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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

As you may have heard, late last week both the State and Larimer County announced new health orders in response to increasing hospitalizations and positivity rates. Details are below. Both locally and across the state, the increases are primarily attributed to small, personal gatherings of friends, neighbors or family outside your immediate household, where we may have become more lax about distancing or mask-wearing. No one wants us to go backwards in our community restrictions, and it is up to each of us to take action now to prevent that. 

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

State & County

New State & County COVID-19 Guidelines
In response to recent increases in COVID-19 cases, test positivity rate and hospitalizations, both Governor Polis and the Larimer County Health Department announced new health orders last Friday, Oct. 23. 

The County’s Emergency Public Health Order, went into effect at 11 p.m. Friday and requires the following changes for Larimer County residents and businesses:

  • Recreational sports will be limited to players who reside in Larimer County and neighboring counties (Weld, Boulder). 
  • Organized recreational and league sports are limited to 2 spectators per player with no more than 50% of capacity, up to 100 spectators in indoor facilities, and 175 in outdoor facilities.
  • Personal indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households.
  • Restaurants and bars as permitted to operate per CDPHE Order 20-35 shall cease alcohol beverage sales to consumers for on-premises consumption and for takeout at 11:00 P.M.
  • All Non-Critical Office-Based Businesses are encouraged to further increase remote work options and reduce in-person work to the greatest extent possible.

The City is assessing if/how these changes may impact operations. Please visit the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard for the most current numbers.

Halloween Safety Recommendations
Larimer County Health Department is offering guidance for safely celebrating Halloween. See here for a list of activities by risk level and general activities to avoid. For additional safety precautions, see the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Halloween Tips and Tricks and the CDC’s Holiday Celebration Recommendations. 

Halloween Safety Recommendations

Business
Energize Colorado Round 2 Applications Open through Oct. 28
Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply until 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.

Fort Collins Restaurant Survey
The City is gathering information to better understand the COVID-19 climate in the restaurant industry. We are focusing on outdoor winter dining, 3rd party delivery services and consumer confidence. Small and local businesses make up the fabric of our community; we are thankful for the many businesses that have taken advantage of the outdoor dining expansion program, and all businesses that have safely welcomed more customers, bringing employees back to work and continuing to find ways to survive – and eventually thrive – for the love of our community. Please take 5 – 10 minutes to complete this online survey and assist us in learning more about the industry.

Rise in Cases may Impact your Business
Larimer County businesses are allowed to open to a greater extent than many other counties in Colorado. 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 levels 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 us for the next 1-hour session, Thursday, October 29 at 2 p.m. 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:
Join the Meeting

Community

VirtuVisit: Connecting Isolated Seniors
COVID-19 will require continued precautions for many months and, as a result, many older adults are increasingly isolated. The City's Volunteer Services is working to reduce the impact of social isolation.

A new program, VirtuVisit, connects isolated older adults to family, friends and volunteers. VirtuVisit will provide seniors with user-friendly digital tablets at no cost and provide startup support by trained volunteers. Each senior will be paired with a caring volunteer who will teach them how to use the tablet and assist in connecting them with others. The volunteer will be a buddy to the senior to ensure that all questions are answered. With some practice and easy instructions, one should be able to easily connect for a video call with family and friends. 

Participants only need access to wi-fi and a willingness to learn. They will be provided with the device, and a volunteer will help build comfort with the technology. 

This program is currently limited to Fort Collins residents.

VirtuVisit Intake Form

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