Delta Variant (B.1.617.2)

The Delta variant is the most transmissible variant of concern yet, spreading more easily than both the original virus and the Alpha variant first identified in Britain. It is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in El Paso County, the state of Colorado and across the country.

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Masks and face coverings

The CDC recently updated its mask guidance to recommend fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors when in areas with substantial and high levels of COVID-19 transmission, which includes El Paso County. Masks are an effective way to limit the spread of disease, especially when paired with other prevention measures like getting vaccinated, staying home when you are sick, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. Click below to learn more about masks and mask requirements.

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Public Health Heroes

The Public Health Champion Awards, presented at El Paso County Board of Health meetings, are intended to honor some of the heroic people and agencies who have helped El Paso County Public Health navigate the COVID-19 response. These partners have been the key to our successful efforts. Thank you!

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Plague: How to stay safe

Plague is widespread in the western United States. There have been multiple cases of plague in animals in El Paso County in 2021. If you notice an unusual number of dead wild rodents in your area, contact El Paso County Public Health at (719) 578-3199 and select the option for Environmental Health. Do not handle sick or dead animals. 

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

El Paso County is vaccinating people age 12 and older.

Vacunas disponibles para mayores de 12 años.

Questions about COVID-19?

If you are in El Paso County and have non-urgent questions about COVID-19, please call the El Paso County Public Health call center at 719-575-8888. Hours are Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have general questions about COVID-19, call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can also email [email protected] for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.

American Sign Language COVID-19 Hotline visit

To provide assistance, or to file a complaint about a violation of a public health order, call 719-578-3167.

2-1-1: When people call 2-1-1, they will be prompted by an automated system to select a vaccine provider from a list of options. They will then be transferred to that provider. Callers also will have the option to speak with one of 2-1-1’s trained call takers, who will be able to answer general questions about the vaccine. For specific medical advice, community members are asked to call their primary care physician.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual referral hotline staffed by trained information specialists from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For free, confidential, professional and immediate 24/7 support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.