Douglas County prolongs public health order concerning migrants

Officials in Douglas County have extended a public health order that requires entities or individuals sending groups of migrants to the county to provide personal information about the migrants. This information includes their country of origin, health screenings, and other details. The order, first issued in December, is in response to the large number of migrants, many from Venezuela, arriving in Denver in recent months.

In Denver, officials have tracked roughly 40,000 migrants, with the city purchasing about 20,000 one-way bus tickets for those looking to go to other cities. Many migrants request to go where they have friends or family, with Chicago and New York City being top destinations. Others may initially stay in Denver but later move to other cities or states in search of jobs or cheaper housing.

The Director of the Douglas County Health Department, Michael Hill, stated that the board believes the order is necessary for the preservation of public health, safety

By Samantha Johnson

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