Masks and face coverings
Public Health strongly recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings — regardless of vaccination status — in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
Looking for more data on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools and young people? Our bimonthly data briefs provide El Paso County-specific data on COVID-19, with a focus on impacts to children and youth ages 17 and younger, including relevant updates, data trends and resources.
The Delta variant is the most transmissible variant of concern yet, spreading more easily than both the original virus and the Alpha variant first identified in Britain. It is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in El Paso County, the state of Colorado and across the country.
El Paso County is now vaccinating people age 12 and older. We're growing our list of providers as the federal supply of vaccine grows. Find out where you can get a free vaccine here.
Need to get tested for COVID-19? Find out where you can receive a free test here.
The CDC recently updated its mask guidance to recommend fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors when in areas with substantial and high levels of COVID-19 transmission, which includes El Paso County. Masks are an effective way to limit the spread of disease, especially when paired with other prevention measures like getting vaccinated, staying home when you are sick, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. Click below to learn more about masks and mask requirements.
El Paso County Public Health launched a new influenza (flu) data dashboard to enhance its standard weekly flu reporting with new data visualizations. This new dashboard is designed to provide easy access for the public to timely and relevant local flu data.
See dashboard here.
Questions about COVID-19?
If you are in El Paso County and have non-urgent questions about COVID-19, please call the El Paso County Public Health call center at 719-575-8888. Hours are Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you have general questions about COVID-19, call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can also email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
American Sign Language COVID-19 Hotline visit https://tinyurl.com/ASLCOVID.
To provide assistance, or to file a complaint about a violation of a public health order, call 719-578-3167.
2-1-1: When people call 2-1-1, they will be prompted by an automated system to select a vaccine provider from a list of options. They will then be transferred to that provider. Callers also will have the option to speak with one of 2-1-1’s trained call takers, who will be able to answer general questions about the vaccine. For specific medical advice, community members are asked to call their primary care physician.
2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual referral hotline staffed by trained information specialists from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For free, confidential, professional and immediate 24/7 support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.