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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

Larimer County Health Director Tom Gonzales shared in a recent Community Update and at last night’s City Council meeting (available soon at www.fcgov.com/FCTV) that our COVID-19 numbers continue to increase. As is happening across the state and nation, we’re seeing this trend not just in overall cases, but also in case rate, positivity rate and hospitalizations. We must do the work now to change these trends. If this trajectory continues, we are at risk of seeing increased restrictions on businesses, places of worship, and other gatherings, not to mention the health risk for many of our loved ones and neighbors. Please join me in recommitting to physical distancing, wearing your face coverings, and avoiding gatherings.  

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

State
Governor Polis Orders Statewide Eviction Moratorium
Gov. Jared Polis has reinstated a statewide eviction moratorium. The order, announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, restricts landlords from pursuing eviction against anyone experiencing “financial hardship due to COVID-19.” This means a person must:
  • Be using “best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent or housing”
  • Expect to make no more than $99,000 in income for 2020, or $198,000 for joint filers
  • Be unable to make full rent due to a loss of work, among other acceptable crises
  • Make good-faith attempts to pay as much rent as possible; and
  • Face a credible threat of homelessness.
Tenants facing “hardship” must provide proof by filling out a form (forthcoming), under threat of perjury. Read more about Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention from the State and see the City's resources here.
Read the Executive Order

City

City Rebate Applications Close Oct. 31
Oct. 31 is the last day to apply for the City’s annual rebate program, which is designed to assist low-income individuals, families, people with disabilities and seniors in the community. Qualifying residents can receive cash back for taxes paid on groceries, utility bills and rent or property tax.

The rebate on sales tax spent on food is $65 per person, while the utility rebates and property/rent amounts vary by service and amount paid. View income and residency requirements, amounts, and download an application at fcgov.com/rebate.

More about the Rebate Program

Business

Rising COVID Cases May Impact Your Business
Larimer County businesses are currently allowed to open to a greater extent than many other counties in Colorado, but cases are on the rise. Larimer County has three weeks to reverse the trend of increasing cases, or the phase of reopening could be moved to level two restrictions that would reduce capacity for many businesses.

To provide updates on this situation and answer your questions, the Larimer County Health Department hosts weekly question and answer sessions. All businesses are invited to join for the next 1-hour session, Thursday, October 22 at  2:00 pm via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance. Check out Keep NoCo Open free downloadable assets to help spread the word.

More Meeting Details:

Register your Business on the New Fort Collins Marketplace
Launching in November, Visit Fort Collins has developed an e-commerce website to showcase local businesses and their products. Businesses will have the ability to sell products on the platform.

Curious how it will look and work? Take a look at these videos for a sneak peek:

Click here for more information and to fill out a participation form.

Is your business ready for Holiday Shoppers? Google for Small Business is taking the guesswork out of this season with personalized recommendations to help you meet shoppers where they are across Google Search, Shopping and Maps.

Fort Collins Marketplace Form

Community

CARES CVRF Funds Supporting COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
Earlier this year, the City received approximately $9 million in funding from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CVRF). This will fund efforts to support pandemic response and recovery, with more than two thirds of the funding going to small businesses, nonprofits and local community programs.

Local businesses are receiving support through the Small Business Assistance Program, providing $1.8M of direct relief to businesses and nonprofits that have been affected by COVID-19. Funds are also being used to support businesses through restaurant dine-in outdoor expansion, safe reopening education and de-escalation training.

Approximately 40% of the funds are allotted for human services projects. The City is partnering with local nonprofits and organizations to further the impact of many of these programs. New / expanded programs being implemented include:

Sixteen local nonprofits will receive funding totaling approximately $900,000 to support specific pandemic response projects focused on childcare, food insecurity, housing stability and various vulnerable populations including seniors and residents with a disability.

More COVID-19 Resources

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