Please take the time to read and understand this entire message.

Internet links: Before I send out each update, I check the links to make sure they are active. However, links do change from time to time, so the links I sent out today may not be the same tomorrow. You may have to search around a bit.

Hello to all. “Please find attached the Safer At Home Public Health Order. Earlier today I sent the Governor’s Executive Order for Safer At Home, this is the accompanying Public Health Order that adds a lot of detail.

Yes, it is long, but complex and critical situations like this demand detail. Please grab a highlighter and start reading, marking areas that are relevant to yourself, your family, and/or business. It is our responsibility to understand what we must do in order to comply. Read for a few minutes, take a break, repeat until done.

And now, a word of caution: If we do not do this phase correctly, we could move backwards by experiencing a surge of cases and ordering business closures again, and nobody wants that. I have established “trigger points” for moving forward or backward (based upon the National Coronavirus Response document). Let’s not go backward! Please, read, understand, and comply with the order so we can move forward in this marathon by doing our part (#DoingMyPartCO).

What can you do RIGHT NOW?

Read, understand, and comply with public health orders! Public health orders can be found here:

Stay home if you are sick and, if needed, call your medical provider.

Wear an appropriate mask if you must go out for an essential activity.

If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions.

Cover your cough and/or sneeze.

Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.

Wash your hands a lot.

Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources. Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites. Trusted sources/websites:


o Centers for Disease Control:

o CO State Health Department:

Do these things so you will be prepared, and not scared.

And remember, “This too shall pass.”

Until next time,

Richard Ritter, Executive Director

Otero County Health Department

13 West 3rd Street, Room 111

La Junta, Colorado 81050

719-383-3045 (Office)

719-383-3060 (Fax)