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COVID-19 increase could force Pueblo County back to Stay at Home order

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- COVOID-19 numbers in Pueblo County have continued to rise to the cusp of potentially forcing the county into another stay-at-home order.

Last week, elected officials in Pueblo’s county and city governments announced that the community needs to lower the COVID-19 case rate or risk more serious restrictions. They originally said the community has until Friday, but on Tuesday, Pueblo County Health Director Randy Evetts said the deadline is not set in stone.

Pueblo County is currently under a Level 2 Safer at Home Order, however, the case rate is currently at 337 cases per 100,000 residents. If Pueblo County doesn’t lower the case rate below 175 cases per 100,000 residents, the county would be moved to a Level 3 Safer at Home Order.

Level 3 would mean occupancy would be lowered to 25%, gyms and bars would close, and variances would be removed.

Pueblo County is already on the cusp of even skipping level 3 and going straight to a stay at home order if the number rises above 350 cases per 100,000 residents. A stay at home order would shut down all businesses and offices, and restaurants would be take-out only.

However, in order to be moved to a more lenient or restrictive order, the county's numbers need to be above that level for at least two weeks.

Pueblo County health officials are currently working on a mitigation plan to be submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The mitigation plan’s sole purpose is to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, it is unclear when that plan would be finished.

Coronavirus / Local News / Pueblo

Dan Beedie

Dan is a bureau reporter based out of Pueblo. Learn more about Dan here.

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  1. I suspect El Paso county will get to this point soon as well as people don’t follow safety protocal I think the virus is spreading in restaurants as there ventilation systems aren’t the best

  2. I heard a statistic that even in big cities like London only about 3-6% of Covid cases could be attributed to restaurants.
    When are we going to face reality and learn that at this point the virus is impossible to avoid and it will have to unfortunately run its course like other flus, colds, and miserable viruses. We are peeing in the wind trying to stop the inevitable because the inevitable is tragic and unpleasant. We should just be thankful that this virus isn’t actually as deadly as more horrendous diseases in human history like small pox or 1918 flu. We are merely delaying the inevitable at present to the tune of MASSSIVE secondary costs. Yes, I get it, this virus sucks, but life sucks. Deal with it and lets move on while mourning our inevitable losses before we destroy our entire society trying to save people who will die at some point anyways from this.

  3. OMG… 375 per 100,000 its maddening what ever will we do? Wait we have Captain underpants running the state who knows absolutely nothing about medical and a Mayor in p-town who is doing his best to crash the economy… Its ok folks we will see after November 3 that the virus will be downgraded and all will be well.

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