State health department amends Safer-At-Home public health order allowing professional sports to resume and temporarily closing bars

DENVER, July 1, 2020:  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amended Public Health Order 20-28 for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phase. The order is effective until July 30.

The new guidance and changes are listed below:

  • Professional sports may resume pre-season practices, training, and league play after receiving approval from CDPHE on a reopening plan that details disease prevention and mitigation strategies.
  • Bars that do not serve food from a licensed retail food establishment must close to in-person service. Bars that offer food from a licensed retail food establishment for on-premise consumption and follow the restaurant requirements – including seating all patrons at tables a minimum of 6 feet apart – may operate up to 50% of the posted occupancy limit or 50 patrons indoors, whichever is less. Additionally, bars may use the calculator for indoor events  to allow for occupancy up to 100 patrons indoors.  All bars may continue to operate to-go, curbside and delivery service.
  • Libraries are no longer limited to curb-side only services, though curbside services are encouraged.
  • Real estate open houses may occur in accordance with indoor event requirements.

“We have started to see an increase in cases and are making every effort to prevent transmission of this virus,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. “Bars are more likely to have people congregating and mingling in close proximity, and for longer duration. We have updated the public health order to limit the operation of bars and other alcohol establishments to be in line with our current level of disease transmission.”

For extensive information on Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phase, including sector-specific guidance, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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El departamento de salud estatal modifica la orden de salud pública Más Seguros en Casa, permitiendo la reanudación de deportes profesionales y cerrando temporalmente los bares

DENVER, 1 de julio de 2020: el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) emitió la modificación de la Orden de Salud Pública 20-28 para la fase Más Seguros en Casa y en Nuestros Entornos Naturales. La orden seguirá en vigencia hasta el día 30 de julio.

A continuación se indican los nuevos cambios y directrices:

  • Los deportes profesionales pueden reanudar sus prácticas de pre-temporada, entrenamientos y partidos de ligas después de haber recibido una aprobación por parte del CDPHE de un plan de reapertura que detalle las estrategias de prevención y mitigación de la enfermedad.   
  • Los bares que no sirven alimentos dentro de un establecimiento de venta minorista de alimentos con licencia deben dejar de prestar servicios en persona. Los bares que ofrecen alimentos de un establecimiento de venta minorista de alimentos con licencia para consumo en el lugar y que cumplan los requerimientos para los restaurantes, incluyendo sentar a todos los clientes en mesas con un mínimo de 6 pies de distancia entre cada mesa, pueden operar con un 50% de la capacidad máxima de personas o un máximo de 50 clientes en ambientes cerrados, la cantidad que sea menor. Adicionalmente, los bares pueden utilizar el calculador de espacios para eventos en ambientes cerrados para permitir una capacidad de hasta 100 clientes en un ambiente cerrado. Todos los bares pueden continuar con sus operaciones de servicios para llevar, de entrega al vehículo en la banqueta y de entrega a domicilio.
  • Las bibliotecas ya no están limitadas a servicios de entrega a vehículo en la banqueta, aunque se recomienda este método de entrega de servicios. 
  • Se pueden realizar eventos de puertas abiertas de bienes raíces (open houses), de conformidad con los requerimientos para eventos en ambientes cerrados.

“Hemos comenzado a observar un aumento en el número de casos y estamos haciendo todo lo posible para prevenir la transmisión de este virus”, declaró la Dra. Rachel Herlihy, epidemióloga estatal. “Existe una mayor probabilidad en los bares de que las personas se congreguen y socialicen a una proximidad cercana por períodos más largos. Hemos actualizado la orden de salud pública para limitar las operaciones de los bares y otros establecimientos que ofrecen alcohol para que estén alineados con la incidencia actual de transmisión de la enfermedad”.

Para obtener información más detallada sobre la fase Más Seguros en Casa y en Nuestros Entornos Naturales, incluyendo guías específicas por sector, por favor consulte: covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home

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State health department amends Safer-At-Home public health order allowing professional sports to resume and temporarily closing bars

CDPHE: State health department releases Protect-Our-Neighbors roadmap

Local communities will be able to qualify if they meet certain criteria

DENVER, June 30, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today announced the final roadmap for local communities to qualify for the Protect our Neighbors phase of the COVID-19 response. Local communities will be able to qualify for this status to gain more local control in their communities if they meet certain criteria, including low viral transmission and preparedness of the public health agency to successfully respond to an increase in cases. Once communities meet certification criteria, submit a surge mitigation plan, and are approved by the state, they will be able to permit activities at 50% of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least 6 feet between non-household members, and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time. 

“This is the gold standard of pandemic preparedness, and it is a goal for our communities to aspire to. Not all of our communities will be able to achieve this goal immediately, ” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It’s going to be up to all of us to keep wearing masks, washing our hands, and keeping our distance. We need to all do our part to keep transmissions low and prevent a surge on our hospital systems.”

Next week, CDPHE will provide more information and training on the process for applying for certification, as well as grant funding that will be available to help communities enhance their COVID-19-related planning and infrastructure.

Three things will enable a community to qualify for Protect-Our-Neighbors certification status:

  • Low disease transmission levels (including stable or declining COVID-19 hospitalizations or fewer new cases in the past two weeks),
  • Local public health agency capacity for testing, case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak response (including the ability to test 15 people per 10,000 residents per day; the ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing for at least 85% of assigned cases within 24 hours; a plan that documents the ability to investigate and contact trace their share, based on population, of our state’s overall 500 cases per day goal; and strategies to offer testing to close contacts of outbreak-associated cases)
  • Hospital ability to meet the needs of all patients and handle the surge in demand for intensive hospital care (including the capacity to manage a 20% surge in hospital admissions/patient transfers and two weeks of PPE available.)

A county may seek to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors by themselves, or voluntarily form a “region” with neighboring counties. Communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems — paired with low virus levels — can take on more control over their own reopening plans and help the state avoid statewide shutdowns. 

“Protect Our Neighbors empowers local governments, public health agencies and partners to meet the needs of their communities and scale their response,” said Hunsaker Ryan. “If communities are successful in controlling the outbreak locally, the state will not have to rely on suppressing the virus through extreme statewide shutdowns.”

Protect Our Neighbors requires all Coloradans to continue to support and protect people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people with underlying medical conditions. It’s important to remember that different communities may be in different phases — Stay-At-Home, Safer-At-Home, or Protect Our Neighbors — and may move between levels during this pandemic. Communities that are able to loosen restrictions under Protect Our Neighbors may need to tighten restrictions again to Safer-at-Home or Stay-at-Home levels if they see case increases, outbreaks, or a surge on their hospital systems.

The Protect-Our-Neighbors metrics were drafted by a workgroup consisting of epidemiologists and public health experts from the CDPHE, the University of Colorado School of Public Health, and local public health agencies from across the state. The group included representatives from urban, rural and frontier counties. In addition, the workgroup consulted health care coalitions and health care systems leadership in drafting treatment metrics. They met over the course of five sessions and reviewed scientific literature, case studies, and expert consultation to develop metrics that would achieve the goal of ensuring that they signify a systems readiness for broader reopening.

In order to help support communities’ ability to achieve success, the state is making additional federal CARES Act funding available: 

  • Planning grant of up to $50,000 to engage consultants and community partners, and to fund community engagement efforts with communities impacted by and at increased risk.  
  • Infrastructure Strengthening Grants of up to $300,000 (up to $150,000 in state funds + local match) to invest in technology; community resource coordination; communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders; funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers; and enhanced prevention and containment efforts. 

For extensive information on Protect-Our-Neighbors, including guidance for communities to qualify for this phase, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/protect-our-neighbors.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State health department releases Protect-Our-Neighbors roadmap

State health department releases guidance allowing visitors at residential care facilities

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released guidance today allowing outdoor visitation at residential care facilities. This guidance allows visitors at residential care facilities while minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19. The state decided to implement this guidance now since disease rates in the state are low.

The department sought and incorporated feedback from the public and stakeholders before finalizing the guidance. The guidance states that:

