Four Corners Covid-19 3/25/20: Colorado Stay-at-Home, Indian Closures


Breaking: Polis Implements State-Wide Stay-At-Home Mandate

This was made during his 4:20ish live streamed announcement. More details will be announced soon. Mandate goes into effect 6 AM Thursday.


Arizona Gov Orders All Stop To Renter Evictions For People In Quarantine

In a new executive order, Gov. Doug Ducey barred police officers and constables from executing eviction orders. This applies to anyone in mandated quarantine.


Mandated Shelter-In-Place In Durango (Or La Plata?) Might Be Announced Thursday

Three more positives have been found within the 70 tests that occurred last week. The San Juan Basin Health Executive Director stated that suggested isolation will most likely turn into a mandate, with discussions going on with local and state-level decision-makers today (Wednesday) and an announcement possibly happening tomorrow (Thursday).


Durango Business Improvement District (BID) Asks Businesses To Update Open Status

Via email sent out by BID. Email Reads: “BID businesses are asked to review and update their information in BID’s online business directory. What are your new hours? Are you closed? If you’re a restaurant, what grab-and-go are you doing on the sidewalk? Let our folks know so we can help you maintain your businesses through this period. Send an email to for instructions.”


Durango Testing Reopens Wednesday, April 1st For High Risk

SJBPH will run limited testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the drive-thru testing site at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Testing is for high-risk individuals, healthcare workers and first responders.


Durango BID Webinar On Covid-19

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2:30 p.m. our local economic development organizations will host a business resource webinar in response to COVID-19. The live webinar is designed to provide information about federal, state and regional programs and resources available to businesses. Download the Zoom app on any computer, tablet or phone. No need to download the Zoom app if selecting the audio only option. Zoom Video and Audio: Audio only: 1-346-248-7799. Webinar ID: 460 651 870. (Log in a few minutes early to make sure you find the microphone on the Zoom screen and can hear the audio.)


Durango City Manager Calls on Polis To Mandate Colorado Stay-At-Home

Amber Blake, interim city manager: “The city of Durango is hopeful that the governor of Colorado will issue a stay-at-home order so the entire state will have the same requirements.”. The City of Durango also adopts San Juan Basin Health’s advisory. Mandate might be announced tomorrow (See above announcement).


Pueblo Indian Tribes Close Rez To Outsiders

The Pueblo tribes have been following the trends and had previously taken  steps such as limiting travel and banning casino gaming on the rez. Last Saturday the Pueblo tribes took it a step further and closed their land to outsiders. The decision was a a result of the National Park Service waiving park fees (resulting in increased travel, with less enforcement), as well as a lack of resources to handle any kind of emergency.


Southern Utes Close Casino, Switch To Remote Work

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has increased measures to prevent Covid-19 outbreak. The tribe had already declared a state of emergency, but went steps by closing the casino and transitioning the majority of their staff to remote work.


First Covid-19 Death In New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that a man in his late 70s died of the virus not long after he was admitted to Artesia General Hospital in Eddy County on Sunday (March 22). The man had multiple chronic underlying health conditions, and his condition deteriorated rapidly after he was admitted to the hospital.


Utah Releases Economic Response to Virus

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and leaders of the state coronavirus task force released “Utah Leads Together,” their Covid-19 response. The plan has three phases: urgent, stabilization and recovery.


Utah Restricts Non-Essential Medial Procedures

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert released a statement on March 24 saying the state of Utah will begin to restrict dental, veterinary and other nonessential medical procedures starting March 25. This is in attempt to free up needed medical supplies such as masks and gloves.


State of Arizona Launches Covid-19 Website

Gov. Doug Ducey announced the Arizona Together initiative, and the official website: “connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities.”


Colorado Prison Changes Due To Covid-19

  • Parolees for low-level crimes being released.
  • Number of staffers temporarily reduced.
  • Signing people up for video visitation options including upcoming free video visitations.
  • DOC headquarters in Colorado Springs has closed and staff will be working remotely.
  • Staff will be limited in prisons and parole offices, staff numbers will vary based on security levels and programs.
  • Parole officers will do more remote work while supervising parolees.
  • A small staff will work at headquarters to “support critical needs that cannot be done remotely.”


Denver Reverses Liquor Store / Recreational Pot Shop Closures

Just hours after announcing the shelter in place mandate for Denver, the city reversed it’s decision on closing down recreational marijuana retail locations and liquor stores. Liquor stores and pot shops must have “Extreme physical distance”. The announcement was made via tweet.


Colorado Physician Association Pleads Polis For Shelter In Place

The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, which represents over 2,600 Colorado doctors and medical students, sent a letter to Polis on Monday asking him to reconsider his resistance to a state-wide shelter in place.


New Mexican Courts Adopt Video Trials For Civil / Criminal

New Mexican courts are now using video / teleconferencing for civil and criminal proceedings, except when an emergency requires in-person appearances. Google Meet is what is being used by the court system. The number of people allowed in a courthouse has also been reduced from 25 to 10.