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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Notice: Third Extension of JCPH Order 20-007

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Jefferson County Public Health has extended Public Health Order 20-007, which requires approval of large event plans, until midnight on November 20, 2020 (or until it is extended, amended or rescinded). The full order is available on our Local Public Heal...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Jefferson County At Risk of Tighter Restrictions

Jefferson County At Risk of Tighter Restrictions

Jefferson County, Colo. – Due to a continued increase in COVID-19 cases, Jefferson County is at risk of tighter restrictions, including being moved to Level 3 of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Dial F...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update to the Community

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To our Jeffco Community: 

We know it’s been a long road and, trust me, we are tired of COVID-19 too. But we have to talk about our path forward. 

Here are the facts. Our two week case count is the highest it has ever been since the start o...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Flu – JCPH Announces Fall Vaccination Events

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Jefferson County, Colo. – This year has been a challenging time for the Jefferson County community, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever for residents to do everything they can to remain as healthy as possible. As we en...

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Posted on: September 24, 2020

Jeffco Partners Warn Community of Increase in Fentanyl-related Overdoses

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Jefferson County, Colo. – The Jefferson County Substance Use Partnership (JCSUP) — a program spearheaded by Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) — Jefferson County Communities That Care (CTC) coalition, Lakewood Pol...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

CDPHE Announces New Dial Framework to Provide Standardization as Counties Reopen

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As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and learn to live with COVID-19 in our lives, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released a new dial framework and Public Health Order (PHO 20-35) to standardize different ...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Notice: Second Extension of JCPH Order 20-007

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Jefferson County Public Health has extended Public Health Order 20-007, which requires approval of large event plans, until midnight on October 20, 2020 (or until it is extended, amended or rescinded). The full order is available on our Local Public Healt...

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Posted on: September 17, 2020

JCPH Executive Director Dr. Mark B. Johnson to Retire After More than 30 Years of Service

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Johnson to Continue Leadership Role as President of the Colorado Medical Society

Jefferson County Public Health’s (JCPH) Executive Director, Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, will retire from the department on October 2, 2020, after more than 30 years of...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

JCPH Announces New Office of Pandemic Response

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) announced today the official launch of a new team, the Office of Pandemic Response (OPR), as part of the county’s long-term COVID-19 response and recovery strategy. The OPR’s main purpose will be t...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

JCPH files lawsuit against Bandimere Speedway following Sept. 1 event

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today, September 3, 2020, filed a lawsuit against Bandimere Speedway for their blatant violation of public health orders. JCPH notified Bandimere Speedway in advance of their “Stop the COVID Chaos”...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

JCPH offers tips to celebrate Labor Day safely and limit COVID-19 spread as we head into fall season

Tips for celebrating Labor Day safely to minimize the spread of COVID-19

Jefferson County, Colo. – Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer and for many, the last chance to get outside and celebrate with loved ones. While we continue to see the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in our lives, it’s importan...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Jeffco's Variance: What’s at Risk, How the County is Responding and What You Can Do

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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 ...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Statement on Bandimere Speedway Event Cancellations

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has heard frustration from community members, expressed through emails, social media and in the media, that events scheduled to take place at Bandimere Speedway have been cancelled due to the restrictions in place aro...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Jeffco Taking Steps to Reduce COVID-19 Case Increase with Goal of Avoiding Business Closures

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Despite several public health orders over the last few weeks and concerted efforts, Jefferson County has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases – from 388 cases (probable and confirmed) during the weeks of June 27...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

JCPH Issues Public Health Order 20-008 Requiring Mask-Wearing Outdoors

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), at the direction of the Jefferson County Board of Health, today issued a new Public Health Order 20-008 (PHO 20-008) that requires everyone in Jeffco ages 11 and older to wear a ma...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Jefferson County Public Health Releases 2019 Annual Report

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At Jefferson County Public Health, we have spent 2020 largely in response to COVID-19. As we act to protect the public from the greatest public health threat of our time, it’s clear that while public health has always been here, the importance o...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Statement on Court’s Decision Regarding Bandimere Speedway

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) thanks the Court for its time in hearing this case. Judge Russell determined that the case between JCPH and Bandimere Speedway is moot due to JCPH’s Public Health Order 20-007 (PHO 20-007), which is currentl...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

JCPH Issues Public Health Order 20-007 Requiring Approval of Large Event Plans

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County Must Take Steps to Suppress Cases or Risk Losing Local Variance

Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today issued Public Health Order 20-007, which requires venues hosting large events to provide a plan outlining...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

JCPH Adopts State Executive Order Requiring Use of Face Coverings in Indoor Public Spaces

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On July 14, 2020, JCPH issued Emergency Public Health Order 20-005 ordering all individuals in Jefferson County to wear face coverings with certain limited exceptions, in an effort to protect and preserve the public health. Shortly after JCPH Order 20-005...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

JCPH Issues Emergency Public Health Order Requiring All Jeffco Residents to Wear Face Coverings

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today issued an Emergency Public Health Order effective July 14 at 5 p.m. that requires Jefferson County residents and visitors to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public ...

