Coronavirus cases in Broomfield have steadily climbed since mid-February, forcing the city and county to reverse its trend of sliding down the state’s COVID-19 dial and shift back to Level Yellow restrictions.
Broomfield was operating under Level Blue, the second-lowest of six levels on the state’s color-coded dial dictating restrictions, as metrics tracking the virus continued to drop. But Broomfield’s one-week case incidence tipped into Level Yellow on Feb. 28, and the moving average of cases has continued to climb since mid-February.
Broomfield had been operating in Level Blue for two weeks, and was the first county in the Denver metro area to move from Level Yellow to Level Blue restrictions.
At the direction of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Broomfield will move to Level Yellow at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
While the county operates under Level Yellow, businesses approved through Broomfield’s Back to Business program — which allows qualifying businesses to operate at one dial level lower than the county under Colorado’s 5 Star certification program — can continue to operate under Level Blue guidelines.
The Paul Derda Recreation Center and the Broomfield Community Center are both certified and will continue to operate at Level Blue, a community update from the city and county of Broomfield noted.
On Monday, Colorado made further changes to the state’s dial framework, allowing restaurants and seated indoor events to expand capacity to 150 people at Level Yellow and 225 people at Level Blue. Additionally, last call for alcohol at restaurants moves back to 2 a.m. at Level Blue, 1 a.m. at Level Yellow, midnight at Level Orange and 10 p.m. at Level Red.
Data updated Monday evening shows 3,880 COVID-19 cases in Broomfield to date. Among cases, 196 residents have been hospitalized and 74 have died. The three-day moving average of cases on Thursday was 21, the highest the average has been since Feb. 5.
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