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.
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
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 Ridge, WheatRidgeSpeaks, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Emergency Declaration, Governor ‘s Executive Orders, Updates from CDPHE and CDHSEM
- Governor limits gatherings to no more than 10 people
- State to Move Jefferson County to Orange on the COVID Dial Due to Surge in Cases
- Jefferson County Public Health Order 20-009
- JeffCo Public Health Order - JCPH pre-approval for events over 100 indoors/175 outdoors
- Governor Extends Statewide Mask Order until Nov. 10, 2020
- JCPH Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Where Social Distancing Cannot be Maintained
- Governor Signs Protect Our Neighbors Executive Order
- Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors
- 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
- A New Dial for Protect Our Neighbors, Safer at Home and Stay at Home.
- 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 is open by appointment only Tues-Thur from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
- 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.
- WRPD Records Window is closed. Call 303-235-2921 or email email@example.com
- Active Adult Center (Closed until further notice)
- Anderson Building Check Parks and Recreation website
- Wheat Ridge Recreation Center open with restrictions.
Updates on Public-facing services
- 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 complying with the current state and federal recommendations and adheres to strict safety protocols for both patrons and staff. Update on Services.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-235-2823 or 2816. More info on the City webpage.
- Business licensing and tax services email email@example.com or call 303-235-2820. More info on the City webpage.
- For the building permit counter, call 303-235-2855 #6 for assistance. More info on the City webpage.
- Requests for Police Reports can be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 303-235-2855 #4 for assistance.
- ROW Construction Permit Applications are available here
- 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 Holiday Lighting virtual event Dec. 5, 2020. Stay tuned for additional details.
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
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- Find information for business needs here.
- Update from CDPHE on Pets, link and scroll down to pets
- CDPHE new online Symptom Checker.
- 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.
- Mortgage and Rental Assistance
- 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: