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COVID-19 Information from the City of Golden

JCPH issues Public Health Order requiring masks for everyone 2+ in schools and childcare settings

On August 16, Jefferson County Public Health released Public Health Order 21-002, which requires everyone ages 2 and older to wear a mask when indoors at all schools and school-based extracurricular activities, as well as childcare settings in Jefferson County. Additionally, the Order requires all unvaccinated faculty and staff, as well as all unvaccinated students and adults who are participating in school-based extracurricular activities, to undergo routine testing during the academic year.

In Alignment with New CDC Mask Guidelines, JCPH Strongly Encourages Residents to Wear a Mask in Indoor Public Settings Regardless of COVID-19 Vaccination Status

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance recommending mask wearing for the general public, including those who are fully vaccinated, in areas where there is substantial COVID-19 transmission.

Vaccines dramatically reduce the severity of illness, the likelihood of hospitalization, and the mortality rate and are still incredibly important. But wearing a mask will further help prevent the spread and keep those who are unable to be vaccinated safe, and help those who are vaccinated from being unknowing carriers of the disease.

JCPH Issues Local Public Health Order to Lead County Through Recovery

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today (April 13) issued a new public health order (PHO 21-001) to help guide the county through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and into a full reopening. JCPH’s PHO 21-001 is in effect until August 15.

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Jefferson County

If you're not sure where to go to get your COVID-19 test, JeffCo has compiled an updated list of testing centers in Jefferson County and neighboring communities.

Colorado launches new COVID-19 vaccine hotline

REMOTE, (Jan. 25, 2021): Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched a new call center for the public to ask questions specifically about the COVID-19 vaccine. Now through the end of January, the vaccine call center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Beginning Feb. 1, hours will extend to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new toll-free number is 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Connect for Health Colorado® is operating Colorado’s COVID-19 Call Center

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is partnered with Connect for Health Colorado® to provide Coloradans with a call center that has support services for COVID-19 testing and containment results. The “COVID Results” Call Center opened on Nov. 19, 2020 and has placed more than 228,000 calls.

The COVID-19 Call Center staff provide outbound call support to deliver COVID-19 test results. The call center is also open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provides information and guidance in English and Spanish, as well as in other languages using an interpretation service.

State launches BinaxNOW rapid home test program for Colorado schools

As part of ongoing efforts to keep in-person learning as safe as possible, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has developed a new at-home COVID-19 testing program for teachers, staff, and selected students at participating schools. The program is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools by allowing symptomatic and exposed individuals to get tested quickly and easily.

Learn more in the press release below.

New CommUNITY campaign seeks to make help easier to find

Jefferson County Community Partners has launched the new CommUNITY campaign in an effort to connect people in need during the pandemic with community resources and assistance available under one easy-to-access hub.

Resources include food assistance, layoff support, unemployment assistance, work opportunities, housing, mental wellness support, childcare access, assistance for populations including pregnant women, children, and aging adults, and more.

The CommUNITY campaign also encourages neighbors to safely check in on each other and share information about services they may not know exist. Information is also available to connect locals to volunteer opportunities with one of the many community partners supporting those in need.

For more information and to access resources, visit www.jeffco.us/community or call 2-1-1. Information is available in English and Spanish at at www.jeffco.us/comunidad

Mines COVID-19 Testing Site Available to General Golden Community

The Colorado School of Mines is accepting appointments from non-Mines community members.

General hours for community COVID testing access are as follows (although hours may vary and are subject to change). People should check the reservation system for availability.

Monday - Friday: 7 am to 10 am; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 7 a.m. to noon

Advanced reservations/appointments required.

This testing site is administered though the COVIDCheck Colorado.

JCPH Announces New Office of Pandemic Response, Expands Resources to Control the Spread of COVID-19 in Community

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) launched the Office of Pandemic Response (OPR) as part of the county’s long-term COVID-19 response and recovery strategy. The OPR’s main purpose will be to control the spread of COVID-19 in the community through at least the next two years by providing community impact support, conducting infection prevention and response, and collecting and assessing epidemiological information for everyone in the county.

An Important COVID-19 Message from the City of Golden

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from public health agencies on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice from CDC and local health agencies, as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to the general guidance on protecting oneself from COVID-19 exposure, the City has been actively working with State and local public health officials and implementing recommended measures to help minimize the risk to the Golden community and to our employees. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.

Here are some of the actions we have taken to date:

(not in any particular order of importance):

Closures

  • City Hall is now open without need of an appointment. Please see our Status of City Services page for a detailed list of facilities and services that are open, will open soon, and what remains closed.
  • We are in contact with the Jefferson County Health Department and Colorado Department of Health and Environment to ensure we take action on closures of facilities when it is recommended. Please watch for updates that we will post on Facebook and here on Guiding Golden.

Public Safety

  • The Police Department is strongly encouraging everyone to utilize the online reporting tool, which can be found at: cityofgolden.seamlessdocs.com/f/GPDOnlineReporting. This online reporting tool is simple to use on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. You can even upload photos or documents directly from your phone. Online reporting is NOT to be used for EMERGENCIES, crimes in progress, or where suspect information is known. In case of EMERGENCY call 911 or for NON-emergencies call JeffCom Communications Center at (303) 980-7300.
  • The Golden Police Department is now on ACCIDENT ALERT until further notice in an effort to limit exposure to COVID-19 and maintain staffing for emergencies. During this time, police will generally not be dispatched to property damage collisions where the vehicles are movable, but there are exceptions. Please only ask for Police assistance if the accident involves the following: injury and/or death; suspected drug or alcohol use; hit and run; cars are blocking the roadway or causing a safety hazard; involves public vehicle or property.
    For those incidents that do NOT apply, an online report may be made through the online accident reporting tool.
  • The Golden Fire and Police Departments have implemented new protocols for responding to suspected cases of COVID-19 or other illnesses resembling COVID-19. Personnel will wear additional personal protective equipment. Our 9-1-1 dispatch center is advising responding crews of potential calls resembling COVID-19. In those cases, only one member of a responding crew will make initial contact with an individual for assessment while other members standby at a distance. This is a practice most public safety departments are implementing to prevent over exposure to first responders.
  • Golden Fire Department has been in touch with all of our nursing home and senior care facilities and has shared Golden Fire Department protocols as well as information regarding best practices. Golden Fire has discussed the importance of facility planning with each of these entities.
  • The Golden Police Department is working closely with the Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies to ensure adequate coverage arrangements are made should the situation deteriorate.

