Denver, Boulder on verge of tighter restrictions with rise in COVID-19 cases

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DENVER (KDVR) — Denver and Boulder are threatening to tighten restrictions due to the status of the state COVID-19 dial. Cases have spiked in both counties over the last week.

Gov. Jared Polis urged Coloradans to step up their game and extended the mask mandate two weeks ago. Positive cases in the state have increased over the past month which Polis said is serious cause for concern.

Mayor Michael Hancock implemented stricter mask requirements specifically for Denver and reduced the number of people permitted to gather together.

In late September, Boulder tightened up restrictions banning college-age students from gathering at all after an outbreak at CU. The restrictions slowly and gradually were loosened as cases declined.

Boulder County has now encountered another spike in cases, causing the state dial to possibly change the level it is currently in.

“It’s no surprise that more Boulder County residents are testing positive for COVID-19 since we’re seeing statewide and national surges,” Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director said. “Unfortunately, this is pushing us toward the possibility of needing to restrict how many people can be in shared areas.”  

FOX31’s data team is working on crunching all the numbers for Denver and will have an in-depth story Tuesday.

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