Public Health Announces Zero New Cases Over 3 Days; New Health Order!

Public Health Announces Zero new cases in three days (August 26 – August 28). New Public Health Order went into effect on August 29. The complete Public Health Order can be found on the San Miguel County Coronavirus microsite. The site also features a new COVID-Meter that illustrates the current status of community health indicators. San Miguel County is now in the blue “Cautious Normal” stage. For up-to-date coronavirus information visit here.

Public Health recently confirmed zero new positive cases from test results received August 26 – 28, keeping the total case count at 89 with zero active cases.

San Miguel County has amended the Public Health Order that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 29. The Public Health Order continues to align with the State’s, with two county specific modifications made. The order extends local limitations on short term lodging, currently at 50% capacity, and includes a strong recommendation for face coverings in public for ages three and up.

Since the Governor’s mask order was implemented in July, the County has seen a steep decline in cases. Seeing this success, Public Health has added a recommendation of face coverings in public places in the new County order will optimize COVID-conscious behaviors and maintain metrics.

Grace Franklin, County Public Health Director.

“This shift in case trends has been encouraging, and I applaud our community for working so hard to reduce infection rates,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “Public health practices are the bridge to keeping our economy open and our kids in school. Combining mask usage, distancing, hygiene and other strategies into our daily habits will lead to continued success.”

San Miguel County Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Grundy emphasized the importance of vigilant mask usage as the fall and winter months approach.

Dr. Sharon Grundy

“Scientific data has proven the efficacy of masks in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Grundy. “Universal mask use is the key to keeping our cases low, the community healthy, and protecting our economy as we look ahead to ski season.”

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