Broomfield Chamber of Commerce

State of Colorado COVID-19 Update, 3/17/2020

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This information comes from Governor Jared Polis’ office.

 

Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

Topline Update

As of today, we have 160 positives in the state, with 20 hospitalized. But that’s just what the testing is telling us — we know that there are likely thousands in the state.

The state can confirm completed test results on about 1,216 people by the state lab since testing started on February 28.

Private labs are required to report positive test results to the state.

Private labs are not required to report negative test results to the state, so we are not reporting total testing numbers for the state.

 

Public Health Order Announcement + Unemployment Questions

Today the Governor made an announcement on a public health order for the temporary suspension of dine-in service at restaurants and bars. Establishments can remain open but for takeout, delivery, and room service only. In addition we are closing gyms, theaters, casinos, and other non-essential places where large groups can gather. We will have the text of the Health Order from CDPHE available to the press by this evening. See below for a snapshot of what this public health order does.

Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Division is responding to questions from both employers and workers impacted by closures as a result of the Coronavirus. Employees who see a reduction in hours or layoffs are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits, which can provide partial wage replacement, at coloradoui.gov. We expect to see a dramatic increase in claims from workers and questions from employers in the coming days and we are working to reassign staff within the Labor Department dedicated to responding to these questions. We would encourage impacted workers who may have skills that are needed in our health care industry to consider temporary work in health care to meet the demand that this crisis will place on our health care workforce. We know that we will need extra staff to contend with a surge in cases in the very near future.

 

Social Gatherings

Yesterday, CDPHE announced that we are following CDC guidance on crowds of 50 people or more. We are looking into further steps that we can take in this area but we want to make sure that the policy will work for facilities and critical services such as child care centers and others. The message is clear: just avoid large gatherings altogether. Stay home as much as you can.

 

#DoingMyPartCO

Today we are launching the Doing My Part CO campaign where we’re encouraging folks to do the right thing and share it on social media with the hashtag #DoingMyPartCO and challenging 5 friends to do the same.

Good things to share are photos or stories of folks who are:

  • practicing proper hygiene and social distancing
  • working from home
  • walking or taking your car instead of taking public transit
  • Face-timing with grandma instead of going to visit her
  • getting groceries or medicine for an elderly neighbor
  • And taking it easy on the toilet paper at the supermarket

These are all positive steps that folks across our state are taking to address social distancing. Share them on social media and then challenge five friends to do THEIR part too.

Mountain community visitors to minimize social contact

One additional announcement to note is that due to extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly recommends that anyone who lives in or has visited those communities in the past week minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.

 

Analysse Escobar, Deputy Community Engagement Director

COVID-19: City and County of Broomfield Updates, Closures and Cancellations

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Statement from the City and County of Broomfield (3/12/2020)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

From Jennifer Hoffman, Broomfield City/County Manager:

Although we don’t have a case in Broomfield, after several days of consulting with internal and external partners including guidance from the Governor and following the Emergency Declaration, the City and County of Broomfield will operate under the precautionary principle and will proactively be closing the senior center, recreation center, library, museum, and inventHQ facilities to the public to include all programs, events, and classes.

The closure will start Saturday, March 14 and be in place for a minimum of 2 weeks, at which time we will reassess the overall COVID-19 impact on the community. In particular, our focus is on our most vulnerable populations, those who are older adults (60+) and those with underlying health conditions, specifically respiratory issues, heart disease, and diabetes.

This includes Boards & Commission meetings over the next two weeks.

SENIOR RESOURCES 

  • Meals on Wheels – Adults age 60+ who are residents of Broomfield may request meals on wheels. Meals can be delivered within one business day after registering. Registration is done by calling 303.464.5532
  • Easy Ride – Easy Ride will continue to provide trips for medical and nutritional purposes only. Registration is required before trips can be scheduled. Registration can be done by calling 303.464.5534 or completing an online application.

FACILITIES 

  • Paul Derda Rec Center, Broomfield Community and Senior Center, Library, Auditorium, Depot Museum, inventHQ

During the closure, staff will complete a deep-clean, disinfecting and completing other tasks and duties that are difficult to complete while facilities are open.We are not at the point where we feel closing city buildings to employees is warranted. The staff has built and continues to evaluate a risk-analysis for additional closures.