  • The facility cannot have outdoor visitation if the facility had any recent positive cases or outbreaks and has not completed the required isolation period of 14 days. Facilities with active cases are not allowed to offer visits. 
  • All visits must be scheduled. Prior to the visits, facilities must provide information about COVID-19, and instructions for self-screening on the day of the visit, social distancing and mask-wearing, and details about the visit.
  • The visitor must be greeted outside at a designated area by facility staff, and the staff member will perform temperature check and symptom screening in accordance with current CDC guidelines. Visitors with symptoms in the previous 14 days should not be allowed visitation. Residents who are in isolation or quarantine related to COVID-19 or have symptoms related to COVID-19 may not participate in outdoor visitation.
  • All visitors must wear a face mask or cloth face covering. All staff and the resident must wear a surgical or cloth mask unless doing so would inhibit the resident’s health.  
  • Visitors must supply name and contact information to facilities for contact tracing.
  • Facilities must establish a separate designated meeting area outdoors for these visitations. The facility should ensure that residents not participating in visits continue to have access to outdoor space. This area must be monitored to ensure it remains separated from the facility population and staff. 
  • There can be no more than eight people (including resident, staff, and visitors) in the gathering, or the number determined by using the Social Distancing Calculator, whichever is smaller. The allowable number of visitors should be documented in the visitation plan. 
  • Furniture used for external visits should be appropriately cleaned and disinfected between visits.
  • Each facility must document their outdoor visitation policies and add it to their isolation plan.  

“We know that these restrictions – and the resulting isolation – have been hard on the residents in these facilities,” said Randy Kuykendall, Director of the Health Facilities and EMS Division at CDPHE. “But we know the restrictions, while hard, helped minimize the impact of outbreaks. Because of the success of our collaborations between state and local health departments and residential care facilities in the state, we are pleased to offer some safe ways for residents to receive visitors.”

While outdoor visitation is currently allowed, the state may decide to amend this guidance if there is an increase in cases and the epidemiological data suggests that visitation is no longer safe. Outdoor visitation will not be allowed if the facility has an outbreak or if the community is under a Stay-At-Home order. 

This guidance applies to outdoor visitation and does not address compassionate care visits, such as end-of-life situations. Following CDC guidance, compassionate care visits have been allowed on a case-by-case basis and should include careful symptom screening to prevent transmission of COVID-19. 

Public health orders establish requirements that Coloradans must follow while guidance documents provide clear instructions for how businesses and individuals can comply with the public health orders.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State health department releases guidance allowing visitors at residential care facilities

CDPHE responds to outbreak among staff at residential camp in El Paso County

Camp voluntarily agrees to close for summer; campers had not yet arrived

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is collaborating with El Paso County Public Health to support an investigation into an outbreak of COVID-19 among adult staff at Eagle Lake Overnight Camp, a residential camp that had not yet opened to campers. 

On June 18, the department received reports of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Eagle Lake Overnight Camp. The camp, which is near the border of Teller and El Paso counties, had approximately 150 staff onsite for training and to prepare for the camp’s opening. An investigation has identified an initial total of 51 individuals impacted by the outbreak:

  • Four confirmed cases.
  • Seven probable cases.
  • An additional 40 individuals who have been exposed. 

All of the staff are over 18 years old. 

The camp is cooperating fully with the outbreak investigation while public health officials are issuing appropriate quarantine and isolation orders for staff who have been exposed or are already ill. 

In light of the circumstances, Eagle Lake Overnight Camp has decided not to open this summer.

“This is an unfortunate reminder that this pandemic is far from over. This virus spreads rapidly among groups of people, and that is why it’s so critical for everyone to remain vigilant and to follow safety precautions to minimize transmission,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. “Our current guidelines under ‘Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors’ limit group sizes and interaction in order to reduce the likelihood of large outbreaks that could reverse our progress and overwhelm local health care system capacity.” 

The results of the investigation into this outbreak will not impact the recent update to Public Health Order 20-28 allowing for residential camps to operate under strict safety measures. 

“We continually evaluate our public health orders and guidance to find the right balance between allowing activities and restricting activities and conditions that could worsen the pandemic in Colorado. We believe that it is still safe for camps to operate if they comply with our current public health orders. If we find that these eased restrictions are unable to prevent outbreaks, we will re-evaluate,” Herlihy said. 

On June 19, a team of epidemiologists from CDPHE led a virtual consultation for directors of residential camps statewide, offering technical assistance and advice for how residential camps can mitigate and respond to possible outbreaks as the summer progresses.

Parents who have questions about the Eagle Lake Overnight Camp closure should contact eaglelake@navigators.org.  For the latest information on COVID-19 in Colorado, visit covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE responds to outbreak among staff at residential camp in El Paso County

State health department releases amended public health order for Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amended Public Health Order 20-28 for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phase. This public health order allows bars to open following updated restaurant guidance and provides updated guidance for higher education, personal services, and manufacturing. It also outlines the steps required to allow residential camps and indoor and outdoor events to resume while minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19. 

