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Posted on: May 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Updates

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COVID-2019 (Coronavirus)

The City of Brighton staff continues to be in communication with local health partners, Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regarding the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019). 

Adams County moves from Level Red: Severe Risk to Level Orange: High Risk

Effective Monday, January 4, 2021 -- Due to a sustained decrease in COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations throughout the State of Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has moved the all counties currently operating within the Red Level: Severe Risk restrictions back to Level Orange: High Risk. The move to Level Orange indicates an improvement throughout the state to contain the virus. Among the restriction changes in Level Orange are permitting indoor dining up to 25-percent capacity or 50 people (whichever is less), allowing personal gatherings up to 10 people and increasing gym capacity from 10 to 25-percent. Read more here.

Tri-County Health Department extends Level Red public health order for Adams County

The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) is extending the Nov. 7, 2020 public health order for Adams County for an additional 30 days until Jan. 7, 2021. The order includes a curfew (except for essential workers) to be off all public streets from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. Read more here. Under the guidelines, restaurants will no longer be allowed to seat patrons indoors, last call will be at 8 p.m. and bars will be closed. For the full list of restrictions, click here

Face Coverings

The July 16 statewide mandate requiring face coverings has been extended until Jan. 6, 2021. It may continue to be extended if necessary. Per the mandate, Coloradans 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. This mandate excludes people 10 years and younger or those who can’t medically tolerate a face covering.

Where to get COVID-19 Testing

BRIGHTON:

Riverdale Regional Park | 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, CO | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays (through March 2021)
- Free rapid testing (previous rapid testing sites located throughout the county have all been consolidated into this one location)
- Registration not required; First-come, first-serve

Salud Family Health Clinic | 1860 Egbert St., Brighton, CO | 1 - 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (weather, staff permitting)
- Free testing
- For residents with or without insurance (no co-pay required)
- Requires online registration & scheduling for each person (up to 2 days in advance) https://www.saludtesting.com/
- Closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1/21

Advanced Urgent Care | 2801 Purcell St., Brighton, CO | Curbside testing 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 days a week
- Rapid nasal swab testing
- Requires an appointment for testing via an online visit https://advurgent.com/ or by phone at 303-558-0509
- Accepts most insurance for these tests or offers reduced pricing for self-pay; Currently, the test is not covered by insurance, but is emergency FDA-approved. Payment is collected at the time the test is administered.

ADAMS COUNTY:

Water World | 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights | 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. through September (through March 2021)
- Up to 4,500 tests will be administered each day
- Free to get tested; No ID card, social security number or proof of insurance required to get a test
- Registration is required: https://t.co/F7qM12EyHk?amp=1

The MAC Recreation Center | 3295 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster, CO | Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Registration is not required, no cost for the rapid test for uninsured residents
- First-come, first-served basis
- Rapid testing

**For a list of TCHD testing sites and information, click here.

**For statewide community testing sites, click here.

Closures/Reopenings

For the full list of Level Orange guidelines, click here.

City Hall:  Per the guidelines of Level Orange, City Hall will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at a limited 25-percent capacity with reduced staffing. Individuals with specific needs are still encouraged to first contact the department you would like to reach or you can call the city’s main phone line at 303-655-2000. Residents may also visit www.brightonco.gov for many online services.

To ensure the safety of our employees and visitors, anyone entering city facilities are required to wear a face covering while in public areas, take their temperature upon entering city buildings and practice social distancing measures where appropriate. Any persons registering a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius will not be allowed in. Contact tracing will be done for every employee who tests positive for COVID-19.  

Brighton Recreation Center:  Effective Monday, Jan. 4, the Brighton Recreation Center will operate at 25-percent capacity or 25 people per indoor room (whichever is less), with temperature checks and face coverings still required. Reservations will no longer be required for most amenities, except for pool entry, racquetball and fitness classes. Aquatics reservations will move to 70-minute time slots and allow for more swimmers (up to two lap swimmers per lane from the household, up to four swimmers in the leisure pool Mondays - Fridays, and a maximum of 10 swimmers in the leisure pools at all other times). The water slide will be available for use starting at 10:30 a.m. Mondays - Fridays and all day on weekends. Drop-in pickleball and basketball will be permitted. The Rec Center will be closed for cleaning every day of the week (Mondays - Fridays from 10 - 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 - 3 p.m., Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., and Sundays after public hours). For more information, call 303-655-220 or visit https://www.brightonco.gov/258/Recreation-Center.

