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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It’s been nearly a month since there’s been a positive COVID-19 case in San Miguel County. That’s pretty impressive, officials said during Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the coronavirus isn’t still a concern or people should relax in regard…

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From grocery, retail and kitchen workers to SMART and UPS drivers, local educators and doctors, and streets and utility workers, essential employees have helped the community navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Those same workers will be featured on KOTO’s Guest DJ Day Friday to kick off the rad…

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San Miguel County public health officials have, for the second week in a row, reported no new positive COVID-19 cases from test results received Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. The latest report, which was released Monday, means that the county case count is holding steady at 89. The good news, how…

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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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Despite the cancellation of the summer’s festival season, Telluride and surrounding communities have been bustling with tourism this summer as visitors from Denver to Dallas have sought a breath of fresh air during a stressful year. At the mid-July evaluation during which a jump from 50 to 7…

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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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In the wake of an announcement earlier this week of five confirmed cases, two new probable cases and one suspected case of the novel coronavirus, Ouray County’s public health agency has joined forces with the Colorado National Guard to do something about it: On Monday and Tuesday, there will…

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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 gave the go-ahead on Tuesday to take part in a new data collection program that, using human waste samples, can help public health officials with policy decisions regarding the COVID-19 virus. Tuesday’s meeting marks the third time the idea has been discussed among ele…

Tuesday’s coronavirus positive case report from San Miguel County public health officials was marked a zero. According to a news release, the public health department has confirmed zero new positive cases from test results received Aug. 14-18, keeping the total case count at 89, with zero ac…

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With the stream of patients requiring medical attention or tests for coronavirus increasing with each passing week, and with shorter colder days looming — the Telluride Regional Medical Center has forged a partnership with the Ah Haa School for the Arts and Telluride Science Research Center …

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When it comes to detecting COVID-19 trends, analyzing effluent samples from Telluride’s wastewater treatment plant can give public health officials the straight poop. At Wednesday’s San Miguel Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) meeting, public health director Grace Franklin, and county ma…

As if the year 2020 wasn’t horrifying enough, this year’s edition of the Telluride Horror Show will be sure to provide some more scares, as Colorado’s first and longest-running genre film festival announced Monday it will proceed virtually.

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This year, it’s not quite as easy as “A, B, C,” or as simple as “Do, Re, Mi,” despite what the Jackson 5 song might have to say. While the national conversation regarding how, or if, students and teachers can safely return to school during an ongoing pandemic has dominated headlines for week…

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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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Last week, the Telluride Mountain School (TMS) released its COVID-19 handbook to the school community in preparation for opening the school and to establish best practices. In developing the plan, an eight-member Covid-19 Response Team, created by the board of trustees, consulted with region…

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If the theme of this year were “turning lemons into lemonade,” then perhaps for a mycophile it would be something like “from a cow pie rises the mushroom.” True to the optimistic spirit of many mushroom lovers, the organizers of the Telluride Mushroom Festival have taken the proverbial cow p…

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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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Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, announced this week the cancellation of the 47th edition of the festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 3-7, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the number of positive COVID-19 cases spike in San Miguel County, the bulk of Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioner special meeting focused on whether to mandate face coverings. Following a lengthy discussion that drew public comment on both sides of the issue, the commissioners agreed…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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…