COVID-19 Dial Status

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JCPH issued public health order PHO 21-001 - Simplified COVID-19 Dial (First Amended) to help guide the county through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and into a full reopening. The local order is effective through August 15, 2021.

Jefferson County is operating under Phase 2 – Observation Period from May 16-August 15. Jefferson County, along with other Metro Denver counties, moved to a new Level on the Dial — Level Clear. In Level Clear, businesses may operate at 100 percent capacity with no mitigation requirements, with the exception of statewide mask requirements in certain high risk settings for unvaccinated individuals and any other requirements set by the State of Colorado or Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

During the observation period, rather than focusing on incidence rates or test positivity rates, JCPH will closely monitor hospitalizations, a health metric indicative of severity of COVID-19 infections. It is expected that by late May vaccination coverage should be sufficient to control COVID-19 transmission in Jeffco. However, if needed, JCPH can apply capacity limits based on hospitalization rates as described in the order. 

Here are Six Things Businesses Should Know as they transition to Level Clear.

Guidance for Our Community

Based on real-world evidence over more than a year of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned and are now armed with clear, simple ways to stay safer and prevent COVID-19:
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and vaccination is the best way to prevent COVID-19. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.
  • Masks work to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, and anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask especially in higher risk settings, such as when around large groups of people.
  • If you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, maintaining social distancing of 6 ft. from people you don’t live with can help keep you safe.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested as soon as possible, even if you are vaccinated. If you test positive, isolate yourself to prevent spreading the virus to others who may not be vaccinated.
  • Everyday steps like regular handwashing, keeping high-touch surfaces clean and disinfected, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when you’re sick will help stop the spread of germs and keep you and your loved ones healthy.

Guidance for Businesses

Effective May 16, Jefferson County and counties across the Denver Metro Area moved to Level Clear. Here are Six Things Businesses Should Know as they transition to Level Clear. In addition, businesses can view "Best Practices for Preventing COVID-19 (PDF)." 

Businesses can still require COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as continued mask wearing and social distancing, even if they are not required by the county or state. JCPH supports the rights of all businesses to determine how best to protect their customers and employees given their specific business environment and requests that residents respectfully comply when visiting any business.

Five-Star Certification Program

With PHO 21-001, the county’s Five-Star Certification Program for businesses is suspended. If at any point Jeffco has to return to a higher Dial Level, Five-Star businesses would be permitted to operate at one level lower on the Dial.