Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Colorado Health Emergency Hotline

Real-time information about the virus is available on the Colorado Health Emergency Hotline: 1-877-462-2911.

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Protecting Yourself and Others from COVID-19

Below are suggested measures from the CDC that can prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep your children at home when they are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • It is important to call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room to prevent the spread of illness. Tell them your symptoms and that you suspect you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or had recent travel to a country that is experiencing community spread.


  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing a phone line to answer questions from the public about COVID-19. 
    • For answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more:
  • If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call ahead to your health care provider. 
    • UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center offers Ask-A-Nurse, a 24/7 call line staffed by registered nurses who can assess symptoms and provide advice on seeking care. In Routt County, Ask-A-Nurse can be reached by calling 970-871-7878.

    • Steamboat Emergency Center

      • 970-846-6230

    • If patients are experiencing severe symptoms or having difficulty breathing, they should visit the hospital’s emergency department.
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If you are experience severe symptoms or are having trouble breathing, head to the emergency room for an evaluation. If the symptoms are mild or moderate, there are likely things people can do at home in support of their symptoms such as virtual visits, online appointments and calling your healthcare provider.