Below, you’ll find posts regarding COVID-19. In an effort to make pertinent information easier to locate, we have created two “child” pages. Local COVID-19 data can be found here. A list of local COVID-19 resources is here.

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  • Governor Announces Plans for Slowly Reopening the State
    DENVER—Coloradans will begin to feel the weight of the COVID-19 restrictions lighten a little at a time starting next Monday, April 27th.  Governor Jared Polis says his Stay at Home order will transition to a recommendation of ‘stay home if you can.’ This is Phase 2 of his effort to get everyone back to work ...
  • Peach, Pear and Cherry Crops Affected by Recent Freeze
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Food suppliers in western Colorado said they are concerned about peach crops after a potentially devastating freeze struck Grand Valley orchards. National Weather Service meteorologist Kris Sanders reported a record low 19 degrees Monday in Grand Junction, two degrees below the previous record set in 1933 by an Arctic cold ...
  • Local Officials Roll Out Mobile Testing Lab
    The first COVID-19 mobile testing lab in Colorado will soon be rolling out in Pitkin County. The County’s Incident Command Trailer is being modified to conduct tests purchased from Aytu Bioscience. Pitkin County Incident Management Team spokesman Bill Linn says the mobile lab will go where it’s needed, rather than forcing residents to travel to ...
  • Voters Approve Sale of MOC to RFTA
    The City of Glenwood Springs can now sell the Municipal Operations Center to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. In yesterday’s special election, Glenwood voters approved ballot question A, 1019 for to 454 against. Mayor Jonathan Godes says the price and the contract have already been worked out with RFTA. In a letter of agreement, RFTA ...
  • Valley View, Grand River Hospitals Say Patient Volumes are Manageable
    Garfield County’s two hospitals say they are managing to keep up with patient needs during the pandemic. In Glenwood Springs, Valley View Hospital has collected 275 specimens through yesterday, 29 tests came back positive with five results pending. So far 15 patients have been admitted to the hospital since the outbreak, 12 have been discharged. On ...
  • Garfield County will not Require Facemasks
    Garfield County will not join the growing ranks of local governments imposing a facemask policy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Commission Chairman John Martin says the county has received several calls and emails from concerned citizens. He says the board follows the advice of the Health Department and the State, who have recommended, but ...
  • Stay at Home Order Extended to April 26
    Governor Jared Polis extended the statewide stay at home order until April 26 to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Polis said yesterday in a statewide address, the spread of the disease has slowed but he called on residents to continue social distancing and to wear homemade face masks when running essential errands allowed ...
  • RE-2 Begins “Grab and Go” Meal Distribution Tomorrow
    RIFLE—Starting Monday, students from Rifle to New Castle who receive free meals can pick them up at three locations.  Parents and families can get the prepared grab-and-go meals at Walmsley Elementary in Rifle, Cactus Valley Elementary in Silt and Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle. The drive-through service will be open from 11 to ...
  • RE-1 Students Return to “Class” April 20
    GLENWOOD SPRINGS—Students in the Roaring Fork RE-1 School District will not return to an actual classroom but they will resume their studies in two weeks. Monday, April 20th, students will begin so-called “distance learning.” Teachers and faculty members launched the “Ramp Up to Distance Learning” phase this week to make sure all students had the ...
  • Garfield RE-2 Students Report Monday
    RIFLE—Students in the Garfield RE-2 School District report back to school on Monday, April 6th. Every student will join their teachers through Google Classroom. Teachers have been preparing lesson plans for the remainder of the school year and students have been issued their Chromebooks to gain access. Students have been instructed to check their e-mail ...

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