Larimer County COVID-19 restrictions tighten as rates rise

Laura Studley

Larimer County has moved to Safer at Home Level 2 from its initial “cautious” Level 1 status

The change is due to rising case numbers, according to a press release from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

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“As of (Nov. 5), Larimer County’s COVID-19 incidence rate is 309 and the positivity rate is 6.9%,” according to the release. “Both numbers have increased significantly since early September. Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients, hospitalizations overall and (intensive care unit) usage continues to increase.”  

With a Level 2 status, more cautionary measures will be implemented.

According to the release, 50 people may attend indoor worship services, down from the previous 175. Gyms are able to have 50 people, with restaurants decreasing as well from 175 to 50. If restaurants are able to accommodate social distancing, they may have 100 people. 

For group sports, only 25 people may participate per activity. Indoor events are able to have 100 people, with outdoor events remaining at 175. 

The changes that come with this new status will be in effect on Nov. 6 beginning at 5 p.m., according to the release. 

According to the Larimer County COVID-19 Dashboard, there have been 171 new cases reported since Nov. 4. 

“We need to wear our masks, maintain social distance and hold off on in-home private get-togethers right now,” said Commissioner Steve Johnson in the release. “The next few weeks will be critical for us as a community. We need to do everything we can to keep our workers employed and our kids attending in-person learning.”

Laura Studley can be reached as news@collegian.com or on Twitter @laurastudley_