The City of Brighton staff continues to be in communication with local health partners, Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regarding the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019).
Adams County Moving to Level Yellow on the state's new COVID-19 dial
Starting on Feb. 6, Adams County will operate under Level Yellow on the new version of the COVID-19, Dial 2.0. The new dial has the same levels - green, blue, yellow, red and purple - and widens metrics for each level to bring less restrictions for most Colorado counties. Click here to learn about the new restrictions. For more on Dial 2.0, click here.
Starting on Feb. 8, the state entered Phase 1B.2 for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Coloradans ages 65 and older, as well as PreK-12 educators and child care workers in licensed programs, are now able to get the vaccine. The vaccination clinic at the Adams County Government Center will be following these guidelines. Schedule an appointment at sclhealth.org/CoVidVaccine.
The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) encourages teachers to work with their employer to get the vaccine. The TCHD School Task Force is working with school districts to ensure they know how to get the vaccine. Child care staff will be able to self-schedule with vaccine providers, including TCHD clinics, healthcare provider offices and pharmacies. TCHD will not be matching child care providers to a vaccine site at this time.
Community-based organizations interested in hosting vaccine clinics or supporting their communities with navigation can attend an informational webinar on Feb. 16 from 3-4 p.m. For registration information and the interest form, click here.
According to TCHD, vaccine supply is growing, but still substantially lower than the number of people wanting the vaccine and providers are vaccinating people as quickly as they can. This week, the state received 154,900 doses. The 146 providers in the Tri-County Health Department jurisdiction received 32,000 doses. Adams County received 13,375 doses (this is the first week of the “single inventory” ordering, so these numbers represent allocation of both first and second doses). Vaccine providers in the TCHD’s area currently have the capacity to provide 130,000 vaccines a week once vaccine supply meets vaccine demand. TCHD has released the TCHD Strategy to Ensure Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access, a specific plan to ensure equitable access and distribution of the vaccine to communities of color and other groups who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The TCHD COVID-19 call center, 303-220-9200, is available for COVID-19 vaccine questions.
Adams County and Platte Valley Medical Center have partnered to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Adams County Government Center Conference Center, 4430 S. Adams County Pkwy., Brighton. The clinic follows state vaccination distribution phases and guidelines. The clinic is open by appointment only, no walk-ins will be accepted. Pre-registration is required. For more info and to pre-register, go to adamscountycovid19.org/vaccination-clinics
For the state's vaccination distribution plan and vaccine FAQ's, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.
Click here for a county by county breakdown of where vaccination in Colorado is currently available. Because vaccine supplies are limited, not all phase 1A and 1B recipients will have access to the vaccine at the same time. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is working to coordinate with local public health agencies, health care providers, pharmacies, and diverse community partners to distribute the vaccine as equitably and efficiently as possible.
The July 16 statewide mandate requiring face coverings has been extended until Jan. 6, 2021. It may continue to be extended if necessary. Per the mandate, Coloradans 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths when entering or moving within any public indoor space. This mandate excludes people 10 years and younger or those who can’t medically tolerate a face covering.
Where to get COVID-19 Testing
Riverdale Regional Park | 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, CO | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays (through March 2021)
- Free rapid testing (previous rapid testing sites located throughout the county have all been consolidated into this one location)
- Registration not required; First-come, first-serve
Salud Family Health Clinic | 1860 Egbert St., Brighton, CO | 1 - 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (weather, staff permitting)
- Free testing
- For residents with or without insurance (no co-pay required)
- Requires online registration & scheduling for each person (up to 2 days in advance) https://www.saludtesting.com/
- Closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1/21
Advanced Urgent Care | 2801 Purcell St., Brighton, CO | Curbside testing 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 days a week
- Rapid nasal swab testing
- Requires an appointment for testing via an online visit https://advurgent.com/ or by phone at 303-558-0509
- Accepts most insurance for these tests or offers reduced pricing for self-pay; Currently, the test is not covered by insurance, but is emergency FDA-approved. Payment is collected at the time the test is administered.
Water World | 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights | 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. through September (through March 2021)
- Up to 4,500 tests will be administered each day
- Free to get tested; No ID card, social security number or proof of insurance required to get a test
- Registration is required: https://t.co/F7qM12EyHk?amp=1
The MAC Recreation Center | 3295 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster, CO | Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Registration is not required, no cost for the rapid test for uninsured residents
- First-come, first-served basis
- Rapid testing
**For a list of TCHD testing sites and information, click here.
**For statewide community testing sites, click here.
For the full list of Level Orange guidelines, click here.
City Hall: Per the guidelines of Level Orange, City Hall will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at a limited 25-percent capacity with reduced staffing. Individuals with specific needs are still encouraged to first contact the department you would like to reach or you can call the city’s main phone line at 303-655-2000. Residents may also visit www.brightonco.gov for many online services.
To ensure the safety of our employees and visitors, anyone entering city facilities are required to wear a face covering while in public areas, take their temperature upon entering city buildings and practice social distancing measures where appropriate. Any persons registering a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius will not be allowed in. Contact tracing will be done for every employee who tests positive for COVID-19.
