SM County: Dial 3.0 Passed To Local Governance!

San Miguel County announces that Level Blue is to remain in place through the end of April as Public Health, Board of Health to reevaluate policies.

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Late Thursday night, April 15, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a revised state public health order that determined the regulation of Dial 3.0 will be transitioned to county oversight, effective immediately.

On April 5, San Miguel County Public Health extended its current public health order through April 30 in anticipation of this change. This means that all San Miguel County businesses and residents must still comply with the current State Dial Blue protocols.

Over the coming weeks, Public Health and the Board of Health will evaluate the state of COVID-19 throughout the county to determine whether the dial framework will be maintained, or a new regulatory tool will be implemented.

“This transition to local control allows for a more targeted approach through the end of this pandemic. We plan to use key learnings from the last year to maintain low disease burden throughout the county,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “As our county vaccination rate continues to increase, we want to remind the public that even if you are fully protected after vaccination, please continue to practice the Five Commitments in public and around those whose vaccine status remains unknown. I am confident our community will continue to rise to the challenge, so we can end strong in this fight against COVID.”

The revised State Public Health Order includes one new requirement more stringent than the county’s exiting public health order: Consultation is required by local public health agency and CDPHE for more than 500 people at an indoor event or an outdoor ticketed venue in excess of 30,000 square feet.

The Board of County Commissioners will return to regular weekly meetings on Wednesday, April 21, at which time Public Health will discuss data and establish a strategic approach to COVID-19 containment within San Miguel County.

Public Health has confirmed three new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received from April 13 through April 15. Of these cases, three are confirmed as residents and all actively contagious cases are currently in isolation.

As of release time today, there have been 860 total COVID cases among residents to date with 6 active cases.

To learn more about the county’s current COVID-19 metrics, please visit the County COVID-19 dashboard.

44-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, workplace
40-year-old female, resident, asymptomatic, social
22-year-old male, resident, symptomatic, social

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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