Boulder County COVID-19 status is at Level Yellow. Vaccine locations and info are available in English and Spanish.

COVID-19 Prevention

COVID-19 Prevention

Individual Actions

Now that the virus is actively spreading in the community, it is vital to practice appropriate wellness and hygiene activities, and maintain proper distancing between yourself and others.

Risks & Benefits
When deciding which activities you are comfortable participating in, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How many other people will be participating in this activity?
  • Is the activity outside?
  • Can I put distance between myself and others?
  • How long will the activity take?
  • Do I feel 100% healthy?
  • How will I get there? Biking, walking, and driving in a car are all safer than public transportation.
  • Do I live with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19, and would be at high risk if I happened to bring the virus home?
  • What is the value of this activity to me versus the risk I am taking?

Visit to learn more about assessing the risk level of certain activities.

Practice Social Distancing

Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others. Six feet is about the length of a bicycle of pair of snow skis.

Take Everyday Wellness Actions

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, us an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Practicing not touching your face. This can greatly reduce the frequency of potential spread. (You can even try a buddy system, where you and a friend remind each other when someone scratches their eyelid or rubs their nose.)
  • Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.
  • Build healthy habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.
  • Avoid sharing anything, such as e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.
  • Increase regular cleaning of frequently-touched items (e.g. doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.)
  • Use a cleaning product effective for COVID-19

Wear a Face Covering (Mask)

Cloth masks and face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, they do not provide full protection from transmission and it’s still critical to wash your hands, follow stay-at-home orders and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Learn more at the Colorado Mask Project.

Gather a Few Extra Supplies

  • Try to get an extra months’ worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.
  • Slowly start to stock up on enough non-perishable food to last your household through two weeks of staying at home if there is a wave of transmission in the community.

Take Care of Your Emotional Health

Coping with the feelings related to COVID-19, and getting help when you need it can help you, your family, and your community recover.

Guidance for Social Distancing

The COVID-19 outbreak calls on the Boulder County community to think creatively about how to meet everyone’s basic needs and maintain social connections while also slowing the spread of disease using social distancing practices (e.g. staying at least 6 feet away from others).

In general, stay at home except for Essential Activities. When planning Essential Activities, consider these tips:

      • Keep household members away from others if they’re sick. Contact their healthcare provider if you have concerns.
      • Continue to take everyday wellness actions and teach your kids to do the same.
      • Try to increase the distance between children by playing games that involve fewer opportunities for touching, and reminding everyone to practice of proper hygiene habits.
      • Spend time outdoors. Outdoor activities are less risky than indoor ones because COVID-19 spreads more easily when people are close together in confined spaces. Daily time outdoors is important to children and adults alike. To apply social distancing, consider outdoor activities like walking, hiking, or bike riding.
      • Monitor symptoms if someone you’ve been near becomes ill. If the symptomatic person is not a confirmed case of COVID-19, there is no not need to quarantine, but you should monitor closely for symptoms. If a fever, cough, or shortness of breath develops, separate from others and call your healthcare provider.
        • If the symptomatic person is a confirmed COVID-19 case, anyone who had close contact with the person should quarantine for 14 days, monitor symptoms, and notify your healthcare provider if symptoms develop.
      • Talk with your child about COVID-19. As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, kids may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children understand what they hear in an honest and accurate way while minimizing worry and fear. Some things to keep in mind include:
        • Remain calm and reassuring.
        • Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when you have questions.
        • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma. Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity.
        • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19.
        • Provide information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level for the child. The CDC has compiled “Facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children” that can be a helpful starting point.
        • Remind children about proper hygiene habits including washing their hands often.
        • Guidance for Parents when school is closed.

Cleaning & Disinfecting Hard Surfaces

There is much to learn about COVID-19. Based on what is currently known, COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.

Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

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