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COVID-19 Updates from the Town of Breckenridge

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Please read our important updates below.

At the Town of Breckenridge, we are keeping a very close eye on COVID-19, as the safety, health, and well-being of our community is a top priority. Click these links for the Spanish translations of this Town page and the public health order. 

 Our Council members are continuously briefed and aware of the evolving situation. The Town of Breckenridge is following the direction of the experts, namely the CDC, CDPHE, and Summit County Public health. We will continue to evaluate the spread of the virus and will not hesitate to take action or make recommendations to the Council as necessary. This is a dynamic situation, and we will endeavor to continue to respond appropriately and inform our residents as new information is made available to us.

Join the Virtual Coffee Talk on April 8 at 9 am here. 

Summit County will be posting daily updates here. 

What is the Town of Breckenridge doing? Click here to watch our most recent Coffee Talk with our Community. 

 Click here to see daily updates from Mayor Eric Mamula on Youtube. 

Find our Connect with Breck Newsletter: COVID-19 Edition Here

Questions about COVID-19, Summit County’s response or the details of the Public Health orders?

Call 970-668-9730. Talk to a real human about what’s on your mind.

Summit County Updates

Community spread of COVID-19 in Summit County is now confirmed. Community spread is defined as transmission of the disease from one individual to another within the same community, and not as a result of travel from another location. The number of presumptive positive, negative, and pending tests is updated at summitcountygo.gov/COVID every day by 12 noon. 

 On March 16, Summit County issued a public health order.PLEASE read the FULL order here for specifications and exemptions.  Spanish version.

Here's a fact sheet that outlines exactly what the public order suggests and guidelines.

Ski Areas in the state of Colorado are closed.  From Breckenridge Resort: "Uphill access is currently CLOSED on all portions of Breck until further notice. We love fresh snow too, but without ski patrol and terrain maintenance it's unsafe for skiers, riders, those sledding and first responders. We’re asking for your support following guidance from the county and state, and in consultation with White River National Forest. These closures mitigate the risk to our first responders and protect our local resources. Your safety and the safety of our community is our top priority. Thank you for respecting all posted closures." Avalanche danger is still an issue in Summit County. If you are going to recreate in the back-country, please visit CAIC.

Read the letter that the County and all the Towns wrote to those who want to drive to Summit County to recreate.

 Community Resources

 

Financial Resources

State of Colorado Updates

For Coloradans: To remain at home, only leave their home to engage in activities or perform tasks critical to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members or to go to or return from critical work. They can leave their home to:
  • Obtain food and other household necessities for themselves and their family or household members. 
  • Deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, food, pet supply, other household consumer products, and products or equipment necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of a residence.
  • To engage in outdoor activity, such as, walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, State parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all
    playgrounds, picnic areas, other similar areas conducive to public gathering, and attended areas shall be closed.
  • To perform work for critical industries.
  • To care for a family member, a vulnerable person, or pet in another household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an individual's home.
  • To seek medical care

CDPHE has also compiled a page with updated data regarding COVID-19 cases in Colorado. 

Town of Breckenridge Updates 

NOTICE: We’ve always loved our visitors and our community and it’s out of that love that we are closed to walk-in customers. Town of Breckenridge has cancelled all events at Town Facilities and closed all Town Facilities to the Public. To contact each department, check the directory here.  The Breckenridge Free Ride System is temporarily suspended. 

The town has closed all our facilities to the public for two weeks as recommended by the Governor. The Recreation Center will be closed until further notice. Our facilities will have minimal staffing and we will ensure essential operations with those staff, as well as staff working remotely. The Town will continue to produce clean drinking water for our community. We will also continue plowing operations, though service may be reduced. Though many other Town services are not as forward facing as those in public works we will continue to assist citizens other needs via phone or email. The Town will not conduct building inspections or review building plans during this time.As mentioned, facilities are minimally staffed with essential personnel. Other staff members are teleworking. During this time with all our facilities closed to the public the Town is paying all staff members – full and part time. 