  • Health and Human Services –  State-related functions in Public Health and Human Services will continue and follow guidelines of the state, which emphasizes social distancing, setting telephone appointments when appropriate, and addressing benefits online. Walk-ins are not encouraged. To apply for benefits online please click HERE.
    • Workforce Center – Resource Center will not be open for public use, staff will meet with clients by appointment only.  All classes and job fairs will be suspended until further notice. Please call 303 464-5855 to make an appointment.
  • Motor Vehicle – Broomfield’s Motor Vehicle Office will remain open, based on the state’s direction. Please click HERE to access E-Services offered by the Department of Revenue’s Eservice Site or visit the Motor Vehicle Express Kiosk located in the King Soopers at 12167 Sheridan Blvd.
  • Boards & Commissions – Boards and Commission meetings will also be canceled during this two-week period.  

“We realized the rapidly-changing situation is difficult, stressful and sometimes disappointing and scary, but we need to band together in Broomfield to protect our beloved seniors and those at high-risk,” said City and County Manager Jennifer Hoffman. “That’s who we are – we do right by each other, we look out for one another, we sacrifice a little today for the greater good tomorrow, we are Broomfield.”

While we have pulled together as a community to anticipate and prepare for an event like this, it’s clear based on the guidance from our Public Health Department that Broomfield will soon face one or multiple confirmed cases of the virus.

Public Health Director Jason Vahling says “while we know 80 percent of our population that comes down with the virus will only have mild symptoms, we must act to protect our most at-risk who we see walking the track at the rec center in the mornings, at Lakeshore Cafe at the senior center at lunch and enjoying a show at the Library’s Auditorium over the weekend.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TESTING: If you are exhibiting symptoms, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath the person should go to your medical provider, like a clinic or hospital, but ONLY AFTER calling the provider (i.e. do not show up unannounced). The medical provider will evaluate the patient and determine if testing is needed for influenza, other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19.

MOST AT-RISK: Older adults (60+) and people who have serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or a serious underlying medical condition, or if you care for someone who is at increased risk, it is especially important for you to take action to reduce your risk of exposure including the following. Click here to learn more.

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  •  Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of exposure.

PREVENTION: Ways for individuals to participate in prevention efforts is to engage in self-care, general hygiene, staying home if sick, increasing efforts to clean commonly touched surfaces, and educating yourself using reliable sources. More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how individuals, families and businesses can prepare are here , as well as previous communications from BPHE ( here ).

Your extra efforts towards prevention and preparation will go a long way in keeping Broomfield residents safe and healthy.

MORE INFORMATION:

RESOURCES

Here are the flyers to be posted at all buildings, inside and outside. Please feel free to use for your purposes.

For additional information/clarifications please call the Public Health Dept 720-887-2220 or the City and County’s main line 303-469-3301.

COVID-19 Update – City and County of Broomfield

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Below is information from the City and County of Broomfield’s Health and Human Services Department, pertaining to the City and County’s monitoring of developments regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus):
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Broomfield staff continues to monitor the COVID 19/novel coronavirus situation in partnership with state and federal agencies. This is a constantly evolving and complex situation. Moving forward, updates will be provided as the situation warrents.

Current situation:
• Although Colorado currently has no cases of COVID-19, and though the risk is currently low, there is evidence of some community transmission in a few states, namely in WA where, unfortunately, they have experienced six deaths.
• Preparedness is key to successfully slowing the spread of this disease if it comes to Broomfield.
• For more information please see the Mayor Hancock’s press conference from today.

What Broomfield PHE is doing to prepare:
• Broomfield Public Health and Environment (PHE) activated the Public Health Emergency Operations Plan, along with its Pandemic Response Annex and Community Containment Annex, on February 28. This takes PHE’s efforts to the next level in preparedness and allows CCOB leadership to engage in practical preparations.
• PHE is working closely with health care providers, schools, child care, assisted living/long term care facilities to ensure protocols are in place for mitigating risk as well as guidance for identifying individuals warranting referral to public health. The primary concern, as is usually the case, is with vulnerable populations – immuno-compromised individuals and older adults.
• PHE is scheduling trainings/outreach with CCOB departments that may be at higher risk of coming into contact with affected individuals or may serve vulnerable populations (Detention Center, Senior Services, Recreation Center, Library, Public Works, etc.).
• Providing extra sanitation stations at community facilities such as the Library, Recreation Center, etc.
• CCOB’s Leadership Team was briefed on March 2, 2020, and is reviewing its plans to maintain essential services to the community if staff are out sick due to an outbreak, ensuring adequate supplies are in place, and other continuity of operations planning activities.

