Morgan County and COVID-19

May 20, 2020 - Northeast Colorado Health Department News Release: Fort Morgan COVID-19 drive-thru testing site opening Friday, May 22, 2020

News Alert

Fort Morgan, CO - May 20, 2020 - A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is opening Friday, May 22,  in the Walmart parking lot located at 1300 Barlow Road. The site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high risk groups without symptoms. Those interested in being tested need to visit www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to see if eligible for testing and to make an appointment.
 
“Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Fort Morgan during this unprecedented time,” said Ryan Irsik, Walmart Public Affairs Director for Colorado. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to eTrueNorth and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community.”  

Details on the COVID-19 testing site:

  • Beginning Friday, May 22, the site is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays weekly.
  • NOTE:  The site will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, but will open Tuesday, May 26, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and resume its regular schedule on Wednesday.
  • 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting. Appointments must be made through eTrueNorth’s online portal at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com, which will screen individuals to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing.
  • For questions regarding testing, call 800-635-8611.
  • Those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
  • The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and then dropped in the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-through site.
  • eTrueNorth will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable Departments of Health.
  • The site will be staffed by Walmart healthcare professionals
  • Please note, testing is not available inside Walmart stores.
  • While individuals who are tested are awaiting results, please follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in your home and community.

For everyone’s safety and for the privacy of those being tested, media should not attempt to enter the testing site and stay in the designated media area. 

For additional information regarding the testing site and how to schedule an appointment, click the following link in English or Spanish.

March 19, 2020 - Morgan County Remains Open with Restricted/Limited Access to County Buildings

Morgan County Offices continue to be OPEN to conduct business but in the best interest of the health and well-being of the public and our staff and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Morgan County has adopted a resolution for restricted/limited public access to our buildings.  Below are phone numbers, documents and additional information on alternative ways you can continue to conduct business with Morgan County.  Please contact the appropriate department for any assistance and instructions so staff can continue to meet your needs.

Resolution 2020 BCC 10 - Order Declaring a Disaster
Resolution 2020 BCC 11 - Resolution Adopting Procedure for Emergency and Remote Meetings
Resolution 2020 BCC 12 - Resolution Restricting Public Access to County Buildings

Current Access to County Buildings

  1. Administrative Building – Closed to Public Access as of 3/19/2020
    • County Clerk & Recorder (970-542-3521)
    • County Treasurer (970-542-3518)
      • Property Tax Payment Notice:  English  Spanish
      • Alternative ways to pay your property taxes
        • Online
          (There is a fee for debit or credit cards but NO fee for electronic check.)
        • By Phone - 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829) - use Jurisdiction Code 1610
          (There is a fee for debit or credit cards but NO fee for electronic check.)
        • Drop Your Payment Off - Drop your payment in the Elections drop-box located in the alley behind the County Administration Building at 231 Ensign St, Fort Morgan, CO.
        • Mail your payment to:
          • Morgan County Treasurer
            PO Box 593
            Fort Morgan, CO  80701
    • County Assessor (970-542-3512)
    • Office of Emergency Management (970-542-3510)
    • Finance Department (970-542-3505)
    • Information Systems (970-542-3507)
    • Human Resources (970-542-3537)
    • Planning & Zoning (970-542-3526)
    • Tourism (970-542-3508)
       
  2. County Commissioner’s Office – Closed to Public Access as of 3/19/2020 (970-542-3500)
     
  3. Department of Human Services – Limited Public Access as of 3/19/2020 (970-542-3530)
    • Visit Colorado.gov/PEAK to see if you qualify for assistance with Health Coverage, Food Assistance, Child Care, Employment, Cash Assistance, LEAP Assistance and more.

  1. Auxiliary Services – Closed to Public Access as of 3/19/2020
    • CSU Extension Services (970-542-3400)

  1. Emergency Services – Closed to Public Access as of 3/19/2020
    • Ambulance (970-542-3570)

  1. Public Works
    • Road & Bridge – Closed to Public Access as of 3/19/2020 (970-542-3560)
    • Landfill – No closure – Continuing regular business hours (970-867-9713)
       
  2. Fairgrounds - Subject to Public Health Order 20-23, issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health, Implementing Social Distancing Measurers, as may be amended.  (970-542-3540)
     
  3. Sheriff's Office - Limited Public Access, subject to the order of the Morgan County Sheriff (970-867-2461)

Public Announcements:

COVID-19 Public Announcement 3-17-2020

USDA’s COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities preparing for and impacted by COVID-19,” Perdue said. “This resource guide will help our rural leaders, whether they are in agriculture, education, health care or any other leadership capacity, understand what federal assistance is available for their communities during this unprecedented time.”

USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

Press Release
Release No. 0217.20

Contact: USDA Press
Email: press@oc.usda.gov

Northeast Colorado Health Department Notices

News Release - April 9, 2020

Increasing COVID-19 Cases in Northeast Colorado - Several factors need to be considered when viewing the increasing number of positive cases in northeastern Colorado.  The full news release from NCHD can be read by clicking one of the following links:

Morgan Combined Courts Notice

Effective Monday, March 23rd, Morgan Combined Courts will be operating at 50% staffing.  Click HERE to view policy operations and contact information for the Morgan Combined Courts. Windows to the clerk‘s office will be closed to minimize contact due to COVID-19 concerns. Jury trials through the month of March have all been cancelled. Directives that have come down from our District Judges will remain in effect for dockets.