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Posted on: July 12, 2020

Squirrel with Plague Found in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County, Colo. — On Saturday, July 11, 2020, a squirrel found in the Town of Morrison tested positive for bubonic plague. The squirrel is the first case of plague in the county this year. Plague is an infectious disease caused by the ba...

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Posted on: July 5, 2020

JCPH Statement on Bandimere Speedway’s Fourth of July Events

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has been closely monitoring the situation at Bandimere Speedway, and we are disappointed in the organization’s ability to limit and manage the crowd size, implement social distancing requirements and adhere ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

JCPH Provides Tips for Enjoying the Fourth of July Holiday with COVID-19 in Our Lives

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Jefferson County, Colo. – As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we know residents are eager and excited to celebrate with friends and loved ones. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) offers ideas for ways to show your red, white a...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director Awarded "Distinguished Service Award"

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director of Jefferson County Public Health, was presented with the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award at their annual meeting on June 26, 2020....

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Children Still Need their Check-ups and Vaccinations

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Jefferson County, Colo. — While our community works to slow the spread of COVID-19, many families have been hesitant to seek check-ups and vaccinations for their children. But it’s more important than ever to get preventive ca...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Jefferson County Board of Health, JCPH Declare Systemic & Structural Racism a Public Health Crisis

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Jefferson County, Colo. – The Jefferson County Board of Health, in tandem with Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) passed a resolution declaring systemic and structural racism a public health crisis during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June ...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

JCPH Urges Residents to Continue to Take Steps to Prevent COVID-19

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Jefferson County, Colo. — As cases of COVID-19 begin to decline in Jefferson County, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) reminds residents we must all continue to take important steps to sustain this momentum. This is especially impor...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Public Health Reminds Residents and Visitors to Take Steps to Prevent Animal-Borne Disease

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Summer is almost here and wildlife is out and about. With the warmer temperatures and sunshine, people are likely to be spending more time outside and may even spot some wildlife. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) reminds residents to be aware of anim...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

JCPH Aligns with Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today published an amended public health order, Safer-at-Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors. The order addresses several new topics, including youth and adult league sports, playgrounds, s...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Jefferson County Restaurants Can Open with Strict Precautions Beginning May 27

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Jefferson County, Colo. — The State of Colorado announced that additional Colorado businesses can begin to reopen with strict precautions to protect public health and safety. According to an extended Safer-at-Home Executive Order, resta...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Jeffco Sees First Rabies Case of 2020

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Jefferson County, Colo. – A bat found on May 20, 2020 in Littleton near the intersection of C-470 and South Platte Canyon Road just north of Chatfield State Park has tested positive for rabies. This is the first rabid animal to be found in Jeffe...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

JCPH Reflects on Efforts During First Three Months of COVID-19 Response

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Jefferson County, Colo. — The COVID-19 pandemic has required change for everyone. For many, this has meant making changes in how they work, interact with others and experience the world, all in an effort to keep one another healthy. At Jefferson...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Jefferson County to Move to “Safer-at-Home” Level Beginning May 9

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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 ...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

JCPH Issues Public Health Order 20-003

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Jefferson County Public Health issued Public Health Order 20-003, which limits P-12 school access and prohibits P-12 sports activities in Jefferson County. Specifically, public and private schools and school districts in Jefferson County may not use schoo...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

JCPH Permits the Limited Recommencement of Voluntary or Elective Surgeries and Procedures

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Statement: JCPH Aligns with New State Executive Order, Permits the Limited Recommencement of Voluntary or Elective Surgeries and Procedures 

On April 26, 2020, the State of Colorado issued Executive Order D 2020 045, permitting the limited recomme...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

JCPH Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May 8

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has issued a public health order extending the state’s Stay-at-Home order in Jefferson County through May 8, 2020, with a key revision to support non-Critical businesses. ...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

JCPH Working with Regional Partners on Strategies For Slowly Opening Communities

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Earlier this week, Governor Polis announced a path forward to continue to help protect our community from COVID-19 while slowly reopening our economy. The statewide Stay-at-Home order is set to expire on April 26. We ar...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

