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Posted on: September 22, 2020

CDPHE Announces New Dial Framework to Provide Standardization as Counties Reopen

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As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and learn to live with COVID-19 in our lives, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released a new dial framework and Public Health Order (PHO 20-35) to standardize different levels of “openness” at the county level. This framework helps make sure that county-by-county, Coloradans are healthier together and approaching each phase of reopening in as safe a manner as possible.

Under this new framework, Jefferson County is currently under the Safer at Home Level 2 phase, with some changes that were approved by CDPHE through a local variance. Because counties were assigned levels on Sept. 15 based on their current capacity limitations from approved variances, on Sept. 29, counties may submit letters requesting a new level designation, and Jeffco may progress to Level 1 if we meet the required criteria.

The dial has five levels to guide county response to COVID-19, and counties can move back and forth between levels depending on three metrics, as well as other considerations:

  1. Number of new cases
  2. Percent positivity of COVID-19 tests
  3. Impact on hospitals

“The dial adds additional levels into the existing framework and helps facilitate more cohesion between the counties and the state,” said Christine Billings, Incident Commander and Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator at Jefferson County Public Health. “Bringing us all together – and setting clear benchmarks for reopening at various capacity levels – will allow our community to continue along the safest possible path to returning to our new normal, while also allowing our business community to have the tools they need to flourish.”

Residents can find the latest information about the dial framework, including Jeffco’s key metrics and associated capacity limits and guidelines, on CDPHE’s website here or at www.jeffco.us/safer-at-home. To learn more about Jefferson County Public Health’s efforts regarding COVID-19, please visit www.jeffco.us/coronavirus.

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