San Miguel County: Level Green!

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Effective at 1 am MST on Friday, May 7, San Miguel County will move into Level Green on the locally adopted COVID Dial.

“Current data supports the move to Level Green with our low incidence, positivity and hospitalization rates along with the occurrence of vaccine uptake throughout the county,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “As we gear up for the summer season, our thought is that continued diligence and vaccination rates will keep our regional disease burden low.”

San Miguel County officially adopted the state’s dial framework in an updated public health order last Saturday, May 1, to continue responsive disease control for the duration of the pandemic.

In summation, the shift to Level Green eliminates most capacity restrictions as long as 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained between unrelated groups. San Miguel County’s mask order will remain in place. The most notable aspects of the current county public health order include:

Bars: Six feet of distance between parties up to 50% capacity or 500 people, whichever is fewer. Bar seating remains prohibited in order to protect staff.

Indoor Group Sports and Camps: 50% capacity or 500 people, whichever is fewer.

Indoor Unseated Events and Entertainment: Six feet of distance between parties up to 50% capacity or 500 people, whichever is fewer.

Outdoor Events: Events including more than 500 attendees must obtain written approval from Public Health by submitting an Event COVID Safety Plan to publichealth@sanmiguelcountyco.gov.

Public Transportation may operate up to 75% capacity, 6 feet of distance between households is recommended for routes exceeding 15 minutes of ride time.

Short-term Lodging: Monthly capacity increases to 100% for the month of May.

Face coverings: Required by all those 10 years of age and older in public indoor spaces. Additionally, face coverings are required in outdoor spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Data will continue to be reviewed on a biweekly basis during May as the county population changes leading into the summer season. In adopting the state’s COVID dial framework on the county level, Public Health is prepared to respond quickly and effectively to changes in disease burden as needed moving forward.

“Our residents, visitors, businesses and communities have worked diligently over the last several months to care for each other and keep each other safe and healthy,” said Franklin. “Let’s keep this momentum going.”

Public Health has confirmed three new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received from April 30 through May 5. Of these cases, two are confirmed as residents and all actively contagious cases are currently in isolation.

As of release time today, there have been 870 total COVID cases among residents to date with 1 active case.

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

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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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