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Summit County Government

Posted on: April 5, 2021

State Moves Summit County to Level Orange Due to Rising Case Numbers

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Level Orange restrictions will take effect on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 a.m.

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Summit County Director of Communications

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Government received official notification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Monday that the state will be moving Summit County from Level Yellow, back to the more restrictive Level Orange on Dial 3.0 beginning Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 a.m. 

“This is extremely concerning. Given our county’s unique circumstances with our out-of-town visitation rate and the fact that Spring Break peak weeks have just ended, we are anticipating that our numbers will begin to fall on their own,” said Commissioner Josh Blanchard. “Coupled with the timing for the state to remove the dial framework in its current form and transition control to local authority in mid-April, and considering Summit County is an important economic driver for Colorado during the month of March, it makes a move like this for the next several days seem unwarranted and shortsighted. We know that the capacity restrictions will have an adverse effect on our businesses, our workforce and our community.”

“Even though we don’t agree with the move to Level Orange, we are concerned about our rising case numbers. We urge our community members to get tested, remain vigilant with wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings, as well as register on PrepMod to get vaccinated,” said Public Health Director Amy Wineland.

Under state Dial 3.0, any county with a seven-day cumulative incidence rate that crosses the threshold of 345 cases per 100,000, and remains there for more than five days, would be subject to being moved to Level Orange. Summit County’s seven-day cumulative incidence rate rose steeply on March 25, to 364.82 cases per 100,000, crossing the state threshold, and has continued to rise. On April 3, Summit County’s cumulative incidence rate was 403.56.

7 day incidence rate April 5 2021

Summit County’s positivity rate has also been climbing and first crossed the state threshold for Level Orange and into Level Red on March 28. It has since remained around the threshold level of 10. 

7 day positivity April 5 2021

Under Level Orange, the following capacity restrictions will go into effect beginning on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 a.m.: 

  • Restaurant capacity will move to 25% or 50 people (whichever is fewer), from 50% capacity or 150 people
  • Offices will move to 25% capacity, remote work strongly encouraged, from 50% capacity
  • Gyms/Fitness centers will move to 25% or 50 people indoors (whichever is fewer), from 50% or 50 people
  • Personal services will move to 25% capacity or 25 people (whichever is fewer), from 50% or 50 people in Level Orange
  • 5 Star certified businesses will now be required to operate under Level Yellow, rather than Level Blue capacity limits

Additional information on capacity restrictions under Level Orange for all business sectors is available on the CDPHE website.

Summit County Officials will be discussing these changes and the impacts to the local public health order at the regularly scheduled Board of Health meeting, tomorrow, April 6 at 3:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend the Zoom meeting. Dial-in information is available on the Summit County Government Board of County Commissioners Agenda Center.

It is anticipated that the local public health order will be updated on April 6 to reflect the change of moving to Level Orange, and that it will go into effect on April 7 at 6:00 a.m.

Summit County continues to see outbreaks associated with events, gatherings at short-term rental units, parties and activities at various workplaces and restaurants. Under Level Orange, personal gathering restrictions remain the same with a limit of no more than 10 people from no more than two households. Restrictions on gathering sizes, indoor events and bars, along with the statewide mask mandate continue to be critical in slowing the transmission of COVID-19. 

“We urge our community to get vaccinated to help slow the spread of the virus and enable Summit County to enjoy summer the way that we all want to,” said Wineland. “All individuals in our community age 16 and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Let’s make it our goal for Summit County to be 85% vaccinated, so that we can be 100% open.” 

To date, Summit County has vaccinated 52.9% of the resident population with at least one dose, and 32.3% of residents have been fully vaccinated. Officials believe that the county will achieve herd immunity once approximately 85% of the population age 16 and older has been vaccinated. To view Summit County vaccination data, go to: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1433/Vaccines

Individuals looking to get a vaccination appointment should register on PrepMod to have their name added to the notification list for upcoming vaccination clinics with Summit County Public Health. Additional information and registration is available at: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1423/Scheduling-Vaccinations.

Testing is free of cost and widely available to individuals in Summit County, and remains a critical tool in tracking and slowing the spread of the virus. Information on testing hours and locations is available at: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1324/Testing

Information on Summit County case numbers, outbreaks, and vaccination data is available on the Case Data webpage: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1323/Case-Data

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