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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

I’d like to remind you of the importance of wearing a mask or other cloth face covering when you are in any place of business, as well as crowded outdoor spaces. These face coverings are important tools to help prevent asymptomatic people from unknowingly spreading the coronavirus to others. Wearing a mask is less about protecting yourself and much more about protecting people around us who may become very, very sick if exposed. I recognize that this is a new habit for us to adjust to as a society, and yet it is a very simple step to help protect everyone in our community. Thank you for your continued commitment to caring for others in this way.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City of Fort Collins Updates

Temporary Shelter at Northside Aztlan Community Center
The City began transitioning community members experiencing homelessness that have been temporarily sheltering outdoors at Heritage Park to the indoor shelter at Northside Aztlan Community Center. This plan is supported by the County Health Department who has determined that closing the outdoor site while continuing to provide indoor shelter space and adding additional space for at-risk folks is in alignment with their Safer at Home guidance and allows for better health monitoring and physical distancing. City and partners are actively working to secure non-congregate shelter (individual, private rooms) for people who are at highest risk of severe health impacts from COVID-19. Read more here.

Second Transfort Driver Tests Positive
A second Transfort bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. It is not believed to be related to the first positive case. In order to protect the privacy of the individual, identifying information and medical records will not be released. The positive test was self-reported to the City of Fort Collins on April 28. The bus driver last reported for duty on April 27 and has been in self-quarantine since. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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. 

As a reminder, Transfort suspended bus fares on March 19 to in response to the 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. 

Transfort Route Details

Regulatory

Safer at Home Guidance 
Larimer County continues to provide guidance for area residents and businesses as we transition into the Safer-at-Home order. General measures include:

  • Everyone should stay home as much as possible, except for necessary activities, jobs, and government functions.
  • Face coverings must be worn by employees and customers in a place of business.
  • Face coverings should be worn in any public setting and when outdoor areas are busy.
  • No gatherings over 10 people and 6 feet of social distance should be maintained.
  • Sick people may not go to work and should self-isolate for 7 days since symptoms started and at least 72 hours after their fever goes away without fever-reducing medication.
  • Avoid travel into or out of the community except for essential activities.
  • Playgrounds and playground equipment are closed.
Read More

Business & Nonprofit Resources
For Fort Collins | Reopen Strong, Reopen Safe
For Fort Collins is a new hub to help our business and nonprofit community reopen. At forfortcollins.com (website coming soon!) you’ll be able to find information, education, and opportunities to rally for businesses and nonprofits of all types: brick and mortar, freelancers, solopreneurs, restaurants, retail, tourism, musicians, artists, farmers, makers, manufacturers, salons, spas, and more. 

Follow along to understand the current restrictions and how to help businesses and nonprofits at each stage of recovery. You'll soon be able to visit forfortcollins.com and share what you're doing for Fort Collins with the hashtags #ForFortCollins and #ForFoCo.

Community Support
Museum of Discovery's Digital Fun
  • Night Skies of Fort Collins: Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., join OtterBox Digital Dome Theater Manager's talk about the night sky live on Facebook
  • Storytime in the Home: every Friday morning at 10:15 a.m., tune into the Museum for live storytime on Facebook
  • Daily Discovery Activities: check out daily post on their blog in Spanish and English. In case you missed it, last week was Earth Day themed activities! This week's activities are engineering themed. 
Private and Public Yard Waste 
After the Forestry Division's assessment of the April snowstorm, collection services (curbside pick-up or public drop-off locations) for private yard waste were not provided. The Forestry Division is currently moving through the community to mitigate any safety concerns within the public trees and will continue to cleanup public tree debris. This will likely take several weeks; we appreciate your patience during this time. Tree limbs and other private yard waste may be taken to Hageman’s Earth Cycle, Doug Weitzel’s, Inc., the Larimer County Landfill, or the City of Fort Collins Timberline Recycling Center. If you have questions or concerns, you may reach the Forestry Office at (970) 221-6660 or by emailing forestry@fcgov.com.
Visit Forestry Online

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