April 22, 2020
The City and County of Broomfield is committed to providing frequent news, updates and information related to the developing COVID-19 situation. Please find more resources at BroomfieldHealth.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter , and v iew the Stay At Home Public Health Order FAQ's.

Seniors: sign up for weekly check-in calls or find more resources for seniors by calling 303.464.5526, visiting BroomfieldSeniors.com or reading this FAQ for Older Adults .

Please be mindful that information may change rapidly, even by the hour.
Public Health Update
  • Broomfield
  • 108 cases (+4)
  • 3 deaths 
  • The CDPHE website updates cases daily at 4 p.m. To ensure rapid response to new cases, Broomfield staff monitors the reporting systems throughout the day, so occasionally Broomfield numbers may differ from CDPHE.
  • Colorado
  • 10,447 cases (+124) 
  • 2,003 hospitalized (+64)
  • 56 counties (no change)
  • 48,704 people tested (+1,238)
  • 486 deaths (+37) 
  • 119 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities (+6) View outbreak data.
Broomfield Reports First COVID-19 Related Outbreak at a Long Term Care Facility. Read the press release

Broomfield Public Health and Environment (BPHE) is reporting the first local outbreak at a long-term care facility related to the COVID-19 coronavirus in the City and County of Broomfield. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases within 14 days. The facility is Sunrise at FlatIrons. 

At this time, there are 6 confirmed cases and one death associated with the outbreak at the facility. The resident who died was in his 90’s and known to have underlying health conditions. 

“This facility continues to offer its residents an intense level of compassion and care, and we look forward to supporting the facility in implementing their isolation and quarantine practices,” said Public Health Director Jason Vahling. “With almost 40% of Colorado’s fatalities associated with long-term care facilities - home to our most vulnerable residents - we strive to create the safest environment possible.”

BPHE and Sunrise Assisted Living are working diligently to ensure all patients are receiving the proper care while limiting the further spread of the disease. Proactive efforts are focused on identifying, isolating and testing all of those who may be at risk because of these new cases, as well as helping to ensure that adequate supplies of personal protective equipment are in place for staff and residents. 

Broomfield officials continue to urge residents to assume the coronavirus is widespread in the community and stay diligent about the stay at home order, social distancing requirements, wearing a mask while engaging in essential activities and frequent handwashing.

Self-isolate if you have COVID-19 type symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath.) To flatten the curve, and impact on the healthcare system, go to the hospital only if you need urgent/emergent care (for instance, if you experience severe respiratory issues or difficulty breathing.) View information on isolation and quarantine .

The people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 are:
  • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
  • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.
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  • PLEASE NOTE: The State of Colorado is helping with COVID-19 proactive testing at long-term care facilities (LTCF), including Broomfield Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on April 23. The Unified Command Center (UCC) initiated proactive testing at LTCF on April 19. COVID-19 testing is supported by members of the Colorado National Guard, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at three LTCF along the front range this week. With approximately 40 percent of Colorado’s COVID-19 fatalities associated with LTCF the state strategy is to test at locations based on the size of the facility (number of staff and residents) and not previously reported outbreaks. The goal is earlier identification of COVID-19 cases to try to limit spread in the facilities. The three facilities to be tested this week are located in El Paso, Adams and Broomfield Counties. Three hundred tests will be provided for each facility to test staff and residents. BPHE staff have been in contact with Broomfield Skilled Nursing and they look forward to participating in this proactive approach.
Upcoming Events:

Telephone Town Hall: Join the Telephone Town Hall Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Residents can call 855.695.3744 the night of, or sign up to be called directly . RSVP and share the Facebook event for updates as well. Town Hall audio is now streamed live on Channel 8 as well. Thank you to the 1,581 participants that joined the Telephone Town Hall last week. If you are not able to make it, listen to the available recording .

