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Like many other mountain counties, Lake County is trying to recover from an economically devastating COVID-19 spring to have a successful summer tourism season. Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic known as COVID-19, the ability for mountain communities to remain open depends upon case counts remaining low.

Lake County has moved into what it is referring to as the “Blue Square” phase of reopening and stabilization, adopted by Lake County Board of Health May 14, 2020.

As of June 22, the Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) amended the local public health order, expanding operations for some Lake County entities and certain activities and requiring face coverings in public indoor spaces. As of Wednesday, June 24, people are required to wear face coverings when entering and while inside businesses, facilities, and venues.

Lake County is now at 50 positive COVID-19 cases to date (28 PCR, 22 antibody), with eight cases being actively monitored. All other cases are considered resolved. COVID-19 testing is being done at St. Vincent Hospital and Rocky Mountain Family Practice. Both now have the capability to cover the costs of COVID-19 related testing.

While the recent cases are considered to be associated with general community spread, the LCPHA says it has not been able to associate the cases with a specific location, activity, gathering, or workplace. This makes practicing social distancing, washing hands and wearing facemasks of continued importance — for locals and visitors alike.

For those who don’t have facemasks, face coverings and non-medical masks are available through Lake County Build A Generation  (LCBAG) or call 719-398-0017.  LCBAG can also provide shopping and errands assistance for individuals who are immunocompromised or otherwise at higher COVID-19 risk.

The Lake County School District (LCSD) will also continue to provide meals throughout the summer through August 14. Those needing food assistance should text LCSD at 719-427-7003 for more information.

Officials of the LCPHA say they will notify the community immediately if a public health threat is identified.

Together with the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, the LCPHA has published an update regarding COVID-19  and held a COVID-19 Town Hall on June 24. Links to both are available here: