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Colorado COVID----This is the BEST place to start if you have questions or concerns and are looking for resources concerning businesses, individuals, resources for staying home, executive orders; broadest starting place to locate specific answers.
Table of Contents
What to do if you have symptoms
Recent Updates from the State
Educational Resources about COVID19
School Food Resources
National Health Care for the Homeless Council & Kaiser Permanente
Immediate Impact Grants | Deadline 3/30 at 4 p.m. MST
Testing for COVID19
Physical Health Care
Health Insurance Support
Mental Health Care
Youth Mental Health Resources
Students Loans and other college resources
Banks and other Financial Institutions
Ways to Support your Community
Small Businesses & Nonprofits
Individuals with Disabilities
Domestic Violence Victim Support
Grants & Loans
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
Rocky Mountain Health Foundation
Rapid Response COVID-19 Grant Funding | Deadline 4/17
COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund | Deadline 4/17
Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado/United Way of SW Colorado
Community Emergency Relief Fund | Deadline 4/22
Philanthropy Colorado COVID-19 Resources
Pets and COVID19
Resources for Immigrants
Recursos e informacion en espanol
Guía visual: te mostramos los tres escenarios que enfrentas ante el coronavirus y qué hacer
La peligrosa curva del coronavirus en EEUU: cómo se multiplica y por qué el distanciamiento social salva vidas
- Experiencing Symptoms
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Recommendations for Businesses
- COVID-19 Facts for Coloradans
- COVID-19 Testing information from CDPHE
- Importance of social distancing
Multi-inflammatory syndrome in children
Included in updates from Governor Polis on May 20th, 2020
- COVID-19 has impacted more adults than children
- Reports of Multisystem inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C) have mimicked
- Strong correlation of syndrome with COVID-19 antibodies indicating recovery of COVID-19 in children
- Symptoms may leading to hospitalization; most likely if they have been exposed to COVID-19
- High fevers for multiple days
- Gastrointestinal complaints including abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Symptoms similar to Kawasaki Disease, including rash, red eyes, red lips, or a red strawberry-like tongue.
- A child is exhibiting these symptoms may be in need of urgent care, and a medical provider should be contacted immediately.
Colorado currently has three potential cases pending review by the Centers for Disease Control.
The Governor wants to reiterate that there is no reason to delay care for this or for any other serious medical condition. Please continue to seek medical attention including vaccinations for children, medical check ups, other emergency and non emergency situations.
Doctors’ offices and hospitals are some of the safest, most sterilized places you can be.
Recent Updates from the State
- CASES: As of JULY 22 @4pm : 41,698 cases, 1,771 deaths among cases (1,643 due to COVID), 6,133 hospitalizations out of 462,275 completed tests.
- Stay at home order updates. Level 2: Safer at home
- Stay at home order updates. Level 3: Protect our Neighbors; acknowledgment that different communities are in different phases of dealing with COVID-19, based heavily on local conditions, capabilities, and resources.
June 15th 2020
Governor polis on re-opening
The Governor has previously outlined several criteria when making decisions about what can be reopened safely:
- What level of suppression of the virus has been achieved?
- What is the ability to do testing and containment?
- How well are vulnerable individuals, who are a significantly greater risk, being protected?
- Does the health care system have the capacity to handle a surge?
- What’s the level of risk vs. societal/economic/psychological reward?
- Is the policy sustainable?
Beginning May 27, 2020, restaurants are allowed to re-open for in-person dining at 50% capacity. The restaurant industry has a significant impact on Colorado’s economy, employing almost 300,000 Coloradans, or 10% of the state workforce.
The state released key guidelines for restaurants to keep customers and staff safe, including:
- Limit the number of people that can be inside the establishment at a single time to 50% capacity.
- Parties will be limited to 8 or less and parties will be seated six feet away from each other; intermingling of parties will be prohibited.
- All employees must wear face coverings.
- All surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between parties.
- Increase indoor ventilation by opening doors and windows and limiting air conditioning, which recycles the air inside the establishment.
- Work with local governments to suspend some rules to maximize outdoor service.
As of June 30, 2020 Public Health Order 20-31: Face Coverings for Critical Businesses and Mass Transportation Operations has officially been put into order.
- Requires certain workers to wear non-medical face coverings.
- Main purpose is to take measures that will mitigate further spread of disease in our communities.
- Employers in businesses covered under PHO 20-31 must now provide all of their employees with non- medical face coverings.
- Along with masks, critical workers, government officials, transportation operational workers, and all contractors/ employees working for related businesses are now strongly encouraged to wear gloves, as well.
- Employees working in constant contact with goods and/ or customers must wear both gloves and non- medical masks.
- Read about specific definitions of crucial terms related to PHO 20-31 here.
- Failure to comply with PHO 20-31 guidelines can result in a $1,000 USD fine and/ or up to one year of county jail time.
- This PHO is in effect until 11:59 pm on July 20, 2020 (unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing).
Summer day camps can reopen with strict precautions. Sleepaway camps are still on hold and pending further discussion. There are a number of ways the state is mitigating risk to kids, employees, and parents:
- Employees must wear protective gear and adhere to hygienic and disinfecting practices.
- Campers must wear a mask whenever possible, and groups larger than 10 people in a single room or 25 people outside are prohibited.
- Campers will be subject to temperature checks to screen for symptoms of COVID-19.
The Governor also discussed the timeline for these decisions, as well as for future decisions:
- May 25 - Spring skiing allowed if permitted by host county, private campsites open
- May 27 - In-person dining can resume at 50% capacity
- June 1 - Children’s summer day camps can open
- 4/23 updates from Governor Polis on “Safer at Home”
- Frequently asked questions about the Safer at Home order
- Lodge complaints about safer at home: https://covid19.colorado.gov/CovidConcerns
The most important thing to understand is that this is not going to be back to normal. It’s not even going to be a major adjustment from where we are right now. It is going to be a period of more sustainable social distancing practices.
Here are some of the key points:
- Vulnerable populations and older adults must stay at home except when absolutely necessary.
- No group gatherings over 10 people.
- Critical business remain open with strict precautions (social distancing, masks for all employees, more frequent cleanings, etc.)
- Retail businesses open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions.
- Restaurants and bars remain closed except for takeout/delivery. Work towards phased reopening.
- Nightclubs, gyms and spas remain closed.
- Elective medical and dental procedures begin, with strict precautions to ensure adequate personal protective equipment and the ability to meet critical care needs.
- Personal services (salons,, dog grooming, personal training, etc) will open with strict precautions.
- K-12 schools remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Telecommuting continues for offices. Starting May 4, up to 50% of staff may work in person (with social distancing in place) but we encourage employers to continue to maximize telecommuting. Meaning if you can run your business with 100% telecommuting please do that!
More Specific Guidance For General Public & Industries
- Strongly advised face coverings and staying 6ft apart in public
- No gatherings over 10 people
- Sick people may not go to work
- Avoid unnecessary travel including for recreation
Vulnerable Populations and Older Adults
- Continue to follow the Stay at Home Order, which means only going out when absolutely necessary
- Utilize special industry hours for vulnerable populations like early
- Extreme precautions at facilities that serve seniors including assisted living.
- What Does This Mean for Seeing My Friends and Family?
- People should still limit interactions except with immediate household
- If you do see limited family or friends outside of your household, be extra cautious to stay 6 ft apart, wear face covering, and limit contact
- Stick to solo and non-contact recreation activities like running, walking, or hiking in your local community.
- Do not travel outside of your local community for recreation. Avoid contact sports or equipment.
Industry Best Practices
Remember: non-essential workplaces should be operating at no more than 50% capacity and should allow employees to telework whenever possible. If during stay at home they were able to successfully telecommute 100% of their employees- keep doing that!
- Deputize workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues
- Maintain 6 foot separation when possible, and discourage shared spaces
- Sanitize all high touch areas
- Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene
- Ensure proper ventilation, Open windows, fans, etc.
- Avoid gatherings (meetings, waiting rooms, etc) of more than 10 people
- Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring) where possible
- Eliminate or regularly sanitize any items in common spaces (i.e., break rooms) that are shared between individuals (i.e., condiments, coffee makers, vending machines)
- Large workplaces and worksites will need to set up daily symptom screenings.
- Require employees to stay home when showing any symptoms or signs of sickness, and connect employees to company or state benefits providers
- Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to observe Stay at Home, who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay at Home due to underlying condition, age, or other factor
- Encourage and enable remote work whenever possible
- Encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer
- Phase shifts, breaks to reduce density
- Provide appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings
- Create special hours for vulnerable populations only
- Encourage 6 foot distancing inside of the business for all patrons
- Encourage use of protection like gloves, masks, face coverings
- Provide hand sanitizer at entrance
- Use contactless payment solutions, no touch trash cans, etc. whenever possible
Guidance for Local Governments
Many local municipalities, especially those with large populations or in areas where there are hotspots, may continue to have more restrictive rules in place. Others may have very few or even zero cases of COVID-19.
