County Commissioners respond to CDPHE Variance Denial

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The Alamosa County Public Health Department has received feedback on the variance request filed to allow additional businesses to open under the Safer-At-Home Order with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (“CDPHE”).  CDPHE stated that due to the recent "agricultural facility outbreaks" in Alamosa and the surrounding areas, the Department would like to "continue to monitor the data....before making a final determination."  The Board of County Commissioners express their continued frustration and disappointment with the lack of understanding regarding the needs and circumstances of rural Colorado and the San Luis Valley in particular by CDPHE and the Governor's policy group.  Their continued inaction continues to cause irreparable harm to the citizens of our community. Numerous counties across the state have been granted a variance, and in some cases multiple variances.  It is now time for the Governor's Office to do the same for us! 

The Alamosa County Public Health Department would like to remind the public that the only Public Health orders currently in place are the Governor’s Safer-At-Home orders. Unfortunately, the Public Health Department and County Commissioners do not have the authority to override this order. 

For further information on current orders and variance, see 

  • Read official Letter from CDPHE here.