The department sought and incorporated feedback from the public and stakeholders before finalizing the guidance released June 18. The new guidance and changes are listed below.

  • Guidance for residential camps. This guidance allows groups of 25 or fewer campers outdoors and 10 or fewer indoors. Designated camp groups must not mix with other groups, and camps must train staff about COVID-19 precautions and be able to isolate sick staff or campers.
  • Guidance for indoor events and outdoor events. This guidance includes limiting capacity based on the square footage of the event space, implementing single-direction traffic and social distancing at entrances and exits, and booth layouts that promote social distancing. Planners can use this Social Distancing Space Calculator tool to calculate the appropriate square footage to keep staff and customers safe. This tool is based on a model built by Boulder County.
  • Guidance for bars and restaurants. This guidance increases the capacity at restaurants and allows bars to open, following the same guidance. Outdoor bar service may be done in conjunction with local authorities. The guidance also states that extra-large venues can possibly have more than 50 patrons, but should use the Social Distancing Space Calculator tool to determine how many additional patrons over 50 they can accommodate indoors, up to 100 patrons total.
  • Guidance for higher education.  The guidance encourages continued remote learning, but states that institutes of higher education may open up to 50% capacity per room, up to 50 people. Similarly, they can use the Social Distancing Space Calculator tool to determine how many students over 50 they can accommodate, up to 100 total.
  • Guidance for personal services. This new guidance allows for services that necessitate the removal of the customer’s mask or face covering (e.g. for facials, beard trims, etc.), as long as the service provider takes extra precautions, such as requiring them to wear a face shield while conducting the service. The new guidance reinforces the need for masks or face coverings to be worn at all other times, as well as the need to ensure a minimum of 6 feet of separation between work stations, customers, and customers and providers when services are not being performed.
  • Guidance for manufacturing. This guidance states that manufacturing may resume with up to 50% capacity per room, or up to 50 people, whichever is fewer. Worksites must implement procedures to ensure 6 feet of distance between employees, unless doing so impacts worker safety. Employees and visitors are required to wear masks or face coverings whenever possible, unless doing so would inhibit the employee’s health. 

Public health orders establish requirements that Coloradans must follow while guidance documents provide clear instructions for how businesses and individuals can comply with the public health orders. 

For extensive information on Safer-at-Home, including sector-specific guidance, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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El departamento de salud estatal publica las guías para campamentos con estadía de noche y eventos en ambientes cerrados y al aire libre

Se permiten actividades adicionales con precauciones

DENVER, 19 de junio de 2020: Hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) finalizó las guías para la fase Más Seguros en Casa y en Nuestros Entornos Naturales. El CDPHE detalló las medidas requeridas para permitir que los campamentos con estadía de noche y los eventos en ambientes cerrados y al aire libre se reanuden, a medida que se minimice la posible propagación del COVID-19. Estas guías entrarán en vigor una vez que la Orden de Salud Pública 20-28 modificada esté finalizada. 

El departamento solicitó e incorporó comentarios y opiniones del público y otras partes interesadas antes de finalizar las guías publicadas hoy. Las nuevas guías abordan los campamentos con estadía de noche y los eventos en ambientes cerrados y al aire libre. 

