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December 31, 2020 3:55 PM

San Miguel County to Move to Level Orange – High Risk on Monday

Measurement period for 14-day decline to deliver supporting data Saturday, January 2

(December 31, 2020) Last night, Governor Jared Polis announced, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, due to notable decline in positive COVID-19 cases across the state, counties currently in Level Red – Severe Risk will move to Level Orange – High Risk on Monday, January 4.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have had to walk a difficult line between the public health crisis and the economic crisis. In reviewing the data today, Colorado has been in a sustained decline for 13 days,” said Governor Polis in a statement last night. “This is a direct result of Coloradans stepping up and taking the steps to protect themselves and others. In light of this and based on the data, I’m asking the CDPHE to move counties in Red on the dial to Orange, effective Monday, January 4, 2021.”

The state’s move is aligned with San Miguel County Public Health’s mitigation efforts already in process. Work had begun with state representatives to move to Level Orange next week should projected declining trends hold through Saturday, January 2. Public Health is supportive of this decision. This move will affect most industries except for lodging, which will be determined once the data for the measurement period is complete.

“The diligent work of our county residents is showing results. Since moving to Level Red – Severe Risk, we have successfully controlled an alarming spike and have seen a clear decline in positive cases across San Miguel County,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “The state’s decision is aligned with the timing of the current measurement period ending on Saturday. We will discuss what this means for lodging during next Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.”

As a result of these developments, San Miguel County will move to Level Orange – High Risk on the morning of Monday, January 4 at 12:01 am MST.

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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