EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- It seems that the more Colorado officials emphasize the need to slow skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19, the more those numbers continue to increase.
For El Paso County, Halloween weekend resulted in a record number of positive cases; 292 on Saturday and 310 on Sunday.
In Pueblo County, the numbers were 104 and 105, respectively. Teller County reported 15 and 8, while Fremont County's numbers were 55 and.
The latest spike in positive cases comes just a few days after El Paso County regressed to the middle level of the "Safer at Home" health order, raising the level of concern and bringing tougher restrictions effective Wednesday.
Last week, Pueblo enacted an overnight curfew in hopes of reducing the socializing that contributes to the spread of the pandemic.
Both counties, and other areas in Colorado, are nearing the dreaded "Stay at Home" level experienced this spring, when all but essential businesses and functions are shut down.
The question now, is: Are officials delaying the inevitable by trying to maintain "Safer at Home" conditions with the state approaching another "Stay at Home" situation?
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis addressed the pandemic during a noon media briefing that was intended to focus on next year's budget.
"I hope this is a wake-up call to Coloradans that this is not the time for coronavirus fatigue," he said. "We need to do an even better job -- as we did in August -- living our lives in a sustainable way, but not socializing unless absolutely necessary. "Wearing a mask whenever you're in a store, or workplace. or in public. Washing your hands whenever you come home or handle a product."
El Paso County Public Health was unavailable Monday for a response on the weekend surge in COVID cases. However, a promising sign was a significant drop in overall local COVID cases reported Monday.