Local and County governments have three options:
- Stay consistent with state order
- Go farther than the state order, including but not limited to stay at home orders or additional protective measures.
- Apply for a waiver from CDPHE to relax guidelines further than the state. Local governments will need to have very low case count and/or demonstrate proof of 14 consecutive days of decline of infection of COVID-19 in the jurisdiction. The application to CDPHE must include a written County COVID-19 suppression plan approved by the appropriate local public health authority, all hospitals within the jurisdiction and elected leadership within the jurisdiction.
Sunday, April 26:
- Last Day of Stay- at-Home Order
- Safer at Home executive order
Monday, April 27:
- Public Health Order and guidance to be issued:
- Retail - Curbside can begin
- Real Estate - showings can resume
Friday, May 1
Retail and Personal Services can open if implementing best practices
Monday, May 4
Non-critical offices can reopen if best practices and lower density are being implemented.
Finally, Gov. Polis provided a critical update on the state’s testing capacity. Currently the state is able to successfully test and isolate 33% of the symptomatic COVID-19 cases in the state within 48 hours. Our plan is to increase that by 5 percentage points each week, which is a reasonable goal. In order to meet the demand for testing supplies, the state has been working around the clock to secure additional testing capability and supplies despite challenges within the supply chain.
Here’s an update on our work:
- The state has partnered with Solgent, a Korea manufacturer of detection reagents. 100,000 tests will arrive in Colorado by the end of this week. These tests have been validated by our state lab.
- The state is also partnering with Accugene, a Korean manufacturer of swab kits. We have ordered 150,000 swab kits which will be delivered by May 8th. The state lab has validated these swabs for use in Colorado.
- The state is partnering with Colorado State University to expand testing for workers at skilled nursing facilities who are treating the most vulnerable populations. This program will conduct over 90,000 tests of skilled nursing facility workers at 40 locations over the next 8 weeks. We have worked with CSU to conduct an initial pilot and found many asymptomatic individuals to be infected with the virus.
- The state is partnering with CU Anschutz to use antibody tests to test health care workers for exposure and potential immunity. This program will bring five thousand antibody tests to Colorado for testing health care workers with the option of up to 200,000 over the next several months.
- We already have the National Guard conducting testing at the state’s three largest nursing homes.
- We are excited to work with the Gary Community Foundation to help bring 200,000 FDA-authorized antibody tests to Colorado. We will deploy them to test health care workers and do community testing for disease surveillance, exposure and potential immunity.
- We are asking every local public health agency in the state to partner with the state to set up community testing sites. As we receive more testing supplies, the state will provide swab kits, other testing supplies and technical assistance to local public health and their partners with the goal of having a testing site in every county.
- We are executing contracts with 6 different private sector partners to expand laboratory capacity for the community. These relationships will be critical to quickly capitalize on new supplies as they as supplies become available.
All of the Above Strategy
At the end of the day, Colorado needs to employ an all-of-the-above strategy to defeat the virus. The main components are:
- 65% social distancing maintained
- Stay at home for vulnerable and 65 years old and older Coloradans
- Increased protection measures, compliance and enforcement for senior congregate care facilities
- Increasing testing and aggressive contact tracing program
- Building more healthcare capacity
- Face covering wearing culture
Excellent hygiene at all times
- Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order today extending the disaster emergency declaration for COVID-19 for an additional 30 days.
- The disaster declaration allows Colorado to access additional resources, temporarily waives procurement statutes for purchases related to COVID-19, and authorizes the implementation of the State’s Crisis Standards of Care plan (CSC Plan).
- The CSC Plan was recommended by the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee on April 5, 2020, and verbally adopted by the Governor. Read more about the Crisis Standards of Care here.
Read the Executive Order here.
The Governor also signed an Executive Order extending deadlines for state severance taxes. This is a one-time extension from April 15, 2020 until May 15, 2020. Read the Executive Order here.
- Cases and deaths due to COVID-19 recorded in each Colorado county as of 7/7
- Currently Denver County has the most confirmed cases (7,477) and confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 (383).
- Cases recorded in district as of 6/9 from the TriCounty Health Department:
Deaths in county: 138
Aurora (768 cases)
Brighton (300 cases)
Commerce City (487 cases)
Northglenn (194 cases)
Thornton (648 cases)
Westminster (326 cases)
Unincorporated (562 cases)
07/14 Governor Polis Update
Governor Polis asks Coloradans to keep social distancing | 9news.com
COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Governor wants to thank everyone who has given to the COVID-19 Relief fund at HelpColoradoNow.org. The fund is just over $18 million so far, a remarkable achievement.
We have just approved grants for the third round of funding. There were 134 approved grants in total: 101 in the Impact priority area, and 33 in the Prevention priority area. The total amount funded in this cycle was $2.7 million. To date, through the first three rounds, 505 grants have been disbursed for a total of $11.1 million to organizations serving all 64 counties.
We are currently making decisions for the 4th round of funding and we are proud to say that the 5th round is now open for applications, for impact and recovery. If you are an organization seeking funding, the deadline to apply is Saturday May 30th at 7pm.
Special Shout Out: Rose Community Foundation
The Governor also highlighted the work of the Rose Community Foundation, which is accepting funding requests to support organizations that are working to mitigate or alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 on communities in the seven-county Greater Denver region: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
The proposal deadline is May 27.
Priority Funding Areas include:
- Mental health (telehealth counseling, therapy, case management, hotlines, mindfulness, physical activity)
- Behavioral health
- Job loss / back to work support (re-training, up-skill training, job search/placement, child care assistance)
- Basic needs assistance for individuals and families (rent, utilities, family economic stabilization, etc.)
- Census outreach work that has been disrupted by COVID-19
- Food insecurity
- Health disparities in communities of color
- Addressing racial/ethnic backlash to COVID-19
- Virtual service delivery
- And other public health priorities.
Grants will be structured as general operating or programmatic grants, at the request of the applicant, with all funds to be used for the organization’s stated response to COVID-19 or its impact on the communities served.
Please visit the Rose Community Foundation website for details on how to apply for funding.
We greatly appreciate your helping to share information during this crisis. We will continue to send these regular updates. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or needs from our office. My cell phone is 210-385-7556. Thank you for doing your part. We’re all in this together!
You can view today’s press briefing and hear the Governor’s full remarks here.
Estimados líderes comunitarios,
Les escribe Analysse del equipo de Participación Comunitaria del Gobernador. Como parte de nuestros esfuerzos para proveerles la última información oficial de la Oficina del Gobernador, les compartimos algunas novedades e informaciones brindadas por el Gobernador. Agradecemos su apoyo al ayudarnos a difundir esta última información en sus redes.
Enlaces para Mantenerse Actualizado:
Actualmente tenemos 22,797 casos, han fallecido 1,299 personas y se han hospitalizado a 3,990 personas de 135,611 pruebas de detección realizadas. Tenemos a estas familias y comunidades en nuestros pensamientos durante estos tiempos difíciles.
La información de estos datos se divide en varias categorías, se actualiza diariamente y pueden ser revisada aquí.
En relación a casos nuevos, 11 días de los últimos 14 días han indicado una tendencia a disminuir en base al promedio variable de 7 días de los casos recientemente reportados. Y en términos de hospitalizaciones, 10 días de los últimos 14 días han indicado una tendencia a disminuir en base al promedio variable de 7 días de nuevas hospitalizaciones.
Síndrome Multi-inflamatorio en Niños.
Este es un nuevo virus que no se parece en nada a lo que hemos visto antes, y cada día aprendemos más acerca de este virus. A medida que sabemos más, utilizamos esta información para brindar las mejores políticas de respuesta al público que nos permitirá salvar más vidas y minimizar el daño a nuestra economía y a nuestra sociedad.
Mientras que personas de todas las edades han sucumbido a COVID-19, hemos tenido suerte de que este virus no ha afectado tan severamente a los niños como a los adultos. La mayoría de los niños presentan síntomas más leves, y la tasa de mortalidad es extremadamente baja entre los niños, especialmente cuando se compara con la tasa de mortalidad entre los residentes de Colorado de edad avanzada y aquellos con afecciones de salud agudas.
Es por eso que nos preocupan los informes de un nuevo síndrome relacionado con COVID-19 que ha afectado a niños en Italia, el Reino Unido, Nueva York, Nueva Jersey, Massachusetts y Virginia.
