CDPHE moves Adams, Arapahoe County to Level Red
Citing a continued rise in COVID case rates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is moving Adams and Arapahoe Counties to Level Red – Severe Risk - Safer at Home on the state’s COVID dial dashboard.
The CDPHE is moving 14 other counties to Level Red and several other counties to Level Yellow and Orange, and the agency also has changed the color coding on the state dashboard to purple for Stay at Home, which is the most restrictive category. These changes take effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.
The Level Red category as defined by this Public Health Order (20-36) adds significant restrictions to numerous activities and businesses. These include:
- Indoor dining is closed; take out, curbside and delivery are encouraged.
- Outdoor dining in open air only (not covered structures), and only with groups of one’s own household.
- Indoor events are closed or canceled.
- All alcohol sales cease at 8 p.m.
- There are new guidelines for P-12 schools.
- Office-based businesses are now subject to building capacity, as opposed to the limit on the percent of staff for in-person work.
- The addition of a strong encouragement for remote work for office-based businesses in Level Yellow and Orange
- A requirement that Critical and non-Critical Retail offer increased options for curbside pickup, delivery, and dedicated service hours for seniors and at-risk individuals.
- The removal of “Extra Large” from the social distancing calculator requirements, meaning now facilities larger than 7,200 square feet can use the calculator.
- The encouragement of individuals at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to remain at home as much as possible in each Level.
New Public Health Orders Implemented to Contain Alarming Rise COVID-19 Cases in Adams County
Failure to lower cases could shut county down.
Despite further restrictions, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Adams County at an alarming rate, while the number of available hospital beds for intensive care patients becomes more limited. In an effort to slow community-wide spread of the virus, Tri-County Health Department is issuing a public health order that goes into effect at 10 p.m., Nov. 7, 2020, and will be in effect for 30 days. The order will include a curfew for everyone except essential workers to be off all public streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“This new order is really a 5-alarm call to action, like an evacuation in the face of a wildfire. The curfew essentially means that unless you are an essential worker or have an urgent reason to be out, everyone should be in their homes from 10 pm to 5 am. The restrictions might seem uncomfortable, but we believe that they are one of our last best hopes to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community without the necessity of Adams County moving to the Stay at Home orders that we had in the spring,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department. “That really depends on all of us adhering to public health advice and orders and not interacting with small or large groups of people outside of our households. The truth can be tiresome and inconvenient, but it really is in the hands of all of us to work together to stop the spread.”
As of November 5, 2020, there are 17,107 known positive cases in Adams County with a two-week incidence rate of 797/100,000 population, and a test positivity rate of 12.7%. Modeling data from the School of Public Health indicates that 1.2% of persons in Adams County are infected with COVID-19 currently, presenting a substantial risk of transmission to others. In addition, hospitalization rates are steadily increasing, with a hospital admission rate of 2.4/100,000 per week as of November 5, four times higher than in early September and the highest rate for Adams County since early April.
“We are at an extremely critical point in this pandemic, with much at stake, if we don’t stop the spread of this virus,” said Emma Pinter, Adams County Commissioner and Board Chair. “The wellbeing of our community – our businesses, our schools, our economic vitality – lies in the hands of every single person in Adams County. We each need to follow the new guidelines closely to prevent being moved to the State’s Stay at Home Red Level, which is the next step if our numbers do not drop.”
The public health order has the following restrictions:
- Spectators are prohibited at all sporting events including Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) sanctioned sporting events.
- A nighttime curfew is imposed in all public places within Adams County, including streets and public rights-of-way, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day.
- During the hours of curfew, any business that is not a Critical Business, as defined in Public Health Order 20-36, must be closed to the public. Employees and individuals providing goods or services to the business are not considered members of the public for purposes of this Order. Restaurants must be closed to in-person dining but may offer curbside and delivery services.
- During the hours of curfew, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling or being present on any public street or in any public place, with the following exceptions:
- Providing or accessing Necessary Activities as defined in Public Health order 20-36, except that this does not include engaging in outdoor activity;
- Providing or accessing a Critical Government Function as defined in Public Health Order 20-36;
- Providing or accessing a Critical Business as defined in Public Health Order 20-36;
- Engaging in Necessary Travel as defined in Public Health Order 20-36
- Restaurants must limit party size to six people or less from no more than two households. Restaurants are encouraged to place a time limit on diners in order to maximize table turnover during hours of operation.
