The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the new change came as a result of the continued growth in hospitals in the state due to coronovirus. There are exemptions for different types of industries contained within the order.
As of Thursday, 547 confirmed or in patients with COVID-19 were confirmed in Colorado hospitals and the seven-day average positivity rate was 5.8% – both seen here in most months.
446 confirmed that COVID-19 patients were hospitalized which was the highest in Colorado since May 21.
CDPHE said on Friday that data from the investigation into the case showed that risks at social gatherings have become more common since this summer, adding that “people have relaxed their precautions and more and more homes Are interacting more closely with. ” Coloradans were able to gather in groups of up to the first 25 in safe in home counties.
The revised order will not apply to five counties currently in the Protect Our Neighbors phase of COVID-19 dials, limiting gatherings to 10 people or at least two separate homes: Moffat, Rio Blanco, Mesa, Gunnison and Gilpin counties, As of Friday afternoon CDPHE stated that the local governments there could still set the collecting limit. Counties in the safe at home level 1 or 2 may request a variance from the new order.
The statewide order comes on the heels of similar gathering restrictions placed in the past week or more in counties, including Denver, Arapaho, Adams and Boulder. In Denver, meetings are limited to five or fewer people.
“We are asking all Coloradans to work with an abundance of caution to reverse these worrisome trends. Right now, the virus is spreading when people from many households attend gatherings, ”said CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hansker Ryan in a statement. “We need to hold gatherings with people from smaller and fewer homes – we are asking everyone to ‘shrink their bubbles’ to reduce the spread.”
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