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The 10th Shakespeare in the Park production has been pushed to June 2021 during Salida ArtWalk weekend, director Devon Kasper said.

Many elements came into play, and although she hoped to move the show to early August, Kasper said there were “still too many snail-paced uncertainties” to go through with it.

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce will not hold Gold Rush Days in August, postponing the event until 2021 due to COVID-19.

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The Salida ArtWalk Committee decided Monday to cancel this year’s edition of ArtWalk in the interest of public health.

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The Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo is the latest scheduling victim of COVID-19.

Chaffee County Fair Board member Tate Scanga said because of the current public health limitation on groups of more than 10 people, public events associated with the annual fair, including rodeos and concerts, are canceled this year.

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The Mountain Mania Car Show will not be held this Fourth of July weekend, Buena Vista Optimist Club event director Gary Roberts said Monday.

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The Salida Fiber Festival board announced it is canceling this year’s festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 12-13 in Riverside Park, due to the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on vendors, volunteers and visitors. 

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The Seven Peaks Festival will not be returning to the Meadows this Labor Day Weekend.

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Guidestone Colorado will conduct plant sales May 16 and June 6, but due to COVID-19 restrictions the organization will switch to offering preorders online at GuidestoneColorado.org.

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To aid Buena Vista residents in figuring out which businesses are and aren’t open, Chandler Morehardt created a map compiling whatever announcements he can find into a map as part of a GIS (geographic information system) class he is taking at Colorado Mountain College.

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Two major fundraisers for the Howard Volunteer Fire Department, its Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast scheduled for May 25 and annual Chili Cook-off weekend on June 13-14, have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, a press release stated.

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The board of Salida Concerts announced it will cancel the 2020 Salida Aspen Summer Concert Series due to the COVID-19 pandemic and likelihood that large gatherings will be prohibited throughout the summer. 

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The fourth Rapids & Grass Beer Festival, which was scheduled to return to Buena Vista the weekend of July 4, has been canceled to prevent spread of COVID-19, festival organizers announced April 22 through the blog Rad Craft Beer.

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The Colorado Brewers Guild and Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce announced they will postpone the 24th annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous beer fest, originally slated for July 11, with a tentative reschedule date of Oct. 3. 

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The Colorado Department of Natural Resources announced a new online resource for information on outdoor recreation, trails, marinas and other closures due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Note: While the Mail has not received cancellation notices, some events listed as occurring may be canceled. Call before attending.

Wednesday

  • Canceled: 7:15 a.m. – AA at First Christian Church basement, 302 E Fourth St. 24-hour hotline: 888-333-9649.
  • Canceled: 7:30-8:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Salida Sunrise meets at Robin’s Restaurant, 8046 U.S. 50 719-221-9991.
  • Canceled: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Veterans Service Office, 448 E. First St., Suite 134, 719-539-3803.
  • Canceled: 9:30 a.m. – Bible study at United Methodist Church, 228 E. Fourth St.
  • Cancceled: 10-10:30 a.m. – Story time at Salida Regional Library for infants through kindergarten-age.
  • Noon – Daily virtual AA meeting on video conference service Zoom at zoom.co/us/j/448595151. No fee required to join.
  • Canceled: Noon-1 p.m. – Free Cancer Support Group, HRRMC, 1000 Rush Drive. 
  • Noon-5 p.m. – Salida Pregnancy Resource Center, 215 E. Third St., Please call or email first. 719-539-7436. 
  • Canceled: 12:30 p.m. – Chaffee Green at Buena Vista Public Library, 131 Linderman Ave.
  • Canceled: 1 p.m. – Salida Low Vision Support Group at Area Agency on Aging, 139 E. Third St. 719-207-4573.
  • Canceled: 3-7 p.m. – Buena Vista Boys & Girls Club is open for elementary and middle school age children. 719-221-2095. 
  • Canceled: 4-7 p.m. – Salida Boys & Girls Club for elementary and middle school age children. 719-539-9500.
  • Canceled: 5:30-7 p.m. – Women’s Empowerment Program for survivors of trauma. Kids welcome. 719-539-7347 pager/crisis line and information.
  • Canceled: 6:30 p.m. – Adult Bible study at Living Waters Church, 5300 E. U.S. 50.
  • Canceled: 7 p.m. – Open AA at First Lutheran Church basement, 1237 F St. 24-hour hotline 888-333-9649.
  • Canceled: 7-8 p.m. – Mindful Recovery, a addiction recovery program, at Salida Sangha, 248 D St.

