As we’ve shared with our residents, Jefferson County is seeing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. Since the county’s variance was approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), we’ve gone from 317 cases (probable and confirmed) in the two weeks leading up to June 7, to 671 total cases for the weeks of July 15-28. With this increase, the county has surpassed its two-week threshold of 580 cases set forth in its first variance, causing the variance to be at risk of being rescinded. Now more than ever, we need our Jeffco residents to stay strong and come together to slow the spread so we can keep our businesses and community open.
There are some known behaviors that are contributing to the current increase in cases in Jeffco. For example, many people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have reported to JCPH case investigators that:
Similar to the state, we are seeing a rise in cases among young adults ages 20-39. In fact, in recent weeks, almost half of new cases have been among this age group.
The county’s first variance allowed many types of businesses and venues to operate with more relaxed restrictions than the state’s Safer-at-Home order (PHO 20-28). If the variance is rescinded, major impacts would include:
Jefferson County also submitted a request for a second variance on June 18, which would further open businesses. However, due to the rise in cases across the state, CDPHE has put a pause on reviewing variance applications. The county’s second variance application will not move forward if we cannot reduce our cases below the state’s limits.
JCPH took quick action and is currently implementing a mitigation plan to help decrease our cases below the state’s threshold. Some of our actions include:
Everyone can help keep our businesses open and community safe by taking the following actions: