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Coronavirus cases in Broomfield have steadily climbed since mid-February, forcing the city and county to reverse its trend of sliding down the state’s COVID-19 dial and shift back to Level Yellow restrictions.

Broomfield was operating under Level Blue, the second of six levels on the state’s color-coded dial dictating restrictions as metrics tracking the virus continued to drop. But Broomfield’s one-week case incidence tipped into Level Yellow on Feb. 28, and the moving average of cases has continued to climb since mid-February. Broomfield was the first county in the Denver metro area to initially move from Level Yellow to Level Blue restrictions.

At the direction of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Broomfield moved to Level Yellow at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

While the county operates under Level Yellow, businesses approved through Broomfield’s Back to Business program — which allows qualifying businesses to operate at one dial level lower than the county — can continue to operate under Level Blue guidelines. The Paul Derda Recreation Center and the Broomfield Community Center are both certified and will continue to operate at Level Blue, a community update from the city and county of Broomfield noted.

The state’s dial framework lays out the maximum number of occupants of a specific setting by both a percent and a number of people, and the setting must operate at whichever figure is fewer. While most settings can operate at 50% capacity in both Level Blue and Level Yellow, the maximum number of people per venue is smaller in Level Yellow.

For example, indoor restaurants could operate at 50% capacity or up to 225 people using the state’s social distancing space calculator in Level Blue, but under Level Yellow an indoor restaurant can operate at 50% capacity or up to 150 people with the calculator.

Gyms and fitness centers will go from a maximum of 175 people to a maximum of 50 people — or 50% capacity, whichever is fewer.

Under Level Yellow, indoor and outdoor organized sports can have 25 participants per activity, excluding coaches or officials, the community update said. The Bromfield Library, Auditorium, Depot Museum and Veterans Memorial Museum will continue to operate at 50% capacity.

Data updated Tuesday evening shows 3,904 COVID-19 cases in Broomfield to date. Among cases, 196 residents have been hospitalized and 74 have died. The three-day moving average of cases on Thursday was 21, the highest the average has been since Feb. 5.

As of Tuesday evening, neighboring Jefferson County was in Level Blue, while Boulder, Weld and Adams counties sat in Level Yellow.

Broomfield vaccination data

A total of 25,140 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered to Broomfield residents as of Tuesday. Of those, 9,658 residents have completed vaccination and 6,142 residents have initiated vaccination, Broomfield data shows.

In Broomfield 86.2% of residents age 70+ have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 68.4% of the population has completed vaccination. Among residents age 65-69, 93.8% have initiated the vaccination process and 21.5% have completed vaccination. Data shows 27.1% of residents age 60-64 have received at least one dose and 18.3% of residents age 50-59 have received one dose. Approximately, 17% of those 40-49 have received at least one dose; 15% of those 30-39; 10.2% of those 20-29; and 1.8% of those 15-19 have received at least one dose.

Drive-thru vaccination clinic

The city and county is hosting a drive-thru vaccination clinic in conjunction with Thornton Fire Department on Thursday. There were 1,000 doses available through the clinic, and as of Tuesday evening all appointments had been filled.

The clinic will be from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton.

According to Broomfield’s COVID-10 vaccine website, the best way for eligible residents to access a vaccine is to visit covid19.colorado.gov to sign up with a health system provider. To view eligibility guidelines, make an appointment, view local health systems administering vaccines and sign up for the Broomfield Vaccine interest form, visit Broomfield.org/CovidVaccine.