SM County: Masks in Public Indoor Spaces Protect Education & Economy!

SM County: Masks in Public Indoor Spaces Protect Education & Economy!

San Miguel County puts out the word: Two great reasons for wearing masks are in-person education and keeping businesses open and thriving.

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A recent county-wide public health policy requiring masks in public indoor places is in effect. The requirement applies to business employees and members of the public who visit public indoor places including all individuals two years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status.

“What we’re really seeing every day is that this is a crisis of the unvaccinated. Even a subset of those who are vaccinated with adverse effects [of infection] are generally people who are immunosuppressed or other conditions,” said Colorado Governor Jared Polis during today’s press conference. “The virus is the enemy and we have the secret weapon to defeat it.”

With 44 local cases, three hospitalizations and two deaths amongst residents reported in the state system over the last week, Public Health has been working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to discuss transmission mitigation. The mask requirement implemented Wednesday night is a necessary layer of protection added across the county to address the sustained increase in transmission.

“There are several goals for our next 30 days of mitigation, especially during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “First and foremost, to keep our kids in school and our businesses open. Additionally, to keep our vulnerable populations safe from transmission including young, elderly immunocompromised, medically compromised, and unvaccinated people. Finally, to head into colder months in a better place.”

For business resources to help inform the public such as signage and social media assets, please visit the public use folder or the business resources tab on the SMC COVID webpage.

Public Health has confirmed 48 new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received from August 26 through September 2. Of these cases, four are nonresidents, 32 are confirmed as East End residents while 12 are confirmed as West End residents. In the last week, three unvaccinated residents have been hospitalized. As of release time today, there are 23 active cases, all actively contagious cases are currently in isolation.

83-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, household
80-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
79-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
76-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
75-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
73-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
71-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, workplace
68-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, travel
65-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
65-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
63-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, household
63-year-old male, resident, asymptomatic, social
62-year-old male, nonresident, symptomatic, travel
61-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
60-year-old male, resident, symptomatic
59-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
58-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
55-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, travel
51-year-old male, resident
50-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
50-year-old female, resident, asymptomatic, social
50-year-old female, nonresident, symptomatic, social
49-year-old female, resident
45-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
42-year-old female, resident, asymptomatic, household
41-year-old female, resident
41-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
38-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
37-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
37-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, workplace
36-year-old male, resident
36-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
33-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
32-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
31-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, household
31-year-old male, resident
30-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social
30-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
29-year-old female, nonresident, symptomatic, travel
29-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, workplace
28-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, household
27-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, social
20-year-old female, nonresident, asymptomatic, travel
17-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
7-year-old female, resident, asymptomatic, household
5-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, community
3-year-old female, resident, symptomatic, household
Infant female, resident, symptomatic, household

To date, there have been 1,044 total COVID cases among residents including 64 breakthrough cases and three COVID-related deaths.

To learn more about the county’s current COVID-19 metrics, please visit the SMC COVID-19 dashboard.

Power The Comeback:

Crowded places, covered faces
Get vaccinated
Stay home when sick and get tested

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