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April 3 –  Custer County Public Health Stay at Home Order Takes Effect

April 3 – Custer County Public Health Stay at Home Order Takes Effect

APRIL 3 … CUSTER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH STAY AT HOME ORDER

Custer County has issued a Stay at Home order, taking effect Friday, April 3 at 8 am.

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Custer County Departments of Public Health and Emergency Management held their weekly noon Friday press conference. There was clarification on the new Custer County Stay at Home order. The statewide Stay at Home order from the Governor is still in effect. Additionally, in Custer County, all public and private gatherings/meetings are prohibited where people are not able to stay 6 feet away from each other. Those visiting Custer County are being asked to leave. Visits from outside the county are strongly discouraged. Short term lodging rentals are prohibited until at least April 30.

Director of Custer County Public Health Elisa Livengood said that, according to the CDC, each positive test result represents 200-500 people that may have been exposed to the virus and that it is very likely there are more people with the virus here than the two that have been officially diagnosed.

The Custer County Courthouse will be closed to the public until May 4.

FAQ – CUSTER COUNTY STAY AT HOME ORDER

April 2 … SECOND CONFIRMED COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS IN CUSTER COUNTY

At 10:30 AM on April 2, 2020, Custer County Department of Public Health is reporting the second positive case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in Custer County.

The patient is a male in his 70s. The case is confirmed positive, which means test results have been lab confirmed. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure.

With our partnerships in the surrounding counties, Custer County was able to obtain tests for 8 individuals. The current case count, as of April 2nd, is:
● Lab Confirmed Positives: 2
● Lab Confirmed Negatives: 4
● Pending: 2

To read the full press release  go to http://www.custercountygov.com/index.php?pg=covid19

April 1 … FIRST CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASE IN CUSTER COUNTY

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elisa Livengood, Custer County Public Health Director at publichealth@custercountygov.com or (719) 458-9211

Subject: At 3:45 PM on April 1st, 2020, Custer County Department of Public Health is reporting the first positive case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in Custer County. The patient is a female in her 60s. The case is confirmed positive, which means test results have been lab confirmed. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure. If you haven’t been contacted by Custer County Public Health, then you have not been exposed to this individual.

There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Custer County Public Health and its partners will focus their response efforts on slowing the spread of the disease, which will require the community’s assistance. Although more than 80% of people who have contracted COVID-19 have relatively mild illness, there are greater risks for complications among older adults, especially above the age of 60 years, as well as people with pre-existing health conditions. Custer County Public Health continues to instruct the community to stay home unless you have essential business to conduct. It is vital that the community abides by the Stay-At-Home order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911. Updates or changes in guidance will be posted to:https://www.facebook.com/CusterCountyEmergencyManagementand https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

April 1 … CUSTER COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS OF STIMULUS PAYMENT SCAMS

OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM CUSTER COUNTY SHERIFF

In today’s world it seems no matter what the situation is, there are always people trying to take advantage of others. The COVID-19 virus outbreak is no different. There are a couple of scams going on now in regards to the relief stimulus packages so we wanted to share the information. It is rather lengthy and I tried to cut out as much as I could and leave the important information. Always remember you should never share your personal information with someone who contacts you, and you do not personally know who it is.

March 31, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus Scams
Congress has recently passed a large COVID-19 relief and stimulus package. As with other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudsters are exploiting the relief and stimulus to victimize the public. The U.S. Secret Service is observing a rise in stimulus relief fraud over the past several days and expect the fraud attempts to continue throughout the pandemic.
Criminal actors are using a variety of means to contact potential victims. In one instance, the criminal actors are using spoofed email addresses posing as U.S. Treasury officials requesting that the victim provide personal identifying information (PII), so that they can receive their share of the stimulus. A redacted example of an attack email is below:

Other than via email, criminal actors are contacting potential victims via SMS/text, robocalls, and other messaging platforms. Through texts, criminal actors are sending links which directs individuals to a website, which then prompts the potential victim to enter PII and other sensitive information, such as bank account numbers, email addresses, and passwords. See below for an example of an attack SMS sent to a potential victim.

The text message contained the victim’s real name, giving the text an appearance of legitimacy. Official
stimulus/relief information regarding COVID-19 will never be sent via text/SMS or on any other messaging
platforms.
Foreign partners are also seeing an uptick in COVID-19 stimulus relief fraud. The U.S. Secret Service
anticipates instances of similar fraud affecting U.S. citizens in the coming weeks. The method is the same- a
potential victim will receive a text message directing them to a link. Once they reach the link, they are
prompted to enter a variety of PII data. See below for another example of these SMS/Smishing attacks
received by our foreign partners.

