COVID-19 Prevention

Prevention Measures

Broomfield will continue to follow the updated Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Fourth Amended Public Health Order 20-38. This order is in effect July 1 through August 1, 2021, unless extended.

The updates in this order include:

  • Face coverings are no longer required for schools, childcares, and camps.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings in these settings: homeless shelters, prisons, jails, and health care settings. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must also wear masks in long term care facilities under a separate Public Health Order, 20-20.
  • Staff who work in the aforementioned sectors who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to engage in routine testing for COVID-19.

What this means in Broomfield:

  • If you have not been vaccinated yet, get your vaccine! Visit Broomfield.org/COVIDVaccine to see all the convenient ways to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • It is recommended, but not required, for those who have not been fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask in public as a way to prevent contracting and spreading COVID-19.
  • Businesses may still require both vaccinated and unvaccinated community members to wear a mask. Please respect local businesses and their requests for patrons to wear masks.

View current Public Health Orders at covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders

What does that mean for people who are immunocompromised:

  • At this time, there are limited data on vaccine protection in people who are immunocompromised. People with immunocompromising conditions, including those taking immunosuppressive medications (for instance drugs, such as mycophenolate and rituximab, to suppress rejection of transplanted organs or to treat rheumatologic conditions), should discuss the need for personal protective measures with their healthcare provider after vaccination.

View frequently asked questions on the face covering requirements at https://bit.ly/3wkQT0D

Learn more about COVID-19 in Broomfield at Broomfield.org/COVID.

After you receive the second dose of the vaccine, it will take time for your body to respond and make enough antibodies to protect you. This could take up two weeks after your last dose. 

Protect yourself and those around you by continuing to take necessary precautions. 

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What are COVID-19 symptoms?

Symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Consider getting tested if you have any of the following:
Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
Fatigue
Diarrhea
Body Aches
Shortness of Breath
Headaches
Chills
Loss of Taste or Smell
Cough
Congestion or Runny Nose
Sore Throat
Nausea/Vomiting/Loss of Appetite

When should I quarantine?

You should quarantine AFTER you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but BEFORE you get sick. A person in quarantine is required to stay home, not go to work, avoid other people, and watch for symptoms.

Length
Is testing required?
Who should use this option? 
14 Day QuarantineNoPeople who have regular close contact with high risk individuals. This includes people who live or work in residential or congregate living facilities such as long term care or correctional facilities.*

People who had close contact with a case infected with a COVID-19 variant virus of concern (e.g. B.1.1.7 variant).**
10 Day QuarantineNoThis quarantine period is appropriate for most people who do not have contact with high risk individuals.
7 Day QuarantineYesPeople who do not have contact with high risk individuals and have a negative test collected 48 hours before quarantine is discontinued (on day 5 or later).

*The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommends nursing homes use a 14-day quarantine period. During times of worker shortages, facilities may need to implement shorter or modified quarantine for critical infrastructure workers

**While in some cases of COVID-19 shorter quarantines might be appropriate, for contacts of cases infected with COVID-19 variant virusus a full 14-day quarantine is required. 

When should I isolate?

You must isolate AFTER you become sick or test positive with COVID-19. A person with COVID-19 is required to stay home, not go to work, and avoid other people, staying isolated in their own bedroom and using their own bathroom as much as possible.

Length
Is testing required?
Who should use this option?
Minimum 10 Day Isolation
Depends
People who have symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation starts after the first day of symptoms or the date of a positive test if you do not have symptoms.

A person in isolation is required to stay home, not go to work, and avoid other people. Staying isolated in their own bedroom and using their own bathrooms as much as possible is the safest way to isolate.

Isolation ends 10 days after symptoms start, AND after 24 hours of no fever, AND after improving symptoms.




If You Must Travel During the Pandemic

It may be summer, but COVID-19 doesn’t take a vacation. Travel can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. 

Travel for Vaccinated Individuals

  • During Travel
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like a ferry or top deck of a bus).
    • Follow all recommendations and requirements at your destination, including mask wearing and social distancing
  • After Travel
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

Travel for Unvaccinated Individuals

  • Before you travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • While you are traveling:
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on a ferry or the top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • After you travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
      • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
      • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illnessfor 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
      • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.