COVID-19 - Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus COVID-19 (7)

Boulder County is currently in Level Orange High Risk

Level Orange is more restrictive than Level Yellow, for counties experiencing increases in the metrics. Action is needed, but Stay at Home may not be warranted.

Businesses are operating with restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. View this page with detailed information and resources.

CLICK HERE for COVID-19 vaccination information

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While some facilities remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City will continue providing essential services to the community including public safety, water utilities, and general operations. Click on the City Closures & Cancellations tab below to view the status of facilities.

Check back periodically for updated resources and information. 

  • State of Colorado Statewide Mandatory Mask Order
    • The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:
      • When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
      • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.
      • Read the FAQ sheet. 
  • Boulder County requires face coverings
  • If you symptoms of COVID-19, you CAN and SHOULD get tested. Find a testing site by clicking here.
  • View the City of Lafayette’s Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency ratified on March 17, 2020.
  • View the list of City closures and cancellations
  • COVID-19 Community Updates from Boulder County Public Health every Wednesday at 3:30pm. 
  • Call the Boulder County Call center for questions about COVID-19 at 720-776-0822
  • Report Safer-at-Home Order and Face Covering Order violations using this form.
    • If you are concerned that a violation is happening NOW at a SPECIFIC location, please call dispatch at 303-441-4444. 

How COVID-19 spreads

The disease most likely spreads the same way as similar respiratory illnesses.

  • Person-to-person contact:
  • To become sick, you have to be exposed to the virus. CDC defines exposure as being within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed infection for a prolonged period of time.
  • Exposure can occur through respiratory droplets -- when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory viruses spread.
  • Infected surfaces or objects:
    • It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes.
  • For these reasons, people at increased risk of infection are:
    • People who have been to areas where widespread community transmission is occurring.
    • People who had direct close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Symptoms and severity

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell,  fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose or diarrhea. 
  • Illness can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.
  • If you have severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face; call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms. 

If you are sick

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. Find a testing site here:

Higher-risk people

  • Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, including:
    • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80.
    • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
    • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at the highest risk.
    • People at higher risk should take action now to be prepared for this virus if there is an outbreak in their community. CDC has the information you need if you are at higher-risk for COVID-19.
    • Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.

Should I wear a face mask in the community to prevent COVID-19?

Colorado is asking everyone to wear a non-medical cloth face covering while out in public. You can make or buy a covering that will cover your mouth and nose and use it whenever you are outside your house and yard. Boulder County Face Covering Order and City of Lafayette Face Covering Order. 

Why are we being asked to wear masks?

The main reason to wear a non-medical mask is to protect others. Science is telling us that some people may spread COVID-19 when they do not have symptoms. People may spread the disease when speaking, coughing or sneezing -- especially in situations where a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.