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Colorado to ease COVID-19 restrictions on Level Red counties next week, Gov. Jared Polis announces


The #Colorado #Department of #Public #Health and #Environment’s current map of COVID-19 restrictions, showing much of the state at #Level #Red, as of #Dec. 30, 2020.

#Colorado counties at #Level #Red on the state’s COVID-19 dial — including #Denver and the entire #Front #Range — will see a loosening of public health restrictions beginning next week, #Gov. #Jared #Polis announced on social media #Wednesday night.

#Downgrading those counties to #Level #Orange, which will allow small public gatherings and let restaurants resume limited indoor dining, comes as the state this week confirmed the new, more contagious variant of the virus detected in the U.K. has arrived in #Colorado.

#In moving to ease restrictions, #Polis pointed to improving COVID-19 conditions statewide, even though counties were moved to #Level #Red due to their own individual circumstances. The governor cited a sustained decline in new coronavirus infections in #Colorado over the past 13 days and noted that only 73% of ICU beds were in use statewide.

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#Metro counties including #Denver, #Adams, #Arapahoe, #Douglas and #Jefferson all still have two-week case incidence levels well in the red, according to state data — though their hospitalizations and positivity rates, the other key indicators, are faring better.

“This is a direct result of #Coloradans stepping up and taking the steps to protect themselves and others,” #Polis wrote of the state’s improved metrics. “In light of this and based on the data, I’m asking (the #Colorado #Department of #Public #Health and #Environment) to move counties in #Red on the dial to #Orange, effective #Monday.”

#In mid-November, state health officials moved #Denver and more than a dozen other counties to #Level #Red, the second-highest level of restrictions and one step short of a stay-at-home order, based on each county’s case incidences, positivity rates and hospitalization numbers. #That required, among other measures, that restaurants stop all in-person dining.

#Since then, the state has moved more counties to #Level #Red, to the point that half of #Colorado’s counties now are at that stage on the COVID-19 dial.

#At #Level #Orange, gatherings of up to 10 people from no more than two households will once again be allowed; restaurants may reopen to in-person dining at 25% capacity, or up to 50 people; offices can increase capacity to 25% from 10%; and gyms can up their capacity to 25%, or 25 people, from 10%, or 10 people.

“I’m excited we have thus far successfully avoided another lockdown,” #Polis wrote. “To save lives, maybe even your own, it is more important than ever that #Coloradans not gather outside their household to celebrate the #New #Year, and to continue to take the basic steps to protect themselves and others, like wearing masks, only interacting with their own households, and staying 6 feet apart from others when in public.”

#New COVID-19 cases in #Colorado are still at a high level, though they have trended downward for most of the month, with 13,566 reported last week — fewer than half as many as in the first week of #December. #Though the state didn’t see a surge in cases after #Thanksgiving, it will still be a few weeks before public health officials know if #Coloradans managed to avoid a spike over #Christmas and #New #Year’s, as it takes time for people to get tested and for that to be reflected in the state’s data.





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