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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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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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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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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Visitor Center, 307 W. Sackett Ave., is open for business as usual for the time being, although AHRA Park Manager Rob White said people are being encouraged to handle purchases by phone or online if possible.

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The Embracing Aging Planning Committee announced Monday that, to limit the impact of COVID-19, the event will be rescheduled from May 16 to Sept. 26 at Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced it will host daily Facebook Live COVID-19 updates at noon Monday through Thursday and virtual town halls at 12:30 p.m. Fridays, both on Facebook Live on the COVID-19 Chaffee County page and Zoom, starting today.

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Due to COVID-19 precautions and concern for public safety, the celebration of life for James “Jamey” King scheduled for noon, March 21, 2020, at Salida Vineyard Church has been postponed until restrictions have been lifted.

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Salida city officials announced in a press release Wednesday that as of today City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice to slow potential spread of COVID-19 in the community.

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Saguache County government closed public access to buildings and several departments in an effort to slow potential spread of COVID-19, Bobby Woelz, Saguache County Office of Emergency Management director said.

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Upper Arkansas Area on Aging announced Tuesday that congregate meals are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered as scheduled. 

Meals are delivered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in Salida and Buena Vista.

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Social distancing is a measure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health entities have been advising to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday that beginning today all restaurants and bars in Colorado will be closed to dine-in service and limited to only takeout and delivery service for at least the next 30 days in an effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Brian Berger, Poncha Springs town administrative officer, announced in a press release Monday that due to the COVID-19 virus, Town Hall, the community room, Crossroads Welcome Center and public works buildings will be closed to the public through at least March 30.

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The Buena Vista welcome center is closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the BV Chamber of Commerce said Monday, but chamber staff are available by phone or email during normal business hours.

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I want to express my gratitude for the community’s support and patience as we evaluate and adjust our library services because of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and staff are our top priority.

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The Buena Vista School District announced Friday afternoon that it was closing all school facilities for two weeks, effective today, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Governor Jared Polis executed an executive order which directed that all downhill ski resorts in the state of Colorado suspend their operations from March 15- 22, 2020. The order is to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in mountain communities with limited care capacity.

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Public masses have been cancelled at St. Joseph's catholic church for the time being. Masses have also been cancelled around the state, including Denver, Pueblo and Colorado Springs, due to COVID-19.

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The town of Buena Vista is preparing to close its administrative offices, including Town Hall, to the public beginning Monday and extending through March 30, as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, town administrator Phillip Puckett said.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported Wednesday the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, approved by the Food and Drug Administration Feb. 27, through an emergency use authorization, is expected to arrive in Colorado at the end of this week. 

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A 92-year-old resident of Chaffee County has died from COVID-19 and Chaffee County reported 1,031 cases of the virus as of Monday. 

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Those 60 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Friday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced in an update Friday.

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The United States pandemic death toll from COVID-19 hovered near the half-million mark Monday afternoon at 497,415 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showed.

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As COVID-19 vaccinations continue for phases 1A through 1B.2, new cases of the virus continue to be reported.

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Buena Vista School District R-31 superintendent Lisa Yates reported three cases of COVID-19 in the district Monday.

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COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County surpassed 900 with the addition of 5 new cases reported by Chaffee County Public Health.

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Those age 65 and older will be included in the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center community vaccination clinic Friday a hospital press release stated.

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Chaffee County saw 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days with a high of 16 cases reported Wednesday.

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Buena Vista School District has six confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, Superintendent Lisa Yates reported Monday. 

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On the heels of last week’s community vaccination clinic, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will again offer COVID-19 vaccinations to community members age 70 and older from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the hospital campus, 1000 Rush Drive.

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A wrinkle has arisen in the local distribution of COVID-19 vaccine by Chaffee County Public Health as those outside of the 1A and 1B phases currently being inoculated have edged into the queue.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center reported two current hospitalizations due to COVID-19 Thursday.

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The Buena Vista school district reported eight confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in its schools Monday morning.

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A 43-year-old woman in the north end of Chaffee County who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 died during the weekend. 

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Chaffee County Public Health director and incident command for COVID-19 said as of Thursday 320 out of the 400 slots for the Jan. 23 vaccination event had been filled.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Wednesday in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, another vaccination event has been added in the county from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 23. 