Este nuevo síndrome se conoce comúnmente como síndrome inflamatorio multi-sistémico pediátrico (PMIS) o, más recientemente, síndrome inflamatorio multisistémico en niños (MIS-C).
Se ha encontrado que el síndrome multi-inflamatorio en niños tiene una fuerte correlación con los niños que tienen anticuerpos contra COVID-19, lo que sugiere que estos niños se han recuperado recientemente del virus. El síndrome es más similar a otras afecciones inflamatorias graves, como la enfermedad de Kawasaki y el síndrome de shock tóxico.
Los niños con este síndrome pueden enfermarse gravemente de problemas del corazón o de otros órganos, que demanda atención hospitalaria.
Colorado actualmente tiene tres posibles casos pendiente la revisión del Centro de Control de Enfermedades (CDC).
Se recomienda a los padres observar la presencia de los siguientes síntomas en sus hijos especialmente si el menor o cualquier otra persona en el hogar han contraído recientemente COVID-19:
- Fiebres altas durante varios días.
- Dolores gastrointestinales incluyendo dolor abdominal, vómitos y diarrea.
- Síntomas similares a la enfermedad de Kawasaki, incluyendo erupciones en la piel (cutáneas), irritación de ojos, irritación en los labios o lengua roja similar al color de una fresa
Un niño que presenta estos síntomas puede necesitar atención médica urgente y usted debe contactar a un proveedor médico de inmediato.
El Gobernador quiere reiterar que no hay razón para demorar atención por esta o por cualquier otra condición médica grave. Los consultorios médicos y los hospitales son los lugares más seguros y esterilizados con los que podemos contar.
Hemos recibido informes preocupantes acerca de personas que optan por rechazar atención de urgencia para ellos o para sus seres queridos, y acerca de personas que no acuden a chequeos de salud periódicos, y peor aún, que no llevan a sus hijos a chequeos de salud periódicos y retrasan el itinerario de vacunas importantes.
El Gobernador enfatizó la importancia de mantener el itinerario de vacunas de los menores al día. Actualmente estamos viviendo un escenario de pesadilla por una aterradora pandemia para la cual no tenemos ni vacuna ni cura.
Por lo tanto, busque tratamiento médico si lo necesita, y asegúrese de que usted y sus hijos estén al día en la aplicación de sus vacunas.
Continuaremos manteniendo al público actualizado con la mejor información disponible para mantener a los residentes de Colorado seguros y salvar vidas.
Fondo de Ayuda COVID-19
El gobernador quiere agradecer a los donantes al fondo de ayuda COVID-19 en HelpColoradoNow.org. El fondo ha alcanzado un poco más de $ 18 millones de dólares hasta ahora, un logro notable.
Acabamos de finalizar la aprobación de la tercera ronda de financiamiento de subvenciones. Fueron aprobadas 134 subvenciones en total: 101 en el área prioritaria de Impacto y 33 en el área prioritaria de Prevención. El monto total financiado dentro de este ciclo fue de $ 2.7 millones de dólares. A la fecha, durante las primeras tres rondas, se han otorgado 505 subvenciones con un total de $ 11.1 millones de dólares a organizaciones que prestan servicios en los 64 condados.
Actualmente estamos decidiendo la cuarta ronda de financiación y estamos orgullosos de decir que las solicitudes para la quinta ronda de impacto y de recuperación, ya están abiertas. Para las organizaciones en busca de financiamiento, la fecha límite para presentar una solicitud es el sábado 30 de mayo a las 7 p.m.
Un Reconocimiento Especial a Rose Community Foundation
El Gobernador también destacó el trabajo de la Fundación Rose Community Foundation, que está aceptando solicitudes para proporcionar fondos que apoyan a organizaciones que trabajan para mitigar o aliviar los impactos de COVID-19 en las comunidades de la región de Denver incluyendo siete condados: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Condados de Broomfield, Denver, Douglas y Jefferson. La fecha límite de solicitud es el 27 de mayo.
Las áreas de prioridad de los fondos incluyen:
- Salud mental (asesoramiento por tele-salud, terapia, tratamiento individual, líneas de ayuda, conciencia plena, actividad física).
- Salud Conductual.
- Pérdida de empleo / apoyo de regreso al trabajo (reentrenamiento, entrenamiento de adquisición de habilidades, búsqueda/colocación de trabajo, asistencia de cuidado infantil).
- Asistencia de necesidades básicas para individuos y familias (alquiler, servicios públicos, estabilización económica familiar, etc.).
- Trabajo de divulgación del censo que ha sido interrumpido por COVID-19.
- Inseguridad alimentaria.
- Desigualdades de servicios de salud en comunidades minoritarias.
- Enfrentar reacciones raciales/étnicas debido a COVID-19.
- Prestación de servicios virtuales.
- Y otras prioridades de salud pública.
Las subvenciones serán estructuradas para operaciones generales o para programas, de acuerdo a las solicitudes recibidas, con la utilización total de los fondos en respuesta a COVID-19 o su impacto en las comunidades atendidas por el solicitante.
Visite el sitio de web de la Fundación Rose Community Foundation para obtener detalles acerca de cómo solicitar financiamiento.
- Governor’s Facebook Page or new state COVID-19 website
- CO 211 line and website for all questions
- General Assembly COVID-19 Updates
- How the Department of Law is addressing COVID-19
- Interactive Budget (note that budget negotiations will not resume until April)
- As of 3/18, the State Capital is closed to the public indefinitely. The legislative session will not return 3/30 as planned. The House met on 3/30 to adjourn until 10 am on Thursday 4/2. On 4/1 the State Supreme Court ruled that the legislature can meet beyond 120 consecutive days. Read more here.
- 3/31 state legislators wrote to President Trump demanding he use the Defense Production Act to increase production of ventilators and PPE
- 3/26 the Governor instituted a stay at home order until April 11. Extended 4/6 until 4/26. You can leave to:
- Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine, liquor, or cannabis
- Going to and from work if you are an essential employee
- Seeking medical care
- Caring for dependents or pets
- Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
- Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties.
- You can read more in the Denver Post and see the official order here.
- 3/22: Governor Polis announced an executive order for all non critical-workplaces to reduce their in-person workforce by fifty percent (50%). The order directs all Colorado employers to implement tele-work capabilities to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work is not practical or possible, employers are encouraged to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of workers during work hours and to keep employees on payroll as we endure this temporary disruption to commerce together.
The Governor announced 3/22 that we are standing up a new division in our Emergency Operations Center to help us continue to develop innovative plans to respond to COVID-19. The Innovation Response Team Task Force, will be tasked with the following objectives:
- Developing a statewide system for mass testing and rapid results,
- Developing mobile and other technologies to help track the spread of the virus and support infected citizens,
- Creating a suite of services for citizens under isolation or quarantine,
- And developing locally-sourced alternatives to secure critical medical supplies so we can keep our frontline workers safe.
- #DoingMyPartCO: Good things to share are photos or stories of folks who are:
- practicing proper hygiene and social distancing
- working from home
- walking or taking your car instead of taking public transit
- Face-timing with grandma instead of going to visit her
- getting groceries or medicine for an elderly neighbor
- And taking it easy on the toilet paper at the supermarket
Tuesday July 14th, 2020
Governor Polis Highlighted several accomplishments that were passed by the legislature and signed into law this year. Governor Polis was proud to work with members of both parties to help build a resilient response to the virus, from both a health and economic perspective, despite a shortened legislative session.
- Direct Housing Assistance for people struggling to pay rent or cover their mortgage
- Help for Families to pay utility bills and to put food on their tables
- Supports For Small Businesses with Loans and Grants
- Assistance for those struggling with mental illness or domestic violence
The General Assembly and the Governor also:
- Approved $250 million in CLIMBER loans to continue to assist small businesses.
- Codified provisions from several executive orders, including permitting alcohol takeout from bars and restaurants and making it easier for Coloradans to access telemedicine.
- Enacted legislation to provide paid sick leave for Colorado employees, which is vital right now during this pandemic and in the future.
Educational Resources about COVID19
- Learn about public health and epidemiology from Johns Hopkins through an ongoing 5 part series.
- Learn more about official facts and symptoms directly from the CDC here.
***** On July 16 2020 Executive Order D 2020 138 went into effect, making it mandatory for people in Colorado who are 11 yrs or older to wear a mask over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any public indoor space, and while using or waiting to use public (bus, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services. ******
- CDC Guidance on wearing cloth masks
- Colorado Mask Project--how to make DIY masks and help out everyone in our community and request masks if you are a provider
- Nathaniel Rateliff PSA for CO on wearing masks--let’s make it cool!
