• Jeffco Variance

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    July 24, 2020
    Jeffco, we need your help now more than ever. Our community has worked tirelessly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we saw results. The state even granted Jeffco a variance to thoughtfully re-open businesses and safely increase gathering sizes.
     
    Now, the county’s state variance is in jeopardy.
     
    We learned recently that the county had more than 580 new COVID-19 cases over the last two-week period. Why does that matter? Once we surpass 580 cases, Jeffco Public Health must notify the state because that’s the state’s trigger number for our variance.
     
    The next step: Jeffco Public Health will put in place a mitigation plan to reduce levels to under 580 cases over a two-week period – that’s the baseline number of cases the state used to approve Jeffco’s variance. More here: https://www.jeffco.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1297
     
    Without your help, it will be exceedingly difficult to decrease our numbers. If we do not reduce cases to under 580 in two weeks, the state will rescind our variance and we fall back to the Safer At Home public health order. (The variance allowed Jeffco to exceed those requirements if the county met certain criteria and safety precautions.)
     
    This news is a huge blow and weighs heavily on me – and all of us in our community who have worked diligently on COVID-19 response and recovery. Our businesses are just getting back on their feet. Our nonprofits continue to help neighbors in need of rental assistance and food – up to 30 percent of whom are new clients. Our community is returning to some new sense of normalcy. We can’t afford to go backwards.
     
    We can decrease the numbers if we work together – just as we successfully did earlier. Wear a mask; physically distance 6 feet; wash your hands; skip handshakes and hugs – you know what to do. Think you may have the novel coronavirus? Get tested. We are Jeffco strong. Thank you for leaning in and doing everything in your power to slow the spread.