KEYSTONE – Summit County issued its third revised public health order within a week on Thursday, October 29, implementing further restrictions to quell the spread of the new coronavirus.
Under the new order, outdoor events are limited to 75 people while indoor events are limited to 25 people. Another event was a gathering, where there are currently only six people from no more than two households.
People who want to host an event in person – such as a wedding, concert or fundraiser – must use the state’s physical distance calculator. to determine how many people can fit in the venue space. Previously, outdoor events were limited to 175 people, with indoor events limited to 100 people.
Limits the possibility of new events in addition to measures the county has taken to minimize the spread of the virus, including restricting concentration among six people, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol in restaurants too 10 pm and limit office capacity to 25%.
At the Summit County Health Council meeting on Thursday, October 29, Public Health Director Amy Wineland updated the county’s consultation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. . During that meeting, state officials gave the county a week to improve the number of cases or risks moving to safer Level 3 at home, labeled as “high risk”.
“Their initial recommendation was we should move to Level 3 and all the restrictions there,” said Wineland. “After talking and determining that we’re actually coming up with some targeted mitigation strategies… they’ll give us another week for our community to turn this around.”
If the district retreated to Level 3, restaurants, places of worship and retail stores would be limited to 25% of the capacity or 50 people, whichever is less.
Wineland says the county numbers will have to reflect a steady or decrease in both incidence and positive rates on Wednesday, November 4, to avoid moving to Level 3.
As of Thursday, the county reported a two-week incidence rate of 539 new cases per 100,000 people and an active rate of 10.8%, according to the state’s dial panel.
Wineland says the positive rate is the percentage of tests that give positive results, reflecting the lack of people testing the virus.
“When we have a high rate of positivity, it means we are not doing enough testing to capture the true spread of the virus in our community,” she said.
The County is working to provide more testing to the community by partnering with Vail Health to open a community testing site in Frisco. Centura Health is also strengthening its screening capabilities at its Frisco clinic.
In addition, the state is working with the county to bring a mobile test unit that will likely be held at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, said County Manager Scott Vargo.
While the details of that experimental option have not been fully finalized, it has the potential to help improve positive rates in the county, Wineland said.
Wineland says the goal of mitigation strategies is to target an area where most cases are happening: parties.
On Wednesday, the district reported 22 positive cases among students at Summit High School, mostly the results of gatherings and parties.
“This (limitation) has come with us noticing an increase in population size,” Wineland said. “We feel that this is a great compromise giving us another week so we can see if our nuts can go up.”