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Posted on: April 15, 2021

JCPH Celebrates 2020 Public Health Champions and Releases Report to the Community

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Following a year of pandemic response, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is proud and excited to make two important announcements regarding the efforts made by our community and health department since March 2020. T...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

JCPH Issues Local Public Health Order to Lead County Through Recovery

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today issued a new public health order (PHO 21-001) to help guide the county through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and into a full reopening. The order was is...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

CDPHE Moves Jeffco to Level Yellow on Dial 3.0

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Jefferson County, Colo. – On April 7, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) alerted Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) that the county will be moved to Level Yellow: Concern on the state’s Dial 3....

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Posted on: April 5, 2021

Masks No Longer Required in Outdoor Public Settings in Jeffco

JCPH Issues Amended PHO 20-008

Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today amended the countywide mask order (Public Health Order 20-008), which requires anyone in Jeffco to wear a face covering when in indoor public spaces when 6 ft. distan...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

JCPH Provides Summary of Dial 3.0 Implications for Jeffco

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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 su...

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Posted on: March 11, 2021

JCPH Reminds Community that Masks Are Required in All Indoor & Outdoor Settings

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Jefferson County, Colo. – With spring on the way, people in Jeffco are beginning to spend more time in our great outdoors and the spring sports season is kicking off. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) reminds all residents that the use of fa...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Reflections: One Year of COVID-19 in Jeffco

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One year ago, our community was bracing for a novel virus that we knew very little about. We didn’t fully understand its origin, how it spread and certainly not how to treat it. All we knew for sure was that this new virus had caused great harm ...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Jefferson County Moves to Level Blue on Dial 2.0

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Effective Feb. 26 at 6 a.m., Jefferson County will move to Level Blue: Caution on the state’s Dial 2.0. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) was notified about the move by the Colorado Department of Public He...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Jeffco Reaches Goal of Vaccinating at Least 70 Percent of Residents Age 70 and Over

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) announced today that the county has reached its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of residents age 70 and over by the end of February. This monumental effort, achieved in partnership...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

JCPH announces new Executive Director, Dr. Dawn Comstock

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is excited to announce and welcome its new Executive Director, Dr. Dawn Comstock. Dr. Comstock is bringing with her decades of experience and a passion for data-driven, equity-minde...

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

Jefferson County Moves to Level Yellow on State’s New Dial 2.0

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Jefferson County, Colo. – On Feb. 5, 2021, Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced a new Dial Framework for measuring county’s levels of openness called Dial 2.0...

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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Notice: Fourth Amended Public Health Order 20-009

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) released a fourth amended Public Health Order 20-009 (PHO 20-009). The order was amended to provide clarifications on where PHO 20-009 does and does not apply. The intent of the order has not changed. This amended ver...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

JCPH to Open its Vaccination Clinic to Adults Age 70+

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Jefferson County, Colo. — In an effort to help more people in Jefferson County access the COVID-19 vaccine, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is expanding availability o...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

JCPH Partners with COVIDCheck to Provide COVID-19 Testing in Jeffco

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Beginning Feb. 2, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will partner with COVIDCheck Colorado to provide fast, accurate and free COVID-19 testing at a varie...

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

JCPH Provides Update on COVID-19 Testing in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County, Colo. – On Jan. 20, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) alerted Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) of concerns with COVID-19 testing...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

JCPH Provides Update on Vaccination Prioritization and Timeline

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Jefferson County, Colo. – As of January 11, 2021, 18,734 Jefferson County residents have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of these, 3,799 have received both doses of the vaccine and are on their way to being more prote...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

New! Sign up for Notifications for COVID-19 Alerts

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Do you want to be notified of the latest news about COVID-19 from Jefferson County, like about vaccines, testing sites, changes to Jeffco’s dial status and more? Then subscribe to our Jeffco COVID-19 Alert notification. We will send these out to you via t...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

January is National Radon Action Month – JCPH offering free test kits by mail to Jeffco residents

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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 ...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Jefferson County moved to Level Orange on COVID-19 Dial

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has been notified that as of today, January 4, 2021, the county is being moved to Level Orange on the Dial Framework by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDP...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Notice: Second Amended Public Health Order 20-009

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today released a second amended Public Health Order 20-009 (PHO 20-009). The order was amended to provide clarifications on where PHO 20-009 does and does not apply. The intent of the order has not changed. This amend...

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Posted on: November 22, 2020

Statement: Extreme demand seen at Jefferson County Fairgrounds testing site, line closed for 11/22

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The COVID-19 testing site at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds is closed for Sunday, 11/22/2020. The site, which is hosted by Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) in partnership with Curative Testing and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Enviro...
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Posted on: November 21, 2020

Jefferson County Public Health Announces New Large Capacity COVID-19 Testing Sites

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and Curative Testing, is launching two new FREE COVID-19 testing sites in t...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

State to Move Jefferson County to Level Red, “Severe Risk,” in the Dial Effective Nov. 20, 5 p.m.

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Effective Friday, November 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will move several Denver Metro counties, including Jefferson County, to “Level Red – Sev...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Update on Jeffco’s Move to Level Orange & Public Health Order 20-009

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As announced on November 4, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will move to Level Orange (formerly Level 3) of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) Dial Framework beginning today, Monday, November 9 at 5 p.m. A...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

State to Move Jefferson County to Level Orange in the Dial Due to Continued Surge in COVID-19 Cases

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) was notified today by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that the county will be moved to Level Orange, formerly Level 3, in the Dial Framework, effect...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Notice: First Amended Public Health Order 20-009

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today released a first amended Public Health Order 20-009 (PHO 20-009). The order was amended to provide clarifications on where PHO 20-009 does and does not apply. The intent of the order has not changed. This amende...

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

JCPH Announces New COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies to Help Protect Community

JCPH Announces New COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

Jefferson County, Colo. – Today Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) announced a series of new mitigation strategies to help curb the alarming spread of COVID-19 in the county. Strategies include issuing a new local Public Health Order 20-009 (...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

JCPH Launches New Campaign “Together We Go Forward"

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Jefferson County, Colo. – Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today announced and launched a new public information campaign aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Jefferson County by reminding people of their important role in this effort. T...

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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: 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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