COVID-19 incidence rate hits above Level Yellow threshold
On Monday, March 22nd Pitkin County Public Health received notification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that the State will be moving Pitkin County to Level Orange at 6AM on Wednesday, March 24th. This change will also be effective on the state’s dial dashboard at 9AM on Wednesday.
The move comes after six consecutive days of exceeding Level Yellow comparable case count and percent positivity thresholds per the chart below:
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Most significantly, moving from Level Yellow to Level Orange will mean a reduction in capacity. Under Level Yellow, most businesses are able to operate at a 50% capacity, moving to Level Orange will mean most businesses will need to reduce capacity to 25%. Click here for state guidance.
5-Star Certified Businesses are the exception and may continue to operate in Level Yellow. All other businesses must follow capacity limits as outlined by the state in Level Orange.
“Moving to Level Orange is a clear indication that the pandemic is not over yet. Despite COVID-19 fatigue we must continue to be vigilant in order to turn around the transmission of this virus in Pitkin County,” according to Interim Public Health Director, Jordana Sabella. “We are asking our community to remain committed.” This means:
- Get vaccinated when you are eligible.
- Limit gatherings to just your household
- Keep wearing your mask
- Keep physical distancing
- Stay in if symptomatic
Process for Moving back to Level Yellow
When a small county has sustained the requirements for a less restrictive level for 7 consecutive days, that will trigger the process with the State to move the county into a less restrictive level. The State will confirm all metrics on day 7 meet the requirements of Level Yellow, issue a formal letter on day 8 making the move official on day 9.