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New Health Order Affects Littleton Indoor Public Spaces

Post Date:11/23/2021

The Tri-County Health Department Board voted November 22 to issue a new public health order requiring masks in all indoor public spaces effective Wednesday, November 24 at 12:01 a.m. and continuing through January 2, 2022. The public health order affects all indoor public spaces in the City of Littleton and includes the following:

  • Requires all individuals two years of age or older, to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces in Adams and Arapahoe Counties.  Exemptions from the order include individuals under age two, those who cannot medically tolerate a face mask, and businesses and facilities that implement a voluntary Vaccine Verification Program using a policy that assures full vaccination of all employees, staff, guests, and customers.
  • The order is in effect through January 2, 2022, and thereafter until staffed ICU bed capacity reaches 10% or greater for 14 consecutive days. Currently staffed ICU bed availability in the North Central Region that covers Adams and Arapahoe counties is 5.8 percent. 
  • The order allows owners, operators, or managers of public indoor spaces, who have implemented vaccination requirements for all individuals entering their public indoor space (e.g., employees, visitors, customers, members, etc.) in accordance with guidance provided by TCHD, to request an exception to mask wearing requirements for individuals within their public indoor space.

TCHD's action follows other Colorado counties including Jefferson, Boulder, Pitkin, and Larimer. The City & County of Denver is expected to make a similar order.

"Masks have proven to be effective in reducing the spread of this virus, especially when combined with other prevention efforts" said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), "With the holiday season upon us, this order is necessary to try to avoid hospital capacity being breached by a growing number of hospitalizations and running the risk of having to ration medical care."

In Arapahoe County the current case rate is 303/100,000, with 202 hospitalizations and 24 deaths thus far in November. Hospital capacity remains extremely tight, with ICU bed utilization at 93% in Adams County and 100% in Arapahoe County. Colorado has a growing crisis in hospital capacity, particularly in staffed ICU beds. There are more than 1,500 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and hospitals are at about 95% capacity including non-COVID-19 patients. Of the COVID-19 hospitalizations, 82% are unvaccinated, according to CDPHE data.

Visit www.tchd.org/coronavirus for more information.

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