Updated: September 15, 2020 06:46 PM
Created: September 15, 2020 05:11 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis recently rolled out a COVID-19 dial dashboard that will help better track progress in each county.
"It's based on three key metrics, number of new cases, the percent positivity of COVID test and hospitalizations; it's entirely data driven based on those criteria,” Gov. Polis said during a press conference.
The tool is supposed to inform county leaders how their specific area is doing so they can pinpoint how to control the virus, maintain public health and keep the economy growing.
Tim Walsworth, executive director at Durango Business Improvement District, said businesses have been adapting well to public health orders, including the often controversial mask mandate.
"The mantra has been it's not as bad as we feared," Walsworth said.
"Overall, it seems like everyone has adjusted to that. Again, it’s for not having big case counts in our community, you know, we kind of think about it as a minor inconvenience but if that's what we have to do to keep our businesses open, we’re happy to do it,” he added,
Gov. Polis shared a similar sentiment. He extended the state’s mask mandate through Oct. 12.
"We are gonna do as well as you want us to do in this, Colorado,” Polis said. “If too many Coloradans have that attitude that they don't want to get tested or don't want to wear masks, will do poorly and more Coloradans will die.”
As of Tuesday, 247 COVID-19 cases and one COVID-related death has been reported in La Plata County.
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