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COVID-19 Community Response / Variances

UPDATED August 3, 2020

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Oct. 12, 2020 – Douglas County Variance & Mitigation Framework

Pursuant to the Oct. 8, 2020 meeting between the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and Douglas County, the County has implemented the following variance mitigation measures consistent with our approved variances from the Department of Public Health and Environment:

a) Pilot Program for Severity Metrics
b) Testing Capacity
c) Contact Tracing of Positive COVID-19 Cases
d) Public Education and Citizen Engagement


July 22 – Commissioners respond to July 17 CDPHE letter requesting Mitigation Plan

Douglas County’s Response to CDPHE letter dated July 17
Letter from CDPHE dated July 17

July 17 – Commissioners respond to Governor Polis Announcement of Statewide Mask Order

On Thursday, July 16, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Governor of a statewide mask mandate  – “While consultation with local governments would have been preferred, now that we’ve heard from our state’s top elected official ordering a statewide mask mandate, we urge our citizens and business communities to comply with the public safety Executive Order. We will continue to encourage personal responsibility as we monitor Douglas County’s data over the next 30 days for a reduction in the spread of COVID-19-related hospitalizations, which as of today are 13.”

June 26 Variances – CDPHE Letter of approval 

May 22 Variances – CDPHE Letter of approval 

Additional industry guidelines from CDPHE: