Masks and face coverings
Public Health strongly recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
El Paso County, CO – More than 55 percent of those eligible have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in El Paso County. While this progress is remarkable, Public Health encourages all community members to join in these efforts. The State of Colorado and El Paso County set a goal to vaccinate at least 75 percent of its eligible population by July 4. Anyone 12 years and older is eligible for the vaccine and should make it a priority for themselves and all eligible family members to get vaccinated right away.
Anyone 18 years or older vaccinated through the El Paso County Vaccine Consortium or the Veterans Administration is eligible for the first of five weekly $1 million drawings for Colorado Comeback Cash to be announced Friday, June 4. The state is working to add in those individuals who were vaccinated through the Department of Defense.
Anyone 12 to 17 years old will be eligible for one of 25 scholarships worth $50,000 at any technical school or college, in Colorado or other states. Five students will be selected weekly starting Monday, June 7.
El Paso County continues to see its incidence and positivity rates decline, following a sharp increase last week after a backlog of cases were entered into the state’s data dashboard. The current incidence is the lowest since mid-March.
"El Paso County continues to see deaths and hospitalizations as a result of an elevated incidence in April and early May,” said Fadi Youkhana, epidemiologist for El Paso County Public Health. “Vaccines remain the greatest tool to combat COVID-19. Higher rates of vaccinations can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce deaths and hospitalizations in our community.”
Vaccine data through Tuesday, June 1, including federal estimates:
· To access the latest vaccine numbers for El Paso County, see the COVID-19 vaccine dashboard
COVID-19 data trends through Tuesday, June 1:
For more comprehensive local data, see the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
State issues a third amended Public Health Order
On May 31, the state released a third amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-38. PHO 20-38 went into effect on Tuesday, June 1. Under the PHO 20-38, all indoor mass gathering capacity restrictions have been removed. The face covering requirements now start at age 12 (previously age 11), and anyone younger than 12 is not required to wear one. Face coverings remain mandatory for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals 12 and older in settings such as schools, camps, Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle offices, prisons, jails and other settings outlined in the order. Additionally, the exception for individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face coverings, or for people in certain activities, remains.
Upcoming vaccine appointments available in El Paso County
El Paso County has nearly 30 COVID-19 vaccine providers with more than 100 convenient locations. An interactive map to find the nearest provider, along with contact information to make an appointment, can be found here.