State extends public health order 20-38 to Sept. 1, 2021

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State also updates lab reporting and vaccine access public health orders

Statewide, (July 31, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has extended public health order 20-38 to expire on Sept. 1, 2021. 

“The prevalence of the Delta variant, coupled with the fact that many eligible Coloradans are not fully vaccinated, is threatening our progress here in Colorado. That’s why we are taking additional steps to protect the most vulnerable, including extending mask requirements in congregate settings. We support and fully expect local communities to take additional steps to protect their communities given the variability of disease transmission and vaccination across the state,” said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander.

The state has also amended PHO 20-33 (laboratory data reporting) and PHO 21-01 (vaccine access and data reporting for COVID-19) to better track variants and double down on removing any barriers to accessing the vaccine. 

All three of these amended orders become effective Sunday, August 1, 2021 and will expire at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2021 unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing. 

Summaries of changes can be found here: PHO 20-38, PHO 20-33, PHO 21-01.

The state has also updated school guidance and intends to update long term care facility guidance to align with recently updated CDC guidance and science regarding the Delta variant. 

CDPHE and local public health agencies both have the authority to issue public health orders and enact mandates for disease control measures. Throughout the pandemic, the state has supported and empowered local communities and public health agencies to have stricter protocols in place to reflect local disease transmission, vaccination rates, and other local factors. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

 

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