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COVID-19 Community Response / Variances

UPDATED Nov. 25, 2020

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Nov. 25, 2020 – Letter to Governor Polis

Nov. 19, 2020 – Letter to Director Hunsuker Ryan and Gov. Polis

Nov. 17, 2020 – Commissioners respond to CDPHE Safer at Home Dial Level Change 

Summary of Capacity Differences Between Level Orange  and Level Red in Douglas County, Colorado

“On Tuesday, Nov. 17, we learned the state of Colorado will move Douglas County to Level Red on the state’s Safer at Home Dial effective Friday, Nov. 20, based primarily on COVID-19 case numbers, positivity, and incidence rate. Our Board’s focus is on the health of our citizens, employees and our economy. We will continue to partner with Tri-County Health, our municipalities, large special districts and our business community as well as regional and statewide leadership to advocate aggressively for the behaviors that reduce COVID-19 transmission.”

Nov. 12, 2020 – Commissioners respond to CDPHE Safer at Home Dial Level Change 

Summary of Capacity Differences Between Level Yellow  and Level Orange in Douglas County, Colorado

“Late, Tuesday, Nov. 10, we learned the state of Colorado will move Douglas County from Level Yellow to the more restrictive Level Orange on the state’s Safer at Home Dial effective Friday, Nov. 13, based primarily on COVID-19 case numbers, positivity, and incidence rate. Our Board’s focus is on the health of our citizens, employees and our economy. We will continue to partner with Tri-County Health, our municipalities, large special districts and our business community as well as regional and statewide leadership to advocate aggressively for the behaviors that reduce COVID-19 transmission.”

Oct. 30, 2020 – Commissioners respond to CDPHE Safer at Home Dial Level Change

Summary of Capacity Differences Between Level 1 and Level 2 in Douglas County, Colorado

“On Thursday, Oct. 29, we learned the state of Colorado moved Douglas County from Level 1 to the more restrictive Level 2 on the state’s Safer at Home Dial effective immediately, based primarily on COVID-19 case numbers, positivity, and incidence rate. Our Board’s focus is on the health of our citizens and our economy, paired with a renewed request to state decision-makers that they also consider actual severity (hospitalizations and deaths), a more accurate layer of science to enhance the Dial metric’s validity, and which public health experts have continued to request. Douglas County will continue to partner with Tri-County Health and like-minded local, regional and statewide leadership for this science-driven severity metric, while also advocating aggressively for the behaviors that reduce COVID-19 transmission.”

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: