Important updates and messages below for all Adams County employees. We will continue to update employees through multiple resources. Thank you all for your cooperation as we work through this closure.
Building Closure Update from County Manager Raymond Gonzales
Good morning Adams County Team,
I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy while spending time with your families, but also practicing social distancing. I know this situation brings challenges for all of us, in many different ways. My commitment of health and safety for our employees and residents has not changed, and continues to be my top priority. County leadership is monitoring the ever-changing Coronavirus (COVID-19) landscape very closely, and we are in daily contact with health officials and various local and state agencies for updates and best practices. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends closing places of business for 30 days, to help slow down the spread of the virus. Following these recommended guidelines, I have decided to extend the building closures through April 19, with the intention of reopening buildings on Monday, April 20.
While our buildings are closed to the public, essential operations will continue, as they have this week – with most departments working from home and in the field. We know not all departments are fully operational yet. The leadership team is working with department directors to bring as many services back online as soon as possible so we can continue to provide essential services to our residents. We know each department has different operational needs and the leadership team is working to identify and address those needs. All county buildings will remain closed to the public, with the exception of the Animal Shelter and Colorado Air and Space Port, who will operate on a limited basis. Sheriff, District Attorney, Coroner, and Justice Center will remain open until further notice.
It is important to stay connected while working remotely to ensure you aren’t missing any county updates. There are several ways to do this:
- Email: Check your email often.
- Workplace: Important info is added here as needed.
- This page on the county’s website has valuable CareHere and healthcare updates, working from home recommendations, and tips on how to stay healthy. Scroll down to learn more.
We will get through this together.
We are Adams!
Transitioning to Working from Home
Transitioning to working from home can be challenging. Please see this document for some quick tips as well as a list of resources to help you make this transition as smooth as possible during these challenging times.
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Health Tips
The LEAD Learning & Development Program is now offering COVID-19: Protecting Yourself and Others, an online course through Absorb. This course provides what you need to know and where to find information for you and your family.
Comcast Announces Ways to Keep Americans Connected to the Internet
Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:
- Xfinity WiFi is free For everyone
- Pausing data plan restrictions
- No disconnects or late fees
- News, information, and educational content on X1
- 24/7 network monitoring
For more information, visit Comcast's website.
CDPHE recommends that Colorado follow CDC guidance to cancel or postpone in-person events of 50 people or more
March 15, 2020: To best protect public health, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is recommending that Coloradans follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released today. The guidance states that the CDC “recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”
Information about the guidance can be found on the CDC website.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.
CareHere clinics will remain open at both the Government Center and Human Services Center during regular business hours, during the temporary shutdown. CareHere is conducting phone pre-screenings for all appointments. Employees who are exhibiting Coronavirus symptoms are asked not to enter the clinics and instead call CareHere at 877.423.1330. You may also schedule a televisit through carehere.com or the CareHere app.
To minimize face-to-face contact for employees and CareHere staff, all preventative clinic visits are postponed for eight weeks, starting Wednesday, March 18. Preventative visits include: annual lab draws and follow ups, women’s wellness exams, preventative procedures, school physicals, etc. CareHere staff is working on rescheduling any patients that are already on the schedule and employees will be contacted by them directly.
Prescription refills are still being completed. If you need to schedule a prescription refill, please call 877.423.1330 or make an appointment at carehere.com.
With the understandable fear and concern regarding COVID-19, all CareHere clinics have been experiencing a high number of walk-in patients with no appointment. Here are a few reminders about CareHere clinics:
- Walk-ins are not accepted.
- If you are showing symptoms, do not enter the clinic. Instead, call CareHere at 877.423.1330 or visit carehere.com for a televisit.
- Not all employees are eligible to use the clinic. Only benefit-eligible employees have access.
Thank you for understanding. Please stay safe and healthy.
Kaiser Permanente Members
Message from Kaiser Permanente to County Employees
Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing excellent health care for all members. As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation rapidly advances, the demands on the health care system threaten to exhaust supplies, equipment, and people.
