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El Paso County hopes for lifted COVID-19 restrictions despite slight case increase

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) — Despite a recent trend of rising COVID-19 cases in El Paso County, commissioners are eager to reopen to full capacity.

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners says it is closely monitoring the latest uptick in cases, as well as other critical data including hospitalizations and deaths.

El Paso County's current incidence rate on a seven-day average is 195. That means that on average, 195 people per 100,000 have tested positive for COVID-19 within 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. 

But even if cases continue to trend upward, local governments are expected to gain control over COVID-19 restrictions by the end of next week.

Starting April 16th, Gov. Jared Polis said city and county officials will be able to decide how to handle COVID-19 restrictions. 

"I would even encourage the governor to go faster if he were so inclined," said El Paso County Commission Chair Stan VanderWerf.

In somewhat of a contradictory move, Polis has since extended the statewide mask mandate through the end of April.

"We would not impose any additional restrictions," said VanderWerf. "So if the governor were to release the mask mandate, we would not reimpose that here locally. But again, that’s based on the statistics that we have."

The latest data from El Paso County Public Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard shows about 16% of the county's population have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

"Every day that we get more people vaccinated, the risks just continue to go down," said VanderWerf.

13 Investigates asked Commission Chair VanderWerf if the county is concerned fewer people will feel the need to get the vaccine once businesses are back to normal.

"No I don’t think so," he said. "In fact, it might actually have the opposite effect of that."

VanderWerf pointed to COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, which have remained relatively low.

"Hospitalizations, they continue to go down. Really low numbers," said VanderWerf. "And if you look at deaths -- every death is an unfortunate consequence of COVID. But we haven’t had any deaths in nine days."

The county health department reports 36 COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past seven days.

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  1. Finally, we start to follow science. We need to get our stagnant economy up an running again.

    1. Lifting restrictions while the case rate is increasing is not following science.
      It’s like you, following stupidity.

      1. realize, the idjuts making these decisions are all paid by tax dollars.
        look beneath the water.
        People are dying and they just want those cash registers to ring and ching ching.

      2. I’ll give it to you, you always post comments no matter how dumb they are. Good for you. You’re a laughing stock, but that’s why I like keeping you around.

      3. Death rate is down. Hospitalizations are down. Hospitals are not being over run nor are that even close to. Survival rate is way up. AND As you always say, we have vaccinated people now so you should be just fine right?

      4. hey reality cuck, ignoring the number of cycles a PCR test has undergone is not science. It becomes political when the happy Gov won’t release restrictions that kill the economy. Meanwhile, the Biden regime has the border wide open and Covid positive illegal aliens are streaming into the country and there’s absolutely no alarm or “science” for that fact. Democrat governors keep getting caught in parties where nobody has a mask and people are shoulder to shoulder. If this Covid was a real threat, Democrat coward Gov would never risk it.

  2. Want to talk about science? Seems to me you ignore it yourself RealityCheck! I bet stress related illnesses will kill more people over the next few years( thanks to people like you that are in favor of forcing people into poverty) than this virus ever would have! Shutting down gyms was probably one of the dumbest things people like you were in favor of. Yes, great idea to get people out of shape for a virus that is more dangerous to fat, and lazy individuals. You’re ignorance is ineffable.

  3. And one more for your thoughts: Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. Author Unknown Which are you?

  4. COVID19 vaccine site in Commerce city shut down due adverse reactions from Johnston & Johnston vaccine.

    People are suffering bad reactions including death from experimental vaccines not approved by the FDA.

    The long term side affects UNKNOWN, the vaccines ability to stop infections long term UNKNOWN, The ability of the vaccine to work against mutant forms of the virus UNKNOWN.

    Most of the pathetic incompetent liars in our government, media and medical profession urge everyone take it. God help us.

    1. Exactly. Why would I as a healthy person not at risk want to take the risk of the novel vaccine and risk throwing a clot and being messed up permanently for life. What if the clot ends up in the brain?

  5. One theory is that we are being conditioned for perpetual lockdown and denial of basic human rights in preparation for America to enter into a dystopian marxist globalist government favored by the criminal radical marxist democrats that now occupy our government.

    COVID-19 Survival Rates

    Age 0-19: 99.997%
    Age 20-49: 99.98%
    Age 50-69: 99.5%
    Age 70+: 94.6%

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