JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. Jefferson was among the three counties that tightened the limits on Wednesday as the new coronavirus continued to spread rapidly across Colorado.
Jefferson County Public Health was announced on Wednesday that it will be moved back to Safer at home – High risk on the state COVID-19 dial for illnesses, hospital admissions and the positive rates of the test both continue to increase at an alarming rate.
Safer at home – High risk (formerly known as Safer at home – Level 3) cuts restaurant occupancy by 25%, along with a 25% limit on capacity in offices and stores. oddity, places of worship and production facilities are not important. Gyms and fitness centers are also subject to capacity regulations, along with indoor events, outdoor events, and a concierge service. Indoor events can accommodate up to 50 people, if the capacity is below 25%. Outdoor events can accommodate 75 people or 25% capacity, whichever is less.
The new restrictions will go into effect Monday, November 9 at 5 p.m.
Over the past two weeks, there have been a total of 2,513 viral infections in Jefferson County or 431 per 100,000 residents, according to Jefferson County Public Health officials. The number of people hospitalized during the same time period – October 20 to November 2 – has also increased by more than 75 percent across the region, they say. The county’s positive rate is 7.7%.
The Safer at home levels start at 175 cases per 100,000 people and anything over 350 cases per 100,000 people qualify for the home phase, according to Public Health’s COVID-19 dial. of the state.
“We were hoping to avoid these new restrictions, but unfortunately cases continue to increase in Jeffco and across the state. At the same time, we realized that this has been such a long event and we are all experiencing varying degrees of burnout, ”said Dr. Margaret Huffman, Director of Community Health Services at JCPH. said. “It’s important to remember all the reasons we worked so hard to keep ourselves, loved ones and our community healthy. Whether it is to enjoy earlier celebrations together, to protect our medical staff who are coping with burnout, or to help keep schools and institutions at bay. our favorite business is open, we have so many reasons to save lives together. ”
Jefferson County Public Health continues to encourage its residents to wear masks, maintain a proper social distance of at least 6 feet, avoid gathering with people who do not live in your home, and adhere to proper hygiene. by washing your hands for 20 seconds.
The test is recommended for people who are experiencing symptoms on many of the county’s free testing sites, and those who are feeling ill should stay home and isolated for at least 14 days.
Outside of Jefferson County, Boulder County implements Safer Home restrictions – High risk, and as soon as Jefferson County’s notice is given, the City and Broomfield County said they would do so.
State officials in recent weeks – including Wednesday – have warned Coloradans residents of increased illnesses and hospital admissions, saying that Colorado could exceed ICU capacity during winter break if current trend persists.