Category Archives: Baca County

Veteran’s Memorial

Thank you to Baca County Commissioners, District 2, and Maintenance Department for working so hard improving the courthouse grounds, removing dead foliage, and for making the Veteran’s Memorial on the northeast corner of the courthouse festive by the added touch of flowers for the spring/summer months.  Also, thank you to the Town of Springfield’s Utilities Department for replacing burned out lights in the area.  We are so glad to see the added enhancement on the “V” so that it may stand out to further honor the local veterans of Baca County.

Opening Courthouse – June 1st, 2020

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Beginning June 1, 2020, the Baca County Commissioners will open the courthouse to the general public.  However, social distancing is still necessary and wearing of masks is greatly encouraged.  There are also other restrictions that need to be addressed:

  1. The county clerk and recorder’s office is restricted by Secretary of State mandates. A primary election is set to take place on June 30.  For this reason, any business at this office should be through appointment, no more than two people at a time can be accommodated, others will be asked to wait outside or in their car.
  2. County and District Courts are also governed by the state. You will need to check with that department to see if they will be open to foot traffic.
  3. The County Library, unfortunately, will continue as it has been doing until further notice.

Note:  many of the court’s business can be conducted via phone, on-line, or mail, including vehicle registrations.  There is also a drop box at the main entrance that can be used to drop off paperwork, just indicate which department needs to receive the documents.  We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

County Buildings Reopening May 11th

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County Office Re-Opening: Starting May 11, 2020

  • Phased approach to re-opening:
    • We will have a phased re-opening that allows an opportunity to better manage the office operations and public attendance in the County buildings.
    • Starting Monday, May 11th, we will begin taking calls to set up appoints. After 2 weeks, we will re-evaluate office hours immediate future.
  • Maintain social distancing:
    • Each Department and/or venue will determine the best office layout and operation for their employees in order to maintain social distancing (minimum of 6 feet separation).
    • The public will be required to maintain social distancing.
    • No group gatherings will be allowed in County buildings.
  • Staffing schedule and attendance:
    • Each Department will determine the most effective staffing schedule to provide necessary services, yet maintain social distancing to limit exposure, and no more than 50% of staffing in the office at any one time (Governors Relaxed Standards).
    • High risk personnel should remain at home and telecommute, if possible.
  • Employee and Public Protection:
    • Plexiglas screens will be installed at some of the counter space to limit public/employee exposure.
    • Cloth masks will be provided to all employees and must be used in County buildings.
    • Containers of Clorox Wipes will be provided for each public counter space.
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided as necessary.
    • Outdoor drop box allowing public to deposit documents/material outside rather than entering building.
    • Continue and encourage electronic communication, submittals, interaction with our customers.
  • Building Security and Safety:
    • Require public to wear a facial mask when in County buildings
    • A County employee will take temperature of public entering the building.
    • No one allowed in County buildings when experiencing COVID symptoms.
    • Monitor number of the public in the buildings. Each venue will be adjusted to the uniqueness of the building. In any event, no more than 10 public at any one time in any building.
    • Maintenance staff will be “deep cleaning” and disinfecting all of our facilities prior to May 11th.

County Building Remain Closed

Based upon Governor Polis’ new “safer at home” policy, we wanted to let our residents know that currently, the courthouse and county buildings (including the library, DHS, resource center, and museum) will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Commissioners want to wait to determine the best way to proceed while protecting our employees and customers. Please be patient and we hope to open back up for our residents to conduct their business in person with the county soon.

Baca County COVID-19 Update – April 10th

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4/10/2020 Baca County COVID-19 Update:  New Positive Baca County Case

Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.

New COVID-19 positive case

Baca County Public Health Agency was notified on 4/10/2020 that there is another laboratory confirmed case in Baca County.

Out of respect for patient privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

  • The patient
    • was placed into quarantine prior to receiving the positive test results.
    • was placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
    • is a resident of Baca County.
    • age:  30s
    • is recovering.

Our epidemiology investigation into where the patient may have contracted the illness is ongoing along with contact investigations.  Public Health is bound by HIPAA to protect patients and their rights, those who need to be notified will be contacted during the investigation.

Seeing new cases is not surprising, CDPHE states “As Colorado enters the acceleration interval of the pandemic and the number of cases diagnosed and reported in Colorado increases…”  So, as far as pandemics go, this is expected.   It’s important for us to continue to work together to keep the new number of cases as low as possible. This can be done by reading, understanding, and complying with all Colorado public health orders. On a positive note, people that have tested positive for COVID-19 in Baca County are recovering and some have even been released from isolation per CDPHE and CDC guidelines.

