This page includes latest updates on COVID-19 and what precautions are being taken within the Telluride community. We will continue to update you in print and online with the latest news and information. Check back regularly and review the links below for more details.
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Wednesday was supposed to be the day that San Miguel County government and public health officials would have made an assessment on whether to further expand county lodging limits from 50 percent to 75 percent, but after an uptick in recent confirmed COVID-19 cases, public health director Gr…

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Ridgway resident Suze Gingery called it “long overdue.”

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UPDATE: The San Miguel County Public Health Department announced Wednesday morning an additional new COVID-19 case, 51-year-old male from Montrose, that is related to a previous positive and linked to additional positives within the same company. The workplace exposure occurred while the sta…

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The Fourth of July has long been a popular weekend in Telluride, with throngs of visitors and residents alike lining Colorado Avenue for the colorful annual parade, and gathering in Town Park for the traditional fire department BBQ. Of course, these staple events will not be happening this y…

In spite of a recent flurry of new positive COVID-19 cases in San Miguel County, officials remain confident that Telluride and the county have a handle on the state of the current public health situation. The Board of County Commissioners  (BOCC) met Wednesday for the latest updates from the…

The San Miguel County Public Health Department announced three new COVID-19 cases Saturday, which are all related to previous cases, according to a news release. A 25-year-old male and a 25-year old female were close contacts to a known positive, and began isolating at the onset of symptoms.…

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Telluride Town Council unanimously approved the extension of the emergency ordinance that requires face coverings to be worn inside public establishments and public transportation. The COVID-19 pandemic-driven measure was expanded to include bars, though Governor Jared Polis announced Tuesda…

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The San Miguel County Public Health department  has confirmed one new COVID-19 case that is unrelated to recent cases. An 18 year-old male tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 35, and active cases to 11.

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It seems as if it will take more than a pandemic to keep the region’s visitors away. Telluride and the surrounding region, despite numerous restrictions surrounding dining, lodging and event sectors — all key components to a healthy tourism economy — seem to be faring well, all things considered.

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After a month-long hiatus between reported active COVID-19 cases in San Miguel County, public health officials recently announced six new cases since June 12, including five Wednesday. Of the new cases, two are related to the case announced June 12, while three are independent, including one…

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With the slow reopening of San Miguel County economy, including increased people coming into the area, the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) has made some changes to service this week, as well as implemented a facemask requirement on all vehicles. 

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Telluride Town Council has suspended town’s open container laws, but only within its new communal dining areas on Colorado Avenue, the north and south sides of the Oak Street (Elks Park) and Spruce Street pocket parks, and a swath of town-owned land located along the one-way portion of West …

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As Town of Telluride eateries reopen under new public health guidelines, restaurants are seemingly continuously adapting. Two local spots, Oak BBQ and Cosmopolitan, welcomed people back into their respective spaces this week. 

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Telluride Town Park’s campgrounds and the municipal pool are now open for the summer, but each facility is freighted with new protocols aimed at protecting the public, and compliance with state and local public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For people who love being in and …

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The San Miguel Board of County Commissioners decided to delay moving forward with an immediate second round of free, countywide antibody blood testing during a recent. Officials opted to reassess the possibility of future testing in August, according to a county news release. At that time, p…

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While the Town of Telluride enters the second week of reopening the local economy, businesses are adapting to the new public health guidelines. Eateries are now open to in-person business, which includes a 50-percent or 50-person, whichever is less, capacity limit. The county’s guidelines al…

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The latest public health orders from the state, which San Miguel County has also adopted, allow for the reopening of child care services and day camps, another hopeful signal that maybe, just maybe, some sense of normalcy will gain ground in a world disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatev…

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Love eating out but hate throwing away all the take-out boxes, sauce containers and single-use utensils? After a long stretch of mandatory closures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, during which only take-out was available at a handful of restaurants, eateries have begun the process of …

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As lodging reopened this week under new San Miguel County public health orders, Town of Telluride lodgers must navigate under new circumstances and capacity limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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San Miguel County announced new public health orders Friday, which will go into effect Monday after the current ones expire Sunday and will mirror the latest, anticipated state orders.

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Add the Telluride Jazz Festival to the long list of summer events that have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival organizers announced the decision Tuesday to postpone the Aug. 7-9 gathering to Aug. 13-15, 2021.

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For the numerous businesses that take orders for groceries from surrounding farms and ranches to customers in Telluride, finding a place to park and distribute orders has been difficult. It cannot take place on town property without a permit, and town’s nine vending permits have historically…

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This summer, Colorado Avenue businesses can take it to the street. At its special meeting Tuesday, Telluride Town Council unanimously approved a measure that will allow restaurants and retailers on Colorado Avenue to use public right of ways to feed their customers and display their wares. T…

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As Telluride heads into the summer season, traditionally kicked off by the long Memorial Day weekend, it’s clear that this summer will look drastically different from any year in the past several decades. Though there will be no Mountainfilm picnics or crowds of Bluegrass Festival revelers, …

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In the mood for a good soaking this Memorial Day weekend? Good luck.

