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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

I’d like to draw your attention to several items in this week’s newsletter. First, the deadline to apply for the State’s Small Business Relief Program is next week, and I encourage eligible businesses to apply. Second, Larimer County Health Director Tom Gonzales provided an update to City Council last night on the community’s current COVID-19 numbers and vaccination progress. And finally, I invite you to join Mayor Troxell and myself for an online State of the City event on Feb. 1. Details about all of these items are included below.

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City
State of the City is Feb. 1
Save the date for the 2021 State of the City: 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry will reflect on 2020 accomplishments and unique challenges related to COVID-19 and beyond. Presenters will also look ahead to the future and recovery of Fort Collins. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s State of the City will be presented online only.

Have a question or topic you’d like the Mayor and City Manager to address during the event? Submit your ideas at www.fcgov.com/stateofthecity or reach out on social media.
State of the City

County
Updates from the County
Larimer County Public Health Director, Tom Gonzales, joined City Council on Jan. 19 to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccine efforts in Larimer County. While the vaccine brings new hope and an end to the pandemic in sight, it is important to remember it will still take many months to remove restrictions. For the most current local information on COVID-19, visit Larimer County Public Health’s website.
Watch the Update

Business

Small Business Relief Program Open through Jan. 27
As part of the Colorado Special Session, Senate Bill 20B-01 provides one-time emergency relief payments to eligible small business owners who have been impacted by capacity restrictions as a result of COVID-19 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  

A full list of eligibility requirements and additional information can be found at www.larimer.org/sbr. 

Larimer County is opting into this program that will provide eligible businesses one-time relief payments up to $3,500 - $7,000. Larimer County is working with three municipal "hubs" to help administer the program county-wide: Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park. Business owners are encouraged to work with their hub closest to their place of business.  

Please encourage eligible businesses to apply as soon as possible, as the application is only open until January 27, 2021. This funding is NOT first come first serve, all applications will be processed and awarded after the January 27 deadline. Any applications received after that time will be ineligible to receive funds. 

Questions about how to fill out the application? Please watch the Application Guide Video.

Small Business Relief Program

Community

COVID-19 Resources
2-1-1 Colorado connects Coloradans with human service resources statewide. Coloradans can reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org, by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your Zip Code to 898-211. Do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions unless it is a medical emergency.

2-1-1 provides navigation services to resources such as:  

  • Housing, including shelters and transitional services.
  • Rent and utility assistance.
  • Applying for SNAP benefits by phone.
  • Childcare.
  • Food/meals.
  • Transportation.
  • Clothing/personal/household needs.
  • Mental health and substance use disorders. 
  • Employment.
  • Education.
  • Medical clinics.
  • Dental clinic.
  • Other government/economic services.

2-1-1 Resource Navigators are available to help by phone, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and have access to a language translation service to accommodate over 170 languages. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 toll-free by dialing 866-760-6489. 

2-1-1 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.

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