Board of Health reinstates countywide mask mandate indoors regardless of vaccination status in response to COVID-19 spike
December 22, 2021- The Eagle County Board of Health (BOH) convened for an emergency session on Wed., Dec. 22, and reinstated a countywide mask mandate indoors regardless of vaccination status. A public health order to that effect becomes active at noon on Dec. 22 and applies to all public indoor spaces, such as public facilities, businesses, and other common spaces. It is set to expire on Jan. 17, 2022, and will be reevaluated at that time. The public health order will be posted online.
The decision was made in response to alarming news about the rise of COVID-19 cases in the community. During the course of a week, medical providers reported a dramatic spike in the number of sick individuals. A public health alert issued Friday asked for the public to wear face coverings within indoor public settings. The case count was previously hovering at about 300 cases per 100,000; as of Dec. 22, that number was reported at over 1,000 cases per 100,000, the highest during the pandemic. Officials theorize the spike is due to the rise of the highly transmissible omicron variant in the community, as well as a large number of visitors present during the holidays.