Colorado Public Health: New COVID Dial Framework + 1 Case!

Colorado Public Health: New COVID Dial Framework + 1 Case!

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launches COVID Dial framework. For up-to-date coronavirus information visit here.

Grace Franklin, County Public Health Director.\

Public Health has confirmed one new positive case from test results received September 12 –15, bringing the total County case count to 90 with one active case. The 42 year-old female was symptomatic and is currently isolating. Close contacts have been notified.

In an effort to create consistent framework for each county the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has launched a new dial system that includes five levels, from least to most restrictive with color-coded categories that are similar to the County’s COVID-19 Meter, but are defined differently. Metrics that determine the State’s Dial Framework levels include new cases, percent positivity and impact on hospitalizations, which is part of the existing County metric system.

Based on the State’s meter, San Miguel County is currently in the yellow stage, “Safer at Home 2- Concern,” which is the same level of restrictions the County has been operating in for the past month, and differs only by color from the blue status on the County’s COVID-19 Meter. The County is reviewing the State’s metrics to better align levels, but will maintain the current public health orders until eligible for the State’s blue stage, “Level 1- Caution”, if metrics are sustained. The State’s dial allows for additional levels of group sizes and response than previously allowed.

“The State’s Dial Framework creates durable consistency throughout Colorado and allows us reasonable flexibility to balance health, reopening the economy, and not overwhelming the healthcare system,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “This will provide additional guidance and ways to steadily move forward.”

Five Commitments of Containment:

Wear a mask
Maintain six-feet of physical distance
Minimize group size
Wash hands frequently
Stay home when sick and get tested

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