Municipal Court:  Brighton Municipal Court is holding most court sessions virtually via Zoom. For more details, click here.

Eagle View Adult Center (EVAC):  EVAC remains temporarily closed until further notice. To learn of virtual and socially distant activities, click here.

Parks and playgrounds:  City parks and playgrounds and their amenities are open to the public. According to state guidelines, playgrounds are permitted to have up to 10 people at a time. The City posted new signage at playgrounds to remind individuals of COVID-19-related health and safety measures. More here.

Gyms/fitness centers:  25% capacity or 25 people indoors (whichever is less); Outdoors in groups less than 10

Group sports and camps: Virtual or outdoors in groups less than 10

Outdoor sport facilities for individual use (i.e. fields and tennis, basketball, and pickle ball courts):  

City-owned parks and trails:  Open, but visitors must follow social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals and are restricted to groups of 10 or less.

Dog parks:  Open, but pet owners are encouraged to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in those spaces.

Restaurants: 25% capacity or 50 people (whichever is less); 6-feet between parties outdoors (per local zoning)

Last call: 10 p.m. (on premises)

Youth sporting events:  Per state guidelines, spectators are prohibited at all sporting events including Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) sanctioned sporting events.

Facilities that remain closed until further guidance due to state public health orders include the Eagle View Adult Center (1150 Prairie Center Pkwy.) and The Armory Performing Arts Center (300 Strong St.).

The Brighton Police Department remains open. Essential public safety services will continue and measures are in place to continue non-emergency operations.

Data: Case counts, mapping, and more

Case reporting by municipality: https://data.tchd.org/covid19/municipality/

To view case data for Adams County, visit Tri-County Health Department’s website

To view statewide data, visit the state’s website.

To view COVID-19 cases by neighborhood and testing: https://tchdgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bcf71927e04c43dcaa4d52b445ada60e

To see COVID-19 levels by county, click here.

To learn about TCHD's "Practice Safe Six" campaign, go to www.tchd.org/practicesafesix, https://www.tchd.org/834/Partner-Communication-Resources

Questions?

Please call us at 303-655-2000. 

Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public

To help answer questions about COVID-2019, the CDPHE has set up a Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Interpretation is available in many languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and more.

COVID-19 and Water/Wastewater Treatment

Regarding COVID-19 and the city’s water and wastewater operations, coronavirus has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low and Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.

As required for all municipal water systems, the treatment processes used at the Water Treatment Facility removes or destroys 99.99% of all viruses.

For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s COVID-19 and drinking water web page.

News Releases

To view current news releases, go here

COVID-19 Assistance Programs

For all current COVID-19 grants and resources, go to www.brightonco.gov/covid-19assistance.

      For Residents: Household Rent and Mortgage Grant, Testing Reimbursement Grant, Child Care Assistance, etc.

      For Businesses: City of Brighton Business Water and Sewer Grant, Grants for Businesses With Under 50 Employees, etc.

      For Nonprofits and Community Groups: Colorado Assistance Fund

If you have any questions about these assistance programs, City Staff are ready to help, free of cost. Contact Cindy Steele at csteele@brightonco.gov or 303-655-2276.

Additional Resources

Below is reliable and up-to-date information to help you stay informed about the virus:

Safety Tips

Residents are strongly advised to continue staying at home, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (this includes people with underlying medical issues and those 65 and older). People who go out in public are urged to continue to take the following preventative measures:

  • Wear a face covering 

  • Maintain six feet of distance from others

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself and contact your doctor

  • If you are sick, stay home

  • Limit non-essential travel

Here are more preventative actions recommended by the CDC - Protect yourself and others.

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