Eagle County has updated its public health order regarding COVID-19 due to increasing local spread of the disease. The new order is effective immediately.
Transmission within the county has steadily risen over the past few weeks, with a significant increase in the past five days. The percentage of positive test results (positivity rate) is also rising, prompting the changes to the order, as well as some new actions for how health officials and partners throughout the county will work toward slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The increases are not exclusive to Eagle County. Many other counties are experiencing similar increases, which is contributing to an overall upward trend for the state, warranting a statewide mask order issued by Governor Polis on Thursday (7/16).
Eagle County has yet to see increases in hospitalizations, although this typically takes a few weeks to emerge after the increases in cases. While most people will not have any complications or require medical assistance, some people are more vulnerable to severe disease. This includes people 65 years of age or older and people with underlying health conditions, such as those with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, are immunocompromised, or are pregnant. While the risk groups for severe disease have not changed much in the past few months, the most currently available data among children indicates less severe symptoms and illness overall when compared with adults.
“Our community goals are based on slowing the current spread of COVID-19 and keeping transmission rates within Eagle County at low levels,” said Heath Harmon, Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. “Taking actions now will directly support our longer-term goals including maintaining the current economy, keeping our workforce employed, opening schools, and preparing for a winter with ski resorts opened.”
Key actions being implemented include:
“We have heard clearly from residents, partners, local governments that these are our collective goals and that we cannot achieve them without the backing and support of everyone in the community,” Harmon added. “Policies to prevent COVID-19 can only go so far. This is all heavily reliant on individual behaviors among locals and visitors.”
Regular updates on the county’s response to COVID-19 are being shared at www.ECEmergency.org. The county’s forum for community discussions is at www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Those with additional questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-328-9750.