The U.S. Secret Service stresses that individuals seeking information about the stimulus/relief program to
contact the specific government agency via its website for guidance. Individuals should follow protocols
published by those government websites. During this time, it is stressed that the public maintain an increased
vigilance when providing any PII or other privileged and protected information.
The U.S. Secret Service is working with domestic and foreign law enforcement partners, along with the
private sector, to disrupt and dismantle COVID-19 related fraud schemes. If anyone has any information
related to this alert, the GIOC can be contacted at GIOC@usss.dhs.gov.

March 30 … BOTH CUSTER CO PATIENTS TESTED FOR VIRUS ARE NEGATIVE

Custer County Public Health has received notification that the first probable case, associated with the Custer County Courthouse, was negative. Therefore, Custer County still has 0 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2 negative test results.

March 27 … GOVERNOR POLIS ADDRESSES STATE, CUSTER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CLARIFIES STAY AT HOME ORDER, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS MAY SOON BE AVAILABLE TO INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Custer County Public Health and Custer County Emergency Management held a joint news conference today and clarified the current statewide “Stay at Home” order. It was stressed to valley residents that although “essential” items are available, please limit your visits to once a week if possible and enter the stores alone. Here is a summary of the presentation:

• Case count – Elisa
o 1 negative, 1 pending
• Testing Capabilities
• What is Quarantine?
• Stay-at-home order and what that means for Custer County – Elisa
o Restaurants – carry-out/delivery still open
 Don’t forget to tip!
o Dollar Stores still open
o Grocery Stores still open
 One time a week… ish
o Can do
 Obtain food and other household necessities for themselves and their
family or household members.
 Deliver services or supplies to others, such as food, pet supply, other
household consumer products, and products or equipment necessary to
maintain the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of a residence.
 To engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, nordic skiing,
snowshoeing, biking or running. For purposes of outdoor activity, state
parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking,
running, and similar outdoor activities but all playgrounds, picnic areas,
other similar areas conducive to public gathering and attended areas shall
be closed.
 To perform work for critical industries.
 To care for a family member, a vulnerable person, or pet in another
household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an
individual’s home.
 To seek medical care
o Can’t do
o Full order can be seen on Custer County Covid-19 webpage or CDPHE website
• SBA Loan
• Best way to beat this is to stay home
• Daily updates on Facebook pages and COVID-19 page on custercountygov.com
• Contact SBS offices in Denver or local SBDC

For coverage of Jared Polis’ address to Colorado today, and for more information on the possibility of expanding the scope of the unemployment benefit program, please visit our friends at COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO

March 25 … GOVERNOR POLIS ISSUES “STAY AT HOME” ORDER

Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide “stay at home” order Wednesday, requiring the state’s 5.7 million residents to avoid unnecessary travel and mingling with others outside their households. Polis has also requested a major disaster declaration for Colorado from President Donald Trump, which would allow for additional federal aid to arrive in the state.“I call upon President Trump to grant this immediately,” Polis said.

COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO COVERAGE OF STAY AT HOME ORDER

March 24 … LOCAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RELIEF PROGRAM

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

COVID-19 Economic Support Program

A Community Effort Promoted by a Local Family Foundation

and

A Group of Concerned Valley Residents

Effective Monday, March 30th, all Custer County residents adversely affected by COVID-19 related employment lay-offs or other hardships are invited to visit the Loan a Ranger facility on Main Street to collect a coupon for up to $150.00 per family per week to redeem for food products at several local establishments. Proof of layoff (letter from your employer) or other hardship along with valid ID is all that is required.

If you are able to support this program with a tax-deductible donation, please send your check to:

Ezulwini Foundation,
P.O. Box 241
Westcliffe, CO 81252

The Foundation will match up to $25,000 of all donations.

Ezulwini Foundation is a registered 501c3 foundation. This advertisement paid for by friends of the COVID -19 Economic Support Program

March 24 … VETERANS’ SERVICES … volunteers needed, services offered

Good afternoon. In partnership with Custer County Public Health and the Custer County Sheriff’s Department, Custer County Veteran Service Officer John Carroll is coordinating volunteers to assist residents who may need to have essential items delivered to their homes and to check on our residents who are considered to be at a higher risk of COVID19 exposure. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, or if you are available to assist, please call or email John … t 719-783-9470 or veterans@custercountygov.com

March 23 … HEART OF THE ROCKIES PRESCRIPTION SERVICE

Here’s how to have your prescriptions filled by Heart of The Rockies and delivered to the Custer County Clinic. Call Heart of the Rockies to set up the service. They will need your insurance information and a credit card # to put on file. You will be instructed how to submit your prescription to HRCC. Deliveries are made daily to the Custer County Clinic, usually about 4:30 pm. Pickup is available at the clinic until 5:00 pm.  Usually prescriptions called in by 1:00 pm are delivered in Westcliffe the same day.

