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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

The latest data from the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment shows that we are seeing a steady increase in COVID-19 cases throughout our community. In addition to compromising the health of our community members, a sustained increase could also jeopardize our Safer at Home status from the state. A change in status could require additional restrictions on businesses and gatherings in our community. Please maintain or resume your diligence in practicing good hygiene and safety protocols. We must work together to change this trend and protect our community’s physical and economic health.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City

Larimer County COVID-19 Cases Rising
According to Larimer County Public Health, COVID-19 cases in the county, as seen across Colorado, are on the rise. There has been a substantial increase in cases for those between the ages of 18-24, although cases have continued to rise across all age ranges. Please continue to help slow the spread by wearing a face covering, avoiding gatherings, social distancing, handwashing, and cleaning frequently.

Community COVID Briefing Recording
Last week the City co-hosted a Community COVID Briefing with partners from Colorado State University and Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to provide updates on current cases, testing and surveillance. Despite the uptick in cases, we are faring better than many of our neighboring college communities and are working together proactively to protect the health of our community and slow the spread of the virus. If you missed the update, you can watch it on the City’s YouTube channel

Watch the COVID Briefing

Business
Celebrating Hispanic-Owned Businesses
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and we are celebrating and supporting our community’s Hispanic-owned businesses. Read the story of brother & sister, Sergio and Maria Torres De Jesus, owners of Rocky Mtn. Coqui food truck.
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Telework Survey
The pandemic has resulted in many jobs moving to teleworking or remote work. The City is developing resources to support area businesses and organizations interested in creating or formalizing policies in order to promote telework now and into the future.

We are hoping to gather feedback from businesses and organizations on their current telework policies as well as gauge interest in willingness to shift to telework in the future. Please click here to access a short survey. Your responses will help us create teleworking resources. Please complete the survey by Friday, October 16.  

This project is partially made possible through funding provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) CanDo Community Telework Program.

Take the Survey

Community

Museum of Discovery Presents Mental Health: Mind Matters
Most of us are experiencing some negative mental health effects from worry or stress around coronavirus. The Museum of Discovery's new Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit aims to build a greater understanding of the importance of mental health and create a safe space for important conversations about mental illness. Hands-on experiences throughout the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit bring you closer to the facts, feelings and issues surrounding this topic that touches so many of our lives. During the entirety of this special traveling exhibition, the museum and the exhibit experience are free! Learn more and reserve your ticket here.

Pumpkins on Parade at the Gardens on Spring Creek
Looking to safely get out of the house this Halloween? Join the Gardens on Spring Creek for a fun-for-all-ages celebration of Halloween and the harvest! Enjoy our first-ever Community Carved Pumpkin Contest and hundreds of pumpkins and gourds arranged across the gardens in artistic displays. Kids less than 12 years old will take home a candy-free goodie bag. Costumes are encouraged! 

Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25  |  6 - 9 p.m. each evening  |  Tickets on sale now!

Fort Collins Artist Studio Tour Moves Online
To keep our artists and community members safe, the traditional Fort Collins Artist Studio Tour and Sale has moved online. Presented by the City’s Cultural Services Department, the Fort Collins Virtual Artist Studio Tour offers the opportunity to connect with artists in Fort Collins and nearby areas. Visit the tour website below to discover and connect with the studios of over 30 local painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, jewelers, furniture makers, fiber artists, and some that defy categorization.

The virtual studio tour will be live through December 31 as a resource to find unique holiday gifts.

Take the Tour

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 stay open.
Larimer County COVID-19 Risk Dashboard

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