At this time, we are taking the actions listed below:

  • Regarding our arts partners, performances and events in the Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge Theater, Speakeasy Theater, and Old Masonic Hall will be cancelled or rescheduled.  Small classes and workshops on the Arts District Campus will remain open at this time.  See the attached press release for details. Citizens are encouraged to inquire with Breckenridge Creative Arts or their local arts organization for more information. WAVE has been postponed to June 2021. 

  • The Council also adopted an emergency ordinance declaring a public health emergency related to COVID-19. The ordinance gives the Town Manager the power and authority to make effective and timely use of all available Town resources to prepare for and respond to this public health emergency.  The Town Manager’s authority will include, but not be limited to, utilizing all available Town resources to cope with the emergency, applying for applicable local, state or federal assistance, canceling or suspending any event that may negatively impact the health of the community, limiting the use of any Town-owned facility, limiting the number of people that may lawfully occupy such facility, and closing and prohibiting the use of any Town-owned facility.
  • The Breckenridge Recreation Department is closing all Town recreation facilities effective immediately (Friday, March 13). Facilities will remain closed until further notice. The recreation facilities closing include the Breckenridge Recreation Center, the Skate Park, Breckenridge Tennis Center, Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Carter Park Pavilion and Gold Run Nordic Center. In addition, all recreation programs and activities are currently closed. Afterschool programs will resume once Summit School District classes resume. The Gold Run Nordic Center will not continue grooming and is closed for the season. 
  • The Town has closed both the Carter Park dog park and sledding hill for public safety reasons.The Town signed both the dog park and sledding hill as “closed until further notice” and locked the gates into the dog park.

Rest assured that as circumstances continue to develop, one thing will remain the same: We will make our decisions with the health and well-being of our community as our highest priority. 

What can you do now?

CDPHE recommends taking the following actions: 
  •  Travel in and out of Summit County only if absolutely necessary.
  •  Limit contact with others within the county and have no contact outside the county.
  •  People who already are here, including local residents, should stay here and not risk transporting the virus out of the county.
  • People who are not in Summit County should not come into the county.
  • For locals, if your job allows you to work from home, please make accommodations to do so. Avoid public places. Limit face-to-face contact to only those in your immediate household. 
  • Stay home or in a comparable setting as much as possible.
  • Work from home if possible; if you can’t work from home, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and your coworkers or customers.
  • Only go to public spaces for necessities such as groceries and the pharmacy.
  • Continue healthy, non-group activities like walking, hiking, jogging, cycling and other activities that maintain distance from other people.
  • Don’t gather in group settings.
  • Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.
  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products. 

Testing and Symptoms

Summit County announces mobile testing. Learn how you can get tested here. 

Free Telehealth Services and Nursesline

While there are recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CDPHE protocols for people who think they might have COVID-19, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center remains open and fully operational for all emergency care needs. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please do not hesitate to call 911 and seek immediate help. If you are worried you might have COVID-19 and are experiencing mild symptoms, please call your healthcare provider or one of the COVID-19 hotlines to receive specific guidance. 

When should you call 911? difficulty breathing, choking, stroke, heart attack, allergic reaction, loss of consciousness, sudden and severe pain

 

 From St. Anthony's Medical Center:

Question: What should people who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 do?

Answers:
• Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
• Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
• Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
• Limit contact with pets and animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
• Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
• Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
• Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
• Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

If you are experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, and shortness of breath), you must be isolated for at least 7-10 days after the onset of symptoms. It is only safe to leave isolation if your symptoms are improving and you don't have a fever for 72 hours immediately prior to the end of your isolation. Isolation may be longer for individuals who have more severe illness or who work in high-risk occupations like health care. 

Any individual who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should consult with a health care provider and consider telemedicine options.

Call your doctor if you: Develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, please follow these steps from the CDC to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.