Brighton Recreation Center: To further ensure the safety of patrons in light of the ongoing pandemic, the Brighton Recreation Center will return to a reservation system for use of its basketball gymnasium starting Friday, Jan. 15. Waiting in the lobby for basketball gymnasium space to open will not be permitted. Reservations will be limited to eight people per side of the gym, for a maximum capacity of 16 people for the entire gym. Face coverings will need to be worn properly at all times while in the facility. Reservations can be made online or by calling the Recreation Center at 303-655-2200. For more information, call 303-655-220 or visit https://www.brightonco.gov/258/Recreation-Center.
Municipal Court: Brighton Municipal Court is holding most court sessions virtually via Zoom. For more details, click here.
Eagle View Adult Center (EVAC): EVAC remains temporarily closed until further notice. To learn of virtual and socially distant activities, click here.
Parks and playgrounds: City parks and playgrounds and their amenities are open to the public. According to state guidelines, playgrounds are permitted to have up to 10 people at a time. The City posted new signage at playgrounds to remind individuals of COVID-19-related health and safety measures. More here.
Gyms/fitness centers: 25% capacity or 25 people indoors (whichever is less); Outdoors in groups less than 10
Group sports and camps: Virtual or outdoors in groups less than 10
Outdoor sport facilities for individual use (i.e. fields and tennis, basketball, and pickle ball courts):
City-owned parks and trails: Open, but visitors must follow social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals and are restricted to groups of 10 or less.
Dog parks: Open, but pet owners are encouraged to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in those spaces.
Restaurants: 25% capacity or 50 people (whichever is less); 6-feet between parties outdoors (per local zoning)
Last call: 10 p.m. (on premises)
Youth sporting events: Per state guidelines, spectators are prohibited at all sporting events including Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) sanctioned sporting events.
Facilities that remain closed until further guidance due to state public health orders include the Eagle View Adult Center (1150 Prairie Center Pkwy.) and The Armory Performing Arts Center (300 Strong St.).
The Brighton Police Department remains open. Essential public safety services will continue and measures are in place to continue non-emergency operations.
Data: Case counts, mapping, and more
Case reporting by municipality: https://data.tchd.org/covid19/municipality/
To view case data for Adams County, visit Tri-County Health Department’s website.
To view statewide data, visit the state’s website.
To view COVID-19 cases by neighborhood and testing: https://tchdgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bcf71927e04c43dcaa4d52b445ada60e
To see COVID-19 levels by county, click here.
To learn about TCHD's "Practice Safe Six" campaign, go to www.tchd.org/practicesafesix, https://www.tchd.org/834/Partner-Communication-Resources
Please call us at 303-655-2000.
Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public
To help answer questions about 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, 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.
To view current news releases, go here.
COVID-19 Assistance Programs
For all current COVID-19 grants and resources, go to www.brightonco.gov/covid-19assistance.
- Colorado Legal Servicesoffers a program to prevent homelessness by providing low-income renters facing eviction free legal assistance
- Water Assistance for persons facing extended financial hardship, not limited to those related to COVID-19
- Food Banks - Adams County has a list of food pantries and meal programs throughout the county as well as other community resources
For Nonprofits and Community Groups:
- Colorado Assistance Fund - Grants from this fund through the El Pomar Foundation will be distributed to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or government entities supporting access to appropriate healthcare and meeting basic human needs such as food access, rent and utilities assistance, and emergency services for individuals and communities impacted by the virus.
- #WeAreBrighton: To support local businesses, the BEDC and the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau have teamed up to start the #WeAreBrighton campaign. Visit http://brightonedc.org/wearebrighton and check out Brighton establishments that are open for business and providing gift cards, take out, and delivery service. If you are a local business and would like to be added to this site, visit https://forms.gle/H9d8KjdBMWoPUcEr9.
For a more detailed list of current assistance programs, go to https://www.brightonco.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1433. If you have any questions about these assistance programs, City Staff are ready to help, free of cost. Contact Cindy Steele at email@example.com or 303-655-2276.
Below is reliable and up-to-date information to help you stay informed about the virus:
- CDPHE COVID-19 vaccine call center — for the public to ask COVID-19 vaccine-related questions. Through the end of January, the vaccine call center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Starting in February, hours will extend to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new toll-free number is 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). More info here.
- Adams County COVID View Mobile App - Residents who download the app will receive periodic text messages with important COVID-19 updates, including updated case stats availability, updates to current county dial level, new public health orders, and other pertinent information as necessary. The app will also be updated regularly with new resources.
- State of Colorado COVID-19 website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE): www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
- Tri-County Health Department: https://www.tchd.org/818/Coronavirus
- Adams County COVID-19 resources: adamscountycovid19.org
- Resident and business-specific questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents are strongly advised to continue staying at home, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (this includes people with underlying medical issues and those 65 and older). People who go out in public are urged to continue to take the following preventative measures:
Wear a face covering
Maintain six feet of distance from others
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself and contact your doctor
If you are sick, stay home
Limit non-essential travel
Here are more preventative actions recommended by the CDC - Protect yourself and others.