Encourage COVID Numbers As State Prepares New Watch Face

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) is proposing an update to the COVID-19 dialing system to align COVID-19 containment and the need for guidance during the pandemic.

The proposed update – called Dial 2.0 – would impact the business operations and daily life of Coloradans.
As part of the proposed change, dial updates would depend on how many people are infected with COVID-19, along with the number of people vaccinated. These updates are currently based on 14 day periods. Under the new proposal, the period would change to seven days.
Another potential update would include a lower percentage of Coloradans who must pass a COVID-19 test positive for a county to move to yellow or orange levels.
In countries with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants, the CDPHE could use the positivity rates to determine which level they think is appropriate.
However, earlier this week it was still unclear how the changes would affect Yuma County and its neighbors in the region. Almost all of the counties in Colorado are currently at the Orange Level.
Yuma County Administrator Andrea Calhoon noted earlier this week that the county’s COVID numbers were approaching what was needed to transition to the Yellow Level – after expressing concern about the difficulty a week earlier to reach this level. Trish McClain of the Northeast Colorado Health Department is working on behalf of Yuma and the rest of the counties to determine how much negotiating space rural counties would have under the new state system.
Yuma County’s numbers continued to improve for the most part. According to the COVID-19 dashboard on nchd.org, the county only had 57 active cases as of Feb.1, including 35 new cases in the past 14 days. However, the test positive had risen to 8.6 percent.
The new threshold proposed by the state is a test positivity rate of 7.5 percent.
However, if you stuck to the state-proposed seven-day metric, Yuma County only had nine new cases and a test positive of 7.2 percent. There were two new hospitalizations in the past week and there are now 16 deaths from COVID-19 in Yuma County.
Washington County had only one new case with a positivity of 1.2 tests and only nine estimated active cases in seven days.
The updated COVID wheel will be announced by the state later this week.

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