November 10, 2020 Pueblo, CO - Pueblo’s Public Health Director, working with the Pueblo County Board of Commissioners and Mayor Gradisar, was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment of the pending move to a more restrictive level on the COVID-19 Dial. The move could come by the end of this week.
If the state moves Pueblo County to a more restrictive level, the county could lose its variances, which could result in the closure of some businesses. Other businesses may have further limits or restrictions on capacity. All Safer at Home levels limit personal gatherings to 10 or fewer people from no more than two households, and there are various capacity limits for other activities. Review a comparative chart of every level.
“Cases are rapidly increasing in Pueblo and across the state, resulting in many counties moving to more restrictive levels,” said Randy Evetts, public health director, PDPHE. “There are a lot of people positive for COVID in the community, many of whom are asymptomatic. Ultimately, individual behaviors are the only way to reverse the trend before things get critical. Please avoid gatherings both within and outside of the home, wear a face covering around non-household contacts, stay home when you’re sick, and wash your hands frequently. Doing these things consistently makes all the difference.”
The following comparison of data from October 27, 2020, to data on November 9, 2020, demonstrates the rapid increase of cases in the community.
“We need your help, please wear a mask when out in the community, limit gatherings to your household, and get tested if you feel ill,” explained Evetts. “Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open Monday through Friday and this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Enter the site through Gate 4 off Mesa and Gaylord avenues. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day.
The COVID-19 dial includes five levels, from least to most restrictive:
- Protect Our Neighbors Green: Local public health agencies are able to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and enforcement of public health orders.
- Safer at Home Blue: Less restrictive than Safer at Home Levels, this level is for counties with low virus transmission that have not yet achieved Protect Our Neighbors.
- Safer at Home Yellow: The baseline. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.
- Safer at Home Orange: This is more restrictive than Safer at Home Level Yellow, for counties experiencing increased metrics. Action is needed, but Stay at Home may not be warranted.
- Stay at Home Red: Everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open.
“In support of the health of our community, including our business and economic health we need to work together to lower the spread of the virus in Pueblo, stated Randy Evetts, public health director of the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.
For information about Colorado's COVID dial and county status, visit the dial dashboard at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial/covid-19-dial-dashboard
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