Jefferson County/Colorado Stay-At-Home Order & COVID-19 Updates

Today, the Jefferson County Public Health Department issued an order for all individuals in the county to stay at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary. The Public Health Order can be found here. As the it states, the order was created based on scientific evidence and best practices regarding the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable diseases and COVID-19, along with evidence that the age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population of Jefferson County places it at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19. Colorado also issued a statewide shelter-in-place beginning Thursday, March 26th, lasting until April 11th. Read the full Statewide order here. As of Wednesday, March 25th, Colorado has seen 1,086 cases, 19 deaths, and 148 hospitalizations out of 8,064 completed tests.

The intent of these orders is to ensure that people are self-isolating in their homes to the maximum extent possible in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

Examples of activities that are permitted under the stay-at-home order include:

  • Obtaining medical care for yourself, a family member or a pet or visiting a healthcare professional;
  • Getting medical supplies or medication;
  • Going to get groceries or take-out/drive-thru food from a restaurant, or go to a food bank;
  • Getting supplies to work from home;
  • Picking up materials from your child’s school that are necessary for distance learning;
  • Going outside for physical activity, as long as you follow social distancing practices such as staying at least 6 feet away from people who are not in your household;
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location;
  • Going to work – ONLY for those who provide essential products or services at an essential business. Examples of this include health care workers, infrastructure operations & maintenance, certain government functions.

More information about what essential activities are can be found on Page 5, Section 5 of the Jefferson County Order. Businesses that will remain open during this time include grocery stores, gas stations, auto-supply shops, banks, hardware stores, mailing services, restaurants (take-out/delivery only), and laundromats & dry cleaners. More information about what essential businesses are can also be found on Page 8, Section 5 of the Jefferson County Order. Please call ahead to an individual store if you are unsure about whether or not that specific store will be open.

Here is a Frequently Asked Questions document that the State put together regarding the order.

There are many stores in Jefferson County that are offering Seniors-only time for members of the community who are 60 years or older. This is an attempt to keep vulnerable populations safe from COVID-19. A list of some of the participating stores that are providing senior-only shopping times include:

  • King Soopers – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7-8AM
  • Safeway – Tuesday & Thursday 7-9AM
  • Whole Foods – Everyday 7-8AM
  • Trader Joe’s – Everyday 9-10AM
  • Walgreens – Tuesday 8-9AM
  • Walmart – Tuesday 6-7AM
  • Target – Wednesday 8-9AM
  • CostCo – Tuesday & Thursday 8-9AM
  • Sam’s Club – Tuesday & Thursday 8-9AM
  • Aldi – Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-9:30AM
  • Dollar General – Everyday 8-9AM
  • Big Lots – Everyday 9-10AM

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has basic information on how COVID-19 spreads, as well as how to protect oneself and others:

  • How COVID-19 spreads:
    • There is currently no vaccine, but the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
      • The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person – in other words, between people who are within about 6 feet of each other, or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on people who are nearby and infect them.
  • How to Protect Yourself & Your Family:
    • Clean your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, touching your face, or coughing/sneezing.
      • Hand sanitizer is effective when it contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands with the sanitizer and rub them together until they feel dry.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, & mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid Close Contact
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Place distance between yourself & other people – social distancing means 6 feet away from everybody, especially if they are not a member of your immediate household.
    • Cover Coughs & Sneezes
      • Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
      • Throw used tissues in the trash.
      • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you cough or sneeze. Use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol content if soap and water are not available.
    • Clean & Disinfect
      • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, & sinks.
        • To disinfect: most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
        • Options include: diluting household bleach by mixing 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons per quart of water; alcohol solutions that have at least 70% alcohol; other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. A list can be found here.

DRCOG offers a variety of support and programs to older adults. They currently have a phone line set up for individuals who are 60+ and seeking services or supports – call 303-480-6700.

Jefferson County Public Health has created a COVID-19 section on their website where you can find updates and information about how the virus is affecting JeffCo specifically, which can be found here. The website with updates from the State government can be found here.

Many helpful resources for workers, businesses and education, as well as public health information and updates from the State can be found here, on my last website post.

There will be a DONATION DRIVE for personal protective equipment at the West Metro Chamber of Commerce (1667 Cole Blvd #400, Lakewood CO 80401) on Saturday, March 28th from 10AM to 4PM. This will be a NO CONTACT donation drive, so please have supplies in the trunk or very back of your vehicle, and do not exit your vehicle at any time. Organizers are asking for: sterile & non-sterile gloves, hand sanitizer, bleach bottles or sprays, bleach wipes/sanitizer wipes, isopropyl alcohol, eye protection and goggles, clear face shields, surgical/procedure masks, respirator masks, PAPR respirators, disposable gowns, shoe covers, biohazard bags. Read more about the Donation Drive.

More Donation/Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Personal Protective Equipment: To donate PPE, keep the bare minimum amount of supply you need to conduct essential or life saving functions, and contribute the remainder to our state’s COVID19 response. If you have small quantities of supplies to contribute, between 1-25 boxes of personal protective equipment donate these supplies to your local public health department, local community health center, community clinic, or local hospital. If you have more than 25 boxes, or the pieces of larger equipment such as anesthesia machines or ventilators, fill out THIS FORM.
  • Relief Fund: To donate to COVID-19 Relief Fund, go to HelpColoradoNow.org
  • Volunteer to Help: Sign up to volunteer at HelpColoradoNow.org
  • Donated blood: Visit vitalant.org to find a location to donate near you.
  • Innovation Response Team: Private sector companies who want to partner with us on acquiring testing, critical constrained medical supplies, technology, or support services for people who are isolated go to HelpColoradoNow.org.

The legislature is recessed until next Monday, March 30th. A select few of us will go back that day to vote on a proposed extension of our recess, as we have found that there would still be dangerous health risks if we go back sooner. Updates from the General Assembly, as well as resources, can be found here. We are still working hard from home, and are available via email or phone to answer any questions, hear concerns, or provide assistance in finding resources at this time. This is certainly an urgent situation that has devastated many people, and we are moving forward in the most efficient and safe manner that we can to serve Coloradans during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

Tracy: reptracy29@gmail.com

Lindsey (Aide): reptracyaide@gmail.com

Tracy Home Phone: 303.421.2787

Office Phone: 303.866.2950 (leave a voicemail and we will get back to you – we are checking voicemails remotely multiple times a day)

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