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Chaffee County Public helath reported two new cases of COVID-19 Thursday bringing the county total to 126.

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The Salida Wine Festival won’t take place this year. With continued uncertainty surrounding large-scale events and in the interest, and safety for the Salida community,  Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the ninth annual festival. The Salida Wine Fest was scheduled t…

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The COVID-19 case total for Chaffee County rose to 82 with the inclusion of a staff member and inmate at Buena Vista Correctional Facility Tuesday.

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Centers for Disease Control removed the specific 65 years of age threshold from the older adult classification and now warns that among adults, risk increases steadily as you age. 

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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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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will host a free COVID-19 testing clinic every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, by appointment only. 

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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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In the last week, daily death rates in Colorado among those diagnosed with COVID-19 have lowered to between one and five deaths per day.

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The North Face and Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office have collaborated to help the Colorado Search and Rescue Association acquire face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for its members and those they assist.

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As Colorado lifts COVID-19 restrictions regarding the number of people who can gather together, Salida churches are taking varying approaches, with some remaining closed, some opening and many offering a hybrid of online and limited church services.

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Nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopefuls will bike across Colorado June 19-20, pedaling through Chaffee County along the way.

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COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Colorado surpassed 5,000 Monday, according to data provided Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

As of Monday hospitalizations totaled 5,025.

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Saguache County, with 94 COVID-19 cases, has passed Chaffee County in the number of cases reported, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center reported an additional case of COVID-19 was discovered following Tuesday’s free community testing.

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An employee of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip outside of the county, a press release from HRRMC stated Friday.

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Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday amending previous executive orders related to COVID-19 to provide “discretion to employers and operators of places of public accommodation, and those authorized on their behalf, to deny admittance or service and require the removal of any i…

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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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Mail Staff Writer

Chaffee County Public Health announced an additional Columbine Manor Care Center staff member has been identified who had onset of COVID-19 symptoms between March 23 and April 6.

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Two blocks of F Street are expected to close Thursday morning, with barricades remaining in place for much of the summer, city officials announced Monday in a press release.

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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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Colorado Mountain College announced it has created a Back to Business program featuring individual business counseling and a variety of webinars addressing common challenges businesses are facing during the pandemic and along the road to recovery.

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Salida City Council members will discuss how summer events and activities will take place in the era of COVID-19 during their virtual work session at 6 p.m. today.

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COVID-19 statistics for Chaffee County remained unchanged Thursday at 70 positive or probable cases and a total of 18 deaths due to the virus.

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Chaffee County Public Health announced Tuesday two positive cases of COVID-19 were discovered during the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in Chaffee County to 70.

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Five Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services employees who were exposed to COVID-19 and considered high risk have tested negative twice.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in the county Saturday, bringing the county’s total cases to 69.

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Nine employees of Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services have been under quarantine since May 16 after a Front Range part-time paramedic who filled in on a shift May 13 tested positive for COVID-19.

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Chaffee County Public Health will count deaths among those diagnosed with COVID-19, but not directly attributable to the virus, in its data for positive and probable cases in Chaffee County.

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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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Salida Community Center Director Elaine Allemang recently announced statistics showing the number of people served in the center’s food distribution events has nearly tripled over the last two months.

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As Chaffee County residents head outside to enjoy warmer weather, Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom reminds everyone that safer-at-home orders are still in effect, both locally and at the state level. 

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The most recent positive COVID-19 test in Chaffee County was a person who has a local address but spends much of the time on the Front Range, Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County public health director and COVID-19 incident commander, said Friday.

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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 most recent positive COVID-19 test in Chaffee County was a person who has a local address, but spends much of their time on the Front Range, Chaffee County Public Health director and Incident Command for COVID-19 Andrea Carlstrom said Friday (May 8).

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Chaffee County will request a variance from the state to help it gradually begin opening some businesses back up as COVID-19 cases have began to stabilize in the county.  

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Camping at Colorado state parks and state wildlife areas will remain closed until further notice while Colorado Parks and Wildlife works to implement systemwide safety protocols related to social distancing. 

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On the west side of U.S. 50 in Howard, sharp-eyed motorists might notice a giant teddy bear atop a hay wagon off the side of the road. It is an installation by local artist Christine Davis to show the lighter side of shelter-in-place guidelines.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County public health director and COVID-19 incident commander, said the most recent positive case of COVID-19 was tested outside the county, and Public Health is trying to reach that person to start an investigation.

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Currently we are under the governor’s “safer-at-home” phase, which requests the following: 

Stay at home unless absolutely necessary to travel. Stay within your zip code.

Wear face mask cloth coverings whenever you are out in public to help protect our most vulnerable populations and business employees and practice social distancing.

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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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Chaffee County held steady at 68 positive or probable cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths, Chaffee County Public Health reported Tuesday.

Statewide, 17,364 positive or probable cases of the virus had been reported as of Monday.

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Chaffee County held steady at 68 positive or probable cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths, Chaffee County Public Health reported Tuesday.

Statewide, 17,364 positive or probable cases of the virus had been reported as of Monday.

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A new positive or probable case of COVID-19 reported in Chaffee County is unrelated to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will partner to offer free COVID-19 testing for Chaffee County residents from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at HRRMC, 1000 Rush Drive.

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Chaffee County Public Health is partnering with local health care providers to pilot an innovative contact tracing protocol as the county begins reopening. 

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“Safer at Home is not a return to normalcy, which means that Coloradans should continue to be responsible, stay at home when possible and wear masks when in public,” Gov. Jared Polis said today in providing an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19.

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As the county moves to the Safer at Home model introduced by Gov. Jared Polis on April 20, Chaffee County Public Health issued its official order Friday (May 1) of what that will look like going forward.

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Chaffee County Public Health is partnering with local healthcare providers to pilot an innovative contact tracing protocol as the county begins reopening.

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One new positive or probable case of COVID-19 was diagnosed at Columbine Manor Care Center, bringing the total number of cases there to 53, Chaffee County Public Health reported Thursday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported two people died Wednesday at Columbine Manor Care Center. 

COVID-19 positive or probable cases are holding steady at 66 countywide.

To date 17 people have died of the disease in the county, including 15 people connected with Columbine Manor Care Center.

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by Max R. Smith

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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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County businesses are asked to fill out a Safe Business Checklist to receive a Safe Business Certificate and be able to open Friday, when some COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.

The checklist includes:

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by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center started Monday to gradually reintroduce in-person, elective services. 

Providers will split their time equally between face-to-face clinic visits and telehealth visits, a press release stated.

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Chaffee County Public Health will give away 1,500 cloth face masks during two events today and Thursday, a press release stated.

The first will be at 3 p.m. today at Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds on Gregg Drive just west of CR 321 (Rodeo Road).

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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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No new positive COVID-19 tests have occurred in Chaffee County since April 11, Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County public health director and COVID-19 incident commander, said Monday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a total of 13 deaths in the county due to COVID-13 as of Friday.

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Editor’s note: Crest Academy students wrote letters to The Mountain Mail to share their experiences with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced in a press release Thursday that a one-day delay had occurred in paying unemployment benefit payments for those who requested payment on their claims on April 19.

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Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom announced in Thursday’s Facebook update that all of the positive and probable COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County that are not related to Columbine Manor Care Center have reported recovery.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that there had been a 1-day delay in paying benefit payments for those people who requested payment on their claims on April 19.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported as of 4 p.m. Thursday, there had been 11 deaths in Chaffee County due to COVID-19. The latest two deaths were probable cases related to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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Because some Xcel Energy critical employees have encountered aggressive and threatening actions from customers recently while working in the field, the company issued a press release explaining its precautions to ensure health and safety of its employees and the public.

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This year’s Salida Studio Tour has been canceled due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Patti Vincent, president of the Salida Studio Tour board of directors, said in a press release, “Even though the event is not until the end of September, there is too much risk for the artists and visitors who may come to their studios during the event.” 

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The Internal Revenue Service issued a special alert Monday for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by Wednesday if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents, so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment, the COVID-19 sti…

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Gov. Jared Polis discussed modeling data Monday that shows how Coloradans are doing their part during the stay-at-home order and what next steps will look like as health and safety restrictions change in the coming days and weeks.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even if the person experiencing symptoms is unable or does not need to be tested.

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Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the last few days, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday. Five of the deaths are connected to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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Two more people have died locally from COVID-19, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday, April 17.

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With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending everyone wear non-medical masks in public spaces, Chaffee County Public Health offered some advice on the proper way to wear them to avoid cross-contamination.

