Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) announced on October 16 that the county was at risk for tighter restrictions, as the two-week COVID-19 case counts were the highest since the start of the pandemic. On Friday, October 23 we officially surpassed those limits and we are now at risk of tighter restrictions.
- From October 8 – 21, we had 1,242 total cases (213 per 100,000). For reference, our Level 2 limit is 175 per 100,000.
- Our two-week average test positivity is 5.2% (up from 4.1% Friday, October 16. This is the first time since May that our rate has gone above 5%.
- As of October 21 at 2 p.m., there were 293 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the North Central Region, representing a 32% increase over the last 7 days.
JCPH is calling on Jeffco residents to stay strong and focused on preventing the spread of this virus, so we can move forward together as a community and keep our businesses open.
“It’s normal to feel exhausted by COVID-19 and the things we have to do to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Christine Billings, Head of JCPH’s Office of Pandemic Response. “Many of us are feeling ‘COVID-19 fatigue’. We have been carrying the weight of this pandemic for much longer than we expected. But the virus is still circulating and we can’t give up now. We must dig deep and work together as a community to slow the spread.”
We have officially surpassed our Level 2 limits, but now have a grace period to get our cases back below those limits, or face the possibility of moving to a more restrictive level (Level 3). View the COVID-19 Dial Dashboard to see which level counties across Colorado are currently experiencing, and to learn more about the five different levels.
In response to the rapid rise in cases across the state, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended its Safer at Home public health order to limit personal gatherings in all counties at all Safer at Home levels. The revised order reduces the size of personal gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households. Learn more about the amended health order with this CDPH FAQ.
What can you do?
- Follow the “three Ws” – Wear a mask, Watch your distance (stay 6 ft. from others who don’t live with you), and Wash your hands.
- Avoid gatherings with people who do not live with you, including small social gatherings like backyard parties and family gatherings.
- Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. Find more info about testing and a listing of test sites in and around Jeffco.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, like doorknobs, light switches and your phone. Find tips for keeping your home safe.
- Plan ahead and choose safe alternatives for traditional holiday celebrations. Get tips for celebrating Halloween and Día de lost Muertos.
- Get a flu shot. While it will not stop you from getting COVID-19, it will protect you and your family from the flu this season and keep you safe from the potential compounding complications of having flu and COVID-19. Get info about local flu clinics.