Fire Permit Application Procedures

  • The Fire & Life Safety Division will still be receiving and processing Fire Permit Applications, but the turn-around time may be delayed. Please visit the Fire Prevention & Life Safety page for more information and complete instructions on how to electronically submit your plans.

Utility Billing

  • The Utility Billing Department will continue to post bills to your account on a monthly basis, however they will not disconnect service until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact the City of Golden at utilitybilling@cityofgolden.net or (303) 384-8026

Building and ROW Permits

Water

  • There is no immediate risk to Golden’s public water supply from COVID-19. Nevertheless, we have been in touch with public water experts and will be prepared to implement recommendations, if any, made by public health officials and the public water industry. City of Golden staff have prepared to continue to operate our water treatment facility remotely should we encounter staffing challenges.
  • The City is suspending water service shut-offs due to lack of payment until further notice.

Municipal Court

  • If you have an upcoming court appearance, please read the Court Entry Rules that will need to followed upon entry into the Court building.

Budget

  • We recognize there will be an obvious economic impact created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Department Directors are limiting all non-essential City expenditures until further notice. The City has adequate reserve funds for these types of emergencies, but nevertheless, conservative spending is prudent until the budget impact of COVID-19 is fully understood.

Communication

  • A City staff member was assigned to work directly at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) offices to participate directly in COVID-19 conversations with state public health and administration officials during the initial outbreak, allowing the City direct and immediate access to recommendations being shared from other levels of government. The City has since maintained close contact with county officials to coordinate actions.
  • Initially, we posted COVID-19 information on the City of Golden’s homepage, but have since moved all updates and information here to this page. We have also launched a page at www.helpgoldennow.org dedicated to helping those most impacted by the economic effects of business closures required to combat the spread of the virus. These webpages are also be linked through the City’s official website at www.cityofgolden.net.
  • We have reviewed all essential City operations and are refining contingency plans should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate, and closures of more City facilities become necessary.

Cleaning Guidelines

  • We’ve implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in City facilities. Our employees will be wiping down work stations and high-touch points in public areas several times throughout each day.

What you can expect moving forward:

  • We will continue to monitor public health agency recommendations on public gatherings and other guidance specific to government agencies. If there are changes to City operations or specific actions that impact the Golden community, we will notify the community of these actions.
  • We will provide updates to the Golden community on a regular basis moving forward.

How you can Help:

  • Be diligent about your own hygiene practices and follow CDC and public health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Limiting the reach of COVID-19 is a community effort!
  • Pay attention to and have an awareness of changing guidance and recommendations from CDC and public health officials. The spread of COVID-19 is a very fluid, fast-changing situation and recommendation may change often.
  • Check on the well-being of your neighbors, especially the elderly, to ensure they have the resources and supplies they need to sustain a lengthy period of time at home.
  • If you are healthy and able, check-in with our local not-for-profit agencies for ways you can assist them in their respective missions. Despite COVID-19, local not-for-profit agencies deliver critical services (food, shelter, etc.) to Golden residents in need. Visit www.helpgoldennow.com for ways to donate and volunteer.

Many of our local small businesses may struggle to make ends meet during these uncertain times. To the extent you can support them without compromising safety, please do so! Go to VisitGolden.com for a list of take-out and delivery restaurants in Golden and ways to Shop Local without leaving home.

JCPH issues Public Health Order requiring masks for everyone 2+ in schools and childcare settings

On August 16, Jefferson County Public Health released Public Health Order 21-002, which requires everyone ages 2 and older to wear a mask when indoors at all schools and school-based extracurricular activities, as well as childcare settings in Jefferson County. Additionally, the Order requires all unvaccinated faculty and staff, as well as all unvaccinated students and adults who are participating in school-based extracurricular activities, to undergo routine testing during the academic year.

In Alignment with New CDC Mask Guidelines, JCPH Strongly Encourages Residents to Wear a Mask in Indoor Public Settings Regardless of COVID-19 Vaccination Status

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance recommending mask wearing for the general public, including those who are fully vaccinated, in areas where there is substantial COVID-19 transmission.

Vaccines dramatically reduce the severity of illness, the likelihood of hospitalization, and the mortality rate and are still incredibly important. But wearing a mask will further help prevent the spread and keep those who are unable to be vaccinated safe, and help those who are vaccinated from being unknowing carriers of the disease.

JCPH Issues Local Public Health Order to Lead County Through Recovery

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today (April 13) issued a new public health order (PHO 21-001) to help guide the county through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and into a full reopening. JCPH’s PHO 21-001 is in effect until August 15.

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Jefferson County

If you're not sure where to go to get your COVID-19 test, JeffCo has compiled an updated list of testing centers in Jefferson County and neighboring communities.

Colorado launches new COVID-19 vaccine hotline

REMOTE, (Jan. 25, 2021): Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched a new call center for the public to ask questions specifically about the COVID-19 vaccine. Now through the end of January, the vaccine call center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Beginning Feb. 1, hours will extend to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new toll-free number is 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Connect for Health Colorado® is operating Colorado’s COVID-19 Call Center

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is partnered with Connect for Health Colorado® to provide Coloradans with a call center that has support services for COVID-19 testing and containment results. The “COVID Results” Call Center opened on Nov. 19, 2020 and has placed more than 228,000 calls.

The COVID-19 Call Center staff provide outbound call support to deliver COVID-19 test results. The call center is also open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provides information and guidance in English and Spanish, as well as in other languages using an interpretation service.

State launches BinaxNOW rapid home test program for Colorado schools

As part of ongoing efforts to keep in-person learning as safe as possible, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has developed a new at-home COVID-19 testing program for teachers, staff, and selected students at participating schools. The program is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools by allowing symptomatic and exposed individuals to get tested quickly and easily.

