Does Colorado still have stay at home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Odell Cornelious asked, updated on May 1st, 2022; Topic: covid-19 colorado
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Colorado is under a Safer-at-Home order. While many businesses and activities are now able to open with safety precautions in place, we still recommend that you stay home as much as possible in order to keep the transmission of this virus low in our communities.

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Briefly, is there a possible explanation for COVID-19 being so high in Colorado?

Those who are unvaccinated comprise about 80% of infections. At UCHealth hospitals, that ratio holds: 78% of those hospitalized and 91% of those in ICUs are unvaccinated. The ones hospitalized despite being vaccinated are often immunocompromised or significantly older.

Despite everything, can food and drinking water be contaminated with COVID-19?

  • Generally speaking, food is not contaminated with coronaviruses, and cooking would kill any virus in the food.
  • According to the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation, normal chlorination treatment should be sufficient to kill the virus in drinking water systems. Their conclusion is based on studies of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

So anyway, what are the limitations on site-specific variances per Colorado's COVID-19 regulations?

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CDPHE will not grant any variances that:

  • Seek a higher capacity than 50%.
  • Seek to be removed from the requirements of the state’s orders generally.
  • Reduce or eliminate protections for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, as defined in state’s orders. These groups are specifically protected by the state’s orders.
  • Seek variances for Public Health Order 20-29: Voluntary and Elective Surgeries and Procedures or PHO 20-20: Restricting Visitors at all Colorado Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Residences, and Intermediate Care Facilities.
  • Seek variances from the mask order.

Do the guidelines outlined on the Colorado government website apply to all COVID-19 dial levels?

Yes, all of the best practices recommended in sector guidance still apply to counties in Level Blue: Cautious, Level Yellow: Concern, and Level Orange: High Risk, as well as Level Green. However, the capacity percentages and caps adjust according to whatever dial level the county is currently in. Learn more about how capacity caps differ based on dial level.

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Does COVID-19 stay in the air?

The current evidence shows that some COVID-19 infections occur when a person is exposed to small droplets and particles that stay in the air for minutes to hours after an infected person has left a space.

Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?

  • Using a PCR diagnostic test, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. This can happen when a person is tested too early in their incubation period, and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.
  • False negative PCR results can also occur if a sample was collected improperly or not handled or stored at proper temperatures.
  • For COVID-19, a negative PCR test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.

What is a site-specific variance according to the Colorado's COVID-19 dial framework?

These variances allow indoor and outdoor venues that meet specific criteria to operate after receiving approvals from the county’s local public health agency and then, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

What would cause a venue to lose its variance per Colorado's COVID-19 regulations?

Two COVID-19 cases linked to a site automatically require a mitigation plan. The variance may be suspended at any time by CDPHE, if deemed necessary, to mitigate disease spread.

What restrictions should construction workers follow during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Restrict access to reduce the number of workers in enclosed and confined areas at one time. Confined and enclosed areas (e.g., trailers, small rooms in buildings under construction) should be identified and access should be restricted to essential personnel only.

How are public health orders associated with Colorado's COVID-19 dial enforced?

Colorado law requires compliance with executive and public health orders. Not following these orders is breaking the law. We all must do our part to mitigate the virus, and we ask everyone to voluntarily comply with guidance because it is what will keep you safer. Law enforcement or legal involvement is reserved for the most serious circumstances.

What is the process if my county in Colorado is ready to move into the next level on the COVID-19 dial?

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To move to a less restrictive level (e.g., Level Yellow to Level Blue), the county needs to meet and sustain all three metrics for a two-week period. Once the county meets those metrics, the LPHA must formally notify CDPHE if it would like to move to a less restrictive level.

LPHAs can notify CDPHE by completing this form.

Form submissions should include a letter co-signed by the required stakeholders, or a series of letters from the required stakeholders. Those stakeholders include:

  • The local public health agency.
  • All hospitals within the county or region (unless there are no hospitals located in the county).
    • Hospitals must verify that they have the capacity to serve all people needing their care.
  • A majority of county commissioners.
  • Sovereign nations, if applicable.

Can packages or products shipped from other places be contaminated with COVID-19?

There is likely a very low risk of spreading the virus from products or packages that are shipped over days and weeks. Coronaviruses are generally spread through respiratory droplets and don’t survive well on surfaces. There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through imported goods or shipped packages.

Do I need a doctor's note or negative test clearing me to return to work after I was sick?

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does not have, and cannot provide, you with a letter clearing you to go back to work. If you had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself for 7 days after symptoms started, and continue isolating yourself until you are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for 3 days. Public health is not requiring people to have a negative test to return to work. If your employer is requiring this, you may want to contact your doctor, or another health care provider, or direct your employer to this website.