How does the new hospital admission rate metric work?

The new dial metric tracks newly admitted residents to any hospital, per day, per 100,000 residents. In Phase I, this metric is not used at all. Instead, counties will have a 30-day grace period in Level Blue.

In Phase II, which began May 16, counties that remained under our Public Health Order were assigned to Level Clear – an observation period – where a county will only be moved out of Level Clear if they exceed two new hospital admissions, per day, per 100,000 residents, for seven consecutive days. The last date that our counties exceeded this level was 01/02/2021 for Adams County, 12/28/2020 for Arapahoe County, and 12/08/2020 for Douglas County. 

Unlike hospital capacity, which is inherently regional, this metric is County-specific and only counts the number of County residents newly admitted to any hospital. Unlike incidence rate and percent positivity, this new metric accounts for the severity of cases as treatments improve and individuals are vaccinated. 

Metric Thresholds for Each Level:


Level Clear:
New Normal

LEVEL BLUE:
CAUTION

LEVEL YELLOW:
CONCERN

LEVEL ORANGE:
HIGH RISK

LEVEL RED:
SEVERE RISK

LEVEL PURPLE:
EXTREME RISK

Metric – 
Hospital Admissions per 100,000 County Residents Over a 7-Day Period

0-2

2 - 3

3 - 4

4 - 5

> 5

>5 and Hospital Capacity is Threatened


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1. There is a Statewide public health order and a TCHD local public health order, which rules do I follow?
2. With CDPHE’s industry specific guidance no longer required, are there still things I should be doing to keep people safe in my unique setting? What about in Level Clear when all requirements go away?
3. How does the new hospital admission rate metric work?
4. Are there any restrictions on outdoor events?
5. Are there any limits on indoor events?
6. Do I still need to symptom screen employees or customers?
7. Do I need to continue providing reasonable accommodations to employees at high risk or who have been vaccinated?
8. Is the Five-Star Certification Program still in place?