Updated at 5:35 p.m., June 1.
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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."
Latest Local and Colorado Headlines
- Navajo Nation Loses Elders And Tradition To COVID-19
- Montezuma County Fairgrounds Hosting Free COVID-19 Testing Wednesday
- When Sharing COVID-19 Case Counts, Public Health Officials Say They're Careful Not To Share Too Much
- PHOTOS: The Strange New Normal Inside The Colorado State Capitol
- In Montezuma County, COVID-19 Among Those Who Are Homeless Creates Challenges And Solutions
- 'It's A Celebration Of Life': Navajo Nation Makes The Most Of Remote Graduation Celebrations (KUER)
- Southwest Farm Fresh Co-Op Moves To Online, Custom Orders For Local Goods
- Rapid Testing In Montezuma County Gets A Boost With Higher Capacity Equipment
- 'A source of hope': 1,500 books donated to students in home-isolation on the Navajo Nation (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Mesa Verde Begins Phased Reopening Sunday
- MCHS Senior On Planning Graduation In An Unexpected Final Year
- Southwest Health System To Assist Widespread Testing In Towaoc For Tribal Members
- Montezuma County Commission Rescinds Health Emergency Declaration After CDPHE's Exemption Denial
- State Health Department Denies Montezuma County's Exemption Request
- Coronavirus Outbreak Cuts $3.3 Billion From Colorado Budget
Latest National Headlines
- U.S. Could Have Saved 36,000 Lives If Social Distancing Started 1 Week Earlier: Study
- New Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise In Early, Limited Trial
- As Businesses Reopen, A Fight Is Brewing Over Worker Safety Lawsuits
- COVID-19 Has Kids Missing Vaccinations, Meaning One Outbreak Could Lead To Another
- Trump Signs Latest Coronavirus Econonmic Relief Package, Aimed At Small Businesses
- Coronavirus Fears Have Produced A Lot Of New Gun Owners - And Safety Concerns
- Want Relief Money Sooner? Give The IRS Your Bank Account Number
- What antibody tests can (and can't) tell you
- 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)
- 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
- The Montezuma-Cortez and Dolores school districts are providing meals for kids on weekdays. The Mancos School District is providing 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
- Colorado Public Radio has compiled a list of resources for musicians
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
- 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 for the rest of the academic year. 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.
- 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.
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