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Posted on: November 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A Unified Message to the Residents of San Miguel County

Monday, November 23, 2020

A unified message to our residents:

We have an urgent message for our community. We are calling on all of you to help us save lives and save our local economy this winter. For everyone’s well-being please cancel your plans to visit with others who are not in your immediate household for the next few weeks to avoid spreading the virus. We are at a critical point. We are taking actions, our business community has taken actions and now we need every one of you to strengthen your efforts to reduce your social interactions, especially indoors, keep your distance and wear a mask in all public places.

We know from Colorado and local data that one of the primary causes of COVID-19 transmission in the last many weeks has been indoor gatherings among friends and family. We also know that we face an immediate threat of surpassing our regional and statewide hospital bed capacity, which means that we will not be able to meet critical medical needs of our residents and visitors. This means that if you, a family member or a visitor has a serious cardiac event or breaks a femur, we will have no place to transport. At that point we would need to ask visitors to leave and our ski area and other businesses would have to close for a minimum of two weeks.

Twenty counties across Colorado have moved to Level Red: Severe Risk as of Sunday evening. San Miguel County has been asked to take immediate mitigation measures and will likely be placed in Level Red soon. If we do not limit our gatherings over Thanksgiving and the virus continues to spread, we will face a Stay At Home order that will impact our entire winter season.

Our actions as individuals today will help our local economy survive this winter, keep our schools and day care centers open and could save the life of a family member or friend. Please join us by doing your part. We are all in this together.


San Miguel County
The Town of Mountain Village
The Town of Norwood
The Town of Ophir
The Town or Telluride
Telluride Ski & Golf Company
Telluride Medical Center
Uncompahgre Medical Center

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