Coronavirus Information and Resources
Welcome to the Information and Resources page for North Animas Village members, volunteers, staff, and our community. Our goal is to alleviate the stress of our Village community by providing a central location of up-to-date information from trusted resources and communication about policies related to the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the Durango region. We encourage you to visit this page regularly. Information will be updated throughout this rapidly changing period. Special thanks to Northwest Neighbors Village for sharing much of the information here.
Current Phone Operation Status:
Monday through Friday - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Members and volunteers are encouraged to call us at 970.759.7283. Volunteers are available and will gladly help our Village community problem solve and seek appropriate resources. If a volunteer isn't available to answer, please leave a message, as they regularly check voice mails during normal business hours.
Current Policy on Programs and Volunteer Services:
North Animas Village is temporarily suspending Village sponsored group gatherings as of March 15th and through the end of April at which time we will decide if it is prudent to start socializing again.
In accordance with Colorado Governor Jared Polis’s declaration of a state of emergency and a public health emergency, North Animas Village will suspend in-person volunteer services effective March 16, 2020 – April 6, 2020. In lieu of in-person volunteer support, Village members are receiving frequent telephone contact with volunteers and staff. We will contact members and volunteers directly and update this webpage when our policy changes.
North Animas Village Guidance for In-person Visits and Exposure
- Symptom screening. Check out this self-assessment tool provided by DC Health.
- Press pause. If you do report cold or flu-like symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, chills,) we recommend that any in-person visits be postponed until your health status is cleared by a medical provider.
- Consider your risk. If you are unwell with another diagnosed illness (i.e. emphysema, COPD) that causes coughing or throat discomfort, proceed with caution. Individuals with underlying lung disease are at greater risk for becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. People have been known to carry the virus while not exhibiting symptoms.
- Wash your hands and cover your coughs and sneezes. Frequently practice good hand hygiene. Washing your hands with soap and water is preferred, however hand sanitizer made of at least 60% alcohol will work in a pinch. Watch this video to learn proper hand washing techniques.
- Safety first. Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are encouraged to stay home. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about recommendations for this high risk population.
- Self-quarantine. If you have any reason to suspect you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus, stay home, contact your health care provider, and follow the guidelines from the DC Health. Please self-isolate to protect yourself and your community.
COVID-19 Know the Facts and Promote Prevention
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: Everything Durango residents need to know about the Coronavirus, updated around the clock
World Health Organization: Read the latest information on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Mayo Clinic: Read up on symptoms and causes, and diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19
From the White House Coronavirus Task Force: A cheat-sheet for prevention
CDC Tips for Prevention: Ways to stay healthy, and avoid the Coronavirus or any influenza
Preparation for an emergency can help you feel in control and respond better in the event of an emergency. Here are some ways to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak:
- Keep an adequate supply of non-prescription drugs and other health supplies on hand – fever reducers, pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and a thermometer.
- Check your regular prescription drugs to make sure you have an adequate supply and refill your prescriptions as needed. See if your pharmacist can fill an extra month’s supply of your prescriptions.
- Have extra non-perishable food items at home, as well as important personal hygiene and household items like toilet paper, tissues, disinfectant cleansers, etc. The following list provides helpful information on disinfectants that kill the COVID-19 virus.
- If you have a pet, make sure to have an ample supply of food for your pet and your pet’s prescription medication, if applicable. Also, make plans to have someone care for your pet if you need to leave the house for an extended period of time.
- Create a personal support network of family and friends who can help you in an emergency. North Animas Village requests emergency contact information, including the name of a neighbor with a key to your home. This information is used in the event of an emergency. Be sure to contact the office if any of your information has changed. If you aren’t sure who you’ve named, please contact the office and we will gladly review that information with you. This is also a good time to let your support network know about NAV so s/he is familiar with us in the event of an emergency.
- Make sure that someone in your network has a key to your home and knows where you keep important health information.
- Keep your health information updated and organized, this includes written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and orders for medical equipment (including dosage, treatment and allergy information) up to date.
Getting Around: Transportation Options
Village volunteers are available to provide transportation to our Full Members. Please understand that we may experience a reduction in volunteer availability if our volunteers become ill or choose to reduce the risk of exposure by limiting their time outside of the home.
Walgreens offers drive through and delivery on all prescriptions.
2701 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301 | (970) 385-1001
Assistance with shopping for Dry Goods, Food, and Meals
Village volunteers are available to assist Full Members with grocery shopping and running errands. Please understand that we may experience a reduction in volunteer availability if our volunteers become ill or choose to reduce the risk of exposure by limiting their time outside of the home. If you need assistance accessing grocery or meal delivery options, North Animas Village staff and volunteers can help.
An Option to instore Grocery Shopping
We have confirmed that instacart.com provides grocery delivery services to our area for a very reasonable fee. Orders can be placed with City Market, Natural Grocers and Albertsons.Setting up an account is easy, but if you need assistance, please call us at 970-759-7283 and we can have a volunteer help you over the phone.
Here are the fees and website.
$35 order -- $3.99
under $35 -- $7.99
Service fee -- $2
Plus appropriate sales tax
Plus appropriate tip
Curbside pickup of groceries is offered at a few stores in town. Click on the name of each resource below to be directed to their website.
Please note, online ordering services are experiencing shortages in essential items like toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Also, due to demand, reservation times to collect your groceries may be 3 to 4 days out. If you need some help placing an order, please call us and we will assign a volunteer to help. If you are in need of food and supplies before your reservation time please contact the Village office at 970.759.7283.
Home Delivered Meals
Meals on Wheels is offered through LaPlata County Senior Services. Call the Food Service Manager at (970) 382-6435 for more information or to sign-up for Meals On Wheels delivery.
North Animas Village has some volunteers available to assist with pet care. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
Chewy is an online store where you can purchase pet food, supplies, and medication.
What to do if you're not feeling well
The most important thing to do if you’re experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms is to stay calm. Stay home and call your doctor. Additional tips are below.
The CDC provides guidance on what to do if you are sick.
- If Village members or volunteers are exposed to someone who is showing symptoms, we recommend the following steps.
- Leave the sick person’s home or vicinity immediately and return to your home. Recommend the sick person seek medical care.
- Initiate a self-imposed quarantine period of 14 days. If you have any reason to believe you might have been exposed to the Coronavirus, limit your contact with others until you can confirm that the person did not have the virus, or you can seek appropriate medical advice to rule out any probability that you have the virus. We recognize this is an inconvenient step, but it is what we are recommending all our community members follow, and what we are requiring our staff follow.
- Call your doctor for guidance. At the recommendation of your medical provider begin symptom treatment and relief.
- If you are concerned about yourself or the well-being of a Village Member,call the Village Office at 202-777-3435.
Continue vigilance of your own hand hygiene and best practices for protection