City Continues Preparation for COVID-19

There are now two presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Colorado although not confirmed. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are monitoring these situations and continue to test individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of the disease. These cases will be confirmed once the CDC has the opportunity to run their tests.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that they have found no significant change in the genetic makeup of the virus and that for people with mild disease, the recovery time is about two weeks, while people with a more severe form of the illness recover within three to six weeks.

Staff continues to develop a Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) and will update an existing Pandemic Influenza Response Plan. In the event it does become widespread, we will follow these plans as well as our Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). In addition to developing these plans, the City will take actions to protect the wellness of employees and the public that include:

  • Limiting business travel for employees.
  • Implementing teleworking and flexible shifts for employees, as well as promoting cross-training so that core functions will not be disrupted if key employees are out sick.
  • Explore alternatives to non-essential large meetings with individuals outside our agency such as conference calls, rescheduling for later dates, and emailing in lieu of meeting in person.
  • Increase social distancing and maintain awareness of personal hygiene (handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, etc.) to reduce spread of disease.

We also encourage the public to limit non-essential visits to City facilities. Residents can call City staff with questions or can visit our website to obtain information. The City’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts will continually be updated as more information becomes available.

As always, the following is a brief reminder on preventative steps we each can take now to stop the spread of germs:

Follow these simple everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like the Coronavirus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean your hands often
  • Monitor your symptoms

For More Information & City Updates (as they are released) – Please Visit:


Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

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