Saguache County Phone numbers and email contacts 


Saguache County Public Health is currently authorized to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to
high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and individuals age 70 and above.

Residents age 70 and above, can call Saguache County Public Health at: 719-655-2533
or visit bit.ly/saguache-vaccine-reg to register online.


Saguache County COVID-19 Vaccination Update 1/20/2021

January 20, 2021 Saguache County Launches Online Vaccination Waitlist Form.


SAGUACHE COUNTY - Residents can fill out this form to be placed on our COVID-19 vaccination waitlist: bit.ly/saguache-vaccine-reg


We are currently authorized to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and individuals age 70 and above.  Residents age 70 and above can still call Saguache County Public Health at: 719-655-2533 to get on the vaccination wait list.

Please, either use the online form or call (do not do both).

Getting vaccinated is one of the major steps you can take to get you and your loved ones closer to the life we all miss. Get the facts today so you can make an informed decision when it’s your turn for the vaccine. Get the facts at: www.COCovidVaccine.org    

When it’s your turn, and you choose to get the vaccine, you’ll know you’ve helped protect yourself and others -- and that you’re doing your part to help end the crisis caused by the pandemic, to save lives, and to help our community recover.

Whether you are a U.S. citizen or not, we are all in this together. If you would like a vaccine, you will be able to get one according to what vaccine phase you are in. Identification is not required for access to the vaccine. State and local public health agencies will never share your information for any immigration or law enforcement purposes.

Until the vaccine is widely available, and enough people are vaccinated to protect entire communities, we all need to continue to wear masks, avoid gatherings, stay home when we’re sick, wash our hands, and stay away from others when we must go out.


For updates visit our website: https://www.saguachecounty.net/index.php/departments/public-health

And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saguachehealth



Media questions: 719-588-0197


Saguache County Department of Social Services is now accepting applications for the position of Income Maintenance Technician. Position determines eligibility and benefit delivery for Medicaid, Food assistance, Colorado Works, and other income assistance programs. No degree or specialized training necessary, but includes a great opportunity for State training. Bilingual ability is preferred and given consideration, but not required. Starting salary is minimum $26,000 per year and full benefits, depending on experience. Applications and complete job descriptions are available at 605 Christy Ave., Saguache, Colorado, by visiting the Saguache County website at Saguache County.net or by calling (719) 655-2537 and requesting one be mailed. Completed applications must be received by Saguache County Administration no later than 3:00 pm. on February 15, 2021. Saguache is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   

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Saguache County COVID-19 Vaccination Update 1/14/2021

Saguache County COVID-19 Vaccination Update; 301 people immunized with first dose.

Yesterday, Saguache County Public Health administered 120 COVID-19 vaccinations to first responders and county residents age 70 and above.  Saguache County Public Health have immunized a total of 301 people with their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  These individuals have also been scheduled to receive a second dose. 

Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses 28 days apart. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable. The second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine must be completed with the same vaccine product as the first dose.  We strongly recommend that you get both doses from the same vaccine provider. Because of limited vaccine supply, we need to place the order for your second dose after administering your first dose.  This process ensures that the State’s weekly allocation from the federal government will have enough second doses of the same vaccine product at the right time.

Please, help us make sure that no vaccine goes to waste.  If you have been given an appointment for a vaccine, it is important that you keep it.

We are currently authorized to provide vaccinations to those in the Colorado Phase 1A and those “above the dotted line” in Phase 1B. This includes high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and individuals age 70 and above.

We expect it will take several months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one because of limited availability. Prioritizing health care workers and first responders, who are on the front lines of the pandemic and are directly exposed to COVID-19 as part of their jobs, will help us save lives in the next few months.

Statewide, it is estimated that we will be able to move “below the line” in Phase 1B around the first of March. That group will include certain high-risk frontline essential workers, such as those in education, food and agriculture.  It is estimated we will reach Phase 2 in the spring. Phase 2 includes those age 60 and older, those with underlying health conditions, and an expanded pool of essential workers. By summer, we expect to be able to offer vaccinations to others in the general public.

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be very effective in preventing symptoms of the disease. However, current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others. We still need everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of the virus. Wear a mask, keep 6 feet of distance from others who do not live with you, avoid gatherings, wash your hands often, and stay home when you are sick.

For updates visit our website: https://www.saguachecounty.net/index.php/departments/public-health

And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saguachehealth

Residents age 70 or above, call Saguache County Public Health at: 719-655-2533 to get on the vaccination wait list.

Thank you for your patience as we work through our vaccination plan. We will get a vaccination to everyone who wants one; however, this will take time.



