In recent months, Douglas County has seen a surge of migrants, many from Venezuela, arriving in Denver. In response to this influx, the county’s health department has expanded a public health order that requires entities or individuals sending groups of migrants to provide personal information about the migrants. This includes their country of origin, health checks, and other details.

Douglas County Health Department Director Michael Hill stated that the order was necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the county. The Board of Health passed an order several months ago with requirements for any entity that sends migrants to the county for shelter. This was seen as a precautionary measure, as there was no indication at the time that nearby governments intended to approach the district for shelter.

Although no migrants had been left behind in Douglas County by mid-March, the county’s elected leaders are preparing to pass an ordinance that would prevent bus drivers from unloading passengers at unplanned locations. The order will remain in effect until lifted by the county health board.

In Denver, officials tracked about 40,000 migrants, and the city bought about 20,000 one-way bus tickets for those who wanted to go to other cities. Many migrants seek to go where they have friends or family, with Chicago and New York being the main destinations. Others may initially stay in Denver but later move to other cities or states in search of work or cheaper housing.

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