March 11 Update: City of Boulder Working With Partners to Monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The City of Boulder has been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will continue to do so. As of March 11 at 10:30 a.m., there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Boulder County.
Gov. Jared Polis issued a disaster declaration for the state of Colorado on Tuesday morning, giving the state more resources to control the outbreak.
The health and well-being of our community is a top priority, and the city is committed to helping prevent the spread of this virus, and others, in our public spaces. This is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to respond appropriately, learning and adapting as new information is made available.
On the evening of March 10, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) had reported 17 positive cases of COVID-19 in Colorado. Because the testing was done at the state level, these cases are a “presumptive positive” and results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation. To act as swiftly as possible, the state is proceeding as if the cases are officially confirmed.
What is the City of Boulder doing?
We want to assure you that we are concentrating efforts in our public spaces to mitigate the spread of germs and ask that you partner with us in this effort. At this time, we are taking the actions listed below; this plan will be updated as needed, based upon the evolving situation. We are working with Boulder County, Boulder County Health and other partner organizations to coordinate our operations and activities in the event of an expanding public health risk.
- We are increasing education about the virus and healthy habits to employees and with visitors to our public spaces.
- We are increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of offices, common areas and public areas to help prevent the spread of all germs.
- Our current, standard drinking water treatment methods assure a complete disinfection process, with no threat of drinking water becoming a source of the virus.
- Our wastewater recovery process uses an ultraviolet light disinfection system to assure the destruction of viruses before water is returned to Boulder Creek.
- Until further notice, Boulder Parks and Recreation (BPR) will waive withdrawal, change or cancellation fees for courses, memberships, permits and applications due to illness.
- In the event our recreation facilities, services or courses are closed or canceled, we will work to reschedule if possible or provide credits and pro-rated refunds to impacted BPR participants.
- Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) will notify community members/participants if it cancels Voice and Sight Tag education classes, volunteer events, nature hikes/education programs and public engagement meetings.
What can you do now?
We urge all Boulder residents to protect themselves with strong hygienic practices. While the spread of the coronavirus around the world is of concern to all of us, it is important to remember we are also at the height of flu season. As with any respiratory virus, people should continue to wash their hands frequently and cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to protect themselves and others. For more information, read the CDC coronavirus fact sheet .
Continue to practice everyday wellness steps:
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
Keep Up to Date
Learn more about the COVID-19 at:
- Boulder County Public Health
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email [email protected] , for answers in English and Spanish
We are currently working with Boulder County and Boulder County Public Health to monitor the situation and are partnering with our public health partners. We will continue to provide updates as warranted.
Published: March 11, 2020