Media questions: 719-588-0197

COVID Vaccination Update

The Crestone vaccination location has changed to the Baca Grande Emergency Services "Crew House" - North of the Baca Library.
Saguache County Public Health is now making appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for county residents that are high- and moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, and county residents age 70 and above. Supplies are limited. Appointments are required. Call 719-655-2533.  
We are hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics in:

Saguache; Thursday, January 7th, 10AM - 4PM
Center; Friday, January 8th, 10AM - 4PM
Crestone; Wednesday, January 13th, 10AM - 4PM
Wear your mask!  Stay in your car until instructed to come inside.

Saguache County Public Health COVID-19 Update, 01/04/2021

Saguache County Public Health COVID-19 Update, 01/04/2021

Saguache County Public Health is currently in COVID Vaccination Phase 1B.  We are currently vaccinating healthcare workers and first responders.  Soon, we will start to incorporate county residents age 70+.

This vaccination process will take time. We will update you regularly. We will make it clear when we are ready for the vaccination of county residents age 70+.  Currently, we ask that you do not contact us directly. When the time comes, we will provide next steps for county residents age 70+.

Our commitment is to provide the clearest information we can and to distribute COVID-19 vaccine(s) in the most efficient and equitable manner possible.

We appreciate your patience as we work through our vaccination plan.  




Saguache County Sales Tax Grants Now Available!

Saguache County Sales Tax Grants now available!

The Saguache County Board of Commissioners will be taking Grant Applications for Saguache County Sales Tax Grants until 3:00PM, Friday, February 12, 2021.

To be eligible grant applications must be for either:  Emergency Services/Public Health and Safety; Youth and Senior programs, projects, or organizations; or Renewable Energy projects/Business Opportunities and Job Creation.

Grant applications are available on our website at saguachecounty.net/administration – see “sales tax grant applicationform5” or you can contact the Saguache County Administration office at 719-655-2231 to request a copy of the grant application.


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RFP Saguache County Attorney

Saguache County is currently accepting RFP’s for a new Saguache County Attorney.


Serves as the County’s Chief Legal Officer and Legal Counsel to the Board of County Commissioners. Performs a variety of complex high level administrative, technical, professional work in advising and representing Board of County Commissioners and Elected Officials (upon direction from Board of County Commissioners), and Department Heads; conduct civil lawsuits; prepare legal documents and correspondence; conduct legal research and assist various entities and committees supported or appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.


Currently licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado and the United States Court of Appeals.  Ability to independently perform listed responsibilities with a minimum of supervision. 


Researches and applies knowledge of federal and state statutes and regulations relating to county government, contracts, employment civil rights, land use, environment, finance and general law. Prepares briefs, pleadings, contracts, and other legal documents and correspondence; operate computer, analyze and render opinions regarding comprehensive legal issues/documents; and negotiates on the County’s behalf.

Represents the legal and business interests of the County, makes presentations in various types of litigation and administrative hearings, including child and adult protection and child support matters when working with Social Services.

Represents the County and Department of Social Services in trials, appeals and administrative proceedings in courts and in State administrative agencies statewide.

This is a full-time position with benefits included.

All interested parties should submit a proposal in a sealed envelope with “COUNTY ATTORNEY” on the envelope by January 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM to: Saguache County, Attention:  Wendi Maez, County Administrator, PO Box 100, Saguache, CO 81149.  

For questions please contact Wendi Maez, County Administrator at 719-655-2231 or you may email your questions to .


Saguache County Department of Social Services is now accepting applications for the position of Child and Adult Protection Caseworker.  Bachelor’s degree in one of the behavioral sciences is required. Previous experience in Colorado Child Protection system and Trails, and/or the Adult Protection system is desired, but training will be provided. Basic job description includes being part of a team to assess risk and safety of referrals, and working with families, youth and children, or senior population to provide services for stability and safety. Spanish-speaking advantageous but not required.  Send application, cover letter and resume to PO Box 100, Saguache CO  81149, or email application, cover letter and resume to

Applications and complete job descriptions are available from the Saguache County Administration Office at 505 3rd Street, (by appointment only), Saguache, CO  81149, by visiting the Saguache County website @SaguacheCounty.net or by calling 719-655-2231 and requesting one be mailed.

This position announcement is open until November 13, 2020. A back ground check will be done and a pre-employment drug test for illegal drugs and also marijuana will be done prior to hire.

Saguache County is an E.O.E.  



JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for the administration, monitoring, supervision, and performance of the county Department of Human Services programs, as mandated by federal and state laws and regulations and by county directives. Oversees the daily operations of the Department of Human Services. Plans, makes decisions, and takes appropriate action on issues as they arise, both internally and externally. Manages fiscal, human, and other resources to effectively provide mandated services to the public.

Salary will depend on qualifications, this position is FLSA Exempt Status.

Application, resume and letters of recommendation shall be submitted to: April Quintana, Human Resources Director; PO Box 100, Saguache, CO 81149, , 503 3rd Street, Saguache, CO 81149 – Phone 719-655-2231 or Fax 719-655-2635.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Master's degree preferred; bachelor's degree required in the field of sociology, education, public or business administration, or closely related field. Combinations of experience and education may be accepted.

