Skyrocketing COVID-19 Cases Force Adams County to Level 3 of Safer at Home Starting October 28
Because Adams County incidence rates are almost double the level needed to stay in Level 2 of Safer at Home and hospitalizations are rising statewide, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will move the county into Level 3 of Safer at Home on the state’s dial in hopes to quickly reduce the spread of the virus. The dial is a framework to inform counties about how they are doing to contain the virus and has five levels. Level 3 of Safer at Home is the highest risk level before Stay at Home measures. This change will take effect at 5 p.m. on October 28.
“We understand it has been a very long year, but to avoid further restrictions from the Health Department, we need everyone in Adams County to pull together and do what needs to be done to get our numbers down,” said Emma Pinter, Adams County Commissioner and Board Chair. “Our goal is always to keep our businesses open and our communities thriving but to do that we need everyone to follow these new guidelines more closely than ever before.”
As of this morning, Adams County had a two-week incidence rate of 444.7 per 100,000, a two-week test positivity rate of 9.3%, and continues to experience daily increases from the prior two-week period for both. Of additional concern, rates of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have also been rising among Adams County residents over the past several weeks, similar to trends occurring across Colorado. A Level 3 designation on the State’s dial means reduced capacity at many places of business including non-critical retail, manufacturing and restaurants.
“We did not want to see COVID-19 cases reach this level again, but unfortunately they have continued to rise to concerning levels despite the County’s excellent mitigation plan and last Friday’s Public Health Order introducing additional restrictions,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department. Our hope is that moving to Level 3 will reduce transmission of the virus in a short time period.”
Under the state’s updated Safer at Home Public Health Order,
- Public and private gatherings are limited to no more than 10 individuals from no more the two households. (Note: Under TCHD’s Public Health Order issued Oct. 16, the limit is 5 for indoor gatherings and 10 for outdoor gatherings, which will be in effect until Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, unless amended or extended.)
- Non-critical Retail may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit.
- Personal Services may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit, not to exceed 25 people, per room.
- Restaurants may operate at 25% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people excluding staff, whichever is less, per room.
- Houses of worship and Life Rites may operate at 25% or 50 people. For outdoor worship services, a house of worship must maintain 6 feet distance between non-household members
- Indoor events may operate at 50 percent capacity or 25 people, whichever is fewer.
1. Gyms, recreation centers and indoor pools are not authorized to open for in-person services; virtual services may be provided.
2. Outdoor recreational activities in groups of 10 people or fewer may occur, maintaining 6 feet Distancing Requirements between non-household contacts.
For a complete list of restrictions, see the updated Order.
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.
2020 Halloween Guidelines
With Halloween right around the corner, many families are wondering how it will look in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you sort out your Halloween activities this year, it is important to make a plan for your family that keeps everyone as safe as possible. Here are some ways to make trick-or-treating and handing out candy safer.
Remember, some activities pose more risk than others- additional guidance is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Tips for Handing Out Treats in Your Neighborhood
- Only use pre-packaged candy. This is always a good precaution for Halloween and is especially important this year.
- Greet Trick-or-Treaters from at least six (6) feet away.
- Try putting out individual treat bags at the end of your driveway or yard’s edge that are easy to grab. Avoid a bowl of candy in which everyone reaches.
- Wear a mask. Masks can be part of a costume or not, but either option will make everyone feel safer.
Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
- Make a face mask part of your costume. Remind kids to avoid touching their mask.
- Take hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently.
- If you’re going in a group, keep the group small and make a limit of how many houses you will visit. Consider going with or only visiting the homes of families you already spend time with. Make it fun by making a treasure map of the houses you plan to visit on your street/in your neighborhood.
- Stay outside – do not go inside of homes to get treats.
- Stay at least six (6) feet away from other people not in your group.
- Before eating Halloween candy, go through it to make sure everything is sealed. Throw away anything that has been opened. Wash your hands before and after eating candy.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
If You Are Attending Other Halloween Activities
- Avoid indoor trick-or-treating settings or events that typically draw larger crowds where it could be hard to physically distance, such as Trick-or-Treat Streets.
- If you’re going to Halloween activities, like farms, pumpkin patches or corn mazes, call ahead to check their COVID-19 precautions before you go.
- If you invite others who do not live in your home over, keep it small and with people whom you already spend time.
Other Safe Ways to Celebrate Halloween
- Have a scary movie marathon
- Host a virtual Halloween celebration, like a costume fashion show, pumpkin carving contest or trivia night.
- Hide treats around your house or outdoors for your kids (or other adults) to find.
- Play Halloween games.
- Make a Halloween-themed dinner or special dessert.
Remember, we want to keep everyone safe but we can still have fun this Halloween by practicing good hygiene, wearing a mask, social distancing and staying home if you are sick.
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.