By Order of the County Sheriff - Jail Visitations Temporarily Suspended

March 17, 2020 - Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 - Out of concern for the health and safety of our inmate population as well as all of our staff, the Morgan County Jail will be suspending all inmate visitations effective immediately.  Inmates will receive additional free calls during this time.  Click HERE to read the entire order.

When to Call 911 for Emergencies

Please keep calls to 911 for emergencies only.  Click HERE for guidelines on when to call 911.

Caring for Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Resources Available Statewide
Colorado Crisis Services is available to all Coloradans and we want to encourage all agencies to refer to this line if anyone needs mental health support or just someone to talk to in this crisis.
It’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your mental health during this time.  Mental health and substance abuse can be heightened during stress so please reach out for help if you, or a family member, need support.   There is no shame in asking for help.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, helpless or need someone to talk to, Colorado Crisis Services offers free, confidential and professional 24/7 support. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255. https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

Public Health Order Information on Website
The information on state public health orders is now located at https://covid19.colorado.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs

April 30, 2020 - State health department releases data from symptom tracker survey, expands tracker functionality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: 

COVID-19 MEDIA LINE: 303-900-2849 (Please leave a message)

Email: media_info@state.co.us 

 

 

State health department releases data from symptom tracker survey, expands tracker functionality

 

(DENVER) April 30, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is releasing data from about 1,000 Coloradans who took a short survey designed to track symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, when people identify that they have symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, cough or fever, the symptom tracker will now offer users text messages that help them manage their symptoms. Texts are only sent to users who consent to receive text messages. 

 

After filling out the symptom tracker and consenting to receive text messages, users will receive text messages daily for seven days asking about their symptoms. From there, they may be connected with information on how to use telehealth to connect with medical advice, or how to access resources that can help manage mental health needs.

 

To date, about 1,000 Coloradans have filled out the symptom tracker. Aggregate data is available on the symptom tracker dashboard page, which is now linked on the “do you have symptoms?” webpage and at covid19.colorado.gov. There, you can see anonymized survey responses, including what symptoms people reported and the demographic characteristics of respondents. 

 

The more that Coloradans report their symptoms using this symptom tracker, the more useful the data will be for state and local public health agencies. The tracker will provide local public health agencies with data for their geographic coverage area. This could help public health officials understand when outbreaks are occurring in given locations and, in some cases, follow up with certain individuals who may need additional support. By using symptom tracker, users consent to share this information with and receive messages from their local public health agency. Data is only shared with CDPHE and the local public health agency for responding to COVID-19.
 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

 

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

CONTACTAR: 

COVID-19 MEDIA LINE: 303-900-2849 (Favor de dejar un mensaje)

Email: media_info@state.co.us 

 

El departamento de salud estatal publica los datos de la encuesta del registro de síntomas y expande sus funciones

 

 

(DENVER) 30 de abril de 2020: El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) publica los datos de unas 1,000 personas en Colorado que participaron en una encuesta corta diseñada para rastrear los síntomas de COVID-19. Adicionalmente, cuando las personas responden que presentan síntomas del virus, tales como la sensación de falta de aire, tos o fiebre, el registro ofrece la nueva función a los usuarios de recibir un mensaje de texto para ayudarles a manejar los síntomas. Los textos se envían exclusivamente a los usuarios que dan su consentimiento para recibirlos. 

 

Después de completar la información solicitada en el registro de síntomas y dar consentimiento para recibir los mensajes de texto, los encuestados recibirán un mensaje diario durante 7 días, preguntándoles cuáles son los síntomas que presentan. Asimismo, será posible conectarlos con información acerca de cómo utilizar los servicios de telesalud para que puedan recibir consejos médicos, además de cómo acceder a recursos para manejar las necesidades de salud mental.  

 

Hasta la fecha, aproximadamente 1,000 personas en Colorado han participado en el registro de síntomas. Se pueden consultar los datos agregados en la página del tablero del registro de síntomas, la cual está vinculada a la página web de “¿Tiene síntomas?” en: covid19.colorado.gov. Allí, se pueden ver las respuestas anónimas de la encuesta, incluyendo los síntomas que se han reportado y las características de los encuestados. 

 

Cuanto más habitantes de Colorado reportan sus síntomas por medio del registro, más útiles serán los datos para las agencias estatales y locales de salud pública. El registro brindará a las agencias locales de salud pública los datos pertinentes a su área geográfica, lo cual podría ayudar a los oficiales de dichos órganos entender cuándo está sucediendo un brote en lugares determinados y, en algunos casos, hacer seguimiento con ciertas personas que pudieran necesitar un apoyo adicional. Al usar el registro de síntomas, los usuarios dan su consentimiento para compartir esta información con la agencia local de salud pública y recibir mensajes de ella. Los datos se comparten exclusivamente con el CDPHE y la agencia local de salud pública con el fin de responder ante el COVID-19.

 

Manténgase informado en: covid19.colorado.gov.