A Message from Mayor Coffman - Oct. 29, 2020

A Message from Mayor Coffman - Oct. 29, 2020
Posted on 10/30/2020

COVID-19 Updates in our Community
With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, several Colorado counties (including Arapahoe and Adams counties) have revised their status based on the state's COVID-19 dial dashboard. This may mean new restrictions in your area, including the closure of some facilities. For information about public health orders affecting Aurora and a list of local testing sites, visit TCHD.org. You can also watch the live Facebook streaming 3 p.m. this Friday where we’ll have an expert from Tri-County Health Department break down the new regulations for Adams and Arapahoe counties. Details below.

Unfortunately, I am one of those cases, having tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend. I came home from work Oct. 22 after not feeling well but thought I had just a very mild cold with a cough. Not to take any chances, I cleared my schedule to work from home until I could get tested. I went in for a rapid test and the results came back positive, and I am now quarantining at home. I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to send well wishes. The fact that I have mild symptoms and that I am recovering make me reflect on those facing harder times. They are in my thoughts. 

With the uptick in cases, it’s a good time to remind us all to continue to wear our masks, maintain social distancing and keep washing our hands frequently. I encourage you to stay connected to the city regarding COVID-19 updates by visiting AuroraGov.org/COVID-19.

Your Guide to Election Day 2020

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, and there’s still time to cast your ballot, or register to vote. It’s important that we all take the time to cast our vote and have our voices heard.

Where to turn in your ballot

All registered voters in Colorado should have received a ballot by mail. Because Election Day is less than a week away, do not try to return your ballot by mail, as there is no guarantee it will be delivered in time. Secure ballot drop-off boxes are available in multiple locations. Go to the election information website for the county in which you live for a list of locations and information:

The city of Aurora will not be operating a drive-through ballot drop-off service this year on Election Day. There is a ballot drop-off box accessible 24 hours a day on the Aurora Municipal Center campus near the Central Library, which will accept ballots for both Adams and Arapahoe counties. Additional drop-off locations offer drive-through access or curbside pickup (check with your county for details).

Where to register to vote or cast a ballot in person

The counties operate Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) where residents can register to vote, update their voter registration, drop off their ballot, vote in person, or use an ADA accessible voting machine. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are encouraged to use ballot drop-off locations to the greatest extent possible. If you do need to visit a VSPC, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing at all times. Visit your county’s election website (links above) for the VSPC nearest you, as well as hours of operation.

The Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, will serve as a VSPC for Arapahoe County starting Oct. 30. Please note that the building remains closed to the public, so access to the voting center will only be available through the sliding door on the west side of the building. Park in a lot between the Aurora Municipal Center and Aurora Central Library for the easiest access. Do not park on the east side of the building or in the parking garage, as there will be no building access from either location.

Where to track election results

On Election Night, the county clerks’ websites will have results available at the county level, and the Secretary of State’s office will have results at the state level.

Treat this Halloween with Safety

Aurora currently has no restrictions in place for Halloween beyond the latest public health orders, but we do encourage everyone to enjoy the holiday as safely as possible. Tri-County Health Department has several tips and Halloween tricks to help you celebrate safely. This includes trick-or-treating tips, ideas for alternative fun and a neighborhood guide for handing out candy.

The city of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department is hosting a socially distant Boos Cruise event on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Aurora Sports Park. Visit AuroraGov.org/Events for details. If you choose to celebrate, we recommend you continue to follow healthy habits of wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and staying home if you're feeling sick.

Mayor Mike Live – 3 p.m. Fridays on Facebook and AuroraTV.org

Due my diagnosis with COVID-19, I won’t be able to do “Mayor Mike Live” this Friday, Oct. 30, but the show will carry on without me as we have important topics to discuss: we’ll be joined by Melissa Sager of Tri-County Health Department to talk about navigating public health orders and policies. Additionally, Susan Barkman, Interim City Clerk, will update our community on Election Day in Aurora. Join the conversation with your questions. And to watch live, tune in at the city’s Facebook page or at AuroraTV.org

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