Denver metro area shown in mid-range in Colorado’s new COVID-19 dashboard

Right now, Colorado’s new COVID-19 dashboard just tells you what your county has been allowed to do up to this point, but going forward it will let you compare counties and get an idea of whether restrictions will loosen or tighten in the near future.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a color-coded dashboard Tuesday that illustrated the recommended precautions for each county based on their number of cases, the percentage of tests coming back positive and whether hospitalizations are going up or down. State officials pitched it as a way to increase transparency about why counties have different restrictions.

The levels are:

  • Protect Our Neighbors (green): gathering size limits decided locally; in-person classes recommended; most activities and facilities limited to 50% of capacity or 500 people, whichever is lower; counties have to apply for this designation
  • Safer at Home level 1 (blue): personal gatherings limited to 25 people; no recommendation for schools; most facilities limited to 50% of capacity; gyms limited to 25% of capacity
  • Safer at Home level 2 (yellow): personal gatherings limited to 10 people; no recommendation for schools; most facilities limited to 50% of capacity; gyms limited to 25% of capacity
  • Safer at Home level 3 (orange): personal gatherings limited to 10 people; remote or hybrid classes recommended; most facilities limited to 25% of capacity; gyms limited to virtual classes or outdoor activities with no more than 10 people
  • Stay at Home (red): almost all activities and facilities are virtual or limited to curbside/takeout service

As of Wednesday, Douglas and Arapahoe counties were at level two, while Jefferson, Adams and Denver counties were at level three.

The counties were assigned to their current level to start, according to state health officials. They could begin to move up or down over the next two weeks as state and local health departments evaluate the data, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said.

To move to a different level, counties have to meet thresholds for all three metrics and sustain that level for two weeks. If a county’s numbers start moving the wrong way, they have two weeks to get them back down before they have to move to a more restrictive level.

All counties showed declining hospitalizations for at least one week, according to the state dashboard. Out of 64 counties, 42 had case counts that were low enough that they could apply for Protect Our Neighbors status and 58 had positivity rates that met that threshold.

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