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Thornton COVID-19 Information & Resources

Tri-County Health Department Board of Health Moves to Strongly Advise Wearing Face Masks

The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) Board of Health discussed at today's meeting the role of the wearing of masks/face coverings by all members of the public in settings where contact with others may occur and strongly endorsed their use. The Board decided that a voluntary approach, accompanied by an aggressive public education campaign, rather than a public health order would be most appropriate at this point, but that such an approach should be considered later if monitoring data indicated that the campaign was not sufficiently effective.

The laboratory-based evidence is sufficiently strong that entities such as the CDC and the Surgeon General have recently strongly endorsed the use of non-medical or cloth face masks. Face coverings are believed to be particularly important in preventing transmission to others, especially among the large percentage of COVID-19 infected persons who are asymptomatic and don't realize that they have a risk of transmitting infection to others.

Colorado launches hotline to answer your questions about COVID-19 and safer-at-home orders:

  • Coloradans can call 211, visit 211Colorado.org or text 898-211 to be connected with information and resources about COVID-19.
  • New features in myColoradoTM mobile app support safer-at-home order. The myColorado app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

For questions on the safer-at-home order, call 720-200-1505 for Tri County Health Department. You can email them at callcenter@tchd.org.

Xcel Energy's response to COVID-19

United Power response to COVID-19

Non-Emergency: 303-538-7200 - Call this number unless you are having an immediate life-threatening issue.

Closures

Thorncreek Golf Course will be open starting Monday, April 27.

Thornton facilities closed: Carpenter Recreation Center, Trail Winds Recreation Center, Thornton Community Center, Thornton Active Adult Center, Thornton Arts & Culture Center and the Riverwalk Ballfield & Batting Cages. All events cancelled. 

What Does Safer-At-Home Mean?

The goal of this phase is to maintain 60-65% physical distancing.

  • Critical businesses will remain open with strict precautions (social distancing, masks for all employees, more frequent cleanings, etc.)
  • Retail businesses may open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions.
  • Elective medical and dental procedures begin, with strict precautions to ensure adequate personal protective equipment and the ability to meet critical care needs.
  • Personal services (salons, dog grooming, limited personal training, etc.) will open with strict precautions. (starting May 1st)
  • Telecommuting continues for offices. Starting on May 4, up to 50% of staff can work in person (with social distancing in place).
  • Nightclubs, gyms and spas will remain closed.
  • No group gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • K-12 schools remain online only for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Vulnerable populations and older adults must stay home unless absolutely necessary.

What Does This Mean for the General Public?

  • Follow Safer at Home guidelines
  • Strongly advised face coverings and staying 6ft apart in public
  • No gatherings over 10 people
  • Sick people may not go to work
  • Limit non-essential travel

What Does This Mean for Older Adults and Vulnerable Populations?

  • Continue to Stay at Home except when absolutely necessary
  • Utilize special industry hours for vulnerable populations

What Does This Mean for Seeing Friends and Family?

  • People should still limit interactions except with immediate household
  • If you do see limited family or friends outside of your household, be extra cautious to stay 6 ft apart, wear face covering, and limit contact
  • Stick to solo and non-contact recreation activities like running, walking, or hiking in your local community. Do not travel outside of your local community for recreation. Avoid contact sports or equipment.

What are Next Steps for the Safer-at-Home Phase?

The state is working to develop best practices and specific guidance for different industries during the Safer-at-Home phase and will have more details in the coming days.

This includes:

  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Elective Medical and Dental Services
  • Childcare
  • Personal Services
  • Real Estate

How Will Local Governments be Affected?

Under the Safer-at-Home phase, local governments will have a variety of options.

  • Operates under the state's Safer-at-Home executive order and public health orders.
  • They can go farther than the state, including but not limited to stay at home orders or additional protective measures.
  • They can apply for a variance from the state. To do so, they will need to demonstrate proof of very low case counts of COVID 19 and/ or 14 consecutive days of decline of infection of COVID-19 in the county. They also must submit an application that includes a written COVID-19 suppression plan approved by the appropriate local public health authority. All local hospitals and elected officials must sign off on the plan.

