Stay Home. Stop the Spread. Save Lives
Concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable and appropriate. We are working closely with our Douglas County partners, monitoring the situation and adjusting our operational procedures based on the most up to date information received by our local and state health departments (Tri-County Health and CDPHE). We will remain diligent in evaluating the information received to update our procedures as necessary to maintain quality service to our community while also keeping our citizens and employees safe from the spread of any illness.
On March 25, 2020 Governor Polis issued a public health “stay at home order” which took effect March 26, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. through April 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. You can view details of the order here. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock asks that you voluntarily cooperate with these orders in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by not leaving your house for reasons other than those stated in the order. Violation of this public health order is considered a crime and will be addressed appropriately. However, our staff will be focused on educating our citizens as well as asking for compliance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Consistent with guidelines issued by the White House and Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Douglas County has closed most County buildings as of March 17, 2020. While the Douglas County Justice Center and the Highlands Ranch Sheriff Substation remains open to the public, the Sheriff’s Office is encouraging citizens’ use of online services at http://www.dcsheriff.net/online-reporting/.
While the Sheriff’s Office remains open, we are temporarily suspending the following services:
- all fingerprinting services
- VIN verifications
- facility tours
- inmate video visitation at the justice center kiosks (visitation can still be done remotely)
Q: How do I submit an online police report?
Q: Why am I being asked if anyone in my household is sick when I call the non-emergency number to the Sheriff’s Office?
A: Our staff we may ask some additional triage questions during a call for service or at a visit of either of our law enforcement facilities in an attempt to assess the possibility of the transfer of illness. We ask for your cooperation in providing this information as we are attempting to prevent unnecessary possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other illnesses.
Q: Are Douglas County citizens expected to self-quarantine?
A: If you are not experiencing any symptoms, Tri-County Health Department is recommending social distancing at this time. If you are experiencing any symptoms of any illness, we ask that you do not come to either of our facilities and seek online services.
Q: What is the difference between Isolation and Quarantine?
A: Isolation is ordered for someone that has been confirmed to have or believed to have COVID-19. Quarantine is ordered as an observation period for someone who is at risk of having COVID-19.
Q: Do I need a note to drive to work?
A: No, you do not need a note to drive to work or any other location. You can still commute around and through Douglas County as needed.
Q: Can I still do child custody exchanges?
A: Absolutely! This does not affect your child custody orders, exchanges can and should still be made if possible.
Q: Can I move into my new house?
Q: Can I still work as an Uber or Lyft driver?
Q: What can I do if I have nowhere to stay?
A: The winter shelter network is no longer available at this time, please call 2-1-1 for the statewide community resource database.
Q: Can I go outside to exercise?
A: Yes definitely, we encourage it. For the purpose of outdoor activity, public parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts basketball courts, picnic areas, and other similar areas conducive to public gathering will be closed.
Q: Is the local government shutting down?
A: No, essential government functions will continue, including first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, and law enforcement. Other government functions or offices by being subject to reduced schedules or may be closed as part of the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19
Douglas County COVID-19 – https://www.douglas.co.us/douglascovid19/
Tri-County Health – https://tchd.org/818/Coronavirus-COVID-19
2-1-1 Colorado – https://www.211colorado.org/
Douglas County Courts-18th Judicial District-https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Index.cfm?District_ID=18
County departments and offices will remain staffed to support ongoing County operations. County services will continue during this closure, the duration of which has yet to be determined. Those seeking County services are encouraged to first visit DoItOnlineDouglas.com. Check out https://www.douglas.co.us/douglas-county-helps-reduce-covid-19-transmission-by-closing-facilities/ for current closures.