The Tri-County Department of Health says the counties are at risk of facing new restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.
COLORADO, USA – An increase in COVID-19 cases has led the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) to warn Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties that they may be subject to new restrictions to slow the spread of the virus if the trend the increase in cases in those areas does not change.
In a statement, TCHD said the three counties are at risk of moving to a more restrictive level on Colorado̵
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Colorado has five levels to guide counties’ responses to COVID-19: Protect Our Neighbors, Safer Level 1, Safer Level 2, Safer Level 3, and Stay Home. Arapahoe and Douglas counties are currently at the safest level 1, while Adams County is at the safest level 2.
TCHD and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are working with each county on individual and community-based mitigation plans to help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases, the statement said.
“We all need to step up our prevention measures to reduce transmission and keep our counties open,” said John M. Douglas, Jr. MD, executive director of TCHD. “This means we need to limit the number of activities we participate in. You are more likely to receive COVID-19 from someone you know and spend time with than from a stranger.”
CDPHE monitors case incidence rates, checks positivity rates and hospitalization trends to determine if a county moves to more restrictive or less restrictive levels in the COVID-19 quadrant and whether they still qualify for changes for public events and private, the statement said.
The statement states that Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties have witnessed the following activities in the past two weeks:
- 1,420 new cases and 52 new hospitalizations were reported in Adams County.
- 885 new cases and 39 new hospitalizations were reported in Arapahoe County.
- 400 new cases and 8 new hospitalizations were reported in Douglas County.
“The investigation of the TCHD case and the follow-up of the contact tracing show that a large number of positive cases can be linked to both public and private social gatherings,” Douglas added. “To reduce the spread of infection, while harvesting – whether indoors or out, at a private party or public event – everyone should make sure they wear face covers, keep at least six feet of social distance from others. outside your family and wash your hands often. “
Residents of Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties are encouraged to consult the TCHD Small Collection Guide for information on how to collect safely and minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
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The statement said preventative measures are especially crucial now that the climate is cooling and more meetings and seating in restaurants will be indoors, where the disease can spread more easily than outdoors. In addition to wearing masks, social distancing, and hand washing, the release says, key prevention steps include staying home when sick, getting tested if COVID symptoms occur, and working with public health staff if there is positive test or exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID.
TCHD also urges everyone to get a flu shot as an added precaution to stay healthy.
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