- All you need to know about face masks
- Tutorial for sewing masks by Candice Ferguson
- Instructions for making a no sew mask
- Colorado Mask Contest for kids to design the most creative masks
- Do’s and Don’ts of wearing masks in Colorado
- Public Health Order 20-31
- CO Food Assistance Programs
- How can I support my neighbor with food assistance during the stay at home?
- Food Banks in Adams County
- We Don’t Waste Colorado: Providing food to students in Adams County in partnership with Food for Hope; We're setting up a drive-through food distribution at our Food Recovery & Distribution Center––and will be reaching out to agencies that have closed so they can redirect their clients to our site;
- Food Resources from Hunger Free Colorado
- Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626)
- Adams SNAP building is closed but services are fully operational. Additional funding for SNAP was included in the federal stimulus bill.
- Food Resources available to kids amid COVID-19 outbreak
- Stanley Market Place: Closed as of March 15. More than a dozen of our businesses will still offer delivery and curbside pick-up options. We are currently compiling a list of those, which we will share in a separate post and update regularly. A bunch of our food businesses are working together to launch Stanley To Go, a food pick-up option that will begin this Tuesday and operate daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until we re-open. This will allow you to enjoy food from these businesses while following social distancing and other best practices during this pandemic.OPENair Academy at Stanley will remain open until further notice, at the request and direction of the health department, the Department of Human Services, and the nurses consulting agency they work with
- Colorado Department of Human Services Food Distribution Household Programs for households in need with food assistance
- Federal food security support
- HR 6201 increases $500 million to provide access to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children
- It also increases $400 million to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to assist local food banks and also provides $100 million to support the storage and distribution of the foods
- Emergency Grant Funding: No Kid Hungry is offering real-time funding and assistance to schools and community organizations that are making sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus. No Kid Hungry is providing emergency grants to support these local efforts like home delivered meals, grab-and-go meals programs, school and community pantries, backpack programs, and other steps to help reach children and families who lose access to meals. We are providing $1 million in emergency grants on a rolling basis. If you are aware of schools or local nonprofits in your community that could benefit from grant support to continue providing critical nutrition assistance, please share the following link and encourage them to apply: nokidhungry.org/coronavirus-grant-request.
- If you have concerns about food stamps: please visit https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/.
- Arapahoe County has been expanding benefits for families to get more cash assistance, but run through the CO Peak website.
- The GrowHaus is a nonprofit organization that ensures access to healthy food in North Denver neighborhoods. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, GrowHaus is making extra emergency food-package deliveries with fresh vegetables and pantry staples.Potential customers can place delivery orders online, or those looking to donate can feed a family of two for a week for $25 and a family of four for $50. (There are additional options for donating 100 boxes of rescued food for $500, for example, at linktr.ee/thegrowhaus.)Growhaus, 4751 York St., 720-515-4751; thegrowhaus.org
- The Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry is providing pre-packed boxes of food to anyone experiencing food insecurity with no documentation or sign up needed. To limit face-to-face interactions and promote social distancing, boxes of food are distributed through a pick-up system directly outside of the pantry Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 3201 South Tamarac Drive, Denver, CO 80231. If you are ill or caring for someone who is ill, please send someone else for your food or call 720.248.4607 for assistance
- Restaurants in Aurora serving no-contact delivery or no contact curbside
School Food Resources
- CDE information on school breakfast and lunch
- Colorado Department of Education information on Emergency Feeding programs for school-aged children
- List of locations for meal sites from individual school districts
- CDPHE’s Recommendations on what to do when children are home from school
- Chalkbeat’s map of food resources for children - available in Spanish
- Mapleton School District: 'Grab & Go' meals available in Mapleton Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español sobre comidas para estudiantes To continue with our commitment to providing delicious and well-balanced meals to students, we are offering walk up or drive through 'Grab & Go' meals at five sites in Mapleton to ensure no one learns on an empty stomach. Meals may be picked up from the following locations, Monday - Friday, between 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., through Friday, April 17. Global Primary Academy (7480 N. Broadway, Denver) - Pick up will be in the bus loop by GPA. Clayton Partnership School (Skyview Campus) - Pick up will be in the Clayton loop. Meadow Community School (9150 Monroe St, Thornton) - Pick up will be on the west side of the building. Welby Community School (1200 E. 78th Ave., Denver) - Pick up will be in the bus loop beginning on the north side of the building. York International School (9200 York St., Thornton) - Pick up will be in the bus loop On Fridays, families are encouraged to take home meals for Saturday and Sunday, too! All families will receive lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. These meals will be available to all children through age 18, regardless of what school they attend. No paperwork, proof of residence, or student identification is required. This program is for pick-up of meals only. Meals cannot be consumed on-site.
- Adams 12: Nutrition Services will provide an opportunity for families to pick up lunch and breakfast through walk up or drive-thru meal service for children ages 1 to 18. We will start meal service on Tuesday, March 17 and operate through the last day of the extended spring break (Friday, March 27). Meals will be served at the following locations from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Horizon High School - 5321 E. 136th Avenue, Thornton , CO. Legacy High School - 2701 W. 136th Avenue, Broomfield, CO Mountain Range High School - 12500 Huron Street, Westminster, CO Northglenn High School - 601 W 100th Place, Northglenn, CO Thornton High School - 9351 N Washington Street, Thornton
- Adams 14 Meal distribution information
- Aurora Public Schools: During the extended Spring Break, Aurora Public Schools will be distributing FREE breakfast and lunch. These meals will be provided on weekdays starting tomorrow through Friday and then again next week Monday through Friday at 15 locations to ALL children 18 and under. Both meals, which include vegetarian options, will be available together for pickup through a grab-and-go system.
- Meals will be available starting tomorrow through Friday and then again next week Monday through Friday at the following locations and times. APS is providing meals at as many locations as possible to reduce travel distances for families. You will notice that the windows for meal pick up are 25 minutes long. Although this may seem short, we believe this window will allow us to provide for a grab-and-go system while also helping us maximize the number of pick-up locations and serve the highest number of families throughout the district. Please note the starting time for the location that is nearest to your home. Here is a map of the meal distribution sites in Aurora.
Aurora Hills Middle School | 10:25-10:50AM
1009 S. Uvalda St, Aurora, CO 80012
Kenton Elementary School | 11:45AM-12:10PM
1255 Kenton St, Aurora, CO 80010
Clyde Miller P-8 | 11:45AM-12:10PM
1701 España St, Aurora, CO 80011
Laredo Elementary School | 11:05-11:30AM
1350 Laredo St, Aurora, CO 80011
Crawford Elementary School | 11:05-11:30AM
1600 Florence St, Aurora, CO 80010
Edna & John W. Mosley P-8 | 10:25-10:50AM
55 N. Salida Way, Aurora, CO 80011
Dalton Elementary School | 11:45AM-12:10PM
17401 E. Dartmouth Ave, Aurora, CO 80013
North Middle School | 10:25-10:50AM
12095 E. Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80010
East Middle School | 12:25-12:50PM
1275 Fraser St, Aurora, CO 80011
Sable Elementary School | 11:45AM-12:10PM
2601 Sable Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011
Fulton Academy of Excellence 12:25-12:50PM
755 Fulton St, Aurora, CO 80010
Tierra Park | 11:05-11:30AM
14700 E. Jewell Ave, Aurora, CO 80012
Hillcrest Village RV Resort | 11:05-11:30AM
1600 Sable Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011
Wheel Park | 12:25-12:50PM
2465 S. Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80010
Town Center at Aurora (Outside the Food Court) | 10:25-10:50AM
14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora, CO 80012
- Meals on Wheels is still functioning in our district and they need our help! This is a great way for homebound seniors in HD30 to receive meals. They are also seeking volunteers and donations--more details to come.
- Advice for adults with disabilities
- Commerce City Senior Resources
- List of Stores that have enacted special shopping time for seniors
- Collection of Golden Age Entertainment seniors can watch via YouTube at home!
- Adams County Senior Resources:
- Senior Hub Adams County
- Senior Resource Task Force
- Older Adult Service Directory, City of Denver
- COVID Tips for Dementia Caregivers
- The Institute on Aging offers a 24-hour Friendship Line for older adults or adults living with disabilities who are feeling isolated: 800.971.0016
- Is your loved one with dementia in assisted living? Check with the facility regarding their procedures for managing COVID-19 risk. Ensure they have your emergency contact information and the information of another family member or friend as a backup. More tips at alz.org/COVID19.
- Qualifying seniors can receive a monthly food box through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program
- The Tri County Health Department wanted to reassure seniors living in housing communitiies that they have been collecting PPE to ensure health workers at these facilities are healthy and safe.
