Updated at 9:30 a.m., January 8.
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COVID-19 Cases in Montezuma and Dolores Counties
- Status: Level Orange. Montezuma County has reported 1,292 cases, 813 of which are active. The Montezuma County Public Health Department is updating case data on its Facebook page and on the county website. MCPHD has now reported 11 deaths due to COVID-19 and six deaths that tested positive for but were reportedly not caused by COVID-19.
- Status: Level Orange. As of December 29, Dolores County has reported 50 cases, three of which are active. Dolores County Public Health is sharing data on its Facebook page.
- Outbreak data is updated each Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for all counties.
- Case data for surrounding counties can be found below under "Coronavirus Information."
Upcoming Free Community Coronavirus Testing
Southwest Health System EMS Building in Cortez:
- 10am-2pm every Wednesday
- No symptoms nor appointments required
- In partnership with the Montezuma County Public Health Department
Latest Local and Colorado Headlines
- Montezuma County's Health Care Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine As First Doses Arrive
- Here's How And When You'll Be Able To Apply For Colorado's Coronavirus Relief Funds
- Most Coloradans Likely Won't Get A Coronavirus Vaccine Until Next Summer
- IHS Doctor On What It's Like To Fight The Coronavirs On The Navajo Nation
- Navajo Nation Extends Lockdown Due To "Dire" Surge Of Coronavirus
- Southwest Memorial Hospital Staffing, Capacity Stressed By Coronavirus Surge
- Plans Are In Place To Deal With COVID's Impacts, Montezuma County Emergency Manager Says
- Colorado Lawmakers Pass $200M COVID-19 Relief Package. Here's A Breakdown Of The Spending
Latest National Headlines
- FDA Panel Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use
- U.S. Hits Highest 1-Day Toll From Coronavirus With 3,504 Deaths
- FDA Analysis Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Finds It Effective And Safe
- 12 Million To Lose Jobless Benefits The Day After Christmas Unless Congress Acts
- Interactive Map Shows COVID-19 Risk On A County Level
- What antibody tests can (and can't) tell you
- A guide for making or buying a mask to protect yourself and others
- Use this printable comic to guide kids in coping during the pandemic
- 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)
- Four Corners Mutual Aid Effort is organizing requests and donations for food, supplies and financial support
- The Montezuma Food Coalition has 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
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
- Colorado Public Radio has compiled a list of resources for musicians
Montezuma and Dolores Counties, Colorado
- Mesa Verde National Park has partially reopened. Trails and overlooks are open, but cliff dwelling tours remain suspended. The park has canceled its 2020 Holiday Open House and Luminaria.
- Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments have partially reopened. Trails and restrooms have reopened but campgrounds and the visitor center will remain closed.
- The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce is updating a directory of how local businesses are adjusting services.
- The Montezuma-Cortez School District and the Dolores School District have dedicated COVID-19 update pages on their websites.
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
- On Dec. 7, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe entered "Purple Level" restrictions and further limited in-person work for tribal employees. 25-mile-radius travel restrictions and a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. remain in effect.
- Chairman Manuel Heart has clarified that Colorado's mask mandate applies to both Towaoc and White Mesa.
- All Ute Mountain Tribal Park tours have been canceled through March 30, 2021. A public letter from Vice Chairman Selwyn Whiteskunk says the decision was made between the council and the tribal park director.
San Juan County, New Mexico
The State of New Mexico has travel restrictions in place for visitors from nearly every U.S. state, including Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Self-quarantine regulations for visitors (and the updated listed of applicable states) can be found on the state health department's website.
San Juan County, Utah
- KUER reporter Kate Groetzinger and Salt Lake Tribune reporter Zak Podmore are based in San Juan County and are following the local effects of the coronavirus, including in the Navajo Nation.
- On Dec. 7, the Navajo Nation enacted a stay-at-home order through the next three weeks due to an ongoing surge of coronavirus infections. Exceptions are made for essential workers, emergency situations, getting food and supplies, outdoor exercise, wood gathering and livestock tending. Essential businesses, including gas stations and grocery stores, are limited to staying open between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
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