Prevent the spread of COVID-19







The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and effective way to lower your risk of getting sick or passing the virus on to other people. Millions of people in the United States have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine. You don’t need ID, insurance, or an appointment to get vaccinated, and the vaccines are free. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.

Healthy people play a critical role in limiting spread

Following public health protocols isn’t just about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting everyone in your community.

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will decrease the daily number of cases and hospitalizations that occur in Colorado. Preventing hospitalizations will help make sure our hospitals have the staff and equipment they need.

We all have a role to play, and we’re all in this together. We urge Coloradans to do their part to take care of themselves, families, and communities.

Working together we can
  • Reduce the number of people who get sick with COVID-19.
  • Protect those most likely to experience severe symptoms, such as older people and those with serious chronic conditions.
  • Preserve and protect our health care system so they can continue to care for all people in the community.
  • Minimize the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 over the long run. 

Tips for prevention

  • Get vaccinated. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces the chance that you will get sick or pass the virus on to others.
  • Stay informed with reliable sources of information and share accurate information with neighbors, friends, and co-workers, especially people who may have difficulty receiving or understanding the information.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor spaces. This is especially important if you are unvaccinated, or if you are in an area where COVID-19 is spreading at high rates. To learn more about mask-wearing, visit our Guidance for wearing masks page.
  • Keep six feet of distance from people who don’t live with you, especially if you aren’t fully vaccinated.
  • Avoid crowds and places with poor ventilation, especially if you aren’t fully vaccinated. Outdoor spaces are safer than indoor spaces. Opening doors and windows to bring in fresh air can reduce your chances of getting sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you get sick, follow instructions on how to isolate. If you have been around someone who is sick, follow instructions on how to quarantine.

If you think you have COVID-19, call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room to prevent the spread of illness. Tell them your symptoms and you suspect you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or had recent travel to a place that is experiencing community spread.

Community spread

Community spread can mean a few different things.

  • Limited person-to-person spread (or transmission) means a person in Colorado became infected from a known exposure to another person in Colorado.
  • Limited community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in certain communities where people became infected, and we are unable to identify the source.
  • Widespread community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in many communities where people are spreading the virus to other people.

There is known community spread of COVID-19 in many communities in Colorado. Check your community’s transmission rate with the Colorado County COVID-19 Status dashboard.

Additional resources:

  • CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others

  • FEMA: How to Prepare Yourself for a Pandemic