Learn more in the press release below.

New CommUNITY campaign seeks to make help easier to find

Jefferson County Community Partners has launched the new CommUNITY campaign in an effort to connect people in need during the pandemic with community resources and assistance available under one easy-to-access hub.

Resources include food assistance, layoff support, unemployment assistance, work opportunities, housing, mental wellness support, childcare access, assistance for populations including pregnant women, children, and aging adults, and more.

The CommUNITY campaign also encourages neighbors to safely check in on each other and share information about services they may not know exist. Information is also available to connect locals to volunteer opportunities with one of the many community partners supporting those in need.

For more information and to access resources, visit www.jeffco.us/community or call 2-1-1. Information is available in English and Spanish at at www.jeffco.us/comunidad

Mines COVID-19 Testing Site Available to General Golden Community

The Colorado School of Mines is accepting appointments from non-Mines community members.

General hours for community COVID testing access are as follows (although hours may vary and are subject to change). People should check the reservation system for availability.

Monday - Friday: 7 am to 10 am; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 7 a.m. to noon

Advanced reservations/appointments required.

This testing site is administered though the COVIDCheck Colorado.

JCPH Announces New Office of Pandemic Response, Expands Resources to Control the Spread of COVID-19 in Community

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) launched the Office of Pandemic Response (OPR) as part of the county’s long-term COVID-19 response and recovery strategy. The OPR’s main purpose will be to control the spread of COVID-19 in the community through at least the next two years by providing community impact support, conducting infection prevention and response, and collecting and assessing epidemiological information for everyone in the county.

An Important COVID-19 Message from the City of Golden

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from public health agencies on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice from CDC and local health agencies, as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to the general guidance on protecting oneself from COVID-19 exposure, the City has been actively working with State and local public health officials and implementing recommended measures to help minimize the risk to the Golden community and to our employees. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.

Here are some of the actions we have taken to date:

(not in any particular order of importance):

Closures

  • City Hall is now open without need of an appointment. Please see our Status of City Services page for a detailed list of facilities and services that are open, will open soon, and what remains closed.
  • We are in contact with the Jefferson County Health Department and Colorado Department of Health and Environment to ensure we take action on closures of facilities when it is recommended. Please watch for updates that we will post on Facebook and here on Guiding Golden.

Public Safety

  • The Police Department is strongly encouraging everyone to utilize the online reporting tool, which can be found at: cityofgolden.seamlessdocs.com/f/GPDOnlineReporting. This online reporting tool is simple to use on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. You can even upload photos or documents directly from your phone. Online reporting is NOT to be used for EMERGENCIES, crimes in progress, or where suspect information is known. In case of EMERGENCY call 911 or for NON-emergencies call JeffCom Communications Center at (303) 980-7300.
  • The Golden Police Department is now on ACCIDENT ALERT until further notice in an effort to limit exposure to COVID-19 and maintain staffing for emergencies. During this time, police will generally not be dispatched to property damage collisions where the vehicles are movable, but there are exceptions. Please only ask for Police assistance if the accident involves the following: injury and/or death; suspected drug or alcohol use; hit and run; cars are blocking the roadway or causing a safety hazard; involves public vehicle or property.
    For those incidents that do NOT apply, an online report may be made through the online accident reporting tool.
  • The Golden Fire and Police Departments have implemented new protocols for responding to suspected cases of COVID-19 or other illnesses resembling COVID-19. Personnel will wear additional personal protective equipment. Our 9-1-1 dispatch center is advising responding crews of potential calls resembling COVID-19. In those cases, only one member of a responding crew will make initial contact with an individual for assessment while other members standby at a distance. This is a practice most public safety departments are implementing to prevent over exposure to first responders.
  • Golden Fire Department has been in touch with all of our nursing home and senior care facilities and has shared Golden Fire Department protocols as well as information regarding best practices. Golden Fire has discussed the importance of facility planning with each of these entities.
  • The Golden Police Department is working closely with the Sheriff’s Office and other police agencies to ensure adequate coverage arrangements are made should the situation deteriorate.

Fire Permit Application Procedures

  • The Fire & Life Safety Division will still be receiving and processing Fire Permit Applications, but the turn-around time may be delayed. Please visit the Fire Prevention & Life Safety page for more information and complete instructions on how to electronically submit your plans.

Utility Billing

  • The Utility Billing Department will continue to post bills to your account on a monthly basis, however they will not disconnect service until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact the City of Golden at utilitybilling@cityofgolden.net or (303) 384-8026

Building and ROW Permits

Water

  • There is no immediate risk to Golden’s public water supply from COVID-19. Nevertheless, we have been in touch with public water experts and will be prepared to implement recommendations, if any, made by public health officials and the public water industry. City of Golden staff have prepared to continue to operate our water treatment facility remotely should we encounter staffing challenges.
  • The City is suspending water service shut-offs due to lack of payment until further notice.

Municipal Court

  • If you have an upcoming court appearance, please read the Court Entry Rules that will need to followed upon entry into the Court building.

Budget

  • We recognize there will be an obvious economic impact created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Department Directors are limiting all non-essential City expenditures until further notice. The City has adequate reserve funds for these types of emergencies, but nevertheless, conservative spending is prudent until the budget impact of COVID-19 is fully understood.

Communication

  • A City staff member was assigned to work directly at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) offices to participate directly in COVID-19 conversations with state public health and administration officials during the initial outbreak, allowing the City direct and immediate access to recommendations being shared from other levels of government. The City has since maintained close contact with county officials to coordinate actions.
  • Initially, we posted COVID-19 information on the City of Golden’s homepage, but have since moved all updates and information here to this page. We have also launched a page at www.helpgoldennow.org dedicated to helping those most impacted by the economic effects of business closures required to combat the spread of the virus. These webpages are also be linked through the City’s official website at www.cityofgolden.net.
  • We have reviewed all essential City operations and are refining contingency plans should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate, and closures of more City facilities become necessary.

