As 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 CDC. These 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.
Jefferson County is following the State’s Safer at Home Order issued on Sat., May 9, 2020. See specifics below.
While we all remain Safer at Home, City staff continues to assist Wheat Ridge businesses and residents in a variety of ways: online form submission, telephone, email, information on our City website on Whats UpWheat Ridge, WheatRidgeSpeaks, and social media. Appointments are also available as of June 16 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. Please contact the appropriate staff person if you require an in-person assistance. Quick Reference Guide
This page was last updated on June 23, 2020.
Emergency Declaration, Governor ‘s Executive Orders, Updates from CDPHE and CDHSEM
- Governor Extends Mask Order for Employees of Critical Businesses
- Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors
- Jefferson County Variance Request Approved by CDPHE
- Wheat Ridge Requests Face Coverings for all Businesses with New Resolution Effective June 1-22, 2020
- City of Wheat Ridge Emergency Declaration
- General COVID-19 Information from CDPHE/CDHSEM
- Jeffco Moves to State’s Safer at Home Order on Sat. May 9, 2020
- Governor Polis Extends Tax Payment Deadlines
- JCPH Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May 8
- Stay at Home Order Extended to April 26, 2020
- Stay at Home Executive Order, March 25, 2020
- Stay at Home Order information page
- Stay at Home Colorado Guide
- View all 2020 Executive Orders
COVID-19 Quick Links
- Cases in the U.S. (per the CDC)
- Cases in Jefferson County (per JCPH)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
- Prevention Measures - Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Everyone has a role in preparedness and staying healthy.
- Sign up for Emergency Preparedness Notifications from the City of Wheat Ridge. Check the box next to "Emergency Preparedness" in the Alert Center to get updates about COVID-19 in Wheat Ridge sent through email and text.
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.
- For general questions, call CO-HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
- Jefferson County Public Health
- National Centers for Disease Control
Facility Openings and Updates
- City Hall will reopen for limited hours beginning June 16 by appointment only.
- City staff continue to provide services online, by email and by phone. For assistance use this Guide
- Municipal Court holding session on a case-by-case basis. Court window open Tues.-Thurs.
- Active Adult Center (Closed until further notice)
- Anderson Building Check Parks and Recreation website
- Wheat Ridge Recreation Center opened with restrictions June 10.
- Anderson Park Pool closed for the summer.
Updates on Public-facing services
- Beginning Tues., June 16, members of the public requiring in-person assistance who are unable to get the assistance they need online or by phone can make an appointment with staff from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m on Tues., Wed. and Thurs. only. Members of the public should contact the appropriate staff person to make an appointment. Quick Reference Guide
- Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation is implementing a phased approach to reopening that complies with the current state and federal recommendations and adheres to strict safety protocols for both patrons and staff and will reopen the Recreation Center and the indoor pool beginning June 10, 2020. Update on Services.
- The Wheat Ridge Emergency Manager has announced some creek-side activities may resume on Clear Creek in Wheat Ridge including fishing and gold panning. Additional guidelines:
- No groups larger than 10
- All those recreating outdoors are strongly encouraged to wear non-medical face coverings unless doing so would be detrimental to their health.
- Municipal Court is scheduling on a case-by-case basis. The Court window is open Tues.-Thurs. Call 303-235-2835.
- City Clerk’s office email email@example.com or call 303-235-2823 or 2816. More info on the City webpage.
- Business licensing and tax services email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-235-2820. More info on the City webpage.
- For the building permit counter, call 303-235-2876 or 2873 for assistance. More info on the City webpage.
- Requests for Police Reports can be made by email email@example.com or 303-235-2921.
- Wheat Ridge Special Event Permitting and Park Pavilion Rentals info on the Parks and Recreation webpage
- For Public Works department contractor licensing and permitting, call 303-205-2861 for assistance.
- ROW Construction Permit Applications are available here
- If you want to submit a CORA request, please check the City website for available public records. Find more information here.
Public and Neighborhood Meetings
- Public and neighborhood meetings are being held virtually. Please check the calendar for specific information.
Special Events Cancellations
- Localworks Criterium and Brewfest - Canceled
- Performances in the Park - Canceled through June. Other dates TBD
- Large Item Pickup - Postponed until the fall
- Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival - Canceled
Updated schedule of events or programs
- Localworks Community Coffee Break series. Every Wed 10 - 10:15 a.m. Register here
- TLC Clean Up Day July 11, 2020 Trinity Baptist Church 8 a.m. - Noon - Learn more about guidelines here
- Wheat Ridge Virtual Recreation Center launched on May 1
News Release, June 5, 2020 - City of Wheat Ridge Updates on Services
News Release, May 19, 2020 - City of Wheat Ridge Offers Second Round of Small Business Grants
News Release, April 23, 2020 - City of Wheat Ridge Issues Mask Order
News Release, April 9, 2020 - City of Wheat Ridge Launches Small Business Stabilization Program
News Release, April 10, 2020 - City Emergency Manager Restricts Usage In/On Clear Creek
News Release March 27, 2020 - Wheat Ridge Kicks off Virtual City Council Meetings
News Release March 26, 2020 - City Extends Facilities Closure Until April 10, 2020
News Release March 16, 2020 - Wheat Ridge Closes all City Facilities March 2020
News Release March 13, 2020 - City of Wheat Ridge Responds to COVID-19 with Closures
If you’d like updates about COVID-19 through email or text, sign up for notifications. Scroll to Alert Center, and subscribe to category "Emergency Preparedness" to receive updates about COVID-19.
