Douglas County Extends Health Order to Combat Migrant Health Risks Amid Influx

Douglas County extends mandate on public health order for migrants

In recent months, the influx of tens of thousands of migrants, many from Venezuela, has arrived in Denver. Officials in Douglas County have taken steps to ensure that public health and safety are maintained by extending a public health order that requires entities or individuals sending groups of migrants to provide personal information about them.

Michael Hill, director of the Douglas County Health Department, explained that the extension of the order was necessary for the preservation of public health, safety, and welfare in Douglas County. The Board of Health adopted the order months ago to set requirements for any entities sending migrants to the county for shelter, despite having no prior indications that migrants would be placed in Douglas County.

While there have been no migrants dropped off in Douglas County as of mid-March, local leaders are preparing to enact an ordinance to prevent bus drivers from unloading passengers in unplanned locations. The order will remain in effect until it is rescinded by the county health board.

Of the roughly 40,000 migrants tracked by officials in Denver, not all choose to stay. Many are provided with one-way bus tickets to other cities, with the top destinations being Chicago and New York City. Some migrants initially stay in Denver but later move to other Colorado cities or states in search of jobs or more affordable housing. It is important for local governments and organizations to continue monitoring this situation closely and taking necessary actions

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