State asks for suggestions on proposed new COVID dial


“Dial 2.0” is supposed to account for the advantages of vaccinations and be extra attentive to native situations, CDPHE mentioned.

DENVER — The Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting (CDPHE) asks for suggestions on proposed modifications to the state’s COVID-19 dial framework.

The state has already met with a number of teams together with native public well being businesses, county commissioners, mayors and metropolis managers to debate potential modifications to the dial, in accordance with a launch, centered on making it extra attentive to native situations.

“Dial 2.0” can also be meant to account for the advantages to hospital capability from the vaccination of individuals over 70 and frontline healthcare staff and supply “the flexibility to higher steadiness illness suppression with financial hardship because of rising vaccinations and lowering illness charges,” in accordance with the discharge.

“Coloradans have made important sacrifices to cut back illness transmission, so it’s time to replace the dial to replicate this actuality, plus the rising variety of people who find themselves immunized,” CDPHE Government Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan mentioned. “This up to date proposal relies on Colorado’s illness and vaccination charges, plus enter from native public well being businesses and native governments, and we’re searching for the general public’s assist to refine it additional.”

“The Dial has been a great tool in serving to us to handle our response to the pandemic, but it surely must be up to date based mostly on classes discovered over the previous 5 months,” mentioned Tri-County Well being Division Government Director Dr. John Douglas. “We recognize the collaboration between CDPHE and native public well being businesses in contemplating these updates collectively.”

The discharge mentioned draft modifications embody:

  • A rise within the vary of incidence metrics for all colours to higher steadiness illness suppression with financial hardship whereas stopping a hospital capability breach.  

  • Transferring to a seven-day metric of incidence fee, % positivity of testing and hospitalizations as a substitute of a 14-day metric to extra rapidly reply to native situations 

  • Lowering the metric requirement for testing positivity charges within the yellow and orange ranges to proceed to advertise testing as an essential illness containment technique

  • Particular consideration from CDPHE for counties with populations underneath 20,000 to find out the extent on the dial, accounting for weekly variability within the % positivity of assessments and illness incidence charges

“Elevated vaccine distribution and lowering illness prevalence are permitting Colorado to proceed opening extra of the economic system whereas saving lives with an up to date “Dial 2.0” to replicate the present state of the pandemic,” the discharge mentioned.

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Coloradans can assessment the draft and submit suggestions with this kind after reviewing all of the draft modifications, the discharge mentioned. The deadline for offering suggestions is Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. The discharge mentioned CDPHE would replace the draft based mostly on stakeholder suggestions. The ultimate pointers can be out there shortly after the remark interval.

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