Cleaning Guidelines

  • We’ve implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in City facilities. Our employees will be wiping down work stations and high-touch points in public areas several times throughout each day.

What you can expect moving forward:

  • We will continue to monitor public health agency recommendations on public gatherings and other guidance specific to government agencies. If there are changes to City operations or specific actions that impact the Golden community, we will notify the community of these actions.
  • We will provide updates to the Golden community on a regular basis moving forward.

How you can Help:

  • Be diligent about your own hygiene practices and follow CDC and public health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Limiting the reach of COVID-19 is a community effort!
  • Pay attention to and have an awareness of changing guidance and recommendations from CDC and public health officials. The spread of COVID-19 is a very fluid, fast-changing situation and recommendation may change often.
  • Check on the well-being of your neighbors, especially the elderly, to ensure they have the resources and supplies they need to sustain a lengthy period of time at home.
  • If you are healthy and able, check-in with our local not-for-profit agencies for ways you can assist them in their respective missions. Despite COVID-19, local not-for-profit agencies deliver critical services (food, shelter, etc.) to Golden residents in need. Visit www.helpgoldennow.com for ways to donate and volunteer.

Many of our local small businesses may struggle to make ends meet during these uncertain times. To the extent you can support them without compromising safety, please do so! Go to VisitGolden.com for a list of take-out and delivery restaurants in Golden and ways to Shop Local without leaving home.

  • JCPH issues Public Health Order requiring masks for everyone 2+ in schools and childcare settings

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    Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today released Public Health Order 21-002, which requires everyone ages 2 and older to wear a mask when indoors at all schools and school-based extracurricular activities as well as all childcare settings in Jefferson County. Additionally, the Order requires all unvaccinated faculty and staff, as well as all unvaccinated students and adults who are participating in school-based extracurricular activities, to undergo routine testing during the academic year. The purpose of the Order is to protect health and preserve in-person learning in the county. The Order is effective tomorrow, August 17, 2021 and will remain in effect until rescinded, superseded or amended.

    “Over the past few weeks, we have seen schools that do not require masking in other parts of the country be required to send large numbers of students home to quarantine and even close schools. While our department released very strong guidance to Jeffco schools and childcare settings recommending they require mask-wearing, unfortunately too few schools and childcares have adopted this safe and effective mitigation strategy,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. “Due to the highly transmissible Delta variant now driving a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in our county, coupled with insufficient vaccination coverage in schoolchildren, we must act now to prevent unnecessary illness and help protect in-person learning and educational experiences as much as possible. Despite heroic efforts by Jeffco teachers and schools to offer remote learning, last year far too many students struggled with academic achievement, social development and mental wellness. The goal shared by Jeffco parents, school leaders and public health leaders is to protect in-person learning.”

    In Jefferson County from August 2-8, 2021, there were 535 new cases (91.8 per 100,000 residents) of COVID-19, compared to only 110 new cases (18.9 per 100,000 residents) from July 2-8, 2021. Cases have increased rapidly over the past month for both children and adults. Most new cases are among people who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, and at this time, 41.2% of those ages 12-15 and 37.4% of those ages 16-19 have not received even one dose of vaccine. Children under 12 are also vulnerable as they are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Based on sample testing, it’s estimated that the Delta variant is responsible for nearly 100% of COVID-19 cases in Colorado. The Delta variant, which is twice as infectious as prior strains, appears to have a greater impact on children ages 19 and under as compared to past strains of the virus.

    “We learned a great deal firsthand during the 2020-21 school year in Jeffco, and a wealth of scientific studies have proven that universal mask policies are safe and very effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in schools,” Comstock said. “Requiring masking indoors for everyone, combined with implementing a testing policy and promoting vaccination, will help reduce the virus in these high-density indoor settings, prevent outbreaks and minimize disruptive quarantines and isolations. Keeping kids in school is something we all want, and with some simple but important steps, we can preserve this next school year for our Jeffco youth.”

    In addition to masking and testing requirements outlined in PHO 21-002, JCPH strongly recommends all schools and childcare settings follow JCPH’s Guidance for Schools and Childcares. JCPH’s Order and guidance aligns with CDC’s guidance which recommends universal masking for childcare and Pre-K-12 education for all individuals while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation for universal masking in school and childcare settings.

    Summary of Requirements for Schools and Childcares in Jeffco

    • Masks for all individuals ages 2+ indoors in all schools, childcares and school-based extracurricular activities
    • Implement a COVID-19 testing policy by September 7, 2021, requiring all unvaccinated faculty and staff to be tested weekly throughout the school year
    • Implement a COVID-19 testing policy by September 7, 2021, requiring all unvaccinated students and adults participating in school-based extracurricular activities to be tested weekly
    • Post signage that masks are required at their facilities (signage provided in the Order)
    • Enforcement of quarantine for individuals who are unvaccinated and unmasked when exposed to an individual case, and enforcement of quarantine for all unvaccinated individuals — masked and unmasked — who are exposed in outbreaks
    • Enforcement of isolation for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19
    • Cooperation in case investigations and contact tracing
    • Social distancing of at least six feet when masks are removed as permitted in the Order (e.g., When students are eating and drinking at meal times indoors)

    Summary of Recommendations for Schools and Childcares in Jeffco

    • Promoting vaccinations to increase coverage among eligible students, faculty and staff
    • Require vaccinations for faculty and staff, as well as all adults and eligible students participating in school-based sports and extracurricular activities
    • Follow additional recommendations outlined in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Back to School Roadmap to layer as many additional precautionary measures as feasible to keep students, faculty and staff safe

    For more information about PHO 21-002 and complete requirements for schools and childcares, view the full Order. You can also refer to Frequently Asked Questions.

    About Jefferson County Public Health

    Public health is what we do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

  • In Alignment with New CDC Mask Guidelines, JCPH Strongly Encourages Residents to Wear a Mask in Indoor Public Settings Regardless of COVID-19 Vaccination Status

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    Jefferson County, Colo. — On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance recommending mask wearing for the general public, including those who are fully vaccinated, in areas where there is substantial COVID-19 transmission (defined by 50-99.99 new cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days). Based on current COVID-19 incidence rates in Jefferson County (77.2 per 100,000 people as of July 28, 2021), Jefferson County is in the substantial transmission category. For this reason, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) strongly recommends that all residents ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, return to wearing a mask in indoor public spaces to minimize risk and maximize protection from COVID-19, including the highly infectious Delta variant.

