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Chaffee County Commissioner Greg Felt said Friday one of the challenges the county is facing in the COVID-19 pandemic is providing consistent messaging through the county and municipalities.

Speaking at the weekly town hall hosted by Chaffee County Public Health on Facebook Live and Zoom, he commended Public Health for helping create and promote consistent messaging that Chaffee County is not open for business, tourists or recreation.

Felt said mobile messaging boards on through highways are displaying that consistent messaging urging people to stay home.

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The Chaffee County Economic Recovery Team is asking local business owners to fill out a survey to help determine the impact of the coronavirus on local businesses.

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Chaffee County Public Health director and Incident Command for COVID-19 Andrea Carlstrom announced Friday the state and federal guidelines for COVID 19 precautions now include recommendations for the general public to wear a non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essentia…

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At the weekly town hall hosted by Chaffee County Public Health on Facebook Live and Zoom, Greg Felt said one of the challenges the county is facing is providing consistent messaging through the county and municipalities.

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STATEWIDE — As the weekend approaches, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to p…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some common claims and questions about COVID-19. The organization’s answers and comments are as follows:

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As of Thursday, more than 220 donors had given about $240,000 to Chaffee County Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

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Coloradans who are uninsured now have until April 30 to sign up for individual health insurance during the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period.

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Salida Circus is seeking acts for its online Social Distance Extravaganza, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Small nonfarm businesses in 35 Colorado counties, including Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Lake counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The Chaffee County Clerk’s Office remains closed, but many of its functions can be completed online, by telephone or through the mail, County Clerk Lori Mitchell said.

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During Thursday’s Chaffee County Public Health update on Facebook Live, Andrea Carlstrom, public health director and incident command for COVID-19, provided guidelines for recreating while COVID-19 precautions are in place.

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After realizing Colorado’s stay-at-home order was negatively affecting her coffeehouse more than she expected, Gathering Grounds owner Ashli Campbell decided that instead of relying on takeout orders, she would convert her business into a buying club for essential groceries.

The club has two ordering deadlines: For Wednesday pickups, orders must be placed by noon Monday. For Friday pickups, orders must be placed by noon Wednesday. Pickup time frames for both days are between 4 and 7:15 p.m.

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As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Chaffee County had 18 reported positive cases of COVID-19, one of which resulted in death.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and incident commander for COVID-19, offered tips for those working from home Wednesday during her daily update on Facebook Live:

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With increased collective anxiety about the spread of COVID-19, several local attorneys are encouraging residents to speak with professionals to fill out their wills instead of using online templates.

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Last week, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This package is primarily aimed at helping the economy weather the recession triggered by our “social distancing” in response to COVID-19.

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Half of the 18 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County are associated with Columbine Manor Care Center.

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When a shortage of hand sanitizer products due to COVID-19 was announced, four Chaffee County companies took initiative to meet the demand.

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Mail Staff Writer

With people staying home due to COVID-19, many are taking the opportunity to get spring cleaning done.

Under normal circumstances that might mean a trip to Caring and Sharing, 220 W. Fourth St., to donate items no longer needed, but just now, the thrift store is asking folks to please hold off.

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by D.J. DeJong

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Ark Valley Helping Hands continues to assist local seniors by offering grocery and medication pickup and delivery.

The service is available to all seniors in the Chaffee County area, and they do not have to be AVHH members to participate.

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by D.J. DeJong 

Mail Staff Writer

Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and Incident Command for COVID-19, said Chaffee County is not open to visitors, tourism or leisure at this time. 

“We’ve been fielding a lot of requests from people from outside our county who want to come here for these purposes. In order to protect our local resources and our health care system, we can’t allow that at this time. 

“We really appreciate everyone’s support and understanding that we’ve had to make these difficult decisions,” Carlstrom said. 

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by Henry Netherland

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Now This Is Love Colorado Auction had raised $39,110.94 for local businesses as of 11:36 a.m. Monday since opening to the public Thursday, Scott Peterson, Chaffee County Visitors Bureau marketing director, said.

In total, the online auction has offered $391,601.18 worth of local products and services for bid or sale. The page has been viewed 28,780 times.

According to a Saturday press release, the auction had sold 134 products and received a total of 192 bids, although Peterson said the numbers have been changing “by the minute.”

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Colorado Department of Health and Environment reported the most recent COVID-19 numbers Monday.

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Like many people, Jesse Luensmann and his mother, Brenda, have been struggling to find ways to keep busy during the stay-at-home order from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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To protect volunteers, staff and the people they serve, all Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity operations will remain closed until April 11 in accordance with Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order in response to COVID-19.

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The majority of Coloradans are “very concerned” about COVID-19 in Colorado, according to results of a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment survey asking residents about their perceptions and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chaffee County currently has 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and many tests are still pending, Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom said Monday.

