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UPDATE SAGUACHE COUNTY GOVERNMENT SERVICES DURING COVID-19

UPDATED 04-22-2020

In an effort to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community,
Saguache County government will have limited access to buildings 
beginning Monday, April 27, 2020. 

In an effort to move forward with our job duties, a decision was made
to begin integrating the public back into the county sector.  

Staff will be providing limited essential services via phone and online avenues.
In-person contact for receiving essential services will have limited restrictions during this time. 

These adjustments to county services and public access will be in place until further notice.

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The Public Health Dept. offers the following services:

• Home and Community Based Services
• Regional and County Disaster Preparedness
• HCP for Children With Special Needs
• Nursing Services - Immunization and Vaccination Fees
• Prevention Services
• Communicable Disease Investigation and Information
• Public Health Educational Programs

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HELP WANTED: PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR

Job Title: Director of Public Health, Saguache County

Effective:  2020

Saguache County, Colorado, is seeking to fill the position of Public Health Director. The position requires a master’s degree in a public health discipline; a nurse candidate shall be licensed to practice in Colorado within six months of hire; OR, similar experience to a nurse with exemplary history and at least two years of administrative experience in public health, and willing to seek additional public health education and experience within five years of hire. A complete job description and qualifications are available online at: http://www.saguachecounty-co.gov

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Saguache County is a drug-free workplace.

All inquiries should be directed to: Saguache County Administration. E-mail:  phone: 719-655-2231, fax 719-655-2635. Applicants must submit a job application, cover letter, and a resume. Resumes must not exceed three pages in length. The job application is available online at http://www.saguachecounty-co.gov/administration-home. Submit cover letter, job application, and resume to the following address:

Saguache County Administration

P.O. Box 100

Saguache, CO 81149

Faxed and emailed applications are accepted

 

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UPDATED! PUBLIC HEALTH VARIANCE REQUEST-SAFER AT HOME

This Public Health Safer-at-Home Plan is being issued to continue to limit the health impacts of COVID-19. This Plan implements measures to allow Limited re-opening of certain industries and businesses in Saguache County while maintaining sustainable levels of social distancing. This Plan continues social distancing requirements for all residents and Stay-at-Home requirements for vulnerable populations pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 017. This plan is effective within the entirety of Saguache Co1.U1ty, including all cities and towns within the County.

 

PDF File contains info on:

  • DESCRIPTION OF SAGUACHE COUNTY
  • BACKGROUND
  • LEGAL AUTHORITY
  • SAGUACHE COUNTY SUPPRESSION PLAN AND GENERAL GUIDANCE
  • DURATION
  • ADDENDUM FROM HEART OF THE ROCKIES MEDICAL CENTER

Additional information about:

  • RESTAURANTS
  • PLACES OF WORSHIP
  • RECREATION
  • MOTELS, BED & BREAKFASTS AND AIR BNBS

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF FILE

 

 

 

 

Public Health - "Safer at Home" Guidelines starting May 1st, 2020

April 30, 2020 

Dear Business Owner, 

With this week’s statewide shift to “Safer-at-Home”, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to navigate this transition safely and successfully. We recognize the vital role that business plays in the health of our community. 

Retail and personal services are permitted to open on May 1st. Non-critical offices may resume on May 4th

All operating businesses must implement best practices for worksites and employees as listed here:
https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home 

Read more: Public Health - "Safer at Home" Guidelines starting May 1st, 2020

FOURTH AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

FOURTH AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATING TO NON­RESIDENTS (INCLUDING NON-RESIDENT HOMEOWNERS) AND IMPOSING ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF SAGUACHE COUNTY.

THIS ORDER SUPERSEDES ANY AND ALL PREVIOUS ORDERS ISSUED BY SAGUACHE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH. EFFECTIVE APRIL 8th, 2020.

Pursuant to Colo. Rev. Stat.§ 25-1-506 and other applicable authority, this Order sets forth guidance and requirements for, as well as limitations on, group gatherings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The purpose of these amendments is to amend and clarify the existing Order in response to inquiries received from elected officials and the public, and to expand protection for At Risk Persons (as defined in this Order). For the avoidance of doubt, this Order should be construed to eliminate all non-essential services or non-essential sales of goods, and should be construed in the light most favorable to preventing the community spread of COVID-19.

On March 10, 2020, the Governor of Colorado declared a state of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Colorado.

Read more: FOURTH AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

San Luis Valley COVID-19 Online Symptom Tracker

San Luis Valley online symptom tracker: www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19

Completing this form is anonymous. Most people who get COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms and not require direct medical care; however, the information collected through this form regarding any symptoms helps local public health response teams understand and track the spread of COVID-19 in the San Luis Valley.

