DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shared a list of counties transitioning to the next level of restrictions on a new COVID-19 color dial. The dial updates Level Red – Severe Risk to “indicate counties where there is severe risk of COVID-19 spreading rapidly, while allowing some businesses to remain open at very limited capacity.

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The counties moving to Level Red on Nov. 20 are:

  • Adams
  • Arapahoe
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Clear Creek
  • Denver
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • La Plata
  • Logan
  • Mesa
  • Morgan
  • Routt
  • Summit
  • Washington

Under Level Red restrictions, outdoor activities are encouraged and most indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited. Capacity limits are also significant.

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Under Level Red, in-person learning for students between pre-school and 5th grade is suggested. Middle and high school students are suggested to learn remotely or in a hybrid environment.

“We feel that based on the data, for many families and for many kids, that is the safest place they can be with the safety parameters that we have at school,” Gov. Jared Polis said.

Places of worship, retail and personal services are reduced to 25%. Indoor dining is prohibited, but outdoor dining is allowed. Last call is 8 p.m. Gyms will operate at 10% capacity.

(credit: Colorado)

“Seeing this exponential growth that we are experiencing, we clearly need a more drastic shift in behavior to further slow the transmission of the virus and slow this exponential growth curve from simply overwhelming our ability to take care of people who are sick,” said Polis. “Seeing this exponential growth that we are experiencing, we clearly need a more drastic shift in behavior to further slow the transmission of the virus and slow this exponential growth curve from simply overwhelming our ability to take care of people who are sick.”

The state also added a Level Purple – Extreme Risk signifying hospital capacity is at risk of being breached, and most businesses and indoor services must be closed.

“We are adding a new level to the dial in response to out-of-control levels of COVID-19 transmission across the state,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “If we are not careful now, we risk plunging into the deep end of the dial, where hospitals are not able to serve everyone who needs care, whether they are COVID-19 patients or other types of patients. It’s up to all Coloradans to help our essential health care workers save lives.”

LINKS: Colorado COVID-19 Dashboard | Colorado COVID-19 Dial | Denver COVID-19 Restrictions

Conor McCue

Comments (6)
  1. We have worn masks since MARCH. It hasn’t helped. Enough is enough. I WILL NOT COMPLY!

  2. Percy Hornish says:

    With the addition of red and purple added to the “covid dial,” we now have a dial that has the same colors as the rainbow flag.

  3. Dwight Smith says:

    Kary Banks Mullis invented the PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993 for his invention. Kary Mullis stated clearly in 2013 that his technology was never designed for diagnosing disease and should not be used for that purpose.

  4. Morgan Slaymaker says:

    “Seeing this exponential growth that we are experiencing, we clearly need a more drastic shift in behavior to further slow the transmission of the virus and slow this exponential growth curve from simply overwhelming our ability to take care of people who are sick,” said Polis. “Seeing this exponential growth that we are experiencing, we clearly need a more drastic shift in behavior to further slow the transmission of the virus and slow this exponential growth curve from simply overwhelming our ability to take care of people who are sick.”

    Hmmm.

  5. WSG says:

    LUDICROUS SPEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. WS Boyle says:

    I hear a new story titled “ The Health Department That Cried Wolf “. People cannot keep being jerked around like this. Wear masks and take responsibility for your own health. Most of all stop all in person learning from kindergarten through graduate degrees until the Great Donald Trump leaves office and we get a vaccine that works. But limiting activities for everybody will only increase the suicidal tendencies of the elderly who will feel that staying home under lock and key is not preferable to death.

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