COVID-19

covid19As cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 are reported in Colorado, we are encouraging residents to follow official sources of information including Jefferson County Public Health, the Colorado Division of Public Health and Environment, and the CDCThese organizations are sharing updates regularly as well as actions you can take to stay healthy, what to do if you think you have been affected by Coronavirus or COVID-19, and resources to help you make informed decisions for both you and your family. 

At a special meeting Friday, March 20, City Council approved a resolution declaring an emergency for Wheat Ridge. This will enable us to access federal and state funds and any additional resources we might need under the states of emergencies declared by our Governor and the President.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a Dial Framework and Public Health Order (PHO 20-36) that standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. 

As of Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. Jefferson County moved to a modified Level Red as described below and in Public Health Order 20-009 (First Amended). More info https://www.jeffco.us/3999/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19

As of Nov. 21, JCPH announced new COVID testing sites available in Jefferson County at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden and for communities in the Foothills. More info

Some key changes for Jefferson County under the state’s revised Level Red requirements include:

  • Personal gatherings with people outside of your household are prohibited.
  • Indoor dining at restaurants is prohibited; use takeout, curbside or delivery options instead. Outdoor dining is permitted with those in the household.
  • Last call is 8 p.m. when all on-premise alcoholic beverage consumption must cease
  • Gyms are limited to 10% capacity, or 10 people indoors per room, or outdoors in groups less than 10. Reservations are required. 
  • Indoor events are closed. 
  • Outdoor events are permitted at 25% capacity, not to exceed 75 people, attendance is limited to members of the household, and a six-foot distance from non-household members must be maintained at all times.
  • Both critical and non-critical retail are limited to 50% capacity and should increase their curbside pick-up and delivery services.  
  • People at higher risk for getting COVID-19 or experiencing severe illness must stay at home.
  • At this time, JCPH’s PHO 20-009 remains in effect. The order is being reviewed for any changes needed based on this new information.

To read the entire JCPH Press Release about this change to Level Red https://www.jeffco.us/4156/Press-Releases

For continuing updates about Jefferson County’s case numbers, visit www.jeffco.us/coronavirus and follow social media on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

City staff continues to assist Wheat Ridge businesses and residents in a variety of ways: online form submission, telephone, email, information on the City website on Whats UpWheat RidgeWheatRidgeSpeaks, and social media. Appointments are also available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. Please note the WRPD Records window is closed at this time. Email policerecords@ci.wheatridge.co.us or call 303-235-2921 for assistance. For other City business, contact the appropriate staff person if in-person assistance is required. Quick Reference Guide

This page was last updated on November 21, 2020.

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Emergency Declaration, Governor ‘s Executive Orders, Updates from CDPHE and CDHSEM

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COVID-19 Quick Links

Message from Jefferson County Emergency Management

Jefferson County Public Health urges our community to practice important everyday actions to prevent the disease and help stop its spread:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash your hands again.
  • Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms.
  • If you’re sick, stay home and away from public places.
  • Get a flu shot if you have not had yours yet.

If you are feeling ill with symptoms associated with COVID-19, like cough, fever or difficulty breathing:

  • Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold symptoms. We want to reduce the risk of transmission, so to the extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home. 
  • If you need medical care, contact your health care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
  • Only contact 911 for emergencies requiring immediate life-saving care and let them know if you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
  • Restrict visits to the hospital emergency room or urgent care — only individuals needing immediate care should visit these facilities. If you must visit an ER or urgent care facility, call ahead and let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19.

Do NOT call 911 if you are seeking general medical advice or wish to be tested for COVID-19.

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Additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) details for prevention, planning and preparation: