San Juan Basin Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment are moving La Plata County to COVID-19 Dial Level Red: Severe Risk beginning Friday, Nov. 20. Increased community transmission of COVID-19 and a sharp rise in cases in La Plata County have threatened hospital capacity and critical services. Immediate action is needed from community members and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19.
What this means for FLC
FLC and all higher education institutions in Colorado follow a subset of guidance from the state when new orders and advisories are made. With the Level Red restrictions in place for La Plata County, FLC operations have not changed drastically and campus is still open. Students, faculty, and staff will continue to adhere to all COVID-19 mitigation protocols (masks, distancing, hygiene) when visiting campus.
Course instruction continues online, with certain forms of coursework that can accommodate a small number of students safely in an in-person format, such as laboratory research, workplace internships, and outdoor classes, determined on a case-by-case basis. Capacity in indoor spaces on campus will be limited to adhere to CDPHE/SJBPH recommendations.
The following updates are applicable through Dec. 7, unless noted otherwise, and are subject to change per SJBPH guidance.
Reducing campus density
The new Severe Risk level is not the same as a Stay-at-Home Order, which was previously colored red on the state dial, but it does entail new public health restrictions. For example, in-person social gatherings with people outside your household, in any setting, are prohibited.
For more details on major changes to businesses and events read the latest press release from SJBPH.
State and local public health officials continue to assess further needed restrictions as cases rise in La Plata County. Stay up to date on how these public health advisories and orders change by visiting sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus or covid19.colorado.gov.