COVID-19 - Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus COVID-19 (7)

In an effort to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19 in our community, all City facilities are currently closed to the public. 

The City will continue providing essential services to the community including public safety, water utilities, and general operations.

Check back periodically for updated resources and information. 

Stay in Place, Maintain your Space, and Cover your Face. 

Colorado is under a Stay-at-Home Order. All Coloradans must stay home unless they are engaged in certain necessary activities. Stay home as much as possible, this is the easiest thing we can do to help protect loved ones and others who are at a greater risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms.

What does this mean for the average person in Colorado?

  • You must stay home as much as possible. You can leave your home to do a limited number of specific things.
  • When you go out, you must follow Social Distancing Requirements, which are below in a separate question.
  • People at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence at all times, except when they need to get necessary medical care. Necessary medical care does not include most “elective,” procedures, which currently are prohibited.
  • People who have COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate or have a negative test result. Testing is still limited at this time, so self-isolating when you are ill is the best course of action. Please read how to isolate, which includes symptoms.
  • Only essential travel is allowed.
  • Sick people must not go to work.

What are necessary activities? 

When in doubt, stay home. Please read detailed information here. 

Is it OK to go outside and exercise or play?

It is physically and mentally healthy to be outdoors. Be outdoors at times and in places where you can maintain 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others. Utilize trails and parks in your neighborhood/city, do not travel to trail heads. See information, closures and best practices for City of Lafayette’s Parks, Playgrounds and trails here: 

Preventive actions

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home and self-isolate if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Daily, clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

Practice social and physical distancing

  • Keep 6 feet between yourself and other people (people who don’t live in the same household as you whenever possible. No hugs, no handshakes.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Keep children and teens from gathering.
  • Stay home.
  • Avoid group gatherings. The smallest group in the largest space poses the least risk. Currently, people should stay home except for essential needs.
  • Wear a non-medical cloth face covering while out in public.

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.

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.

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 (2 meters) 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 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Illness can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.
  • Do you have symptoms? See this web page: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid19-symptoms

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.

If you are sick

It is important to call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room to prevent the spread of illness. Tell them your symptoms and that you suspect you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or had recent travel to a place that is experiencing community spread.