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COVID-19 cases skyrocket to more than 5,000 within Pueblo County

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 5:48 PM MST
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - COVID-19 cases in Pueblo County continue to rise as health and city officials try to slow the spread of the virus. As of Monday, there were more than 5,000 confirmed cases of the virus, an increase of 781 cases since last Thursday. Click here to see the full COVID-19 data from the county.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment moved Pueblo into level orange over the weekend, in accordance with the state’s COVID-19 dial. Level orange is the second-highest level on the dial, just one step below a stay-at-home order. According to CDPHE, with the current numbers of residents testing positive for the virus, hospitalizations, and the number of cases over the last two weeks, more restrictions could be put into place.

Pueblo County reportedly has two weeks to reduce the number of cases before a possible stay-at-home order.

Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar tells 11 News the current restrictions in place are there to help slow the spread, but how they pan out is up to the community.

“We’re exploring some options between where we are now on the orange level and stay-at-home that would put more restrictions on some businesses but would allow some of our retail businesses to remain open throughout the holiday season,” says Gradisar.

Gradisar is urging Puebloans to rethink their holiday plans as well and not to get together with anyone outside of your household or be in gatherings of more than 10 people.

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