COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information from the City of Golden

Stay-at-home Order Issued by Jeffco and Neighboring Counties as well as the State

Three public health departments serving more than 2 million residents across the Metro Denver region joined together to issue Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders in their counties, effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 17 unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time.

Consistent with the new public health order from Jefferson County, the City is closing all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters and Fossil Trace Golf Course. The City parks themselves will remain open for the purposes of allowing essential exercise to the public, but only in groups of four or less, and everyone should maintain proper social distancing practices when meeting other individuals on trails and in parks.

Governor Polis also announced a statewide Stay-At-Home order effective March 26 through April 11.

Learn more about both orders and read the orders in their entirety below under Local and State Updates.

For questions about the new Stay-at-Home order, please call JCPH at 303 232-6301 or email HealthEPR@jeffco.us.

2nd Community Briefing and Live Q&A - March 25 at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m.,Mayor Laura Weinberg and City Manager Jason Slowinski provided a virtual update and Q&A session. If you missed the live update, you can watch it now on YouTube or Facebook. The briefing will also air again on Comcast Channel 880 and GCO.tv.

Closures and Cancellations Extended

Golden Update: March 21, 2020 -- This past week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) ordered all events and gatherings of more than ten people canceled or postponed until May 11th and ordered specific businesses to be closed to the public though April 30. The City of Golden is following all state public health guidelines and orders. (covid19.colorado.gov)

The Mayor of Golden is encouraging businesses to implement work from home policies and to begin delivery of goods or curbside pickup to the greatest extent possible. Individuals are encouraged to engage in only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being such as getting groceries or carryout meals, obtaining medical supplies and medication, and engaging in outdoor activities as long as social distancing practices are followed.

The City Offers Options for Businesses Filing Sales Tax

Business sales taxes are due on Friday, March 20, 2020. However, if you reach out to the City's Finance Department before March 31, 2020 we will offer additional options for businesses to file sales tax payments to assist businesses struggling with cash flow: 1) businesses can set up payment plans for sales tax payments due, and 2) waive any penalties associated with failure to pay on time. Businesses should contact the Finance Department sales tax at 303-384-8024 or salestax@cityofgolden.net to make these arrangements.

City of Golden Coronavirus Community Briefing

Messaging, closures, and rules are changing rapidly as the threat from the COVID-19 virus increases. The City of Golden is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

On Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m., the Mayor and City Manager held a virtual community meeting to discuss what steps are being taken here in Golden and what’s to come. The meeting was streamed live on Comcast Channel 880 and on Facebook and questions were taken from the community on the Facebook live stream. If you missed the broadcast, we invite you to watch a recording of it now on one of the following platforms:

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 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. We are still conducting business, you can reach us at our phone number 303-384-8000 and our email address cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net.
  • The City closed the Golden History Museum and all recreation facilities (including the Golden Community Center, outdoor athletic fields, Tony Grampsas Gymnasium, and all programs and classes) on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Community Center will be closed until further notice per an order from the state that all gyms be closed through April. We hope to open the Museum earlier. During this time, we will be constantly monitoring the situation. If you are a Community Center passholder, please see the GCC Closure Information below.
  • 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.

Cancellations

  • We have postponed non-essential meetings and will reschedule gatherings that are not critical to our core operations. Advisory Boards and Commissions will be asked to postpone their work and other non-essential meetings. Our City Council meetings are still planned to be held virtually, although dates have changed. Please visit our Agendas and Meetings page for dates of upcoming meetings.
  • All employee travel for City business has been suspended. This action has been taken to avoid unnecessary exposure of our employees to large groups.

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

  • Building Permits are available by phone or email at 303-384-8151 or building@cityofgolden.net and you can download a building permit application. 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.

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

  • Golden Municipal Court is postponing cases, including those scheduled for March 30 and throughout April, and rescheduling them for a future date. City staff will be making direct contact with those that might have an upcoming scheduled court date.

Special Election

  • We have been in contact with Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder about our scheduled special election on April 27. It is a mail-in ballot election already but if there is a need for absentee ballots, we will address it well before the election.

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.

Stay-at-home Order Issued by Jeffco and Neighboring Counties as well as the State

Three public health departments serving more than 2 million residents across the Metro Denver region joined together to issue Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders in their counties, effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 17 unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time.

Consistent with the new public health order from Jefferson County, the City is closing all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters and Fossil Trace Golf Course. The City parks themselves will remain open for the purposes of allowing essential exercise to the public, but only in groups of four or less, and everyone should maintain proper social distancing practices when meeting other individuals on trails and in parks.

Governor Polis also announced a statewide Stay-At-Home order effective March 26 through April 11.

Learn more about both orders and read the orders in their entirety below under Local and State Updates.

For questions about the new Stay-at-Home order, please call JCPH at 303 232-6301 or email HealthEPR@jeffco.us.

2nd Community Briefing and Live Q&A - March 25 at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m.,Mayor Laura Weinberg and City Manager Jason Slowinski provided a virtual update and Q&A session. If you missed the live update, you can watch it now on YouTube or Facebook. The briefing will also air again on Comcast Channel 880 and GCO.tv.

Closures and Cancellations Extended

Golden Update: March 21, 2020 -- This past week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) ordered all events and gatherings of more than ten people canceled or postponed until May 11th and ordered specific businesses to be closed to the public though April 30. The City of Golden is following all state public health guidelines and orders. (covid19.colorado.gov)

The Mayor of Golden is encouraging businesses to implement work from home policies and to begin delivery of goods or curbside pickup to the greatest extent possible. Individuals are encouraged to engage in only those essential activities necessary to promote health and well-being such as getting groceries or carryout meals, obtaining medical supplies and medication, and engaging in outdoor activities as long as social distancing practices are followed.

The City Offers Options for Businesses Filing Sales Tax

Business sales taxes are due on Friday, March 20, 2020. However, if you reach out to the City's Finance Department before March 31, 2020 we will offer additional options for businesses to file sales tax payments to assist businesses struggling with cash flow: 1) businesses can set up payment plans for sales tax payments due, and 2) waive any penalties associated with failure to pay on time. Businesses should contact the Finance Department sales tax at 303-384-8024 or salestax@cityofgolden.net to make these arrangements.

City of Golden Coronavirus Community Briefing

Messaging, closures, and rules are changing rapidly as the threat from the COVID-19 virus increases. The City of Golden is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

On Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m., the Mayor and City Manager held a virtual community meeting to discuss what steps are being taken here in Golden and what’s to come. The meeting was streamed live on Comcast Channel 880 and on Facebook and questions were taken from the community on the Facebook live stream. If you missed the broadcast, we invite you to watch a recording of it now on one of the following platforms:

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 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. We are still conducting business, you can reach us at our phone number 303-384-8000 and our email address cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net.
  • The City closed the Golden History Museum and all recreation facilities (including the Golden Community Center, outdoor athletic fields, Tony Grampsas Gymnasium, and all programs and classes) on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Community Center will be closed until further notice per an order from the state that all gyms be closed through April. We hope to open the Museum earlier. During this time, we will be constantly monitoring the situation. If you are a Community Center passholder, please see the GCC Closure Information below.
  • 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.

Cancellations

  • We have postponed non-essential meetings and will reschedule gatherings that are not critical to our core operations. Advisory Boards and Commissions will be asked to postpone their work and other non-essential meetings. Our City Council meetings are still planned to be held virtually, although dates have changed. Please visit our Agendas and Meetings page for dates of upcoming meetings.
  • All employee travel for City business has been suspended. This action has been taken to avoid unnecessary exposure of our employees to large groups.

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

  • Building Permits are available by phone or email at 303-384-8151 or building@cityofgolden.net and you can download a building permit application. 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.

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

  • Golden Municipal Court is postponing cases, including those scheduled for March 30 and throughout April, and rescheduling them for a future date. City staff will be making direct contact with those that might have an upcoming scheduled court date.

Special Election

  • We have been in contact with Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder about our scheduled special election on April 27. It is a mail-in ballot election already but if there is a need for absentee ballots, we will address it well before the election.

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.

  • Colorado Mask Campaign

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    On Friday, April 3, Governor Polis announced the Colorado Mask Campaign encouraging Coloradans to wear non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essential business.


    When does the campaign start?

    The campaign starts Friday April 3.


    When does the campaign end?

    We want every Coloradan to have a non-medical mask (e.g., scarf, bandana) by April 15. Everyone should wear a mask when outside of their home for necessary activities.


    There is new evidence that people can spread the virus while being asymptomatic. Although staying at home is still the best way to prevent the spread, when you need to leave your house for necessities or if you work in a critical, non-medical field, wearing a bandana or non-medical mask made of cloth on your face can help prevent the spread to others if you have the virus. Because of the lack of medical-grade masks that are so crucial to protecting health care providers on the front lines, it is paramount that these types of masks not be sought after or used by the general public.


    Are you doing this because of the President’s announcement?

    We are doing this because it is the best thing for Colorado. This should help in our effort to increase physical distancing between people, and therefore reduce the spread of the disease. We all should be committed to do everything we can to not only keep vulnerable people safe, but help prevent our doctors and nurses from being overwhelmed by this pandemic.


    Why is this campaign necessary? What is the science behind it?

    The CDC has announced that up to 1 in 4 people infected with COVID are asymptomatic and spreading infected respiratory droplets. If people wear face coverings, it will help reduce spread.


    Many people are not aware that they are spreading COVID-19 because they don’t have symptoms, or their symptoms are mild. A face covering helps lower the risk of spreading by someone who may be sick and not realize it.


    Is wearing a mask encouraging or is the Governor requiring Coloradans wear it?

    The Governor is encouraging all Coloradans to wear a cloth face coverings when going out in public. Please DO NOT go out and buy surgical masks - those are needed by our healthcare workers and first responders. If this recommendation leads to a run on surgical masks, taking them from those who need them, then we have hurt more than helped.

