For the time being, Montezuma County will remain in Level Orange on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID-19 Dial.
A coordinated effort between CDPHE, Montezuma County Public Health Director Bobbi Lock and MCPHD’s Medical Director Dr. Kent Aikin resulted in keeping the county from moving into the Level Red, although the county has surpassed the matrix that qualifies them for that Level. Lock noted that Level Red puts numerous restrictions on businesses, at a time when businesses are struggling to stay open. “Putting restrictions on businesses would be ineffective,” Lock stated. “The majority of businesses are doing the best they can to conform to Level Orange requirements. Most outbreaks result from employees’ activities outside of their workplace, not necessarily from their work environment.”
Dr. Aikin added that it will take a continuous effort from all county residents and businesses to keep Montezuma County from moving to the Red Zone. “We can be moved to red at any time if people don’t adhere to public health prevention measures. Wearing a face covering, avoiding large gatherings of people or group situations, and keeping a 6’ distance from others are the best prevention measures for contracting COVID-19.“