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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 November 23, 2021, the Jefferson County Board of Health issued a new public health order that requires all individuals ages three and older to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in indoor public spaces in Jefferson County, regardless of vaccination status. The order went into effect on November 24..

You can read the full press release for more information and back ground on why Public Health Order 20-38 was deemed necessary by the County.

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. Face masks are required when entering buildings.
  • 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 January 2022. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, find resources at www.cityofgolden.net/UtilityBilling, or 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.

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

  • The City maintains 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 November 23, 2021, the Jefferson County Board of Health issued a new public health order that requires all individuals ages three and older to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in indoor public spaces in Jefferson County, regardless of vaccination status. The order went into effect on November 24..

You can read the full press release for more information and back ground on why Public Health Order 20-38 was deemed necessary by the County.

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. Face masks are required when entering buildings.
  • 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 January 2022. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, find resources at www.cityofgolden.net/UtilityBilling, or 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.

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

  • The City maintains 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.

  • Gov. Polis, Coloradans Launch COVID Relief Fund

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    DENVER - March 18, 2020: Today,Gov. Polis discussed the state’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), and launched joint efforts to raise relief funds and volunteer efforts to address this public health crisis. The Governor announced the Help Colorado Now effort where Coloradans can donate or volunteer, as well as the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus. Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at www.HelpColoradoNow.org.

    My top priority is to ensure the health and safety of all Coloradans during this difficult time,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s times like these that truly show our state’s resiliency and the strength of our spirit. Our state is better when we come together to overcome unique challenges - it’s just how we do things in Colorado. We will continue doing everything we can to ensure we protect our state’s most vulnerable.”

    The Colorado COVID Relief Fund's purpose is to raise funds and coordinate the allocation of those contributions. Funds raised will be used to support the needs of communities impacted by COVID-19 in both response and recovery. Organizations helping with the response to COVID-19 will be able to apply for funds starting next week. The fund will support work in three categories: prevention, impact, and recovery efforts. This will include things like medical and cleaning supplies, food services, early childhood education, small business support, behavioral health services, and more.

    The Governor also emphasized that Coloradans who can’t donate money are encouraged to donate their time by volunteering. Many people have skills that can be applied during this time, especially former health care workers who could return to the workforce to assist with the demand.

    In addition to funding and volunteers, the Governor is encouraging healthy donors to donate blood to prevent a shortage in Colorado. Blood banks are reporting a sharp drop in donations, which is attributed to fears about COVID-19. Coloradans can visit Vitalant.org or view this list of donation centers to find a blood drive or donation center in their area.

    The Governor also addressed the issues many Coloradans are facing around child care. Because this crisis is putting an unprecedented strain on health care and emergency workers, the Governor is working with Mike Johnston and the Gary Community Foundation, early childhood providers, schools districts and the Colorado Department of Human Services to establish a system of emergency child care for our most essential workers. Health care providers and staff, public safety workers and staff supporting at-risk populations will qualify for the program. For more information, visit www.covidchildcarecolorado.com.

    The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way. The effort is co-chaired by Rick Sakpin and Roxanne White. The fund will be overseen by a committee of community leaders from across Colorado and will be providing aid to support Colorado communities and organizations affected by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

    "It is an honor to support our community coming together to help those who are most vulnerable. Our communities will respond better and recover more quickly because we are coordinating our philanthropic response,” said Roxanne White, co-chair of the Relief Fund.

    “We recognize the huge economic impacts of COVID-19 to Coloradans and it's no surprise that we are seeing our business, philanthropic and community leaders join together and contribute to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund,” said Rick Sapkin, co-chair of the Relief Effort. “This is an all hands on deck moment to meet these needs. We encourage all Colorado businesses and individuals who can, to contribute to the future success of our state.”

    “As Colorado is the birthplace of the United Way movement, Mile High United Way is proud to serve as the fiscal steward, in partnership with the Colorado Network of United Ways, for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. United, we are stronger,” said Christine Benero, President and CEO Mile High United Way.

