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.
On June 27th, an employee of Beau Jo’s Restaurant in Idaho Springs began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and notified the County Department of Public & Environmental Health (PEH). Read on...
Beginning July 3, face coverings are required to be worn in Clear Creek County public spaces unless social distancing can be maintained. Read on...
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... Read on...
CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans...
CLEAR CREEK COUNTY’S ROADS RE-OPENED on May 28 for non-local use. The original County Public Health Order, which began on April 11... Read on...