Shutdowns, cancelations, and closures continue across the state of Colorado.

The latest executive order has shut down non-essential services, which includes businesses that offer services not “necessary to maintain an individual’s health or safety, or the sanitation or essential operation of a business or residence.” This includes, but is not limited to, hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors. The order is currently effective through April 30, 2020.

An executive order also put a stop to elective and non-essential surgeries in Colorado through April 14, 2020. This is subject to extend. Surgeries of this type are defined as a surgery that “can be delayed for a minimum of three months without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient as determined by the guidelines developed by the hospital, surgical center or other treating medical facility.”

In the most recent update from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), it has been reported that 277 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Colorado.

Of these cases, 38 individuals are hospitalized and two have been confirmed dead. There have been 2,952 people tested. Note that CDPHE updates are reported a day late. There has been an additional death today in El Paso County, bringing the state’s COVID-19 death toll to three.

Yesterday, the Manitou Incline was shut down due to lack of sanitation options at the attraction. Other natural spots, including National Parks, have been impacted by the outbreak. While some cancelations and service shutdowns have taken place at National Parks, National Parks have waived entrance fees to promote ‘social distancing.”

It was announced that Red Rocks Amphitheatre would be suspending all shows for an extended period of time and that some DMV offices would shut down. Even court cases faced delays.

The serious actions taken by the state in attempt to limit the spread of the new coronavirus have drawn praise and criticism. A common concern that has been voiced is the potential economic impact that will likely result from the shutdown of all restaurants, bars, and gyms across the state.


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