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Statements Sent to Media

There are times when the Board of County Commissioners responds to media questions via a statement. Statements are useful when responding to the same question from multiple reporters as it gives all news media the same information at the same time. Because these statements are sent via email, there is no accompanying news release for the pubic to access and view from the county web site, which is why we now have them available on this page. If you have any questions regarding these statements, please contact Jennifer Finch, Communications Director, at jfinch@weldgov.com

11/24/20: Regarding Longmont Mayor's Proposed Ordinance to deny healthcare

The following statement from the Weld County Board of Commissioners was sent to the media on November 24, 2020:

This Longmont mayor has taken a page out of Gov. Polis’ playbook by going after working families and compromising the mental wellbeing of the people who live in his community. The answer to this pandemic is not solely to close down small businesses the week of Thanksgiving; it is not to continually punish working-class families or the individuals who bag your groceries, wait on you in restaurants, deliver food to your home while you watch Netflix and chill; and it is certainly not to illegally deny healthcare to residents. But that is what this simple Mayor wants to do.

Weld County’s statement about promoting personal responsibility and not enforcing mandates has been woefully misunderstood by those living in fear and wishing to be governed by intimidation. Weld County is not an “anything goes” county, it is a “make the best decisions for yourself and your business” county, because we trust our residents to do what is best for themselves, their families, their businesses and their community. If the mandates put in place months ago worked, why are the numbers going up all along the Front Range?

Mayor Bagley is looking for someone/something to blame. Hear this: Weld County is not the problem.

It’s very easy for Mayor Bagley to sit in his office, still collecting a paycheck, and release an edict that denies equal protection of the law to the very people who shop and work in Longmont, and whose children attend Longmont schools.

11/24/20: Media request for response to Gov. Polis' Press Secretary's comment

The following is a comment from Gov. Polis' Press Secretary in response to a reporter's question "Looking to see if the governor’s office has a statement regarding the mayor of Longmont’s requested ordinance that would prohibit hospitals in the city from taking patients from Weld County?"

Statement from Gov. Polis’ Press Secretary:

Here is a statement you can attribute to me or a spokesperson. Be well.           

“You’re either on the side of the virus or on the side of Coloradans. Deadly COVID cases are spiraling out of control statewide and we must do better.  There are only 3 ICU beds left open in the county.  To undermine - with no real authority - the state’s efforts to save lives ultimately amounts to dangerous freeloading and jeopardizes lives, small businesses, and jobs.”

Conor Cahill
Press Secretary 

 

The reporter asked Weld County for a comment on that statement and the following was sent:

Response from the Weld County Board of Commissioners to Cahill’s statement:

I spoke with the Board and this is their response: The statement by the Governor once again shows his disdain for Coloradans. In Weld County, we are on the side of working men and women who have a responsibility to provide for their families and children. We are on the side of businesses who provide jobs and an opportunity for economic stability. We are disappointed that the Governor continues with his COVID shaming instead of understanding the mental distress this virus has thrusted on all Coloradans. 

 

11/20/20: Statement from the Weld County Board of Commissioners regarding the state's dial decision

The following statement from the Weld County Board of Commissioners was sent to the media on November 20, 2020:

The state’s decision to move Weld County into the red portion of the dial does not change the stance of the Weld County Board of Commissioners with regard to enforcement of the state’s mandates. Instead, county government continues to do what it has done since March, which is promote and encourage residents and business owners to take individual responsibility and make decisions to protect themselves, their families, their community and their businesses. The county will not enforce a rule confining individuals to their homes for an undetermined length of time; the county will not enforce a rule that states residents cannot have personal gatherings; the county will not tell the school districts how to provide education to their students; the county will not enforce a rule requiring a reduction of attendees in places of worship; the county will not enforce a rule demanding restaurants close their indoor dining areas; the county will not enforce any rule that forces a business to shut down or impedes their ability to operate.

The county will continue to encourage individuals to actively engage in prevention methods with regard to the virus: physically distance yourself from others, wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home if you are sick, clean frequently touched surfaces. The county will continue to encourage individuals to evaluate their personal situation and make decisions that protect them as best as possible.