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Larimer County ends public health orders starting Monday

Graphic showing COVID-19 bubbles floating around in a red background behind a blue surgical mask. Text reads "Collegian, COVID-19 UPDATE"
(Graphic illustration by Robbie Haynes | The Collegian)

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has announced plans to end public health orders regarding COVID-19 starting  May 17. 

According to a press release by the LCDHE, the current public health orders will expire May 16 at 11:59 p.m. and Larimer County will instead follow Colorado Amended Public Health Order 20-38: Limited COVID-19 Restrictions. Under these guidelines, residents must continue to wear masks in public indoor spaces as long as the county’s seven-day case rate is above 35 cases per 100,000 residents. The current case rate in Larimer County is 121 per 100,000. 


PHO 20-38 requires face coverings to be worn in most places with certain exceptions for fully vaccinated individuals, such as in spaces where “80% of the individuals in the Public Indoor Space have shown proof of vaccination.” 

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released newly relaxed guidelines regarding masks, the LCDHE notes, “The CDC’s new guidance does not overrule individual state mandates on mask-wearing.” 

The LCDHE cites rising vaccination rates as the driving force behind the reduced number of COVID-19 cases in Larimer County. 

“As vaccination increases, cases and hospitalizations decrease,” Public Health Director Tom Gonzales said. “We need everyone’s help to cross the finish line by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.”

More information regarding COVID-19 guidelines and vaccinations can be found on the LCDHE webpage

Natalie Weiland can be reached at or on Twitter @natgweiland

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Natalie Weiland
Natalie Weiland, News Director
Natalie Weiland is a sophomore political science student with a minor in legal studies and a fierce love of the Oxford comma. Weiland grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served as an editor for her high school’s yearbook during her senior year. She credits the absolute chaos of the 2016 presidential election for introducing her to — and getting her hooked on — the world of politics and journalism. Her journey with The Collegian started in the fall of her freshman year when she began writing for the news desk.  In her spare time, Weiland enjoys reading and attempting to not have a heart attack every time The New York Times sends a breaking news update to her phone. She has two incredibly adorable dogs (that she will gladly show pictures of if asked) and three less-adorable siblings.  As news director, Weiland's main goal is to ensure that students trust The Collegian to cover stories that are important to and affect them, and she hopes that students are never afraid to reach out and start a conversation. Weiland is excited to see what The Collegian has in store this year and hopes to explore the campus community through reporting. 

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