Boulder Community Health to centralize resources in response to coronavirus, closing Lafayette emergency department


Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the time the Boulder Community Health Community Medical Center’s emergency department will close Wednesday.

In an attempt to centralize its resources, Boulder Community Health announced Monday that at 9 p.m. Wednesday it will temporarily close the Community Medical Center’s emergency department in Lafayette. Its staff and equipment will be transferred to the Foothills Hospital emergency department and other areas of Boulder Community Health.

“We are actively monitoring the continuing spread of COVID-19 locally and continually refining our response plans,” Ben Keidan, the chief medical officer for Boulder Community Health, said in a statement. “We’ve determined it’s prudent to centralize our emergency medicine resources at our busiest location, Foothills Hospital, which is seeing and would continue to see the majority of people experiencing respiratory illnesses, both flu, and COVID-19.”

As currently planned the Lafayette emergency department, as well as the location’s imaging and laboratory services, will remain closed for up to 90 days. However, the adult rehabilitation and occupational health programs, as well as Boulder Heart, Family Medical Associates of Lafayette, and Internal Medicine Associates of Lafayette will remain open throughout.

Alternative emergency rooms during the closure include Centura Health Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Foothills Hospital in Boulder and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette.

While health officials said emergency rooms around the state were as prepared for the outbreak as possible and don’t want people to shy away from emergency services, they also noted emergency room visits should be reserved only for those experiencing severe injuries or conditions such as abdominal pain, chest pain, severe headache, shortness of breath or significant trauma, including a head injury, severe bleeding or poisoning.

Even in the case where someone is concerned they may have contracted COVID-19, health care professionals said the first call should be to a primary care physician, who can help direct the patient to the best course of action.

Patients also can use the UCHealth My Health Connection mobile app or Virtual Urgent Care website at to see a virtual urgent care provider for coronavirus symptoms or other minor medical concerns including the flu, colds, seasonal allergies, coughs, pink eye, sinus infections, sore throats, urinary tract infections, vomiting or diarrhea.

Centura Health patients can use similar services using America Well at

Kaiser Permanente members in need of non-urgent medical care not related to COVID-19 should call the member services number on the back of their membership cards, connect via email or use the Chat with a Doctor feature at

Boulder Community Health canceled traditional in-office visits for routine, non-urgent appointments in all primary care and specialty care clinics until April 17. Only primary care clinics offer video visits, which can be set up, along with phone consultations, by calling 303-415-7000.