CORONAVIRUS IN ARAPAHOE COUNTY
Just over two weeks ago, Arapahoe County declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move not only freed up aid and assistance, it also allowed for better coordination with other municipalities. As a result, our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been busy round-the-clock. The EOC is a clearinghouse for local agencies to work together during disaster response to protect lives and property in Arapahoe County.
On March 9, Arapahoe County reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case -- a man in his 50's. Fast forward to April 1, and Arapahoe County now has a total of 329 confirmed cases and 7 deaths. The number of positive cases in the state of Colorado is 2,966 according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE).
The coronavirus is now present in 50 of Colorado's 64 counties. The CDPHE says the total number of people who have been tested for COVID-19 is 16,849. 69 Coloradans have now died from the disease. Click HERE for the latest numbers throughout the state.
One of those cases hit close to home when the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office reported it's first confirmed case on March 27. Read the story below.
STAY AT HOME
On March 26, three metro Denver public health departments announced they rescinded their stay-at-home public health orders and instead adopted a statewide order in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The local orders had covered about two million people in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas and Jefferson counties and stated that residents must remain at home except for certain approved activities and to perform certain jobs. Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department applauded Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for issuing a stay-at-home public health order to protect the health and safety of our communities.
"We believe this action will ensure social distancing requirements are consistent across the state, and that our communities are not confused by multiple orders." -- Tri-County Health
Colorado’s stay at home order went into effect March 26 at 6 a.m. and ends on April 11. For more information about the state’s order, click HERE.
HOW WILL THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER BE ENFORCED?
SHERIFF TYLER BROWN RESPONDS TO THE MEDIA
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Manqueros who's battling stage 4 cancer is also pleading with the public to stay home. Watch his story on 7News.
COVID-19 QUESTIONS? CALL 2-1-1
Do you have questions about the COVID-19 pandemic? Not sure where to turn? Call 2-1-1.
911 dispatchers at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and throughout the Denver metro area, have been overwhelmed with calls so we're asking the community to PLEASE USE 2-1-1 INSTEAD. Operators will help you with all your COVID-19 needs -- from getting help to finding food, paying your housing bills and much more. There's even access to a language translation service to accommodate more than 170 languages.
Lines are open Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. Coloradans can also reach 211 by dialing toll-free 866-760-6489.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 17
All Arapahoe County facilities, including the sheriff's office, will remain closed to the public through April 17, 2020. This is to protect citizens and staff from public health exposure to COVID-19. We are requesting you to conduct all business online, including paying traffic fines, requesting public records and reporting crimes only if no immediate response is needed and no one is in danger.
In addition, fingerprinting and concealed handgun permits will be temporarily suspended until April 17. Applications that have already started will be processed, but no new applications will be accepted. These precautions are necessary because the sheriff’s office cannot guarantee a 6-foot area of social distancing in our often crowded lobby. If you think you need to come to the sheriff’s office, please call us first at 303-795-4711 so we can help you. You can find our online services HERE.
For updates on all Arapahoe County operations, temporary service changes, and resources, please visit the County's new COVID-19 Resource Center HERE.
ON-SITE JAIL VISITS CANCELLED
Virtual visits only
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility has cancelled all on-site visits with inmates as well as programming such as religious services provided by volunteers. These services will be reinstated as soon as they can be safely offered. You can still visit an inmate virtually. Just use our 'Anywhere Visit' app and E-Messaging. Learn more HERE.
PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY
The Emergency Operations Center was activated on February 27. Since then, the Arapahoe County Office of Emergency Management has distributed nearly 58,000 pieces of personal protective equipment such as masks, goggles, gowns, gloves and more to medical facilities, first responders and senior care facilities throughout the metro area. These supplies support both our most vulnerable citizens and our first responders.
WE NEED YOUR MASKS!
Do you have any N95 respirator face masks to donate? The Arapahoe County Office of Emergency Management is collecting donations of new, unused face masks to pass along to nurses, doctors and patients. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a national shortage of the N95 masks in our medical system.
If you have donations, please come to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters between 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday. While our lobby is closed, there is a drop box just inside the front door to collect the masks. Our address is 13101 E. Broncos Parkway, Centennial, CO 80112. We will give you a receipt. Thank you for helping our community flatten the curve.
PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY
With the global health issues of COVID-19, many folks are staying home to care for children due to school closures. Employers are having workers telecommute, social gatherings and venues are closed and there are less people out on the roadways.
That said, with less motorists on the streets and highways PLEASE do not get complacent with following the rules of the road and practicing safe, lawful motor vehicle operation.
The speed limit is still the speed limit, stop signs and traffic control lights are still functioning and should be obeyed. Traffic crashes are still occurring and we, Arapahoe County sheriff deputies, are still out here for your safety and to help you.
A needless traffic accident could lead to a trip to the hospital for you or someone you love. That's bad enough. However, add to that, the needless exposure to someone with COVID-19 in a medical setting, and it will only compound your problems.
PLEASE exercise sound judgement and obey all traffic regulations on the road. Thank you. Be safe. Good health to you and yours!
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit.
BURN BAN IN EFFECT
As the fire warden of Arapahoe County, Sheriff Tyler Brown implemented a Stage 1 Burn Ban on March 23 in concurrence with several county fire chiefs. The ban was implemented because the ground is drying out and COVID-19 is taking a toll on emergency efforts, possibly slowing down response times. Stage One means no open burning of any kind without a permit from the appropriate fire district, and no use of fireworks. To learn more about burn bans, click HERE.
CAN YOU HELP SOLVE THIS COLD CASE?
Vicki Faye Carpenter, 24
Vicki Carpenter was a popular, outgoing, energetic, and well-liked 25-year-old woman who loved her three-year-old son and family.
Vicki also loved country western dancing and was showing interest in participating in variety contests at local establishments.
Although estranged from one another, Vicki and her husband kept their relationship amicable for the sake of their son.
On the evening of February 18, 1985, Vicki went to Knicks Restaurant and Saloon for the first time to participate in a fashion contest.
At about midnight, she left Knicks and headed home. She never showed up and her mother, who had been on the phone all night trying to locate her, reported her missing the next day.
Witnesses at Knicks later stated they saw Vicki get into her white and maroon 1967 Buick by herself. The car was later found abandoned and disabled only a half mile east of Knicks, in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
Vicki's family knew something terrible must have happened to her because she would never leave her son or family. The family continued to search for her until their hopes were dashed on April 2, 1985, when some kids who had been fishing discovered Vicki's partially submerged body floating in the Cherry Creek spillway.
If you have any information related to Vicki Carpenter's case, please contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at 303-795-4711.