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First responders and necessary employees have maintained their work throughout the closures mandated to limit the spread of COVID-19, though they have had to adapt in order to help protect themselves and the public.

Deputies at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have had to adjust to the changes, though their day-to-day duties have remained largely the same, Sheriff Amy Reyes said.

Deputies are still responding to calls, but the sheriff’s office reduced in-office staff by 50% prior to the March 22 order to do so, even though the order exempts essential businesses – a classification that includes law enforcement, Reyes said.

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Community health updates are changing daily in Lake County due to COVID-19. As of April 7, 5,429 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Colorado. Three cases have been confirmed in Lake County. Following is the latest, updated as of April 7.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), along with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife wildlife volunteer program, will once again monitor nest boxes for mountain bluebirds, tree swallows and violet-green swallows around the county beginning this spring.

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An online community auction, “Share the Love,” is on the way for businesses in Lake County. Merchants will sell products, services and gift cards in the auction from April 10 to April 22.

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Dr. Bruce Epperly, pastor and teacher at the South Congregational Church of Christ in Centerville, Massachusetts, will present a talk on “Spirituality in a Time of Pandemic” on April 17 via Zoom video conferencing. This is a presentation of the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series.

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El Pomar Trustees approved $22,500 to be allocated among four nonprofit organizations in the High County region in February and March. Through the foundation’s grant-making processes, the following organizations were awarded funding:

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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in 2018 over 30 million small businesses accounted for 99.9 percent of the total businesses in the United States. Over 59 million small business employees accounted for 48% of the total employees across the country.

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Solvista Health has teamed up with Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), Lake County Office of Emergency Management and Lake County Wraparound to create a way to “check-in” with community members and see how they are doing during the stay-at-home order issued by the Governor and LCPHA. V…

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The following information updates the story on remote government meetings in last week’s Herald Democrat.

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Horses and their riders relax in Pastime Bar at Leadville Ski Joring in 1948, the same event Emmett O’Leary reminisced on in the March 26 edition of the Herald Democrat.

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As of Friday, the recycling center at the Lake County Landfill will be shut down to limit the contact workers have with potentially-contaminated materials in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, both among employees and the community at large.

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Colorado officials have begun urging residents to wear masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. At the same time, a shortage of manufactured face masks affecting healthcare workers, first responders and individuals has created a need for alternative ways to produce masks.

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Lake County School District (LCSD) selected Bethany Massey to fill the role of superintendent for the district last Friday.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has compiled a list of COVID-19 symptoms, from mild to severe, to help people determine what steps they should take.

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Chaffee County Public Health director and Incident Command for COVID-19 Andrea Carlstrom announced Friday the state and federal guidelines for COVID 19 precautions now include recommendations for the general public to wear a non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essentia…

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STATEWIDE — As the weekend approaches, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources are reminding people to resist the temptation to travel to the mountains for recreational activities. Staying close to home and limiting travel are essential to p…

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Small nonfarm businesses in 35 Colorado counties, including Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Lake counties, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Monday marked the first day of remote learning for Lake County School District (LCSD), an unprecedented event in the school district’s history. Governor Jared Polis suspended in-person learning across the state through April 17 earlier this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For at least three weeks, teachers will teach and learners will learn from home.

Remote learning looks different for young learners at LCSD than it does for computer savvy high school students. Regardless, the district’s goal is to make students and their families feel supported through measures like check-in calls to parents and a free Monday through Friday lunch distribution.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some common claims and questions about COVID-19. The organization’s answers and comments are as follows:

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We are receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These report…

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Sunday the Lake County Democrats counted ballots and released results for the county assembly to determine the names that will appear on the primary ballot and delegates that will go to the state assembly.

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St. Vincent Hospital District is recommending that voters use the absentee ballot for the district’s May 5 board election in order to vote remotely.

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On Monday, the Lake County Public Health Agency confirmed the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in the county.

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In an effort to increase collaboration and effective snow removal, Lake County Public Works is embarking on a collaborative effort with the city to help the Leadville Street Department inside city limits.

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Elected bodies all over the country, in the wake of COVID-19, are looking at new ways to hold meetings and not violate their states’ open meetings laws. Those in Lake County are no different.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a guide for small business owners, independent contractors and freelancers to help them file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Colorado Department of Transportation suspended Bustang and Outrider bus service between cities throughout the state Sunday.

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The majority of Coloradans are “very concerned” about COVID-19 in Colorado, according to results of a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment survey asking residents about their perceptions and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a top priority for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Colorado Unified Coordination Group  is currently supporting strategic, targeted community testing for health care workers and first responders, and are working to increase t…

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The Colorado Division of Insurance is taking action to protect insurance consumers and reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Gov. Jared Polis announced Sunday President Trump and the federal government declared a major disaster for the state of Colorado in response to an urgent request Polis submitted Wednesday to help Colorado deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The first two positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lake County on March 30. The patients include a 50 year old female and 63 year old man from Lake County who were likely exposed through community transmission, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) said. The agency is in the proces…

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Colorado State Patrol, Otero County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agents are investigating reports of a man stopping drivers and asking for documentation about their authority to drive to their place of employment and asking why they are violating the statewide stay-at-home order.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released results from a survey asking Coloradans about their perceptions and attitudes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 45,000 Coloradans completed the survey between March 22-24.

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Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 Friday and discussed the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions the state is making as well as the updated public health order that corresponds with the stay-at-home executive order, according to …

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Community health updates are changing daily in Lake County due to COVID-19. As of April 7, 5,429 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Colorado. Three cases have been confirmed in Lake County. Following is the latest, updated as of April 7.

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An online community auction, “Share the Love,” is on the way for businesses in Lake County. Merchants will sell products, services and gift cards in the auction from April 10 to April 22.

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According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in 2018 over 30 million small businesses accounted for 99.9 percent of the total businesses in the United States. Over 59 million small business employees accounted for 48% of the total employees across the country.

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Solvista Health has teamed up with Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), Lake County Office of Emergency Management and Lake County Wraparound to create a way to “check-in” with community members and see how they are doing during the stay-at-home order issued by the Governor and LCPHA. V…

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Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a top priority for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Colorado Unified Coordination Group  is currently supporting strategic, targeted community testing for health care workers and first responders, and are working to increase t…

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The first two positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lake County on March 30. The patients include a 50 year old female and 63 year old man from Lake County who were likely exposed through community transmission, Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) said. The agency is in the proces…

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Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 Friday and discussed the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions the state is making as well as the updated public health order that corresponds with the stay-at-home executive order, according to …

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently created a series of “myth busters” or facts about some claims and questions about COVID-19 that have been making the rounds.

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Gov. Jared Polis sent a letter Tuesday to presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees.

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Dr. Bruce Epperly, pastor and teacher at the South Congregational Church of Christ in Centerville, Massachusetts, will present a talk on “Spirituality in a Time of Pandemic” on April 17 via Zoom video conferencing. This is a presentation of the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series.

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Monday marked the first day of remote learning for Lake County School District (LCSD), an unprecedented event in the school district’s history. Governor Jared Polis suspended in-person learning across the state through April 17 earlier this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For at least three weeks, teachers will teach and learners will learn from home.

Remote learning looks different for young learners at LCSD than it does for computer savvy high school students. Regardless, the district’s goal is to make students and their families feel supported through measures like check-in calls to parents and a free Monday through Friday lunch distribution.

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With so many closures and cancellations now, parents are juggling extra variables to keep the kids happy and healthy. For some it may be a rare occasion where everyone stays at home. If you are scratching your head, here is a helpful list of activities to help make the best use of your time.…

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“Do you realize you’re getting the highest education in the United States?” Hugh Evans, a 10th Mountain Divison World War II veteran, asked Lake County Intermediate School’s third grade students last Wednesday.

