Access limited to Garfield County buildings during spread of covid-19

All essential county services are still being provided; anyone who is ill should stay home

March 13, 2020

Garfield County is announcing that access to its facilities is restricted, effective Monday, March 16, due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado. These restrictions are in place until April 8, when these precautions will be re-evaluated.

All essential county services are still being provided, though residents are urged to conduct any other business with the county by phone, if possible. All online services are available as usual and a complete contact list for county departments and offices is available at

Anyone feeling ill, exhibiting a cough, fever or respiratory issues should stay home, and will not be allowed inside county facilities. It’s a good idea to call ahead to the department or office you’re conducting business with to see what services are available before traveling to county buildings.

Public Health updates pertaining to coronavirus are available online at Residents are encouraged to subscribe to the Garfield County Emergency management feed at, on which information is being updated as it comes in from state and local agencies. Residents can also register to receive emergency notifications from the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority at

CO-HELP is the state of Colorado’s call line for the coronavirus. People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at for answers in English.

Some events, services postponed

At the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, all 4-H events are canceled through March 23, and all 4-H Friday Activity Clubs are canceled until April 10. The Garfield County Oil and Gas Symposium and the Vegetation Management pesticide applicator workshop have been canceled. All Garfield County Senior Programs meals and group activities have been suspended for the time being, and transportation service on the Traveler is reduced.

Garfield County Public Health is recommending prevention strategies to reduce the spread of illness, such as handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, maintaining social distance of six feet between people and canceling large events.

It is our hope that you will not experience any changes in the service we provide, but it is our responsibility to ensure that our employees can provide you with these essential public services. More information is available at

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