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has many people reeling as they adjust to life under such uncertain circumstances. Throughout it all, however, people have been coming together to help one another. 

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Telluride Town Council heard from two area leaders who each offered a realistic view of what to expect for economic recovery this summer and beyond. At council’s Tuesday meeting, Matt Skinner, CEO of Colorado Flights Alliance (CFA), and Telluride Ski & Golf CEO, Bill Jensen, outlined a f…

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The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), like all local entities and officials, is navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-March, when initial stay-at-home orders went into effect, SMART has new protocols and waived all rider fares. Hand sanitizer …

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The pandemic has stolen many things, beginning with 81,000 U.S. lives and counting.

It may be a long road fraught with unknowns, but local community members and officials are joining forces to take the first steps along that road to recovery.

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San Miguel County Manager Mike Bordogna announced Thursday that the county will officially form the Economic & Business Recovery group outlined in the county’s most recent Disaster Recovery Plan, with efforts to slowly reopen businesses now underway, according to a news release. An early…

San Miguel County Public Health officials are reminding everyone of the importance of wearing facemasks when outside of their homes. Research shows that even people who have no symptoms can spread COVID-19.

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Telluride’s summer season just shrank by another event. At a work session during its weekly special meeting Tuesday, Telluride Town Council reluctantly, but decisively, pulled the plug on town’s July 4 festivities.

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San Miguel County officials and public health director Grace Franklin discussed new public health orders that will go into effect Saturday, after the current ones expire today (Friday) at midnight. The “safer-at-home” orders, which Governor Jared Polis announced Sunday night, will lift the f…

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As San Miguel County elected and public health officials consider and implement new safer-at-home orders, the business community has come together to form the Economic Recovery Committee in an effort to lend their knowledge and insight as questions arise about how to safely reopen certain se…

Telluride Town Council’s regular meeting Tuesday featured a packed agenda that included an inaugural presentation from the newly formed Economic Recovery Committee. The group, which is comprised of representatives from various sectors of the business community, as well as elected officials, …

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The San Miguel Board of County Commissioners and public health officials are discussing and considering new public health orders in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic that will most likely go into effect Saturday — a day after the current county public health orders expire. The new county “saf…

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If there are any aspects of Telluride’s municipal trends that officials like to see decrease, it’s crime. At Tuesday’s Telluride Town Council meeting, held via Zoom, Chief Marshal Josh Comte presented his department’s 2019 annual report, the first of his tenure as the new chief.

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There’s nothing like a pandemic to derail the best of plans. Last week, another Telluride summer music festival chose to cancel as The Ride Festival, originally scheduled July 10-12, announced it would wait until next year to fire up its amps. The Ride joins Telluride Bluegrass Festival in w…

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Business owners in the Town of Telluride will have a bit of a breather when it comes to paying sales tax collected by the town. At Tuesday’s Telluride Town Council meeting, council approved an emergency ordinance that will permit businesses to defer paying sales tax for the months of March a…

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Local Morgan Smith talks about his COVID-19 experience in a matter-of-fact manner in explaining the timeline of his first symptoms to arriving at Montrose Memorial Hospital for professional care to his current recovery back at home.

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For the first time in recorded history, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival has been canceled. Festival organizer Craig Ferguson posted the announcement on Facebook this week. The Daily Planet confirmed the cancellation Wednesday. 

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It may be a difficult pill to swallow for social butterflies, but public health orders released by San Miguel County officials make it perfectly clear that sheltering at home, physical distancing and gatherings of 10 or fewer people are the new normal.

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The second round of countywide COVID-19 antibody blood tests has been postponed indefinitely, officials announced Tuesday. The free, voluntary tests that c19 — a subsidiary of parent company United Biomedical Inc. (UBI) — provided to the county in an effort to help manage the pandemic locall…

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The Town of Telluride officially tightened its belt at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. Council unanimously passed a resolution that will sharply curb expenditures and, among other measures, put in place a hiring freeze for both a number of open seasonal positions and some open staff position…

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The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have not spared the Telluride region. Health concerns lead the list of stressors, but a close second are financial concerns as many jobs have vanished with the closing of innumerable businesses, particularly in the tourism, hospitality and food service in…

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San Miguel County officials have said mass community COVID-19 testing is essential in managing the potential spread of the virus throughout the communities. Collecting pertinent data is paramount to that plan. Starting in the East End of the county last weekend, the free, voluntary c19 antib…