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Several Salida organizations are offering free lunches and food programs on a to-go basis for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, including some programs especially for children or seniors.

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Due to increased restrictions on social gatherings because of COVID-19, organizers of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have had to adapt by transferring their sessions to online formats.

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Colorado Department of Transportation suspended Bustang and Outrider bus service between cities throughout the state Sunday.

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As COVID-19 makes its mark on Chaffee County, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has been planning ahead and anticipating logistical challenges as the number of cases increases.

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Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a top priority for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Colorado Unified Coordination Group  is currently supporting strategic, targeted community testing for health care workers and first responders, and are working to increase t…

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The first positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Lake County this morning. The patient is a 50 year old female from Lake County and was likely exposed through community transmission, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) said. The agency is in the process of investigating the case further.

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With implementation of stay-at-home requirements issued Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis, outdoor recreation equipment and play structures are now closed in the city of Salida.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced the county’s 12th positive case of COVID-19, along with two probable positive cases, Sunday morning,

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Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom described the county’s amended public health order Friday during Chaffee County Public Health’s weekly town hall meeting on Facebook Live and Zoom.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is treating one positive COVID-19 patient at its main hospital facility while preparing for a potential increase in patient volume.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Sunday President Trump and the federal government declared a major disaster for the state of Colorado in response to an urgent request Polis submitted Wednesday to help Colorado deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Colorado Division of Insurance is taking action to protect insurance consumers and reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Colorado State Patrol, Otero County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agents are investigating reports of a man stopping drivers and asking for documentation about their authority to drive to their place of employment and asking why they are violating the statewide stay-at-home order.

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Chaffee County Public Health has been made aware of its twelfth positive case Sunday morning, along with two probable positive cases who have not been tested but who came into contact with a positive case and are now symptomatic, according to a press release issued by Andrea Carlstrom, direc…

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released results from a survey asking Coloradans about their perceptions and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 45,000 Coloradans completed the survey between March 22-24.

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Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 Friday and discussed the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions the state is making as well as the updated public health order that corresponds with the stay-at-home executive order, according to …

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Chaffee County public health director and COVID-19 Incident Command Andrea Carlstrom announced two new cases of the virus in the county Friday during Chaffee County Public Health’s weekly town hall meeting

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The Association of Colorado Chambers of Commerce Executives reminded businesses they need to stay connected to their local chamber of commerce for expertise and resources during the COVID-19 crisis, the association said in a press release issued Friday afternoon.

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With the implementation of the stay at home requirements issued Wednesday by Colorado Governor Jared Polis, outdoor recreation equipment and play structures are now closed in the city of Salida.

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Chaffee County Commissioners authorized the convening of a Chaffee County Economic Recovery Team to engage local businesses to begin an assessment that will help determine the impact of the coronavirus on local businesses.

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With so many closures and cancellations now, parents are juggling extra variables to keep the kids happy and healthy. For some it may be a rare occasion where everyone stays at home. If you are scratching your head, here is a helpful list of activities to help make the best use of your time.…

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To combat spread of COVID-19, all Colorado Parks and Wildlife campgrounds, playgrounds, yurts and cabins, as of Thursday, are closed to the public until further notice.

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Chaffee County Community Foundation announced Wednesday that it will launch a new matching campaign and assistance process for the Emergency Response Fund, a local relief fund that will financially assist county individuals, families and nonprofit groups affected by COVID-19.

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Buena Vista – Social distancing is being upheld and encouraged by Buena Vista town government and emergency services, but all are remaining active to support residents and keep things running as smoothly as possible.

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Salida Mayor P.T. Wood issued a statement Thursday updating the community on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some claims and questions about COVID-19 that have been making the rounds.

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To accommodate those most at risk for contracting COVID-19, the Salida Walmart Supercenter, 7865 W. U.S. 50, will dedicate a special hour exclusively for senior customers from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesdays.

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DENVER - As the State of Colorado continues taking measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will close all playgrounds, campgrounds, camping and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areas …

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Chaffee County Public Health will host two drives to collect unused personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used for health care and essential staff who must work throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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Bobby Woelz, director of the Saguache County Office of Emergency Management, said his department is following orders issued by the state of Colorado and increasing its COVID-19 orders.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center CEO Bob Morasko praised the hospital’s staff and administration during recent preparations for COVID-19 at the Salida Hospital District board’s virtual meeting Tuesday.

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Gov. Jared Polis sent a letter Tuesday to presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees.

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Salida city officials announced Wednesday the city is moving to Tier IV of its action plan due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases and a statewide stay-at-home order. 

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by Brian McCabe

Mail News Editor

Lunches distributed to students will be canceled today and Friday, Salida School District Superintendent David Blackburn said in a letter to parents. 

