Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has implemented a series of new restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the county and keep it from moving to Safer at Home Level 3.

The new public health order (First Amended JCPHO 20-009 – Mitigation Plan (002)_202010301439458648 (1) is effective until at least midnight on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Similar to Adams County, Jefferson County has experienced an alarming jump of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the past two weeks. There have been 1,815 total cases of the virus in Jefferson County, or 311.3 per 100,000 residents between Oct. 14 and Oct. 28.

Over this same time period, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have also increased across the region by more than 80 percent. Additionally, Jefferson County’s two-week average positivity rate is 6.2 percent, which indicates the virus is widespread in our community and that there are likely more people with COVID-19 who haven’t been tested.

Similar to the trend in Adams County, gatherings among people who do not live in the same household have been a common source of exposure for Jeffco residents diagnosed with COVID-19. Evidence also shows that limiting interactions and gatherings among people slows virus transmission.

New restrictions that apply to Jefferson County-based businesses include:

· Limiting outdoor events to no more than 75 people and indoor events to no more than 25 people within their usable space as calculated by the Social Distancing Space Calculator. Events may no longer have more than one room, designated activity or area.

· All alcohol beverage sales will end at 10 p.m. for restaurants, bars, breweries that sell food and similar venues.

The city strongly encourages all residents to continue to exercise caution in public places, ensure social distancing, wear face coverings, wash or sanitize hands frequently and minimize the size and frequency of personal gatherings. We are all in this together, and together we can save lives and support the economic recovery of our region.

The city will continue to update its communication platforms as quickly as possible. However, residents and businesses should check the Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department websites for the most up-to-date information.