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Under latest CDC guidance, people in 38 Colorado counties should wear masks while indoors in public spaces

Level of Community Transmission map in Colorado as of 7/27/21.
Level of Community Transmission map in Colorado as of 7/27/21.(CDC)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 7:09 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:26 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Under new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recommended that people in 38 Colorado counties wear masks while in public indoor spaces.

These counties are where the transmission level is substantial or high, defined by the CDC as 50 or more new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days.

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The guidance was released on Tuesday. Several states decided to implement the guidelines, including Nevada.

El Paso County and Denver’s health departments both say at this point, there are no plans for a local mask mandate.

“While cases in Denver and the Front Range are increasing, Denver’s vaccination rate is high and hospitalization rate is low,” the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement. “The COVID-19 vaccine protects against severe cases of the virus and is free and easy to get. The best thing people can do right now is to get vaccinated.”

Gov. Jared Polis said last week that hospitalizations remained well below capacity levels, and that preventing hospitals from running out of room had always been the aim of the restrictions put in place last year.

The state health department said it was reviewing the new guidance.

According to the map provided by the CDC, masks are recommended for the following counties in BOLD while in public indoor spaces:

  • ADAMS - SUBSTANTIAL
  • ALAMOSA - HIGH
  • ARAPAHOE - MODERATE
  • ARCHULETA - HIGH
  • BACA - LOW
  • BENT - SUBSTANTIAL
  • BOULDER - MODERATE
  • BROOMFIELD - MODERATE
  • CHAFFEE - SUBSTANTIAL
  • CHEYENNE - HIGH
  • CLEAR CREEK - HIGH
  • CONEJOS - HIGH
  • COSTILLA - MODERATE
  • CROWLEY - MODERATE
  • CUSTER - MODERATE
  • DELTA - SUBSTANTIAL
  • DENVER - MODERATE
  • DOLORES - LOW
  • DOUGLAS - SUBSTANTIAL
  • EAGLE - SUBSTANTIAL
  • EL PASO - SUBSTANTIAL
  • ELBERT - MODERATE
  • FREMONT - MODERATE
  • GARFIELD - HIGH
  • GILPIN - MODERATE
  • GRAND - HIGH
  • GUNNISON - LOW
  • HINSDALE - HIGH
  • HUERFANO - SUBSTANTIAL
  • JACKSON - LOW
  • JEFFERSON - MODERATE
  • KIOWA - LOW
  • KIT CARSON - MODERATE
  • LA PLATA - MODERATE
  • LAKE - SUBSTANTIAL
  • LARIMER - SUBSTANTIAL
  • LAS ANIMAS - SUBSTANTIAL
  • LINCOLN - SUBSTANTIAL
  • LOGAN - LOW
  • MESA - HIGH
  • MINERAL - HIGH
  • MOFFAT - HIGH
  • MONTEZUMA - SUBSTANTIAL
  • MONTROSE - SUBSTANTIAL
  • MORGAN - MODERATE
  • OTERO - MODERATE
  • OURAY - HIGH
  • PARK - SUBSTANTIAL
  • PHILIPS - MODERATE
  • PITKIN - SUBSTANTIAL
  • PROWERS - MODERATE
  • PUEBLO - SUBSTANTIAL
  • RIO BLANCO - HIGH
  • RIO GRANDE - SUBSTANTIAL
  • ROUTT - HIGH
  • SAGUACHE - HIGH
  • SAN JUAN - LOW
  • SAN MIGUEL - HIGH
  • SEDGWICK - LOW
  • SUMMIT - HIGH
  • TELLER - SUBSTANTIAL
  • WASHINGTON - SUBSTANTIAL
  • WELD - SUBSTANTIAL
  • YUMA - MODERATE

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