El Paso County Public Health issues local order to reinforce state orders

Posted at 4:25 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 18:25:34-04

EL PASO COUNTY — The El Paso County Public Health has issued its own local public health order to comply with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's orders regarding staying home and distancing from others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This serves as a reinforcement of the CDPHE orders at a local level so everyone can understand the importance the executive orders that were announced last month.

“With this unprecedented, fast-paced, evolving situation at the federal and state levels, El Paso County Public Health is doing its best to be proactive as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak locally,” said El Paso County Public Health Director, Susan Wheelan. “This local Public Health Order mainly streamlines the Public Health Orders issued by the state and reinforces the importance for El Paso County residents to comply with Public Health directions to Stay At Home unless for essential outings. I appreciate everyone’s help in protecting the safety, health and well-being of themselves, their families and the community.”

In a press release sent out Monday, Public Health said they are still getting a high number of calls on the enforcement of the Stay at Home Order regarding both business and individual activities.

Public Health strongly advises all everyone to follow the stay at home order except for necessary activities or critical business.

If you do have something to report, do not call 911 or local law enforcement with the complaints.

Public Health is responding to complaints and will try to resolve each situation. However, any issue not resolved may be sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency for a possible response.

If you wish to report a business who is operating illegally, call the El Paso County Public Health at 719-578-3167. If violations by businesses continue, citations, possible fines and/or jail time could happen.

“Most members of the public are taking the state’s Stay at Home Order seriously, but we need every single resident to follow this very important order. The health and safety of our community depends on it. Please, help us fight COVID-19, and do your part by staying home whenever possible,” said Wheelan