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Health officials concerned as COVID-19 cases near state threshold

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) - Health officials are urging people to wear a mask and social distance now more than ever, as El Paso County's COVID-19 case numbers threaten its ability to keep businesses and gatherings at their current capacity.

Under Colorado's "Safer At Home Order Level One," El Paso County is allowed an incidence rate (the number of cases per 100,000 people) of 75 or less.

Two weeks ago the county's incidence rate was 62. It's now risen to 73.

The dramatic increase is considered a major red flag to local businesses.

Aside from changes to restaurant and bar services, the increase puts us at risk of losing our allowance for indoor gatherings up to 175 people, and outdoor gatherings up to 250 people.

At the current rate, El Paso County could exceed the state's level one threshold in the next two weeks. Right now it's unclear what the next set of guidelines would look like should that happen.

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Julia Donovan

Julia is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Julia here.



  1. If you’re a healthy person you have a higher chance of dying in a car accident due to a drink than you do from dying by this virus. Stay home if you’re sick, old or a complete snowflake (or if you’re all three like RealityCheck).

  2. I thought the big worry was overwhelming the ICU capacity, not how many people got sick. If nobody goes to the hospital who cares how many get covid. Going by numbers alone seems like a bad practice.

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