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Summit County Government

Posted on: August 13, 2021

Summit County to Require Masks in County Buildings Beginning August 16

COVID Vaccination residents

Mandatory mask policy in county offices a response to rising COVID case numbers

Contact: Adam Kisiel, Public Affairs Coordinator, Summit County

SUMMIT COUNTY - County Officials made the decision to require masks in all Summit County Offices following the Board of Health Meeting on Tuesday August 9.  The mask requirement applies to all individuals entering public spaces in county offices, regardless of vaccination status.  The decision to implement a mask requirement in county facilities was made in response to rising COVID-19 case numbers as a result of the Delta variant now prevalent in close to one hundred percent of all cases in Colorado.  

The Summit County Community has seen several outbreaks within local businesses during the last few weeks, demonstrating just how contagious the Delta variant is.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance and updated data on the Delta variant noting it is two times more contagious than previous strains.  In the guidance released on July 27, the CDC recommends mask wearing for the general public, including those who are fully vaccinated, in areas where there is substantial or high COVID-19 transmission (defined by greater than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days). Summit County meets this definition.

Data suggests that the Delta variant may cause more severe illness than previous strains, with unvaccinated people remaining the greatest concern. It has been shown that fully vaccinated individuals can also spread the Delta variant to others as well. The CDC also noted that given what we know about the Delta variant, vaccine effectiveness, and current vaccine coverage, layered prevention strategies, such as wearing masks are needed to reduce the transmission of this highly contagious variant.  

“We know that one of the simplest and easiest ways to protect your health is to wear a mask, vaccines are also the best tool we have to combat the spread of the virus and every eligible person 12 and older should get the vaccine as soon as possible,” said Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland. “As we head into cold and flu season, it is highly recommended that individuals wear a mask in crowded public areas. Our businesses have been short-staffed and are strained. No one can afford to get sick and miss work right now. Taking this simple protective measure will help avoid sickness, reduce transmission of the virus, and support our local economy.”  “If you feel you have been exposed to a positive case at work or in a social scenario, or if you develop cold or flu like symptoms, we highly recommend getting tested within three to five days of that exposure,” added Wineland.

Testing information is available on the Summit County Government website Coronavirus Testing page. 

To schedule a vaccination visit: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1423/Scheduling-Vaccinations

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El condado de Summit exigirá cubrebocas en los edificios del condado a partir del 16 de agosto

Política de cubrebocas obligatorias en las oficinas del condado en consecuencia al aumento del número de casos de COVID 

Contacto: Adam Kisiel, Coordinador de Asuntos Públicos, Condado de Summit

 CONDADO DE SUMMIT - Los funcionarios del Condado tomaron la decisión de exigir cubrebocas en todas las oficinas del Condado de Summit después de la reunión de la Junta de Salud el martes 9 de agosto. El requisito del cubrebocas se aplica a todas las personas que ingresan a los espacios públicos en las oficinas del condado, independientemente del estado de vacunación. La decisión de implementar un requisito de cubrebocas en las instalaciones del condado se tomó en consecuencia al aumento del número de casos de COVID-19 como resultado de la variante Delta que ahora prevalece cercano al cien por ciento de todos los casos en Colorado.  

La comunidad del condado de Summit ha visto varios brotes dentro de las empresas locales durante las últimas semanas, lo que demuestra cuán contagiosa es la variante Delta. Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) publicaron unas nuevas pautas y actualizaron las cifras sobre la variante Delta donde señalaron que es dos veces más contagiosa que las cepas anteriores. En las pautas publicadas el 27 de julio, CDC recomienda el uso de cubrebocas para el público en general, incluidos aquellos que están completamente vacunados, en áreas donde hay una transmisión sustancial o alta de COVID-19 (definida por más de 50 casos nuevos por cada 100,000 personas en los últimos 7 días). El Condado de Summit cumple con esta definición.