“I am sorry to report that our food program will be canceled for at least Thursday and Friday,” Blackburn wrote. “

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by Brian McCabe

Mail News Editor

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order Wednesday to take effect at 6 a.m. today and to expire April 11. 

“Our generation is being called upon to sacrifice to save the lives of our fellow Coloradans and our fellow Americans,” Polis said during a news conference announcing the order. “And that sacrifice is staying at home. And that is a sacrifice for those who live paycheck-to-paycheck.”

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by Henry Netherland

Mail Staff Writer

While U.S. economists are uncertain of the economic trajectory resulting from mass closures of certain businesses because of COVID-19, Emily Gallagher, assistant professor of finance at Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado-Boulder, said there are ways for small businesses to survive in the approaching unprecedented times.

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Chaffee County Public Health confirmed the fourth and fifth cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County Wednesday.

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by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center officials said the hospital is actively planning and developing strategies to meet challenges posed by COVID-19.

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by Henry Netherland

Mail Staff Writer

Chaffee County small businesses will be able to sell some of their products at an online silent auction called Now This Is Love Colorado Auction.

New items will be added daily with bids beginning Thursday and ending April 4.

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by Cody Olivas

Mail Staff Writer

When the Chaffee County Homeless Coalition began asking for donations last fall to support its winter shelter for men, its original goal was $15,000.

Since then, the coalition has raised about $35,000, allowing it to not only fund its men’s shelter through April, but also to help homeless women and a family stay in motel rooms.

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by Cody Olivas

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Chaffee County Community Foundation is using its Emergency Response Fund to help people in Chaffee County who have been affected by COVID-19.

The fund was originally created after the Decker Fire, but Executive Director Joseph Teipel said there wasn’t a large need then. With all the ways COVID-19 is impacting people, there is now a big need for the fund.

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Three keys that can help during the difficult challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic are to maintain your routine, to find time daily to do something you enjoy and to find ways to connect with others while maintaining social distancing, said Mandy Kaisner, chief operations officer for Solvista Health, and Sona Dimidjian, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“I’ve spent 20 years studying depression, and one widely supported approach is paying attention to routine and avoid disruption of your life,” Dimidjian said.

If working from home, Dimidjian said, prepare for the day as you usually would, by keeping a similar schedule, showering and dressing for work every day and keeping a scheduled work routine.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Unemployment Insurance system has been overwhelmed the last week due to an unprecedented increase in benefit demand as a result of COVID-19, the department announced Monday.

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People looking for something to do outside now have another option.

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to table its public hearing of the annexation petition and accompanying zoning map amendment from Tailwind Group LLC until the April 27 meeting.

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The Colorado State Licensing Authority adopted emergency rules Friday that will allow only “curbside” pickup at the state’s medical and retail marijuana stores.

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Alpha Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority has canceled its 37th annual salad luncheon due to COVID-19 social distancing precautions. The lunch was scheduled for April 15.

“We appreciate the support of our community,” sorority member Diana Wood said.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Saturday that three positive cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in the county.

The three cases were listed as a 46-year-old man who had traveled out of state, a 69-year-old man under investigation and an 84-year-old man- under investigation.

One of those testing positive is a long-term resident of Columbine Manor Care Center, Chaffee County Public Health announced in a press release Sunday.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Unemployment Insurance system has been overwhelmed the last week due to an unprecedented increase in benefit demand as a result of COVID-19. CDLE is adding call center staff, implementing a new last name online filing system and revising web …

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In continuing to take measures to protect the safety of patients, visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center introduced telehealth services for family medicine Thursday.

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The sign in front of Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 W. U.S. 50, usually posts lighthearted notices about upcoming plays, events and meetings. During the weekend though, the message changed to “Stay Strong Salida.”

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser issued a statement Sunday calling for a statewide pause on eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Salida Hospital District board of directors is scheduled to discuss the 2019 final audit report at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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As new confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to crop up in Colorado, including the first positive cases in Chaffee County confirmed Friday, health officials have been urging closures that are affecting a widening range of businesses.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment along with the National Guard tested 21 people for COVID-19 Saturday at Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees will continue its public hearing today of the annexation petition and accompanying zoning map amendment from Tailwind Group LLC for a parcel owned by Paul Moltz.

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The diagnosis of a third positive case in Chaffee County comes on the heels of a Chaffee County Public Health virtual meeting Friday, at which local health and government representatives weighed in on measures each entity is taking during the COVID-19 crisis.

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High Rockies Cuisine will no longer offer sack lunches to people who are food insecure at its food truck at Elevation Beer Co., but it will continue providing free grab-and-go meals in coordination with Salida School District at the Salida Boys & Girls Club.

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The Salida school board officially approved extending cancellation of in-person classes until April 17 in a special virtual board meeting Friday conducted via internet.