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The Justice Center Task Force, a coalition of county officials, Lake County and Leadville law enforcement and judicial entities, is moving forward with plans to build a new justice center for the county.

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As an April 1 deadline approaches, developers seeking to launch the Gateway Village development project will be required to submit an application to extend the process or re-start the process from the beginning.

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As Leadville and Lake County begin to feel the effects of the closures required in an effort to stem the spread COVID-19, support networks are gathering and figuring out ways to support the community in an uncertain time.

As many people find themselves out of work for the duration of the closures, community organizations and individuals are focusing on the necessities that may be harder to come by, such as food and financial support.

At Saint George Episcopal Church, volunteers have stepped in to help bolster the existing meal sharing and food distribution programs to account for a higher demand as a result of the spike in unemployment caused by the closures.

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Unemployment Insurance system has been overwhelmed the last week due to an unprecedented increase in benefit demand as a result of COVID-19. CDLE is adding call center staff, implementing a new last name online filing system and revising web …

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Three keys that can help during the difficult challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic are to maintain your routine, to find time daily to do something you enjoy and to find ways to connect with others while maintaining social distancing, said Mandy Kaisner, chief operations officer for Solvista H…

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Community health updates are changing daily in Lake County due to COVID-19. As of March 20, 363 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Colorado. No COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Lake County. Five Lake County residents have been tested; two tests came back negative and three are pending. Fo…

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Park County Public Health reported its first positive test for COVID-19 in man in his 20s, it announced in a press release Friday.

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Chaffee County Public Health reported its first positive cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in the county Friday morning. They are two adults and are under investigation. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had clo…

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced a number of state actions to address the impact of COVID-19 Thursday. Actions include a special enrollment period for uninsured Coloradans, executive orders temporarily suspending elective surgeries and reducing in-person contact related to election requir…

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Community health updates are changing daily in Lake County due to COVID-19. As of March 19, 277 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Colorado. No COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Lake County to date. Five Lake County residents have been tested; two tests came back negative and three are pen…

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The Chaffee County Writers Exchange (CCWE) is making its first foray in supporting community nonprofits, donating “Mysteries from the Museum,” a collection of short homespun mysteries written by CCWE members, to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville. This book evolved from…

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Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown’s office has reported that Shawn Brecka, 50, of Ft. Collins, was sentenced Feb. 18th after her Jan. 7th guilty plea to a class-three drug felony involving the overdose death of Gregory Ulmen, 32, of Leadville. First responders went to Mr. Ulmen’s …

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The Justice Center Task Force, a coalition of county officials, Lake County and Leadville law enforcement and judicial entities, is moving forward with plans to build a new justice center for the county.

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Information technology (IT) troubles persist at the Lake County Courthouse, nearly five months after Sheriff Amy Reyes first accused the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of improperly accessing her office’s emails.

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Senator Michael Bennet visited Leadville Saturday for a town hall meeting, the fourth in a series of similar stops across the state marking his return to Colorado after his run for president. He had previously attended town hall meetings in Grand Junction, Rangely, Meeker, and Craig.

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Census takers will soon be in Lake County. It is a constitutional and legislative requirement to count the U.S. population every 10 years. Census efforts began Jan. 16 and will continue through March 30.

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Keeping up with replacement and maintenance of aging infrastructure continues to be the largest expense item for most water and wastewater utilities across the country. As the oldest municipal water system in Colorado, the Parkville Water District system is the poster child of aging infrastr…

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After several hours of testimony and discussion on the latest iteration of the AngelView Subdivision, the Lake County Planning Commission came to no decision and decided to reconvene the public hearing on Feb. 24.

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The Board of County Commissioners adopted Lake County’s 2020 budget last week with a 38.192 mill levy, the same as 2019. The budget document is the result of a year of strategic planning work, including training sessions and meetings with department heads and elected officials.