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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

This week’s newsletter includes important information about the State’s new dashboard to track the various phases that different counties are operating under and a small business assistance program that is currently accepting applications. There is also a link to help you track local air quality, so that you can determine the days and times that it is safer to be outdoors during this ongoing wildfire season.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

State
New COVID-19 Dial Tool
The state has launched a new COVID-19 dial framework that standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. The framework is intended to help counties balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with social and economic needs.

Wildfires & Air Quality
Whether spending time indoors or outdoors during COVID-19, air quality matters. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an Air Quality Health Advisory until 4:00 p.m. today, September 16. This is due to unhealthy air quality from wildfire smoke. If smoke conditions continue in this pattern, this advisory will transition to a regulatory Action Day Alert at 4 p.m. today. See here for more information on today's smoke outlook.
Follow the Cameron Peak Fire

Business

Fort Collins Small Business Assistance Program - El Programa De Asistencia Para Pequenos Negocios
The City is launching a financial assistance program through CARES Act funds to provide relief to businesses in the amount of up to $7,500. The City is distributing a total of $1.6M to businesses through the program by the end of the year. This assistance will not have to be repaid. The application is available now and will close on Wednesday, September 23.

The application and technical assistance programs are also available in Spanish.

La ciudad de Fort Collins está lanzando un programa de asistencia financiera a través de los fondos de CARES Act para proveer asistencia de hasta un máximo de $7,500 a los negocios. La ciudad estará distribuyendo un total de $1.5 millones de dólares a los negocios a través del programa, antes de fin de año. La asistencia no tendrá que volver a pagarse. La solicitud estará disponible a partir del martes 8 de septiembre hasta el miércoles 23 de septiembre.

Minority Enterprise Development Week
It is Minority Enterprise Development Week! Help us recognize and celebrate the contributions our minority-owned businesses make to our community. Minority and small business enterprises are one of the fastest-growing segments of the nation's business community. We would like to thank Sergio and Mario Torres De Jesus owners of Rocky Mountain Coqui, and Gina Michelle, owner of Malama Massage & Bodywork, for accepting the Minority Enterprise Development Proclamation presented by the Mayor.

Minority Enterprise Development Week

Community

Celebrate National Public Lands Day
Hoo loves public lands? Natural areas during the pandemic have been more important than ever, both for mental and physical health. All are invited to celebrate and appreciate public lands with the City from September 21-26. 

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Normally, the Natural Areas Department hosts volunteer projects on the fourth Saturday in September. This year, the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, Parks, Recreation, and Utilities departments are joining forces on social media to host a virtual celebration including a photo contest.   
 
Visit Natural Areas' Facebook and Twitter pages, and search the hashtag #NPLDFoCo (National Public Lands Day Fort Collins).  

Enter the photo contest for a chance to win native plants, gift cards, and more by using the hashtag #NPLDFoCo on Facebook or Twitter with a photo of  a park, natural area, stormwater area, or golf course managed by the City of Fort Collins. Winners of the photo contest will be announced Monday, September 28. 

Learn More about NPLD

County Health

Larimer County Public Health's Risk Dashboard helps community members understand risk and COVID-19 data relevant to our county. The dashboard highlights the early warning indicators to monitor the health of our hospital systems and COVID-19 case data. Some indicators are updated daily, while hospital data will be updated three times a week.

Wearing a face covering is something we all can – and should – continue to do to protect each other. Wearing a face covering, even when you feel healthy, reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and frequent cleaning all help slow the spread of the virus and must continue in order to allow Larimer County to move forward with reopening.
Larimer County COVID-19 Risk Dashboard

Emergency Preparedness & Security
City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80521