As of Wednesday, March 18, there are no positive cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, in Delta County according to the Delta County Health Department.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), as of March 18, there are 216 positive cases in Colorado. There have been a total of 2,328 people tested. As of March 18, there has been two deaths. There are no cases in Montrose County; one case in Mesa County; and 11 in Gunnison County.

The City of Delta held a special city council meeting March 18. According to the agenda posted on the city Facebook page, one topic was to declare a public health emergency. (There will be a story on this meeting on the DCI site after the meeting concludes.)

Wednesday night Delta County released a statement with closures of their offices to go into effect Thursday, March 19, The Delta County Courthouse campus will have limited availability to the public to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The offices impacted, which will be closed to the public, are treasurer, assessor, county attorney, alternative sentencing, clerk and recorder, GIS, all offices at the North Fork Annex, and Colorado State University Extension. Delta County Human Services and Sheriff’s office will be open but with limited public access.
 
Offices that will remain open at this time are: road and bridge, landfill, planning, engineering, administration, board of county commissioners, accounting, human resources, information technology and health department.

Alternative methods of how Delta County residents can access services and transact business are available for each department. More information can be found at deltacounty.com/688/Coronavirus-19-COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Gov. Jared Polis ordered bars and restaurants across Colorado to close for the next 30 days. Soon after, this ban also included other large gathering places — gyms, theaters and casinos. This is being done as part of an aggressive new push to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It has been reported by The Denver Post that state leaders have been told there would be dire consequences if the outbreak isn’t brought under control.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective on March 17. Restaurants and bars can still offer carry-out, delivery window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service and room service options, but no in-person dining. The DCI is currently working on a list of all places that will be proving this service.

According to the press release from the CDPHE, “establishments may allow up to five members of the public at one time on the premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another. Possible enforcement actions include fines or the possibility of filing an action in court.”

This ban does not apply to grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, food pantries, room service in hotels, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, juvenile justice facilities, crisis shelters or similar institutions, airport concessionaires or any emergency facilities necessary for the response to these events.

COVID-19 information and guidance are changing quickly. For more information, visit covid19.colorado.gov. Call the call center taking COVID-19 questions at 970-874-2172. More information can also be found at the DCI website at deltacountyindependent.com.

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