    “While the devastating effects of COVID on Coloradans and their families are not fully known yet, we do know that pandemics are a breeding ground for exacerbating existing and creating new inequity issues. On a good day, philanthropy often plays a critical role in supporting communities and organizations, but that role is even more critical right now, especially for folks who are just trying to survive by keeping their jobs, families fed and a roof over their head. We are proud to support the Governor’s COVID Relief Fund and I am honored to serve on the executive committee,” said Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation.

    "Coloradans have always been extremely generous in times of great need in our communities," said Joanne Kelley, CEO of Philanthropy Colorado. "We're honored to be helping the Governor pull together a unified philanthropic response to this unprecedented crisis."

  • Jeffco Schools provides free meals for all children 18 and younger - updated

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    Jeffco Schools are providing Grab and Go meals (breakfast and lunch) for all children, 18 years and younger, at the locations listed below. These meals are available at no cost to help mitigate the community impact of missing food services in schools.

    Each MWF, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts will be provided. Meals will be provided at the curbside location through car trunk, car window or by walk-up. Parents or another caregiver may pick up meals for children at home. -

    Reminder: Under Stay-at-Home order, picking up meals is permitted.

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Arvada K-8
    • Alameda High
    • Columbine High
    • Edgewater Elementary
    • Foothills Elementary
    • Lasley Elementary
    • Parr Elementary
    • Wayne Carle Middle
    • Welchester Elementary
    • West Jefferson Elementary
    • Wheat Ridge High
    Please do not come to locations if you are sick. In case of severe weather, locations will not operate.

  • City Update March 16, 2020- City Facilities are closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 until further notice

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    City Facilities including City Hall, Police and Fire Departments (911 10th St.), City Hall Annex (1000 10th St.), and Planning and Public Works Building (1445 10th St.) are closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. This is in addition to the closures of the Golden Community Center and Golden History Museum already in place. We are still conducting business but trying to limit potential community exposure to COVID-19 as much as possible. You can still reach us at our phone number 303-384-8000 and our email address cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net.

    The Police Department is strongly encouraging everyone to utilize the online reporting tool, which can be found at: https://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.

    Building Permits are available by phone or email 303-384-8151 building@cityofgolden.net and you can find a building permit application here. Inspectors will still be conducting outdoor inspections but we will not be doing indoor inspections until further notice. Staff has placed a drop box in front of the building at 1445 10th Street for plans or permits but please make payments by phone. The City will not be issuing any new Right-of-way permits, only emergency ROW permits will be issued.


  • Colorado Department of Public Health Restricts Visitors at all Colorado Licensed Nursing or Assisted Care Facilities

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    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE or “state health department”) is working to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, I find it necessary to implement emergency measures to restrict visitors to skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, and intermediate care facilities in Colorado to protect the health of the residents of these facilities.

    FINDINGS

    1. COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019, and since then has spread

    to over 60 countries including the United States. There are 39 known presumptive positive

    cases of COVID-19 in Colorado as of March 12, 2020, and there is every expectation that

    more cases will be diagnosed.

    2. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness transmitted like other respiratory illness through

    person-to-person contact or by contacting surfaces contaminated with the virus. Persons

    infected with COVID-19 may become symptomatic anywhere from five to fourteen days after

    exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

    3. Individuals with serious chronic health conditions and older adults are most at risk for

    becoming very ill with this disease, and nursing facilities, assisted living residences, and

    intermediate care facilities serve residents who are at this level of risk.

    4. Pursuant to the authority in section 25-1.5-102(1), C.R.S., I am ordering that Colorado

    licensed or certified skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities and assisted living

    residences implement visitor restrictions and daily facility screening protocols for those

    entering the facility, in order to reduce the likelihood of possible introduction of COVID-19

    into these facilities.

