Oct 12, 2020
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Executive Director of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Robert McDonald today warned the community of a continued increase in COVID-19 case numbers that put the city in jeopardy of losing hard-earned gains against the virus.
McDonald shared that the city’s case count is at its highest level since May during the peak of the initial surge. Both he and the Mayor reiterated that this trend could mean new restrictions for Denver residents, including: reduced capacities for restaurants and earlier last call for alcohol sales, reduced capacities for non-critical manufacturing, offices, and retailers, and stricter face covering orders for indoor and outdoor settings.
The state’s COVID-19 Dial Dashboard shows Denver is at the Safer at Home, Level 2: Concern. Of five levels, this is in the middle. The lowest level is Protect Our Neighbors. Increasing cases could mean Denver moves to a more restrictive Safer Level 3.
McDonald realizes people may be fatigued by the pandemic and its restrictions, but he points out there are still many things people can do and still remain safe including: playing tennis or other sports where you can physically distance, having virtual game nights, going out to a restaurant in small groups, attending approved campus activities, and biking, walking or hiking.
On the list of prohibited activities under current health orders: attending a party at any location with more than 10 people, going out to eat or gathering with too many people from different households, and leaving your residence for non-essential activities if under quarantine.
McDonald also cautions about a twindemic. This is when the flu and COVID-19 peak at the same time. If this happens the medical system could be overloaded trying to care for both COVID-19 and flu patients at once. Everyone is encouraged to get a flu vaccine as soon as possible.