    In the past, health experts have said that healthy people should not wear a mask? Why now? what has changed?

    With up to 25% of people not knowing they may be carrying COVID-19, it is a good idea to have everyone wear a face covering to reduce the spread.


    Face coverings are also a good reminder not to touch your face. Wearing a face covering will prevent you from touching your own face and make you aware of how often you are tempted to touch your nose and mouth.


    Will this take away from health professionals that desperately need the supplies?

    No, we are prioritizing N95 and surgical masks for front-line health care professionals only. We are recommending everyone else wear cloth face coverings.


    What's the difference between a cloth mask and a N-95? Do they work the same, and if not, why should people wear a cloth mask?

    N95 respirators look like a face mask but are designed to prevent transmission of at least 95% of droplets. They are manufactured with a special material and have a tight seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical masks are also made from a special material, but they don’t provide a seal around the nose and mouth, so they are not as effective as N95 masks. Both N95 and surgical masks must be reserved for health care workers and first responders to protect them when they come into contact with COVID-19 patients.


    Cloth face coverings can be worn to reduce the spread of large droplets. They can help prevent “community spread” when people travel from their homes for necessary activities like grocery shopping.


    If N-95 masks are better to prevent the spread, why not provide those for critical workers like grocery store workers?

    There is a global shortage of N-95 masks. The state is working with urgency to acquire all the PPE and N-95 masks we need for all of our essential workers, beginning with front-line health care workers.


    Is this campaign for the whole state?

    Yes.


    How will this be enforced?

    We are asking Coloradans to do this voluntarily and to help their neighbors. As a community we must work together to protect our most vulnerable community members, sustain our health care system for the months ahead and slow the spread of COVID-19. It is good for all of us.


    When you say people should wear for necessary activities what does that mean?

    CDPHE has outlined a number of necessary activities that people can engage in outside their homes while the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order remains in place. These activities include things like grocery shopping, purchasing supplies for your residence, taking care of a family member or loved one at another location, and recreation close to home. You can find the complete description of Necessary Activities in Public Health Order 20-24 .


    Remember, Social Distancing Requirements must be observed at all times, even when engaging in Necessary Activities.


    Should people wear a mask to walk their dogs or workout?

    We want to make it the norm to wear a face covering for the duration of the COVID-19 response, so please wear your non-medical mask whenever you leave your home.


    Should kids wear a mask?

    Yes, they should wear ones that fit their face. This is a great way to engage kids in helping on COVID. Have them decorate their masks, use fun fabrics, and encourage their friends to do it.


    What about homeless people, will they be provided masks?

    We are working with private partners who are donating at least 100,000 masks a week and will distribute those masks to homeless service providers who can help us get masks to every Coloradan, including people experiencing homelessness


    What if I can’t afford a mask, where can I get one?

    There is no need to buy a mask! You can repurpose a t-shirt, a dish towel, a bandana, or other fabric item into a mask that fits your face! There are great instructions online at coloradomaskproject.com.


    Will businesses be required to provide masks for their employees?

    We ask that all critical businesses ask their employees to wear face coverings, and we hope that they help provide them. We all must work together to protect our most vulnerable community members, sustain our health care system for the months ahead and slow the spread of COVID-19.


    If someone is wearing a mask, do they still need to be 6ft apart?

    Yes! This is a new PART of our infection reduction strategy. Maintaining 6ft of physical distance is still absolutely important!


    Can I go out to buy fabric to make masks?
    No, please don’t. There is no reason to purchase new supplies. Instead use fabric you already have. A t-shirt, a dish cloth, or a bandana is perfect. Staying home is still #1!


    Are you doing this because of the President’s announcement?

    We are doing this because it is the best thing for Colorado. This should help in our effort to increase physical distancing between people, and therefore reduce the spread of the disease. We all should be committed to do everything we can to not only keep vulnerable people safe, but help prevent our doctors and nurses from being overwhelmed by this pandemic.

    On Friday, April 3, Governor Polis announced the Colorado Mask Campaign encouraging Coloradans to wear non-medical cloth face coverings when leaving the home for essential business.


    When does the campaign start?

    The campaign starts Friday April 3.


    When does the campaign end?

    We want every Coloradan to have a non-medical mask (e.g., scarf, bandana) by April 15. Everyone should wear a mask when outside of their home for necessary activities.


    There is new evidence that people can spread the virus while being asymptomatic. Although staying at home is still the best way to prevent the spread, when you need to leave your house for necessities or if you work in a critical, non-medical field, wearing a bandana or non-medical mask made of cloth on your face can help prevent the spread to others if you have the virus. Because of the lack of medical-grade masks that are so crucial to protecting health care providers on the front lines, it is paramount that these types of masks not be sought after or used by the general public.


    Are you doing this because of the President’s announcement?

