On November 13, the Park County Board of County Commissioners were informed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that the county will move to the next level on the state’s COVID-19 dial to Safer at Home Level Yellow.
After more than three weeks of growing cases there is evidence of disease spread in Park County unlike any previous time since the pandemic began. The change is effective on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 5 PM.
The Board of County Commissioners are calling on all residents to recommit to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and adhere to state and local guidance. Every Safer at Home level limits personal gatherings to 10 or fewer people from no more than two households. Park County’s Safer at Home Level Yellow means important changes to the maximum number of people allowed to gather in places of business, worship and requires restaurants stop serving alcohol at 11 PM. Review a comparative chart of every dial level.
“Cases are rapidly increasing in Park County and everyone needs to work together to stop this trend so we can stay open for business this winter. Please avoid gatherings both within and outside of the home, wear a face covering around people you don’t live with, stay home when you’re sick, and wash your hands. If we take these simple actions now, we may avoid the most restrictive action of having to go back to STAYING AT HOME.” said Richard Elsner, County District 2 Commissioner.
The COVID-19 dial includes five levels, from least to most restrictive:
- Protect Our Neighbors Green: Local public health agencies are able to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and enforcement of public health orders.
- Safer at Home Blue: Less restrictive than Safer at Home Level 2, this level is for counties with low virus transmission that have not yet achieved Protect Our Neighbors.
- Safer at Home Yellow: The baseline. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.
- Safer at Home Orange: This is more restrictive than Safer at Home Level 2, for counties experiencing increased metrics. Action is needed, but Stay at Home may not be warranted.
- Stay at Home Red: Everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open.
For information about Park County’s COVID-19 Response and to access resources, please visit our website. For details on Colorado's COVID dial county status, visit the dial dashboard at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial/covid-19-dial-dashboard.