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Colorado’s ski counties seeing enormous surge of COVID circumstances

Colorado’s ski counties seeing enormous surge of COVID circumstances

A information launch mentioned the Summit County Board of Well being was contemplating a masks mandate, although the discharge mentioned that will put a burden on frontline staff.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo — Vacationers and residents in Summit County obtained a shock alert on their telephones Monday – alerting them to file excessive COVID circumstances and inspiring them to put on masks and get vaccinated in the event that they haven’t.

This previous week, the county has seen a mean of 1 / 4 of exams return constructive outcomes. On Sunday, 35% of exams had been constructive.

Regardless of the rise, Summit County, which homes a number of well-liked ski resorts, doesn’t have a masks mandate. Close by Eagle and Pitkin counties, which have every additionally seen a latest bump in circumstances, have mandates on the books.

A information launch late Monday night mentioned the Summit County Board of Well being was contemplating a mandate, although the discharge mentioned such a mandate would put a burden on frontline staff within the county who must implement it.

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“It’s eerily acquainted to March and April of 2020 when the ski cities had been additionally the primary spots in Colorado to essentially change into sizzling spots for COVID,” mentioned Dr. David Mintzner, a doctor at a Denver hospital who has labored within the COVID ward because the pandemic began.

Mintzer traveled to Breckenridge along with his household, together with his mother and father who’re of their mid-70s, early final week.

“We arrived on the resort, it was packed. Each room was bought out,” Mintzer mentioned. “We had been stunned that not a soul on the resort in Breckenridge had a masks or actually appeared to be taking any precautions.”

“I want I had performed extra of my homework. I didn’t understand that Summit County didn’t have a masks mandate. I knew the numbers had been going up and I simply assumed they had been taking precautions. If I had identified that we in all probability would have reconsidered.”

The surge in circumstances prompted the city of Breckenridge to shut practically all of its municipal buildings on Monday, sending staff who can to work at home till additional discover.

“It was in the most effective curiosity of our workers and our neighborhood if we didn’t have all of our staff again within the workplace in the present day,” mentioned Shannon Haynes, the deputy city supervisor for Breckenridge. “The very last thing we want is to be a brilliant spreader occasion at city corridor as a result of we had all of our staff in.”

“It’s kind of flipping a swap and going again to a spot we had hoped we wouldn’t should go once more.”

Colorado’s first reported COVID case was in Summit County in early March 2020. A person in his 30s travelled to Colorado for a ski journey. He examined constructive after snowboarding at Keystone and Vail and sought assist at a medical heart in Frisco.

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