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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Eagle County files declaration with the state to support COVID-19 response

March 7, 2020 - Eagle County has filed a local disaster emergency declaration with the State of Colorado in response to the arrival of COVID-19 in the county. The declaration is an administrative tool that can help facilitate access to funding and other resources.

The declaration will be in effect until March 12, unless extended by an action of the Board of County Commissioners. The board will consider extending the time frame during its regular afternoon meeting on March 10, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Eagle County officials say it was important to file the declaration as soon as possible because some resources are triggered based on the date a declaration was put in place.

Emergency declarations are a typical response to COVID-19 arriving in a community. States, counties, and cities across the country are using them to ensure appropriate resources are available for response and recovery.

“While there will likely be more cases of COVID-19 in Eagle County, the declaration does not mean we think our community is less safe than anywhere else affected by the virus,” said Kathy Chandler-Henry, chair of the Eagle County Board of Commissioners. “This is just one more tool to aid in our response.”

Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911. Community updates are being shared on this site.