    ORDER

    Effective March 12, 2020 to protect the public’s health and to prevent further

    spread of the disease, all Colorado licensed or certified skilled nursing

    facilities, intermediate care facilities and assisted living residences are

    required to implement the following restrictions and requirements

    regarding visitors to these facilities:

    1

    Public Health Order 20-20

    I. Facilities must follow CMS guidelines related to screening, limiting and restricting

    visitors (CMS Ref. QSO-20-14-NH (March 9, 2020)

    https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-14-nh-revised.pdf and must:

    1. Restrict visitation of non-essential individuals.

    a. Facilities shall post signage clearly summarizing the essential individual visitor

    policy, such as vendors providing necessary supplies or services for the facility

    or residents, and individuals necessary for the physical and/or mental

    well-being of the resident.

    2. For essential individuals entering the building, including personnel, contracted

    individuals or essential visitors, screen 100% prior to entry into the building,

    consistent with screening criteria. Essential individuals should be limited.

    a. All screenings must be documented via a form and logged.

    b. Screening documentation must be maintained until further notice and made

    available upon request to CDPHE. After screening, if an essential visitor is

    allowed into the facility, they must:

    i. Limit their movement within the facility to the resident’s room

    ii. Limit surfaces touched

    iii. Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) – gown, gloves and

    mask

    iv. Limit physical contact with resident

    v. There can only be two essential visitors per resident at a given time.

    3. If a facility has a suspected, presumptive, or confirmed COVID-19 patient, the facility

    must:

    a. Consult with the county’s local public health agency.

    b. Notify CDPHE as the licensing authority.

    c. Further restrict visitation after consultation with the local public health

    agency.

    d. Maintain a log of visitors and staff interacting with a patient who is isolated for

    presumptive or confirmed COVID-19.

    e. Be able to identify the staff who interacted with the resident and resident’s

    environment.

    f. Restrict all internal group activities to prevent infection exposure to other

    residents.

    II. Alternative Communications. Facilities that restrict or limit visitor access for

    any of the foregoing reasons must:

    2

    Public Health Order 20-20

    a) Offer alternative means of communication for people who would otherwise visit,

    such as virtual communications (phone, video-communication, etc.);

    b) Assign staff as primary contact to families for inbound calls, and conduct regular

    outbound calls to keep families up to date; or

    c) Offer a phone line with a voice recording updated at set times (e.g., daily) with the

    facility’s general operating status, such as when it is safe to resume visits.

    III. Restrictions regarding Third Parties . Facilities shall review how they interact with

    volunteers, vendors and receiving supplies, agency staff, EMS personnel and equipment,

    transportation providers (e.g., when taking residents to offsite appointments, etc.), and

    other practitioners (e.g., hospice workers, specialists, physical therapy, etc.), and revise

    policies, practices and procedures to implement necessary actions and best practices to

    prevent potential disease transmission.

    IV. CDPHE is tasked with protecting the health and welfare of the citizens of

    Colorado by investigating and controlling the causes of epidemic and

    communicable disease. This Public Health Order is necessary to control any

    potential transmission of disease to others. Section 25-1.5-102(1), C.R.S.

    Immediate issuance of this Order is necessary for the preservation of public

    health, safety, or welfare, and the requirements of the Administrative

    Procedure Act, article 4, title 24, C.R.S. do not apply to this Order.

    FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS ORDER IS SUBJECT TO THE PENALTIES

    CONTAINED IN SECTION 25-1-114, C.R.S., INCLUDING A FINE OF UP TO ONE

    THOUSAND (1,000) DOLLARS AND IMPRISONMENT IN THE COUNTY JAIL FOR

    UP TO ONE YEAR.

    ___________________________________ March 12, 2020

    Jill Hunsaker Ryan, MPH Date

    Executive Director

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  • Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County Increase to Total of Six

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    Jefferson County, Colo. March 13 — We have been notified that another two Jefferson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The first individual is in their 30s, and the second individual is in their 60s. The investigation on both cases is still ongoing. This brings the total presumptive positive cases among Jefferson County residents to six.