- List of homeless shelters in Aurora
- Other homelessness resources from the City of Aurora
- Hotel to open up for those exerpiencing homelessness in Aurora
- Mile High Behavioral Healthcare will lead operations and staffing for Aurora citizens experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 crisis: Basic needs, food and shelter are offered seven days a week though the organization has adjusted to constantly changing safety measures. Two large tents at the Aurora Day Resource Center are providing space in accordance with social distancing recommendations and a location to partially quarantine those that are medically cleared to quarantine on their own. On Wednesday, April 8, doors will open to a hotel in Aurora, Colorado for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or to those who may have been exposed. Mile High Behavioral Healthcare CEO, Bob Dorshimer, stated, “As COVID-19 continues to threaten our communities, it’s time to add to the continuum of care and to ensure the safety and health of some of the most vulnerable residents.” Those staffing these efforts will maintain all safety measures outlined by local and state guidelines and will be supplied proper personal protective equipment. “I’m so proud of our staff and local community partners for giving 100 percent during this national crisis as we are saving lives in our communities.” Mile High Behavioral Healthcare has been chosen to lead onsite operations and staffing at this new hotel model to serve as a safe place for shelter, food and resources while following physical distancing guidelines. Dorshimer said, “Our COVID-19 Direct Care Staff will manage our Social Distancing Tents full time and now we will be staffing a 120-room hotel for distancing and quarantining in collaboration with the City of Aurora, saving lives of our unhoused friends.”
- List of homeless shelters in Commerce City
- List of homeless shelters in Thornton
- From Housing Colorado: If your organization has a need for specific supplies, donations etc. please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of organizations in need of assistance, please send their contact information and we will reach out to them. We will disseminate the lists of requested items and services to our community for a call to action. One such request came from Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. They are asking for supplies and donations to assist in their COVID-19 response: CCH Supplies request, CCH Donation Request
- On Debt Collection: On3/18, Majority Leader Garnett and Rep. Herod called on AG Weiser to use his authority to demand debt collection agencies, creditors and student loan debt services suspend collection and reporting of debt until the end of the state of emergency. JUST NOW, AG Weiser heeded their call and made the announcement that he was asking creditors to exercise restraint in mandatory debt collection efforts during this time.
- SEE HOUSING SECTION FOR GOVERNOR’S 3/20 CALL TO INSTITUTIONS NOT TO COLLECT RENT/MORTGAGES
National Health Care for the Homeless Council & Kaiser Permanente
- Partnership funding pool to meet the health needs of people experiencing homelessness in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unrestricted grants will generally range from $25,000-$50,000.
- 4/13 updates from the Governor: DENVER - Today Gov. Polis sent a letter encouraging hotel and motel owners and operators to rise to the challenge in addressing COVID-19 by entering agreements to temporarily house homeless Coloradans, along with some of the state’s most vulnerable. The need for non-congregate rooms is urgent as there is a real potential for currently sheltered people to be forced into large scale, dangerous facilities or back onto the streets. The letter encourages hotel and motel owners to work with their local leaders to find innovative solutions on this vital effort. Read the letter here. The Governor also sent a letter in response to the General Assembly, Denver City Council and RTD Board, saying that he will mobilize 250 Colorado National Guard (CONG) members to support existing shelters in the City and County of Denver with staffing shortages for those who are experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state will also be providing planners from the CONG to support local emergency operation centers and help stand up an expansion of capacity through new shelters through the use of recreation centers, hotels, or motels, if requested. The CONG will also help increase hospital capacity for those who need medical care and ensure those experiencing homelessness have access to those resources. Read the letter here.
Testing for COVID19
- Information on how to get tested in Colorado
- STRIDE Health Centers offering public covid-19 swab and antibody testing
- 10680 Del mar Pkwy Aurora, CO 80010
- 7:30 - 5:30
- 7495 W 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
- 7:00 am - 5:30 pm ; Sat 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
- 4/29 Governor’s Updates on Testing
Colorado Testing Goals
Today the Governor provided an update on the state’s testing capability and infrastructure, and our plans to scale up our epidemiological work.
When this crisis began, we could only run 160 tests a day. Today we are running 3,000 tests per day. Our goal, between public and private partners, is to grow our daily capacity in early May to 5,000 and continue to scale up from there from 8,500+ tests/day if needed by the end of May.
How do we meet this goal?
- Increase testing supplies
- Increase availability of testing to the public
- Increase epidemiological capacity to make tests meaningful in preventing further outbreaks.
Testing Supplies Update
The Governor provided an update on where we are in terms of testing supply numbers. Keep in mind that this is a snapshot of a constantly changing situation because as soon as we get our hands on equipment, it is distributed to ensure more testing.
Right now we have:
- 15,000 Swabs / Viral Media
- 20,000 Extraction Reagents
- 100,000 Detection Reagents which we have secured from South Korea.
Yesterday, the Governor was on a call with the White House where we were promised:
- 195,000 swabs / viral media
- Guaranteed a purchase order from private companies to purchase the extraction and detection reagents
By May 11, we expect to have secured
- 147,000 Swabs / Viral Media -- that includes part of the federal commitment.
- 117,000 Extraction Reagents
- 147,000 Detection Reagents
And by the end of may, we expect to have secured
- 195,000 Swabs / Viral Media -- this includes the full federal commitment.
- 195,000 Extraction Reagents
- 195,000 Detection Reagents
We want to thank our innovation response team for their incredible work. There is fierce competition in this market to get this equipment and everyone in the world is trying to get it. And in a matter of weeks we have stepped up to fill the gap on both sourcing and distribution which has allowed us to make significant progress. We expect that over time, supply chain issues will be resolved, and the supply of testing equipment will be able to keep up with the demand.
4 types of testing
The Governor spoke about increasing the availability of testing. To hit our goal -- we need to provide a variety of sites across the state and meet people where they are.
There are four types of testing sites in Colorado where you can get COVID testing:
- Private sector hospitals and health care facilities
- These facilities are currently testing health care workers and patients, and the tests are covered by insurance.
- Children’s Hospital
- National Jewish
- UC Health
- Centura - Western slope locations
- Community Health Centers:
- Clinica Tepeyac
- Other Community Health Centers
- Kaiser Permanente, who are expanding testing to healthcare workers and first responders outside their network
- As we move forward, we’re going to be asking these facilities to step up more testing for the general public.
- Local community-based testing sites, most of them headed up by local public health agencies
- We are helping local public health agencies stand these up across the state.
- Two weeks ago, we distributed a playbook to local public health agencies to support them in their work, and asked them to submit a request to the state.
- So far, 51 counties have requested a site.
- The state lab has completed readiness assessments and approved plans for 34 sites.
- We have sent supplies to 26 of these testing sites and as more come on line, we will be sending supplies to these as well to meet people where they are.
- We will be announcing a list of sites in the coming days.
- State collaborations with private-sector partners.
- For one example, we’re working with Kroger grocery stores like King Soopers to administer hundreds of tests in Denver and Boulder
- Targeted testing for outbreaks and at-risk populations
- We’re working with the CO National Guard and local agencies to ramp up testing at nursing homes -- we know these facilities are particularly vulnerable to contagion.
- Here’s an update on that effort:
- 4 of the state’s largest facilities have been tested and one is ongoing
- 1,171 total tests
- 99 total positive -- 55 symptomatic, 33 asymptomatic, and 11 unknown levels of symptoms.
- 30 tests pending.
- We’re proud to announce a new partnership with CSU which will provide 45,000 tests on nursing home workers during May and June, and we will also be sending extra personal protective equipment like masks and gloves to our senior care facilities to ensure staff and residents are more protected.
- For particular communities and areas where there is a large number of symptomatic cases relative to population, such as Weld County, we’re doing specialized testing sites.
- We tested 882 people in Weld County over the last four days
- 123 positives -- 88 symptomatic, 34 asymptomatic -- which underscores our challenge, not everyone who has it shows symptoms.
- 140 tests still pending.
- And we left additional kits with Weld County Public Health to continue to meet the high need for testing and containment in Weld County.
- We’ve also had dedicated sites in Pueblo (484 tested), Mesa (482 tested), El Paso (1769 tested) and the Denver Metro Area
Who can get tested?
Right now here’s who can get tested:
- Symptomatic healthcare and frontline workers
- Symptomatic hospital and nursing home patients
- Symptomatic workers and others in outbreak areas (i.e. JBS)
- Some symptomatic community members
- Depends on availability in your community
- And how at-risk you are: older coloradans & those with underlying health conditions.
By mid-May, we want to continue to test all of these groups:
- Symptomatic healthcare and frontline workers
- Symptomatic hospital and nursing home patients
- Symptomatic workers and others in outbreaks
And we want to be able to test ALL symptomatic community members who want it, and have the capacity for broader outbreak testing.
Finally as we continue to scale, we will build a robust program to prevent hotspots in senior, long term care, and congregate care facilities, and other vulnerable populations like people experiencing homelessness.
