In Elbert County, some residents are defying the public health order to quarantine

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 11/9/20

There are more than four dozen people in Elbert County who have tested positive for COVID-19 who are currently infectious, according to the county public health department. The county has seen daily …

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In Elbert County, some residents are defying the public health order to quarantine

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There are more than four dozen people in Elbert County who have tested positive for COVID-19 who are currently infectious, according to the county public health department.

The county has seen daily increases in the double digits for the past week, and while those who test positive are notified and ordered to quarantine under Colorado Revised Statue 25-1.5-102, several people have defied the public health order and are continuing daily routines, according to Dwayne Smith, director of Elbert County Public Health.

“Elbert County Public Health is aware of several instances where individuals under quarantine orders are disregarding the orders and continuing normal daily routines,” wrote Smith in his daily email update Nov. 8. “They are therefore continuing to spread the virus and infect other citizens.”

A public health order requires an individual to follow the directives listed in the quarantine order until it is determined they are not potentially infectious. Failure to comply with quarantine orders is subject to penalties contained in C.R.S. 25-1-114, which can include a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.

“The last thing Elbert County Public Health wants to do is to have to pursue enforcement of such penalties,” wrote Smith. “Individuals under quarantine orders are strongly encouraged to consider the community-wide implications of their decisions to ignore such orders.”

Smith encourages every citizen who has been ordered to quarantine to do so, and asks everyone to continue wearing facial coverings when in public, minimizing activities with other people when possible, and continue to socially distance. The county has a total of 353 confirmed cases, with a two-week positivity rate of 10.34%.

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