    “As we continue to see the number of cases rise in Jefferson County, we encourage people to take steps to protect themselves. Whenever possible, maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet from others and avoid large crowds. When you must visit places where crowds gather, like grocery stores, offer to help purchase supplies for your friends, family members and neighbors who may be more susceptible to infection and illness,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). “We are saddened to hear about these new cases and hoping for quick and complete recoveries for these individuals.”

    We know cases will continue to increase across the state, and there are likely many cases currently unidentified. Everyone has a role to play to prevent COVID-19 and help slow its spread. Here are steps we urge everyone to take:

    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms (at least 6 feet away).
    • If you’re sick, stay home and away from public places.
    • Get a flu shot if you have not had yours yet.

    For general questions about COVID-19, call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English, Spanish, Mandarin and more.

    Beginning today, we will be updating Jefferson County case numbers as they are received on the JCPH website at www.jeffco.us/4007/COVID-19-Case-Summary.


  • CDPHE confirms 23 additional new presumptive positive cases in Colorado

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    DENVER, March 13, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) confirmed 23 new presumptive positive cases in Colorado, based on overnight test results. Some of these results are from the drive-through testing center. That brings the total number of presumptive positive cases to date to 72. The state lab has completed test results on approximately 600 people in Colorado since testing started on February 28.

    (Note: Media can see today’s press briefing details below.)

    Because of the large number of new cases, CDPHE is shifting to report aggregate data for new cases, instead of listing details on each specific case. The data below represents all new cases based on overnight results.

    Total new presumptive positive cases: 23

    Age of individuals:

    • Teenage – 1
    • 20s – 3
    • 30s – 5
    • 40s – 6
    • 50s – 2
    • 60s – 3
    • 70s – 2
    • 80s – 1

    County of residence:

    • Arapahoe – 4
    • Denver – 4
    • Eagle – 5
    • El Paso – 1
    • Jefferson – 2
    • Pueblo - 1
    • Summit – 1
    • Weld - 2
    • Out of state - 3 (Currently located in these counties:)
      • Routt - 1
      • Waiting on information - 2

    Resident/Visitor:

    • Residents: 20
    • Visitors: 3

    Gender:

    • Female: 10
    • Male: 13

    To ensure expedience on reporting presumptive positive cases, the state will provide overall testing statistics as soon as we are able on the website.

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    CDPHE confirma 23 nuevos presuntos casos positivos en Colorado

    DENVER, Marzo 13, 2020: El Departamento de Salud y Medioambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) confirmó 23 nuevos presuntos casos en Colorado, basados en resultados de pruebas durante la noche. Algunos de estos resultados son del laboratorio móvil en Lowry. La suma total es de 72. El laboratorio ha hecho 600 pruebas aproximadamente en Colorado desde que se empezó con la realización de pruebas el 28 de febrero.

    (Nota: Medios de comunicación pueden ver los detalles de rueda de prensa remota abajo)

    Debido al gran número de nuevos casos, CDPHE reportará agregando información de nuevos casos, en lugar de detallar los detalles de cada caso específico. La información abajo representa todos los nuevos casos basados en resultados durante la noche.

    Total new presumptive positive cases: 23

    Edad de las personas:

    • Adolescente – 1
    • 20s – 3
    • 30s – 5
    • 40s – 6
    • 50s – 2
    • 60s – 3
    • 70s – 2
    • 80s – 1

    Condado de residencia:

    • Arapahoe – 4
    • Denver – 4
    • Eagle – 5
    • El Paso – 1
    • Jefferson – 2
    • Pueblo - 1
    • Summit – 1
    • Weld - 2
    • Fuera del estado- 3 (Actualmente en estos condados:)
      • Routt - 1
      • En espera de información - 2

    Residente/Visitante:

    • Residentes: 20
    • Visitantes: 3

    Género:

    • Femenino: 10
    • Masculino: 13

    Para asegurar la rapidez en reportar los presuntos casos positivos, el estado debe proveer estadísticas generales tan pronto sea posible en el siguiente website.


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