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To keep members active while their facility is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 precautions, Anytime Fitness Poncha Springs employees have begun filming workout sessions and posting them on social media every day.

The videos are being shared to members through email as well as on the gym’s Facebook page. 

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Park County Public Health reported its first positive test for COVID-19 in man in his 20s, it announced in a press release Friday.

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Chaffee County Public Health confirmed the fourth and fifth cases of COVID-19 in Chaffee County Wednesday.

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by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center officials said the hospital is actively planning and developing strategies to meet challenges posed by COVID-19.

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by Henry Netherland

Mail Staff Writer

Chaffee County small businesses will be able to sell some of their products at an online silent auction called Now This Is Love Colorado Auction.

New items will be added daily with bids beginning Thursday and ending April 4.

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by Cody Olivas

Mail Staff Writer

When the Chaffee County Homeless Coalition began asking for donations last fall to support its winter shelter for men, its original goal was $15,000.

Since then, the coalition has raised about $35,000, allowing it to not only fund its men’s shelter through April, but also to help homeless women and a family stay in motel rooms.

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by Cody Olivas

Mail Staff Writer

Chaffee County Community Foundation is using its Emergency Response Fund to help people in Chaffee County who have been affected by COVID-19.

The fund was originally created after the Decker Fire, but Executive Director Joseph Teipel said there wasn’t a large need then. With all the ways COVID-19 is impacting people, there is now a big need for the fund.

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Three keys that can help during the difficult challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic are to maintain your routine, to find time daily to do something you enjoy and to find ways to connect with others while maintaining social distancing, said Mandy Kaisner, chief operations officer for Solvista Health, and Sona Dimidjian, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“I’ve spent 20 years studying depression, and one widely supported approach is paying attention to routine and avoid disruption of your life,” Dimidjian said.

If working from home, Dimidjian said, prepare for the day as you usually would, by keeping a similar schedule, showering and dressing for work every day and keeping a scheduled work routine.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Unemployment Insurance system has been overwhelmed the last week due to an unprecedented increase in benefit demand as a result of COVID-19, the department announced Monday.

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People looking for something to do outside now have another option.

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to table its public hearing of the annexation petition and accompanying zoning map amendment from Tailwind Group LLC until the April 27 meeting.

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The Colorado State Licensing Authority adopted emergency rules Friday that will allow only “curbside” pickup at the state’s medical and retail marijuana stores.

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Alpha Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority has canceled its 37th annual salad luncheon due to COVID-19 social distancing precautions. The lunch was scheduled for April 15.

“We appreciate the support of our community,” sorority member Diana Wood said.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Saturday that three positive cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in the county.

The three cases were listed as a 46-year-old man who had traveled out of state, a 69-year-old man under investigation and an 84-year-old man- under investigation.

One of those testing positive is a long-term resident of Columbine Manor Care Center, Chaffee County Public Health announced in a press release Sunday.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Unemployment Insurance system has been overwhelmed the last week due to an unprecedented increase in benefit demand as a result of COVID-19. CDLE is adding call center staff, implementing a new last name online filing system and revising web …

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In continuing to take measures to protect the safety of patients, visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center introduced telehealth services for family medicine Thursday.

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The sign in front of Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 W. U.S. 50, usually posts lighthearted notices about upcoming plays, events and meetings. During the weekend though, the message changed to “Stay Strong Salida.”

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser issued a statement Sunday calling for a statewide pause on eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Salida Hospital District board of directors is scheduled to discuss the 2019 final audit report at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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As new confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to crop up in Colorado, including the first positive cases in Chaffee County confirmed Friday, health officials have been urging closures that are affecting a widening range of businesses.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment along with the National Guard tested 21 people for COVID-19 Saturday at Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

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The Poncha Springs Board of Trustees will continue its public hearing today of the annexation petition and accompanying zoning map amendment from Tailwind Group LLC for a parcel owned by Paul Moltz.

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The diagnosis of a third positive case in Chaffee County comes on the heels of a Chaffee County Public Health virtual meeting Friday, at which local health and government representatives weighed in on measures each entity is taking during the COVID-19 crisis.

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High Rockies Cuisine will no longer offer sack lunches to people who are food insecure at its food truck at Elevation Beer Co., but it will continue providing free grab-and-go meals in coordination with Salida School District at the Salida Boys & Girls Club.

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The Salida school board officially approved extending cancellation of in-person classes until April 17 in a special virtual board meeting Friday conducted via internet.

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To keep members active while their facility is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 precautions, Anytime Fitness Poncha Springs employees have begun filming workout sessions and posting them on social media every day.

The videos are being shared to members through email as well as on the gym’s Facebook page. 

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Park County Public Health reported its first positive test for COVID-19 in man in his 20s, it announced in a press release Friday.