Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today extended Public Health Order 21-001 – COVID-19 Dial. The order is now effective through September 15, 2021. View the full order extension here.
“Given the stall in COVID-19 vaccinations, combined with the sharp increase in cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 here in Jeffco, extending the Public Health Order is prudent at this juncture. The highly transmissible Delta variant is quickly making its way through unvaccinated individuals in our community, and we need to keep a close eye on how COVID-19 is affecting our county for a while longer,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. “At this time there are no changes to requirements for businesses or organizations in the county, and we will remain in Level Clear as we continue in an extended Observation Period. However, we are urging all community members ages 12+ who are unvaccinated to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, as vaccines are safe, effective and the leading public health strategy to help us end this pandemic and keep our communities fully open.”
With the extension of PHO 21-001, Jefferson County will continue operating in Phase 2 – Observation Period. During the Observation Period, JCPH will continue to closely monitor hospitalizations, a health metric indicative of severity of COVID-19 infections. If needed, JCPH can apply capacity limits based on hospitalization rates as described in the order.
In Jefferson County, the 14-day average hospitalization rate rose from 0.3 per 100,000 residents from June 22-July 5, 2021 to 0.8 per 100,000 residents from July 23-August 5, 2021. According to the order, the county could be moved to Level Blue if there are greater than 2.0 hospital admissions per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period.
“This spring, large numbers of Jeffco community members stepped up to protect themselves, their loved ones and our community as a whole — and your efforts led to Jeffco being one of the first counties in Colorado to surpass 70% vaccination coverage among eligible individuals,” Comstock said. “If you are unvaccinated and eligible, please get vaccinated. If you know someone who remains unvaccinated, and you feel comfortable doing so, please sit down and have an earnest conversation with them to hear what their concerns are and offer reliable information from trusted sources. You could make a difference — people trust the people they know and love.”
As of August 9, 2021, 75.1% of eligible Jeffco residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Given the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, public health experts estimate that at least 80% vaccination coverage is needed to reach herd immunity.
For more information on the Public Health Order, visit www.jeffco.us/4047/Dial-Status. To find out where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine close to home, any day of the week, visit www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup.