COVID-19 Dial 3.0 (effective 3/24/21)
As more Coloradans are eligible to get vaccinated and choose to do so, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the latest update to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework: Dial 3.0. The updated dial public health order goes into effect Wednesday, March 24. State officials expect that Dial 3.0 will remain in effect until mid-April, at which point the state plans to retire the dial and implement a new public health order that gives greater control over capacity restrictions to local public health agencies.
Dial 3.0 makes it easier for counties to move into Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors, the least restrictive level on the dial. It also removes many of the restrictions that currently apply at that level. Additionally, several restrictions in Level Blue are loosened in Dial 3.0.
Dial 3.0 metrics are further simplified and capacity limits are less restrictive. Download a PDF of the updated metrics and capacity limits. The state will work with counties to confirm their metrics under the new framework.
SCHOOL INFORMATION 2020-21 YEAR
At-home symptom screening tool. This will help parents and staff determine if they or their child should go to school.
A screening tool to determine who needs to be sent home from school if they get sick. This will provide direction for teachers and staff who encounter a student or other teacher/staff member who appears sick at school.
A tool to determine how long a person needs to stay home after staying or going home sick. This will provide information about when a person with COVID-19 symptoms can return to school depending on the level of transmission in the school’s community.
What happens to the contacts? A tool to determine if classmates or cohort members or close contacts of a sick person need to stay home.
Who is a close contact? A tool to determine who is a close contact in schools meeting specific criteria for disease prevalence, administrative capacity, and transmission risk mitigation strategies. This is not to be used in schools that are using small cohorts of students and staff where the same group of students and staff limit their exposures by staying together for more than one class period.