Increase in COVID-19 cases prompts new order in Adams County
As of Oct. 15, Adams County has an incidence rate of 313/100,000 population. Adams County has been beyond the State’s threshold for level 2 of Safer at Home since Sept. 28. TCHD hopes this order will pull Adams County back within the limits of level 2 by reducing the number of COVID-19 cases. The public health order will enact the following:
Spectators are prohibited at Colorado High School Sports Association (CHSSA) sanctioned sporting events.
Spectators are prohibited from adult recreational and league sports.
Organized recreational and league youth sports are limited to 25 people per field, including spectators. Coaches and referees are excluded from the 25 person capacity limit.
Personal indoor gatherings are limited to no more than 5 individuals. Outdoor personal gatherings are limited to no more than 10 individuals. Life rite ceremonies are excluded. Nothing in this order prohibits the gathering of members living in the same household.
All alcohol beverage sales must cease at 10 p.m.
The order went into effect, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. and will remain in effect until Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11:59 p.m. unless it is extended.
Tri-County Health Department is issuing a public health order to limit public and private gatherings in Adams County in an attempt to reduce the recent surge in cases and thereby protect both the public’s health and the economy. Contact tracing and case investigation have revealed that many people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have attended public or private gatherings.
Fatal accident on Highway 2
On Friday, October 16, at approximately 6:20 p.m. the Colorado State Patrol responded to investigate a fatal crash in the area of Highway 2 and Turnberry Parkway. This location is in Commerce City, but the Colorado State Patrol responded as a Commerce City Police Officer was involved in the crash.
A Ford F350 was driving southbound on Highway 2. An unmarked Commerce City Police Department Ford Explorer was northbound on Highway 2. A third vehicle, a Kia Soul was also traveling northbound on Highway 2. The F350 traveled off the right side of the road onto the shoulder, then came back onto the roadway and collided with the Explorer and Kia. The F350 struck the Explorer head-on and collided its side with the driver’s side of the Kia.
The Commerce City Police Officer and driver of the Kia were both killed in the crash. The driver of the F350 was transported to the University of Colorado Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Commerce City Officer has been identified as 37-year old Curt Holland and the driver of the Kia has been identified as 31-year old Francesca Dominguez.
President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Delta from October 6 to October 10.
Governor Jared Polis released the following statement on the passing of Commerce City Police Officer Curt Holland.
“Yesterday we tragically lost Curt Holland, a Colorado police officer who worked day and night to keep the Commerce City community safe, and dedicated his life to serving others. I expressed my deepest sympathy to his widow Amanda today, and extend condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at the Commerce City Police Department. I know that words cannot heal your pain, but the entire state of Colorado grieves alongside you. Curt’s service will not be forgotten.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its selection of the City and County of Denver to participate in the What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program, a new effort to help cities confront the budget crisis while strengthening their commitment to equity in the wake of COVID-19. The program will help cities develop and implement plans to drive financial recovery and ensure the budget crisis does not disproportionately harm under-resourced residents and communities of color. The program also provides the opportunity for leaders from the selected cities to problem solve with a network of peers and produce a set of tactics for other local leaders to follow.