El Paso County Vaccine Distribution Update

El Paso County is currently focused on vaccinating priority populations in Phases 1A and 1B of Colorado's COVID-19 phased vaccine distribution plan.

Phase 1A includes high-risk health care workers and individuals. Phase 1B includes everyone age 70 and older and other specific categories. To learn more about the phases of vaccine distribution, visit the El Paso County Public Health vaccine web page.

Click here if you are a person age 70 and older and seeking information about vaccines.

Please visit the Vaccine Dashboard page for more information. 

State moves El Paso County to Level Red: Severe Risk

El Paso County, CO – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified local officials on November 23 that El Paso County is required to move from high-risk status (Level Orange) to severe risk (Level Red) on the state’s dial framework in response to high levels of COVID-19 disease transmission, positivity rate and hospitalizations. 

Moving to Level Red will require El Paso County to adhere to stricter limitations on social and commercial activities. The capacity limits are significant, requiring more aggressive mitigation efforts in Colorado and El Paso County, and go into effect Friday, November 27 at 5 p.m. Most indoor activities will be prohibited or strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative. Ahead of El Paso County, there are numerous Colorado counties who have already moved to Level Red in response to high levels of disease transmission.

As of today, El Paso County’s metrics are as follows:

  • Two-week incidence: 1160.7
  • Two-week test positivity rate: 14.71%
  • Two-week COVID-19 case count (new cases): 8,386

For a full list of COVID-19 testing sites in El Paso County, visit El Paso County Public Health’s testing page.

We are urging all residents to practice COVID-19 prevention measures and learn more about the Small Acts, Big Impacts campaign

  • Keep gatherings small
  • Limit unnecessary trips
  • Wear a mask properly, making sure it covers the nose and mouth 
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • If you are sick, even with very mild symptoms, stay home. This is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight the spread of disease

As we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it’s important to think through ways to keep our loved ones and community safe as we celebrate. For guidance on how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely:

Resources for the Community to Access Help

For business sectors with questions about what these new restrictions mean, contact:

Call 2-1-1 for free, bilingual information, resources and referrals. 

  • Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Economic Recovery Initiative

Local Grant Opportunities

  • Early Child Care Education Program: Alliance for Kids, in partnership with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC), is launching a new local grant opportunity. Early childhood education (ECE) programs and family child-care homes (FCCHs) which meet the eligibility criteria will be funded in the order in which applications are received until funding is no longer available. This grant is to reimburse personnel and operational costs due to COVID-19 from March 10 – November 30. Up to $11K for large ECE programs, $7.5K for small ECE programs, and $3.5K for FCCHs is available with a successful grant proposal. For the FULL grant details, eligibility, and link to apply, click here.
  • The seventh round of funding from the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund is now open. Deadline for application is December 3 at 7 p.m. The Fund will also be accepting applications for collaborative efforts that include three or more organizations. Collaborative applications may apply for up to $100,000 and must meet criteria areas: organization type, populations served and alignment with the Impact priority area. See www.helpcoloradonow.org for more information.

State Grant Opportunity

Federal Grant Opportunity

Michelle Hewitt
Public Health Information Officer
(719) 244-1947 cell
El Paso County, CO