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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

Happy New Year! While much about our current situation remains the same, it is refreshing to enter a new year with hope on the horizon for vaccines and a return to something more like normal. For the time being, however, it is important to continue our health and safety practices. Finally, I'd like to remind you that the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit closes in just a few days. Details are below, and I hope you'll consider visiting.

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

State
COVID-19 Vaccine
While COVID-19 vaccinations have begun in Colorado, the State expects the supply will be very limited and has developed a phased approach to vaccine distribution. Colorado is currently vaccinating eligible Coloradans for Phase 1 and will proceed with Phases 2 and 3 once Phase 1 is complete. The state expects Phase 1A and Phase 1B to take several months. See here for more information about the phased approach.

If you would like to receive an email from Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) about when and how you may be able to get the vaccine based on the State's vaccine distribution plan, please complete this form. Once LCDHE has doses of the vaccine available, they will update their website with information about locations to receive the vaccine and how to book an appointment.
More about Vaccine for Coloradans

County
COVID-19 Dial to Orange
Governor Polis moved Larimer County from Level Red to Orange at noon on Monday, Jan. 4. Counties change levels based on the metrics and work with the state to ensure unique local factors are considered. Businesses that have been certified for the Level Up program (see below) will need to wait to operate at Yellow, one level up from Orange, until the state determines the local metrics are met and case trends continue to stay low.
State COVID-19 Dial

Business

Small Business Relief Program
As part of the Colorado Special Session, Senate Bill 20B-01 was passed to provide one-time emergency relief payments to eligible small business owners who have been impacted by capacity restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic that demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 20%. Eligible businesses include:

  • Restaurants (including food trucks)
  • Breweries
  • Wineries
  • Distilleries
  • Caterers
  • Fitness Centers/Gyms/Recreational Sports Facilities
  • Movie Theaters 

See here for more information. Applications are due Jan. 27, 2021.

Level Up Program
Larimer County’s “5 star” certified business variance program, known as the Level Up Program, was approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office in late December allowing businesses in Larimer County to apply and upon approval, inspection, and certification, operate at the capacities one level above the overall county position. It is important to note that the Level Up Program is contingent upon keeping Larimer County COVID-19 numbers at a two-week sustained decline in cases, positivity percentage and hospitalizations.

List of Certified Businesses

Community

Last Week to Visit Free Mind Matters Exhibit at the Museum of Discovery
Most of us are experiencing some negative mental health effects from worry or stress around coronavirus. The Museum of Discovery's 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, which ends January 10, 2021, the museum and the exhibit experience are free!

Reserve your Ticket

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:

  • 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