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.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, owned by parent company Johnson and Johnson, recently developed a single-dose vaccine for COVID-19, which the Food and Drug Administration approved Saturday for use in those 18 years of age and older, according to a San Miguel County news release Tuesday.

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When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, now at its one-year mark, there’s little good news, what with mutations, growing weariness with the restraints of public health orders and mixed messages state-by-state. But, like the cavalry thundering over the rise, vaccines are becoming more readily…

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In a signal that San Miguel County’s key metrics such as COVID-19 positivity rates are declining satisfactorily, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) approved the county’s application to move from Level Orange to Level Yellow as of Monday. Level Yellow will be…

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Telluride’s Parks & Recreation department director, Stephanie Jaquet said it best when she presented her 2020 recap and 2021 projections during Town Council’s work session Wednesday, a prolonged conversation that tackled how best to plan for the summer season.

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With lower local COVID-19 metrics, an initial round of teacher vaccinations completed and spring break on the horizon, there’s reason for optimism across the Telluride School District (TSD) and at Telluride Mountain School (TMS).

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Looking back over what has been nearly a year of life during COVID-19 takes on a surreal hue in terms of what governments and residents have had to adjust to, as public safety has surged to the forefront. At Telluride Town Council’s meeting Tuesday morning, town manager Ross Herzog first wal…

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It was expected to show up at some point.

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Approximately half of all Village Court Apartments (VCA) residents took advantage of Mountain Village’s February rent reimbursement program, property manager Luke Adamson explained during Thursday’s virtual Mountain Village Town Council meeting.

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While it’s hard to imagine sunny days with the amount of snow that has covered the area over the last week, Telski is already planning for the summer season.

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The past weekend celebrated not just Presidents Day, but Valentine’s Day, too. And if you’re a skier or snowboarder, you probably counted yet a third holiday: the much beloved Powder Day. With over a foot of fresh snow over the weekend, and yet another foot-plus since the beginning of the we…

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As vaccine supply to the United States is expected to increase in the coming months, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccinations is increasing access to vaccines for those eligible.

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Changes in public health orders over the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic have affected certain industries differently. Small businesses and food establishments have had to adjust to altered restrictions, including the county’s most recent move to “Level Orange Extreme” this week. Lodging …

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New public health orders that place the East End of San Miguel County at Level Orange Extreme drew criticism from members of the public at Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioner (BOCC) meeting. The commissioners, sitting as the county’s board of public health, heard concerns from represent…

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Inside Ridgway’s 4H Event Center on Thursday, all was orderly and workmanlike. Community members were arriving for their vaccines, and volunteers stood ready to assist: Colorado National Guard member Josh Imeraji, stationed out of Buckley Air Force Base on the Front Range — but in Ouray Coun…

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Let’s talk about stool, and not the three-legged kind. In the fight against COVID-19, officials have marshalled stool as a tool, an efficient means of monitoring the population for the prevalence of the disease within the community.

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Last week, San Miguel County Public Health announced a phasing update regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, beginning Monday, folks who fall under Phase 1B.2 and Phase 1B.3 can get ready to receive the first of two vaccination shots.

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Like the rest of the community, the Telluride School District has had to adapt during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which affected school schedules at the end of the last academic year and shaped the current calendar.

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Telluride Town Council got an update on the COVID-19 pandemic, a public health situation that has been an unwelcome guest since March. Or, as town manager Ross Herzog understated, “It’s still here. The only reason you might not know that is if you just arrived from space.” The discussion ite…

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Running a small business during a global pandemic has not exactly been business as usual, with shutdowns and restrictions forcing many businesses to tighten their belts. Yet behind the scenes, local officials from San Miguel County have been working with state authorities, advocating for ass…

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In 33 years of working for Telski, vice president of operations and planning Jeff Proteau has never seen a season as challenging as this one, even amidst dreadfully low snow years.

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The Norwood Town Board of Trustees met last week for the first time this year. During the meeting, Emily Haight, chairperson of the board of directors for Uncompahgre Medical Center, appeared to recognize the Norwood clinic. 

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The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), like so many other organizations that provide services for area residents, is making plans as 2021 gets underway, all the while acknowledging that the future is still governed by the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, whatever that …

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Twice a year, Telluride’s mayor delivers a State of the Town address that is a reflection on events, accomplishments and sometimes, disappointments. Various mayors have offered anything from dry punch lists of achievements, to ebullient assessments of another six months of life in Telluride.…

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Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and there are still people who aren’t overly familiar with best practices and public health guidelines, or at least adhering to them, officials shared during Monday’s virtual intergovernmental meeting.

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At Tuesday evening’s COVID Community Forum via Zoom, public health officials discussed the continued roll out of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in San Miguel County, before opening up the forum to questions from community members. The vaccines will be administered according to three phases as …

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The post-holiday COVID-19 spike that public health officials warned everyone about is here. San Miguel County cases continue to climb following Christmas and New Years, as there are 496 total cases and 53 active, including 41 new positives — 29 being residents — as of press time Tuesday afternoon. 

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The rollout of the Moderna COVID-19 in San Miguel County has gone exceedingly well, by all accounts. The county public health department and Telluride Regional Medical Center are receiving 100 doses each per week in administering the 200 total doses quickly and efficiently in vaccinating 379…

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Running a business has never been a cakewalk, especially in a town of 300. While Rico’s handful of businesses enjoy the steady stream of tourism from those flocking to the mountains, the town, like its ski town neighbor Telluride, experiences seasonal ebbs and flows. Over the past year, howe…

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In major metropolitan areas, access to rideshare and food delivery services is as easy as downloading on app on your cellphone. In the San Juan Mountains, such conveniences aren’t available, until now, thanks to Mountain Village Delivery.

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The pandemic has taken so much, but for the Ouray Ice Festival, it has provided an unexpected gift: the chance to reinvent itself.

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Marketing for the region, and the contract with Marketing Telluride Inc. also known as the Telluride Tourism Board, were the parallel topics of discussion at a Telluride Town Council retreat Friday afternoon that included elected officials and staff from Mountain Village and San Miguel Count…

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Just as there’s a surge in local COVID-19 infections throughout San Miguel County, there’s also a surge in the needs of community members for basic human necessities like rent, medicine and food. While governments have spent time, planning and resources to help keep local businesses afloat, …

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Bars and restaurants face a challenge as the state’s Safer at Home dashboard flashes increasingly urgent shades of Yellow, Orange and Red, for COVID-19 transmission risks in each county. 

The recent announcement that San Miguel County has moved to the red level, or severe risk, on the state’s dial was a sobering reminder that we still have some work to do to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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Gliding feather-light through sparkling snow, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of frosted peaks is the dream for many snow-loving residents of the San Juans. Anticipated by many all year round, backcountry skiing — away from crowds, deep in the heart of the mountains — provides a physic…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone, but it’s been particularly challenging for those struggling with substance abuse or in recovery. Social support “is crucial, since social isolation” (for example, in quarantine) “is a risk factor for relapse,” the National Institute on Drug Ab…

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Though county officials are encouraged by what appears to be a downward trend in positive coronavirus cases in the last two weeks, the Board of County Commissioners in concert with county public health officials, unanimously voted to extend its local disaster emergency declaration (LDE) for …

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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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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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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…

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Free testing is still available across San Miguel County. Appointments are required. (Courtesy image)