Approximately 170 community members attended the city’s third virtual COVID-19 Community Briefing on Thursday to hear updates and ask questions of panelists, including Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam; CU Boulder’s Interim COO/Exec. VC Pat O’Rourke; Jeff Zayach, Director of BCPH; Randy Barber, BVSD’s Chief Communications Officer, and others.
- Jeff Zayach thanked CU students and parents for helping steeply reduce the number of positive COVID cases in the community. He noted, the new public health orders are intended to assure that we get our case and positivity rates down to baseline and maintain them there so we can ease restrictions on gatherings.
- Amanda Cole, Boulder’s Recovery Team Coordinator noted that the data shows that the strategies and sacrifices of our 18- to 22-year-old community members are making a positive difference. Over the past week there had been no referrals by Boulder Police to CU Student Conduct for PHO or nuisance violations.
- Pat O’Rourke also thanked students and noting students are a part of the community and want to be part of the solution.
- Randy Barber said BVSD’s youngest learners – K-12 – and special education students have returned to in person classrooms and they continue to phase in the return of the upper grade levels. He thanked CU, the city and BCPH for their efforts that helped make this possible.