Larimer County is seeing a big spike in coronavirus circumstances, prompting well being officers to induce residents to steer clear of indoor gatherings on high of current new orders geared toward focusing on the causes of the unfold to forestall new blanket restrictions.
Larimer County Public Well being Director Tom Gonzales instructed the county commissioners at a gathering Tuesday that the county had 1,000 new circumstances throughout 4 current days, a quantity that’s taxing his 30 to 40 contact tracers.
“I by no means in my wildest goals thought we’d get 1,000 circumstances in 4 days,” Gonzales mentioned, explaining that contact tracers did the perfect they might to uncover potential shut contacts and notify folks, however that amounted to about 250 per day for his employees. “We needed to triage these circumstances and take essentially the most weak first.”
Gonzales mentioned these contact tracers have tied among the unfold to spectators at youth sporting occasions, to folks attending indoor gatherings at folks’s properties, to workplaces, to some massive Halloween occasions and church gatherings, in addition to to folks gathering inside at native bars whereas ready for tables.
Final Friday, he issued some new “focused” public well being orders limiting spectators at youth sporting occasions, stopping folks from ready for tables inside at bar areas and requiring eating places and gymnasiums to take down names and numbers of consumers for contact-tracing functions.
Gonzales is hoping these measures, geared toward addressing particular issues, will in the reduction of on the coronavirus circumstances and sluggish the unfold — and stop state well being officers from requiring the county to drop capacities in any respect companies, a blanket restriction.
He mentioned his aim is to maintain companies open but in addition to forestall hospitals from being overrun with COVID-19 circumstances.
And he mentioned he hopes the state will give the county two to a few weeks to see if the emergency measures work.
“I’m hopeful, backside line, that they do,” Gonzales mentioned to the commissioners, who all supported the focused method he has taken to current restrictions.
The three elected commissioners careworn that blanket restrictions might hurt the economic system with out essentially bettering the virus scenario.
Commissioner Steve Johnson steered probably voting on a proper assertion to the Larimer County Board of Well being, the appointed board that governs Gonzales’ division, saying the commissioners help permitting time to see if the focused well being restrictions would decrease the circumstances.
He expressed his concern in regards to the financial penalties if the state points blanket decrease capacities for companies, which he mentioned wouldn’t decrease case charges as a result of they don’t deal with the precise issues.
Johnson talked about eating places for instance. They’ve been working at 50% capability since Might with comparatively flat circumstances within the county till September, exhibiting that capability just isn’t the trigger, he mentioned, and stressing that it is unnecessary to additional drop the capability to 25% if the state had been to impose blanket restrictions.
The county’s focused well being orders make extra sense, Johnson mentioned.
“We’re following the science, not some broad menu of one-size-fits-all laws in a dial that doesn’t make any sense with what we’re seeing right here in Larimer County,” Johnson mentioned.
The three commissioners determined to not vote on an official assertion, saying their desire to present time for brand new restrictions to work was clearly expressed to Gonzales. The general public well being director echoed that he agrees with the focused method the commissioners help, trying on the huge image of bodily, social, financial and behavioral well being through the pandemic.
“I imagine in what we’re doing,” Gonzales mentioned. “It’s primarily based on public well being, science and epidemiology, and never all of the noise on the market.”
Nevertheless, he urged residents to additionally do their half. They should proceed to put on face coverings and to socially distance, and likewise to observe the well being orders in place, he mentioned. They need to not collect indoors beneath any circumstances, not await tables and keep away from indoor gatherings with folks from different households.
“We now have obtained to cease going to events,” Gonzales mentioned. “We now have obtained to cease having a Halloween celebration. We now have obtained to not have a giant Thanksgiving celebration. There shall be a time for this, however not now.”
The Larimer County Division of Well being and Setting, together with officers with UCHealth and Banner Well being, will provide info on the present coronavirus scenario in Larimer County throughout a 4:30 p.m. digital assembly on Thursday.
Officers will discuss present tendencies in addition to a hospital surge and well being care staffing and can reply questions from group members.
The one-hour session shall be recorded and posted to larimer.org/health.
The hyperlink to affix the assembly through Zoom is zoom.us/j/95516320132.
To affix by cellphone, dial one of many following numbers: 669-900-9128; 253-215-8782; 346-248-7799; 646-558-8656; 301-715-8592; or 312-626-6799. The identification quantity to affix the webinar is 955 1632 0132.