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The Jefferson County Board of Health issued Public Health Order 21-006, which requires all individuals ages 3 and older to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in indoor public spaces in Jefferson County, regardless of vaccination status. The Order is effective November 24, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and shall remain in effect at all times Jefferson County is in Substantial or High Transmission. This decision was made following discussion during a public meeting on November 22  and with extensive input from the community over the last week.

In Jefferson County, from November 15-21, there have been 2,094 new COVID-19 cases (357.0 per 100,000 residents). From November 2-15, there have been an average of 2.4 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents, and 102 residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. There have been 17 fatalities among Jefferson County residents due to COVID-19 in the last week (November 8-14), and on average, more than 1 death per day among Jefferson County residents since July 9, when cases started increasing. More than 96.2% of ICU hospital beds are in use in the Denver Metro Area.

The Order also allows an exception to indoor public masking for employers, owners and operators of businesses or other facilities who voluntarily implement proof of vaccination requirements for all employees, staff, visitors and patrons entering their facility and become an Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility. During a grace period of approximately three weeks (November 24-December 9), JCPH will accept self-certification from a facility and temporarily approve the facility as an Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility. Facilities who wish to self-certify should email HealthEPRReports@jeffco.us with their vaccination policy for employees and patrons. Beginning December 10, facilities must submit an application according to JCPH’s Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility Guidance, which will be released soon. JCPH will release more information on how to become an Approved Fully Vaccinated Facility, including opening a formal application process, in the coming weeks.

Masks are already required in a number of settings, including specific settings per the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Public Health Order 20-38 and on public transportation in the U.S. per federal law. Since Public Health Order 21-006 requires masks in all indoor public spaces, the Board of Health will rescind Jefferson County’s Public Health Order 21-004. 

Click here to read the full Public Health Order 21-006. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about the Order, click here. For more information about masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit https://www.jeffco.us/4056/Mask-Guidance or https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance.  

In other Denver Metro Area counties, mask order may vary or residents may follow the more relaxed mask requirements from the State of Colorado so everyone is encouraged to carry a face covering in case a business or other location requires that.

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 RidgeWheatRidgeSpeaks, and social media

The City of Wheat Ridge offers walkup service as follows: 

  • Walkup Customer Service 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Building Division Walkup Customer Service 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • In addition, appointments will be available between the hours of 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Please refer to the City Guide to make an appointment with a specific department.

Find Vaccine information here.

For continuing updates about Jefferson County’s case numbers, visit www.jeffco.us/coronavirus and follow social media on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

For questions, contact the appropriate staff person if in-person assistance is required. Quick Reference Guide

This page was last updated on November 24, 2021.

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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.
 
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