Montrose PD Reports COVID-19 Cases, Makes Operational Adjustments

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Montrose, CO — While the Montrose Police Department has taken appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of its personnel throughout the ongoing pandemic, positive COVID-19 test results have been reported among its staff. Affected staff members are following all quarantine protocols recommended by both the local and the state health departments.

The City of Montrose and the Montrose Police Department are working in close coordination with Montrose County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and will follow their guidance for the health and safety of the Montrose community and city staff.

Understandably, COVID-19 cases within the department may cause concern to some in the community regarding the delivery of emergency services. 

“Due to the personal interactions with the public and between staff that are intrinsic to law enforcement operations, the police department has anticipated the possibility of positive COVID-19 cases in the department and is prepared to work proactively to adjust its operations to ensure that it is fully equipped to continue to provide the highest level of service to Montrose residents while also protecting the health and safety of staff and the public,” said Police Chief Blaine Hall.

In an effort to further limit in-person contacts, only one customer at a time will be allowed to interact with front desk staff at the Police Department lobby, located at 434 South 1st Street. Signage will be posted outside the PD entrance to indicate this adjustment. 

Additionally, the PD is asking for the community’s cooperation in limiting in-person contact by accepting phone calls from officers for certain non-emergency reports. On-duty officers will still be available to take reports 24 hours per day and will respond to emergency incidents as normal. 

Recent developments at the PD provide an important reminder of the need for continued diligence in taking appropriate measures to protect the health of ourselves and our neighbors. The Montrose Police Department encourages community members to continue to make safe choices, especially as we enter the holiday season.

More information and updates about adjustments to the city’s operations during the pandemic are available at CityofMontrose.org/COVID19. Other important COVID-19 public information sources are listed below:

• Follow the City of Montrose and Montrose County on social media for immediate information updates

• Montrose County Public Health COVID-19 hotline: 970-252-4545.

• Montrose County Public Health website: www.MontroseCounty.net/COVID19.

• For public meeting notices: www.CityofMontrose.org/NotifyMe

For more city news visit CityofMontrose.org.

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