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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Learn more about the COVID-19 at:
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.