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Buena Vista – For a community that bases much of its economy on being a destination for outdoor adventure seekers and has many businesses that operate during summer months and hibernate through the slower winter, stay-at-home orders can feel like a threat to its existence.

So far, the Campout for the Cause music festival at the Meadows and FIBArk in Salida have announced cancellations out of precautions around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buena Vista’s whitewater festival, CKS Paddlefest, is still on for Memorial Day weekend, but its social media messaging carries an undercurrent of cautious optimism that is shared by many individuals and organizations while making plans later in 2020.

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Salida School District Superintendent David Blackburn told the school board Tuesday that he is proud of staff, students and families in the district for their work on distance learning and student engagement since in-person learning was suspended in early April due to COVID-19 precautions.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and incident commander for COVID-19, explained what a phased approach to lifting restrictions and reaching recovery from COVID-19 could look like Wednesday in her daily Facebook Live update.

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Salida High School Principal Tami Thompson sent a letter to SHS families Monday stating all SHS-sponsored events, as well as any events scheduled at Salida High School, have been canceled through May 31.

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Within the last month, Chaffee County Community Foundation has raised $280,000 and distributed more than $41,000 for financial assistance through its Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

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Buena Vista – A new board was seated at the Tuesday meeting of the Buena Vista Board of Trustees, bringing on new trustees Amy Eckstein and Devin Rowe and bringing back Norm Nyberg for a second term.

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Following testing of all 66 residents and several staff members at Columbine Manor Care Center, 41 of Chaffee County’s 58 cases of COVID-19 were reported to be associated with the care facility.

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To cope with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, Salida residents have begun joining a loosely organized national movement to howl at 8 p.m. every night outside their homes.

Gov. Jared Polis has even encouraged Coloradans to participate.

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While Coloradans are already encouraged to wear cloth face coverings when going on grocery runs, they can take additional sanitary steps to ensure their purchases remain contaminant-free.

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The FIBArk board of directors announced Monday the 2020 FIBArk Whitewater Festival set for mid-June is canceled.

FIBArk President Patrick Payne said he was disheartened by the announcement, but he understood why it had to happen.

“I’m disappointed, but I understand it had to be done,” Payne said. “Overall, we wanted to have everyone’s best interest in mind when making this decision.”

The decision to cancel the event was made Wednesday. Payne said, as far as he knows, this was the first time the festival has had to be canceled altogether since its creation in 1949.

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Chaffee County held steady at 68 positive or probable cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths, Chaffee County Public Health reported Tuesday.

Statewide, 17,364 positive or probable cases of the virus had been reported as of Monday.

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A new positive or probable case of COVID-19 reported in Chaffee County is unrelated to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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Chaffee County Public Health and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will partner to offer free COVID-19 testing for Chaffee County residents from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at HRRMC, 1000 Rush Drive.

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Chaffee County Public Health is partnering with local health care providers to pilot an innovative contact tracing protocol as the county begins reopening. 

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“Safer at Home is not a return to normalcy, which means that Coloradans should continue to be responsible, stay at home when possible and wear masks when in public,” Gov. Jared Polis said today in providing an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19.

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As the county moves to the Safer at Home model introduced by Gov. Jared Polis on April 20, Chaffee County Public Health issued its official order Friday (May 1) of what that will look like going forward.

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Chaffee County Public Health is partnering with local healthcare providers to pilot an innovative contact tracing protocol as the county begins reopening.

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One new positive or probable case of COVID-19 was diagnosed at Columbine Manor Care Center, bringing the total number of cases there to 53, Chaffee County Public Health reported Thursday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported two people died Wednesday at Columbine Manor Care Center. 

COVID-19 positive or probable cases are holding steady at 66 countywide.

To date 17 people have died of the disease in the county, including 15 people connected with Columbine Manor Care Center.

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by Max R. Smith

Times Staff Writer

 

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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County businesses are asked to fill out a Safe Business Checklist to receive a Safe Business Certificate and be able to open Friday, when some COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.

The checklist includes:

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by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center started Monday to gradually reintroduce in-person, elective services. 

Providers will split their time equally between face-to-face clinic visits and telehealth visits, a press release stated.

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Chaffee County Public Health will give away 1,500 cloth face masks during two events today and Thursday, a press release stated.

The first will be at 3 p.m. today at Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds on Gregg Drive just west of CR 321 (Rodeo Road).