This survey does NOT take the place of consulting with your primary care provider or a nurse line. If you are experiencing symptoms that require medical care, please call your healthcare provider or a nurse call line at: 
San Luis Valley Health 719-589-2511 ext 9; Rio Grande Hospital 719-657-4990; Valley Wide Health Systems 719-589-3658 ext 9.

If you are having difficulty breathing or another medical emergency, dial 911.  

For More Information:

SLV COVID general questions 9am-3pm: 719-480-8719 for English, or 719-315-5019 for Spanish.

You may also email your questions to  

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  

Saguache Public Health Dept Letter to County

March 25, 2020

Dear Saguache County Community Members,

We amended our Public Health Order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased by the compliance from the residents who are committed to do all they can to slow the spread of this disease.

I have been informed there are members of our community who feel that this amendment does not go far enough. I want you to know that I hear your concerns. The precautions laid out in this most recent order have been made in consultation with experts in the field of epidemiology and public health, and have taken into account our county’s specific needs. At this time, we are not planning to issue another amendment. The amended Public Health Order should be considered a minimum level of precaution. We encourage all individuals and families who feel they need to take extra precautions above and beyond the level of what is in our amended order to do so.

As I am writing this letter, I am aware that Governor Polis has issued additional statewide restrictions. Please stay up to date with what is happening at the State level as well as the County level, and continue to comply with whatever the tightest restrictions are.

Colorado State Government Info on COVID-19 Outbreak

Colorado Executive Order Ordering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the StateOrdering Coloradans to Stay at Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the State

UPDATED COLORADO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-24 Implementing Stay at Home Requirements

It is a privilege to serve this county, and I appreciate the good support that you have given so far to our health care providers and first responders who continue to work so hard, and the support that you have given me and the rest of our Saguache County local government. We are truly doing our best with our county’s well-being in mind.

Respectfully, 

Lynette Grant RN

Saguache County Public Health Director

 

Download the letter on Public Health Dept Stationery here

THIRD AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS

THIRD AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS

THIS ORDER SUPSEEDS ANY AND ALL PREVIOUS ORDERS ISSUED BY SAGUACHE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH.  EFFECTIVE MARCH 24, 2020

 

Pursuant to Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-1-506 and other applicable authority, this Order sets forth guidance and requirements for, as well as limitations on, group gatherings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The purpose of these amendments is to amend and clarify the existing Order in response to inquiries received from elected officials and the public, and to expand protection for At Risk Persons (as defined in this Order). For the avoidance of doubt, this Order should be construed to eliminate all non-essential services or non-essential sales of goods, and should be construed in the light most favorable to preventing the community spread of COVID-19.

On March 10, 2020, the Governor of Colorado declared a state of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Colorado.

Read more: THIRD AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS

SECOND AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS (Full Text)

SECOND AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 
RELATED TO EVENTS

Pursuant to Colo. Rev. Stat.§ 25-1-506 and other applicable authority, this Order sets forth guidance and requirements for, as well as limitations on, group gatherings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The purpose of these amendments is to amend and clarify the existing Order in response to inquiries received from elected officials and the public, and to expand protection for At Risk Persons (as defined in this Order). For the avoidance of doubt, this Order should be construed to eliminate all non-essential services or non-essential sales of goods, and should be construed in the light most favorable to preventing the community spread of COVID-19.

On March 10, 2020, the Governor of Colorado declared a state of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Colorado.

Read more: SECOND AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER RELATED TO EVENTS (Full Text)

Limited Gathering Ordinance - 10 People - Public Health

FIRST AMENDED STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER
RELATED TO EVENTS

 

Pursuant to Colo. Rev. Stat.§ 25-1-506 and other applicable authority, this Order sets forth guidance and requirements for, as well as limitations on, group gatherings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The purpose of these amendments are to amend and clarify the existing Order in response to inquiries received from elected officials and the public, and to expand protection for At Risk Persons (as defined in this Order). For the avoidance of doubt, this Order should be construed to eliminate all non-essential services or sales of goods, and should be construed in the light most favorable to preventing the community spread of COVID-19.

On March 10, 2020, the Governor of Colorado declared a state of Emergency related to the presence of COVID-19 in the State. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed that COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the State of Colorado.

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

On March 14, 2020, Saguache County declared a Local Disaster Emergency related to COVID-19.

On March 15, 2020, large municipalities across the nation, such as New York City, have announced the closing of all bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery services.

On March 16, 2020, the Governor of Colorado announced the closing of all bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery services.

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