Stay-at-home order may extend to May 8 for some Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas areas

Gradual reopening of businesses may look different across the counties, health agency says

Ellis Arnold
earnold@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/23/20

While Colorado's statewide stay-at-home order expires at the end of April 26, certain areas of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties may see the order extended to May 8, according to a news release …

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Stay-at-home order may extend to May 8 for some Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas areas

Gradual reopening of businesses may look different across the counties, health agency says

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While Colorado's statewide stay-at-home order expires at the end of April 26, certain areas of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties may see the order extended to May 8, according to a news release from the Tri-County Health Department.

The department, which covers those counties, is weighing the need to extend the stay-at-home order for locations that are still experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 cases, the release said. A decision will be made by April 26 on the most appropriate steps to “slowly reopen” businesses in the counties, the release added.

MORE: Jefferson County extends Stay-at-home order till May 8

It wasn't immediately clear which areas could see an extension of the stay-at-home order.

“While we want to minimize confusion for the public, reopening could look different for different communities based on the level of COVID-19 cases in that specific area,” John Douglas, Tri-County's executive director, said in the release. “Many parts of the state do not have growing numbers of COVID-19 cases and it makes sense for them to open, but in the more densely populated counties in the metro area, opening too soon could be detrimental to keeping us healthy and open moving forward.”

Out of the three counties’ total of 3,345 COVID-19 cases, the Arapahoe County portion of Aurora alone accounts for 1,151, according to Tri-County’s online data as of April 23. The city with the next-largest total is Thornton with 215. (The north portion of Aurora, with 189 cases, sits in Adams County.)

Centennial has 199 cases, with Littleton at 83, Parker at 69 and Lone Tree at 20. Arapahoe County’s total sat at 1,819, Adams’ at 1,087 and Douglas’ at 393. Location was pending for 46 cases.

Arapahoe has seen 99 deaths, Adams 44 and Douglas 21.

The state's upcoming “safer at home” phase of social distancing — to begin April 27 — allows local governments to modify the state's new guidelines based on local conditions.

That means local officials could implement measures to address a COVID-19 outbreak at a single facility, or issue a stay-at-home order for a neighborhood or area with an outbreak, Gov. Jared Polis has said.

Local governments also can relax guidelines further than the state if they have "very low case counts and/or demonstrate proof of 14 consecutive days of decline of infection of COVID-19 in the jurisdiction," a governor's office presentation said.

The application to relax guidelines must include a written COVID-19 suppression plan approved by the local public health authority, and all local hospitals and elected officials must sign off on the plan, according to the governor’s office.

“Regardless of whether the orders are extended, it will take every individual in our counties to continue to follow social distancing guidelines, staying at home as much as possible, wearing masks and practicing abundant personal hygiene and cleanliness to keep our communities healthy and economically viable,” Tri-County said in the release.

Tri-County Health Department covers more than 1.5 million people in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

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