Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
As of Sept. 15, 2021, PHO 21-001 (the Simplified Dial) has expired in Jefferson County. However, just because there is not a COVID-19 dial in place doesn’t mean there aren’t important steps we should take as a community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance for Our Community
Based on real-world evidence, we have learned and are now armed with clear, simple ways to stay safer and prevent COVID-19. Layering these strategies is the best way to get the most protection for yourself, your loved ones and your community.
- Get vaccinated.
- 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.
- There are many ways to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and vaccines are widely available at many locations and times across the county. COVID-19 vaccines are free, and no insurance is required. No ID necessary.
- Visit a JCPH COVID-19 vaccination clinic near you. Walk-ups are welcome. Click here to find a location near you.
- On August 12, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended Emergency Use Authorizations for both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of an additional dose after the first two doses in certain immunocompromised people. JCPH is only offering third doses to immunocompromised individuals and not to the general public at this time.
- According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it’s anticipated that pending FDA approval and official guidance from CDC and ACIP, third doses will be available for all Americans as soon as the week of September 20. JCPH will share more information with residents when available.
- Mask up.
- Masks work to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, and following CDC guidance, everyone should wear a mask in indoor public settings (regardless of vaccination status) to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19, especially the more transmissible Delta variant.
- Currently all Coloradans age 12 and older have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, but please remember masks are required in certain places:
- Indoors in schools and childcare settings in Jeffco per PHO 21-002.
- CDPHE’s Sixth Amended Public Health Order 20-38 requires unvaccinated people to wear masks in specific settings, including medical facilities (including long term care facilities), homeless shelters, prisons, and jails. The state also requires universal mask use for staff, visitors, and residents in residential care facilities regardless of vaccination status.
- Everyone age 2 and older must still wear masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. This is required by federal law for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
- Get tested.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested as soon as possible, even if you are vaccinated. If you are exposed to a COVID-19 case, get tested 3-5 days after the exposure. Please see locations where you can get tested in Jeffco.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and testing is the most accurate when symptoms are present. Symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Keep your distance.
- Maintain at least 6-ft. distancing from those not in your household, especially if you aren’t sure about their vaccination status or if you yourself are unvaccinated.
- Keeping your distance can help keep you — and others — safe.
- Take everyday prevention steps.
- The things you do every day — 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
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. For more information, view "Best Practices for Preventing COVID-19 (PDF)."