COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- States like Arizona, Texas, and Utah have seen an influx of new diagnoses of COVID-19, and while Colorado's case number has increased, will it reach the same levels seen in neighboring states?.
On Thursday afternoon, the El Paso County Health Department reported 21 new cases in the area, and 26 the day before. Overall, Colorado is still a state with low transmission levels compared to states seeing thousands of new cases a day.
"It gets our attention," Dr. Robin Johnson, Medical Director for the El Paso County Health Department said.
Stay-at-home orders have been modified allowing bars, restaurants, and other attractions to open up, but state and county officials are worried if social distancing and mask-wearing are not taken seriously, our state could see an increase like others.
Johnson says right now they are "relying on our citizens, friends and family to follow best practices is going to help us continue the success we've been seeing here in Colorado."
Of the few spikes El Paso County has seen in the last week or so, Johnson explains they are necessarily widespread.
"When we do have a spike, it's typically in more of congregate setting so those are individuals who are living in a residential setting or long-term care facility," she explains.
Health officials are looking ahead to the upcoming 4th of July Weekend to see if social distancing and mask-wearing gudielines are followed and if more COVID-19 cases come from gatherings.