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Posted on: November 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The new public health order integrates Protect Our Neighbors, Safer at Home and Stay at Home orders together, therefore making a series of technical updates to the dial framework. Please see below the most significant changes in this new order: 

  • Updates the dial levels to be identified by color by removing the numbers from the Safer-At-Home levels. This change is intended to be more easily understood by Coloradans already accustomed to existing color-coded warning systems.
  • Limits gatherings to no more than 10 from no more than 2 households for levels Blue, Yellow, and Orange, and prohibits gatherings for Red.
  • Specifies that places of worship do not need to use the spacing calculator for seated events, consistent with other sector guidance, in all Safer at Home levels. Seated parishioners should be at least 6 feet apart from other households. It also emphasizes that outdoor worship is always permitted.
  • Changes indoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 50 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Changes outdoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 75 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Includes in-person learning for preschool through grade 12 schools as part of the “Critical Business” definition. This clarifies that local districts are able to make determinations on how to structure the format of education based on local factors.
  • Finalizes transportation guidance to emphasize the requirement to wear a mask and practice physical distancing while on public transportation. 
  • Defines Stay at Home requirements, clarifying that at this level most activities are significantly curtailed, only allowed in outdoor environments, or prohibited, and noncritical businesses are closed for in-person work or services.

Learn more on this updated capacity chart for all 5 levels.


Disease trends continue to increase nationally, regionally and locally.  Additionally, Eagle County has seen an increase in hospitalizations, which is concerning.  Although we are currently categorized as “concern” level, we are running the risk of moving toward the “high risk” level, which means the potential for increased restrictions.  

The recent increase in cases has brought some speculation about shutdowns. However, Eagle County Public Health & Environment does not anticipate an imminent shutdown for our county now. However, our county is trending towards the high risk level that would require tighter restrictions; let's make a conscious effort to reverse the spread immediately. A larger contributor to the increases across the state continues to be private or personal gatherings. As a result, the state order was recently changed to prohibit personal or private gatherings of more than two different households and no more than 10 people.

On Monday night, Eagle County received official notification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that recent trends in the local spread of COVID-19 could result in the community being moved to the High Risk: Safer At Home, or “Orange” category of the state’s COVID Dial Dashboard. The county has two weeks to bring the community’s metrics back down.

The COVID case incidence rate continues to climb in the county. As expected, Eagle County has been notified to consider “mitigation and containment measures immediately.” This represents the first notification from state partners that Eagle County is no longer in compliance with the Yellow level of the state’s dial and therefore has limited time to level off and decrease case rates before the state will take action.

Similar to the last disease spike in July, the county will now need to implement mitigation measures to avoid being moved to Orange. The incidence rate for Eagle County has risen to 284 cases per 100,000 population, an increase from the 222 reported on Thursday, Oct 29. Six Eagle County residents have also been hospitalized in the last 2 weeks, and hospitals on the front range are near peak capacity. A move to Orange would mean additional capacity limits on restaurants, retail establishments, places of worship, gyms, group sports, and events. Officials say this move is likely to have a significant impact on the local economy and social and emotional wellbeing. Leaders are stressing that if the community can work together to reduce new cases back below 175 per 100,000, additional restrictions can still be avoided. 

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