At a gathering on Tuesday, the Routt County Council of Commissioners drafted a collection of journey suggestions geared toward mitigating the unfold of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Suggestions embrace avoiding locations with a excessive prevalence of the virus and limiting interactions with folks touring.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Amid a current spike in COVID-19 instances, the Routt County Board of Commissioners permitted a listing of journey suggestions for residents, guests and companies throughout a gathering Wednesday.
The suggestions are one of many newest initiatives to scale back the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
They got here a day earlier than Gov. Jared Polis introduced a statewide masks mandate, which requires anybody aged 10 and over to put on a face masks in indoor public locations. Instances of the virus have elevated statewide over the previous 4 weeks, together with a 40% enhance final week, in response to Colorado well being officers.
“Hospitalizations are on the rise. The variety of instances is on the rise, ”Polis mentioned at a press convention Thursday the place he introduced the masks's warrant. "That is the most cost effective and best intervention we are able to do."
He identified that Colorado is seeing a comparatively small enhance in instances in comparison with different states, akin to elements of Texas and Arizona which were labeled "scorching spots" for the virus.
Journey has been a number one trigger of latest instances in Routt County, in response to Dr. Brian Harrington, county well being officer. Of the 22 new instances recognized over the previous month, 10 concerned folks touring outdoors the county who 'very seemingly' contracted the illness whereas touring.
Because the Commissioners identified, their checklist of suggestions is simply that – suggestions.
“We don't inform folks what to do,” Melton mentioned. "We inform them of the easiest way to journey safely."
The primary of the suggestions is to observe what Commissioners name the “5 commitments” to scale back the unfold of illness. These embrace: sustaining a social distance of at the very least 6 toes; wash your arms typically; cowl your face in public; keep at house in case of sickness; and searching for a take a look at instantly if signs are developed.
The second warns in opposition to visiting scorching spots which have reported new optimistic checks at a charge of 10% or extra. Individuals can view a map of the prevalence of the virus within the nation to verify which areas have essentially the most instances utilizing knowledge from the Harvard International Well being Institute at globalpidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid- suppression /.
Routt County additionally has its personal native COVID-19 monitor, which tracks new instances. As of Thursday, the variety of instances within the county was properly under the "crucial threshold" that considers an space a hotspot. The optimistic take a look at charge is 2.69% for the previous week, additionally properly under the crucial threshold of 10%.
The suggestions additionally advise folks to restrict contact with others a couple of days earlier than and after journey, particularly if they’re visiting scorching spots. Individuals also needs to attempt to keep away from shut contact with others as a lot as potential whereas touring.
If folks assume they've been uncovered or have the virus, they need to quarantine themselves for at the very least 14 days and get examined. For apparent causes, folks with signs shouldn't journey within the first place.
Polis mentioned a major aim of nationwide and native well being pointers, from the masks's mandate to journey recommendation, is to forestall extra disruptive restrictions, akin to regulation enforcement keep at house. He reiterated every day well being ideas, akin to washing arms incessantly, staying at the very least 6 toes from one another, and limiting social interactions as a lot as potential.
As Polis suggested on the press convention: 'Be sensible. Be clear. Watch out."
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