CORRECTION: El Paso County to move to Level Yellow on Saturday, February 6 at 9 a.m.

Status Dial Current Level of Protection Level Yellow Concern

Correction: This release had incomplete information regarding restaurants. Restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity or 50 people for indoor dining, or up to 150 with calculator. 

El Paso County, CO - 
El Paso County will move to Level Yellow, effective Saturday, February 6 at 9 a.m. This move comes after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an updated COVID-19 dial framework today.   

The new framework, called Dial 2.0, changes the incidence metrics of each level of the dial to reflect the impact of vaccinations and decreasing disease rates across the state, and aims to better balance disease suppression and economic activity.  

New Level Yellow metrics  

The new metrics for Level Yellow set forth by the state are as follows:  

  • Incidence: 100-300 cases per 100,000
  • Test positivity: No more than 7.5%

El Paso County metrics  

As of data through February 4, El Paso County’s metrics are as follows:  

  • Incidence: 244.4
  • Test positivity: 6.64%

Level Yellow highlights include:  

  • Restaurants - 50 percent capacity or 50 people for indoor dining (or up to 150 with calculator). 
  • Personal Services – 50 percent capacity or 50 people
  • Gyms/Fitness – 50 percent capacity or 50 people 

Capacity increases for other industries and information about what level yellow means is available at covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial.   

Five Star

  • Per the state, counties in Level Yellow with a 5 Star Business Program may only operate in Level Blue once 70% of 70-year-olds statewide are vaccinated with at least one dose. The state says this is expected to happen by the end of the month
  • More information about the 5 Star Program can be found by visiting the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC’s website

Dial 2.0 framework  

The state has indicated that the Dial 2.0 will be more responsive to local conditions and will account for the vaccine’s positive impact on hospital capacities.   

Dial 2.0 changes include:   

  • An increase in the range of incidence metrics for all colors to better balance disease suppression with economic hardship, while preventing a breach in hospital capacity.
  • Moving to a seven-day metric of incidence rate, percent positivity of testing, and hospitalizations instead of a 14-day metric to more quickly respond to local conditions.
  • Decreasing the metric requirement for test positivity rates in the yellow and orange levels to continue to promote testing as an important disease containment strategy.

More information on the Dial 2.0 framework can be found on CDPHE’s website.      

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