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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KSJD will primarily follow cases in Montezuma and Dolores counties. Links to neighboring health departments that are reporting cases can be found under our "Coronavirus Information" section.
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Updated at 9:44 a.m., April 6.
Latest Local and Colorado Headlines
- 'A Failure On Our Part': Despite Calls For Help, Navajo Mountain Mother, Son Can't Be Saved (KUER)
- Montezuma County Announces 2 New COVID-19 Cases, Total of 8
- As Coronavirus Cases Rise, Navajo Nation Tries To Get Ahead of Pandemic
- 'Get Creative': Polis Urges Residents To Wear Cloth Masks Outdoors
- 'It Should Hit Home': Southwest Health System Urges Social Distancing to Slow COVID-19 Spread
- Scott Tipton on Medical Supplies Shortage, Additional Federal Support
- Montezuma County Will Not Restrict Non-Resident Recreation Access, Depending on Future Guidance
- Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe enforces curfew (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Gov. Polis Says Social Distancing Efforts Are Slowing Spread Of COVID-19
- Gov. Polis Defends Stay-At-Home Order After Move Blasted By GOP Lawmakers
- Arches and Canyonlands national parks have closed until further notice (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Colorado's Statewide Stay-At-Home Order, Explained
Latest National Headlines
- CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Wearing Cloth Face Coverings In Public
- Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Forest Service Faces Burning Questions
- President Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package Into Law
- Surgeon General Tells U.S.: 'This Week It's Going To Get Bad'
- Empty Grocery Shelves Are Alarming, But They're Not Permanent
- Trump: Coronavirus Guidance Includes Avoiding Gatherings Of More Than 10 People
- As Coronavirus Spreads, Farmers Fear Market Closures and Lost Income (Successful Farming)
- FAQ on making and using a homemade mask
- Use this printable comic to help explain the coronavirus to kids
- What to do if schools are closed, and other answers for parents
- Coronavirus Symptoms: Defining Mild, Moderate And Severe
- What Farmers Need to Know About COVID-19 (Successful Farming)
- Winslow Indian Healthcare Center has coronavirus information in Navajo
- Southwest Health System* has an information hotline for local patients: 970-564-2201
- Cases in Montezuma County (Montezuma County Public Health Department)
- Cases in Navajo Nation (Navajo Nation Department of Health)
- An interactive map for cases in the Navajo Nation (Navajo Times)
- Cases in San Juan County, Utah (San Juan Public Health)
- Cases in La Plata and Archuleta counties (San Juan Basin Public Health)
- Case statistics from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Case statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Maps tracking cases in the U.S. and around the world (The New York Times)
- Montezuma Food Coalition has forms to request and donate food, supplies and money
- The coalition also published a list of food assistance resources, including information for seniors
- First United Methodist (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) and St. Barnabas (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays) in Cortez are offering free lunches on alternating days for all ages
- The Montezuma-Cortez and Dolores school districts are providing meals for kids beginning this week. The Mancos School District began meal service last week and will provide two day's worth on Mondays and Wednesdays
Business and Job Resources
- The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has collected state resources for employees and employers, like unemployment benefits and emergency sick leave
- The Colorado Small Business Development Center has application assistance for seeking SBA loans, including free webinars to ask questions
- If you've lost your job because of the coronavirus and its economic impacts, NPR's Life Kit series has tips on navigating unemployment, loan payments and more
- The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce has local resources on business help, including a Facebook group for discussion and county information
Montezuma and Dolores Counties, Colorado
- Mesa Verde National Park has closed to all park visitors until further notice. A press release from the park's public information officer said the decision was made in accordance with health guidelines. Refunds will be made automatically for Cliff Palace tours, and ticket holders are encouraged to check their refund status at recreation.gov.
- Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments are both closed until further notice. Their closures were announced shortly after Arches and Canyonlands national parks closed Saturday.
- 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 at least April 30. 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* is closed until further notice. The city* will revisit the closure on a weekly basis.
- The Dolores Public Library has canceled all programs and closed its public meeting room through April 12.
- The Mancos Public Library has canceled all programs and closed its public meeting rooms until further notice.
- 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
- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced all public schools in New Mexico will close for the rest of the school year. This includes the Central Consolidated School District in northwest New Mexico.
San Juan County, Utah
- Gov. Gary Herbert has announced all Utah public schools will remain closed until May 1. KUER reporter Kate Groetzinger is based in San Juan County and is following the local effects of the coronavirus there.
- 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.