Pitkin County Public Health is seeing a significant increase in local COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and community spread.
- The 14-day rolling average has been increasing since September 14 with cases up 60% from the previous period.
- Community spread (the % of people who tested positive that don’t know where they were infected) has increased from 10% to 31%.
- As of October 14, the Public Health Team is investigating 5 separate outbreaks – the most ever in the pandemic thus far.
Public Health officials across the state and nation are seeing similar alarming trends. Hospitalizations in Colorado have reached their highest point since May 31st and the number of active outbreaks in the state is at an all-time high. If these trends continue, it could force our community to move from Safer at Home Level 2 to a more restrictive Safer at Home Level 3 on Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial. The table below outlines the potential impacts this transition would have on our community.
Be diligent in your actions to protect yourself, your family, your employees and your community. Together we can keep our schools open, our businesses open, and our winter season on target. Additional preventative measures we can all take include:
- Reduce how often you socialize with non-household members
- Informal gatherings are limited to 10, but consider limiting activities to household members only
- Work from home if possible
- Stay home when you are sick, even if you only have a minor symptom
- Encourage others to take some preventive actions to help flatten the curve now so that we can have a successful winter!
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