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State orders El Paso County to 'Level Red' starting Friday at 5 p.m.

 

Last updated 11/23/2020 at 5:05pm

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified local officials on Monday 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, Nov. 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 Monday, 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.

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

CDPHE Level Red: Severe Risk requirements by sector

Call El Paso County Public Health at (719) 578-3167

Email El Paso County Public Health at [email protected]

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

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

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The Bundle Up for Small Businesses toolkit is available with information, resources, and downloadable materials to help encourage safe participation in our local economy this winter.

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 http://www.helpcoloradonow.org for more information.

State Grant Opportunity

The State's Winter Outdoor Dining Grant Program second round of funding will open on November 30.

Federal Grant Opportunity

Department of Agriculture's Fiscal Year 21 Community Connect Grant Program: provides broadband support in rural economically challenged communities. Award amounts are from $100K to $3M. Application deadline is December 23, 2020.

 

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