In order for this strategy to be successful, we need to ramp up our epidemiological capacity. That starts with bringing in more trained professionals to do this important work. CDPHE has grown its COVID-19 epidemic response team from 31 staff to 56, a near doubling of the staff.
- Epidemiologists -- the scientists needed to analyze the data
- Contact tracers -- conduct follow-up interviews with contacts of infected individuals
We are building a first in the country COVID Navigator Program, to establish wrap-around supports for those who are sick. We are hiring staff for this effort as well. All of the epidemiological staff at the state level will work in collaboration with local public health agencies and their epidemiological teams. But if we want the best epidemiological response that we can have -- it requires more than just staff. We need to bring all of the technological tools we can to bear.
In partnership with Google + MTX, we’ve launched a new symptom tracker to help you determine if you need to seek out a test or medical help, to guide you on next steps, and to help our epidemiologists determine if there’s an outbreak in your area and respond accordingly.
This sort of self-reporting is happening across our state and it’s helping to save lives. We have already had over 1,000 entries into the tracker that’s providing us with valuable information. The tracker consists of a short survey on covid19.colorado.gov where you submit your symptoms. You can opt into text message support which will direct you to various resources, from telemedicine to behavioral health support. We’re also collecting data from ERs on patient symptoms so we can track which communities are the most impacted.
All of these things working in concert will help us achieve success in this next phase:
- More testing supplies
- More test sites
- And more epidemiological capacity.
And together, with Safer-at-Home for most of the population, Stay-at-home for vulnerable populations, wearing face coverings, and other distancing and hygienic steps -- we can continue to make progress in our fight against this deadly virus and hopefully, begin to remove even more barriers in our society and our economy.
COVID Health Equity Response Team
The racial data that we are releasing shows that some communities of color are more likely to suffer from COVID and the impacts of the disease. This is likely a proxy for other societal inequities because historically people of color have unequal access to health care, economic opportunity, and benefits, all of which impact their ability to deal with COVID and the surrounding crisis. Read more about how Colorado is approaching the racial health equity concerns here.
So a couple of weeks ago we announced that we would be setting up a COVID health equity response team to:
- Ensure equity as a factor in decision-making around logistics and resources,
- Increase access to testing and care services,
- Ensure racial and ethnicity COVID-19 data are accessible, transparent and used in decision-making,
- And share time-sensitive information about how Colorado communities are experiencing particular challenges related to the COVID-19 response.
This team will be headed by Web Brown, the Director of the Office of Health Equity at CDPHE. And today we are glad to announce the task force members:
- Congressman Joe Neguse, CD-2
- Farduus Ahmed, Hope Communities
- Harry Budisidharta, Asian Pacific Development Center
- Lizeth Chacon, Colorado People's Alliance
- Eudelia Contreras, Lake County Build a Generation
- Maggie Gomez, Center for Health Progress
- Joline Dorce, Dawn Clinic
- Rudy Gonzales, Servicios de la Raza
- Amanda Henderson, Interfaith Alliance
- Deidre Johnson, Center for African American Health
- Adrianne Maddux, Denver Indian Health and Family Services
- Denise Maes, ACLU
- Kenny Maestas, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
- Omar Montgomery, Center for Identity and Inclusion-University of Colorado Denver
- Priscilla Montoya Vitello, Latino Community Foundation
- Michelle McHenry-Edrington, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
- Rosemary McDonnell-Horita, Atlantis Community, Inc.
- Rosemary Lyttle, NAACP
- Ricardo Perez, Hispanic Affairs Project
- Alex Sánchez, Roaring Fork Latino Network and Voces Unidas
- Carmen Stevens, San Luis Valley Immigrant Rights Center,
- Representative from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
- Representative from the Southern Ute Tribe
Click here to learn more about the Health Equity Response Team.
Physical Health Care
- From TriCounty Health Department:
- Birth control/sexual health clinics at Aurora, Westminster and Englewood are still in operaton. Sexual Health Clinics at North Broadway, Lone Tree and Castle Rock are closed until further notice. You must have an appointment, no walk-ins at this time. PATIENTS ONLY in clinics, no other guests allowed, including children. 303-363-3018
- All immunization clinics and Shots for Tots are closed. Call 303-451-0123 8 am - 4:30 pm for more information about immunizations
- Vital Records is open for issuing birth and death certificates
- STRIDE Center is also offering telehealth visits for prenatal services, acute care, behavioral health services and more. They are also doing outpatient care for those who have been diagnosed.
- Coronavirus vaccine clinical trials
- Health care shouldn’t discriminate
- Non fee-based nurselines:
- Fee-based telehealth companies: This list of fee-based telehealth companies does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. There may be other fee-based telehealth companies that operate in Colorado that offer telehealth visits that are not listed here.
Health Insurance Support
- Statewide measures to make it easier to apply for health insurance: The Division of Insurance and Connect for Health Colorado announced 3/19 that Emergency Regulation 20-E-02 will establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for uninsured Coloradans to get health insurance. Uninsured people will be allowed to enroll in individual health insurance plans (meaning plans NOT from an employer) from March 20 through April 3, 2020. Coverage will be effective starting on April 1, regardless of when someone enrolls during that window. Only people who are currently uninsured are eligible to enroll, as this is not a period for people with coverage to change plans. Uninsured spouses and children will also be allowed to enroll at this time, even if one spouse or a child’s parent may already be insured. That window for enrollment is extended through April 30, 2020. The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has worked with Connect for Health Colorado to add nearly a month more for Coloradans who are currently uninsured to get health coverage. For anyone enrolling after April 3, their health insurance will become effective May 1.
- Hotline for individuals who are uninsured.
- Adams County uninsured support
- Discounted TBHI Telehealth Training
- Clinica Colorado is providing $10 telehealth visits and other services
Mental Health Care
- Mental Health Colorado Resource Page and here on COVID-19 specifically
- Mental Health First Aid: How to Care for yourself while practing social distancing
- Aurora Mental Health Center is delivering the majority of their services through phone and video
- Mental Health Center of Denver is offering a variety of telehealth services, regardless of income.
- University of Denver is hosting regular happy hour chats on mental health:
- Dr Amy Lopez for a “Happy Hour” series that The CU Johnson Depression Center is offering on Tuesdays at 4:30 MST. Happy Hour- Finding Hope Through Happiness and Gratitude https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/548311036
- Parent Support Through Covid: (series) Thursdays at 8pm MST https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/872859388
- Parenting in the Age of Covid Anxiety! Tuesday April 14th at 12;00 pm MST https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/132274167
- More virtual information sessions can be found at: https://www.coloradodepressioncenter.org/services/community-programs/
- STRIDE Center is offering telehealth vists for behavioral health services and medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence in our health centers.
- Mental Health America’s website for mental health and COVID19 resources.
- 2020 Mental Health Toolkit from Mental Health America
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration disaster distress helpline is provided at this website along with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Maria Droste Counseling is also doing telehealth counseling visits.
- Managing stress and anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak
- Mental health resources from Robbie’s Hope Colorado
- How teens in CO are coping through the coronavirus
- How to #bethedifference with someone who has mental health concerns during COVId-19 outbreak: Mental Health First Aid
- How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
- How Do I Know Someone is Experiencing Anxiety or Depression?
- How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
- How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19
- Mental helath telehealth regulations have been relaxed so college students can continue their counseling through the university through telehelath
- FREE Mental health services for ESSENTIAL WORKERS
- Federal Fact Sheet on addiction resources and programs
- Westside Behavioral Care for families to reach out to get set up with mental health resources. You can search by insurance and find a therapist this way. They can also go onto Psychologytoday.com and search for therapists who specialize in trauma/grief.
- UC Health Grief resources
- Families First Grief Resources
- Map of tributes to those who have died from COVID19
Youth Mental Health Resources
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope
- Kids Comic Exploring the Coronavirus
- PBS: Talking to kids about coronavirus
- Talking with teens and tweens about the coronavirus
- UNICEF: How to talk to your kids about the coronavirus
- Families who need behavioral health or medical care for their children should know that some school-based health centers (SBHCs) remain open and can provide services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. SBHCs encourage patients to call ahead of time to understand the SBHC’s approach to providing care as it varies across the state. To find the SBHC in your community and their contact information, visit www.casbhc.org/directory. Here individuals can find resources in their communities and learn how they can set up appointments as well as learn more about the innovative adjustments the SBHCs have made to preserve access to care for Colorado children.
- 5 simple reminders for coping healthily in your household (Aurora Mental Health Center)
- Listen to your kids, encourage their questions, and provide every assurance that they are safe and that you are caring for them. Remind them of the things you are doing together to stay healthy (like frequently washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and limiting social activities).