    We are doing this because it is the best thing for Colorado. This should help in our effort to increase physical distancing between people, and therefore reduce the spread of the disease. We all should be committed to do everything we can to not only keep vulnerable people safe, but help prevent our doctors and nurses from being overwhelmed by this pandemic.


    Why is this campaign necessary? What is the science behind it?

    The CDC has announced that up to 1 in 4 people infected with COVID are asymptomatic and spreading infected respiratory droplets. If people wear face coverings, it will help reduce spread.


    Many people are not aware that they are spreading COVID-19 because they don’t have symptoms, or their symptoms are mild. A face covering helps lower the risk of spreading by someone who may be sick and not realize it.


    Is wearing a mask encouraging or is the Governor requiring Coloradans wear it?

    The Governor is encouraging all Coloradans to wear a cloth face coverings when going out in public. Please DO NOT go out and buy surgical masks - those are needed by our healthcare workers and first responders. If this recommendation leads to a run on surgical masks, taking them from those who need them, then we have hurt more than helped.

    In the past, health experts have said that healthy people should not wear a mask? Why now? what has changed?

    With up to 25% of people not knowing they may be carrying COVID-19, it is a good idea to have everyone wear a face covering to reduce the spread.


    Face coverings are also a good reminder not to touch your face. Wearing a face covering will prevent you from touching your own face and make you aware of how often you are tempted to touch your nose and mouth.


    Will this take away from health professionals that desperately need the supplies?

    No, we are prioritizing N95 and surgical masks for front-line health care professionals only. We are recommending everyone else wear cloth face coverings.


    What's the difference between a cloth mask and a N-95? Do they work the same, and if not, why should people wear a cloth mask?

    N95 respirators look like a face mask but are designed to prevent transmission of at least 95% of droplets. They are manufactured with a special material and have a tight seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical masks are also made from a special material, but they don’t provide a seal around the nose and mouth, so they are not as effective as N95 masks. Both N95 and surgical masks must be reserved for health care workers and first responders to protect them when they come into contact with COVID-19 patients.


    Cloth face coverings can be worn to reduce the spread of large droplets. They can help prevent “community spread” when people travel from their homes for necessary activities like grocery shopping.


    If N-95 masks are better to prevent the spread, why not provide those for critical workers like grocery store workers?

    There is a global shortage of N-95 masks. The state is working with urgency to acquire all the PPE and N-95 masks we need for all of our essential workers, beginning with front-line health care workers.


    Is this campaign for the whole state?

    Yes.


    How will this be enforced?

    We are asking Coloradans to do this voluntarily and to help their neighbors. As a community we must work together to protect our most vulnerable community members, sustain our health care system for the months ahead and slow the spread of COVID-19. It is good for all of us.


    When you say people should wear for necessary activities what does that mean?

    CDPHE has outlined a number of necessary activities that people can engage in outside their homes while the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order remains in place. These activities include things like grocery shopping, purchasing supplies for your residence, taking care of a family member or loved one at another location, and recreation close to home. You can find the complete description of Necessary Activities in Public Health Order 20-24 .


    Remember, Social Distancing Requirements must be observed at all times, even when engaging in Necessary Activities.


    Should people wear a mask to walk their dogs or workout?

    We want to make it the norm to wear a face covering for the duration of the COVID-19 response, so please wear your non-medical mask whenever you leave your home.


    Should kids wear a mask?

    Yes, they should wear ones that fit their face. This is a great way to engage kids in helping on COVID. Have them decorate their masks, use fun fabrics, and encourage their friends to do it.


    What about homeless people, will they be provided masks?

    We are working with private partners who are donating at least 100,000 masks a week and will distribute those masks to homeless service providers who can help us get masks to every Coloradan, including people experiencing homelessness


    What if I can’t afford a mask, where can I get one?

    There is no need to buy a mask! You can repurpose a t-shirt, a dish towel, a bandana, or other fabric item into a mask that fits your face! There are great instructions online at coloradomaskproject.com.


    Will businesses be required to provide masks for their employees?

    We ask that all critical businesses ask their employees to wear face coverings, and we hope that they help provide them. We all must work together to protect our most vulnerable community members, sustain our health care system for the months ahead and slow the spread of COVID-19.


    If someone is wearing a mask, do they still need to be 6ft apart?

    Yes! This is a new PART of our infection reduction strategy. Maintaining 6ft of physical distance is still absolutely important!


    Can I go out to buy fabric to make masks?
    No, please don’t. There is no reason to purchase new supplies. Instead use fabric you already have. A t-shirt, a dish cloth, or a bandana is perfect. Staying home is still #1!


    Are you doing this because of the President’s announcement?

    We are doing this because it is the best thing for Colorado. This should help in our effort to increase physical distancing between people, and therefore reduce the spread of the disease. We all should be committed to do everything we can to not only keep vulnerable people safe, but help prevent our doctors and nurses from being overwhelmed by this pandemic.

