Jefferson County Coronavirus Cases Spike Amid Private Gatherings –

JEFFERSON COUNTY, CO — Jefferson County has seen another surge in coronavirus cases, but this time the spike is the highest it’s been in more than six months, public health officials warned. If the county continues to see high numbers, residents and businesses could face more restrictions.

The surge has been seen across Denver’s metro region as many people understandably experience “COVID-19 fatigue,” health officials said.

“We’re tired of the coronavirus, but the coronavirus isn’t tired of us,” Gov. Jared Polis continues to say during his bi-weekly news conferences.

Between Sept. 24 and Oct. 7, 745 new coronavirus cases were reported in Jefferson County, health officials said.

Investigations have revealed that many residents were infected with the virus at private gatherings, backyard parties and college campus gatherings, according to Jefferson County Public Health.

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Jefferson County is in Safer at Home Level 2 of the state’s COVID-19 Dial. If the county continues to see an increase in case counts, it is at risk of losing its local variance and being moved into Level 3, which would include stricter capacity limits for businesses, health officials said.

Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties are also at risk of moving to a more restrictive level on Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial. Arapahoe and Douglas counties are under Safer Level 1, and could shift to Level 2; however Adams and Jefferson counties would shift to Level 3.

Prevention measures are especially crucial now that the weather is cooling and more gatherings and restaurant seating will be indoors, health officials said.

“As a community, we have the power to choose our next steps in the COVID-19 recovery process,” Jeffco public health officials said in a statement.

“If we all stay focused on our individual behaviors and follow the “three Ws” — wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands — we can move closer to getting back to normal. We’ve curbed spikes in cases before, and we can do it again!”