COVID-19 Local Info

San Juan County prepared for transition as federal public health emergency expires on May 11, 2023

As of May 11, 2023, the COVID-19 Pandemic National Emergency(link to the US Department of Health and Human Services) has ended. 

Please stay tuned on updates from San Juan County Public Health as San Juan County transitions out of emergency response phase for the COVID-19 Pandemic into recovery phase. 

Mobile Vaccine Bus Visit on 7/12/2022

The Mobile Vaccine Bus will be at the San Juan County Public Health (12-6PM) 1315 Snowden St, Silverton, CO 81433. 


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 Vaccines and Testing

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Are generally scheduled for Tuesdays 9am - 12pm
at 1315 Snowden St., Silverton CO 81433
Call San Juan County Public Health: 970-387-0242 to make an appointment.

COVID-19 Testing: Are generally scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10am - 12pm
at 1315 Snowden St., Silverton CO 81433.
Call San Juan County Public Health: 970-387-0242 to make an appointment.


      If you're sick:

  • Read more on Covid-related symptoms.

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

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

      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 suspect you have COVID-19. If possible, put on face mask before medical help arrives.

 San Juan County Current Status: 


San Juan County is in HIGH transmission. Follow the CDC link for more information 

COVID-19 Community Level


Recommended actions based on current level

Wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.

Weekly Metrics Used to Determine the COVID-19 Community Level

Case Rate per 100,000 population 686.81
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population 13.7
% Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19 5.1%


March 9, 2022

March 9, 2022 PRESS RELEASE.

As of March 9, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies the level of community transmission in San Juan County, Colorado as MEDIUM. The incidence of COVID-19 has been rapidly declining in San Juan County (SJC). While COVID-19 is still considered a pandemic, San Juan County Public Health (SJCPH) is providing guidance for this stage of the incident. New variants of COVID-19 may spread and cause the need to implement prevention strategies. This advisory is being issued based on updated State and Federal guidance as of March 3, 2022. This advisory replaces all previously issued COVID-19 related advisories.

Layered prevention strategies including vaccination, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, holding social gatherings and conducting business outdoors instead of indoors, maximizing indoor ventilation, symptom screening, and hand hygiene are key to reducing the transmission of COVID-19. COVID-19 remains a mandatory reportable condition under Colorado communicable disease regulations.

The San Juan County COVID-19 Incident Management Team implemented a new Action Plan for this stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.




San Juan County Issues a mask advisory. 

As of September 14, 2021, the two week case incidence rate of COVID-19 in San Juan County has dropped to fewer than 8 cases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies the level of community transmission in San Juan County, Colorado as Low. The best protection against COVID-19 is to continue to apply community mitigation strategies to reduce exposure. 

These strategies include vaccination, wearing a face covering, physical distancing, holding social gatherings and conducting business outdoors instead of indoors, maximizing indoor ventilation, symptom screening, and hand hygiene.

Safe and highly effective vaccines against COVID-19 are now widely available in San Juan County for those 12 years of age and older. SJCPH urges eligible unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible and urges partially vaccinated people to complete their vaccination series to maximize their level of protection.

For the purposes of this advisory, “Public Indoor Space” means any enclosed indoor area that is publicly or privately owned, managed, or operated to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public Indoor Space does not mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel or a residential room for students at an educational facility


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


Local Info

Colorado resources

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.

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