14.06.2024

Douglas County Moves Into Level 2 As Coronavirus Cases Exceed Level 1 Parameters

CDPHE has allowed Douglas County to move into Level 2 as part of a gradual implementation of restrictions that went into effect on Oct. 29 and will be complete by on Nov. 4.

Douglas County has moved into the Safer at Home Dial Level 2 as coronavirus cases continue to rise. This follows Adams County moving into Level 3 and El Paso and Arapahoe counties moving into Level 2, along with Denver moving into Level 3 earlier this week.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is allowing Douglas County to move into Level 2 even though they have enough COVID-19 incidents to qualify for Level 3 on the state’s dial.

Those incidence rates are:

● Two-week cumulative incidence rate: 235.54/100,000 people
● Percent positivity: 6.23%
● 2-week COVID-19 case count (new cases): 828

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners issued the following statement regarding the notification by CDPHE of Douglas County’s COVID-19 Safer at Home Dial Level Change:

“On Thursday, Oct. 29, we learned the state of Colorado moved Douglas County from Level 1 to the more restrictive Level 2 on the state’s Safer at Home Dial effective immediately, based primarily on COVID-19 case numbers, positivity, and incidence rate. Our Board’s focus is on the health of our citizens and our economy, paired with a renewed request to state decision-makers that they also consider actual severity (hospitalizations and deaths), a more accurate layer of science to enhance the Dial metric’s validity, and which public health experts have continued to request. Douglas County will continue to partner with Tri-County Health Department and like-minded local, regional and statewide leadership for this science-driven severity metric, while also advocating aggressively for the behaviors that reduce COVID-19 transmission.”

Additional information From Douglas County:

Summary of Capacity Differences Between Level 1 and Level 2 in Douglas County, Colorado:

Effective immediately, must be completely implemented no later than 5:00 PM on November 4

Business or Activity Safer at Home Level 1 with Variances Safer at Home Level 2

  • Events (receptions, conferences, etc.) 50% capacity per room up to 175 or 250 outdoors 100 indoors per room or 175 outdoors
  • Gyms 50% capacity per room up to 175 25% capacity up to 50 per room
  • Indoor Mall 50% capacity per room up to 175 Same as Level 1. Park Meadows variance stays in place.
  • Indoor Pools 50% capacity per room up to 175 25% capacity up to 50 per room
  • Libraries 50% capacity per room up to 175 100 indoors per room
  • Office-based Business, Critical Must follow social distancing requirements and statewide mask mandate Same as Level 1
  • Office-based Business, non-critical Allowed to operate with staff at up to 50% capacity Same as Level 1
  • Personal Services (spas, salons, etc.) 50% capacity per room up to 50 Same as Level 1
  • Places of Worship and Life Rites 50% capacity per room up to 175 50% capacity per room up to 50. Extra-large spaces (at least 30k SF) up to 100
  • Restaurants 50% capacity per room up to 175 50% capacity per room up to 50
  • Retail, Critical (groceries, home improvement, pharmacies, etc.) Must follow social distancing requirements and statewide mask mandate Same as Level 1
  • Retail, Non-critical 50% capacity Same as Level 1
  • Social Gatherings Up to 10, no more than 2 household Up to 10, no more than 2 household
  • Team Sports Up to 50 players Up to 25 players

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