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In an announcement delivered at 8 p.m. Thursday evening, March 12, Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) has issued a strong request to event planners and organizers in the county to consider postponing weekend and upcoming social events for the near future, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly spreading  across the nation. The health department is suggesting creating virtual events, when possible, as an alternative.

Hand washing and social distancing are proven preventative steps to lessen exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Image courtesy of the CDC.

“While Chaffee County currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, we feel it is in our county’s best interest to proactively take precautions now,” said Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom. “Social distancing is a proven strategy to slow or prevent transmission of communicable diseases. We appreciate our community’s investment in health and wellness.”

Chaffee County has decided to postpone the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet and will be looking at postponing further events at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds as appropriate. Chaffee County Public Health is urging other organizations to do the same as early as this weekend, and until further notice.

Those with questions on whether or not to postpone your event or large meeting should contact Chaffee County Public Health for guidance at 719-539-4510.