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The total number of pandemic cases of COVID-19 for Chaffee County pushed up to 707 this week with the addition of seven cases on Tuesday (five in the general community and two staff members at Buena Vista Correctional Complex) and five general community cases reported Thursday. No cases were…

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Due to an overwhelming demand of COVID-19 vaccine for phases 1a and the beginning of 1b (those 70 and older), the Chaffee County Public Health Department's schedule is full until Feb 2, director Andrea Carlstrom said in an email Friday. Next week, she said the department will release appoint…

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Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will remain closed until at least Friday, pending contact tracing results after the discovery of a positive case of COVID-19 connected with the facility over the weekend.

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Times have been tough during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chaffee County Public Health is aware of this and thus Chaffee’s Got Heart’s Community Spotlight is seeking nominations to recognize organizations, businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to protect our community during th…

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Monday that Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement to make changes in Phase 1 distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has spurred the department to “thoughtfully and strategically rethink its protocols and processes.”

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A 64-year-old woman in the south end of Chaffee County succumbed to COVID-19 during the weekend, bringing the pandemic death toll to 16 in the county.

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Chaffee County Public health reported 14 cases of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Colorado’s first case of COVID-19, variant B.1.1.7 has been confirmed in a man who is currently in isolation in Elbert County.

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Frontline and health care personnel continue to receive first vaccinations in Phase 1A of the state’s vaccination plan, including those in Chaffee County.

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The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines continues in Colorado this week.

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As the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Chaffee County were administered to frontline and health care workers at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Thursday, Chaffee County’s pandemic total of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 806 Thursday with the addition of eight new cases.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center began COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline and health care workers Thursday afternoon following receipt of the 345 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

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As Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center and Chaffee County Public Health prepare to receive the first batches of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the case count in Chaffee county shows no sign of slowing with 27 cases reported from Saturday through Monday.

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The state of Colorado surpassed 3,000 deaths, since data collection began in March, directly attributable to COVID-19 with a total of 3,005 as of Thursday.

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In response to the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state, Gov. Jared Polis extended Colorado’s mask mandate for another 30 days Wednesday as a strategy to help quell the spread of the virus.

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Chaffee County’s two-week positivity rate rose to 5.26 percent Monday with the addition of 22 newly identified cases of COVID-19 reported from Saturday to Monday.

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Chaffee County’s two-week positivity rate rose to 5.26 percent Monday with the addition of 22 newly identified cases of COVID-19 reported from Saturday to Monday.

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The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will reopen Monday (Dec. 7) with its normal operating hours after temporarily shutting down due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced a change in the county’s quarantine guidance which reflects new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a press release stated. 

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COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County reached a pandemic total of 657 as 17 new cases of the virus were diagnosed in the county Wednesday. 

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April Asbury, vice-president of Patient Care Services at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center recently announced HRRMC has been selected as a location for COVID-19 vaccination distribution when approved vaccines are made available.

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Chaffee County is poised to move to a higher level of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Chaffee County surpassed 100 cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days as eight more cases tested positive Wednesday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported another 11 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the two week case count to 98.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis has issued an executive order that will allow Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to “order hospitals and freestanding emergency departments to transfer or cease the admission of patients to resp…

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COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported Friday.

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Governor Jared Polis was joined by two frontline healthcare workers as he provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 on Friday. 

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The COVID-19 team at Chaffee County Public Health recently changed its process of exposure notification for COVID-19 test results. 

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Colorado Department of Public Health will add a level to the state’s COVID-19 dial and move several counties into higher levels of restriction as the number of cases of the virus continue to increase across the state.

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The Salida Parks and Recreation Department has decided to temporarily close the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. The closure will start at 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 20) and is scheduled to last until Nov. 30.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported Friday a 51-year-old man succumbed to COVID-19, to which he was probably exposed during out-of-town activities. He is the 15th victim to die in Chaffee County. 

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On the heels of a 15th death attributed to COVID-19 and a two-week case count of 57, Chaffee County Public Health announced a new mitigation plan to help stem the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the county.

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Chaffee County Public Health is working with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to update the county mitigation plan in light of an increased case count in the county.

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Chaffee County’s total COVID-19 case count is 427 as of Thursday with five new community cases recorded since Tuesday.

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Three more Buena Vista Correctional Complex staff members and two more inmates were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 by Chaffee County Public Health and Colorado Department of Corrections Friday.

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Salida School District hit the pause button on in-person learning this week after four people connected with the schools were diagnosed with positive cases of COVID-19 Monday and Tuesday.

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Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday, one in the general community and the other a staff member at Buena Vista Correctional Complex.

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Chaffee County Public Heath reported an additional seven cases of COVID-19 above the two initially reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nine cases reported this week.