  • RTD COVID-19 Service Plan

    4 days ago

    RTD’s Board of Directors recently approved a 40% reduction in service beginning April 19 in reaction to an unprecedented 70% drop in ridership amid the Coronavirus lockdowns. RTD will run buses every day on a Saturday and Regional schedule and light rail trains on a Sunday schedule. The transit service had already been suffering an operator shortage before the Coronavirus reached Colorado. Most bus and train operators have been working mandated six-day work weeks. The new schedule will go into effect on April 19th. The Approved Service Change Plan is now available.

    RTD Service Changes and Golden

    RAIL

    The W line from the Jeffco Government Center to Union Station will operate on a supplemented Sunday schedule.

    BUS

    The 16 bus route will operate as follows:

    • Weekdays: Saturday service schedule with no service between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
    • Saturdays: No service between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
    • Sundays: No service between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.

    The 16L will not operate at all during the COVID -19 service plan change.

    The Regional GS bus line that runs between the Federal Center and Boulder, through Golden, will limit to two trips in the morning, and two in the afternoon during peak hours each way on weekdays.

    ACCESS-A-RIDE & FOOD DELIVERY

    Food Delivery service is available to Access-a-Ride customers. You are still able to book trips for essential purposes, including to purchase groceries. RTD now offers grocery pickup to your home from select locations. You must call or go online to set up your order and pickup time yourself. Visit Access-a-Ride for more information.

    RTD’s Board of Directors recently approved a 40% reduction in service beginning April 19 in reaction to an unprecedented 70% drop in ridership amid the Coronavirus lockdowns. RTD will run buses every day on a Saturday and Regional schedule and light rail trains on a Sunday schedule. The transit service had already been suffering an operator shortage before the Coronavirus reached Colorado. Most bus and train operators have been working mandated six-day work weeks. The new schedule will go into effect on April 19th. The Approved Service Change Plan is now available.

    RTD Service Changes and Golden

    RAIL

    The W line from the Jeffco Government Center to Union Station will operate on a supplemented Sunday schedule.

    BUS

    The 16 bus route will operate as follows:

    • Weekdays: Saturday service schedule with no service between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
    • Saturdays: No service between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
    • Sundays: No service between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.

    The 16L will not operate at all during the COVID -19 service plan change.

    The Regional GS bus line that runs between the Federal Center and Boulder, through Golden, will limit to two trips in the morning, and two in the afternoon during peak hours each way on weekdays.

    ACCESS-A-RIDE & FOOD DELIVERY

    Food Delivery service is available to Access-a-Ride customers. You are still able to book trips for essential purposes, including to purchase groceries. RTD now offers grocery pickup to your home from select locations. You must call or go online to set up your order and pickup time yourself. Visit Access-a-Ride for more information.

  • Golden Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

    6 days ago

    Golden, Colo. – March 31, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Golden Fire Department (GFD) is imposing temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. The restrictions are in place to reduce the likelihood of the City’s firefighting resources going toward battling wildfires and in turn, creating another opportunity for virus exposure. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent but in conjunction with fire restriction orders in Jefferson County.

    All open burning, including bonfires; open flame torches and welding in wildfire risk areas and model rockets are...

    Golden, Colo. – March 31, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Golden Fire Department (GFD) is imposing temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. The restrictions are in place to reduce the likelihood of the City’s firefighting resources going toward battling wildfires and in turn, creating another opportunity for virus exposure. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent but in conjunction with fire restriction orders in Jefferson County.

    All open burning, including bonfires; open flame torches and welding in wildfire risk areas and model rockets are prohibited. Also banned is the use of recreational fires within 30 feet of undeveloped areas including green belts and open space lands. Smoking within six feet of any outdoor area not cleared of combustible vegetation is also prohibited.

    Exceptions to these temporary restrictions include: supervised public fireworks displays by a state licensed operator (subject to specific GFD operational permit requirements); outdoor cooking fires contained within commercial gas fueled grills, enclosed wood or wood pellet grills or smokers; enclosed outdoor fireplaces or chimineas; powered yard equipment for landscape purposes; any federal, state or local law enforcement officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

    The fire restrictions will remain in effect indefinitely. Fire Chief Alicia Welch will continue to monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, state/county/city mandated guidelines, and the weather – and reassess as necessary.



  • Jeffco Public Health Adopts State Stay at Home Order

    11 days ago

    JCPH: March 26, 2020 - Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department applaud Gov. Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for issuing a Stay at Home PublicHealth Order effective Mar. 26 to protect the health and safety of our communities.

    After much discussion and consideration, our three local health departments have decided to rescind our local level Orders and formally adopt the state’s Order. We believe this action will ensure social distancing requirements are consistent across the state, and that our communities are not confused by multiple Orders.

    JCPH: March 26, 2020 - Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department applaud Gov. Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for issuing a Stay at Home PublicHealth Order effective Mar. 26 to protect the health and safety of our communities.

    After much discussion and consideration, our three local health departments have decided to rescind our local level Orders and formally adopt the state’s Order. We believe this action will ensure social distancing requirements are consistent across the state, and that our communities are not confused by multiple Orders.

