State maintains baselayer protections in new Public Health Order
REMOTE, (April 16, 2021): Today, the COVID-19 Dial evolves into Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions, which allows counties to implement regulations at the local level while still maintaining some limited requirements across the state. Counties may use the statewide dial framework as a model for implementing their own regulations.
“We want local governments to be able to move nimbly, creating local protocols where necessary to protect their communities, and we will support them when they do,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
According to a recent survey of local public health agencies conducted by CDPHE, many local governments will go above and beyond these state measures. More than half (51.5%) of the local public health agencies that responded plan to have a public health order in place. Of those, 36% plan to have a modified dial or other local order, 24% plan on staying in level green, 12% in level blue and the rest have other plans for mitigation efforts. The counties that indicated through the survey or other conversations with CDPHE that plan to have a modified dial or maintain Levels Yellow, Blue or Green represent 3,743,419 Coloradans.
Counties that indicated they would have a modified dial or a local order in addition to the state’s order:
- Clear Creek
- San Miguel
Counties that indicated that they would maintain Level Yellow:
Counties that indicated that they would maintain Level Blue:
- Broomfield (modified)
- Gunnison (modified)
- La Plata
Counties that indicated that they would maintain Level Green:
- Kit Carson
- San Juan
Counties that indicated that they would not have local orders:
- El Paso
- Los Animas
- Rio Grande
Counties that have not yet communicated their plans to CDPHE include Garfield, Grand, Hinsdale, Jackson, Mineral, Moffat, Park, Rio Blanco, Saguache.
“We believe protocols at the local level are an appropriate path– allowing us to balance the need for economic recovery and the need to slow transmission– two things that have a tremendous impact on overall public health,” Hunsaker Ryan added.
The dial framework, originally implemented on September 15, 2020, standardized the levels of openness or restrictions on a county level, based on the metrics of disease transmission, the level of local testing, and hospitalizations. It allowed Colorado to tailor its response on a county level, recognizing that conditions vary locally. With increased vaccination rates and less threat to hospital capacity, the state’s role in continuing to mandate statewide restrictions is lessening and the role of local communities to regulate and manage the virus is increasing. The Colorado dial will remain as guidance to counties and the state still strongly recommends that businesses and other entities follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The state will not be letting up efforts to suppress the virus, but will continue two important statewide measures to continue protecting Coloradans no matter where they live which includes the statewide mask mandate and Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions, that addresses large gatherings and other indoor high risk settings.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.