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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

This week we received word that businesses certified through the Larimer County Level Up program can now operate at a Level Yellow capacity. This is great news for our local businesses who are working hard to provide a safe, healthy environment for their customers and staff. Additional information about Level Up and other business assistance programs is available below.

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City

State of the City 2021
On February 1, Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry hosted the 2021 State of the City virtual event where they reflected on the accomplishments and unique challenges of 2020, looked ahead to the future of Fort Collins, and shared a recap of the City's pandemic response and recovery efforts.

If you missed the live event, the recording is available here.

State of the City

State & County
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans
Last week, Governor Polis announced that the state is updating its vaccine distribution plan. Phase 1A remains the same, and Phase 1B now includes phases 1B.1, 1B.2, and 1B.3.
  • Phase 1B.1 - being vaccinated now
    • Healthcare workers, first responders and Coloradans age 70 and older
  • Phase 1B.2 - eligible to be vaccinated starting February 8 as the vaccine supply allows
    • Coloradans ages 65-69, pre-K-12 educators and childcare workers and state government officials
  • Phase 1B.3 - eligible to be vaccinated no sooner than March 5 as the vaccine supply allows
    • Frontline essential workers in certain industries
    • Coloradans ages 16-64 with two or more specific high-risk health conditions

Larimer County community members may sign up to be notified about vaccine appointments as they become available here. 

Employers of worker groups included in the state's vaccine distribution plan may complete this vaccine planning survey to request coordinated vaccinations for their staff. The Larimer County Health Department works with healthcare providers and hospitals to help coordinate vaccine distribution.

More from the County

Business
Larimer County Level Up Businesses can Operate at Level Yellow
All Larimer County Level Up certified businesses may open to Level Yellow capacity, while the County remains at Level Orange (capacity restrictions can be found here). Applications for the Level Up program are still being accepted, see here to apply. 

Online Restaurant Academy offering FREE Training
The Online Restaurant Academy is an online coaching mini course designed to level up your Fort Collins restaurant through proven planning and processing tools. Access the pandemic survival training for FREE by following these instructions:  
Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, has opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal. PPP provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. SBA is currently offering: 
  • First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants 
  • Second Draw PPP Loans for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan 
  • First and Second Draw PPP Loans borrowers may qualify for full loan forgiveness. Learn the terms for forgiveness here
  • To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA is currently only accepting loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs). Lender Match can help you find a participating CFI. 
  • Much of the information has been translated to Spanish, including sample borrower applications. 
Paycheck Protection 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