COVID-19 Local Info

 Vaccines and Testing

COVID-19 vaccinations are generally scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am - 1pm
at 1315 Snowden St., Silverton CO 81433

Please use this appointment request form.

Due to limited vaccine supplies, submitting the form does not guarantee you an appointment. 

To request a COVID-19 test, call San Juan County Public Health: 970-387-0242.


 Orders & Declarations Currently in Effect

Mask Mandate

Public Health Notice 05/15/2021


State-wide County
Public Health Orders Safer at Home
Level Yellow/Concern
State Executive Orders Fire Restrictions
Safer at Home Guidance Emergency Declaration
Regional Fire Restrictions

San Juan County Status


Local Info


  • COVID-19 testing in Silverton is available. Call 970-403-5237 to make an appointment.

  • Use the Public Health Symptom Tracker or call 970-387-0242 or email to help us track COVID-19. Symptoms from as far back as January can be reported. Read more on Covid-related symptoms.

  • When to Seek Medical Attention
    If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

      This list is not all inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify dispatch if you may have COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Colorado resources

Timeline Updates

November 10: Local and Regional Testing Statistics
San Juan County confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days:
1 Outbreak (Brown Bear Cafe, which already closed for season as of Nov 1)                         
6 Confirmed cases within last 14 days (of 88 tests*)
13 Total confirmed cases (of 204 tests*)
* some individuals have been tested more than once, including in the last 2 weeks

October 29: Spike in Covid-19 cases and exposures 

August 29: Update on Outbreak in San Juan County

August 28: Covid-19 Outbreak Identified in San Juan County

July 24: SJCPH Public Health Order 2020-05

July 24: Emergency Rental Assistance

July 14: Economic Recovery Team Minutes

June 30: Economic Recovery Team Minutes

June 28: SJCPH Public Health Order 2020-04

June 16: Economic Recovery Team Minutes

June 9: Economic Recovery Team Minutes

June 8: SJCPH Public Health Advisory to wear a face covering to reduce spread of COVID-19.

June 2: Economic Recovery Team Minutes

June 3: Vacation rentals can resume business per State Public Health Order

May 29: Silverton Visitor Center re-opens to the public: 10 - 3 daily.

May 27: Local Public Health Quarantine Advisory Expired.
              State Health Order allows limited restaurant dining, youth day camps and private campgrounds to open.

Commitment to Containing COVID-19 in San Juan County

May 26: Economic Recovery Team Minutes

May 6: Positive Antibody test in San Juan County

May 1: San Juan County Public Health Advisory

Public Health Advisory - San Juan County Colorado

April 27

Safer at Home Timeline

April 26

April 19
Local Incident Management Team video answering Frequently Asked Questions

  • Testing in San Juan County
  • Seasonal residents and businesses
  • Reopening planning process
  • Masks and best practices
  • EMS Update
  • Communications
  • Sheriff's Department and the entry point at town

April 9

April 8

April 7
Forest Service closures and fire ban
impact Little Molas and South Mineral campgrounds

April 3
Press Release:
San Juan County Public Health Order Updated and Extended.
Full text of Amended County Public Health Order

Public Health Order to Stay Home

March 26
Press Release
: State of Colorado Activates 2-1-1 Colorado to Connect Coloradans with Human Services Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic.

March 25 
San Juan Board of Health signs Declaration of Epidemic / Board of County Commissioners signs Emergency Declaration

March 25
Governor Orders to Stay Home; Updates COVID-19 Response

Full Order | FAQ | Amended Public Health Order | Watch Press Conference

State Stay Home Order Bullet Points

March 24 
Increased backcountry use and human-triggered avalanches prompt Sheriff Conrad to write the following:
COVID-19 Response Frequently Asked Questions by Sheriff Conrad


March 23 

March 22
Public Health volunteers available for prescription pick-ups

Silverton residents can have prescriptions picked up from Durango once a week. San Juan County Public Health (SJCPH) asks that you call your pharmacy to pre-pay for the prescription(s) and donate $5 to help cover the volunteer's gas. Contact SJCPH to arrange for this service at 970-387-0242.

March 21
Sheriff prohibits backcountry recreation; limits activity to essential services

San Juan County Sheriff’s Department issues a stern warning to all backcountry recreation users. The Sheriff’s Department is prohibiting backcountry recreation activities in the County due to the limited availability of Medical, Emergency and Search and Rescue Services due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. The SJC Sheriff has also issued a policy/order prohibiting all but essential services in San Juan County. US HWY 550 is open to DRIVE THROUGH traffic and San Juan County residents only. Vehicles parked on the passes, and on County roads not registered in San Juan County Colorado are subject to fines and towing.

March 19

March 18
Governor orders all schools closed statewide. San Miguel County issues Shelter in Place order.

March 16
Governor orders closure of dine-in seating at restaurants, bars
Guidance for restaurant establishments

Governor Ordered Business restrictions

March 15
Public Health officials warn of extensive spread of COVID-19 in Colorado's high country.

March 14
Governor Polis issues executive order to suspend all downhill ski operations.

March 13
Colorado reports first COVID-19 death.

San Juan County issues Public Health Order Restricting Groups and Events to no more than 30 people.
Press Release

Standing Public Health Order

Do Your Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

March 11
WHO declares COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Colorado's Universities move classes online. Governor Polis urges at-risk people to avoid the high country.

March 10
Colorado declares State of Emergency; St. Patrick's Day celebrations are cancelled.

March 5
Colorado's first confirmed COVID-19 cases are announced

February 29, 2020
San Juan County initiates emergency planning

Where can I find more information?

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper respiratory symptoms, like a runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Coronaviruses can affect many different species of animals, including camels and bats. Rarely, these viruses can evolve and infect humans and then spread between humans. Novel indicates that this is a type of virus that had not been previously seen. In December 2019, cases of a respiratory virus started appearing and sickening humans in one region of China. The virus has been named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes has been named coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated to COVID-19.