Touber Building where Salida City Council meetings are held (Photo by Taylor Sumners)

Following Colorado Governor Jared Polis’s announcement of the Executive Stay at Home Order, the City of Salida announced late yesterday, that the City would be moving into Tier IV in COVID-19 Action Plan.

The City of Salida states in their press release, “With all best available information provided to the City, due to the COVID-19 virus worldwide pandemic, the City of Salida has declared a Local State of Emergency and is implementing its Action Plan.  Due to COVID-19 cases increasing in Chaffee County, along with the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 25th, the City of Salida will be moving to Tier IV of the Action Plan.”

“As part of its approach to the Tier IV designation, and due to a number of Chaffee County test results for COVID-19 still pending, the City of Salida will be limiting staffing at City Hall and other City facilities beginning on March 26, 2020. All City departments will enact teleworking options and staggered shifts, so administrative response times may be slower,” said the City’s press release.

The City says that they will continue to work with officials of the Chaffee County Public Health Department (CCPHD) and the Board of County Commissioners on evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic and their response via the City of Salida’s Action Plan.

Mayor P.T. Wood said, “It is imperative to all Salidans that you stay home and practice social distancing at all times.  Be mindful of your distances when outside, on a trail or sidewalk, and only venture out for essential needs.  Help where you can by donating to the Chaffee County Community Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund.  Take this opportunity to do the right thing for your family, friends and neighbors by staying home.”

Website links and resources provided by the City of Salida:

The Action Plan can be found at the City’s website: https://cityofsalida.com/wp-content/uploads/City-of-Salida-COVID-19-Action-Plan.pdf.

You can find more information about the City’s online services at: https://cityofsalida.com/2020/03/convenient-online-services-available-for-residents-and-businesses/.

The City of Salida encourages its citizens to follow the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) recommendations, which can be found at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Information regarding CCPHD’s response to this situation can be found on their Facebook page:  @COVID19ChaffeeCounty.