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Salida School District moved to remote learning Tuesday after two positive COVID-19 cases prompted the action. One student and one staff member have tested positive in the school district.  

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Chaffee County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID 19 on Friday, all of which were in the south end of the county.

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The total COVID-19 case count in Chaffee County rose to 346 Thursday. 

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 At nearly double the 1.34 percent positivity rate at the begining of September, Chaffee County Public Health said it is concerned.

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An additional south-end case of COVID-19 was identified in Chaffee County Wednesday, and one of the previously reported general population cases was identified as being an employee of Buena Vista Correctional Complex.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 from positive test results received on Saturday and Monday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 7 new cases of COVID-19 from positive test results received on Saturday and Monday.

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The State of Colorado and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) launched a new system Tuesday to provide guidance for communities as they open or close schools, bars and businesses.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week, with 8 of those cases being reported since Sunday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported the confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19 at Avery Parsons Elementary School in Buena Vista Monday afternoon. 

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday he was extending his executive order mandating the wearing of masks for another 30 days.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced a 49-year-old male in the south end of the county tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday.

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During the last two weeks, Chaffee County’s positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to 2 percent according to Chaffee County Public Health data.

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Chaffee County’s two-week positivity rate rose to 5.26 percent Monday with the addition of 22 newly identified cases of COVID-19 reported from Saturday to Monday.

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The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will reopen Monday (Dec. 7) with its normal operating hours after temporarily shutting down due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced a change in the county’s quarantine guidance which reflects new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a press release stated. 

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COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County reached a pandemic total of 657 as 17 new cases of the virus were diagnosed in the county Wednesday. 

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Chaffee County surpassed 100 cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days as eight more cases tested positive Wednesday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported another 11 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the two week case count to 98.

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COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported Friday.

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Governor Jared Polis was joined by two frontline healthcare workers as he provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 on Friday. 

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The COVID-19 team at Chaffee County Public Health recently changed its process of exposure notification for COVID-19 test results. 

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Colorado Department of Public Health will add a level to the state’s COVID-19 dial and move several counties into higher levels of restriction as the number of cases of the virus continue to increase across the state.

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The Salida Parks and Recreation Department has decided to temporarily close the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center. The closure will start at 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 20) and is scheduled to last until Nov. 30.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported Friday a 51-year-old man succumbed to COVID-19, to which he was probably exposed during out-of-town activities. He is the 15th victim to die in Chaffee County. 

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On the heels of a 15th death attributed to COVID-19 and a two-week case count of 57, Chaffee County Public Health announced a new mitigation plan to help stem the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the county.

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Chaffee County Public Health is working with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to update the county mitigation plan in light of an increased case count in the county.

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Chaffee County’s total COVID-19 case count is 427 as of Thursday with five new community cases recorded since Tuesday.

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Three more Buena Vista Correctional Complex staff members and two more inmates were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 by Chaffee County Public Health and Colorado Department of Corrections Friday.

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Salida School District hit the pause button on in-person learning this week after four people connected with the schools were diagnosed with positive cases of COVID-19 Monday and Tuesday.

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Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday, one in the general community and the other a staff member at Buena Vista Correctional Complex.

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Chaffee County Public Heath reported an additional seven cases of COVID-19 above the two initially reported Tuesday, bringing the total to nine cases reported this week.

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Salida School District moved to remote learning Tuesday after two positive COVID-19 cases prompted the action. One student and one staff member have tested positive in the school district.  

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Chaffee County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID 19 on Friday, all of which were in the south end of the county.

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The total COVID-19 case count in Chaffee County rose to 346 Thursday. 

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 At nearly double the 1.34 percent positivity rate at the begining of September, Chaffee County Public Health said it is concerned.

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An additional south-end case of COVID-19 was identified in Chaffee County Wednesday, and one of the previously reported general population cases was identified as being an employee of Buena Vista Correctional Complex.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 from positive test results received on Saturday and Monday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 7 new cases of COVID-19 from positive test results received on Saturday and Monday.

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The State of Colorado and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) launched a new system Tuesday to provide guidance for communities as they open or close schools, bars and businesses.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported 10 positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week, with 8 of those cases being reported since Sunday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported the confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19 at Avery Parsons Elementary School in Buena Vista Monday afternoon. 

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday he was extending his executive order mandating the wearing of masks for another 30 days.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced a 49-year-old male in the south end of the county tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday.

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During the last two weeks, Chaffee County’s positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to 2 percent according to Chaffee County Public Health data.