JCPH Announces 2019 Public Health Champions, Underlines Importance of Participation in Public Health

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Jefferson County, Colo. — In the midst of the greatest public health challenge facing our nation in decades, it’s easy to lose sight of the victories that happen in our community every day. But now, more than ever, it’s impor...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Metro Denver Public Health Departments Rescind Stay at Home Public Health Orders; Adopt State Order

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Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department applaud Gov. Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for issuing a Stay at Home Public Health Order effective Mar. 26 to protect the h...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Statement: First Jefferson County Resident dies from COVID-19

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On March 24, 2020, Jefferson County Public Health received notification of the first death from COVID-19 in the county. The first death was an individual in their 60s with known health complications.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Three Metro Denver Public Health Departments Issue Stay-At-Home Orders to Stop Spread of COVID-19

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Three public health departments serving more than 2 million residents across the Metro Denver region joined together to issue Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders in their counties today, effective March 26 at 8:00 a.m. un...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

JCPH Issues Public Health Order Closing Restaurants and More at the Local Level

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today issued a public health order to close all dine-in service at bars and restaurants, as well as all theaters, gyms and county buildings in Jefferson County, Colorado. T...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Directs a Closure of County Offices

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As the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, becomes more widespread, the Board of County Commissioners has directed the closure of all county offices to the public, effective today, March 16, with the exception of the courts and those services related to law enforce...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County Increase to Total of Six

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Jefferson County, Colo. — We have been notified that another two Jefferson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The first individual is in their 30s, and the second individual is in their 60s. The investigation on both ca...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Additional Jefferson County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Jefferson County, Colo. — We have been notified that another Jefferson County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is in their 50s, and was exposed to the virus during international travel. This brings the total pre...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Two Additional Jefferson County Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Two passengers aboard a cruise, who are Jefferson County residents, have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals are a male and female, both in their 70s. They were exposed to the virus during internation...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

First Jefferson County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has been notified that the State Laboratory at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has confirmed the first presumptive positive case of COVID-1...

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Statement: First Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 in Colorado

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Today the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reported that the state laboratory had a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19.

The case presented itself in a male in his 30s, who had contact with a known case of COV...

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

JCPH Offers Free Well Water Testing during Groundwater Awareness Week

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Do you know where your water comes from before it leaves the water, showerhead or hose? There’s a good chance that it comes from the ground beneath your feet. One-third of the water supply for all U.S. municip...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Notice: JCPH Executive Director Recruitment

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Jefferson County Public Health is holding Second-Round Interviews for its Executive Director on February 28, 2020. The interviews will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Hearing Room One, at 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80439. The finalists for the Executi...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Jeffco Teens Travel to Washington D.C. to Create Change around Important Issues

Jefferson CTC Youth Research Interns with Representative Ed Perlmutter

Jefferson County, Colo. — No one can explain what it’s like to be a high schooler in 2020 like teens themselves. That’s why a group of young people from Jefferson County visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. today,...

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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Health Is for All People: JCPH Opposes Federal Public Charge Rule

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled to lift the nationwide, court-ordered block of the Public Charge Rule. This move will allow the Rule to take effect, though it is not the final word in the case. Other lawsuits challenging Public Charge are making th...

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Posted on: December 30, 2019

Test Your Home for Radon this January

National Radon Action Month

Jefferson County, Colo. — January is National Radon Action Month, and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is encouraging residents to protect themselves and loved ones from dangerous radon gas by testing their homes. To help, JCPH is offering f...

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Posted on: November 25, 2019

Jefferson County Board of Health welcomes new member

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is proud to welcome lifelong Coloradan and current Wheat Ridge resident Cheri Jahn to the Jefferson County Board of Health, the governing body for public health decisions a...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Local Public Health Agencies Launch Campaign Challenging Parents to Keep Measles Out of Colorado

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A new campaign aimed at protecting young children against measles launched this week. The goal of the campaign, Keep Measles Out, is to get more kindergarteners vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). This effort is a partnership between Den...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

JCPH workforce gets vaccinated against the flu, encourages public to do the same

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Flu season is here, and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is encouraging everyone to get their annual flu vaccine as soon as possible. But the organization isn’t just telling community members to ...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Three counties work together to address suicide rates, find solutions

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In Jefferson County, suicide is the seventh leading cause of death, with rates higher than the national average. The effects of suicide ripple through generations, influencing children and grandchildren, parents and grandparents, as well as the lives of c...

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