- Find information for business needs here.
- Update from CDPHE on Pets, link and scroll down to pets
- CDPHE new online Symptom Checker.
- Colorado Extends Open enrollment for health insurance until April 3, 2020
- Colorado’s state-run marketplace has enacted a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. SEPs allow state residents to purchase individual health insurance plans if they weren’t previously insured for 2020 or lost coverage.
- Donate supplies to Lutheran Medical Center
- Statewide Feeding Task Force announced that Colorado received a $3 million delivery of infant supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that includes:
- 8,200 cases of formula
- 23,260 packages of diapers
- 53,167 packages of diaper wipes
- for more information on how to access these resources, visit the Office of Early Childhood’s website.
- Human Services has partnered with the County Department of Public Health to provide a resource link for affected residents in need of emergency assistance.
Low Income Residential Utility Program
- Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) Program; Energy Outreach Colorado - energy audits and free energy efficiency upgrades.
- Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP); Department of Human Services - federally funded program to help pay for heating costs.
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP); Colorado Energy Office - insulation, air sealing, windows/doors, lighting, HVAC.
Jefferson County Public Schools:
CHANGES TO GRAB-AND-GO MEAL SERVICE - starts Monday, April 6
To better serve the Jeffco community and to accommodate the large numbers of meals being serving, some of the grab-and-go meal sites are moving. All site location changes will be effective Monday, April 6, 2020.
Site Location Changes starting Monday, April 6
- Alameda High - no changes
- Arvada K-8 moves to Arvada High (enter on West 66th Ave.)
- Bear Creek High will open as a NEW grab-and-go site (enter on Dartmouth Pl.)
- Columbine High - no changes
- Edgewater Elementary moves to Jefferson Jr/Sr High (enter from 24th Ave.)
- Foothills Elementary moves to Dunstan Middle (enter from S. Wright St.)
- Lasley Elementary - CLOSING as grab-and-go site. Please visit Alameda High for meals.
- Parr Elementary moves to Pomona High (enter from Pomona Dr.)
- Wayne Carle Middle - no changes
- Welchester Elementary moves to Golden High (enter from 24th St.)
- West Jefferson Elementary - no changes
- Wheat Ridge High - no changes
- Sites will still be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30am - 1:00pm
- Meals are available at no cost to all children 1-18 years old
- Meals will be served at a curbside location and put into the car trunk, through the car window, or handed off by walk-up.
- Parents and caregivers can pick up meals for children who are sick or cannot be present for other reasons. We will ask for and write down names of children who are not present to receive meals.
- Please do not come to the sites if you are sick.
- In case of severe weather, locations will not operate.
Families and students can go to any of these locations to pick up meals. We will also donate perishable food and will collaborate with our local food banks to mitigate in the community the impact of lack of food services in schools. School food distribution will be added when necessary.
Denver Public Schools:
Free Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students in Denver, ages 1-18.
This will begin 3/16 (Monday - Friday)
- SW Denver: Abraham Lincoln High School
- SE Denver: Place Bridge Academy and Joe Shoemaker Elementary
- NW Denver: North, Remmington (STRIVE Sunnyside), Cowell Elementary
- CEN Denver: DCIS Baker
- NE Denver: Manual High School
- FNE Denver: Montbello High School and Evie Dennis Campus
- Globeville Elyria Swansea: Bruce Randolph School
Volunteer Information: At this time, Denver Public Schools is NOT seeking volunteers to follow the directives to limit large crowds. We thank everyone for reaching out and wanting to help. We’d like to encourage you to find a local non-profit that is working to support our families in Denver and volunteer there. In addition, if you know of people near you in need of assistance with running errands, please help out as you can. We are aware of neighbors helping each other with grocery shopping and picking up medication.
Transportation: In order to promote social distancing we will NOT be able to accommodate transportation to food sites. In order for children to be fed they must be in the car when it approaches the pick-up site.
Food Donations: We are NOT taking any food donations directly to Denver Public Schools, but we encourage you to donate to a local non-profit.
Cherry Creek School District
The district will provide free Breakfast, Lunch and a Book for kids 18 and under starting Friday, March 20.