DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sent a COVID-19 phone alert Sunday morning to millions of Coloradans who live in Level Red counties.
The alert read: "This region is a severe risk of deadly COVID. Use caution."
The alert was designed to "notify Coloradans about the direness of the COVID-19 situation in our state," a CDPHE spokesperson told Denver7.
The number of Coloradans contagious with COVID-19 grew to about one in 49 people as nearly 20 counties move to Level Red restrictions.
Health officials are encouraging everyone to avoid gatherings outside of their household, especially as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.