    Data show that the Delta variant is far more contagious than past strains of COVID-19, and emerging evidence suggests it spreads more than twice as easily as previous strains. In addition, while COVID-19 vaccines are only slightly less effective against the Delta variant, because no vaccine is 100% effective, it is still possible to contract the Delta variant and spread it to others, even if you are vaccinated. Wearing a mask is an easy, safe, effective and evidence-based precaution for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    “Because vaccine uptake has now stalled and cases of COVID-19 are once again increasing rapidly in Jeffco, and with the Delta variant circulating widely, we all must now take this additional step to protect ourselves and our loved ones, including our children who aren’t yet eligible to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. “We know this is discouraging news, especially after months of progress. We don’t want to give up the ground our communities worked so hard to take during this battle against COVID-19. By taking recommended precautions now, we can work to minimize viral transmission to prevent the Delta variant from spreading even further.”

    As we return to mask-wearing for all individuals, JCPH reminds our community of the following tips for safe, effective face coverings:

    • Choose a mask that has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric and a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top.
    • Masks should completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps.
    • Wash your hands before and after putting your face covering in place.
    • Do not touch the face covering again until you remove it.
    • Remove your mask to eat and drink and if it is still in good repair, you may continue to use it.

    “We knew when we were able to ‘take our masks off’ earlier this summer that there was a possibility of having to put them back on. Unfortunately, we’re at that point as a community, and it’s very important for everyone to protect themselves and others from the Delta variant,” said Comstock. “The other incredibly important step all members of our community can take is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. COVID-19 vaccines are the leading public health strategy to prevent the virus. The vaccines protect against most COVID-19 infections, and prevent nearly all cases of severe illness, hospitalizations and death. You can get a free COVID-19 vaccine close to home any day of the week — don’t wait until it’s too late to protect yourself.”

    JCPH is here to help support our community to access and get information about COVID-19 vaccines. Our team is available to answer your questions and talk through any concerns you may have. Call JCPH’s COVID Vax Information Center (C-VIC) at 303-239-7000 and press option 1. Find out how you can get a free COVID-19 vaccine near you — any day of the week — at http://www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup.

  • JCPH Issues Local Public Health Order to Lead County Through Recovery

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    County part of Denver Metro Area regional approach to keep residents safe while gradually reopening

    Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today (April 13) issued a new public health order (PHO 21-001) to help guide the county through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and into a full reopening. The order was issued in anticipation of the State of Colorado dissolving Executive Order PHO 20-36 and the Dial 3.0 this week, with counties expected to implement their own tailored strategies to meet their community’s needs. JCPH’s PHO 21-001 is effective at the time the state’s order is rescinded, which is expected on April 16, and is in effect until August 15.

    “We have been working very closely with other local public health leaders in the Denver Metro Area, which encompasses about 60% of the state’s population, as well as county leaders for the past several weeks to determine how to best move forward,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, executive director of JCPH. “We are confident this brief phased approach will allow our community to work to get our recent increase in COVID-19 transmission back under control, while we race to quickly vaccinate as many people as we can and prevent another surge driven by more-contagious variants. At the same time, our local businesses can better plan for the near future.”

    Recently, Jefferson County has seen increases in its COVID-19 seven-day case incidence rate and test positivity rate. During April 5-11, there were 891 cases of COVID-19 (152.8 per 100,000) in Jefferson County, and the test positivity rate during the same time period was 5.0%. The Colorado School of Public Health Modeling Team advising the Governor has concluded that delaying policy changes in Colorado until mid-May will prevent large numbers of deaths and hospitalizations.

    Under the new PHO 21-001, there are two phases to reopening:

    • Phase 1 – Moving Toward a Full Reopening (April 16-May 15): Businesses and individuals can operate under Dial 3.0’s Level Blue capacity limits and simplified mitigation requirements for 30 days. There will be no movement during this 30-day period. Review the order for specific mitigation requirements and capacity limits for businesses and activities.
    • Phase 2 – Observation Period (May 16-August 15): Jefferson County, along with other Metro Denver counties, will move to a new Level on the Dial — Level Clear — which has no restrictions. In Level Clear, businesses will operate at 100 percent capacity with no mitigation requirements, although indoor mask requirements may still apply. During the observation period, rather than focusing on incidence rates or test positivity rates, JCPH will closely monitor hospitalizations, a health metric indicative of severity of COVID-19 infections. It is expected that by late May vaccination coverage should be sufficient to control COVID-19 transmission in Jeffco. However, if needed, JCPH can apply capacity limits based on hospitalization rates as described in the order.

    With PHO 21-001, the county’s Five-Star Certification Program for businesses is suspended. All businesses in Jefferson County, including those certified under the program, must operate under the simplified Level Blue capacity limits and mitigation requirements. If at any point Jeffco has to return to a higher Dial Level, Five-Star businesses would be permitted to operate at one level lower on the Dial.

    “It’s too soon to completely abandon all COVID-19 transmission prevention measures. Jeffco residents who are not yet vaccinated are still at risk and should continue to Be COVID Smart. However, we can now chart a sound path forward combining these proven COVID-19 mitigation strategies, our own local Jeffco data and a deep knowledge of our community’s unique needs,” Dr. Comstock said. “We’re confident this collaborative approach across the Denver Metro Area, in tandem with a unified race to get more people vaccinated, will help us avoid a fourth surge during this critical time. If we can work together and be patient just a bit longer, we may now only be about one month away from the finish line.”

    JCPH’s local mask order, PHO 20-008, remains in effect and all residents and visitors in Jefferson County must continue to wear a mask in indoor public spaces when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained from non-household members. In areas where the statewide mask order is more restrictive, individuals must follow those requirements.

