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Posted on: March 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 2 Year Anniversary of COVID-19 in Broomfield

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From the statewide stay-at-home orders and sewing masks at home, to highly effective vaccines and at-home testing options, the COVID-19 landscape has changed dramatically since the pandemic first began. The actions of Broomfielders and advances in science have made an extraordinary impact in our community.

“The Broomfield community has truly stepped up throughout the pandemic. The hospital system would have absolutely collapsed without individuals following public health guidance along the way, like staying home, following capacity restrictions, wearing masks, and eventually getting vaccinated. I can say with full confidence that every individual action taken to protect the community has made a difference, and has kept our hospitals up and running.” Dr. Bob Belknap, Medical Officer to Broomfield, Infectious Disease Specialist

Broomfield, to date, has had 13,013 COVID-19 cases, 438 hospitalizations, and 112 deaths due to COVID-19. 

“The sacrifices that the community has made to protect each other are not lost on us. This has been an incredibly difficult two years, and we have learned a lot about this novel virus. We have also learned that our community is strong and cares about each other, and we are incredibly grateful that almost 80% of eligible Broomfielders are fully vaccinated. We have and will continue to follow the data available to us as we move into a new phase of living with the virus. Over the next few months, we will be building capacity for any future waves of COVID-19 and ensuring that we are implementing Colorado’s new roadmap for response.” - Jason Vahling, Director of Public Health

In the past two years, over 210,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, and 149,670 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to Broomfield residents. Broomfield has the 4th highest vaccination rate in the state, and has lower hospitalization and death rates than two-thirds of all other Colorado counties. 

“We mourn those that we have lost to this disease, and realize that many Broomfield families will never be the same. I think it’s important to recognize that we are both in a state of mourning over the last two years, and in a state of optimism for the future. I think back to different points of the pandemic - when the Library had online story time, when our Recreation staff transitioned to working at the 1STBANK mass vaccination clinics, and all points in between and after - and I am in awe that we have made it here. I am incredibly grateful for the connection that Broomfield has maintained, and know that we can move forward together, because we will always be stronger together.” - Jennifer Hoffman, City and County Manager.

Broomfield is working with state and local partners to implement “Colorado’s Next Chapter: Our Roadmap to Moving Forward.” This roadmap outlines the four main steps to maintain a level of preparedness and agility to keep Coloradans safe and healthy in the event of exacerbated or new public health challenges. 

“Now, more than ever, we need to focus on connection and healing. It’s time to reach out to your support network, and ask for help if you need it. We don’t know what the future of this virus will bring, but I am confident that our community is prepared for whatever may come our way.”

Broomfielders can find a wide variety of mental and behavioral health resources at Broomfield.org/MHResources. Stay up to date on COVID-19 at Broomfield.org/COVID.

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