DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The Tri-County Health Department has announced that it will provide public health services to Douglas County until the end of 2022. The two entities agreed and signed a contract on September 28 after more than a year of conflict.
Douglas County has announced plans to part ways with TCHD after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and start its own health service. TCHD previously oversaw Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.
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County commissioners ultimately voted to leave the agency in early September 2021.
“I would like to stress that today it is a question of locally controlling public health orders and ensuring the continuity of services and ensuring that at no time will there be any gaps in public health. outstanding in Douglas County, âDouglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon said at the time.
Until the county can form its own agency, it will need ongoing services that TCHD will provide in the interim.
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“This agreement benefits all parties, but primarily ensures that there are no gaps in services for residents of Douglas County,” said Dr John Douglas, executive director of the Tri-County Health Department, in a press release Wednesday. âIt also allows TCHD employees to focus on providing distraction-free service and provides some stability. “
Some of the utilities that will continue include disease control, vaccinations, inspections, and consumer protection. However, Douglas County will have control over public health policy and TCHD will continue to operate without instruction from the County Health Board.
In August, TCHD issued a face mask warrant for everyone in schools and daycares, regardless of immunization status. This public health order also prevents individual counties – Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas – from withdrawing from public health orders.
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Douglas County will pay for ongoing services and costs associated with leaving the agency, the agreement says.