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Posted on: November 29, 2022

For World AIDS Day, JCPH encourages all residents to get tested and know their status

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Across the U.S., about 1.2 million people have HIV — and about 13 percent of them don’t know it and need testing. That’s roughly twice the population of Jefferson County. While the...

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Posted on: November 17, 2022

Make this holiday season sweet by putting food safety at the forefront

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Jefferson County, Colo. — The holidays are a time for family, celebrations and — of course — food. As the winter holiday season kicks off, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wants to remind all our residents that the best ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2022

JCPH selected for community air monitoring grant

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JCPH to receive grant funding to help address air quality information gaps in underserved communities 

Jefferson County, Colo. — On November 3, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced [external link] Jeffe...

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Posted on: November 2, 2022

Winter Preparedness In Colorado

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Weather in Colorado can be unpredictable, and sudden changes in weather can quickly create dangerous situations. At Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), we recommend all our residents prepare themselves, their home an...

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Posted on: October 26, 2022

Take Steps to Prevent Lead Poisoning in Children

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Creating and maintaining safe, healthy environments for our community’s children is a top priority for all of us. However, so frequently, the things that can harm children are the things we can’t see...

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Posted on: October 25, 2022

JCPH Advisory - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the Rise Across Colorado

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and The Colorado Department of Agriculture [external link], have continued to monitor for reports of wild and domestic birds that have been infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Inf...

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Posted on: October 18, 2022

Omicron booster doses available for all individuals ages 5 and older at JCPH

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Jefferson County, Colo. — As of Oct. 12, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [external link] and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [external link] have approved the bivalent booster...

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Posted on: October 6, 2022

Flu Season is Here: Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Flu

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Jefferson County, Colo. — As we enter flu season, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is recommending the Jefferson County community, ages six months and older, get their annual flu vaccine. While there is no way of knowing yet what the flu se...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

This National Preparedness Month, JCPH encourages residents to take action before disasters happen

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Jefferson County, Colo. – During National Preparedness Month, observed annually in September, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wants to remind Jeffco community members to stay organized and ready in case of a sudden disaster or emergency ev...

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Posted on: September 22, 2022

For Sexual Health Awareness Month, JCPH launches new resource called Text4SexFacts

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Jefferson County, Colo. — At Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), we know that it’s important for all members of our community to feel educated and empowered about their sexual health. That’s why this September, for Nationa...

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Posted on: September 19, 2022

Jefferson County Public Health recognizes SepticSmart Week

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Whether it’s eating broccoli, going to the dentist or getting a physical, we all know there are things we must do to take care of ourselves and the systems in our body. When we don’t take care of our...

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Posted on: September 12, 2022

JCPH encourages all residents to take steps to keep their food safe

Jefferson County, Colo. — Ensuring that our community has access to safe, healthy and contaminant-free food is a core pillar of public health. At Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), our Environmental Health Services team works diligently with...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

New omicron boosters available now at JCPH clinic

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Jefferson County, Colo. — To continue to provide the best protection from the COVID-19 virus and its variants, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is excited to announce the availability of new, b...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

For National Suicide Prevention Month and Week, JCPH reminds residents of vital resources

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Suicide is never an easy topic to discuss, but just as Jefferson County’s population continues to grow, so has the number of people suicide affects in our county.  In fact, in 2021, suicide was the eighth leading cause o...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

HELPING JEFFCO KIDS THRIVE: A review of Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data and public health services

The beginning of a new school year is an exciting and busy time for families in Jefferson County. As families in our community adjust to new routines, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) knows this season can also be stressful and complicated. To help o...

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Posted on: August 26, 2022

Take Steps to Prevent Overdose and Create a Safer, Healthier Jeffco

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Overdose affects the entire Jefferson County community. Many people in our community have lost or nearly lost someone to overdose, have experienced an overdose themselves or know someone who uses drugs. Alongside those ...

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Posted on: August 22, 2022

Novavax vaccine against COVID-19 now available at JCPH

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is excited to announce the availability of a new kind of COVID-19 vaccine at our clinic in Lakewood (645 Parfet St.). The new vaccine,...

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

JCPH celebrates National Breastfeeding Month, emphasizes need for robust support of nursing families

Jefferson County, Colo. – Bringing a child into the world can be difficult, especially amidst recent concerns like the nationwide infant formula shortage. That’s why it’s so important new parents have a strong suppor...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

JCPH Offers Tips to Stay Healthy and Safe during Poor Air Quality Days This Summer

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Each summer, Jefferson County, along with the entire Denver Metropolitan Area, faces challenges when it comes to clean, healthy and safe air. During this time of year, when the climate is hot and dry, air quality can worsen and m...