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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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No new positive COVID-19 tests have occurred in Chaffee County since April 11, Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County public health director and COVID-19 incident commander, said Monday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported a total of 13 deaths in the county due to COVID-13 as of Friday.

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Editor’s note: Crest Academy students wrote letters to The Mountain Mail to share their experiences with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced in a press release Thursday that a one-day delay had occurred in paying unemployment benefit payments for those who requested payment on their claims on April 19.

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Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom announced in Thursday’s Facebook update that all of the positive and probable COVID-19 cases in Chaffee County that are not related to Columbine Manor Care Center have reported recovery.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that there had been a 1-day delay in paying benefit payments for those people who requested payment on their claims on April 19.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported as of 4 p.m. Thursday, there had been 11 deaths in Chaffee County due to COVID-19. The latest two deaths were probable cases related to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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Because some Xcel Energy critical employees have encountered aggressive and threatening actions from customers recently while working in the field, the company issued a press release explaining its precautions to ensure health and safety of its employees and the public.

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This year’s Salida Studio Tour has been canceled due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Patti Vincent, president of the Salida Studio Tour board of directors, said in a press release, “Even though the event is not until the end of September, there is too much risk for the artists and visitors who may come to their studios during the event.” 

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The Internal Revenue Service issued a special alert Monday for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by Wednesday if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents, so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment, the COVID-19 sti…

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Gov. Jared Polis discussed modeling data Monday that shows how Coloradans are doing their part during the stay-at-home order and what next steps will look like as health and safety restrictions change in the coming days and weeks.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19, even if the person experiencing symptoms is unable or does not need to be tested.

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Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the last few days, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday. Five of the deaths are connected to Columbine Manor Care Center.

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Two more people have died locally from COVID-19, bringing Chaffee County’s total to six deaths as of Friday, April 17.

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With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending everyone wear non-medical masks in public spaces, Chaffee County Public Health offered some advice on the proper way to wear them to avoid cross-contamination.

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Buena Vista – For a community that bases much of its economy on being a destination for outdoor adventure seekers and has many businesses that operate during summer months and hibernate through the slower winter, stay-at-home orders can feel like a threat to its existence.

So far, the Campout for the Cause music festival at the Meadows and FIBArk in Salida have announced cancellations out of precautions around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buena Vista’s whitewater festival, CKS Paddlefest, is still on for Memorial Day weekend, but its social media messaging carries an undercurrent of cautious optimism that is shared by many individuals and organizations while making plans later in 2020.

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Salida School District Superintendent David Blackburn told the school board Tuesday that he is proud of staff, students and families in the district for their work on distance learning and student engagement since in-person learning was suspended in early April due to COVID-19 precautions.

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Andrea Carlstrom, Chaffee County Public Health director and incident commander for COVID-19, explained what a phased approach to lifting restrictions and reaching recovery from COVID-19 could look like Wednesday in her daily Facebook Live update.

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Salida High School Principal Tami Thompson sent a letter to SHS families Monday stating all SHS-sponsored events, as well as any events scheduled at Salida High School, have been canceled through May 31.

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Within the last month, Chaffee County Community Foundation has raised $280,000 and distributed more than $41,000 for financial assistance through its Emergency Response Fund (ERF).

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Buena Vista – A new board was seated at the Tuesday meeting of the Buena Vista Board of Trustees, bringing on new trustees Amy Eckstein and Devin Rowe and bringing back Norm Nyberg for a second term.

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Following testing of all 66 residents and several staff members at Columbine Manor Care Center, 41 of Chaffee County’s 58 cases of COVID-19 were reported to be associated with the care facility.

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To cope with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, Salida residents have begun joining a loosely organized national movement to howl at 8 p.m. every night outside their homes.

Gov. Jared Polis has even encouraged Coloradans to participate.

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While Coloradans are already encouraged to wear cloth face coverings when going on grocery runs, they can take additional sanitary steps to ensure their purchases remain contaminant-free.

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The FIBArk board of directors announced Monday the 2020 FIBArk Whitewater Festival set for mid-June is canceled.

FIBArk President Patrick Payne said he was disheartened by the announcement, but he understood why it had to happen.

“I’m disappointed, but I understand it had to be done,” Payne said. “Overall, we wanted to have everyone’s best interest in mind when making this decision.”

The decision to cancel the event was made Wednesday. Payne said, as far as he knows, this was the first time the festival has had to be canceled altogether since its creation in 1949.