Dear Chaffee County Business Owner,

I’m honored to have been named the COVID-19 Community Outreach Coordinator for Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH). I’m reaching out to tell you that I’m here to support you as we navigate a unified response to COVID-19 this fall and winter.

I’ve been a Chaffee County resident for over eight years and feel deeply inspired by, and connected to, this wonderful community, which has given me so much over the years. My desire to give back to the place I call home and the people who make it so special—along with my belief that this is a critical moment where we need to come together as a county—is the impetus for the work I’ll be doing over the next few months.

You will see me out and about in the community offering education and outreach support about how we, individuals and businesses alike, can do our part to contain the spread of COVID-19.

I’ll also be touching base directly with you and your staff members to learn how we can better support you in running successful, profitable businesses that also prioritize your safety, and that of your employees and customers.

Our ultimate goal is to keep our county thriving, despite the pandemic.

This will take cooperation, strategizing, and working together to implement best practices, especially as we gear up for late autumn and winter. To this end, I will serve as a liaison between you and CCPH to make sure we address each of your ideas, concerns, and requests for support.

In addition, I will be fielding complaints and concerns from the public. Thus, I will also play a role in working with businesses to help change practices that are not in line with current standards for curbing the spread of COVID-19. In instances of continued, egregious disregard, there are a series of steps outlined in our Community Outreach Plan (http://bit.ly/ComOutPlan) that will be taken by CCPH.

It is, however, my sincerest hope that through honest open dialogue we can foster a spirit of cooperation that will allow you to focus on running a booming business, while giving me the space to serve you by implementing solutions meant to keep you and fellow members of our community safe.

I look forward to working with each of you. Please feel free to reach out at 719-221-1184 or ckassar@chaffeecounty.org.


Chris Kassar COVID-19 Community Outreach Coordinator

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