Jefferson County, Colo. – With the release of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) new Dial 3.0 framework and public health order yesterday, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is providing a summary of how the new dial affects businesses and individuals in the county. The department also cautions residents that while Jefferson County is currently under Level Blue: Cautious requirements in Dial 3.0, we will be moved by the state to Level Yellow: Concern in the next several days if COVID-19 case incidence rates stay the same or increase. The new Dial 3.0 is effective March 24 and is expected to remain in place through mid-April.
“We are happy to see the state’s path for helping counties ease back into more normalcy and the activities we love. We’re all looking for these signs of progress and hope,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. “Unfortunately, the reality is we need to see much more improvement in Jeffco before we can fully take advantage of the loosened restrictions. On the same day the state released the new Dial 3.0, Jefferson County exceeded the seven-day COVID-19 case incidence rate limit and buffer allowance for Level Blue.”
The following changes are effective in Jeffco under Dial 3.0’s Level Blue at present. The state and county mask orders remain in effect, and in Jefferson County all residents and visitors are required to wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces when 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained.
During March 16-22, there were 707 cases of COVID-19 (121.3 per 100,000) in Jefferson County. The seven-day COVID-19 case incidence rate limit, including a buffer allowance, for Level Blue is 115 cases per 100,000 people. If cases are not reduced below this limit within five consecutive days, CDPHE will move Jefferson County to Level Yellow and residents will be required to follow those requirements.
“We can prevent this,” Comstock said. “We are asking residents to please stay the course. Do it for the grandparents in our community who still have not been able to meet their newborn grandchildren, for loved ones who have been waiting to celebrate their wedding day, or for businesses who are just trying to survive. Find your ‘why’ and continue to wear your mask, keep your distance and avoid gatherings for just a bit longer. We all need each other to do our part right now.”
For more information about Dial 3.0, visit www.jeffco.us/4047/Dial-Status or covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial. You can also find information about JCPH’s local mask order, COVID-19 data, testing locations, vaccination information and more at www.jeffco.us/coronavirus.
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.