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Press Release 7-21-2020 weekly update and school info

July 17, 2020
From:    Dawn James, Kit Carson County Department of Public Health and Environment Director, PIO

In response to the Governor’s Mandatory Mask order, the Kit Carson County Board of Health believes in personal accountability.  The Colorado Indoor Mandatory Mask order is designed for public safety and the slowing of the upward trend of COVID-19 in Colorado.  Use your best judgment regarding the use of a face covering and be respectful of those who choose to wear them and businesses that require them.  

The Kit Carson County Sheriff also responds with the following statement:  “The Kit Carson County Sheriff’s office will not enforce this order. Sheriff Ridnour believes that it is your right to wear a mask or not wear a mask. Please respect businesses that require you to wear a mask before entering their place of business - that is also their right to require you to wear a mask.  The Sheriff’s office will continue to do their job which is to keep the peace.”
For further information or questions regarding the order, please contact Dawn James, Kit Carson County Public Health Director at 719-346-7158, ext. 116.


Point of clarification regarding the Governor’s Mandatory Mask Order.  Kit Carson County is not “opting out” of the order.  “Opting Out” is not a choice that has been given to us as a county by the State of Colorado.  We believe residents of Kit Carson County are able to use their best judgment regarding their compliance with a state law, no different than obeying traffic laws, etc.  Businesses that hold licenses (retail, restaurants, liquor stores and bars, cosmetology, chiropractic, medical, dental, etc.) all are required to follow the state law or risk losing their license and/or be fined.  It is their right to require a mask and refuse service to anyone who comes into their place of business and doesn’t follow the mask order.  If a place of business asks someone to leave, that is their right.  If a customer refuses to leave, the business owner could notify local law enforcement regarding trespassing, and law enforcement would then be required to respond under those circumstances.  Unfortunately, some people misunderstood the intent of response that was published this morning and have been saying Kit Carson County “opted out” which is not accurate.

Additional information regarding exemptions from the Colorado Indoor Mask Order:

Media Release 6-30-2020 update week 17 

Media Release 6-5-2020 update COVID19 cases

KCC church protocol Attachment B

Special events Youth and agriculture Attachment D

Restaurant reopening Attachment C

Kit Carson COVID-19 testing locations and Dates. 5-4-20

Colorado unemployed due to CODIV-19 please refer to Colorado’s unemployment insurance.  CLICK HERE

Kit Carson County is currently looking for individuals that would be interesting in fostering children. Kit Carson County strives to keep children with their families, however, there are times that due to family circumstances, children are not able to remain with their immediate family. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent for children residing in Kit Carson County please contact Tiffany Ramos at 719-346-7158 ext. 119.

Northeastern Colorado Mitigation Planning Project Press Release January 24, 2020

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Kit Carson County


ASSESSOR - Abbey Mullis


COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Gary Koop, Cory Wall, Dave Hornung


SHERIFF - Tom Ridnour


Kit Carson County is located on the I-70 corridor in East Central Colorado near the Kansas border. Encompassing 2,161 square miles, Kit Carson County is among the State's top livestock, wheat and corn producing counties. Founded in 1889, its county seat is located in Burlington, Colorado at the Kit Carson County Courthouse.

Home to over 8,000 residents, Kit Carson County's six primary communities offer a wide range of social and recreational opportunities including the historic Kit Carson County Carousel and Museum, Old Town, three golf courses, three public swimming pools, a number of well equipped community playgrounds and parks and the annual County Fair and PRCA Rodeo.