Public Health COVID Weekly Update - December 02, 2020 – Kiowa County moves to Level Red Friday

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Published Thursday, December 3, 2020
by Megan Hillman

DATA

  • Cases 33
  • Hospitalizations 3
  • Deaths 1

TESTS: Positivity rates have risen and the testing frequency is about the same. Kiowa county is currently at 9.09%, up from 7.3% last week. Our goal is to keep this <5%

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GRAPH Red Dial CDHPE
Courtesy Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

NEWS AND FAQs

Kiowa County moves to LEVEL RED Friday December 4, at 5:00 p.m.

What does this mean?

High Risk Population:

  • Stay at Home
  • Eligible for worker benefits and mandatory prioritization for remote work

Variances:

  • Not eligible
  • current variances reevaluated

Personal Gathering size:

  • none

Childcare:

  • open

P-12 schools:

  • P-5 in person suggested, or hybrid or remote as appropriate
  • Middle school in-person, hybrid, or remote suggested
  • High school hybrid or remote suggested

Higher Education:

  • Remote suggested, limited in-person when necessary

Places of Worship & Life Rites and Indoor unseated functions:

  • 25%, 50 (with calculator)

Places of Worship & Life Rites Indoor seated functions:

  • 25%, 50 person cap

Places of Worship & Life Rites Outdoors:

  • 6ft between parties outdoors, per local zoning

Restaurants:

  • Indoor dining closed. Take out, curbside, delivery, or to go, outdoor/open air with only groups of own household is open

Last Call:

  • 8 p.m. (on premise)

Non-Critical Manufacturing:

  • 25%, 50

Offices:

  • 10%, Remote work is strongly encouraged

Bars:

  • Closed

Gyms/Fitness:

  • 10%, 10 indoors per room, or outdoors in groups less than 10. Reservations required

Group sports/camps:

  • Virtual, or outdoors in groups less than 10

Critical/Non-Critical Retail:

  • 50% with increased curbside pick-up, and delivery. Dedicated senior and at-risk hours encouraged

Personal Services:

  • 25%, 25

Limited Healthcare Settings:

  • 25%, 25

Indoor unseated events:

  • Closed

Indoor seated events and entertainment:

  • Closed

Outdoor unseated events and entertainment:

  • 25%, 75 people (with calculator), attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing between groups

Outdoor seated events and entertainment:

  • 25%, 75 people (6ft distancing between parties), attended only with members of your own household and 6ft spacing

Outdoor guided services and entertainment:

  • 25%, 10

Stay in contact with your school district for the most up to date information. For more specifics check here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial

The Colorado State Legislature is in an Emergency Session to create aid packages and relief for small businesses and other assistance. The aid will be available very quickly. Public Health must report all deaths in COVID-19 positive patients. The process to decide whether or not the person died of COVID-19 or with COVID-19 is done at the state and federal level (CDPHE and CDC). Local public health does not have input in this process

Governor Polis and State Epidemiologist Dr Rachel Herlihy are asking 3 things of all Coloradans:

1.Interact with only those in your household - This means all Coloradans need to do their best to avoid any social interactions with friends and family outside of their homes throughout the month of November.

2.Keep your distance - Just because an individual is wearing a mask doesn't mean they aren't at risk if they are interacting with others in close proximity. Coloradans have to do a better job of staying six or more feet away from others.

3.Wear a Mask - The numbers are clear. If an individual wears a mask, they have a much lower risk of getting or transmitting the virus.

Please stay in touch with your school district for current status.

Please look here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/are-you-sick/isolation-and-quarantine for isolation and quarantine information.

If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, or may have been exposed, and are interested in testing, call 438-5401 and ask for the lab. If you are having severe symptoms such as significant trouble breathing, etc. call 911.

There continues to be a Mask Mandate for those over the age of 10 in all indoor spaces other than home.

Stay home if not feeling well, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently or use 60+% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wear a mask/face covering to contain any respiratory droplets and stay at least 6 feet from others and minimize gatherings.

Our hospitals that we depend on to transfer patients to when they need a higher level of care are at or heading to capacity. PLEASE do your part to turn this trend around!

Call Public Health with any questions at 719-336-8721

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