    Review the full public health order as well as a table outlining capacity limits for various businesses and activities under the simplified Level Blue. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions and more at www.jeffco.us/4047/Dial-Status. For information about JCPH’s local mask order, COVID-19 data, testing locations and vaccination information, visit www.jeffco.us/coronavirus.

  • CDPHE Moves Jeffco to Level Yellow on Dial 3.0

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    Jefferson County, Colo. – On April 7, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) alerted Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) that the county will be moved to Level Yellow: Concern on the state’s Dial 3.0, effective Friday, April 9 at 6 a.m. At that time, Jefferson County community members and businesses must follow the more restrictive Level Yellow requirements and capacity limits per CDPHE’s Tenth Amended Public Health Order 20-36.

    “Unfortunately we are slipping in the wrong direction, and we have seen an increase in the COVID-19 case incidence rate, test positivity rate and hospitalizations in Jeffco,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. “This pushes us past our Level Blue limits and into Level Yellow. None of us want to go backwards on the Dial after all of the hard work we’ve put in and sacrifices we’ve made. I urge everyone to stay committed to COVID-19 prevention actions — wear your mask, keep 6 ft. distance and avoid gatherings.”

    During March 31-April 6, there were 832 cases of COVID-19 (142.7 per 100,000) in Jefferson County. The seven-day COVID-19 case incidence rate limit, including a buffer allowance, for Level Blue is 115 cases per 100,000 people (for five consecutive days). The majority of new cases are among adults ages 20-39, which is expected given this population just recently became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Regarding active outbreaks, the majority are within schools and non-regulated businesses (e.g., offices and retail). Other factors contributing to the increase in community spread include significantly decreased social distancing as well as circulation of virus variants.

    The following changes are now effective in Jeffco under Dial 3.0’s Level Yellow. The countywide mask order remains in effect and all residents and visitors are required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces when 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained from non-household members. (Where the state’s Executive Order D 2021 079 is more restrictive for mask-wearing, residents should follow those requirements).

    • Restaurants are limited to 50% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 150 people per room. Last call is at 1 a.m.
    • Bars must close unless they serve food.
    • Indoor events are limited to 50% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 150 people per room within usable space. Usable space for seated events and unseated events with fewer than 50 people is calculated by using 6-feet distancing between non-household contacts. For unseated events with more than 50 people, usable space should be calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator.
    • Outdoor events are limited to 50% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 175 people within the usable space per designated area calculated using the Distancing Space Calculator. If the event is seated, usable space should be calculated by using 6-foot distancing between non-household members.
    • Recreation, including gyms, rec centers and pools, is limited to 50% capacity, not to exceed 50 people per room indoors or activity area outdoors. Establishments larger than 7,200 square feet may use the Distancing Space Calculator to expand to 100 patrons per room within their usable space.
    • Organized sports are limited to 25 players, excluding coaches, referees and umpires.
    • Outdoor guided activities are limited to 50% capacity, not to exceed 10 people.
    • Youth camps are limited to 10 participants indoors and 25 participants outdoors.
    • Businesses certified under the Five-Star Certification Program in Jefferson County may operate under Level Blue limits.

    “There are some important occasions coming up in the next several months — graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the much anticipated start of summer. It’s important that we take the necessary steps now to reverse this trend, so we have the opportunity to celebrate the things and people we love and enjoy. We missed many of these special occasions last year, but if we work hard now it doesn’t have to be the case for 2021,” Dr. Comstock said.

    For more information about Dial 3.0 and requirements for various activities, visit www.jeffco.us/4047/Dial-Status or covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial. You can also find information about JCPH’s local mask order, COVID-19 data, testing locations, vaccination information and more at www.jeffco.us/coronavirus.

  • Governor Polis to Extend Statewide Mask Order for 30 Days, Adds Transition Plan for Low-Incidence Counties

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    DENVER - Governor Jared Polis announced that he will be extending the statewide mask order tomorrow with modifications that account for where Colorado is in the pandemic.

    “Here in Colorado we are making incredible progress with getting vaccines into arms and protecting our most vulnerable, but until everyone can get the vaccine and our COVID cases are reduced, taking precautions to prevent a surge in cases and further spread of the disease is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do and helps keep everything open,” said Governor Jared Polis. “By continuing to wear our masks in public indoor settings around others, we can safely enjoy the activities we love and keep our economy open. Every community has been impacted differently by this pandemic, and we want to ensure this order is reflective of that. We’re almost there, Colorado, but we need to keep this up just a little bit longer.”

    “I look forward to the day when immunity reaches a level that we no longer have to wear masks. Right now across our state, 1 in 207 people are currently contagious with COVID-19, and only an estimated 27% of Coloradans are already immune through either vaccination or prior infection. In the meantime, we must continue practicing vigilance by wearing masks especially if you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, practicing social distancing when in public and in the company of people with unknown vaccine status. This modified mask order is a step towards the light at the end of the tunnel, and it acknowledges a transition away from most requirements for those counties in level green with very low transmission, 35 cases or less out of every 100,000, and the great achievement they have made towards ending the pandemic,” he continued.

    The updated Executive Order will continue to require mask-wearing in all counties in schools (including extracurricular activities), child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, congregate care facilities, prisons, jails, emergency medical and other healthcare settings, and personal services and limited healthcare settings as defined by PHO 20-36. “We fought hard to get Colorado kids back in school successfully, and we’re not going to jeopardize Colorado’s return of in-person learning by changing the mask policy this school year,” Governor Polis added.

    In counties with one week disease incidence rates in excess of 35 per 100,000, which are known in Dial 3.0 as blue, yellow, orange, red, and purple counties, masks must also be worn in all public indoor settings when 10 or more unvaccinated individuals or individuals of unknown vaccination status are present.

    The number of counties that are currently in Level Green is 31, representing a population of 238,286 Coloradans. The number of counties in Levels Blue, Yellow, Orange, or Red is 33 representing a population of 5,525,690.

    The Executive Order keeps exemptions that were in the prior Executive Orders.

