By Laura Neitzel
The towns and villages of Eagle County, Colorado, wind through the White River National Forest under the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Home to two world-famous ski resorts – Vail and Beaver Creek – the county welcomes visitors from around the world who flock to the area year-round to enjoy its natural beauty and recreational activities.
Because it’s an international destination, Eagle County emergency preparedness leaders knew that even their small, tight-knit communities could be at risk from the novel virus emerging from China in late December 2019. By the time the first case of COVID-19 hit the community (from an international traveler) on March 4, 2020, Eagle County had taken early, proactive measures to activate emergency preparedness plans, secure needed supplies and implement a coordinated interagency communication strategy.
Eagle County has kept infection and death rates low while avoiding many of the issues plaguing other parts of the County. Here is a look at how they did it.
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