Heart of The Rockies Rx service  719-530-2401, Custer County Clinic 783-2380

March 20 …. CUSTER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS CONFERENCE

Custer County Public Health Director Elisa Livengood hosted a virtual Town Hall Friday afternoon. Topics covered included what to do if you feel ill. She advised to first contact your primary physician. She is also available for direct consultation at 719-458-9211. Should a patient be considered positive with COVID-19, treatment includes rest, fluids, pain/fever reduction (not ibuprofen) and isolation. Isolation can happen at home. Livengood also said the patient diagnosed as positive has on average infected 4 other people without knowing they were sick. A youtube link to the Town Hall video will appear at the top of this page when available.

Listen to The Community Calendar on KLZR for information on area closures and cancellations. We have increased the frequency of our on air Community Calendar in response to current events.

List of local closures as of 8am March 19

The Custer County Courthouse is closed until April 1st.  Exception: Access to the Courthouse begins March 23 for those with COURT BUSINESS ONLY 8am – 1pm

Westcliffe Town Hall is closed until further notice.

The Senior Center is closed for meals and all other social activities. For questions regarding the meal program, please call Rae at the Senior Center at 719-783-9508 or Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments at 719-539-3341.

The Custer County Department of Human Services is closed until April 1st.
Commodities distribution scheduled for 03/18/2020 has been cancelled. DHS will update when it is rescheduled.

The Custer County Community Sharing Center, 120 3rd St., Westcliffe. We will be distributing prebagged food this Friday from noon to 3:00 pm, to clients while in their vehicles. There is no ordering, it is a variety of essentials.

Custer County Schools will remain closed until at least April 6th.

The West Custer County Library is closed until further notice.

Alititude Community Fitness closed until further notice.

Custer County Department of Public Health has announced the first probable positive case of coronavirus in Custer County. This is upgraded from yesterday’s report of assumed positive because it is now known that the patient has been in contact with a known positive COVID-19 patient.

Custer County Department of Public Health is holding virtual town hall briefings online including every Friday at 12 noon. Visit KLZR.org and follow the link to the “COVID-19 Information Page.”

KLZR will continue to update information regularly, but things are changing quickly. Call ahead to check on closures and cancellations.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENTS ON KLZR

KLZR has increased the frequency of our Community Calendar announcements. Listen Monday through Saturday at  at 5,  7, and 11:00 am, 2, 5, and 8:00pm and on Sundays at 5, 7 and 10 am and 5 and 8:00 pm

CUSTER COUNTY ANNOUNCES FIRST POSITIVE CASE

COURTHOUSE CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 1

Custer County DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH-10 Hermit Lane #5Silver Cliff, CO 81252 (719) 276-3369

March 17, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elisa Livengood, Custer County Public Health Director at publichealth@custercountygov.com or (719) 458-9211Subject:

Custer County Department of Public Health is reporting the first assumed positive case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in Custer County. The patient is a male in his 50s. The patient is working with public health officials in the ongoing investigation to identify people that may have had close exposure. The case is assumed positive, which means the patient has been tested for everything that mimics the symptoms of COVID-19. However, all those tests came back negative. Therefore, we are assuming this patient has COVID-19.Local health and medical partners have acknowledged that the arrival of COVID-19 to Custer County was a matter of when versus if. As a result, they have been planning what a local response would look like as well as running through different scenarios. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Custer County Public Health and its partners will focus their response efforts on slowing the spread of the disease, which will require the community’s assistance. Although more than 80% of people who have contracted COVID-19 have relatively mild illness, there are greater risks for complications among older adults, especially above the age of 60 years, as well as people with pre-existing health conditions. Identification of the first case in Custer County is an important indicator. Health officials are reminding residents and guests that the individual precautions they can take to limit their exposure are the same precautions that can help slow the spread of COVID-19 within the community. These precautions will also help protect people in our community who may be at greatest risk for complications if they get infected.Protect yourself:•Wash your hands regularly, especially before eating or touching your mouth and nose.•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.•If you are sick, stay home. •Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.What to do if you’re sick:•Stay home if you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath. •Wear a mask or cover your cough and sneeze.•Wash your hands frequently and don’t share personal items (drinking glass or utensils) with others.

