Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Recent updates:

  • General questions can be directed to the La Plata County call center at (970) 382-6205.
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  • San Juan Basin Public Health resources:
  • October 23 - In order to reduce community transmission and slow a rise in cases that threatens our school learning models and our local economy, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are moving La Plata County to Safer at Home Level 2 as of Monday, October 26, 2020.
    Local schools have been able to stay open with in-person instruction options because of their precautions to control the spread of the virus and due to low levels of community transmission. Low case counts have helped strengthen the local economy; September was the third month in a row that Durango had the highest lodging occupancy in the state and the city’s August sales tax receipts were up about 5% over August 2019.
    Meanwhile, case counts are rising significantly across Colorado and in La Plata County, which threatens schools’ ability to continue safely offering in-person instruction and the health of our tourism economy.
    A large portion of the rise in cases in La Plata County is associated with transmission among social groups. To reduce community spread, the change in level designation limits private social gatherings to a maximum of 10 people. Additionally, this change moves last call for alcohol sales to 11:00 p.m. to reduce transmission in late-night social settings where mask-wearing is less common. The full list of changes can be found at the CDPHE website.
  • October 22 - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will launch its statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system, previously announced by Governor Jared Polis in partnership with Google and Apple. Coloradans will receive a notice on their Android and Apple phones with instructions about how to opt-in.
  • October 11 - The Governor amended and extended an Executive Order requiring mask-wearing indoors to help stop the spread of the virus. 
  • October 1 - The Durango Public Library building will open with limited hours beginning October 13. The building will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Curbside Pick-Up will continue with new hours, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Facilities staff will thoroughly clean and disinfect the building and equipment per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after closing to prepare for the following day.  More details at
  • September 20 - Governor Polis amended and extended the Safer at Home Executive Order, which includes the last call order. The last call order will now take effect, based on what level a county is in according to the COVID-19 dial. Last call is 12 a.m. in Level 1, 11 p.m. in Level 2, and 10 p.m. in Level 3. Counties in Protect Our Neighbors may opt out and establish a local last call time, so long as it does not exceed 2 a.m. The Governor also extended an Executive Order allowing voluntary or elective surgeries and procedures to proceed under certain conditions.
  • September 15 -The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a dial to help local governments and Coloradans navigate and apply safety guidance throughout the pandemic. The dial is based on stakeholder feedback and goes into effect Tuesday, September 15.
  • September 12 - Governor Jared Polis extended an Executive Order ordering individuals in Colorado to wear a face covering due to the presence of COVID-19.
  • July 16 - Governor Polis has issued a statewide mask order.
  • July 15 - Community Update #13 has been posted.
  • July 14 - During the July 14 study session, City Council decided to continue the virtual meeting setup until further notice.
  • June 9 - Main Avenue to be Reconfigured for Safety and Expanded Outdoor Commerce. More details and permit applications can be found at - View signed Order #2020-09 (PDF)
  • May 21 - City of Durango Issues Face Covering Order
  • March 16- Emergency Declaration was issued by the Interim City Manager.
  • Find more information about City of Durango service adjustments.

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