Orders & Declarations Currently in Effect
|Public Health Orders||Fire Restrictions|
|State Executive Orders||Emergency Declaration|
|Safer at Home Guidance|
|Regional Fire Restrictions|
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Sign up for Public Alert text messages on the Nixle System:
Text 81433 to 888-777
Call the Visitor's Center at 970-387-5654. The building is closed, but calls are forwarded to staff.
If you are arriving from elsewhere, you must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Please use the Public Health Quarantine Tracker to help us help you.
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.
myColorado mobile app helps Coloradans stay current on COVID-19 information and access food, cash, medical, and early childhood assistance. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play
Covid19.colorado.gov has the latest info for the State
2-1-1 Colorado for a resource navigator to connect with human services and programs. Or call 866-760-6489
May 27: Local Public Health Advisory Expired.
State Health Order allows limited restaurant dining, youth day camps and private campgrounds to open.
- San Juan County is currently under a Stay Home Public Health Order. Beginning May 1st, we will follow the Safer at Home guidance. A local Public Health Advisory will be issued for seasonal residents to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
- Governor's Executive Safer at Home Order
- State Public Health Order: Safer at Home
- COVID-19 Testing Site to be Established in Silverton
- Public Health Order in Process of Being Amended and Extended
- Testing in San Juan County
- Seasonal residents and businesses
- Reopening planning process
- Masks and best practices
- EMS Update
- Sheriff's Department and the entry point at town
- Public Health Symptom Tracker Survey
- Local Quarantine Tracker Survey
(primarily intended for recent arrivals)
- Testing available through Cedar Diagnostics
- Heath Insurance available through April 30 from Connect For Health Colorado
- Open Letter to 2nd Home Owners and Seasonal Business Owners
- Frequently Asked Questions on the County Public Health Order
Forest Service closures and fire ban impact Little Molas and South Mineral campgrounds
Increased backcountry use and human-triggered avalanches prompt Sheriff Conrad to write the following:
COVID-19 Response Frequently Asked Questions by Sheriff Conrad
- Press Release: Shelter in Place Order Issued; Only Essential Businesses and Services Allowed through at least April 17; Travel in/out of the County strongly discouraged. Full text of the Public Health Order
- First positive case in La Plata County announced
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.
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.
- State Public Health Order expanded and extended to April 30, 2020.
- State Implements Social Distancing
Governor orders all schools closed statewide. San Miguel County issues Shelter in Place order.
Governor orders closure of dine-in seating at restaurants, bars
Guidance for restaurant establishments
Public Health officials warn of extensive spread of COVID-19 in Colorado's high country.
Governor Polis issues executive order to suspend all downhill ski operations.
WHO declares COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Colorado's Universities move classes online. Governor Polis urges at-risk people to avoid the high country.
Colorado declares State of Emergency; St. Patrick's Day celebrations are cancelled.
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.