Thursday Sing-a-Long. Join the community in singing “Sweet Caroline” this Thursday, April 23 after the Telephone Town Hall.
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Pick it up, Broomfield! Make a difference while spending time in your local outdoor spaces on Earth Day, April 22. Take these easy steps to keep Broomfield Beautiful:
  1. Grab a bag from home 
  2. Pick up trash at your favorite neighborhood open space, park, trail or greenway
  3. Throw it out at home (please don’t use park trash receptacles as more residents enjoying Broomfield open spaces, parks and trails during the stay at home order means bins are already full from regular use)
  4. Snap a selfie
  5. Post on social media using #WeAreBroomfield
GOAL: Broomfield, can 50 residents share photos to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Tell your neighbors to jump in to pick it up!
Tune in to the Broomfield Library’s NEW daily, live virtual storytime at 9:45 a.m everyday this week.
City Updates
  • Advanced Urgent Care off of 144th/Lowell will have a drive-up clinic for COVID testing starting April 22. Please call ahead at 303.558.0502 to check availability. 
  • Police Department employees are now required to wear face masks outside of the PD and vehicles, and gloves per Governor Polis’ Executive Order D 2020 039
  • The 17th Judicial District Courts updated their projection of May 4 for re-opening their court dockets. This will not be a full docket but instead will be "phased" to build gradually. Chief Judge Coats of the Colorado Supreme Court has directed that no jury trials will occur until June 1. 
  • Enhance Broomfield award letters are finalized and have been sent to additional 40 impacted businesses. Total applications stand at 121, with 47 businesses awarded funding support totalling $218,000.
  • Bridge the Gap has received 85 applications to households in need of housing assistance and has approved almost $51,200 worth of funding.
Federal/State Update:
CDPHE released an amendment to the public health order for long-term care facilities to prevent and control outbreaks of COVID-19. Key elements of this public health order include:
  • Limitations on non-essential visitors
  • At-the-door symptom checks
  • Face-covering requirements for staff and residents
  • COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan 
  • Isolation plan in plan
  • Residents have access to necessary medical care
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Follow COVIDodo on Instagram as “he” travels around Broomfield checking out public art, open spaces and more!
Stay at Home Activity
Join the City Nature Challenge , and help the Boulder-Denver Metro Area compete against over 150 cities around the world to see who can document the most nature in only four days. Participating is easy! Just download the free iNaturalist app , join the Boulder-Denver Metro Area Project , then get outside and start taking pictures of the nature around you. Observe any plants, animals, or bugs in open spaces, city parks, your backyard, or even cracks in the pavement. It's all city nature! (Just no pets or house plants, please.) Post your observations to the iNaturalist app April 24-27, and a community of naturalists will help identify them. If you're unable to go out and make observations, you can still help by identifying observations April 28 - May 3. View more activities for staying busy during the stay at home orders at Broomfield.org/DailyActivities .
How to get help
  • For Seniors: 
  • Sign up for weekly check-in calls or find more resources for seniors by calling 303.464.5526.
  • For All Residents: 
  • Apply now for the Bridge-The-Gap program which provides housing payment assistance to Broomfield residents that have lost wages due to the impact of COVID-19. See eligibility criteria, learn more and apply online at Broomfield.org/BridgeTheGap
  • 2-1-1 Is now set up to offer COVID-19 specific services and resources available across the state. Visit 211colorado.org/covid-19, dial 2-1-1 or 866.720.6489, text 898.211* or chat live with a representative through the website.
  • Visit the Resources page on BroomfieldHealth.org for a constantly updated list of resources, support and information.
  • Read Colorado Tenant’s Guide to COVID-19.
  • Use NextDoor’s Neighborhood Help Map to find neighbors in your area that are able to help in a variety of ways, such as phone check-ins, pet care and more. Follow all safety guidelines and requirements while getting helping or providing help to neighbors. 
  • Need a mask? Apply to get a fabric mask, donated by the community or made by inventHQ.
  • For Businesses: 
  • Visit Broomfield.org/COVIDEconomicSupport for information and links to help businesses and employees sustain through this downturn and support the rebuilding of the local economy. 
  • For Employers: Updated information about the U.S. SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and the Emergency Injury Disaster Loans. Your business lending partners are now taking applications for both loan programs.
  • For Employees: A direct link to file for the expanded Unemployment Insurance programs and benefits and information on other programs, such as Bridging the Gap.
  • For Residents to Support Businesses: Information about local businesses serving the community, with adjusted service and hours. 
  • Businesses can apply for the Enhance Broomfield program, which offers a one-time grant of up to $7,500 which can be used for operating expenses including rent, wages, marketing, utilities, and supplies. The application is also a good step forward in filling out an application for a U.S. SBA loan if a business decided to do so.
  • Support Resources for Colorado Businesses During COVID-19 is a resource site hosted by the Colorado Office of Economic Development.
How you can help
  • Donate Blood: There is an urgent need for blood donations. Visit Vitalant.org or call 303.363.2300 for scheduling or questions.
  • Donate Money:
  • Donate to the Disaster Relief fund through the Broomfield Community Foundation.
  • There is an immediate need for ”stay-at-home” alternatives for unhoused neighbors living in Broomfield. The Towneplace Suites has offered a special rate but additional funding is needed. Donate to the Emergency Sheltering fund through the Broomfield Community Foundation so folks have a place to stay until the end of April.
  • Do you have unspent lunch funds in your student's account? You can donate these funds directly to the emergency food program that supports BVSD families in need through The School Food Project. It's as simple as filling out three questions on this form. Since Friday, 325 families have donated their unused funds. Thank you!
  • Donate Food: FISH is asking the community to help donate the following most needed items: peanut butter, oatmeal, canned meat, mac & cheese, and spaghettios.
  • Donate Items:
  • A Precious Child is accepting cleaning supplies and hygiene items listed on their Amazon wishlists.
  • inventHQ is looking for materials to continue making masks for the community. The following items can be dropped off, in a sealed ziptop bag, at the Library Book Drop:
  • Washed 100% cotton or linen fabric, (no smaller than 1/4 yard, please)
  • Interfacing (Light to medium weight, non-woven, fusible or sew-in)
  • Elastic (¾” wide or less)
  • Bias tape
  • Questions? Email inventhq@broomfield.org or call 303.460.6836.
  • Volunteer:
  • The Broomfield VOAD is encouraging healthy volunteers to assist FISH at their facility. Sign-up to volunteer at FISH.
  • Are you a medical professional? Sign up to volunteer.
  • Governor Jared Polis created the Colorado Covid-19 Innovation Response Team to introduce telehealth/telemedicine service supporting approximately 800,000 uninsured and under-served Coloradans. Help the team provide health services while reducing strain on healthcare facilities, leaving hospital beds open to the most severely ill.
  • Use NextDoor’s Neighborhood Help Map to list things you are able and willing to do for neighbors in your area, such as phone check-ins, pet care and more. Follow all safety guidelines and requirements while helping or providing help to neighbors.
Reliable, Updated Information
Help slow the spread of misinformation by relying on and sharing credible information from Broomfield Public Health, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and the Federal Center for Disease Control: 
Show how you are supporting your community and doing your part
Using #WeAreBroomfield, #DoingMyPartCO