With the surge in local COVID-19 cases in Eagle County, officials are preparing to enter the high-risk phase of the state’s COVID-19 dial by 5 pm on Monday.
Since the pandemic, the spread of the virus in Eagle County has reached its highest point. In the orange phase of the state’s dial-up, local restaurants, stadiums, retail stores, offices and personal services can only operate at 25% capacity or less than 50 people. The same is true for indoor events.
Eagle County Public Health Director Heath Harmon (Heath Harmon) told community leaders on a phone call hosted by the Vail Chamber of Commerce and Business Association on Thursday morning that the accident rate of the spread of COVID-19 currently exceeds that of the county in March and July. Two peaks of the month.
Harmon said: “We need to solve this problem, and then continue.” “The window is getting narrower. We have done it before. We did it in August. For us, having a healthier winter, less It’s really important to interfere with everyone.”
If the number of counties continues to increase, the red dial will show the information that orders are placed around the clock.
Harmon said that until the Halloween weekend, the county’s virus transmission trend has been on the rise, which only intensified this increase, just as the county’s previous peak occurred after the July 4th holiday.
He said in a phone call on Thursday that 50% of the new cases are residents between the ages of 19 and 35. In a county-level email update on Thursday, he wrote: “Halloween has proven that we can and must do better. We continue to investigate multiple parties related to the holiday, which have caused several COVID-19 outbreaks. .”
As the virus explodes across the country, trends follow national and state trends. Colorado’s top epidemiologist said Thursday that the state’s condition is getting worse, not better.
Harmon said residents have three to four weeks to turn things around to ensure a successful entry into the ski season. This means making some tough choices at Thanksgiving.
He said: “The safest option is actually to participate in Thanksgiving activities with your own family.”
According to current public health guidelines, the number of family gatherings cannot exceed 10, and the maximum cannot exceed two families.
Will Cook, CEO and President of Vail Health, responded to Harmon’s call to action in the same appeal, noting that since the beginning of the pandemic, the state’s hospitals The system is under more pressure than ever before.
He also emphasized that only after the county was forced to close again and schools closed for face-to-face learning, the secondary consequences of the pandemic, such as food security, economic hardship, drug abuse and mental health issues, would worsen. .
Cook said: “This is not a political issue.” “This is the reality we face.”
Prioritize case investigation
Eagle County officials said in Friday’s text that case investigators are now unable to track every local case and more than 100 cases have been reported in two days. Case investigations are being prioritized based on age and occupation (if known), potential epidemics (if known), schools and childcare. Once investigators have studied the priority group, they will proceed to contact the remaining cases.
Faced with so many new cases, the county also requires residents to take action instead of waiting for public health intervention. If you are sick or test positive, please isolate for 10 days; if you are exposed to COVID-like symptoms or test positive.
County business change
In response to the increase in the spread of COVID-19 in the community and the request of the Governor’s Office, Beginning Monday, the county will restrict in-person interaction with facilities in the county, but will continue to provide services over the phone and/or online.
Office and department specific changes At the county office, contact information is available at http://www.eaglecounty.us. These preventive measures will take effect at the end of November and then be reassessed.
For community information and resources about COVID-19, please visit http://www.eaglecountycovid.org..
Vail operational changes
Starting Monday, Vail Town will also make other adjustments to its office-style business.
In order to keep interaction between non-household members to a minimum, urban employees have been instructed to work remotely as much as possible. Require community members to conduct business with the town through telephone and/or online services. All essential services, including transportation, library, reception center, building inspection, parking sales, and police and fire protection, will operate uninterrupted. Face masks are required to enter all internal public spaces, and an outdoor shelter area is established in the core area of the village.
The municipal operation is as follows until further notice:
- The Vail Municipal Building (east side) is open to the public with limited services. Please call 970-479-2100 to confirm and make every effort to conduct business online through http://www.vailgov.com.of From Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm, the front desk is open to provide on-site assistance for general enquiries, payment, etc. Call 970-479-2100 for inquiries.
- The police front desk is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4:45 pm to provide on-site service. Call 970-479-2208.
- The parking lot pass sales office is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4:45 pm and provides face-to-face service. Call 970-479-2104 for inquiries.
- You can make an appointment for municipal court services by phone or calling 970-479-2132.
- All other offices require appointment only.
- Meeting rooms and conference halls usually available for non-profit organizations, HOAs and public institutions have been closed to the public until further notice
- The Community Development Building (west side) is only open by appointment. This includes obtaining authority from the planning, permitting and construction departments, as well as the functions of the environment, economic development and housing departments. All development applications will continue to be processed in a timely manner. The issuance of permits and permits will continue through internet and telephone operations. You can contact Shelley Bellm at 970-479-2325 or email email@example.com to arrange an appointment in person for any reason.. To request a building inspection, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless otherwise notified, the meeting room is not available for public use.
- The Vail Public Library will be open from 11 am to 6 pm every day to provide face-to-face services, including: access to public Internet computers, wireless networks, and library collections. Customers can only stay for at most one hour per day. Cannot enter the community room, technical studio or children’s room. Encourage pickup at the roadside and continue to provide virtual services. Call 970-479-2187 or visit http://www.vaillibrary.com.
- The reception centers in Vail and Lion’s Head are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Lionshead is open until November 20th from 10 am to 4 pm, and thereafter from 9 am to 5 pm.
- The Vail Transport Terminal building is open every day from 6 am to 2 am to provide traffic information, public toilets and La Cantina catering services.
- Parking facilities in Vail Village and Lionshead remain open. Paid parking will begin on November 20 (the 2020-2021 ski/cycling season begins).
- You can call 70-477-3699 to make an appointment to use Donovan Pavilion or Lion’s Head Mountain. Field visits will be arranged by appointment only.
- Please visit www.vailrec.om for updates on Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Nordic Center, etc.
- All Vail Town Board and Committee meetings will continue to be held in remote locations until further notice.