March 26, 2020-- The City of Arvada continues to follow the recommendations of state and local health officials in responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and we thank the Arvada community for the effort and sacrifice residents and businesses have made to help stop the spread of the virus.
As part of the region’s next steps in addressing this public health emergency, the State of Colorado issued Stay-At-Home Public Health Orders. The orders were effective March 26 at 8 a.m. until April 11, unless officials determine otherwise. For details about the State orders including FAQs, visit covid19.colorado.gov.
To read Arvada's webpage regarding the order, visit arvada.org/stay-at-home-orders-issued. Below is additional information from the City about these orders. Please also remember that more information is available at www.arvada.org/COVID-19.
A New Level of Awareness, Urgency and Action
The purpose of the state's orders are to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their homes to the greatest extent feasible in order to slow the rate of potential transmission of COVID-19. There are exceptions that enable the continuation of essential services, businesses and travel necessary to protect public health and safety, and for the continuity of social and commercial life.
Consistent with the City’s ongoing approach, the orders urge all residents to continue following the social distancing guidelines. The focus is now on redoubling our efforts and limiting activities outside the home to those necessary for promoting health and well-being, such as getting groceries or take-out food from restaurants, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking or running, while continuing the strict observance of physical distancing practices.
We encourage you visit the State of Colorado website for details, but in short, most Arvadans are already following these guidelines. The Stay-at-Home orders underscore what we already know: each of us is personally responsible for doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 in order to help keep our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, a concept that is commonly referred to as “flattening the curve.”
When Will the Order End?
The Stay-at-Home orders will be in effect until April 11; however, health officials may decide to expire the orders or extend them depending on public health needs. Because the goal is to “flatten the curve,” local health officials will be looking at evidence such as decreases in positive test results and the burden on healthcare facilities as indications that strict social distancing is working. It will take weeks to see improvement after the orders have been in place, because people who are getting sick now may have been exposed many days ago. These actions are intended to decrease the exponential spread of COVID-19. The most important thing to understand is that we can do this, and we will get through this challenging time. We have the power to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Notes on Enforcement
As one of the agencies responsible for public safety, the Arvada Police Department has the authority to enforce the behaviors outlined in the Stay-at-Home Order; however, the department contends that the mitigation in the transmission of COVID-19 is the responsibility of the individual. We encourage community members to take care of themselves.
We truly appreciate how the Arvada community has responded to this health crisis, and although the “Stay at Home” orders provide police departments with enforcement guidelines, the City of Arvada and the Police Department expect that residents will continue to display great personal responsibility, and strict enforcement actions will not be necessary.
What You Can Do
The spread of COVID-19 is evolving and has caused great uncertainty. But you have the power to help stop the spread, care for your family and friends, and to stay connected to your neighbors and community:
- Protect Yourself by following social distancing and other guidelines for avoiding infectious disease.
- Be patient and kind. This is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation, and the City asks for the community’s patience as the team works to respond. The City also asks residents to be patient and kind with others, checking in on neighbors and giving people the space and grace to deal with this challenging period.
- Stay informed by following authoritative resources like the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (covid19.colorado.gov).
- Support local businesses, look at ideas and resources developed by the Arvada Economic Development Association and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.
- Volunteer, contribute or donate by visiting Help Colorado Now.
- Share your experience and perspective at speakup.arvada.org/we-can-do-this.
- Ask questions at Ask Arvada or COVIDresponse@arvada.org.
In January 2020, following the recommendations of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the City began sharing infection prevention information with the community and City team members, providing additional training to employees and ensuring adequate supplies of safety materials were available. On March 13, Arvada City Manager Mark Deven declared a State of Emergency to provide the City the flexibility to acquire and apply resources to support residents and partners. On March 16, the City announced the closure of all facilities to the public. On March 23, City Council voted to extend the State of Emergency to April 6, and the City Manager extended the closure of City facilities through April 10.
The City team continues to evaluate and refine its approach to this rapidly evolving public health emergency, while continuing to:
- Focus on the safety and well-being of the community and the City team.
- Deliver core services such as water, public safety, street maintenance and others to the community.
- Responsibly manage the City’s resources, relying on our 10-year financial plan and healthy fund reserves to help weather the current economic uncertainty.
- Prepare and plan for recovery now by working with local and regional partners such as the Chamber of Commerce, faith-based organizations and neighborhood leaders to support community safety, economic vitality, and physical and mental health.
- Provide timely information and opportunities for the community to be involved, especially focused on thriving during and after this unprecedented challenge.
- by City Manager