Colorado's Revised COVID-19 Dial Adds Level Purple & New Restrictions

Last call for alcohol is moved from 10 8 p.m. and bars remain closed. This is the last stop on the way to another stay-at-home order.

One in 64 people in Denver are infected with COVID-19.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released an updated COVID-19 status dial Tuesday, Nov. 17. He also noted that more people are hospitalized in Colorado today than at any point during the pandemic.

Facilities "essential for health and safety like restrooms" can remain open, and families also can go indoors for warmth or shelter from inclement weather.

Level Red had previously been the highest level on the dial, but state health officials amended it Tuesday, adding another Level Purple, which Gov. Jared Polis described as the most severe stage meaning hospital capacity has been reached in the county. The new rules announced on Tuesday added another designation to the state's COVID-19 dial. Still, Polis urged everyone to stay home whenever possible.

The other counties that will move to Red level restrictions starting Friday are: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas and Jefferson in the Denver metro area; Clear Creek and Summit, which are neighboring counties along Interstate 70; Logan, Morgan and Washington in northeast Colorado; and La Plata, Mesa and Routt in the west. Since the press conference wrapped, local journalists have confirmed a number of other counties that will be included.

Polis wasn't specific about which counties will move to level red or what exact data metrics will be used to determine the move.

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He said that special needs children need to be one of the main focuses of the school's closure and reopening strategies. Additionally, the mayor said the DOE will continue to distribute devices to students in need, also on a priority basis.

Additionally, the Colorado General Assembly is headed into a special session to allow legislators to take action on Polis' $1.3 billion stimulus bill.

"The calls for someone to step up and help have grown and grown and grown", said Garnett.

Regardless, however, the Yellow level restrictions that generally limit restaurant, businesses and offices to 50% capacity are a thing of the past.

The special session will focus on creating a small business relief package, housing and rental assistance, support for child care providers and expanding broadband access for students and educators.

Polis praised news of an effective vaccine, but also explained that the next few months will be a critical bridge to the time when most of us will be inoculated.

No personal gatherings with people from other households (this remains the same from Denver's Home by 10 Order).

"For everyday Coloradans, let's just focus on what we need to do to get through this", he said.

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