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Larimer County, CO --- Larimer County Public Health has started to see a rise in COVID-19 cases in the county, much like is being seen across Colorado. While cases have continued to rise across all age ranges, there has been a substantial increase in cases for those between the ages of 18-24.

Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of "openness" for counties. Currently, Larimer County is in the Level 1 phase. The increase in COVID-19 cases jeopardizes the Level 1 status. A move to the Level 2 phase could lead to more restrictions for businesses in Larimer County. Larimer County has been open more than the rest of the state due to a variance that was approved in May. Learn more about the Safer at home phases at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial/covid-19-dial-dashboard

A move to Level 2 could potentially impact our restaurants and breweries, places of worship, gyms, and public gathering sizes. It is always the hope of Larimer County Public Health that there is no roll back and that businesses are not closed again in Larimer County, but the move to Level 2 would require LCDHE to limit business capacity levels.

Face coverings, social distancing, handwashing and frequent cleaning all help slow the spread of the virus in the community. Recently, residents have become less cautious, and may not be following the guidance in Larimer County. Cases have continued to rise to reflect that.

“Larimer County residents have worked hard to maintain a lower case rate and as a result have reduced illness and death,” said Tom Gonzales public health director. “However, we can’t let our guard down. I understand we are all tired of these restrictions, but lowering our guard may lead to more illness and further rollbacks for our businesses.”

Larimer County has three weeks to reverse the trend of increasing cases, or the phase of reopening could be moved to the more restrictive Level 2. Public Health can’t do this alone. It takes community partners, municipalities, business owners and residents to step up the response to COVID-19 and take this seriously.

Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at www.larimer.org/coronavirus  or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow CDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.

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Friday, October 2, 2020 - 4:08pm

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