Our newest guidance is the Colorado Mask Campaign.   I have attached an FAQ about the mask campaign, please check it out.  If you want even more info about masks, direct your browser here and click on the “Masks” tab:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/frequently-asked-questions-faq

Baca County case numbers updatesOur current COVID-19 case counts for Baca County are as follows (as of the time of this writing Friday, 4/10/2020):

  • 5- Laboratory Confirmed
  • 5- Presumptive Positive Cases
  • TOTAL Baca County Cases: 10

Please remember: PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVES are cases where public health epidemiologists have determined that infection is highly likely because a person exhibited symptoms and had close contact with someone who tested positive.  Not everyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs a test or will be able to be tested.  Whether or not you are diagnosed with COVID-19, if you don’t need to be hospitalized, your treatment will be the same, no matter the test result.  Ideally, everyone who wanted a test would be able to get one, but right now, that is not possible. Follow the link for more information on testing    https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing

Colorado numbers updates: (Note: this summary only includes data through 4 pm on 4/9/2020 and does not reflect cases since then)

  • 6,202 Cases*
  • 1,221 hospitalized
  • 56 counties
  • 31,180 people tested**
  • 226 deaths
  • 54 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

*The number of cases includes people who have had a test that indicated they were positive for COVID-19.  The number of cases also include epidemiologically-linked cases – or cases where public health epidemiologists have determined that infection is highly likely because a person exhibited symptoms and had close contact with someone who tested positive.  The number of epidemiologically-linked cases represents a very small portion of the reported cases.

**The total number of people tested may not include all negative results.

What can you do RIGHT NOW?

  • Read, understand, and comply with public health orders!  Public health orders can be found here:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs
  • Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.
  • Wear an appropriate mask if you must go out for an essential activity.
  • If you are in a high risk group, take extra
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze.
  • Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.
  • Wash your hands a lot.
  • Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources.  Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites.  Trusted sources/websites:
  • Do these things so you will be prepared, and not scared.

Baca County COVID-19 Report 4-2-2020

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Baca County Update: 4/2/2020

Between Walsh Medical Clinic and Southeast Colorado Hospital District, 46 tests have been completed to test for COVID-19.  Of these 46 tests, there have been 4 positive results, 42 negative results, and there are 3 tests still pending as of 4/2/2020 at 2:00 pm.  There are also 5 presumptive cases which are all isolated at home.  All people who have tested positive are isolated and recovering at home.   A thorough epidemiological investigation is currently underway, with absolute priority given to contact investigations, risk assessments, and isolation/quarantine information (disease control and containment measures) based upon the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention guidelines.

Anyone in our community who is exhibiting symptoms is asked to self-isolate.  Household members of those exhibiting symptom are also asked to self-quarantine.  If you are sick, please call your healthcare provider and they will provide you instruction on what to do next.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call Southeast Colorado Hospital District at 523-6628.  ALWAYS call your healthcare provider FIRST before you go to the office so they can give you instruction.  Please remember that not everyone with COVID-19 symptoms need a test or will be able to be tested.

It is essential for everyone to continue to follow strict social distancing and the stay at home requirement to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.  To prevent community-wide transmission in Baca County, it is important to vigilantly follow state and public health orders.

Please stay home as much as possible. 

  • You can leave your home to do a limited number of specific things.
  • When you go out, you must follow Social Distancing Requirements.
  • People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence at all times, except when they need to get necessary medical care. Necessary medical care does not include most “elective” procedures, which currently are prohibited.
  • Only essential travel is allowed.
  • Sick people must not go to work.

What are necessary activities?

Activities, tasks and errands you must do to keep yourself, your family, and your household members safe and healthy.  Necessary activities include:

  • Getting essential medical care, medical supplies, and equipment, and medicine.
  • Getting food and supplies for yourself, your animals, your family, and your household members. That means the supplies you need to live a healthy life, keep a safe and healthy home, and get supplies you need to work or learn at home.
  • Caring for a family member, vulnerable person, or animals that are in a different location than your home.
  • Walking your dog or feeding animals.
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, cross-county skiing, running, etc. Group sports or activities that would break Social Distancing Requirements are prohibited.
  • Going to work or providing essential products and services for a critical business or critical government function. It can be hard to figure out what is considered essential or critical.  People are encouraged to understand what is in the order and follow it closely.

What are Social Distancing Requirements?

  • Keeping 6 feet of physical distance between all people at all times. The 6-foot rule does not apply to people who live in the same house as you.  In other words, your roommate and family.  But if you, your family, or your roommates get sick, you or they must self-isolate.
  • Washing hands as often as you can. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue away. Use your sleeve or inner elbow if a tissue is not available.