The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is NOT currently recommending that schools or child care facilities proactively close unless they have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The department issued guidelines for emergency school or child care closure on Thursday.

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Among the state-ordered criteria for schools is a 72-hour closure for a single case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member. The closure would be for cleaning and social distancing.

Three confirmed cases withing a 30-day period would require a 14-day closure.

The public health department recommends the following precautions for those who plan to attend events:

  • Limit close contact with others and do not shake hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands regularly, and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching surfaces like elevator buttons, door handles, stadium arm rests and handrails. Use a tissue or your sleeve if you have to touch those surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
  • If you’re sick, stay home.


Read the complete guidelines here.

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