San Miguel County: Among Top 10 Healthiest U.S. Communities!

Economic Recovery Committee meeting to focus on restaurants and bars in San Miguel County, among the top 10 healthiest communities in the country according to US News & World Report. For up-to-date coronavirus information in San Miguel County visit here.

Grace Franklin, County Public Health Director.

Public Health has confirmed one new positive case of COVID-19 from test results received September 23 –25. The positive individual is a non-resident, therefore is not included in the official County case count, keeping total cases at 90 with zero active cases. The 57 year-old male is symptomatic and in isolation. Close contacts have been notified to quarantine.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked San Miguel County as one of the top 10 Healthiest Communities in the United States. The rankings measure crucial health-related components with the aim of empowering citizens, health care leaders and officials to make decisions about policies and practices that can improve health and outcomes for all. San Miguel County ranked high in population health, education and environment.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the country’s healthiest counties, and applaud our community for their sustained efforts in achieving this status,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “Continued collaboration will lead to further success. Especially through the pandemic, we urge our citizens to remain focused on best practices.” 

Plans for implementation of proper safety measures for winter are underway; restaurants and bars will be the focus of the upcoming Economic Recovery Committee (ERC) meeting on Friday, October 2, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Representatives from local establishments will be on the panel, discussing the successes and challenges of summer, support needs for winter and effective strategies used by industry colleagues.

The ERC meeting is open to the public, and can be accessed through Zoom (Meeting ID: 893 2516 9960 Password: 439415). Additionally, free COVID-19 training and resources videos are now available for restaurants to utilize through ServSafe

San Miguel County will continue posting caseload updates twice a week. The next update will be published on Friday, October 2.

Five Commitments of Containment:

• Wear a mask
• Maintain six-feet of physical distance
• Minimize group size
• Wash hands frequently
• Stay home when sick and get tested

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