What is the timeline for the Safer-at-Home phase?

Sunday, April 26:

  • Last day of Stay at Home Order
  • Safer at Home Order Issued

Monday, April 27:

Public Health Order and guidance to be issued:

  • Retail - Curbside can begin
  • Real Estate - showings can resume

Friday, May 1

  • Retail and Personal Services can open if implementing best practices

Monday, May 4

  • Offices can reopen at 50% reduced capacity, if best practices are being implemented.

Note: if you can continue telecommuting at higher levels, you are encouraged to do so.


Public Health/COVID-19 Information

Thornton Operational Changes

FIRE RESPONSE

  • Isolation precautions inside all ambulances to better protect our patients and firefighters.  This means a protective plastic barrier has been adhered to the walls and compartments to protect against respiratory droplets.  These plastic barriers are easily removed/discarded and reapplied after each encounter with a sick patent. 

  • Thornton Fire has suspended allowing family riders on all ambulances as local emergency rooms are no longer allowing or severely restricting visitors.  The exclusion would a parent/guardian of a minor child.  The parent will be medically screened before being allowed to enter the emergency room upon arrival.

  • Thornton Fire is no longer transporting patients to Freestanding Emergency Rooms as they will no longer accept patients with flu-like illness. 

  • Patients or parties contacting 911 for a family member who report flu-like symptoms(cough, fever, sore throat) or difficulty breathing will be asked to meet Fire Department personnel outside of their residence to minimize our Firefighters exposure to potentially infectious disease.  

  • Firefighters may be seen in public responding to emergency calls for service wearing additional protective equipment.  This include protective gowns or white protective coveralls, goggles, masks and gloves.  These are recommended for the protection of our firefighters and the citizens we serve.  Don't be alarmed if you see firefighters in additional protective equipment we are simply following CDC recommendations.

The following prevention measures are being taken:

    • Thornton dispatchers will screen patients who call.
    • If COVID-19 is suspected, crews will limit exposure by wearing head-to-toe personal protective equipment. The patient exam will be limited to one caregiver.
    • Only a parent or guardian of a minor will be allowed to ride in the ambulance.
    • We are no longer transporting patients to free standing ERs with flu like symptons or shortness of breath.
    • If the patient needs to go to the hospital, Thornton crews will take steps to create an isolation area in the ambulance and will call ahead to the designated hospital so the staff can prepare for the patient's arrival.
For questions call the CO HELP line at 877-462-2911. In order to provide the highest level of service, please contact your primary care physician with non-life threatening flu like symptons prior to calling 911.

KNOW THE SYMPTONS OF COVID-19:
    • FEVER
    • COUGH
    • SHORTNESS OF BREATH
TAKE EVERYDAY PRECAUTIONS:
    • WASH YOUR HANDS
    • DON'T TOUCH FACE
    • AVOID SICK PEOPLE

PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS

In an effort to increase social distancing and decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Thornton's Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, Trail Winds Recreation Center, The Community Center, Thornton Active Adult Center, Thornton Arts & Culture Center, Thorncreek Golf Course, Gravel Ponds and the Riverwalk Ballfield & Batting Cages will be closed until further notice. 

CITY FACILITIES

No public access to government buildings.

THORNTON UTILITIES/TRASH

No operational changes at this time. 

THORNTON WATER QUALITY

Thornton's treatment plants utilize chlorine disinfection, filtration, and other processes to clean and disinfect drinking water against pathogens. Even after your drinking water leaves the treatment plants, the water is still protected and monitored.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) find there is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread through drinking water.  For more information,  call the Thornton Water Quality Lab at 303-255-7770 or visit:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html
EPA: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater#tapwater

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