Minimum of five (5) years responsible managerial experience in the provision of human service programs. Knowledge of organizational structure, program development, and functions of federal, state, and local human service programs, including budget and finance, with particular reference to their implications at the county level.

Knowledge and familiarity with management practices and procedures, budgeting and financial management, public administration, and personnel management. Thorough knowledge of Colorado's social service laws and regulations.

Knowledge of principles and practices of social casework, social welfare administration, social research, and community economic, social and health resources.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other county departments, community groups and agencies, and members of the public. Ability to maintain high ethical standards and professionalism when interacting with community members, clients, and members of the public.


Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time and travel to and from various destinations.




Pre-employment drug test for illegal drugs including marijuana.

Pre-employment: Must pass a criminal background check.

Valid Driver’s License:  A valid driver’s license is required.              


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COVID-19 Resource Information Updates

Originally posted 03-09-2020
Updated 03-21-2020
For more information on COVID-19 please contact Saguache County Public Health
CO HELP line 1-877-462-2911 (English and Spanish) for Colorado general information.

Colorado updates and guidance: https://covid19.colorado.gov 

CDC updates and guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Small Business - www.choosecolorado.com

Volunteer or Donate - www.helpcoloradonow.org 

SLV COVID-19 Information Line - 719-480-9719 

SLV Health Nurse Line - 719-589-2511 ext 9

Rio Grande Hospital - 719-657-4990

The most common symptoms for COVID-19  are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.   At the current time, if a person thinks they have symptoms, they should:

EITHER call their own provider OR call the nurse line at San Luis Valley Health at: (719) 589-2511 and press 9.  

Going to the clinic or hospital without calling ahead could expose more people to the virus, so please call first.

Persons can be tested only if ordered by a medical provider.

Your provider will probably make special arrangements if they suspect you have the coronavirus and want you to come in for testing, or for an appointment.



The Saguache County Land Use Office is now requiring an appointment for any Conditional Use, Variance request which includes marijuana variance requests. This allows the Land Use Office to review all applications for correct information and additional information that may be required. To make an appointment with the Land Use Office, you can call the office at 719-655-2321,  – or come by at 501 4th Street, Saguache, CO 81149.

CTSI: Tick Season



Technical Update

 Volume 22 Number 38

May 15, 2018


Tick Season

The 2018 tick season is here, and because of the mild winter, scientists are predicting a
bad one. Ticks are most active during late Spring, early Summer, and mid-Fall. An
increase in the number of ticks means an increase in tick-borne diseases such as Lyme
as well as the emergence of new diseases like Powassan, a potentially fatal tick-borne
virus found primarily in the Northeast and the Great Lakes region. Over 30 species of
tick can be found in Colorado. The most common ticks are the American dog tick
(Dermacentor variablis), Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermactor andersoni), and
the Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus). These ticks can carry diseases
harmful to humans. Ticks that carry Lyme disease are not native to Colorado,
and no confirmed cases of the disease have originated here; however, residents
who travel out of state are at risk and should be aware of the symptoms of this
potentially severe neurological disease. How do I Avoid Ticks?

The best way to avoid a tick-borne disease is to avoid ticks. As this is not always
possible, the Center for Disease Control recommends the following:
Use a tick repellent that contains 20% or more of DEET, picaridin, or IR3535on exposed skin.
Wear permethrin-treated clothing.
Treat clothing, gear, boots, socks, and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Do not apply to skin.
Perform a tick check after being in wooded, bushy, or grassy areas. 
What if I Find a Tick on Me?
If you find a tick on you, follow the steps below. You will need a pair of fine-tipped
tweezers, a sealed plastic bag/container, and disinfectant. Visitwww.cdc.gov.ticks/removing_a_tick.html for more information. 
  1. First, place the tweezers as close to the tick’s head as possible. 
  2. Then gently squeeze with the tweezers as you pull upward with steady, even pressure. 
  3. Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, or soap and water. 
  4. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed container for later identification, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down a toilet.
You may also consider taking a picture of the tick with your smart phone.
This can help with tick identification and create a timestamp of when you
were bitten. 
Tick Bite Symptoms
Symptoms can vary, but often include fever and a rash. Most symptoms appear
within a few days to weeks of being bitten; however, some people do not develop
any symptoms. If you develop a rash or fever after being bitten, seek treatment
immediately and tell your doctor about the bite.What This Means for Counties

If you will be spending time outdoors this summer be sure to take proper
precautions and watch out for tick bite symptoms. For more information,
contact CTSI loss prevention at (303) 861 0507.A PDF of this
Technical Update is available here. Please visit 
http://www.ctsi.org/technical-updates to view past Technical Updates.

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