Coronavirus Updates and Resources: Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners

Mar 13, 2020

Updated at 5:35 p.m., June 1.

KSJD is gathering updated information for you on the new coronavirus. This page will be regularly updated with headlines, resources, and announcements related to closures and changes at community events and spaces. 

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News and Resources

COVID-19 Cases in Montezuma and Dolores Counties

  • Montezuma County has reported 46 cases. The Montezuma County Public Health Department also has data on negative tests and recoveries on its website. MCPHD has reported two deaths due to COVID-19 and one death that tested positive for but was not caused by COVID-19. The state health department is reporting this as three deaths among cases.
  • Dolores County has no reported cases.
  • Case data for surrounding counties can be found below under "Coronavirus Information."

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Cancellations and Changes

Montezuma and Dolores Counties, Colorado

  • Ride The Rockies has been canceled for 2020. The annual multi-day bike event was scheduled to loop through southwest Colorado, including through Mancos and Cortez, in June. Organizers said the same route will be used in 2021.
  • Mesa Verde National Park has started a phased reopening. The campground and picnic area have reopened alongside all trails and overlooks. Cliff dwelling tours remain suspended.
  • Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments have started a phased reopening. Trails and restrooms have reopened but campgrounds and the visitor center will remain closed.
  • The Bridge has suspended its day labor program until further notice. A statement from The Bridge's executive director says it's "common sense not to send people to other people's homes" at this time.
  • The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce is updating a directory of how local businesses are adjusting services. Most restaurants are still operating and offering take-out and delivery, per the governor's order.
  • All public and private Colorado schools have been ordered closed through the end of the school year. The Montezuma-Cortez School District and the Dolores School District have dedicated update pages on their websites.
  • The Cortez Recreation Center is closed until further notice. The city* will revisit the closure on a weekly basis.
  • The Cortez Public Library* has reopened with curbside services.
  • The Dolores Public Library has reopened with curbside services.
  • The Mancos Public Library has reopened with curbside services.
  • The Four States Ag Expo has been postponed to Sept. 25-27. The event draws thousands of visitors to Montezuma County each year and was originally scheduled for next weekend. A statement posted on the expo’s Facebook page says the delay is due to concern of coronavirus spread among attendees.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

  • The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has issued a stay-at-home advisory to discourage unessential errands and travel, especially to areas with increasing COVID-19 cases like Navajo Nation and La Plata County.
  • A curfew is also in effect each night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

San Juan County, New Mexico

San Juan County, Utah

Navajo Nation

  • Navajo Nation has a curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day until further notice. Exceptions are made for essential works and emergency situations.
  • President Jonathan Nez has ordered all Navajo Tribal Parks to close until further notice. This includes Monument Valley and Four Corners tribal parks.

*Note: The City of Cortez, the Cortez Public Library and Southwest Health System are underwriters of KSJD.