In the event there is a confirmed case or multiple cases in Broomfield, PHE will:
• PHE will conduct contact tracing – which involves interviewing residents that were exposed to the affected person to determine the potential risk of the spread of the virus in the community.
• Depending on the level of risk, PHE may issue isolation and quarantine orders or other measures to mitigate community risk. This would be done in conjunction with CDPHE and the CCOB legal department.

What CCOB and City Council, and others, can do:
• Reinforce the message of what residents can do to prepare themselves (noted below) and not to panic.
• Send them to credible scientific agencies for more information including the CDC’s website or the CDPHE website. We will continue to post updates on Broomfieldhealth.org.

What businesses and residents can do:
• Residents and Employees can protect themselves from COVID19 or and any respiratory virus (like the flu) by:
o Frequently cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Soap and water is the most effective; alcohol-based hand rub is less effective and should only be used if soap and water is unavailable.
o Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Use the inside of your elbow or a tissue.
o Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
o While there is currently not a vaccine for COVID-19, residents should still get a flu shot as people are more likely to be exposed to flu viruses than they are COVID-19.
o Members of the general public in the United States DO NOT need to use face masks to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Masks should be reserved for people who are sick, so they can protect others from getting infected
o Take proactive measures similar to planning for other situations, such as a major snowstorm. This includes: fill necessary prescriptions, plan for school and/or work closures, stock up on necessary household items, etc

• Residents and businesses can also call CDPHE’s CO Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish. Statewide information can be found on the CDPHE website. We will continue to post updates on Broomfieldhealth.org.

Next steps:
• CCOB leadership will have weekly briefings to monitor the progress of COVID-19
• PHE will continue to issue general communication to the public. A message focused on personal preparedness will go out on 3/3.

Please reach out to the Public Health Dept. with questions/concerns/suggestions – we will continue to update Broomfieldhealth.org as information is available.

Jason Vahling, Public Health Director
Health and Human Services

2020 Annual Membership Meeting

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Governor Jared Polis, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, State Representative Matt Gray and Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn all addressed a full house at the Broomfield Chamber’s 2020 Annual Membership Meeting.

In addition, the 2020 Broomfield Chamber Board was introduced, and new Board Chair Seth Patterson presented past President Grayson Hofferbar with a token of appreciation for his service.

Read the Broomfield Enterprise article here, and see the new Board members here.

Thank you to all of our members, sponsors volunteers and supporters for a great 2019. We’re looking forward to an even better 2020!

Annual Meeting Sponsors

Presenting Partner

Director’s Table Partner

Chairman’s Table Partner

Friends of the Chamber Partner: Code Blue Computing

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Chamber Membership: A Nice Bonus for Employees

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by Christina R. Green

If you’re a chamber member, you may not give a lot of thought as to what that means for your employees but there are a lot of benefits for them as well.

1.      Lunch and Learns

Chambers host Lunch and Learns and other seminars on topics such as social media and personal branding. These topics can be worthwhile for your employees. You can even use it as a free or inexpensive form of professional development.

Don’t assume your employees know about these perks. Circulate the learning schedule among your employees. This is an effective way to get even more value from your chamber membership. Many younger employees are looking for ways to boost their skills and these sessions are a quick and easy source for learning.

2.      Discounts on Events

Another benefit your employees may not be aware of is discounts on tickets to chamber events. Oftentimes, the chamber offers discounts to members on their event tickets. Speaking of discounts…

3.      Member to Member Discounts

If your chamber offers member to member discounts you want to make sure your employees know about them. This can be a considerable cost savings to your employees and a nice perk you can pass on when someone joins your company.

4.      A Way to Meet People in the Community

If you recruit outside of your community and bring people in from other towns or states, they may wish they knew more people in town. Sure, you can introduce them to other employees but it’s nice for them to get to know people outside your company as well.

For people from your community, the chamber offers them an opportunity to brush up on their networking skills, which is critical to professional development.

5.      The Ability to Shine

Another benefit of chamber membership for your employees is a golden moment where they can shine. This may be the chamber picking up a social media post of theirs, the chamber accepting a guest blog from them, or a speaking opportunity to showcase what they know. This gives your employees a time to shine as well as represent your company proudly.

Some business owners only use the chamber membership themselves and forget to tell their employees that they can use it as well. There are many reasons that it benefits you to do so, but one that is important to your business is getting your employees out in the community. It not only gets your name out there but shows that your company and company culture think community involvement is important. This is the type of thing that makes a big impression on customers and potential customers who begin to know, like, and trust you when they see you contributing.

 

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers, and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com and the Event Manager Blog.