Ouray County public health officials issued a new order this afternoon that discourages second homeowners and seasonal residents from traveling to the county or requires them to self-quarantine for 14 days if they do return here.
The order, issued by Public Health Director Tanner Kingery, went into effect at 4 p.m. today and is in effect until April 30. That coincides with Kingery's trio of orders issued March 20 that closed short-term lodging to non-essential visitors, limited mass gatherings to 10 or fewer people and shut down non-essential personal services. Gov. Jared Polis on Monday extended a stay-at-home order to April 26.
"All non-resident homeowners are strongly encouraged to leave or not travel to Ouray County as we have very limited community resources," the order reads, going on to say that those people who do come to the county need to quarantine or isolate in their home for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"Please be prepared to be self-sufficient during this time and have groceries, mail and anything else you may need delivered to your property," the order reads. "If you come to your home in Ouray County, you must understand the current county public health orders and be prepared to possibly stay in Ouray County for the coming weeks (after the 14-day quarantine or isolation) as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
Anyone who fails to comply with the order may be subjected to a fine of up to $5,000 and a jail term of up to 18 months.
As of this afternoon, Ouray County has four confirmed cases of COVID-19 — a 51-year-old man who identified himself as Ouray Brewery owner Erin Eddy, a 48-year-old woman and a man in his 80s in addition to a new case confirmed Tuesday - a man in his 70s who was tested at Mountain Medical Center in Ridgway. Altogether, the state of Colorado is reporting a total of 5,429 positive cases that have resulted in 179 deaths and 1,079 hospitalizations as of Tuesday afternoon.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.