Dear Community Members,
Roaring Fork Valley – THIS is our moment. Starting right NOW.
While the data is not there yet to show community spread, anecdotally we know we have transmission in our community. We can make assumptions that people showing symptoms of it probably have COVID-19. At that point, social distancing becomes absolutely paramount. Pitkin County Public Health has taken an aggressive, proactive approach with Eagle and Garfield by instituting the first Public Health Order in the state of Colorado to limit mass gatherings and events.
Our community has not stopped testing. We continue to test high risk patients that present to AVH for treatment.
As a community, the most important thing we can do right now is SOCIAL DISTANCING (basically keeping 6 or more feet away from each other and avoiding groups).
Young and healthy people may not get sick or if so, may experience mild symptoms but this does not make them invincible nor does it prevent them from spreading the virus. We also have a significant older adult and at risk population. We need to work together to protect each other.
Although our healthcare system is excellent, it is relatively limited in terms of hospital beds and capacity. It is imperative that we not overwhelm the system so that it can care for those who are at most risk. Keep in mind that our healthcare system must also remain available for all of the other emergent needs.
Please join us by following these social distancing guidelines:
- LIMIT your exposure and physical interactions with other people.
- AVOID groups, gatherings and more with people outside of your household.
- Stay CONNECTED with friends, family, neighbors via technology –emails, phone calls.
- Get OUTSIDE—take in fresh air, exercise and enjoy all of the wide open spaces that surround us. But do so safely and with members of your household or solo.
- Be KIND to each other, we will get through this TOGETHER (but apart)
- WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water, well and often.
This can be scary for many of us. Our health and well-being and many of our livelihoods are at stake. We will share information with you about resources available to help all of us as quickly as we can. We encourage you to reach out if you need support.
We are deeply concerned for our community members who are being so gravely impacted by the economic impacts of these cancellations and closures brought on by COVID-19.
We continue to seek the balance between the large-scale safety of the community and our community members’ need to earn a living. Thank you to the businesses that have made some difficult decisions and thanks to those critical businesses that continue to provide important services.
Please call the Aspen to Parachute COVID-19 Community Hotline at 970-429-6186 with questions you have about tapping into emotional support or if you have a human service need. Our lines are open seven days a week 8 am to 8 pm.
We are renowned for our spirit and our ability to persevere. Let’s demonstrate compassion, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to support each other. Please rely on official, trusted sources for information. Rumors and bad information spread faster than any disease out there, which only causes distress.
Stay healthy, Snowmass Village Town Council
Markey Butler, Mayor
Alyssa ShenkPitkin County Commissioners
Steve Child, Chair
Kelly McNicholas Kury, Vice Chair
Greg Poschman Aspen City Council
Noticias importante: para leer en español, visite www.pitkincounty.com/corona