COVID-19

Local, state, and national COVID-19 updates and vaccine information will be posted on this page as they become available. Resources related to food, unemployment, and housing will soon be migrated to the Community Resources page and resources for businesses related to COVID-19 is posted on the Opportunities and Incentives page.

Central City is operating at the Orange Level and is utilizing the following Re-Entry Guidelines - Phased Facilities and Services Reopening Plan

City Hall remains closed to the public; however effective Monday, August 10, 2020, City Hall appointment days and times will be expanded to regular business hours Monday – Thursday.  City Hall is closed on Friday.  The Visitor Center remains open to the public.  Face coverings are required to enter a public buildings. To book an appointment, please click here. If you need assistance, please click here or call (303) 582-5251. 

Updates on our status can be found by emailing individual staff members, by reviewing this COVID-19  page, or by calling City Hall and leaving a voice message directly (please note many staff members continue to work remotely and have limited access to voicemail). An additional resource is the city Facebook page.

Essential public safety services, including Law Enforcement, Fire Protection, Public Utilities (Water) and Public Works, will continue operations as normal. Additional measures are in place to continue operations for non-emergency services.

Orders, directives and resolutions relating to the pandemic may be found below:

  • Central City Emergency Order 20-01 - An Emergency Order of the City of Central, Colorado, requiring the use of face coverings in certain public settings for the promotion of health and suppression of disease. Mask Up - While supplies last, masks are available at the Visitor Center at 103 Eureka Street. ​​​​​​
  • Administrative Directive - Electronic Meetings - Emergency electronic participation policy for regular and special meetings of City Commissions.
  • Emergency Declaration Resolutions:
Ordinance 20-08 Resolution 20-14 Resolution 20-15 
Resolution 20-17 Resolution 20-18 Resolution 20-20
Resolution 20-22 Resolution 20-25 Resolution 20-27
Resolution 20-28 Resolution 20-32 Resolution 20-33
Resolution 20-37 Resolution 20-38 Resolution 20-41
Resolution 21-04    

Gilpin County is currently operating at the Orange Level.

November 17, 2020 - Public Health Order Update

November 10, 2020 - Public Health Order Update - Gilpin County Protect Our Neighbors Status and COVID-19 Dial ChangeThe change from Protect Our Neighbors to COVID-19 Dial Level Yellow is effective Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8 a.m. This process will require the county to implement restrictions across all sectors as described in Section II.D of Public Health Order 20-36, as amended.

November 2, 2020 - Public Health Order Update - The Gilpin County commissioner's had a recent Special Meeting where they addressed COVID-19 related matters. In effort to preserve the current Protect Our Neighbors status and protect the public, additional restrictions will be implemented which may be found here.

    September 8, 2020 - Protect our Neighbor Status - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved the County's Protect Our Neighbors status.

    July 15, 2020 - Face coverings - Gilpin County-wide Face Mask Ordinance in Effect

    June 17, 2020 - Gaming - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved the County's variance from the safer at home guidelines. The reopening date for casinos in Central City and Black Hawk is June 17, 2020. 

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      The county has established a COVID-19 Hotline, where residents can call or email questions about the pandemic, get information about local resources, community closures or other news. Contact: 303.515.4342 or covid19@gilpincounty.org.

      For the most up-to-date Gilpin County information, visit the following: Gilpin County Sheriff Facebook, Twitter, and/or website; as well as the Gilpin County Public Health Facebook.

      Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website for the latest information on the pandemic.

      COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill

      January 4, 2021 - Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-relief and $1.4 trillion government funding package that offers important aid in light of COVID-19 to Americans. This included an extension to December 31, 2021 for CARES Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) funds to be spent as well as an additional round of direct payments, enhanced unemployment benefits, education funding, and aid to various other sectors. View the details of the bill here, note this is an external site providing a summary.

      Gilpin County is now in Phase 1A AND Phase 1B of administering the COVID-19 vaccinations. The following Gilpin County residents are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

      1A - Highest-risk health care workers and individuals:

      • People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
      • Long-term care facility staff and residents.

      1B - Coloradans age 70+, moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, frontline essential workers:

      • Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (e.g. home health, hospice, pharmacy, dental, etc.) and EMS.
      • Firefighters, police, COVID-19 response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services.
      • People age 70 and older.

