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Posted on: March 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Updates

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COVID-2019 (Coronavirus)

The City of Brighton staff continues to be in communication with its local health partners, Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), regarding the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019). 

Closures

Out of precaution to keep our residents and visitors safe, the City of Brighton has temporarily closed all city buildings to the public effective Monday, March 16. City buildings will still be open to employees and operations will continue but visitors will not be allowed in the buildings. These closures will continue through at least April 16. This schedule is subject to change, as the city continues to evaluate information from our local and state partners.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions is available here. If your question is not included, please call us at 303-655-2000. 

Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public

To help answer questions about the COVID-2019, the CDPHE has set up a Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Interpretation is available in many languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and more.

COVID-19 And Water/Wastewater Treatment

Regarding COVID-19 and the city’s water and wastewater operations, the coronavirus has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low and Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.

As required for all municipal water systems, the treatment processes used at the Water Treatment Facility removes or destroys 99.99% of all viruses.

For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s COVID-19 and drinking water web page.

News Releases

  • March 14, 2020: City Council declares local disaster - Read here
  • March 12, 2020: City temporarily closing all facilities to the public as a precautionary measure for COVID-19 -  Read here

Additional Resources

Below is some reliable and up-to-date information to help you stay informed about the virus:

Safety Tips

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

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