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Colorado’s COVID-19 landscape continues to see hotter colors as the fall surge continues. Purple has been added beyond Level Red for extreme circumstances. Nick Fewings/Unsplash

While 15 counties in Colorado moved into Level Red (severe) on Friday, Fremont County is remaining in the Safer at Home Level Yellow.

Officials from Fremont County’s Department of Public Health and Environment (FCDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment monitor the amount of cases and positivity rates, along with the hospitalization trends, to determine if the spread of the COVID-19 virus is rising, falling, or holding steady. These numbers help the department determine if a new public health order or shift in the state’s dial framework is needed.

In the 14 days from Nov. 4-18, Fremont County has had 378 community cases, which count toward the two-week cumulative incidence rate. Additionally, there have been 552 outbreak-related cases in congregate living facilities, which do not count toward the incidence rate. The Fremont County current two-week average positivity rate is 7.7 percent, and they have had 12 days of declining or stable hospitalizations.

“Fremont County officials are aware and attuned to the burden these restrictions place on our businesses and community,” read a release from FCDPHE. “We sincerely appreciate everyone’s continued efforts and cooperation to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

The department encourages businesses or anyone with questions to call 719-276-7450 Monday through Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. to get more guidance and resources.

“As we approach the holiday season, it is important for us as individuals and as a county to do our part to keep our schools and businesses open,” said Kayla Marler, FCDPHE Director. “Colorado statewide is experiencing widespread community transmission of COVID-19, and now more than ever, we need to practice the 3Ws: Wear your Mask, Wash your Hands, and Watch your Distance. If you are sick, isolate at home and get tested. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, quarantine at home for 14 days from exposure and get tested around day 7.”

These are the main guidelines for Safer at Home – Level Yellow are the following:

  • Maximum attendees at indoor worship services are 100 people or 50 percent of capacity, whichever is fewer.
  • Maximum attendees at gyms are 50 people or 25 percent of capacity, whichever is fewer.
  • Maximum attendees at restaurants are 50 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is fewer.
  • Maximum participants for group sports are 25 people per activity.
  • Maximum attendees for indoor events are 100 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is fewer.
  • Maximum attendees for outdoor events are 175 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever fewer.
  • Personal gathering size remains at 10 people from no more than two households per new Public Health Order.

The Fremont County Emergency Public Health order has been amended and extended through Nov. 30. The revised order removes the following limitation: “Recreational sports will be limited to players and spectators who reside in Fremont County and/or neighboring counties that are in Level Yellow: Safer at Home Concern, Level Blue: Safer at Home Cautious, or Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors.”

For more information about current level and case counts, please visit the state’s COVID-19 dial dashboard.