      To register for an appointment to receive the COVID19 vaccination, please call 303-515-4342 Monday
      through Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
      Once you are registered Gilpin County Public Health will contact you
      directly to schedule your appointment. If there is no answer please leave a message and we will return
      your call within 24 business hours. For vaccine FAQs visit covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-faq.

      More details can be found at the State's dedicated COVID-19 vaccine website, covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.

      Gilpin County has available the following resources for accessing food:

      • Emergency Assistance: Limited rent, food, and medical assistance is provided for income eligible Gilpin County residents as funds are available. 
        • Contact: Jennifer Josselyn, 303-582-5444, or by email.
      • Gilpin County Food Bank: Open Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and food boxes can be picked up at the Justice Center parking lot by the Court and Human Services entrance (2960 Dory Hill Road). This distribution is open to anyone in Gilpin County and consists of one box of food per family. 
        • Contact: David Josselyn, 303-515-4309 or email or Katy Massa 303-515-4393 or email
      • Meals on Wheels: Meals on wheels will be delivered to participants Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Participants will receive a knock on the door and the meal will be left on your doorstep in order to comply with the social distancing guidelines.
      • Senior lunches will be provided on a “grab-n-go” basis on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Pick up location is at the Community Center parking lot located at 250 Norton Drive.
      • View food services for seniors for additional resources from Gilpin County.
      • Please visit Gilpin County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page for updates.

      State Resources

      Unemployment

      Unemployment benefits may be available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. These biweekly benefit payments help job seekers focus on their path to employment and help lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy. The initial processing time for a claim takes four to six weeks; then if it is determined you qualify to receive payment, you are paid every two weeks from a fund paid by employers. The State of Colorado outlines the process in their handbook

      Alternatives to laying off your employees

      The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

      Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules

      The Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules (“Colorado HELP” 7 CCR 1103-10) requires up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities.

      Families First Coronavirus Response Act

      The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to emergency paid sick leave to as many as 87 million U.S. workers. Many of these workers currently have no paid leave and are being forced to choose between their paycheck, their health, and the health of the people around them. This is a critical step toward protecting families’ financial security and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

      2-1-1 Colorado

      2-1-1 will work in conjunction with The Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP), a toll-free hotline for the latest public health information. Visit their website or dial 2-1-1 or (866) 760-6489 toll free. You can use 2-1-1 to navigation services to resources such as:  

      Housing, including shelters and transitional services, Rent and utility assistance, Applying for SNAP benefits by phone, Childcare,Food/meals, Transportation, Clothing/personal/household needs, Mental health and substance use disorders, Employment, Education, Medical clinics, Dental clinic, and other government/economic services.

      Local Resources

      Workforce Centers

      The Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center, serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin County, is located at 2960 Dory Hill Road, Suite 100, Black Hawk, CO 80403. 

      Workforce Centers provide a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers alike. These include: Job listings, Computer & internet access, Career counseling & training for job seekers Recruitment of workers, pre-screening & referral services, Tax credits and training reimbursement for employers, and Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their employment needs.

      Contact Information:

      Xcel Energy

      Xcel Energy has issued a statement on COVID-19 responses which can be found here.  Please contact Xcel Energy directly if you are having difficulty paying your bills at this time.

      State Resources

      At the Special Session of the Colorado State Legislature in December, State lawmakers approved $54 million for rent and mortgage relief.

      Rent and mortgage assistance is available to low-income families facing economic disruption associated with COVID-19. Renters and homeowners can apply for assistance from the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) through two statewide partner agencies, Brothers Redevelopment and the Salvation Army.  For more information about agencies providing assistance to local areas, an online map is provided here.

      To qualify for assistance, households must have earned below 50% of the Area Median Income for their county prior to March 11, 2020.  Further income guidelines can be found here.

      Landlords and property owners can apply directly to the Property Owner Preservation (POP) program, which will help pay rent if a tenant isn't able to. There is no income limit for the program, but there are limits on the amount of rent covered.  More information about POP can be found here.

      For Coloradans who are at risk of losing their housing due to COVID-19, Colorado Housing Connects is an additional resource. Renters, homeowners, and landlords can find more information here.