- Practice regular deep breathing. Focus on deep breathing for two-minutes every hour to calm your body, oxygenate your brain, and reduce stress. Step outside if you can for maximum effect. Kids need this too!
- Get outside in the sunshine and play. Fresh air, sunshine and physical movement are proven health enhancers, positively affecting body, mind and emotions. It's a great way of experiencing freedom when we are feeling confined or isolated.
- Rest. Physically, mentally, emotionally. Maintain a regular sleeping schedule. Nothing prepares us better to face whatever challenges a given day may bring, yet it's often the first thing we sacrifice in times of distress.
- Limit exposure to news and social media. Anxiety can be as contagious as any virus. Consider checking for updates no more than twice daily. Many reliable information sources on COVID-19 are reporting at one specified time each day. Bear in mind that kids are especially susceptible to oversaturation, and they can pick it up from adults!
- Foster Source is hosting virtual mental health coaching for foster parents who are really struggling during COVID-19 and who appear to be on a path of disrupting a placement.
- Noble One mental health advocates providing support to CO youth
- Virtual Teen Wellness Groups
Students Loans and other college resources
- How the federal stimulus package impacts student loans
- New Era resources for navigating student loans
- Information on paying for student debt during COVID-19
- Mental helath telehealth regulations have been relaxed so college students can continue their counseling through the university through telehelath
- Information on 2020 Advanced Placement Exams (AP): In May 2019, Colorado public and private high school students took a total of 55,939 AP Exams that resulted in qualifying scores of 3, 4, or 5 and a total of 167,817 college credits. Tuition savings to parents and students totaled $63,658,023. College Board remains focused on helping students reduce their time to degree while also saving precious dollars due to the statewide credit policy adopted by CCHE in 2016. Additionally, because of the challenges created by COVID-19, the College Board is making significant changes to give AP students the opportunity to prepare for and take AP exams as planned this school year. The College Board announced at-home digital testing so AP students can still take this year’s exam since schools may be closed. The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March. Students will be able to take their exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll also have the option to write their responses by hand and submit a photo. Details are available online and the attached PDF was sent to AP teachers this past Friday. Beginning March 25th, students and schools have had access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These daily lessons focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. Hosted on the AP YouTube channel, these lessons will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time. As of this earlier morning, there were nearly 800,000 views – and it’s growing!! The College Board is also working to help students with connectivity issues get access to the tools they need to use the practice resources and take the test as we understand that not all students have access to the internet or a device. Students who need mobile tools or connectivity can reach us directly to let us know.
- The administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) will be paused for the remaineder of the 2019-20 school year due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado.
- Colorado Department of Educationhas established a general resources page for districts and parents to utilize: https://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools
- School Closure Guidelines:
- UPDATE: 4/01 Governor Polis has extended school closures through April 30th
- New school closure applies to all public and private instituions in Colorado.
- Any school - including charters, preschools, and child care centers - with a single confirmed case of COVID-19 must close for a minimum of 72 hours for cleaning and social distancing.
- A second confirmed case within a 30 day period requires a minimum of 72 hours for closure, testing, and public health investigations.
- A third confirmed case within a 30 day period requires a 14 day closure.
- The Governor’s ban on gatherings of 250 people or more does not apply to the school system.
- Graduation resources for high school seniors
- Resources for families to continue education during the suspension
- Aurora Public Schools
- All district communication to families and community regarding Covid-19 here: https://health.aurorak12.org/covid-19-resources/
- The communication that was sent last night about extended Spring Break can be found here: https://aurorak12.org/2020/03/12/aps-extends-spring-break/. As Rico's letter indicates, we'll be sending follow-up communications with additional information about the distribution of meals, access to online education resources and new developments, as soon as it is available, and can provide that to you.
- Communication regarding Mental Health supports
- Communication to families about remote learning, which will begin on Tuesday, March 31, including information on technology distribution
- APS also updated our meal distribution to include an additional site at Vista Peak Prep and include dinner as well at this time.
- Adams 14 Schools: All schools closed as of 3/16
- Meal distribution information
- Adams 12 Schools: Closed through 3/27/20
- Bennett Public Schools
- Weld RE-3J School District: Closed Through March 27
- Strasburg School District 31J
- 27J Schools: Classess suspended through 3/27
- Mapleton School District: Schools closed at least through April 17
- Device Pickup Information
- Learning Resources
- Limitless learning home-based instruction
- Grab and Go Meal Service Information
- How to talk to your kids about COVID19
- Westminster Public Schools
- Resources for educating students at home:
- Amazing Educational Resources Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated)
- 150 Educational Netflix
- Bilingual Learning
- Virtual Field Trips
- African Cultural Centered Curriculum
- Adobe Cloud
- Ballet Classes
- Homeschool Resources
- Google Extensions for laptops
- 2 Weeks of Science Experiments
- 63 Experiments to do at home
- NASA Media Library
- Environment Colorado “Greener Together” resources for getting outide and learning about the environment while stuck at home
- Free lesson plans for teachers on psychology
- On-Line Classes. CDLS is providing access to all their courses, with a focus on core areas and other courses as requested, at a cost of $25 per course registration through the COVID-19 school closures. CDLS will also provide an instructor/staff member to help local instructors customize the course(s) to fit their students' needs and to assist in monitoring and supporting student work online.
- CARES act guarentees $13.5 billion for elementary and secondary schools to states based on the Title I formula.
- Colfax Community Network (CCN) has officially launched the Education Support Program! Six children attend the Education Support Program and receive help with their studies. CCN and Aurora Public Schools have partnered together to provide academic support for students as schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Aurora Public Schools will provide them with necessary resources from paper coursework, access to printers, and email attachments. A few local community partners also reached out to provide extra space and support for the program. Colfax Community Network (CCN) is located at 1585 Kingston St, Aurora CO, 80010 inside the Aurora First Presbyterian Church.
- CO offering free childcare for essential workers through Mid-May. Essential workers include:
- Health Care Operations
- Critical Infrastructure
- Critical Retail
- Critical Services
- News Media
- Financial Institutions
- Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically DisadvantagedPopulations
- Critical Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Critical Operations of Residences or Other Critical Businesses
- Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services
- YMCA also offering free chilcare to emergency workers
- CDC Guidance for Childcare providers
- Colorado Office of Early Childhood updates to childcare providers
- Free Food and Toys Pickup in Aurora at Dayton Street Hub
- Colorado Shines information for childcare providers
- Adams County Childcare for Critical Personnel task force
- Child Care Collaborative
- Resources for families with children with special needs
- FEMA delivering essential fmaily and baby supplies to local centers
- PRO BONO Eviction Defense Project: http://www.cedproject.org/
- 4/10 updates from polis: The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Division of Housing awarded more than $1.9 million of emergency assistance to 19 agencies to serve low income Coloradans in need of emergency rental and mortgage assistance due to economic hardship due to COVID-19. Two organizations will provide assistance to eligible Coloradans in all 64 counties: Salvation Army and Colorado Housing Connects. These emergency awards are expected to serve more than 2,200 Coloradans. For more information on accessing these funds, please call DOLA at 303-864-7810 or 303-864-7852. Additionally, the Division of Housing has developed an Eviction Resources Map that can be used, along with the 2-1-1 Help Center, to help renters avoid eviction.
- 4/7 Polis extended limits on foreclosures and evictions until April 30
- Colorado’s Tenant’s guide to COVID19 and more here
- Adams County Housing Stability Plan
- Housing Guidance from Polis
- As of 3/20 The Governor is requesting that municipal and county governments refrain from using law enforcement to carry out evictions or foreclosures against Colorado families unless there is a threat to public safety. He is also encouraging banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions holding residential or commercial mortgages to follow the lead of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and halt foreclosures and related evictions that are due to income reductions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In addition, the Governor is requesting these financial institutions consider providing a 90 day deferment of payment for all consumer loans, including residential and commercial mortgages, refinances, auto loans, and student loans, and small business loans. The state is also requesting that all public utilities suspend service disconnections for delayed or missed payments from residential and small business consumers.
- The Governor is also requesting that all property owners and landlords refrain from removing tenants or mobile home owners without cause or as a result of late rent payment or minor tenancy violations through April 30, unless public safety requires it. Finally, he is asking that all property owners and landlords refrain from imposing a fee for the late payment or nonpayment of rent through the end of April.
- The Colorado Apartment Association is advising its members to waive all late fees and pause evictions through the month of April, according to a list of recommendations the industry group released Tuesday. The list of recommended steps was created by the CAA's COVID-19 task force, which is comprised of representatives from 45 medium and large housing communities and housing providers throughout Colorado. The recommendations are intended to last through the end of April, although experts remain unsure how long the economic ripple effects of the pandemic will last. Read more here.