  • Guía para campamentos con estadía de noche. Esta guía permite grupos de 25 campistas, los cuales no se deben mezclar con otros grupos; asimismo, requiere que el campamento tenga la capacidad de aislar a miembros del personal o campistas enfermos y que provean capacitación para el personal. 
  • Guía para eventos en ambientes cerrados y Guía para eventos al aire libre. Estas guías especifican los límites sobre la capacidad máxima de personas en el espacio, en base a la superficie de pies cuadrados del lugar del evento, la implementación de un flujo de personas en un solo sentido y medidas distanciamiento social en las entradas y salidas, además de configuraciones de puestos de ventas que promuevan el distanciamiento social. Los planificadores pueden usar esta herramienta de cálculo de los espacios para implementar el distanciamiento social para calcular los pies cuadrados apropiados para mantener la seguridad de los miembros del personal y clientes. Esta herramienta se creó en base a un modelo desarrollado por el Condado de Boulder.
  •  Guía para bares y restaurantes. Esta guía aumenta la capacidad máxima de personas que se permiten en los restaurantes y permite que los bares abran de acuerdo con las mismas directrices. Se permite el servicio en los bares al aire libre, en cumplimiento con las normas de las autoridades locales. Asimismo, la guía establece que los recintos de mayor tamaño posiblemente puedan permitir más de 50 clientes, sin embargo, deben utilizar la herramienta de cálculo de los espacios para implementar el distanciamiento social para determinar cuántos clientes adicionales sobre 50 pueden permitir en los espacios cerrados, con un máximo de hasta 100 clientes. 
  •  Guía para educación superior. Esta guía fomenta la continuación de la educación a distancia, sin embargo, indica que las instituciones de educación superior pueden abrir y permitir un máximo de un 50% de la capacidad de personas por cuarto, hasta 50 personas. De manera similar, pueden utilizar la herramienta de cálculo de los espacios para implementar el distanciamiento social para determinar cuántos estudiantes adicionales sobre 50 pueden permitir en los espacios cerrados, con un máximo de hasta 100. 
  • Guía para servicios personales. Esta nueva guía permite los servicios que requieran que el cliente se quite su mascarilla o tapabocas (ej. faciales, cortes de barba, etc.), siempre y cuando el proveedor del servicio tome medidas de precaución adicionales, tales como el uso de protector facial durante la realización del servicio. La nueva guía afirma la necesidad de utilizar mascarilla o tapabocas el resto del tiempo, además de asegurar una separación de al menos 6 pies entre las estaciones de trabajo, los clientes y entre los clientes y proveedores cuando no se está brindando un servicio. 
  • Guía para la fabricación no esencial. Esta guía establece que la fabricación se puede reanudar, con un máximo de un 50% de la capacidad del cuarto o un máximo de 50 personas, la cantidad que sea menor. Los lugares de trabajo deben implementar procedimientos para garantizar una distancia de 6 pies entre los empleados, a menos que afecte la seguridad de los trabajadores. Los empleados y visitantes deben usar mascarilla o tapabocas cuando sea posible, a menos que perjudique la salud del empleado. 

Las órdenes de salud pública establecen los requisitos que los habitantes de Colorado deben cumplir, mientras que las guías brindan instrucciones claras acerca de cómo los negocios y personas pueden cumplir con dichas órdenes. 

Para mayor información acerca de Más Seguros en Casa, incluyendo las guías para sectores específicos, le invitamos a consultar covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home

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State health department releases amended public health order for Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

CDPHE: State health department seeks public input on additional Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors guidance, as well as the next phase – Protect Our Neighbors

DENVER, June 15, 2020:  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking feedback on additional draft guidelines for the Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors public health order. Coloradans can review draft guidelines in the following areas: 

The deadline for providing feedback is Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m. The draft guidance may be updated based on stakeholder feedback and will be finalized on Thursday, June 18.

CDPHE is also soliciting feedback on an upcoming public health order — Protect Our Neighbors. The Protect Our Neighbors phase comes after Stay at Home and Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors phases. 

Coloradans can review the draft framework, and provide feedback by Thursday, June 18, 11:59 p.m.

Local communities will have the ability to enter the Protect Our Neighbors phase in late June, if they meet thresholds that will be defined in the order and guidance. Thresholds will include a local community’s ability to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and the enforcement of public health orders.

With more activities open and available to the public, it is everyone’s responsibility to do whatever they can to reduce the spread of the disease. Always stay home when you are sick. If you go out, remember the big three: wear a face covering; wash your hands frequently; and maintain physical distance with others. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: State health department seeks public input on additional Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors guidance, as well as the next phase – Protect Our Neighbors

CDPHE: risks and benefits of activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

State health department releases guide to help people make decisions

DENVER – As restrictions on gatherings are loosened, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released a guide to help people understand the potential risks of travel and a variety of other optional activities.

In Colorado, most things that can be done with prevention precautions in place are open. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, deciding whether an activity is worth the risk is an individual decision.

“People need to be informed, then use their judgement to make individual decisions about what works best for them, their household members, and their communities,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, CDPHE. “We really need everyone’s help to contain COVID-19 in Colorado. We all need to have fewer interactions with fewer people while maintaining social distancing.”

People should first consider whether they or the people they live with have any extra risk of serious illness from COVID-19, Herlihy said. People with extra risks should aim to limit in-person interactions with others as much as they can, and carefully consider the risks and benefits of activities in which they choose to participate.

After that, there are a number of important considerations, including whether the activity is indoors or outdoors, the group size, and the amount of time spent doing the activity. And there are a number of ways to make activities safer, including wearing a face covering, spending less time, and maintaining physical distance.

