CLEAR CREEK RESPONSE & RECOVERY INFO
More than three months ago, Governor Polis issued a State of Emergency Declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon after, Clear Creek County issued its original Emergency Declaration, which has since been extended through July 15. Our County goals have been to safeguard the community during the evolving crisis and move into a recovery phase.
To manage the response to the pandemic, Clear Creek County formed a hybrid Unified Command-Emergency Operations Center. Since March, the State has issued 23 Public Health orders and many dozens of Executive Orders, each requiring multiple adjustments in how we as a County respond. Through all the changing terrain, we have acquired large quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and test kits, designed and implemented a monitoring and support program for County residents diagnosed with COVID-19, created drive-through and mobile testing capacity, added public health nursing and contact tracing staff, and tracked every new rule and task that has come before us, all while maintaining a low case count. For current numbers click here.
In late April, we initiated a recovery phase which included convening a multi-jurisdictional Policy Group to build alignment across governmental and public entities, set priorities and ensure coordinated efforts. The Policy Group created two subcommittees, Recovery and Resilience to focus on economic recovery and Grants to explore and assess funding options.
One of the first tasks of the Recovery and Resilience subcommittee was to help businesses re-open by requesting relief from State rules where possible via a variance process. Clear Creek County applied for our first variance on May 28 and it was approved by the State on June 10. We applied for a second variance on June 15 and are awaiting a response. The State continues to issue new orders that allow phased re-opening while monitoring the related health risks. Currently the total number of COVID-19 cases in Colorado is over 30,500, with over 1,400 state-wide deaths due to COVID-19.
As part of the State’s approval of our first variance, they attached a condition—if we have three new cases within a two- week period, a mitigation review is required and we may lose the ground we have gained with variances. It is critical that we come together as a community and adhere to mask wearing and social distancing, and that we support each other and local businesses in maintaining high compliance and low case counts so we can STAY HEALTHY AND STAY OPEN.
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- What we know about COVID-19
- What is Clear Creek County Doing?
- Am I at risk?
- How can I protect myself?
- Helpful Links
What are the symptoms?
COVID-19 symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read more about COVID-19 symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19 please fill out the COVID-19 Symptom Self Reporting Form.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. The virus is thought to spread mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Maintain social distancing about 6 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain a virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus, if the person coughing has the disease. It is also very important to disinfect surfaces to kill any virus that might be on a surface or object.
Clear Creek County is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be prepared in the event of an outbreak in our community.
We have been taking a proactive approach working closely with CDC, CDPHE and other partners to:
- Provide timely information about the outbreak to our community.
- Share guidance with health care providers so they know how to safely care for people with possible COVID-19 infection.
- Actively monitor the situation and refine our response and recovery plans.
- Work with county officials, schools, businesses, law enforcement and other partners to plan for a potential outbreak and refine response plans.
- Following federal guidance, work with CDPHE to assess and test suspected cases, identify people who may have been exposed to cases, and determine the need for monitoring, isolation, quarantine or other restriction of movement and activities.
We have initiated an Incident Management Team (IMT) that meets daily to discuss and share information about current and future response and preparedness. The purpose of an IMT is to make decisions related to public safety, coordinate any communication that needs to go out, and ensure that the community is kept appraised of the situation as it impacts our community.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and it’s hard to predict exactly how COVID-19 may affect our communities. What we’re seeing in other areas tells us that once spread is detected in a community, numbers can increase quickly.
We are doing everything possible to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Clear Creek County and Colorado. Current public health efforts are focused on containing spread of this virus and mitigating the impact.
Who is at risk for contracting COVID-19?
Certain people will have an increased risk of infection:
- People who have traveled to areas where widespread community transmission is occurring.
- People who had direct close contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19.
Some people are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. That includes:
- Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
- People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
- Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.
If you are within the higher risk population of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 please review the CDC webpage for People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19. The CDC is providing information on how to plan and prepare in the for a COVID-19 event if you are high risk.
How do I know if I was exposed?
You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. If you have not been in close contact with a sick person with COVID-19, you are considered to be at low risk for infection. Close contact includes:
- Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19.
- Caring for a sick person with COVID-19.
- Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes.
- Being in direct contact with fluids from a sick person with COVID-19. This includes being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.
At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it.
There are lots of things our community can be doing now to help prevent infection from COVID-19. We recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Practice social distancing. Keeping 6 feet of physical distance between all people at all times. The 6-foot rule does not apply to people who live in the same house as you -- in other words, your roommates and family. But if you, your family, or your roommates get sick, you or they must self-isolate.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Ensure you are washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. You may also use alcohol based hand sanitizers as long as the alcohol content is at least 60%.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash your hands. Make sure you are coughing in to your sleeve and not your hands.
- Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like door knobs and your phone. Make sure the disinfectant you are using is listed on the EPA List N: Disinfectant List for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.
- Avoid being around anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms.
- If you’re sick, stay home and away from public places.
- Practice good food and safety techniques such as cooking and storing foods at the correct temperatures and handling food safely during preparation.
- COVID-19 Statewide Information and Data
- Colorado Stay at Home Information
- State Recovery and Assistance Programs
- Small Business Administration COVID-10 Relief
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