Yuma County going to Level Orange on Monday

Yuma County is being moved to the more-restrictive Level Orange by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as COVID-19 cases are on a rise again, including the county recording its second death.
Yuma County will go to Level Orange Monday, November 30.
Initially, the CDPHE informed the county this past Tuesday that it would be moved to Orange on Friday, November 27.
However, according to County Administrator Andrea Calhoon, the county successfully requested the effective date be moved to November 30 in order to have time to properly connect with impacted organizations, particularly since government offices will be closed Friday due to the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Going to Level Orange mainly impacts places of worship, restaurants, and offices.
Places of worship and restaurants are restricted to 25-percent capacity, or a total of 50 people if 25 percent is more than 50. Offices are go to be at 25-percent capacity, along with gyms. Indoor events and entertainment is to be at 25 percent or 50 person capacity with six-feet distancing between parties. Outdoor events and entertainment is capped at 25 percent or 75 person capacity
Critical and non-critical retail is to keep capacity at 50 percent, with curbside pickup and delivery services increased if possible. Dedicated hours for seniors and at-risk people is encouraged.
Preschool through 12th grade education can remain in-person, along with higher education, with remote provided as appropriate.
As of the November 26 update on the Northeast Colorado Health Department COVID dashboard, found at nchd.org, Yuma County had a COVID-caused death earlier this month, bringing the county’s total to two.
The county had 51 new cases over the 14-day period, an increase of 23. Test positivity increased significantly to 10.4 percent, and hospitalizations were at four over that period, but only one current confirmed hospitalization. The county was at 69 estimated active cases.
Yuma County had experienced a significant decrease earlier in November, going from 84 active cases on October 28 to 45 by November 15. However, the rate of new cases have been trending upward since. The seven-day period showed 28 new cases, and a test positivity rate of 13.6 percent.
County leaders said the trend seems to be centered on spread among individual family members.
Nearly all eastern Colorado counties on the state’s COVID dashboard are now at Level Orange and Level Red. In the six counties covered by the NCHD, Washington, Sedgwick, Logan and Morgan arre at Level Red, and Yuma and Phillips at Orange. (The YC’s effective date is Monday, as noted above, but the dashboard already shows the county at Orange.)
Washington County is up to six total deaths, as of the November 26 update at nchd.org, with five coming in the past 30 days, with 12 hospitalizations during that span. WashCo had 72 estimated active cases as of November 26, and had 59 new cases over the 14-day period. The test positivity was at 20.3 percent.