Late before the Thanksgiving Holiday the district health department announced that Las Animas County was moved from yellow on the state COVID-19 dial to orange, or “high risk.”
This new designation requires businesses and other places people frequent to limit capacity to 25 percent rather than 50 percent.
Said the health department, “CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) has determined that given the increase in incidence rate, case count and percent testing positivity, an implementation of additional restrictions is warranted at this time. As such, CDPHE is moving Las Animas County to COVID-19 Dial Level Orange… CDPHE informed Las Animas County leaders the current incidence rates are aligned with Public Health Order 20-36 COVID-19 Dial Level Red and decided to implement gradual restrictions at this time to COVID-19 Dial Level Orange…
“CDPHE stated it reserves the right to move the county to a more restrictive level at any point should circumstances warrant more aggressive sector restrictions. CDPHE explained, ‘Should the county restore metrics for a less restrictive level at any time during the more restrictive phase, the county would need to maintain those metrics for two weeks and complete the request process described here.’”
It was also revealed last week that the district health department had requested that local schools revert to virtual learning from November 30 until January 15. At least one area school, Primero, has complied with the request.
Las Animas County has seen 282 total cases of COVID-19 with 98 cases active. Huerfano County has a total case count of 160 and has 76 active cases while suffering four deaths.
Said the health department, “With the virus so prevalent in our communities, it remains critical that people take the virus seriously, limit socializing outside their household, wear a face covering in public and at work, monitor their symptoms and get tested if they are feeling any symptoms of COVID-19.”
According to modeling data from the state, an estimated 1 of 41 Coloradans are infectious, by far the highest prevalence to date. Prevalence is as high as 1 in 29 Coloradans in some regions.
The new limits for Level Orange Safer at Home are as follows:
Houses of worship: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people
Gyms: Up to 25% capacity, or 25 people indoors; up to 10 people outdoors
Restaurants: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people indoors
Non-Critical manufacturing: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people
Offices: Up to 25% capacity
Retail: Up to 25% capacity
Personal services: Up to 25% capacity, or 25 people
Group sports: Outdoors only, up to 10 people per activity
Indoor events: Up to 25%, or 50 people