COVID Response And Recovery
Pitkin County Public Health Department is reaching out to the public with a survey designed to measure the community’s opinion around the Public Health response to the crisis, community adherence to Public Health guidelines, and the comfort level using services as they reopen.
Employers with employees that tested positive:
If an employee shares with you that they have tested positive for COVID, you can notify all employees that there has been a staff member that has tested positive for COVID, while protecting the identity of the COVID positive employee. You can let employees know that they may be contacted by contact tracers, and urge them to participate.” For additional information, please call the Community Infoline at (970) 429-6186. Press 1-3-1 and leave a message. Our Contact Tracing Team will be in touch with you.
Face Covering Requirements
Masks are required to be worn when entering or moving within any public indoor space, while using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services, and while outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from another person who’s not of the same household is not feasible.
When should you wear a mask?
You should wear a mask or face covering whenever you’ll be around someone you don’t live with, including:
- In any indoor public space
- While exercising in an indoor public space
- While you are in a public pool area, but not swimming
- On public transportation or when ride-sharing
- When waiting in line
- When receiving health care
- Outdoors, if you are unable to stay 6 feet away from others
When can you take off your mask?
There are times when it’s okay to take your mask off when you’re away from home, such as:
- When seated at a restaurant
- If a hearing-impaired person needs to read your lips
- When you’re not sharing a common area, room or enclosed space with others
- When you are getting a service to the nose or face
- When you are officiating at a religious service
- When delivering a speech to an audience (performers must be 25 feet from audience)
- When you must temporarily remove your mask for identification purposes
- While you are swimming in a public pool
- When outdoors in public and can stay 6 feet from others
You should replace the mask as soon as you can after these activities to reduce the risk of infection.
What kind of mask should you wear?
- Cloth mask or face covering: Cloth face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. Face coverings need to cover the nose and mouth at all times and should remain in place until taken off safely.
The Pitkin County Public Health Order Language states:
- Face coverings are required to be worn outside whenever there is a risk of being within 6 feet of another person who is not of the same household.
- Face coverings are required to be worn while using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.
- In addition to mask requirements currently required in Pitkin County for indoor public spaces such as grocery stores, retail, and restaurants while being seated, mask requirements will include the following: All Offices, Lobbies, Elevators, Indoor Businesses, Common Areas and Gyms (except while using an indoor pool), and when receiving a personal service (massage, hair salon, etc).
- Businesses must post signs at entrances that instruct customers they must wear a mask when entering or moving around inside the business and must refuse service to individuals not wearing masks.
- Outdoor team and recreational sports must follow Public Health guidance on facial coverings and COVID-19 Business Safety Plan.
- The following individuals are exempt from face covering requirement:
- Individuals two (2) years old and younger; or
- Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
Link to the full public health order HERE.
Five Commitments To Containment
“Box it In”
Containing the outbreak will require committed action from the entire community. Follow the five commitments below, and together we will “Box it In.”
Events and Gatherings
Thinking of hosting or attending an event or social gathering? Please note, these types of events are higher risk for our community.
Here’s what you need to know to keep your friends, family and community safe and healthy:
- Please be vigilant in protecting yourself, your family, your coworkers and your community by pledging to the 5 Commitments of Containment.
- Review your planning checklist, found in Pitkin County’s Informal Event guidance, to make sure your event ensures the safety and health of all attendees.
- Avoid the 3 C’s.