COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- COVID-19 cases are on the rise in El Paso County as elected leaders push to reopen businesses and schools.
El Paso County currently has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 7.45%. The World Health Organization recommends communities have a positivity rate of 5% or lower before loosening restrictions.
In March, El Paso County commissioners passed a proclamation requesting that businesses and schools fully reopen, and all other pandemic restrictions be lifted immediately.
El Paso County's current incidence rate on a seven-day average is 204.6. That means that on average 204 people per 100,000 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days.
To move to the next level of looser restrictions under Colorado's color dial system, El Paso County would need an incidence rate of 36 to 100 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.