Temporary Changes to Care Delivery
Kaiser Permanente is taking temporary steps to ensure continuation of high-quality care while also preparing for the oncoming increase in the number of patients with COVID-19. Key steps Kaiser Permanente is taking over the next week:
Effective immediately: Expanding telehealth and virtual care to allow members to stay at home if they want, and to increase the number of patients that can be treated.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17: Temporarily postponing non-urgent surgeries and procedures to ensure Kaiser Permanente has capacity and equipment to care for the potential of more critically ill patients.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, Kaiser Permanente Colorado is consolidating medical offices to reduce unnecessary exposure for patients and staff. The following medical offices will remain open for in-person visits:
- Acero Medical Offices, 2625 W. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo
- Arapahoe Medical Offices, 5555 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial
- Aurora Centrepoint Medical Offices, 14701 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora
- Franklin Medical Offices, 2045 Franklin St., Denver
- Lakewood Medical Offices, 8383 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood
- Lone Tree Medical Offices, 10240 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree
- Loveland Medical Offices, 4901 Thompson Pkwy., Loveland
- Parkside Medical Offices, 215 Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs
- Rock Creek Medical Offices, 280 Exempla Circle, Lafayette
- Skyline Medical Offices, 1375 E. 20th Ave., Denver
The Westminster Medical Offices (11245 Huron St., Westminster), Aurora Centrepoint Medical Offices, Lakewood Medical Offices, Lone Tree Medical Offices, and urgent care locations are open for pharmacy services only. For affiliated urgent care providers, visit kp.org/getcare. Pharmacy hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Appointments and Advice
Please be sure to call ahead to schedule phone or video appointments or schedule online at kp.org/appointments or call 303.338.4545 or 1.800.218.1059 (TTY 711).
Mail Order Pharmacy
We recommend you fill your prescription through the mail order service. Get your prescriptions delivered with no shipping costs. You can fill them through the mobile app or by calling 1.866.523.6059 (TTY 711) or at kp.org/rxrefill.
Coverage of Screening/Testing for COVID-19
- For the Kaiser Permanente medical plan, cost sharing (deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance) will be reduced to zero dollars ($0.00) for medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 including the visit, associated lab testing, and radiology services in a plan hospital, emergency, or urgent care setting or medical office.
- This cost sharing reduction will apply to all Kaiser Permanente medical plan members and participating providers.
- If a member is diagnosed with COVID-19, all treatment including, but not limited to, hospital, transportation, and pharmacy services will be covered in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the coverage document for the member’s health plan.
- Assistance from a medical professional can be provided via phone, email, or video.
- Visit kp.org/getcare for details on all your care options or call 303.338.4545 (Denver/Boulder) and 970.207.7171 (Northern Colorado).
Coverage of Screening/Testing for COVID-19
- For all UnitedHealthcare medical plans, cost sharing (deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance) will be reduced to zero dollars ($0.00) for medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 including the visit, associated lab testing, and radiology services in a plan hospital, emergency, or urgent care setting or medical office.
- This 100% coverage for screening/testing is also applicable to those employees enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan/Health Savings Account (HDHP/HSA) plan.
- Virtual visits let you talk with a doctor by video 24/7. A virtual visit doctor can treat and prescribe medication for everyday illnesses like the flu, sinus infections, a cough, and more. To get started, sign in at myuhc.com/virtualvisits or download the UnitedHealthcare app.
- Dispatch Health is available from the comfort of your home for non-emergency medical needs instead of going to the ER or Urgent Care. Both Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare members have access.
- Visit dispatchhealth.com, email email@example.com, or call 303.500.1518.
Fitness Classes and other Health & Wellness Updates
- All fitness classes have been canceled through May 31.
- Personal training has been canceled through May 31.
- CollegeInvest meetings will change from in-person meetings to webinars.
- Wellness annual luncheon is being postponed – new date TBD.
- Lunch and Learns will change from in-person meetings to webinars.
- Lunch with Laura has been canceled through May 31.
- 457b One-on-One meetings will be conducted via telephone.
LEAD Learning & Development Program
All classes for the LEAD Learning & Development Program will be postposed or canceled until further notice. This includes Leading Change, Building Team Adams, Inspiring Trust, and Emerging Leaders. Absorb will stay updated with course schedules.
Classes that are a series of dates will be adjusted so as to provide as minimal disruption as possible. We will likely add or combine dates where possible so please do not delete the series as a whole from your calendar.
We will be looking at adding online learning and webinars through Absorb and prioritizing such availability based on what would be most helpful in this interim and as we come back to work after this disruption. Absorb is available from any browser connection.
While disruption is stressful, it is also an opportunity to learn - learn together and grow together. We hope you and your family are healthy and well in this time.
A-Proud meetings and events are on hold until further notice. Check Absorb for the most updated information.