•Call your healthcare provider. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or the emergency department unannounced. •Your doctor’s office will assess your illness on the phone and provide information or guidance for you, household members, and other close contacts. •Testing for COVID-19 is not a routine test. Your healthcare provider will assess your symptoms and risk for the disease based on guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. •Since many of the illnesses are mild, we expect most COVID-19 patients will be isolated in their own home to rest and recover. If possible, sleep in a bedroom and use a bathroom that is not used by other household members.•There is no antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Getting rest and drinking plenty of fluids will likely be helpful for recovery. Only the most critically ill will be hospitalized.Public Health officials also recommend residents prepare for an emergency that might require them to stay at home for several days, including having food supplies, water and medications. Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the CO HELP Hotline at 1-877-462-2911. Updates or changes in guidance will be posted to https://www.facebook.com/CusterCountyEmergencyManagementand https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

Custer County DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH-10 Hermit Lane #5Silver Cliff, CO 81252 (719) 276-3369

March 17, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elisa Livengood, Custer County Public Health Director at publichealth@custercountygov.com or (719) 458-9211

.Subject: Effective at 4:00 pm on March 17th, 2020, Custer County Department of Public Health is closing the Custer County Courthouse until April 1, 2020 except for essential personnelalready established. It has come to our attention that a person who is assumed to be positive with COVID-19 was in the courthouse. This person does not have a confirmed test of COVID-19, but they do show all the symptoms and have tested negative for all other illnesses. All other county buildings (Sheriff’s Office, VSO, Road and Bridge, SAR, and Public Health) are still open as usual. We have determined that, in order to best slow the spread and protect our citizens, it is in the county’s best interest to close the courthouse until April 1st, 2020

 

Here are some links for information the COVID-19 virus …

Custer County COVID-19 page(Link to local Town Hall stream every Friday at noon found here)

Colorado Dept of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Our friends at Colorado Public Radio do a great job

Colorado Public Radio

KLZR Quarterly Newsletter is out !

KLZR Quarterly Newsletter is out !

The 2020 KLZR Winter Newsletter is here! Catch up on what we’ve been up to … and what comes next! A thank you for your generosity, a summary of our planned events, a summary of our recent survey results … and more!

https://mailchi.mp/f4eed4656e73/klzr-917-fm-winter-newsletter

KLZR Winter 2020 Newsletter

Temporary Closure of KLZR Studios …

Temporary Closure of KLZR Studios …

KLZR takes the health of our community and our volunteers seriously.

Therefore due to the COVID 19 national emergency we are temporarily closing our broadcast studio to visitors and non-essential personnel, until further notice. This includes our volunteer DJs. Locally produced programming will be automated using tracks from our large well curated library and news and other programming from other sources will continue to run as usual. We’ll broadcast special announcements as a service to the community whenever necessary.

I anticipate that that we will re-evaluate in two weeks.  Thanks for your patience and your understanding.   And thanks for, literally, being the voice of the Wet Mountain Valley.

Please don’t hesitate to send me any questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Gary

719-371-7324

Your poems on KLZR!

Your poems on KLZR!

KLZR’s Words on The Wind is an opportunity for local poets to share their work. Recorded poems will play on KLZR and be available for on demand play from our website

You can find our current selection of poems by visiting our home page at https://www.klzr.org and selecting “podcasts” under the “programming” tab. Words on The Wind selections also play over the air during our Wet Mountain Valley Creative Roundup show on Sundays from 9am to 11am.

We will help you record your poems!  Please contact paul.leach@klzr.org …

 

 

New and improved streaming!

New and improved streaming!

We’ve been working hard to improve the reliability and quality of our stream … Check it out!

You can stream directly from our home page at  https://www.klzr.org

If you prefer to use the Tune In app, just search for KLZR

Or, it can be as simple as asking your smart friend Alexa, Google or Bixby to “Play KLZR!”

 

 

keeping us on the air

keeping us on the air

We have a whole lot of folks who work hard to keep KLZR on the air. Please say hello to three of them … Irwin, Sandi, and TC. They have been tireless in their work behind the scenes.

Irwin Burton is our technical wizard. He checks in daily to see that all systems are functioning properly and finds solutions to the steady parade of challenges. Irwin had no experience in radio when he joined KLZR but has approached problems with his can do attitude. In 2019 alone, Irwin has overseen the replacement of our server after it melted down, installed remote access software to allow off site access for our volunteers, and overseen much of the infrastructure work in preparation for the recent installation of our fiber optic internet feed.

Sandi Dalton lives down the street from our studio and is often the first one on the scene when something goes kablooey. Sandi played a key role in getting us back on the air when the server crashed this summer. Her regular duties include managing the music library and keeping our on air Underwriting and promotional announcements current. KLZR is most often running on auto pilot, but this involves a lot of work behind the scenes. The “auto pilot” often seems to have a mind of it’s own Sandi will have none of that.

 

TC Smythe is the newest member of the KLZR team.  She recently arrived in the valley with extensive experience in Community Radio. She runs the office, works with our volunteers, and is heavily involved in our event planning. KLZR has already instituted many of her suggestions to make us better at what we do.