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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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…

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I don’t like needles. At all. The semi-regular routine of a blood draw preceding a physical is a gut-wrenching experience. My veins are elusive and stingy. If, after several stabs a vein can be found at all, my blood seems to run like tree sap in January. The last several times, the patient …

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The first round of voluntary COVID-19 antibody blood tests was completed in the East End of San Miguel County Tuesday, according to officials. As of Monday, 4,482 residents had been tested, including 197 essential workers in the West End who were tested at Norwood High School’s all-purpose room.

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As difficult as the COVID-19 pandemic has made planning for the future, government officials and the summer’s festival and event directors are tasked with looking toward the future.

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While most local businesses have been shuttered due to state orders in response to the COVID-19, Telluride marijuana shops have been maintaining a steady stream of customers. 

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The Covid-19 pandemic, the early closure of Colorado ski resorts and subsequent restrictions aimed at suppressing spread of the virus, have combined to leave local business owners and their employees, as well as nonprofits, reeling. 

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Though the lifts have stopped spinning and the restaurants are devoid of hot chocolate sippers, that hasn’t stopped many locals from slapping skins on their skis and slogging uphill in pursuit of those fluffy downhill turns. Since Telluride Ski Resort finished closure operations last week, t…

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As precious as the ore that once drew prospectors to the Telluride valley, a team of local entrepreneurs has collaborated to create an equally valuable commodity these days — hand sanitizer.

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Though it was a beautiful, warm spring day, local mountain guide Fischer Hazen wasn’t teaching an eager group of spring break clients how to tie in for their first ice climbing experience or taking a carefree ski lap of his own on the mountain. Instead, although feeling healthy, he was waiti…

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In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, last week Gov. Jared Polis ordered all public and private schools in Colorado to close through at least April 17. The Telluride School District, along with the Telluride Mountain School (TMS), have been closed since March 16.

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The Norwood Food Bank, located in Christ in F.O.C.U.S. Church at 1470 S. Spruce St., will be having a drive-through distribution on March 26 from 3-7 p.m., according to a news release.

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Lawson Hill is home to some 500 souls that range in age from infants to the elderly. Just a few miles outside of Telluride proper, the deed-restricted subdivision is a community in and of itself, a vibrant collection of families and singles, some new to the area, some having lived there for …

Last week, as part of a package of special health-related measures aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis announced that the state was adding an “emergency special enrollment period” for the individual marketplace.

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San Miguel County Public Health officials, working with dozens of emergency operations personnel, will begin the new county-wide COVID-19 blood test initiative this week, according to a news release.

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Photos and news footage from across the nation depicting grocery shelves emptied of toilet paper, wipes and cleaning products abound. Locally, there’s little different from the national situation, as shelves have been stripped of many items.

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The Free Box has long been a community storyteller of sorts. Heaps of discarded tie dye? Must be the post-Bluegrass Festival exodus. A surplus of brand-new items, tags still on? The re-gifting of unwanted Christmas presents. And last week, when the Free Box was abruptly boarded up due to COV…

The Town of Telluride and the surrounding region are known for a robust arts scene. So what happens when venues close down due to a pandemic?

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San Miguel County officials announced Wednesday an unprecedented plan to provide free COVID-19 tests for all county residents, thanks to the generosity of a local couple with extensive science backgrounds that owns United Biomedical Inc., which was founded by Chang Yi Want in 1985 and headqu…

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Test kits for COVID-19 were ordered by the Ouray County Public Health Agency, but are not expected to arrive until early to mid-April, according to County Public Health Director Tanner Kingery. Kingery said with or without testing, people with symptoms of the virus should isolate at home or …

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By the time you read this, the novel coronavirus testing site erected in the San Miguel County Lawson Hill intercept lot will be dismantled and headed to its next stop. The arrival of a National Guard Civil Support team to help administer 100 coronavirus tests to county residents was a welco…

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It’s official. San Miguel County commissioners declared a state of emergency, specifically a local emergency disaster, during a special meeting Monday morning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration is not surprising, as officials alluded to the possibility during a special mee…

Al igual que el resto de Telluride, la comunidad latina aquí ha pasado los últimos días reconciliando la nueva normalidad de la vida durante la pandemia de Covid-19, especialmente después de una serie de anuncios hechos a principios de esta semana por las autoridades locales y de el estado d…

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As new restrictions, guidelines and developments continue to occur at a rapid pace at the county, state and national levels to curtail the spread of COVID-19, offseason has come early to the usually bustling streets of Telluride in mid-March. On Monday morning, county officials issued a publ…

This is a message to our communities in San Miguel County. As you know, we are ramping up efforts to proactively prepare for and respond to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis. We find ourselves taking drastic measures that we never anticipated, and as we do so, we want to reach out to all the fam…

The National Guard began arriving in Telluride Sunday to conduct surveillance Covid-19 (coronavirus) testing to help state and local health officials continue to make decisions in the best interest of the public, according to a San Miguel County Department of Public Health and Environment ne…