The Douglas County Commissioner on Wednesday referred to the three-county health bureau’s decision this week to no longer allow counties to opt out of their health orders as a “violation of agreement,” and on Wednesday voted to continue the spin-off with the agency. 55 years.
A formal vote on the resolution to leave the three counties is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday’s action was taken two days after the three counties’ health bureaus voted to remove the ability of counties to opt out of their health orders. This was an agreement agreed in November last year after Douglas County threatened to leave the agency. The agency also COVID-19 directives covering Arapahoe and Adams counties, including mask injunctions and business closures.
On Monday, the agency not only canceled the opt-out, but also ordered all school districts in the three counties under its supervision to require all faculty, staff and students aged 2 years and over to wear masks in indoor environments. This prompted Douglas County leaders to accuse Colorado’s largest public health agency of unilaterally violating agreements with conservative counties.
On Wednesday, Commissioner Laura Thomas stated that it is time for the county to “figure out how we can get rid of the influence of the three-county health bureau as soon as possible”.
She said: “I believe that we are already in a difficult position. We negotiate in good faith. Now is the time for the committee to study the best way to provide public health services to our residents.”
County staff provided information at a virtual meeting at noon attended by nearly 300 people, indicating that five hospitals in Douglas County currently do not have pediatric hospitalization, and only one person aged 18 and under in the county has died from the coronavirus pandemic.
Statewide, as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus continues to spread, pediatric COVID cases are now growing faster than adult cases, but the number of young people hospitalized has not surged.
Commissioner Abe Laydon said that now is the time for parents to regain control of their children’s health.
This story is developing.