Denver, Colorado 2020-11-06 15:20:35 –
DENVER (KDVR) – As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Denver, city officials continue to tighten restrictions in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus.
Mayor Michael Hancock announced a Home by 10 public health order on Friday that will shut down non-essential businesses by 10 p.m. and includes a ban on fans at high school and college sporting events.
It comes just over a week after Denver went from Safer Home Yellow to more restrictive Home Safer Orange.
This means the city is just one step away from a Stay At Home command, also known as Level Red.
“We need everyone to work together to reverse this trend,” Hancock said during the Home by 10 announcement.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines for staying at home include the following three criteria:
- More than 15% positivity rate
- 350+ cases per 100,000 residents
- More than two new hospital admissions for COVID-19 per day
Currently, Denver’s seven-day average positivity rate is around 11%, below the state’s threshold for staying at home. However, there are 683 cases per 100,000 people and an average of 5 hospital admissions per day – both of which are above the state threshold.
“It’s the right thing to do to put everything in place to avoid a keep-at-home command,” said Robert McDonald, general manager of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Home at 10 order is currently scheduled to last for 30 days, but will be temporarily suspended for Thanksgiving.
Neither Hancock nor McDonald have directly addressed what would happen if this new order did not reverse the current upward trend in the new cases, but they admitted the restrictions could be tightened even further.
“It’s a real possibility,” McDonald said when asked about a home support order. “This is the last push here and everyone has to contribute.”
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