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Posted on: July 14, 2022

Take Steps to Prevent Animal- and Insect-borne Diseases this Summer

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Jefferson County, Colo. — It’s summer in Colorado, and it’s the perfect time for Jeffco residents to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. Whether you’re spending your days at cookouts, hiking or by the pool, Jef...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

CDC authorizes COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months and older

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Last weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave its official recommendation that all children ages 6 months and older be vaccinated against COVID-19...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

Get Paid to Get Tested at Jefferson County Public Health

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Jefferson County, Colo. — With rates of many sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) on the rise across the county and state, including HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV), it’s more important than e...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

JCPH Advisory: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is reaching out to all county residents who keep backyard poultry flocks (chickens, geese, ducks, quails, etc.) and farm owners with poultry to alert them to a strain of avian flu that has been detected in Colorado. T...

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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Notice: Jefferson County now in CDC’s Community Level High, additional precautions recommended

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As COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates have continued to increase across the state, Jefferson County has moved to COVID-19 Community Level High based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) metrics. Significantly, this means that within ...

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Posted on: May 20, 2022

Jefferson County moves to CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level Medium

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Jefferson County, Colo. — With both case counts and positivity rates rising in Jefferson County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved Jeffco from COVID-19 Communit...

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

JCPH recognizes 2021 Public Health Champions and releases 2021 Report to the Community

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Through the challenges of the last several years, it has been strength and camaraderie within our community that have brought us together and kept us united. In the face of some of the largest public health needs and concerns we have ever faced, Jefferson...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

JCPH Warns of Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A in Wheat Ridge

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is advising the public about a potential expo...

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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Jefferson County Board of Health Welcomes New Board member

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Hilda Gehrke Joins Board to Further Passion for Serving Community

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Jefferson County, Colo. — In February 2022, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners appointed Hilda Gehrke as the newest m...

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Jefferson County Board of Health Designates Interim Senior Leadership Team to Lead JCPH

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The Jefferson County Board of Health (BOH) and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) are in the planning stages of recruiting a new Executive Director to lead the department. To help lead JCPH and provide strategic public health direction in the meantime,...

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Posted on: February 10, 2022

Jefferson County Board of Health Votes to Rescind PHO 21-006

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Jefferson County, Colo. — During a public special Jefferson County Board of Health meeting held virtually on February 10, the Jefferson County Board of Health voted to rescind Public Health Order 21-006, the public health order requiring the use...

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Posted on: February 3, 2022

Jefferson County Board of Health Votes to Rescind PHO 21-006 on Feb. 18, 2022

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The Jefferson County Board of Health met today, Feb. 3, 2022, to discuss the future of PHO 21-006, the public health order requiring the use of masks in all public, indoor settings, including school and childcare settings. After hearing updated data from ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Jefferson County Board of Health Rescinds PHO 21-005, Provides Timeline on Revisions for PHO 21-006

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Jefferson County, Colo. — With COVID-19 cases beginning to decline in our community, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and the Jefferson County Board of Health are making changes to the county’s current public health orders. The pu...

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Posted on: January 21, 2022

JCPH Amends Public Health Order 21-005

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has amended Public Health Order 21-005 to better align with recent updated guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

This amendme...

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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Jefferson County Public Health Updates School COVID-19 Prevention Guidance

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Jefferson County, Colo. — With the second school semester underway and the rapid growth of the highly transmissible COVID-19 omicron variant, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has created updated guidance for individuals in school settings. JCPH and J...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Important Update Regarding COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech Boosters

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Jefferson County, Colo. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now approved COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for children aged 12-15. This announcement, made Jan. 5, 2022, comes following the Dec. 9 recommendation that adolesce...

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Posted on: January 6, 2022

National Radon Action Month – Request Your Free Test Today

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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, 2022

JCPH Issues Recommendations, Updates to Help Jeffco Community Start New Year Safely

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Jefferson County, Colo. — As we begin 2022, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wishes all our community members a happy and healthy New Year. While 2021 may be in the rearview, unfortunately, COVID-19 is not. Since the beginning of t...

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Posted on: December 28, 2021

Metro Coalition Continues COVID-19 Orders, Encourages Vax and Boosters as Omicron Variant Spreads

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As the more transmissible COVID-19 omicron variant takes hold in the metro region and across Colorado, the Metro Denver Partnership for Health (MDPH) is continuing its regional approach to stop the spread of COVID-19 by retaining or extending local public...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Public Health and Hospitals Urge Continued Caution During the Winter Holiday Season

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As the winter holidays continue and families and friends gather to celebrate, metro Denver public health and hospital partners remind all Coloradans that COVID-19 is still an ongoing health crisis impacting hospitals, schools, and local communities.

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Posted on: December 13, 2021

JCPH Amends Public Health Order 21-002: Order Will Expire End of Fall Semester

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Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) Public Health Order 21-002 has been amended to establish an expiration date of December 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. At that time, the routine COVID-19 testing requirements for schools and childcares will no longer be requi...

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