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Event organizers should provide specific recommendations to at-risk populations
Contact: Julie Sutor, Director of Communications, 970-409-9461
SUMMIT COUNTY – In response to numerous inquiries from the public, Summit County Public Health is issuing guidance regarding the hosting, postponement or cancellation of local public events and gatherings.
As of 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, there has been just one known presumptive positive case of COVID-19 who spent time in Summit County. That individual is currently being housed in the Denver area under isolation. Summit County has had no known community spread of COVID-19. Community spread is defined as person-to-person transmission, unrelated to travel history, within a given community.
With one known Summit County case, and confirmed disease activity in nearby counties in Colorado, Summit County Public Health is encouraging local organizations to take COVID-19 transmission prevention into account when planning or hosting community gatherings. However, at this time, each individual organization should make its own final decision that best suits its particular circumstances and attendees.
If you are planning an event, see the CDC’s guidance on events and gatherings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html. In addition to the CDC guidance, Summit County Public Health is providing the below recommendations for hosting a community gathering. Please note that as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, Summit County Public Health guidance may change.
Each event will have unique considerations related to preventive measures. For example, organizers of a business conference of 250 people would need to take different actions than would the coach of a ski team practicing outdoors. For recommendations and considerations, see the CDC event guidance page.
At some point, a decision to cancel or postpone a community event may need to be considered by either an event coordinator or the Public Health Department. Such a decision may be very difficult, but it may be recommended to control the virus if we see community spread in Summit County.
Summit County Public Health strongly urges members of the public to stay home if they are sick: Do not attend community events, do not go to work and limit public exposure to the greatest extent possible. While following this advice, if any families or individuals need food, medication or other essential supplies, they should contact the Summit County Community and Senior Center at 970-668-2940.
CO HELP is Colorado’s call line for COVID-19. People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages. Or email email@example.com for answers in English.
Please note that the novel coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation, and all public health guidance is subject to change.
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