The Baca County Commissioners are very pleased to be awarded Yard of the Month in the Town of Springfield for the month of August. Due to extra effort from the maintenance department, helmed by Jeremy Jackson including extra weekend watering by Karen Clarke, the courthouse is blooming and flourishing. With the help of multiple grants acquired through the Commissioner’s office, they have been able to enhance the grounds by expanding the driveway, updating the roof, adding additional planters and a new, larger flagpole. Petunias in vibrant colors, sweet potato vine and marigolds with King Tut are displayed in huge pots which add beauty and color to the well-kept grounds.
The lawn is plush. All these efforts have made the courthouse sparkle and it is wonderful to recognize this entity for their hard work. Congratulations! Pictured left to right is the outstanding crew including Mark Del Larosa, Sonja Huffman and Jeremi Jackson. Not pictured: Karen Clarke.
These employees work tirelessly to model downtown beautification at it’s finest!
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6/24/2020 Baca County COVID-19 Update: New Positive Baca County Cases
Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.
New COVID-19 positive case
Baca County Public Health Agency was notified on 6/23/2020 that there is are two new laboratory confirmed cases 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
- Is a resident of Baca County.
- Was placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
- Close contacts have been placed in quarantine.
- age: 50’s
- Is recovering.
- The patient
- Is a resident of Baca County.
- Was placed in isolation after receiving the positive test result
- Close Contacts have been placed in quarantine.
- Age: 60’s
- Is recovering.
Baca County case numbers updates: Our current COVID-19 case counts for Baca County are as follows (as of the time of this writing Friday, 6/24/2020):
- 9- Laboratory Confirmed
- 5- Presumptive Positive Cases
- TOTAL Baca County Cases: 14
- Depending on report timing, BCPHA’s totals may not exactly reflect CDPHE’s totals on their website (Here is the website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/case-data)
- Scroll down until you see the Colorado map, and then select “Case Counts” from the dropdown box on the upper right side of the map.
Colorado numbers updates: (Note: this summary only includes data through 4 pm on 6/22/2020 and does not reflect cases since then)
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/covid-19-in-colorado/public-health-executive-orders-resource
- 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 info related to COVID-19 (updated 9-2-2020):
Resources (English, Español, 普通话 and more)
There is a toll free support line and email service that can answer questions you have about COVID-19. English, Spanish and Mandarin and many other languages are supported. For answers in many languages:
- Local: 303-389-1687
- Toll Free: 1-877-462-2911
- Email: COHELP@RMPDC.org (answers in English only).
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.
Download: Opening Courthouse
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
The Baca County Public Health Agency (BCPHA) has received lab reports on two residents from Baca County that have tested positive to COVID-19. This brings our number to 12 positive cases in Baca County.
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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.
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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.