    For general questions about COVID-19: Community members can 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.

    For more information about COVID-19 in your county:

  • Gov. Polis Announces Statewide Stay-At-Home Order, Provides Update on Colorado Response to COVID-19

    11 days ago

    CENTENNIAL: March 25, 2020 - Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus.

    “Coloradans are living through a global pandemic and this decision was made to help save lives,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We will continue doing everything we can to get the resources Colorado needs to address COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. In true Colorado spirit, we’re seeing...

    CENTENNIAL: March 25, 2020 - Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus.

    “Coloradans are living through a global pandemic and this decision was made to help save lives,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We will continue doing everything we can to get the resources Colorado needs to address COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. In true Colorado spirit, we’re seeing our friends, family and neighbors rise to the challenge, donating their time, money or extra supplies to support relief efforts at the state and local levels. We are in this together and this is the season to stay at home to save lives.”

    This executive order means Coloradans should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities including:

    · Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine

    · Going to and from work if you are a critical employee

    · Seeking medical care

    · Caring for dependents or pets

    · Caring for a vulnerable person in another location

    · Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open

    · Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

    Colorado continues facing a shortage of resources in addressing this pandemic, which is why the Governor sent a letter to the Trump administration urging the president to declare a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado. A major disaster declaration would free up resources for medical care, housing, unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, hazard mitigation and more. California, Washington and New York have received these declarations.

    While the state is facing a shortage of resources, Coloradans are stepping up to try and fill the gap. More than 7,000 Coloradans have already signed up to volunteer on www.helpcoloradonow.org, nearly 1,300 of which have medical training. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund has also raised more than $7 million since launching late last week.

    Gov. Polis requested and received dual-status commander authority to ensure unity of command, allowing regular, federal military units to be controlled by a single commander representing the Governor. This will help to eliminate confusion and conflict and allow the state to streamline the utilization of military personnel in this response.

    The Governor announced that the state lab has eliminated its backlog and there will be new labs coming online at the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University Hospital, and Children’s Hospital. The Governor thanked CSU and CU for their willingness to test the personal protective equipment the private sector is ramping up that the state needs now.

    Governor Polis also provided an update on the federal stimulus package which included $377 billion for small business loans and grants, $1200 in direct cash assistance to Americans based on income eligibility.

    The Governor also provided an update on the Innovation Response Team, introducing two new members: Lucy Sanders and Tim Miller. Lucy is theCEO and a co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technologyand will head up Isolation Services. The objective is to provide people who are in self-isolation or home quarantine with critical supplies like food and access to health care, and also ancillary services to make their at-home experience as comfortable as possible. Tim Miller is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rally Software and will head the Software Development Team. The objective is to build applications and web sites for both government and citizens to manage all aspects of the crisis, and provide the state with key data.

    The Governor also noted that the Innovation Response Team is working as hard as they can to identify manufacturers and supply chains, but urged the private sector to help in this effort.


  • Three Metro Denver Public Health Departments Issue Stay-At-Home Orders to Stop Spread of COVID-19

    12 days ago
    For questions about the new Stay-at-Home order, please call JCPH at 303 232-6301 or email HealthEPR@jeffco.us.
    Jefferson County, Colo. — Three public health departments serving more than 2 million residents across the Metro Denver region joined together to issue Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders in their counties today, effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 17 unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time.

    The departments include Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health...
    For questions about the new Stay-at-Home order, please call JCPH at 303 232-6301 or email HealthEPR@jeffco.us.
    Jefferson County, Colo. — Three public health departments serving more than 2 million residents across the Metro Denver region joined together to issue Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders in their counties today, effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 17 unless officials determine it is in the interest of public health to expire at an earlier date and time.

    The departments include Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department (which serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties).

    “There is widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the Metro Denver area, and we must take bold actions to stop the spread of this virus,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, executive director of Tri-County Health Department. “With each passing day, we run a growing risk of greater transmission and illness and quickly overwhelming our hospitals, which are really a resource for our entire region and state. When this happens, not everyone may get the care they need. It’s a real possibility in Colorado — and a situation which has already occurred in countries such as Italy — and which is threatening to happen in major U.S. cities in other areas of our country. We understand the toll that measures to address the pandemic are having on our communities, and we want to reassure residents that this step is temporary, and a critical one to get us closer to recovery.”

    These Stay-At-Home Orders are in addition to other recently issued public health orders that promote social distancing, such as those from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. While beneficial, we do not believe they have done enough to slow transmission. The Stay-At-Home Orders go a step further by requiring individuals to do their part by staying at home and away from others. The Public Health Orders require that all people in each county stay at their place of residence, and that they make every effort possible to conduct only essential activities necessary to maintain health and well-being, such as getting groceries, obtaining medical supplies or medication, and/or engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running while following other social distancing practices. Work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing, is also permitted. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except to seek medical care.

    “Scientific evidence shows that we must act now, at this stage of the COVID-19 emergency, in order to save lives in the long-run. It will give us the time we need to test comprehensively and to slow the spread of the virus to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director.

