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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

We are beginning to see encouraging news on the vaccine front, with Larimer County reporting that approximately 71% of residents 70 and older have received at least their first dose, and with the state opening vaccine eligibility to the next sub-phase later this week. At the same time, total case rates in Larimer County have plateaued and we must continue to be diligent about our public health practices for the time being. Thank you for your continued efforts.

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

State & County

Vaccines
Colorado continues vaccinating eligible Coloradans for Phase 1A, 1B.1 and 1B.2. Coloradans in Phase 1B.3 will be eligible beginning March 5. Colorado is currently vaccinating those eligible in these phases:

  • Phase 1A includes frontline healthcare workers and staff and patients in long-term care facilities
  • Phase 1B.1 includes moderate risk healthcare workers, first responders, and those 70 years old and above
  • Phase 1B.2 includes those ages 65-69, Pre-K-12 educators and support staff, and licensed childcare workers
  • Phase 1B.3, eligible beginning March 5, includes those age 60 and older, frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers and people ages 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions

The county expects that the vaccine will be available to the general public in the summer of 2021. Until then, please continue to follow public health guidance like physical distancing and mask-wearing.

County Vaccine Info

Business

Updates to PPP Prioritize Small Business
The Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for small businesses. The SBA will implement the following:  

  • Establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees 
  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants 
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal 
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and 
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP. 

The 14-day exclusivity period started on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., while the other four changes will be implemented by the first week of March. Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.

SBA Lender Match Tool

Community

Summer Camps
Registration for Recreation’s Camp FunQuest summer programs is open! Enroll before April 19 and receive priority registration for summer camp week selection and access to virtual parent meetings. Learn more about summer camp in the latest Recreator.

Recreation also offers youth classes for all ages, abilities and interests including childcare options, school break and camp programs, summer camps, early learning and enrichment, family programs, special events and more! Learn more about youth program opportunities and register for programs today.

Register for Camp FunQuest here.

Fort Collins School of Witchcraft & Wizardry
A new take on an old classic, join the magical fun of Fort Collins School of Witchcraft & Wizardry (formerly Hogwarts Halloween). Make a wand, a dragon, and a snitch, and learn about fantastic beasts while attending magical classes all from the comfort of your own home. Pre-register now and receive details for a special visit to Diagon Alley to pick up school supplies and gain access to virtual classrooms.

Fort Collins School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

County Health

While vaccine distribution is underway in Larimer County, we know it will take time for much of our population to receive vaccines. We need to stay vigilant to Keep NoCo Open and keep our community safe. Find out when you will be eligible for a vaccine, and continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid get-togethers with anyone outside of your immediate household.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when outside your home and near others.
  • Stay physically distant when you’re around others (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Wash your hands frequently!
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well or have been exposed.

Let's continue to work together, take care of each other and Keep NoCo Open!

And don't forget to check out ForFortCollins.com for stories, tools, resources, and ideas for both business and community members to help our businesses reopen strongly and safely.

For Fort Collins Resources

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