For Immediate Release | March 16, 2020
COVID-19 Updates for Monday, March 16th
Town of Avon conducting business remotely when possible Avon, CO
– Due to the extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly recommends that anyone who lives in or has visited those communities in the past week minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.
Now that we have rapidly identified the arrival of COVID-19 in Eagle County, our focus is to slow the spread of the virus, protect our medical infrastructure, and protect the most vulnerable people in our community. Testing all patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 is no longer recommended. A key priority is to shift our testing to people that are at greatest risk for severe disease, complications, and death.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher, cough, or shortness of breath. Those who are experiencing symptoms but are not getting tested are asked to self-report symptoms at https://bit.ly/39XFRne
. The following patients with COVID-19 symptoms are considered at highest priority for testing:
- Healthcare workers
- Employed in public safety occupation (e.g., law enforcement, fire fighter, EMS)
- Part of an illness cluster in a facility or institution (e.g., healthcare, school, corrections, shelters)
- With severe lower respiratory illness (hospitalized or fatal)
- With worsening symptoms
- Older than 60 years
- With underlying medical conditions
- Pregnant women
- Had contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient
Any other patients can be tested per healthcare provider judgment.
The Town of Avon continues to take aggressive measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community. We have adjusted our protocols to emphasize social distancing practices in our day-to-day municipal operations. We ask that you conduct as much business with the Town of Avon as possible via phone and/or online services.
As of Monday, March 16th, operational changes include the following:
• Avon Recreation Center is closed until at least April 8, 2020 in response to the Eagle County Public Health and Environment Order issued March 12, 2020 which prohibits gatherings of more than 50 persons. All recreation center passes will be extended through the duration of the facility closure. All recreation programs through the closure are cancelled, and the program fees will be refunded as a household credit to the members’ accounts.
• Transit Operations are continuing with modifications. The Red, Blue and Nightrider buses will operate with a maximum capacity of 50 persons. The Skier Express Shuttle will not operate until on-mountain operations at resume Beaver Creek.
• Police Building is open to the public with limited services. This includes access to the Police front counter; other services are to be determined. Please call ahead at 970.748.4040 to confirm.
• Town Hall is open to the public with limited services. This includes access to the Town Clerk counter; other services are to be determined. Please call ahead at 970.748.4000 to confirm.
• Finance Department is closed to the public. Real Estate Transfer Tax, Sales Taxes and Business Licenses can be handled remotely.
Fara Denhart, Sales Tax & Business Licenses | 970.478.4046 | email@example.com
Nelly Burns, Real Estate Transfer Tax & Lien Releases | 970.478.4014 | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Community Development Department is closed to the public. This includes access to Planning, Permitting and Building divisions, plus Engineering functions. All development applications will continue to be processed in a timely manner. The issuance of permits and permit payment will be accepted by appointment only by contacting Matt Pielsticker at 970.748.4413 or email@example.com. To request building inspections, please continue to call the inspection hotline at 970.748.4094 or contact Derek Place by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For urgent matters, please contact the following:
- Community Development
Matt Pielsticker, Planning Director | 970.748.4413 | email@example.com
David McWilliams, Planner II | 970.748.4023
- Engineering & Facilities
Justin Hildreth, Town Engineer | 970.748.4045 or 970.331.3741
Jim Horsley, Project Engineer | 970.748.4134 or 970.390.9435
Thank you for your patience as we continue to evaluate this situation and make decisions in the interest of keeping our community safe. We will update this information as circumstances change. If you have any questions, please contact Communications & Marketing Manger Elizabeth Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 748-4087.
For those with questions about COVID-19, call the CO HELP Hotline at 877.462.2911. For local updates, visit ECEmergency.org.
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