    “The virus is easily spread through person-to-person contact, and the risk of transmission is much greater when people are in close proximity,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Jefferson County Public Health executive director. “This order will help protect everyone in our community by ensuring social distancing measures are followed. By taking this action now, we can start to flatten the pandemic curve.”

    During the stay-at-home period, we encourage our communities to stay connected with one another and take steps to maintain health and well-being. Here are some ideas:

    • Call or video chat with friends, neighbors and family.
    • Go for a walk outside, but keep at least 6 feet away from others.
    • Plan a family game night with people who already live in your home.
    • Read a good book, listen to music or stream a favorite show.
    • Cook a healthy meal.
    • Get a head-start on spring cleaning.
    • Do arts and crafts — get creative and use what’s available in your home

    *This is not a comprehensive list. Please refer to the orders for a complete list of essential activities and services, as well as social distancing requirements.
  • Gov. Polis: Colorado is Leading by Example and Taking Action to Address COVID-19

    14 days ago
    CENTENNIAL: March 22, 2020 - Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19. Today he signed an executive order directing all of Colorado’s non-critical employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 50 percent. In accordance with the executive order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is also issuing a public health order.

    “As long as I am in a position to lead Colorado’s response, I will continue to take bold steps and do everything in my power to protect our medical workers, limit the severity and duration of this crisis, and save the lives of...
    CENTENNIAL: March 22, 2020 - Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19. Today he signed an executive order directing all of Colorado’s non-critical employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 50 percent. In accordance with the executive order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is also issuing a public health order.

    “As long as I am in a position to lead Colorado’s response, I will continue to take bold steps and do everything in my power to protect our medical workers, limit the severity and duration of this crisis, and save the lives of Coloradans,” said Governor Jared Polis. “In the short term, Coloradans must heed this order and take this gravely and seriously. But my team is moving as fast as they can to build a new Colorado paradigm to ensure that we can look more like South Korea’s successful containment strategy, and less like the public health disaster that is crippling Italy right now. The virus is here in our communities and we need to respond. And in a vacuum of federal leadership, others need to step up and here in Colorado we are doing and will do just that.”

    The executive order directs all employers to implement tele-work options to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work is not practical or possible, employers are encouraged to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of employees during work hours and to keep employees on payroll.

    This Executive Order does not apply to any employer that can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any part of their work hours. The state as an employer will be meeting this requirement and less than half of non-24 hour facility jobs will be working from the office.

    The order takes effect on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8 a.m. and is set to last through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020. The critical workplaces that are exempt include:
    • Health care operations.
    • Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
    • Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture.
    • Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores.
    • Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues.
    • News Media.
    • Financial Institutions.
    • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
    • Construction.
    • Defense.
    • Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
    • Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
    • “Critical Government Functions.”
    On March 5, CDPHE’s public health laboratory confirmed the first presumptive positive COVID-19 test result in Colorado. Since then, the number of confirmed cases has continued to climb. Colorado needs to take these precautions for the preservation of public health and safety throughout our entire State and to ensure our healthcare delivery system can serve those who are sick. Gov. Polis also launched the state’s Innovation Response Team (IRT) to bring together public and private sector resources and innovations to the state’s emergency response to the COVID-19 virus. The Innovation Response team’s initial focus is ramping up a mass testing program for the COVID-19 virus, creating a suite of services for citizens under isolation or quarantine, developing mobile and other technologies to help track the spread of the virus and support infected citizens, and developing locally-sourced alternatives for constrained critical medical supplies. Matt Blumberg, a technology entrepreneur who founded and led Broomfield-based email technology company Return Path for the past 20 years, will serve as Interim Director. The Governor has also appointed Boulder-based Venture Capitalist Brad Feld as the Chairman of the IRT’s Private Sector Task Force. The IRT will be within the State’s Emergency Operations Center command structure and reports to Stan Hilkey, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The Governor also thanked everyone who is stepping up in the, #DoingMyPartCO social media challenge, who has donated and signed up to volunteer at HelpColoradoNow.org and who has donated blood. To read the executive order, click here. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will release the public health order. To see frequently asked questions, click here.
  • Golden Community Center Closure Information

    16 days ago
    As the spread of COVID-19 continued to gain momentum, The Golden Community Center proactively closed starting Saturday, March 14 to minimize gatherings and help employees and the public distance themselves from each other.

    On March 16, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order to close gyms and other public gathering spaces for 30 days to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The order has since been extended into April, and may be extended further as the situation progresses.

    The public health order will help the state slow and limit the spread of COVID-19...

    As the spread of COVID-19 continued to gain momentum, The Golden Community Center proactively closed starting Saturday, March 14 to minimize gatherings and help employees and the public distance themselves from each other.

    On March 16, The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a public health order to close gyms and other public gathering spaces for 30 days to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The order has since been extended into April, and may be extended further as the situation progresses.

