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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sends phone alert to Level Red counties

COVID emergency alert
Posted at 2:32 PM, Nov 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-22 17:02:02-05

PUEBLO — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sent a COVID-19 phone alert Sunday morning to millions of Coloradans who live in Level Red counties.

The alert read: "This region is a severe risk of deadly COVID. Use caution."

The alert was designed to "notify Coloradans about the direness of the COVID-19 situation in our state," a CDPHE spokesperson told our station in Denver.

The number of Coloradans contagious with COVID-19 grew to about one in 49 people as nearly 20 counties move to Level Red restrictions.

Health officials are encouraging everyone to avoid gatherings outside of their household, especially as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. If you are considering travel for Thanksgiving, click here for information on COVID-19 restrictions in every state.

The following counties are under Level Orange (High Risk), meaning restaurants can only be at 25% capacity (or up to 50 people) inside. The office workforce will be reduced to 25% capacity. Gyms must sit at 25% capacity or up to 25 people. Retail stores must also be at 25% capacity.

  • Baca
  • Bent
  • Kiowa

The following counties now fall under Severe Risk. In these counties, indoor dining is temporarily closed, though takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining are allowed. If you do go for outdoor dining, it should only be with family. Bars remain close and gyms can operate at 10% capacity. Last call for alcohol would be at 8 p.m.

  • Adams
  • Arapahoe
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Clear Creek
  • Denver
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • La Plata
  • Logan
  • Mesa
  • Morgan
  • Routt
  • Summit
  • Washington

The following counties go under Level Red this week:

  • Sunday 5pm
    • Alamosa
    • Otero
    • Prowers
    • Pueblo
    • Weld
  • Tuesday
    • Larimer

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