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Monday, 3/30/20 Teller Joint Information Center Update

Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Time: 4:30pm

PLEASE STAY HOME #TELLERSTRONG

Governor Polis’ State of Colorado Public Health Stay At Home Order will remain in effect through April 11, 2020. Please stay home and continue to practice social distancing if you need to go out! The complete order can be found at https://covid19.colorado.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs.

Stay up-to-date with local COVID-19 Virus information at: https://www.tellercovid.com.


HEALTH WARNING – do not use CHLOROQUINE PHOSPHATE:

1. Do not use chloroquine phosphate, or anything a health care provider does not prescribe, as a COVID-19 remedy. It could kill you. 2. Do not ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death. 3. Medications like chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only when prescribed by and under the supervision of your healthcare provider and always according to the instructions provided. 4. Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or your poison center (1-800-222-1222). TELLER COUNTY – Positive COVID-19 Cases – Teller County residents must work together to slow the transmission of this virus. The number of individuals confirmed with the COVID-19 Virus in Teller County has not changed since last week, and remains at seven (7). Every person in Teller County must help to slow the spread of this pandemic virus by following the Stay at Home and Social Distancing Orders. This concerted effort will relieve the strain on our hospital systems, build capacity, and prevent illness and death. Testing is only being completed only on hospitalized cases If you suspect you may have been in contact with a person infected by the COVID-19 virus, you should self-quarantine for at least 14 days, be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing), and self-isolate if symptoms appear. If you become ill with COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate and REMAIN in self-isolation until all three of the following conditions are met: you have no fever for at least three (3) days (without fever-reducing medication), AND have improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) AND at least seven (7) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. People are asked to CALL THEIR DOCTOR or a telehealth service if symptoms worsen. DO NOT call 911 or go directly to the hospital or emergency room unless it is a true medical emergency. LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE: Teller County Sheriff’s Office, Cripple Creek Police Department and Woodland Park Police Department will not be stopping vehicles or persons unless there is probable cause to do so. Local law enforcement officers are not asking for work or travel “papers.” Law enforcement personnel have been directed to inform and educate the public about complying with the Stay at Home Order. Residents are asked to voluntarily comply with the order. It is critically important that all people help to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. GET THE FACTS: Educate yourself with official information. Let's help stop the spread of misinformation. #TELLERSTRONG Remember, Teller County and collaborative local agency partners will never send you requests for money online or over the phone, so don’t respond to any email or text request to send money.

TELLER COUNTY ALERTS: Register now to receive text and email alerts for important information related to COVID-19. Go to https://www.tellercovid.com/notificationsignup and receive notifications for the latest updates.The State of Colorado announced new features in the myColorado mobile app to support Governor Polis’ order to stay at home. The myColorado app offers convenient access to COVID-19 information and 17 additional Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) services. Residents are encouraged to download myColorado in the Apple App Store or Google Play and utilize the State’s many online services while staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

NEW INFORMATION – INTER-AGENCY WORK Teller County agencies are working together on many fronts to be proactive in response to the COVID-19 Virus pandemic in the Teller County community. One important effort is the development of an auxiliary medical site. Following are a few notes of interest regarding these efforts: 1. There is an inter-agency Incident Command Center working together to proactively prepare for the COVID-19 Virus pandemic as its impact on the community increases. 2. An Auxiliary Medical Site has been established to accommodate and treat the potential surge of patients and help alleviate the strain on the hospital and other medical resources. 3. The Auxiliary Medical Site will NOT be testing for the COVID-19 Virus, nor will it serve walk-up care patients. 4. The inter-agency group is fully committed to working together daily, often multiple times each day in a virtual environment to bring resources and increase the capacity of local agencies to fight this pandemic together. 5. In a small rural county, these collective efforts give strength to all and minimize duplication of precious efforts and resources. 6. All people in the Teller County are asked to work together in this effort. We will get through this – your help and cooperation is needed to minimize the negative impact this pandemic virus could have on our community.

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