Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a tool for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs.
Here are some important things to understand about the new dial system:
- Colorado’s dial framework has five levels to guide county response to COVID-19. Starting with the least restrictive, the levels are:
1) Protect Our Neighbors
2) Safer at Home 1: Cautious
3) Safer at Home 2: Concern
4) Safer at Home 3: High Risk
5) Stay at Home
- Counties move back and forth between levels, depending on three metrics:
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.
- Levels are based on the number of new cases, the percent positivity of COVID tests, and the impact on hospitals, and local considerations. As the dial moves left, toward Protect Our Neighbors, more people can participate in various activities.
- This framework gives communities a new tool to make life in the pandemic more sustainable.
El Paso County is currently in Safer at Home 1: Cautious
This is less restrictive than Safer at Home Level 2, for counties with low virus transmission but that have not yet achieved Protect Our Neighbors. To achieve Safer at Home Level 1: Cautious, El Paso County had to meet the following criteria:
- 5% or less positivity rate
- 0-75 cases per 100,000 people
- No more than two new COVID-19 hospital admissions per day