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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

As we head into the winter season, we need to stay vigilant to Keep NoCo Open and safe. Gathering in groups, even with people we know, may spread COVID-19. For now, Coloradans are being asked to stick with just the people they live with. Read on for simple steps to prevent COVID-19 this winter and ways to support our local businesses.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

State

Business Best Practice Certification Program
With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, hospital capacity is strained in many regions. As a result, many counties, including Larimer, are following Level Red protocols. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) would like public input on a business best practice certification program draft framework, which builds upon Mesa County's successful Variance Protection Program.

The deadline to submit comments is December 4. More information below:

Submit your Comments

City
New CARES Dashboard
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES ACT established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was distributed to communities throughout the United States. The City of Fort Collins received $9 million in funding.

The City's CARES funds are supporting pandemic response and recovery, with more than two thirds of the funding going to small businesses, nonprofits and local community programs. The new CARES Dashboard demonstrates the City’s use of funds to date and is updated weekly. Hover over the project highlights to learn more and tap or click on different parts of the graphs to see specific impacts. 
View the Dashboard

Business
The City is partnering with NoCo Nosh, a local restaurant delivery service, to help our local restaurants and promote investing in our community. Through the partnership, NoCo Nosh is offering lower commission rates to keep the costs down for our local restaurants.

The City will also be covering the processing fee and the first $0.50 of the delivery fee charged to Fort Collins residents placing orders now through December 30, 2020.

Help support our local restaurants by using NoCo Nosh for your next takeout or delivery order.
Visit NoCo Nosh

Community

VirtuVisit | Help Others Stay Connected
Are you comfortable with technology and willing to help someone else learn? Your volunteerism can provide a lifeline for someone who is feeling lonely and disconnected. As COVID-19 persists, many people are becoming increasingly isolated. The City's Volunteer Services is working to reduce the impact of social isolation through its new VirtuVisit program. VirtuVisit is a no-cost program that provides participants with user-friendly digital tablets and startup support by trained volunteers.

We are looking for program participants to leverage technology to help isolated residents maintain relationships with their family and friends while also safely engaging with the community. Each participant is paired with a volunteer who will teach them to use the tablet and connect with others. With practice and simple instructions, participants learn how to connect with family and friends through a video call.  

To join the VirtuVisit Volunteer Program, complete a Volunteer Application.

If you know someone who may benefit from participating in the VirtuVisit program, please ask them to register by completing the VirtuVisit Intake Form. To participate in the free program, participants only need access to Wi-Fi, a willingness to learn and Fort Collins residency. 

For more information, email vsp@fcgov.com or call 970-224-6177

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.

Let's continue to take care of each other and Keep NoCo Open! Here are the ways we can all do our part:

  • Only gather with the people you live with. Now isn’t the time to have people over or to go out in groups.
  • Wear a mask when you enter a business and whenever you're around people you do not live with.
  • Wash hands and clean surfaces often.
  • Maintain social distancing away from those you do not live with.
  • Be diligent in your efforts to keep yourself, family, friends and neighbors safe, We’re all getting tired of this, but we need to redouble our efforts.

Don't give up. We can do this together, Fort Collins!

Larimer County COVID-19 Risk Dashboard

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