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UPDATES: Roaring Fork Valley Coronavirus: August 2-8, 2020

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Governor Polis, Treasurer Young Urge For Additional State Funding In Stimulus Package

Tuesday, August 4 - Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Treasurer Dave Young today sent a letter to the state's congessional delegation advocating for additional funding for Coloradans in the next stimulus package. Governor Polis and Treasurer Young stressed the importance of additional federal funding for essential services in the state as Colorado continues to mitigate the public health and economic effects of the pandemic. Areas highlighted by Governor Polis and Treasurer Young in need of financial assistance include food programs for children and families, support for child care and early childhood education, families experiencing homelessness because of the pandemic and assistance for ranchers and farmers.  The letter comes as leaders in Washington D.C. continue to debate what will be included in the next federal stimulus package.

National Guard Deployment Extended To Assist With Colorado's COVID-19 Response

Tuesday, August 4 - The White House today announced that it would continue Colorado's National Gaurd deployment throughout 2020 to assist with the state's COVID-19 response. Governor Jared Polis has advocated for continued support from the Colorado National Guard. The group is currently supporting testing across the state.

Hiker Evacuated From Snowmass Creek Due To Health Emergency

Sunday, August 2 - The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office was notified of a sick hiker on Snowmass Creek Trail at the bottom of Buckskin Pass on Saturday morning. The group who contacted authorities said the sick party member was displaying "symptoms of pneumonia." 

Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed two foot teams to reach the sick party, while a CareFlight helicopter was used to evacuate him. He was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was treated for his symptoms.

Garfield County Links Two Outbreaks To Religious Gatherings

Sunday, August 2 - Garfield County health officials said Friday that two congregations have seen COVID-19 spread among their members. 14 lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive cases and another 6 probable cases among congregants are being linked to one house of worship, and another church has reported similar spread among its members.

County health officials are reminding anyone gathering in groups to practice social distancing and wear masks. They also say singing related activities, like choir, can accelerate the spread of droplets in an indoor setting. They're reminding anyone who feels sick to stay home to stop the spread of the virus.