News of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Broomfield is not a surprise, and it's important that we come together as a community to face this unprecedented public health threat unitedly. For those who do fall ill, they may feel scared and ostracized. As a community, we need to focus on how we can support each other. Instead of questioning the moves of those who fall victim, let's identify paths forward in slowing the spread together.
All residents should be operating under the assumption that COVID-19 has been in our community for some time and do our part to protect others through precautionary self-distancing and proactive self-isolation with symptoms. Since the metro-area is experiencing community spread, it can be nearly impossible to identify how a patient acquired the virus given how widespread the disease has become.
Legally we cannot share any identifiable information about a patient such as name, address, or contact information; only non-identifiable information such as age and gender. This is to protect patient medical privacy and personal security.
Again, Broomfield residents should operate under the assumption that the virus is here and the best thing we can do now is to slow the spread by practicing social distancing, staying home for all but essential outings, and practicing the best possible hand hygiene. While you may not think you are personally at risk, this is for the protection of our most vulnerable.
Thank you for being partners in our joint efforts to protect the health and wellness of all Broomfield residents.
--- Jason Vahling, Director
Broomfield Public Health Department