  • Governor Polis Announces All Coloradans 16+ Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 2

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    DENVER - Governor Jared Polis announced that starting Friday, April 2nd, all Coloradans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all Coloradans over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Governor shared that the State anticipates that everyone who wants it will have access to the vaccine before the end of May. He was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman to discuss the next phase of vaccine distribution.

    “Each vaccine is a step towards getting back to normal. Today is a monumental step forward in Colorado’s efforts to get vaccines to every person who wants one, and I want to thank our frontline heroes -- both professional and volunteer -- who have stepped up, racing to get shots into arms,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is one of the greatest feats in human history, and we couldn’t have gotten to where we are now without their tireless efforts. Soon everyone in our state will be able to get the protection they need, but it’s going to take some time. It could be next week, it could be in five weeks. So while availability opens to everyone this Friday, April 2nd, be patient and know that your time will come.”

    Currently, 70% of all Coloradans 60 and older have been vaccinated, including 79% of all Coloradans 70 and older, 71% of Coloradans 65-69, and 53% of Colordans 60-64. More than 1.5 million (1,579,599) Coloradans have received their first dose of tha vaccine, and almost 1 million (999,618) have been fully immunized.

    In order to meet its ambitious vaccination goals and get shots into arms as quickly as possible, Colorado has launched five Vaccines for All Community Vaccination Sites. Depending on supply, a maximum of 6,000 doses per day will be administered at each site, six days per week, for a total of 36,000 doses administered each week through the program. To date, 35,322 doses have been administered through these sites.

    In the last two weeks, Governor Polis joined the launch of the Broadmoor World Arena site in Colorado Springs, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, and The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Five locations are open in five counties, and starting April 1 the state will partner with Denver County to launch a site at Ball Arena. Information about the community vaccination sites can be found below:

    Colorado also has numerous strategies in place to narrow gaps in vaccine distribution. In addition to standing up Community Vaccination Sites, the State’s Equity Outreach Team is working directly with community-based organizations, providers, local public health agencies, and Tribes to set up vaccine clinics in underserved communities across the state. As of today, 111 clinics have been completed, with 10-12 clinics completed per week on average. More than 75 clinics scheduled through April 6th are expected to administer 30,400+ doses.

    Finally, Governor Polis announced that Colorado will be launching mobile vaccine clinics to create even more access for Coloradans in the coming weeks. These buses will travel to small communities and meet Coloradans where they are. More information will be coming as these clinics come online.

    The Governor delivered this good news with the caveat that this is still a time for caution. New cases and hospitalizations are holding steady, but emerging COVID-19 variants are cause for concern. For Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, it typically takes two weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means you can be infected from exposure to COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination.

  • JCPH Provides Summary of Dial 3.0 Implications for Jefferson County

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    Jeffco is currently in Level Blue, but is at risk of being moved to Level Yellow in the coming days if COVID-19 cases continue to rise

    Jefferson County, Colo. – With the release of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) new Dial 3.0 framework and public health order yesterday, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is providing a summary of how the new dial affects businesses and individuals in the county. The department also cautions residents that while Jefferson County is currently under Level Blue: Cautious requirements in Dial 3.0, we will be moved by the state to Level Yellow: Concern in the next several days if COVID-19 case incidence rates stay the same or increase. The new Dial 3.0 is effective March 24 and is expected to remain in place through mid-April.

    “We are happy to see the state’s path for helping counties ease back into more normalcy and the activities we love. We’re all looking for these signs of progress and hope,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. “Unfortunately, the reality is we need to see much more improvement in Jeffco before we can fully take advantage of the loosened restrictions. On the same day the state released the new Dial 3.0, Jefferson County exceeded the seven-day COVID-19 case incidence rate limit and buffer allowance for Level Blue.”

    The following changes are effective in Jeffco under Dial 3.0’s Level Blue at present. The state and county mask orders remain in effect, and in Jefferson County all residents and visitors are required to wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces when 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained.

    • Offices in Level Blue may operate at 75% capacity.
    • Retail in Level Blue may operate at 75% capacity.
    • Manufacturing in Level Blue may operate at 75% capacity.
    • Restaurants in Level Blue may operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet distancing.
    • Outdoor events in Level Blue may operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet distancing.
    • Recreation in Level Blue may operate at 100% with 6 feet distancing.
    • Outdoor guided activities in Level Blue may operate in at 100% capacity with 6 feet distancing, subject to local limits.
    • Bars in Level Blue that do not serve food may operate at 25% not to exceed 75 people.
    • There is no longer a state limit on personal gathering sizes for Levels Green, Blue and Yellow. The state will follow CDC’s guidance on personal gatherings among vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The CDC — and JCPH — still strongly recommends avoiding larger gatherings and crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    • Additionally, in Level Blue, restaurants and recreation — including gyms, recreation centers and pools — that are part of Jefferson County’s Five-Star Certification Program may operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet distancing. All other Five-Star certified businesses in Level Blue may operate with an additional 50 people beyond the capacity cap set for Level Blue. However, no certified business may operate at Level Green capacity.

    During March 16-22, there were 707 cases of COVID-19 (121.3 per 100,000) in Jefferson County. The seven-day COVID-19 case incidence rate limit, including a buffer allowance, for Level Blue is 115 cases per 100,000 people. If cases are not reduced below this limit within five consecutive days, CDPHE will move Jefferson County to Level Yellow and residents will be required to follow those requirements.

    “We can prevent this,” Comstock said. “We are asking residents to please stay the course. Do it for the grandparents in our community who still have not been able to meet their newborn grandchildren, for loved ones who have been waiting to celebrate their wedding day, or for businesses who are just trying to survive. Find your ‘why’ and continue to wear your mask, keep your distance and avoid gatherings for just a bit longer. We all need each other to do our part right now.”

    For more information about Dial 3.0, visit www.jeffco.us/4047/Dial-Status or covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial. You can also find information about JCPH’s local mask order, COVID-19 data, testing locations, vaccination information and more at www.jeffco.us/coronavirus.

  • State updates dial public health order

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    REMOTE, (March 8, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amended public health order that provides updates to the COVID-19 dial framework on Sunday.

