Douglas County Extends Public Health Order on Migrants as Influx Continues in Denver

Douglas County extends mandate on public health order for migrants

Officials in Douglas County have extended a public health order that requires any entities or individuals who are sending groups of migrants to take shelter in the county to provide personal information about the migrants. This includes details such as their country of origin, health screenings, and other information. The order was first issued in December and is connected to the influx of tens of thousands of migrants, many from Venezuela, arriving in Denver in recent months.

Michael Hill, director of the Douglas County Health Department, stated 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.

As part of their preparation for potential future migrations, local leaders are considering enacting an ordinance to prevent bus drivers from unloading passengers in unplanned locations. While there have been no migrants dropped off in Douglas County as of mid-March, officials are taking steps to ensure that they can handle any future influxes efficiently and effectively.

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. Officials are working closely with local governments and law enforcement agencies to address this issue and ensure that public health remains a top priority.

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