- Routt County Approves 23rd Local Disaster Declaration until February 26, 2022
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO, January 11, 2022 – The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to extend the 23rd local disaster declaration until February 26, 2022, regarding COVID-19 and its effects in the community. Colorado Governor Polis issued a Declaration of a Disaster Emergency on March 10, 2020. Routt County continues to extend the declarations every month.
On March 13, 2020, Routt County Chair Tim Corrigan signed the first Declaration of Local Disaster relating to the COVID-19 global pandemic. On March 16, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners ratified and extended the first Declaration of Local Disaster and they have continued to sign one every month for the county to access state and federal funds.
The current disaster declaration is the 23rd Resolution extending the Declaration.
Language from the declaration includes: “…The Board hereby continues the Declaration of Local Disaster. There is a local disaster in Routt County, to wit, the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from the Pandemic requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage. 2. The effect of this declaration of disaster shall be to activate the response and recovery aspects of all applicable local and interjurisdictional disaster emergency plans and to authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance under such plans.”
The Disaster Declaration is an administrative tool that can help facilitate access to funding and other resources. Disaster Declarations are a typical response to COVID-19. States, counties, and cities across the country are using them to ensure appropriate resources as available for response and recovery.
The actual language of the disaster declaration will be on the COVID-19 Routt County website later this afternoon.