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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Summit County Moves to Level GREEN

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Level Green restrictions take effect on May 5, 2021

Summit County Moves to Level GREEN as COVID-19 Cases Decline and Number of Fully Vaccinated Continues to Grow

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Level Green restrictions take effect on May 5, 2021

Contact:          Scott Vargo, Summit County Manager

                        Amy Wineland, Summit County Public Health Director

SUMMIT COUNTY –Summit County has met the key metric for COVID-19 case incidence rate, at less than 100 for more than 7 consecutive days, moving Summit County into Level Green effective May 5, 2021. 

Summit County’s total number of cases among residents stands at 3,649. No new hospitalizations among residents were reported over the week, keeping the total at 136. Once the county moves to a less restrictive level on the dial, it will not move backward unless hospitalizations surge.

Under Level Green, the following restrictions will go into effect beginning May 5, 2021, at 12:01am: 

  • The Summit County Physical Distancing Protocol (PDP) is no longer mandatory for businesses but employers are still encouraged to use the protocols as guidance and are required to prevent staff from working if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The 5 Star Program is no longer available in Level Green as there is no longer an option to “level up” beyond Level Green. Summit County and the 5 Star Committee would like to thank the many 5 Star businesses who worked hard to create safer environments for staff and patrons.  Businesses are encouraged to continue with some of those protocols such as enhanced ventilation even though they are no longer mandatory.
  • Significant clarification was added for the use of face coverings.

1. Face coverings are required for indoor areas open to the general public and at outdoor events when individuals will be within 6 feet of each other for more than 15 minutes (Ex. Outdoor concert or parade). 

2. Masks are not required in the following situations; 

                                    i.                A band playing at a local bar does not need masks as long as the audience is more than 25 feet away,

                                  ii.                Alone, or with others from their household, in a room in a public indoor space such as a sauna or exercise room,

                                 iii.                Private meetings or workplace spaces where all persons are vaccinated and the public does not have access,

                                 iv.                Physical activities such as swimming, wrestling, spirit or other sports where helmets/mouth guards interfere with the mask and wearing a mask poses a physical or breathing hazard to the wearer.  

                                  v.                Hearing-impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication,

                                 vi.                Receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the mask is necessary to perform the service,

                                vii.                Entering a business or receiving services and are asked to temporarily remove a mask for identification purposes,

                              viii.                Actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel that prevents the user from safely wearing a mask,

                                 ix.                Officiating or participating in a life rite or religious service where the temporary removal of a mask is necessary to complete or participate in the life rite or religious service,

                                  x.                Giving a speech for broadcast or an audience, if the audience is at least 25 feet away from the speaker. The audience members must wear masks.

3. At this time mask wearing requirements for public venues like restaurants or indoor events will not be relaxed based on vaccination status of business staff or attendees at an event.  

 Level Green

To date, Summit County has vaccinated 73.6% of the resident population with at least one dose, and 59.6% of residents have been fully vaccinated. Of the county’s population of residents 70 and older, 75.8% have been fully vaccinated. 

The county is no longer asking individuals to preregister at CoMasVax.org to be vaccinated. While individuals are still able to preregister and get an appointment, drive-thru clinics and neighborhood pods are open to walk-ins, as well. A complete list of upcoming vaccination events can be found on the county’s coronavirus webpage.

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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