Visit the department’s risk and benefits web page to learn more. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: risks and benefits of activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

CDPHE: Investigations lead to increase in past hospitalization numbers in COVID-19 reporting

DENVER – Visitors to the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard will notice a spike in cumulative hospitalizations yesterday and today. The sizable increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is due to the completion of investigations of known cases, not due to new hospitalizations. The change is the result of a new process for investigations that matches and updates past hospitalization data to known cases. 

If a person’s illness becomes more severe and they are hospitalized after public health has conducted their investigation, that information is often not communicated back to public health. However, public health order 20-27, which went into effect on April 22, outlined new hospital data reporting requirements for COVID-19. The state public health department now has a process to match that incoming data to existing cases, allowing us to update our information. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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Investigaciones generan un aumento en la cifra de hospitalizaciones anteriores en los reportes del COVID-19

DENVER, 9 de junio de 2020: Las personas que consultan el tablero estatal de datos relacionados con el COVID-19 entre ayer y hoy observarán un aumento repentino en el número de hospitalizaciones acumuladas. El aumento considerable del número de hospitalizaciones producto del COVID-19 se debe a la finalización de las investigaciones de casos conocidos, no a nuevas hospitalizaciones. Dicho cambio es el resultado de un nuevo proceso de investigación que compara y actualiza los datos de una hospitalización anterior con casos conocidos. 

Si la enfermedad de una persona se agrava y se hospitaliza después de que el organismo de salud pública haya realizado la investigación, muchas veces no se reporta esta información a dicho organismo. Sin embargo, la Orden de Salud Pública 20-27, que entró en vigor el 22 de abril, detalló nuevos requisitos acerca de los datos relacionados con el COVID-19 que los hospitales se ven obligados a reportar. En la actualidad, el departamento de salud pública del estado cuenta con un proceso que compara los nuevos datos con los casos existentes para identificar coincidencias entre casos, lo cual nos permite actualizar nuestra información. 

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CDPHE: Investigations lead to increase in past hospitalization numbers in COVID-19 reporting

State health department releases guidance for personal and outdoor recreation

DENVER – In accordance with Governor Jared Polis’ executive order and Public Health Order 20-28, Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today finalized guidance outlining the steps required to allow personal and outdoor recreation activities to resume while minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19.

The new guidance addresses personal recreation (parks, pools, gyms and fitness facilities, and organized recreational sports) and outdoor recreation (non-guided and guided tours such as rafting, fishing, horseback riding, etc.)

The department sought and incorporated feedback from the public and stakeholders before finalizing the guidance released today. The department also released updated and expanded guidance for houses of worship

Activities that can be done in groups of 10 or fewer, with people physically distanced and taking precautions such as hand washing and mask wearing (when possible) can now occur, unless they are explicitly prohibited in the public health order.

Public health orders establish requirements that Coloradans must follow while guidance documents provide clear instructions for how businesses and individuals can comply with the public health orders. 

For extensive information on Safer-at-Home, including sector-specific guidance, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State health department releases guidance for personal and outdoor recreation

State health department amends Safer-at-Home public health order allowing additional businesses to open under abundant precautions

DENVER – In accordance with Governor Jared Polis’ executive order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended two public health orders, extending Safer-at-Home and voluntary and elective surgeries and procedures. People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are urged to continue to stay home except for necessary medical care, and the general public is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and limit social interactions. The public is also advised to wear masks or face coverings when leaving their home. 

The Safer at Home executive order has been amended and extended until June 1, 2020.  According to that order, additional businesses can open with abundant precautions. This includes:

  • Private campgrounds, effective May 25.
  • Dine-in at restaurants, effective May 27. 
  • Day camps and sports camps for kids, effective June 1.
  • Curbside service at libraries.
  • Personal training at pools (indoor pools may have no more than 4 people).

Also included in this public health order, ski resorts are allowed to work with their local public health agency to reopen. For extensive information on Safer-at-Home, including sector-specific guidance, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home.

The second public health order extends the voluntary and elective surgeries and procedures public health order for 30 days. It is also updated to reflect revisions to dental practices based on new CDC guidance.

All services included in the public health order are subject to physical distancing requirements. They are also encouraged to implement symptom monitoring protocols, including temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions, where possible. Additional guidance can be found here.  

To see frequently asked questions, click here. The orders may be changed or extended again. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State health department amends Safer-at-Home public health order allowing additional businesses to open under abundant precautions