COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. This virus was first identified in December 2019 and quickly spread around the world. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness. But some people get very sick, and some die from the disease. Most people recover in a few weeks, but some people are sick for a long time.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated with all the recommended doses. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and work well to keep you from getting very sick.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
- Updated COVID-19 boosters protecting against Omicron are available for ages 5 years and older.
- Vaccines are free and available for anyone 6 months of age or over. San Miguel County is providing primary series and booster vaccines for those who are eligible. Many frequently asked questions are answered on the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's Vaccine FAQ Page.
Get free at-home COVID-19 tests
Community COVID-19 Testing Clinics
Appointments are recommended. You will not be required to show proof of identification. Register today to secure your appointment.
Thursdays | 10:00 to 11:00 am
To register, follow instructions below or visit: bit.ly/smcmobiletesting
Rapid Nasal Swab NAAT/Molecular COVID Test (same-day results). Provided by San Miguel County Public Health. Registration opens one week prior to the test time (previous Wednesday at 10 am for Tuesday testing).
Other Testing Options:
Telluride Regional Medical Center: Monday through Saturday by appointment only
Rapid Nasal Swab NAAT COVID Test (same-day results) and PCR Test (48 hours for results). Telluride Regional Medical Center does not provide free or asymptomatic COVID testing.
Telluride Regional Medical Center, 500 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-3848
Uncompahgre Medical Center: Monday through Friday by appointment only
Rapid Nasal Swab NAAT/Molecular COVID Test (same-day results) and PCR Test (48 hours for results)
https://goo.gl/maps/ERkL9HkDHr7jQacQAUncompahgre Medical Center, 1350 Aspen Street #A, Norwood, CO 81423 | (970) 327-4233
Regional testing sites: Urgent cares and other medical centers offer a variety of covid tests throughout the week.
- Cedar Point Health in Montrose offers PCR and antigens tests seven days a week. Pricing and information are listed on their website.
- Affinity Care test site in Montrose and Delta: Offers PCR tests with 36-48 hour turnaround time for results.
- eMed offers FDA-authorized virtually proctored at-home COVID tests for travel and treatment.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Guidances
Please review the CDC guidelines for isolation [LINK]. Isolate for at least 5 days if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms.
How to measure your quarantine or isolation period:
CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator [LINK] Use this tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.
Treatment for COVID
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to get treatment to help you recover. Talk to your provider to find out if treatment is right for you. For more information surrounding treatment opportunities throughout Colorado, please visit the CDPHE's COVID Treatment page [LINK].
How do I talk with people that I might have exposed?
A close contact is defined as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. Exposure in schools or daycare settings does not count as close contact.
What if I was exposed?
- Support services:
- Click here to learn more about Paid Sick Leave under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA).
- Click here to learn more about treatment. (Talk to your provider to find out if treatment is right for you. For more information surrounding treatment opportunities throughout Colorado, please visit the CDPHE COVID Treatment page.)
- Click here to learn more about COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Resources in San Miguel County.
Report Your At-Home COVID-19 Test Result
Click here to report a positive COVID-19 at-home test result to the San Miguel County Public Health Department.
Protect yourself and prevent the spread
To keep from getting and spreading COVID-19, you can:
- Stay up-to-date with vaccines: the COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces the chance that you will get sick or pass the virus on to others.
- Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
- https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth in public. This is especially important if you are unvaccinated or at high risk.
- Improve ventilation - Outdoor spaces are safer than indoor spaces. Opening doors and windows to bring in fresh air can reduce your chances of getting sick.
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.