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Posted on: November 20, 2020

COVID-19 Information

Dial Red-Severe

The State moved Routt County to Level Red/Severe Risk on Tuesday, November 17th at 5:00pm.  The Red Level Restrictions will go into effect on Friday, November 20th at 5:00pm.  Governor Polis on Tuesday also announced another level for counties called Level Purple/Extreme Risk. The major changes from Level Orange/High Risk to Level Red/Severe Risk include an 8:00 pm last call, indoor dining is closed, office-based businesses and gyms are at 10% capacity and all indoor events are closed.  See the state’s capacity list here.

In the letter to the Commissioners and Public Health Director Roberta Smith, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment said,

“..On November 10, 2020, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified Routt County Public Health Agency that the county’s incidence rates had exceeded COVI-19 Dial Yellow thresholds and as such, the county would be moved to COVID-19 Dial Level Orange to facilitate a gradual implementation of restrictions. At that time, the county’s incidence rates were as follows:

  • Two-week cumulative incidence rate: 241.7/100.000 people
  • Percent positivity: 3.69%
  • 2-week COVID-19 case count (new cases): 62

As of today, the county’s incidence rates are as follows:

  • Two-week cumulative incidence rate: 662.72/100.000 people
  • Percent positivity: 7.51%
  • 2-week COVID-19 case count (new cases): 170

Given the increase in incidence rates in Routt County and across the state, the implementation of COVID-19 Dial Level Red restrictions is more suitable at this time. We will re-evaluate Routt County’s COVID-19 metrics the week of December 18. Should transmission rates levels continue to escalate, we may revisit additional restrictions sooner, conversely if the trend is reversed, we can discuss moving the county back down the dial.

The change from Level Orange to Level Red is effective, Friday November 20th at 5pm … This process will require the county to implement restriction across all sectors as described in Section II.F of Public Health Order 20-36, as amended.

Life Rite activities that are already scheduled for Nov 20-22, such as wedding or memorial services, may proceed as planned. Any future activities must conform to the new requirements….”

In reaction to the news, Commissioner Chair Tim Corrigan said, “The state provided us with a framework that we now have to follow. With the high number of cases, it is appropriate for Routt County to be at Level Red.  I urge all of our residents and our visitors to do everything in their power to stop the spread of this deadly disease. We must get this under control. Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, keep personal gatherings to your household, stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have symptoms.  Do your part, Routt County.  Together, we can get through this, but only if we all take personal action.”

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