# UPDATE #
The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has issued a stay-at-home order effective March 26 at 8:00 a.m. through April 17th at 11:59 p.m.
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“There is a widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the Metro Denver area, and we must take bold actions to stop the spread of this virus,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, executive director of Tri-County Health Department. “With each passing day, we run a growing risk of greater transmission and illness and quickly overwhelming our hospitals, which are really a resource for our entire region and state. When this happens, not everyone may get the care they need. It’s a real possibility in Colorado — and a situation which has already occurred in countries such as Italy — and which is threatening to happen in major U.S. cities in other areas of our country. We understand the toll that measures to address the pandemic is having our communities, and we want to reassure residents that this step is temporary, and a critical one to get us closer to recovery.”
“Scientific evidence shows that we must act now, at this stage of the COVID-19 emergency, in order to save lives in the long-run. It will give us the time we need to test comprehensively slow the spread of the virus to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director.
What activities are permitted and not permitted?
To learn more about the orders you can read more on The Denver Channel
# END UPDATE
The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) is expected to issue a shelter-in-place order today which was still being drafted as of Tuesday evening. According to Aurora Mayor, Mike Coffman in a tweet said the TCHD was still preparing the stay-at-home order which was said to be very similar to the one Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued for the city of Denver.
“These orders are part of a larger front-range effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said a Tri-County Health spokesperson in a prepared statement late Tuesday night.
The final order is expected to be announced early Wednesday morning which could go into effect Thursday.
At 10:00 a.m. a remote press briefing will be held. CRJ will bring you more details as more information is available.
Details specific to the order will be published here when released.