- All alcohol beverage sales, service, and consumption must cease at 10 p.m.
- As required by Public Health Order 20-36, all Critical Businesses, non-Critical Businesses and Critical Government Functions must adopt work from home or telework policies for any operations that can be done remotely.
The Town of Bennett Town Hall is open to the public.
While Town Hall is open, the Town of Bennett still encourages residents and visitors to complete their services online, by phone or through email.
Town Hall has modified its regular business hours to the following:
- Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bennett has also instituted special hours of service for higher risk individuals. Vulnerable population hours are Monday to Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
If residents do need to visit Town Hall, the following guidelines have been put in place:
- Visitors are encouraged and should facilitate six-foot distancing inside of the building. Floor markers will be provided indicating this distancing for all patrons.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance for patrons to use upon entering the building.
- Visitors are requested to wear a mask or a facial covering when in the building. If the visitor does not have a facial covering, a disposable one will be provided upon entry.
- Town staff will be using contactless transaction and payment solutions. Envelopes for payments will be provided.
- Visitors will not be allowed into staff areas and the Community Room is closed.
Please watch the video here for more information on Town Hall Reopening.
As of Wednesday, March 18, and until further notice, the Town of Bennett has suspended disconnections of water service as customers cope with the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. We recognize the importance of water and want our customers to focus on their health and safety, rather than an interruption of service.
If you do not have internet access, you can still call us at (303) 644 3249.
As of June 4, 2020 playgrounds are open up to 25 people at a time. Residents are asked to please keep a distance of at least 6 feet apart from community members of other household.
Outdoor sports facilities (e.g., basketball courts, bike tracks, fields) are also open to up to 25 people at a time per court or per field.
The playgrounds will be cleaned as frequently as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Town of Bennett Public Works at 303-644-3249 ext. 1013.
As always, residents may still enjoy walking paths, trails and open spaces in the Town of Bennett and we recommend continuing to practice social distancing of at least six feet from others while you recreate.
The full list of State guidelines on Personal Recreation is available online here.
Listed below are some everyday preventive actions residents can take to reduce the spread of illness:
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or if you use a tissue then discard the tissue and promptly wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if hands are not visibly soiled.
Have you lost your job as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
OnwardCO can help you find resources and jobs to get you back on your feet. Here they have information on life essentials, training and help with job searches.
Adams County has created a one-stop resource page to help with all COVID-19 response and recovery. More information on aging adults, business support, childcare, food assistance, housing, unemployed and future workforce and more can be found online here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. View the links below for helpful information.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (detailed information about the virus, current situation and advice for specific groups)
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (state-level information on testing and health tips)
- Tri-County Health Department (local information on risk and ongoing prevention efforts)
Guidance for wearing masks
Executive Order D 2020 138 is a mandatory statewide mask order that goes into effect at midnight on July 16, 2020, and will be in effect until October 12. It may be extended.
The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:
- When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
- While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.
People who do not have to wear a mask include:
- People who are 10 years old and younger.
- People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
- Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.
Research shows that people who have no symptoms can spread COVID-19. Wearing a non-medical face mask helps minimize the spread of the virus. Instructions for making homemade masks can be found at the Colorado Mask Project.
- Be clean and in good repair.
- Fit snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face.
- Be secure.
- Include multiple layers of fabric.
- Allow for breathing without restriction.
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried.
- Be on the wearer's face.
- Be laundered on a daily basis.
Masks should not:
- Have anything hanging off the facial covering that would create a food safety hazard.
- Have holes or tears.
- Masks should not be shared with others.
- Wash your hands before and after putting a facial covering in place.
- Do not touch the facial covering again until you remove it.
- Masks should be positioned so that there is no need to adjust or otherwise touch the face frequently.
- If your mask becomes soiled or hard to breathe through, you should remove and not wear again until laundered.
- Remove your mask to eat and drink and if it is still in good repair, you may continue to use it for the duration of your shift.
- Store your mask with your personal items.