Local COVID-19 Information
As of 10.29.20, Silverton and San Juan County are currently in SAFER AT HOME LEVEL 3 status, due to a recent spike in COVID-19 exposures, reports of illness, and COVID-19 positive cases. Detailed information on restrictions can be found in the Public Health Order.
FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON LOCAL COVID-19 RESPONSES VISIT THE SAN JUAN COUNTY WEBSITE.
Town of Silverton Operations During COVID-19
In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among community members, Town Hall and Staff have implemented mitigating procedures and have adjusted certain operating protocols to be able to continue offering all essential Town service while promoting public safety. Please read the following for details by department and be sure to access the Town’s website at www.colorado.gov/townofsilverton for important information and updates on COVID-19 related issues. Thank you, be safe, and stay healthy!
Town Hall is now open with regular hours from 9 am - noon and 1 - 4 pm. All visitors must wear masks and maintain proper social distance when inside the building. Please note that some staff are continuing to work remotely. Their contact information can be found on the front door of the building or on the Town's website: www.colorado.gov/townofsilverton. While we are steadfastly seeking to effect cost savings, all of Town’s essential services will continue to be provided. For questions please call Kelli at 970-387-5522 ext. 1.
Public Works is currently operating normally with the addition of COVID-19 safety precautions. Staff vacancies are not being filled in an effort to save the Town money. As a result, the level of service that our customers normally enjoy will be reduced as critical functions like the water and wastewater systems will take priority over things like streets maintenance and customer service. For questions, contact John Sites at 970-946-6839.
All Planning Department work is being completed remotely. In-person meetings are not being scheduled at this time however phone and video conferencing appointments are available to keep projects moving forward. Applicants are instructed to mail their applications in, rather than deliver in person. Please contact Planning Director Lisa Adair with questions via cell phone 970-946-9408, home office landline 970-387-0500, or fastest response email address: email@example.com.
Building & Fire Code Inspections
Building inspections and fire code inspections will continue as normal, with appropriate personal safety and social distancing precautions in place, and in compliance with local and state Public Health Orders. Please contact Building Inspector Bill MacDougall at bmacdougall @silverton.co.us or 970-946-9031 with questions.
Facilities, Parks & Recreation
All Town facilities are currently closed to the public including the Visitor’s Center, Columbine and Memorial Park restrooms, Town Hall, Silverton Library and Kendall Mountain Community Center. Routine facility maintenance continues as normal and all buildings that are not in use have been cleaned and optimized (thermostats down, lights off, etc.) to minimize operating costs. Snowmobile grooming will continue until grant funds are expended. Parks remain open to the public with the exception of gathering places like playgrounds and picnic areas. We ask that all visitors to Town parks practice appropriate social distancing measures. For questions, contact Todd Bove at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Relations department is operating remotely, ramping up critical communications functions and working closely with the Office of Emergency Management Recovery Team through this crisis. Customer service for facility renters and special event organizers booked from May through September 2020 is being prioritized. All other facility rental or event inquiries will experience a reduced level of customer service, and no new bookings are being taken at this time. For assistance please contact Lisa Branner at email@example.com or 970-759-5557.
This plan will be updated as needed, based upon the evolving situation.
Business Impact Survey Results
The Town of Silverton and Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce distributed a survey in May 2020 to business license holders and Chamber members to gather information about the challenges that Silverton and San Juan County businesses are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.This input is helping the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management Economic Recovery Team and local officials to understand and address the needs of our local business community. The results of the survey are now available for viewing by clicking this link.
Free Masks & Sanitizer for Silverton Businesses
With grant assistance from the Help Colorado Now fund, the Town of Silverton recently purchased 10,000 masks and 25 gallons of hand sanitizer. These supplies are being made available to Silverton businesses at no charge. Local businesses are encouraged to contact Town Hall at 970-387-5522 to schedule a pickup or delivery of these items.
Financial Aid for Community Members
The Town of Silverton and Silverton School are offering financial assistance to community members and families economically impacted by COVID-19. Up to $1,250 per household can be requested for paying rent, electricity, propane, water/sewer/trash, and other living expenses. Applications must be returned to Silverton School or the Town Hall drop box by close of business on Friday, May 29, 2020. Please contact Elizabeth Barszcz at 970-749-6259 or Mary Acosta at 970-903-4453 for Spanish speakers, if you have questions or need help completing your application.
Online: Visit the COVID-19 page on San Juan County's website: https://sanjuancounty.colorado.gov/COVID19.
Email Updates: To sign up for San Juan County's COVID-19 email distribution list email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Alerts By Text Message: Sign up for the Nixle system to have public alerts texted directly to your phone. Simply text 81433 to 888-777.
Assistance By Phone: Call the Visitor's Center at 970-387-5654, daily from 10 am - 3 pm. The facility itself is currently closed to the public.
Online: Visit the State of Colorado COVID-19 website: covid19.colorado.gov.
By Phone: Dial 2-1-1 for a resource navigator to connect with human services and programs or call 866-760-6489.
If you are sick or think you have been exposed, STAY ISOLATED AT HOME. Call a health care provider prior to being seen.
Town of Silverton Response Measures
MUNICIPAL COURT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER RESPONDING TO COVID-19 - MARCH 20, 2020
MUNICIPAL COURT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 - MARCH 20, 2020
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETINGS MOVED TO VIRTUAL FORMAT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 - MARCH 19, 2020
TOWN OF SILVERTON DECLARES STATE OF DISASTER - MARCH 18, 2020
LETTER FROM TOWN OF SILVERTON AND SAN JUAN COUNTY LEADERSHIP - MARCH 17, 2020
Health Information & Resources
CO-HELP Call In Line for general questions about Coronavirus
303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
Learn more about the COVID-19 response and what services are currently available across the state.