    The public health order will help the state slow and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado communities. In keeping with that order, the Golden Community Center will now be closed until further notice. All classes, programs, rentals and events are cancelled during this time.

    Information for Pass Holders
    • If you have an Annual Pass to the Golden Community Center, your pass is currently suspended and will be extended for the length of the closure.
    • If you have a Monthly Pass, your pass is currently suspended. We will not process any additional monthly payments until after we are able to reopen. In addition, a credit for the second half of March will be applied to your next monthly payment.
    Refunds for classes, programs and events scheduled during this time will be issued in the form of credit to your household account. We ask for your patience with us as we will be processing a much higher volume of refunds than normal and it may take longer. Additional information for specific ongoing programs will be sent to registrants in the coming days.

  • State health department sending testing resources to communities throughout Colorado

    17 days ago

    DENVER, March 20, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is sending testing resources to specific communities that have not yet had testing that will yield vital information about how the disease is spreading. CDPHE is also strongly advising the public: If you have symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), don’t wait for a test to self-isolate.

    The State is expanding testing to include a temporary drive-through site at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds at 10165 County Road 120, Salida, CO on Saturday, March 21. The Colorado National Guard and Chaffee County Public Health are supporting...

    DENVER, March 20, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is sending testing resources to specific communities that have not yet had testing that will yield vital information about how the disease is spreading. CDPHE is also strongly advising the public: If you have symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), don’t wait for a test to self-isolate.

    The State is expanding testing to include a temporary drive-through site at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds at 10165 County Road 120, Salida, CO on Saturday, March 21. The Colorado National Guard and Chaffee County Public Health are supporting these efforts. Chaffee County residents who are symptomatic and have a doctor’s order can show up between noon and 4 p.m. for the test.

    People who come to be tested should know and do the following:

    • Testing is free. Proof of insurance is not required.
    • Bring a written or electronic copy of the doctor’s order. Individuals should not go to their doctor’s office but should call to get an emailed or faxed copy of the order. Bring a form of photo ID (driver’s license, school ID, work badge, etc.) that matches the name on the doctor’s order.
    • If there are multiple people in one vehicle, each person to be tested must have their own doctor’s order.
    • The first 100 people in the queue will have access to the drive-up testing; all other vehicles that arrive after that will be encouraged to seek testing from a private provider. Always call ahead and speak with the health care facility in advance before going there for testing or treatment.
    • Individuals will drive through a secured area and will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire testing process.
    • Be prepared for long wait times. No restrooms will be available. Bring water and other items to be comfortable while waiting.
    • Telephonic interpretation will be available for speakers of other languages.

    CDPHE also plans to send testing resources to other locations next week. CDPHE is prioritizing testing in areas that have not been highly tested to better understand where the disease is occurring and respond. These sites will serve high-risk patients who have been pre-selected by area health care providers. They will not accept walk-up or drive-up patients.

    The state health department is also strongly advising that if you have mild symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with others. Call your health care provider only if your illness becomes more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms. People who are not at high risk of severe illness may not need to be evaluated in person or tested for COVID-19. Not everyone with symptoms will be tested right away.

    If you have mild symptoms, suspect you were exposed, and are either unable to get tested or waiting on test results, please stay home and isolate yourself until:

    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
    • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
    • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

    Anyone in your household you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.

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

  • Jefferson County Public Health COVID-19 Update

    18 days ago

    JCPH - March 19, 2020:

    • As of March 19, the CDC reports there have been 10,442 cases of COVID-19 in 54 jurisdictions in the U.S. (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands). There have been 150 deaths in the U.S. to date.
    • Community transmission is increasing across Colorado.
    • There have been 216 cases ofCOVID-19 in Colorado. There have been two confirmed fatalities.
    • There have been 24 cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. Information is updated on the Jeffco page daily around 5 p.m.
    • On March 18, JCPH, in collaboration with Jefferson County, issued a local...

    JCPH - March 19, 2020:

    • As of March 19, the CDC reports there have been 10,442 cases of COVID-19 in 54 jurisdictions in the U.S. (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands). There have been 150 deaths in the U.S. to date.
    • Community transmission is increasing across Colorado.
    • There have been 216 cases ofCOVID-19 in Colorado. There have been two confirmed fatalities.
    • There have been 24 cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. Information is updated on the Jeffco page daily around 5 p.m.
    • On March 18, JCPH, in collaboration with Jefferson County, issued a local public health order on the temporary closure of restaurants, bars and county buildings. This is aligned with the state’s order issued earlier this week.
    • On March 18, in accordance with CDC guidelines, CDPHE issued a public health order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people.
    • The Governor signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public andprivate schools across the state from March 23 to April 17.
    • Jeffco departments have rallied to help compile new information and resources! The JCPH COVID-19 webpage has a few new sections:
      o COVID-19 Case Summary
      o Closure Information (Includes info about county and public health ordered closures).
      o Info for Public Health Partners & Businesses (Technical guidance and support for restaurants, childcares and more).
      o Jeffco Community Resources