COLORADO SPRINGS — The Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department issued a public health order this week telling people who are non-essential to self-quarantine for 14 days if they've traveled to 23 counties considered "hot spots" for COVID-19 in Colorado.
The local order expands on the statewide information released by Governor Polis' office last week. Residents who have traveled to hot spots since March 25 and moving forward are being told they need to self-quarantine if they have traveled out of state for more than 24 hours, unless they are a resident and work in a neighboring state. All visitors to the counties are asked to return to their county or city of residence.
All locals who arrive via aircraft at Las Animas Airport, Perry Stokes Airport or Wasenburg-Spanish Peaks Airfield are ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. Non-residents are told to go home.
A clarification to the order states, "if you have an employee who resides outside of Las Animas or Huerfano Counties and they are deemed essential to healthcare or emergency operations, that employee can attent work, and are not required to self-quarantine for 14 days, as long as they are abiding by the Governor's Stay at Home Order when they are in their county of residence and they are screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to assuming their assigned duties."
"Please note that if you travel to a Hot Spot for any reason other than to perform your assigned duties, you will be automatically quarantined for 14 days," a message on thehealth department Facebook page states.
The 23 counties listed as hot spots in the order are:
El Paso County
La Plata County
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