Category Archives: COVID-19

Letter From State – Orange to Red Alert

November 24, 2020
Glen R. Ausmus, Commissioner
Shiloh Freed, Commissioner
Rick Butler, Commissioner
Baca County Board of Commissioners
via email
Cindi Parsons, County Administrator
Baca County
via email
RE: Baca County COVID-19 Dial Level Change
Dear Commissioners and Administrator Parsons:
On November 19, 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified Baca County that the county’s incidence rate had exceeded COVID-19 Dial Level Blue thresholds, and subsequently the county was moved to Level Orange to facilitate the additional implementation of restrictions. At that time, the county’s COVID-19 metrics were as follows:
● Two-week cumulative incidence rate: 281.21/100,000 people
● Percent positivity: 2.02%
● 2-week COVID-19 case count (new cases): 10
As of today, the county’s COVID-19 metrics are as follows:
● Two-week cumulative incidence rate: 393.7/100,000 people
● Percent positivity: 2.68%
● 2-week COVID-19 case count (new cases): 14
Given the increase in incidence rate, case count and percent testing positivity, an
implementation of additional restrictions is warranted at this time. As such, CDPHE is moving Baca County to COVID-19 Dial Level Red.

The change from Level Orange to Level Red is effective tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 5pm and the county should work to inform residents, businesses and other stakeholders to ensure the transition is completed by then.

This process will require the county to implement restrictions across all sectors as described in Section II.F of Public Health Order 20-36, as amended.

Baca County Dial Change – Level Orange to Level Red
November 24, 2020

Should the county restore metrics for a less restrictive level at any time during the more restrictive phase, the county would need to maintain those metrics for two weeks and complete the request process described here.

I appreciate the unique challenges facing Baca County and commend you for your diligence. Preventing the spread of this persistent virus takes the cooperation of everyone consistently practicing good disease prevention strategies and your partnership is critical to this effort.

Lastly, if the Department can be a resource for you in any capacity, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, MPH
Executive Director
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

New COVID Cases – November 25, 2020

Baca County Public Health Agency has been was notified that we have ten (10) new laboratory confirmed cases in Baca County. Out of respect for patient’s privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

The patients:

  • Are residents of Baca County.
  • Have been placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
  • Close contacts are being contacted and will be placed in quarantine.

Baca County case numbers: (March 11 to present) current COVID total cases are one hundred four (104). Other Baca County information is as follows (Tuesday @4:21pm November 24, 2020):

  • Positive case: 104
  • Hospitalizations 9
  • Current hospitalizations: 4
  • Deaths: 0

Depending on report timing, BCPHA’s totals will not exactly match CDPHE’s totals on their website. The state is a least a week to ten days behind.

https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/case-data

Level Red Precautions for Baca County

Yesterday  Baca County was placed in the red in the Colorado dial framework.  Please see below:

Download: Colorado Dial – Levels and Precautions
Visit: Colorado Dial – COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 FACT SHEET (Colorado’s Dial Framework)

During this pandemic, Colorado is working to make life as sustainable as possible, while ensuring we do not surpass our public health and health care capacities. Different levels of “openness,” standardized at the county level, will help maintain this delicate balance.  This framework recognizes unique local circumstances using an intuitive dial to visualize a community’s success in containing the spread of COVID-19. By increasing simplicity and predictability, local communities have another tool to make life amidst the pandemic more sustainable until we have a major breakthrough in testing, treatments, or a vaccine. This dial includes five levels, from least to most restrictive. Details for each level outline specific metrics and how many people can participate in various activities at one time.

The five levels

  1. Level Green – Protect Our Neighbors: Local public health agencies are able to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and enforcement of public health orders.
  2. Level Blue – Safer at Home Cautious: This is less restrictive than Level Yellow, for counties with low virus transmission but that have not yet achieved Protect Our Neighbors.
  3. Level Yellow – Safer at Home Concern: The baseline. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.
  4. Level Orange – Safer at Home High Risk: This is more restrictive than Safer at Home Level 2, for counties experiencing increases in the metrics. Action is needed, but Stay at Home may not be warranted.
  5. Level Red – Stay at Home: Everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open.

Metrics that define the levels

  1. New cases: How much the virus is circulating in a county.
  2. Percent positivity : Whether there is sufficient COVID-19 testing to capture the level of virus transmission.
  3. Impact on hospitalizations : Whether hospitalizations are increasing, stable, or declining.

Counties will move between levels based on the metrics and will work with the state to ensure unique local factors are considered. In order to move to a less restrictive level (e.g., Level Yellow to Level Blue), counties must meet and sustain all three metrics for two weeks . Counties must engage in a consultation process with CDPHE, which may entail moving to a more restrictive level, when they are out of compliance with any of the metrics for more than two weeks.

Courthouse Closed to Walk-Ins – Nov 30

Due to the increase of COVID cases in Baca County and the state of Colorado’s new capacity restrictions, beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, the Baca County courthouse will be closed to walk-in traffic. Business will be conducted by appointment only. Contact the individual departments to schedule your appointment. Also, wearing of masks is mandatory.

Note: many business needs can be conducted via phone, on-line, or mail, including vehicle registrations. There is also a drop box at the main entrance that can be used to drop off paperwork, just indicate which department needs to receive the documents. We thank you in
advance for your patience and cooperation.