    The new changes, effective as of March 7, include:

    • A new disease incidence metric buffer allows counties to exceed their Dial level's disease incidence metric and remain in that level as long as they do not exceed the minimum of the next more restrictive Dial level's incidence rate by more than 15% for five consecutive days. This creates more predictability with Dial moves and prevents counties moving back and forth unnecessarily by ensuring a consistent trend is present first.
    • Restaurants and seated indoor events (including at casinos) in Level Blue may expand capacity to 225 people without using the distancing space calculator.
    • Restaurants and seated indoor events (including at casinos) in Level Yellow may expand capacity to 150 people without using the distancing space calculator.
    • Seated indoor events in Level Red may calculate distancing without using the distancing space calculator.
    • Last call to order alcohol at restaurants has been expanded from levels Blue to Red:
      • Level Blue: 2 a.m.
      • Level Yellow: 1 a.m.
      • Level Orange: 12 a.m.
      • Level Red: 10 p.m.
    • Masks may be removed in a school classroom setting for the purpose of playing a musical instrument that cannot otherwise be played while wearing a mask, but students must continue to physically distance. Performers with masks can be 12 feet away and without masks 25 feet -- and instrument players with bell covers could be 12 feet apart and without 25.
    • Performers at events who are wearing masks may be a minimum of 12 feet away from spectators. Performers not wearing masks must remain a minimum of 25 feet away.
    • 5 Star-certified businesses in Level Blue may expand capacity limits by 50 people above the Level Blue caps.
    • Review the full summary of changes.

    The Colorado COVID-19 dial is a tool that allows Colorado to balance the urgent need to contain the virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic. Learn more about the dial.

    Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

  • Governor Polis Provides Update on COVID-19 Response & Vaccination Progress

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    DENVER- Friday, Feb. 26, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s efforts to vaccinate Coloradans. During his remarks, Governor Polis was joined by Brigadier General Scott Sherman and CDPHE Incident Commander Scott Bookman.

    “Equitable distribution of the vaccine is a top priority for Colorado and to continue that trend, the state is moving to a new phase next week of the vaccine prioritization plan where more doses of this lifesaving vaccine will be available to most vulnerable communities. I’m focused on ensuring that Coloradans who are at the most risk of COVID due to the environment they work in can receive the vaccine, so we can save more lives and end this pandemic,” said Governor Polis.

    Governor Polis announced that 90% of frontline healthcare workers who have stepped up to treat their fellow Coloradans have received both doses of the vaccine. Nearly all residents and staff in long-term care facilities across the state have been vaccinated. The state expects the program to be complete and for these individuals to be fully vaccinated in the next 10 days.

    Governor Polis announced Colorado’s efforts to move into Phase 1B3 of the vaccine prioritization plan, which now includes current agriculture and grocery store workers, Coloradans aged 60 and older, and Coloradans aged 16-59 with two or more comorbidities. Phase 1B3 will begin on March 5th.

    “Please be patient and sign up for an appointment. As we announce this next phase and put more people into the phases, sign up and please be patient, you will have your turn to get the vaccine,” said Brigadier General Scott Sherman.

    “Getting this vaccine is safe, effective and it is a critical next step in ending this pandemic,” added CDPHE Incident Commander Scott Bookman.

    Governor Polis also announced that in late March Coloradans aged 50 and up will be able to get the vaccine, along with those in student-facing roles in higher education and other frontline workers, including restaurant and food service workers, bus drivers, U.S Postal Service workers, and manufacturing workers. The date of vaccinations for this group is set for late March, and dependent on vaccine supply.

    For more information on how to sign up to receive the vaccine, please visit www.cocovidvaccine.org or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

    Governor Polis also extended an Executive Order related to the continued use of federal funds from Title V of the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act).

  • Jefferson County Moves to Level Blue on Dial 2.0

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    Jefferson County, Colo. – Effective Feb. 26 at 6 a.m., Jefferson County will move to Level Blue: Caution on the state’s Dial 2.0. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) was notified about the move by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

    The shift to Level Blue comes after the county’s one-week incidence and test positivity rates for COVID-19 have fallen into the designated metrics for this lower level of restrictions, and this trend has been sustained for a full week. In Jeffco, from Feb.17-23, we had a total of 531 cases of COVID-19, or 91.1 per 100,000 residents. Our test positivity rate has hovered at around 3%. We have also seen decreased and stabilized hospitalizations due to COVID-19 during this time.

    Under Level Blue, restrictions will ease further, with higher capacity limits on restaurants, gyms, group sports, indoor and outdoor events, manufacturing and more. To see the full list of changes from Level Yellow to Level Blue, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial.

    In light of these changes, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) reminds all in the Jeffco community, from individuals to businesses, to continue to follow guidance on disease prevention steps, like wearing a mask, staying home when possible, keeping a 6-foot distance, washing hands often, avoiding large gatherings, getting tested for COVID if you experience symptoms, and getting the vaccine when eligible.

    “Working hard to stay safe and continuing to follow precautions is how we have come this far. While the move to Level Blue is a positive step, and one we can all feel hopeful about, if we don’t continue to operate cautiously we could quickly lose the ground we have gained,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director of JCPH. “The virus is still out there and we still need to take steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community. We should look at Level Blue not as a ‘free for all,’ but rather a step in the right direction.”

    Once under Level Blue, all Jefferson County businesses can operate under those requirements. Those who are certified under the Five-Star Certification Program will also be operating at Level Blue. Some Five-Star certified businesses have decided to opt-in to the program and take the required extra steps to increase confidence that they are going above and beyond to keep their customers and employees safe. Jefferson County will continue to work with businesses that would like to participate in the Five-Star Certification Program and continually monitor and update information as it changes.

    “JCPH applauds those businesses that have become Five-Star certified by demonstrating their commitment to COVID prevention,” Dr. Comstock said. “These businesses have shown they are dedicated to the safety of their customers. I appreciate their efforts and hope our Jeffco community will join me in thanking them.”

    To learn more about Level Blue and the COVID-19 Dial 2.0, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s webpage. More information about Jeffco’s place on the dial is available on JCPH’s Dial webpage.

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