JEFFERSON DISTRICT, Colo. (CBS4) – Beginning November 9, Jefferson County will transition to an “Orange High Risk Level” on the COVID-19 Limited Dial. Restrictions will be in effect at 5 pm
The Orange Level, formerly known as Level 3, is one level away from Home restrictions.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has notified the Jefferson County Department of Public Health of the change. County health officials said they had submitted a comprehensive mitigation plan; however, the increase in cases, hospitalizations and positive rates are alarming.
“Over the past two weeks, there have been a total of 2,513 viral infections in Jefferson County, or 431.0 per 100,000 residents (February 10, 11). During the same period, hospital admissions for COVID-19 increased by more than 75% across the region. Additionally, the Jefferson County average two-week test-positive rate was 7.7 percent, ”JCPH stated.
JCPH was announced today by CDPHE that Jeffco will be moving to the Orange Level (Level 3), effective Monday, November 9 at 5p. Even though Jeffco implemented the mitigation plan, the rate of COVID-19, hospitalization and positive test in Jeffco continued to increase: https://t.co/HTG7Z8DRdV pic.twitter.com/WyR1VVE3NV
– Jefferson County Public Health (@JeffcoPH) November 4, 2020
Greater safety at the Orange family level limits business ability to:
• 25% or 50 people at restaurants, places of worship and production don’t matter
• 25% at offices and retail
• 25% or 25 people at gyms / fitness centers, personal services and limited health care facilities
Events are limited to:
• 25% or 50 people, whichever is less, with space computers at indoor events
• 25% or 75 people, whichever is less with space computers at outdoor events
• 25% or 10 people participate in guided services outside
• Virtual or outdoor in groups of less than 10 people at camps and group sports
Individual gatherings will continue to be limited to 10 people from no more than two households. Face should be shielded and socially removed when indoors and within 6 feet of others.
Jefferson County Public Health reminds residents what they can do to help ease the restrictions:
- Please wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Remember that wearing a mask has been shown to significantly reduce the spread of the virus between individuals. Some early studies have shown that if you have the virus, masks can help reduce the dose or spread of the virus, which can reduce the severity of the disease.
- See your distance. Keep 6 feet or more apart and avoid hanging out with people you don’t live with.
- Wash your hands often. Rub for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. When using hand sanitizer, be sure to choose products with 60% or more alcohol.
- Get tested and stay home if you get sick. There are many free trial sites around Jeffco.
- Treat your neighbors well. Check out each other and support your friends and loved ones, especially those who live alone or at home.
- Support local businesses. Keep them open by slowing the spread. You can also show your support by ordering take-away or shipping from your favorite restaurant, maintaining membership when possible, or purchasing gift cards for a local retailer in This holiday season.
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