Level Orange Precautions for Baca County

Yesterday  Baca County was placed in the orange in the Colorado dial framework.  Please see below:

Download: Colorado Dial – Levels and Precautions
Visit: Colorado Dial – COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 FACT SHEET (Colorado’s Dial Framework)

During this pandemic, Colorado is working to make life as sustainable as possible, while ensuring we do not surpass our public health and health care capacities. Different levels of “openness,” standardized at the county level, will help maintain this delicate balance.  This framework recognizes unique local circumstances using an intuitive dial to visualize a community’s success in containing the spread of COVID-19. By increasing simplicity and predictability, local communities have another tool to make life amidst the pandemic more sustainable until we have a major breakthrough in testing, treatments, or a vaccine. This dial includes five levels, from least to most restrictive. Details for each level outline specific metrics and how many people can participate in various activities at one time.

The five levels

  1. Level Green – Protect Our Neighbors: Local public health agencies are able to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and enforcement of public health orders.
  2. Level Blue – Safer at Home Cautious: This is less restrictive than Level Yellow, for counties with low virus transmission but that have not yet achieved Protect Our Neighbors.
  3. Level Yellow – Safer at Home Concern: The baseline. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.
  4. Level Orange – Safer at Home High Risk: This is more restrictive than Safer at Home Level 2, for counties experiencing increases in the metrics. Action is needed, but Stay at Home may not be warranted.
  5. Level Red – Stay at Home: Everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open.

Metrics that define the levels

  1. New cases: How much the virus is circulating in a county.
  2. Percent positivity : Whether there is sufficient COVID-19 testing to capture the level of virus transmission.
  3. Impact on hospitalizations : Whether hospitalizations are increasing, stable, or declining.

Counties will move between levels based on the metrics and will work with the state to ensure unique local factors are considered. In order to move to a less restrictive level (e.g., Level Yellow to Level Blue), counties must meet and sustain all three metrics for two weeks . Counties must engage in a consultation process with CDPHE, which may entail moving to a more restrictive level, when they are out of compliance with any of the metrics for more than two weeks.

Level Yellow Precautions for Baca County

Yesterday  Baca County was placed in the yellow in the Colorado dial framework.  Please see below:

Download: Colorado Dial – Levels and Precautions
Visit: Colorado Dial – COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 FACT SHEET (Colorado’s Dial Framework)

During this pandemic, Colorado is working to make life as sustainable as possible, while ensuring we do not surpass our public health and health care capacities. Different levels of “openness,” standardized at the county level, will help maintain this delicate balance.  This framework recognizes unique local circumstances using an intuitive dial to visualize a community’s success in containing the spread of COVID-19. By increasing simplicity and predictability, local communities have another tool to make life amidst the pandemic more sustainable until we have a major breakthrough in testing, treatments, or a vaccine. This dial includes five levels, from least to most restrictive. Details for each level outline specific metrics and how many people can participate in various activities at one time.

The five levels

  1. Level Green – Protect Our Neighbors: Local public health agencies are able to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and enforcement of public health orders.
  2. Level Blue – Safer at Home Cautious: This is less restrictive than Level Yellow, for counties with low virus transmission but that have not yet achieved Protect Our Neighbors.
  3. Level Yellow – Safer at Home Concern: The baseline. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.
  4. Level Orange – Safer at Home High Risk: This is more restrictive than Safer at Home Level 2, for counties experiencing increases in the metrics. Action is needed, but Stay at Home may not be warranted.
  5. Level Red – Stay at Home: Everyone is required to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Only critical businesses are open.

Metrics that define the levels

  1. New cases: How much the virus is circulating in a county.
  2. Percent positivity : Whether there is sufficient COVID-19 testing to capture the level of virus transmission.
  3. Impact on hospitalizations : Whether hospitalizations are increasing, stable, or declining.

Counties will move between levels based on the metrics and will work with the state to ensure unique local factors are considered. In order to move to a less restrictive level (e.g., Level Yellow to Level Blue), counties must meet and sustain all three metrics for two weeks . Counties must engage in a consultation process with CDPHE, which may entail moving to a more restrictive level, when they are out of compliance with any of the metrics for more than two weeks.

COVID Update – November 12, 2020

Baca County Public Health Agency has been was notified that we have one (9) new laboratory confirmed cases in Baca County. Out of respect for patient’s privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

The patients:

  • Are residents of Baca County.
  • Have been placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.

Close contacts are being contacted and will be placed in quarantine.

Baca County case numbers: (March 11 to present) current COVID total cases are sixty-four (64).  Other Baca County information is as follows (as of Wednesday November 11, 2020):

Positive case:                            64
Hospitalizations:                        5
Current hospitalizations :           1
Deaths:                                      0

New COVID Cases – November 5, 2020

New COVID-19 positive cases

Baca County Public Health Agency has been was notified that we have four (4) new laboratory confirmed cases in Baca County. Out of respect for patient’s privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):

The patients:

  • Are residents of Baca County.
  • Have been placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.

Close contacts are being contacted and will be placed in quarantine.

Baca County case numbers: (March 11 to present) current COVID total cases are fifty-three (53).  Other Baca County information is as follows (as of Thursday November 5, 2020):

Positive case:                            53
Hospitalizations:                        4
Current hospitalizations :            0
Deaths:                                    0