The rate of COVID-19 cases is increasing at an alarming rate. There are currently 35 counties outside of their assigned metrics on the dial. If the upcoming two weeks have the same rate of growth in hospitalizations that occured the previous two weeks, Colorado will reach the same April-peak level of hospitalizations in early November. According to Dr. Herlihy and School of Public Health models, there is a narrow window of time to make changes and reduce transmission levels before we encounter holidays, flu season, increased indoor activity, and other factors that introduce even more risk that what we are currently experiencing.
In response to the alarming increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today amended its Safer at Home public health order to limit personal gatherings in all counties at all Safer at Home levels. The revised order reduces the size of personal gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households.
“We are asking all Coloradans to act with an abundance of caution to reverse these worrying trends. Right now, the virus is spreading when people from multiple households attend gatherings. We need to keep gatherings smaller and with people from fewer households — we are asking everyone to ‘shrink their bubble’ to reduce the spread,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “Please take every effort to reduce contact with members of other households. If you can work remotely, please do so to reduce contact with other individuals. Taking action now can prevent your loved ones from getting sick, and help us save lives and avoid stricter public health orders in the future.”
Recent case investigation data show that since July attending social gatherings and community exposures have become more common among new cases. This suggests people have relaxed their precautions and are interacting more closely with a greater number of households.
In addition to limiting gatherings and gathering sizes, Coloradans should continue to follow other public health guidance, including wearing a mask in public, washing hands frequently, and keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet from others outside their household.
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