Jefferson County, Colo. — Along with other counties in the Denver Metro region, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will allow the county’s extension of the Stay-at-Home order to expire at midnight on May 8. This means that on May 9, Critical Businesses can remain open, and many non-Critical Businesses can begin to open with some restrictions according to the state’s Safer-at-Home order.
“Our community has taken the steps needed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 these past few months, and has continued to be diligent about social distancing precautions during the extended Stay-at-Home period in Jeffco,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, Executive Director of JCPH. “It was not easy for anyone, but progress has been made, especially in these last few weeks.”
Since the local extension of the Stay-At-Home order began on April 27, access to COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) has improved, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) providing additional testing and PPE to local providers and test sites. Before May 9, JCPH will also have a plan in partnership with the Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer — a network of health and medical volunteers — so we can train and rapidly expand capacity for COVID-19 disease tracking and contact tracing.
“With this progress, we feel more confident in easing restrictions and getting back to business,” Johnson said. “We have been working very closely with the Jefferson County business community to ensure they have the public health guidance and resources they need, and to get valuable feedback on our overall approach for safely reopening. This is an important next step in this response and as we look ahead to recovery, and we are very grateful for our partnership with business leaders.”
Over the past week, JCPH — in collaboration with CDPHE, county and city leadership, the Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center and local Chambers of Commerce — has worked to develop public health guidance for businesses, including requirements for all businesses as well as specific guidance for a variety of industry sectors. We have also developed “Open for Business,” a new campaign to help local businesses show their commitment to keeping their customers and employees safe as they reopen. The complete guidance and resource hub for businesses is available on our website at www.jeffco.us/safer-at-home.
While many businesses will be changing how they operate due to the pandemic, it is important to remember that many of the actions required under the Stay-at-Home order still apply under the new Safer-at-Home level.
Individuals are strongly advised to continue staying at home to the greatest extent possible, only interacting with household contacts and only leaving for essential activities. People at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as people 65 and older, should continue to stay at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary.
In addition, everyone should continue to take these disease prevention actions:
For more information about the Safer-at-Home level, visit www.jeffco.us/safer-at-home or covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.