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Town of Silverthorne COVID-19 Update

Published March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020.

The Town of Silverthorne continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus and its impacts on our mountain community. The Town is working with Summit County and all other towns to do our best to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors.

On Sunday, March 15, Summit County released a standing public health order relating to public events. All large events of more than 50 people until further notice have been prohibited. Events or gatherings of less than 50 attendees are also prohibited unless measures are taken to minimize risk.

The Town of Silverthorne supports this countywide order. To maintain the priority of health and safety for our community, the Town of Silverthorne has also taken several actions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Silverthorne Police Department

The Silverthorne Police Department will be responding to calls for service on a selective response basis, evaluating the need to respond in person or via phone. An Accident Alert system will be put in place, stating that officers only respond to a motor vehicle incident when the following circumstances exist:

  • Vehicles are disabled due to damage.
  • Accident involves a fatality or an injury requiring medical attention.
  • Alcohol or drugs are involved.
  • Accident is an alleged hit and run.
  • There is damage to public property other than wildlife, i.e. a highway stop sign.
  • Any property damage accident in which the reporting party is not or has no contact with the driver(s)

As always, in the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Public Works

  • Snow plow operations will continue as normal. Town staff is prepared for the forecasted snow this week and snow will be removed in a timely and safe manner.
  • All public restrooms in Town of Silverthorne parks have been closed.
  • Water, Sewer and the Joint Sewer Authority will continue to conduct well and water treatment facility inspections on a daily basis and will perform testing as required by state law.

Town Hall and Public Meetings

  • Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice.
  • Court at Silverthorne Town Hall on Wednesday, March 18 is canceled.
  • All town committee, board and other public meetings, including planning commission, are canceled this week.  
  • The Town of Silverthorne Planning and Building Department is closed through March 20 in conjunction with the closure of Summit County’s Building Department.

Silverthorne Recreation Center

  • The Silverthorne Recreation Center will remain closed, at minimum, as long as Summit County schools are closed, which is currently scheduled through April 6. The Silverthorne Recreation Center has no scheduled reopening date at this time and the closure is expected to be prolonged.
  • At this time, a deep cleaning disinfection procedure has begun, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Detailed disinfection procedures include use of an Electrostatic Sprayer with Clorox Total 360, which reduces pathogens on all hard surfaces within the facility. 
  • All pools at the Silverthorne Recreation Center will be drained and refilled before the facility reopens.
  • All Silverthorne Recreation Center pass holders will have their passes extended for the amount of days equal to the closure.
  •  The Silverthorne Recreation Center will also prorate refunds with no administrative fee for programs canceled due to the closure.

Town of Silverthorne Events & Silverthorne Pavilion

  • All public events in the Town of Silverthorne are currently canceled. Upcoming canceled public events include the April First Friday on Friday, April 3 and the Country Western Dance on Friday, April 16.  
  • Private events at the Silverthorne Pavilion are being canceled or rescheduled for a later date in compliance with the Summit County public health order.

Silverthorne Performing Arts Center

  • The Silverthorne Performing Arts Center is currently closed. All daily operations for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company have been suspended through March 30. 

COVID-19 Test Results

At this time, the Town of Silverthorne is still awaiting test results for a Silverthorne Recreation Center employee who was reported symptomatic last week. The employee was tested on Thursday, March 12. On Saturday, March 14, a second Silverthorne Recreation Center employee who worked closely with the first employee also went in for testing.  

As the town previously stated, all Recreation Center guests that are believed to have had direct contact with the employee have been notified individually by Recreation Center staff.

Community Updates

Town officials will continue to monitor this situation and the employees’ testing results. An update will be provided to the community once the test results are received. Please stay tuned to the Summit County emergency blog for the latest information on countywide health orders and visit Silverthorne.org for the latest updates from our town.

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