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Guidance for Statewide Protect Our Neighbors Order
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Guidance for Colorado's Protect Our Neighbors Order in Boulder County

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Boulder County Public Health is currently following the Colorado Safer at Home Order in its entirety. Visit the Safer at Home website for details about the requirements of the order.

Protect Our Neighbors is the next phase in the State of Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It means that communities that meet certain criteria have less stringent restrictions than under the Stay-At-Home and Safer-At-Home orders. For details, including the framework for the new phase, FAQs, and additional information on criteria to qualify, see the Protect Our Neighbors website..

Criteria to Qualify for Protect Our Neighbors

In order to qualify for Protect Our Neighbors, a county must:

  1. Certify qualification according to the scientific metrics below
  2. Submit a mitigation and containment plan on what the county will do if it falls out of compliance with any of the metrics

Boulder County’s status for each metric is included below. We will continue to monitor these metrics and update this information on Tuesday afternoon every two weeks.

Criteria Measurement Status as of Oct. 20, 2020
Sufficient hospital bed capacity Hospitals in the county have sufficient bed capacity to manage a 20% surge in hospital admissions or patient transfers. Met
Sufficient PPE Supply Local hospitals must have two weeks of PPE available Met
Stable or declining COVID-19 hospitalizations Stable (no greater than 25% increase) or declining counts of new confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county’s referral hospitals in the last 14 days compared to previous 14-day period OR no more than two new hospital admissions of county residents with confirmed COVID-19 on a single day in the last 14 days. Not Met
The current 14-day period has had, on average, 92.7% more people hospitalized in Boulder County hospitals with COVID-19 compared with the previous 14-day period (15.7 average previously compared with 30.3 average currently).
Fewer new cases Option 1: 25 or fewer new cases/100,000 people in the past two weeks (two-week cumulative incidence), excluding cases among residents of congregate facilities (senior care, other residential care, youth corrections, corrections) experiencing outbreaks. [For Boulder County: 81 or fewer cases in the past 2 weeks, average of fewer than 5.8 new cases per day over the previous 14 days.]

Option 2: Two-week average molecular test positivity rate of less than 5% AND county is meeting minimum testing rate (0.75 per 1,000 population) AND two-week cumulative incidence is no greater than 50 cases/100,000 people in the past two weeks. [For Boulder County: average of fewer than 11.6 new cases per day over the past 14 days.]

Option 3: Five percent or less of diagnostic tests among Boulder County residents are coming back positive AND an average of at least 245 diagnostic tests per day are performed among Boulder County residents AND we had 163 or fewer cases in the past 2 weeks. This means we would need to average less than 11.6 new cases per day over the past 14 days.

Partially Met
Option 1: Current 14-day new cases we had 428 new COVID-19 cases, representing 131.2 cases per 100,000 population.

Option 3: Our current 14-day average diagnostic test positivity is 3.0%. Our current 14-day average testing is 1,001 diagnostic tests per day. Excluding cases associated with long-term care facilities, in the past 14 days, we have had 428 new COVID-19 cases, representing 131.2 cases per 100,000 population.

Sufficient testing capacity County or region has the capacity to test (collect samples and testing partnerships) 15 people per 10,000 residents per day. [For Boulder County: capacity to conduct 495 diagnostic tests per day.] Met
Ability to implement case investigation and contact tracing protocol LPHA is able to implement Colorado’s case investigation and contact tracing protocol for at least 85 percent of assigned cases within 24 hours. Partially Met
Currently about 50% of cases and contacts are able to be followed up on within 24 hours. A new case and contact monitoring data system is being created which will allow for more robust analysis of timeliness.
Documented surge-capacity plan for case investigation and contact tracing LPHA has a documented surge-capacity plan that they can investigate and contact trace their share, based on population, of our state’s overall 500 cases per day goal. This means they need a plan to be able to investigate and contact trace up to 8.7 cases per 100,000 population per day. [For Boulder County: 28.4 new cases per day.] Met
Documented strategies to offer testing to close contacts LPHA has documented strategies in place to offer testing, in conjunction with health care systems and other testing locations, to close contacts of outbreak-associated cases. Met

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