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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

I hope you were able to catch a glimpse of the Air Force Thunderbirds flyover on Saturday. I have seen so many photos, not only of the jets themselves, but also of neighbors across the Front Range watching the skies together from their own driveways or spread out on sidewalks. It was nice to have something we could all share for a few moments.

This week my colleagues and I will continue to determine what it might look like to begin to reopen certain City services as the Stay-at-Home orders are lifted. While the details are still being worked out, we will continue to follow the guidance of the state and county, and will make thoughtful decisions that protect the health of our community members and the City’s workforce as we move forward.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory

Governor’s Mask Order
On Friday, Governor Polis issued an executive order requiring employees in critical businesses, including critical government functions, to wear non-medical cloth masks while working within close proximity with other employees or the public. In addition, the orders says these employees should also wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods, to the extent possible.

Read the Executive Order

City of Fort Collins Updates

Transfort Employee Tests Positive
A Transfort bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test was self-reported to the City on April 17. The bus driver last reported for duty on April 9 and has been in self-quarantine since.

While CDC guidelines indicate the risk to others is low, out of an abundance of caution, the City is sharing information about the routes the operator worked so that any passengers on those routes can be mindful of any potential symptoms.

A list of routes they operated in the period prior to April 9 is listed below:

  • 4/2 – MAX 3:06 to 10:29 p.m.
  • 4/3 – MAX 2:56 to 8:27 p.m.
  • 4/4 – MAX 12:46 to 8:07 p.m.
  • 4/7 – Rt 19 1:16 to 7:44 p.m. & Rt 6 8:12 to 10:19 p.m.
  • 4/8 – MAX 11:02 a.m. to 3:41 p.m. & Flex to Boulder 4:33 to 9:29 p.m.
  • 4/9 - Flex to Boulder 2:37 to 7:47 p.m. & MAX 8:00 p.m. to 12:32 a.m.

The City suspended bus fares on March 19 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, in part, to promote social distancing and limit contact between passengers and operators. Bus operators also wear personal protective equipment while working. In addition to regular nightly cleaning, Transfort has been disinfecting driver and passenger areas of its buses nightly. The South Transit Center and Downtown Transit Center buildings are currently closed to the public, but passengers may board and exit buses at the transit centers.

Business Resources
Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed and Independent Contract Workers
Starting today, April 20, the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment is accepting unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launching other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information. Self-employed and gig workers need to provide either a 2018 or 2019 tax return as part of their application. Claimants do not need to take action to receive the additional $600 weekly benefit amount.
More Information

Community Support
Spanish Town Hall
On Thursday, April 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., panelists from the City, County and Poudre School District will discuss several COVID-related topics during a live Telephone Town Hall:
  • Assistance and resources available to undocumented community members
  • Mental health resources
  • Academic processes
  • Internet accessibility
  • Utilities resources
  • Evictions
  • Safety tips
  • Police resources for undocumented community members
  • Accessibility of information in Spanish
During the live Q&A portion, the emcee and attendees will ask questions in Spanish, and the panelists’ answers will be translated back into Spanish for attendees. 
Join via Zoom

Larimer County Symptom Tracker
Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Report them confidentially to the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment to help public health experts better understand the spread of disease in our area.

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