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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A flaming sculpture by Keith D’Angelo from a previous iteration of the Telluride Fire Festival, which will be held this year from Thursday through Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Suchitra Baker)

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This year's Angel Baskets operations adjusted to accommodate COVID-19 precautions, such as creating outdoor distribution spaces. The food bank is one of four programs run by the nonprofit to assist those in need. (courtesy photo)

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A vaccine for COVID-19 has been developed. That’s the good news. It might be quite a while before most county residents are inoculated. And though that’s not necessarily bad news, what it means is that this winter will require patience and diligence when it comes to slowing the spread of the…

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A few years ago, I watched in admiration as my friend Nicole busted out 17 perfect pull-ups in front of a cheering crowd on Noel Night at Jagged Edge, earning herself a sizable discount on a purchase from the gear shop’s abundance of sporting equipment and outdoor clothing. The shop was pack…

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Like so many other gatherings in this unusual year, the Burning Man Festival was canceled.

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.

What do you do when you have a group of 10 talented middle school students ready to dazzle audiences with a production of “Singing in the Rain,” but a global pandemic shuts you down a week before showtime?

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In the ongoing battle with COVID-19, local officials recently deployed a mobile testing vehicle in offering free testing across San Miguel County, starting this week.

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Across the Western Slope, COVID-19 cases are rising — and they are predicted to go even higher.

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This year, the holidays are going to look a little different in our new normal, including Telluride’s treasured holiday shopping event, Noel Night, which has been reimagined for 2020.

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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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San Miguel County will be moving the COVID-19 risk level dial to Level Red-Severe Risk Friday at 1 a.m., which is a day later than originally announced earlier this week, according to a news release. The decision to move to a more restrictive level came as positive cases continue to spike th…

The year 2020 has been critical in many ways. In the U.S., it has been (and continues to be) a turbulent presidential election year.

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COVID-19 will not be taking a break for the holidays. It’s not even slowing down. In fact, according to a news release from San Miguel County officials Friday, the rise in positive cases, coupled with other metrics the public health department uses to make policy decisions, the county may be…

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated public health orders coming down from state and local officials are affecting every aspect of life for resort economies. Schools, businesses and dining establishments conduct themselves under new and often-changing sets of rules aimed at slowing the p…

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We all know how distracting that little bleep or buzz can be, especially the sound of a notification alert popping up on your cellphone. Like an itch on your nostril, it’s nearly impossible to ignore, even when it’s merely an unnecessary interruption alerting you to new shows on Netflix or c…

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Public health officials continue to stress personal responsibility when it comes to wrestling into control the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the county, but some in the community would like to see tighter restrictions enacted sooner rather than later. At Wednesday’s San Miguel Board of …

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Office of the Governor announced a new level on the Colorado COVID Dial Safer at Home, Level Red: Severe Risk, Tuesday afternoon, according to a San Miguel County news release. As the pandemic continues to infect Coloradans at …

There have been many displays of humanity during the COVID-19. Communities continue to pull together to support those in need, whether it’s helping a vulnerable neighbor with their grocery order or remaining in one’s physically distanced bubble for the greater good.

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the U.S., and the Western Slope is not exempt: recently, San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties have all moved to a more restrictive stage on the state’s safer-at-home dial.

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We had a game plan. Arise early, drive to the Lawson Hill park and ride, join what we hoped would be a short-ish line, and get a free COVID-19 test. We’d be on our way to work in no time, satisfied we’d have our test results in a matter of days. What we found, at 7:15 a.m., was a line of veh…

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It’s that time of year again when photos abound on social media featuring fat pillows of snow on deck chairs or, better yet for ski town powder hounds, the season’s first ski turns. While those with backcountry ski gear and skills are heading for the snow-covered hills after last weekend’s s…

Wednesday was a big day in Ouray County, for both COVID testing and the reporting of cases.

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The Telluride School District expected to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout the year. The first and only positive tests were announced Oct. 26, when a freshman and senior from the same household received such results. Students were sent home that day, while learning went remote since then. …

The San Miguel County Public Health Department confirmed and announced two positive COVID-19 cases within the Telluride School District Thursday afternoon, according to a news release. The students, in grades 9 and 12, are from the same household and attend Telluride High School. They're in …

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Telluride’s marketing efforts came under scrutiny at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting due, in part, to a pandemic-tinged summer that drew nearly as many tourists as any festival-flecked season, and which saw 30 percent more owner stays than ever. Specifically, the town’s allocation of a portio…

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The county’s government officials can agree on at least one thing, and that is, when it comes to governing during a pandemic, it was everyone’s first rodeo. And though certain protocols are in place to aid governments in the event of an event as calamitous as the runaway virus that shuttered…

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Local officials would vastly prefer to be safe than sorry. To that end, the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) directed county emergency director Henry Mitchell to start formulating a plan that would address the unwanted scenario of a severe outbreak of the COVID-19 virus this winter.

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San Miguel County officials were again reminded that though public health measures enacted to control the spread of COVID-19 have proven effective in keeping case counts relatively low, the virus is nonetheless present. At Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), publ…

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For the third consecutive week, Telski officials continued to discuss and fine-tune their operating plans for the upcoming 2020-21 ski season with local stakeholders during Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioners regular meeting.

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By moving quickly in the early months of the pandemic, Telluride officials were able to reimagine, and provide for, a business community trying to adapt and survive under public health orders that called for (and still do) social distancing and reduced capacity. With a number of measures — s…

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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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As communities across the country have pivoted countless times this year to respond locally to the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Mountain Village and Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) are partnering to offer a unique solution to help support res…

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Telski released more details about its plans for the upcoming 2020-21 ski season this week, including dates — Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) to April 4 (Easter Sunday), weather and COVID-19 restrictions permitting, according to a news release. 

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It’s difficult to imagine that any denizen of the planet is not aware of the COVID-19 pandemic. In efforts to quell the tide of infections from the virus, governments — state, federal and local — have issued public health orders requiring that people wear facemasks when going into any indoor…

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In what is an irrefutable reminder of just how long the country — and the region — will be living with the COVID-19 pandemic, Telluride Town Council extended the town’s emergency facemask ordinance through the end of the year.

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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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It’s no secret that Telluride and Mountain Village part-time residents have been staying longer in the area as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local officials say those stays have increased by 30 percent. But will those families remain here for the school year?

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The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in the U.S. in March of this year, may be inspiring some people to leave urban areas and head for the countryside. Some on social media are discussing the idea that rural communities could possibly see an increase of newcomers. Could that happen in Norwood?

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Last month, a local couple was wrestling with a difficult decision. Though both people felt healthy and had been following all recommended guidelines for minimizing the risk of contracting COVID-19, the two would soon be traveling to attend a birth in the upcoming weeks. Of course, attending…

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Ridgway resident Suze Gingery called it “long overdue.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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…