The Board of County Commissioners have clarified the following process that will be requested from event coordinators for summer events within Rio Blanco County.The commissioners maintain the message that they have no control or authority over county events other than in the use of county-owned facilities or resources.
If an event utilizes county resources (including facilities, funding, staff assistance, etc.):
Submit an event plan to the county using the form below. Public Health and the BoCC will be reviewing plans and making decisions weekly during BoCC meetings as to whether or not that county resource can be used during the event.
If an event utilizes town resources:
Pease fill out the form below and it will be reviewed by Public Health if requested and forwarded to the town. Each town will have their own protocol for approval of events.
For private and other events that do not use county or town facilities or resources, please see up-to-date recommendations below and as always, Public Health is available for individual consultations/recommendations if requested by the event coordinator(s).
The BoCC and The Department of Public Health appreciate your social and personal responsibility and will continue to support all businesses and events in any way possible.
Link to the Google Form Required for Event Approval: https://docs.google.com/forms/
Listed below are the events that have developed plans that have been reviewed and approved by the BoCC.
For details regarding each event, please contact the event organizer directly.
|Hill Climb Event- Rangely||5/26|
|Weekly Rodeo Series- Meeker||5/26|
|Range Call- Meeker||5/26|
|Farmers Markets- Meeker||6/3|
|Mini Meekerpalooza Events||6/3|
|MACC (various events)||6/9|
|Lions Club (various events)||6/9|
|Bank Robbery Reenactment||6/9|
|4th of July Parade- Meeker||6/16|
|Rio Blanco County Fair||6/23|
|Masonic Lodge Pancake Bkfst||6/23|
|Yellow Snowman/Toelles Jrny||6/23|
|Meeker Mustang Makeover||7/21|
State Safety guidelines for restaurants, summer camps and private camping
- All businesses open with precautions (face coverings recommended with public contact, capacity limited to 6 feet between individuals or parties).
- Gatherings inside up to 100 and 175 outside, focus on ability to achieve social distancing.
- The next statewide phase of reopening "Protect Our Neighbors" will involve moving to a local metric-based system. Plans will be uploaded here when complete.
This form is to be used as a tracker for those living in Rio Blanco County to self-report COVID-19 symptoms. Please use this self-screening tool from the CDC for immediate recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html
Refer below for specific local recommendations. This tracker will allow us to have a greater understanding of the COVID-19 impact in our community since not everyone will be tested.
Instructions: please complete a form for EACH person in the household who is experiencing symptoms or who has experienced symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
Self Reporting Form
If you are concerned about possible COVID-19 exposure and have symptoms of COVID-19 (which are fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, headache, general malaise), it is recommended that you stay home and avoid public places EXCEPT TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE or TESTING. If you need medical care, please call ahead to let your provider know you have these symptoms so they can prepare for your arrival. Please see the "Public Health Recommendations" tab for specific, updated instructions, or call public health for generalized questions or personalized, specific recommendations.
If you have been a CLOSE CONTACT or have had a known exposure, (meaning you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19), please contact public health at 878-9520 in Meeker or 878-9525 in Rangely. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the CDC recommends that you self quarantine for 14 days in your home, leaving only to seek medical care or testing. Public health will provide you and your family with additional instructions. Testing not required and will not always be recommended. At public health, we currently have the capacity to test any individual who has a concern of exposure (symptomatic or asymptomatic). Testing is also currently available through Rangely District Hospital, and Pioneers Medical Center (please see details under recommendations page).
People who are at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] 40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
I think I have been exposed to COVID-19 -- what should I do?
What happens if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?
Guidance for What to Do If You Are Sick With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Please call Rangely District Hospital (970) 620-3969 (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm), Public Health Meeker (970) 878-9520, or Pioneers Medical Center (970-878-9796) for current drive through options in your community.