- For more assistance with rent, visit: https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/.
- Housing options in Denver:
- 1-Warren Village: https://warrenvillage.org: Traditional housing program for single parents (must be single parent or single legal guardian of a child), pay 30% of total income towards housing. Not sure how long the waitlist is. This is a great supportive program and they also offer on-site childcare as an option for residents who work or go to school.
- Denver Housing Authority: http://www.denverhousing.org/AffordableHousing/SubsidizedHousing/HowToApply/Pages/default.aspx A variety of housing programs for individuals, families, and people with disabilities. Waitlist is currently 6 to 12 months, and some lists are closed to new applications.
- Volunteers of America: https://www.voacolorado.org/gethelp-denvermetro-ryes-affordableahousing Several housing locations for individuals, seniors, families, and people with disabilities.
- Colorado Judicial District Eviction Protocols
- Denver Post guide of what to do if you are facing eviction or foreclosure
- Denver City Council to call on Polis to cancel rent and morgtages for this time
- COVID-19 Broadband Resources
- Phone Bills: All incumbent providers have signed FCC pledge to not cut service off for 60 days: https://www.fcc.gov/keep-americans-connected
- Rent Assistance:
- 211 Colorado can connect you with various rent assistance resources
- Apply for rent assistance at Colorado Peak
- Rent guidelines from Gov. Polis
- Housing & COVID19 information from the CO Dept. of Local Affairs
- Denver Water: “During the COVID-19 response, Denver Water has suspended all scheduled water-shut-offs resulting from delinquent payment to ensure customers continue to have access to water. Specific to financial hardships, if a customer is concerned about being able to pay their water bill, they should continue to contact Denver Water’s customer care team at 303-893-2444, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Our team will work with each customer to evaluate applicable options , such as payment plans, waiving late fees, delaying water turn-offs, or connecting the customer with other resources such as TRUA (Temporary Rent and Utility Assistance). Many staff are in the process of moving to alternate work locations or home-based work, so we are in a transition phase. We are working hard to maintain service levels, but we do ask for everyone’s patience.”
- XCEL ENERGY: “During this time, disconnections for nonpayment of gas service in Colorado has been halted. “With all portions of our business (including electric), the company continues preparedness efforts related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and is modifying its pay arrangement policies. Our Customer Contact Center have been advised to consider Coronavirus/COVID-19 impacts when working with customers to set pay arrangements, and to adjust requirements to meet customer’s individual needs accordingly.“If customers are having trouble with their bills, below is a link that offers several places (including Xcel Energy) to seek assistance: (https://www.xcelenergy.com/…/energy_assis…/energy_assistance).”
- T-Mobile: Beginning today, all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). Soon T-Mobile will provide T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days. T-Mobile is working with our Lifeline partners to provide customers free extra data up to 5GB of data per month for the next 60 days. T-Mobile is also increasing the data allowance, free of charge, to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days. Additionally, T-Mobile is offering free international calling for all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers to Level 3 impacted countries. In addition to these efforts, earlier today T-Mobile signed on to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge, in which companies pledge: Not to terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
- Black Hill Energy: To support our customers who may be impacted by the nation’s response to COVID-19, Black Hills Energy is temporarily suspending nonpayment disconnections for our customers. We realize that due to possible extended periods of isolation, customers may face financial hardships affecting their ability to timely pay their energy bills. We offer various assistance options to our customers such as, payment arrangements, budget billing and medical extensions. Visit www.blackhillsenergy.com for more information about these programs. Additionally, 211 is a service that connects millions of people to help with essential needs. Customers can also call our customer care specialists anytime at 1-888-890-5554.Christina Rosendahl | Black Hills Energy | Governmental Affairs Manager- Colorado | Mobile: 303-378-1602 | blackhillsenergy.co
- Intermountain Rural Electric Association: As of Monday, March 16, and until further notice, IREA has suspended most disconnections of electric service as customers cope with the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. As of Monday, March 16, and until further notice, we also have closed our four offices – Conifer, Sedalia, Strasburg and Woodland Park – to walk-in payments. Drop boxes are available at all four locations. We encourage customers to make payment and manage their accounts through our self-service options: the My Account feature at www.IREA.coop and the automated voice system via (800) 332-9540. Both are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outages can be reported 24/7 via (800) 332-9540 or via text. To sign up for outage text alerts, visit https://irea.coop/outage-center/sign-up-for-outage-notifications/.Please look to www.IREA.coop and our social media channels -- @IREAColorado on Twitter, IntermountainREA on Facebook – for updates regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus and IREA.
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
- Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
- No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
- News, Information and Educational Content on X1: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus. Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
- 24x7 Network Monitoring: Underpinning all of these efforts, Comcast’s technology and engineering teams will continue to work tirelessly to support our network operations. We engineer our network capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns, and continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure they are ready to support customer usage. Our engineers and technicians staff our network operations centers 24/7 to ensure network performance and reliability. We are monitoring network usage and watching the load on the network both nationally and locally, and to date it is performing well.
- Water utilities resources from the Environmental Protection Agency for rural constituents
Banks and other Financial Institutions
- Wells Fargo issuspending residential property foreclosure sales, evictions, and involuntary automobile repossessions. Wells Fargo encourages customers to continue making their mortgage payments if they can, but we are granting an immediate 90-day payment suspension for any Wells Fargo Home Lending customer who requests assistance. Wells Fargo is also offering fee waivers, payment deferrals, and other expanded assistance for credit card, auto, mortgage, small business, and personal lending customers who contact us, and we will continue to communicate with customers as the situation evolves.
- 4/8 updates from Wells Fargo:
- CNBC - The Fed is lifting Wells Fargo’s asset cap so it can help lend to small business https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/08/the-fed-is-lifting-wells-fargos-asset-cap-so-it-can-help-lend-to-small-business.html?&qsearchterm=wells%20fargo
- Yahoo Finance - Federal Reserve to temporarily lift asset cap on Wells Fargo to spur emergency small business lending https://finance.yahoo.com/news/federal-reserve-to-temporarily-lift-asset-cap-on-wells-fargo-to-spur-emergency-small-business-lending-153028311.html
- Wells Fargo Gets Temporary Fed Cap Relief for Small Business Aid: Wells Fargo & Co. is getting a break from the Federal Reserve’s order capping its assets, freeing up hundreds of billions of dollars in lending power when the U.S. economy needs it most. The Fed announced Wednesday that it will “temporarily and narrowly modify” the restriction so Wells Fargo can expand its lending to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program and the Fed’s upcoming Main Street Lending Program. Growth of the San Francisco-based lender’s balance sheet related to these programs will not count against the asset cap. “The change today provides additional support to small businesses hurt by the economic effects of the coronavirus by allowing activities from the PPP and the Main Street Lending Program to not count against the cap,” the Fed said in a statement Wednesday. The Fed is requiring Wells Fargo to transfer benefits from these programs to the Treasury or approved nonprofits to support small businesses. The nation’s fourth-largest bank had previously approached the Fed about easing the unprecedented penalty as the coronavirus pandemic weakens the economy. The order, imposed in February 2018, restricts the bank from increasing assets beyond their year-end 2017 level until it enacts reforms to the regulator’s satisfaction. Earlier this week, the firm pressed its case with a statement saying that the asset cap prevents it from meeting demand from small businesses under the government’s stimulus plan. The Fed cap is among the sanctions levied upon the bank for a series of consumer-abuse scandals that started coming to light in 2016 with the revelation that bank employees may have opened millions of accounts without customer permission to meet sales targets. As of the end of March, Fed officials were still reluctant to ease or lift the order because they determined. Wells Fargo hadn’t made adequate reforms. The San Francisco-based firm is a leading lender to small and midsize U.S. companies, homebuyers and commercial-property investors. Last month, Bloomberg calculated that Wells Fargo has capacity for an additional $384 billion in lending based on its capital at the end of 2019 -- the most firepower among the nation’s eight largest lenders. Read more: Wells Fargo has $384 billion of lending power stymied by Fed cap.
Ways to Support your Community
- State of Colorado ways to volunteer during COVID-19
- Become a Contact Tracer
- Health Care workers: We need health care professionals, retirees and students to sign up to volunteer for the Colorado COVID-19 health care volunteer response. Please sign up via https://cohealthvol.nationbuilder.com/. Once they do they will be contacted and matched with a hospital or care facility in need in their area. If you need child care in order to volunteer, you can visit Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative to sign up to be matched with a provider in their area.
- Help us call seniors in the district by signing up here: https://forms.gle/eXUFt4eSejwiBZa49.
- Donate Blood!
- Vitalant has eight donation centers across Colorado. (An appointment can be made by calling 303-363-2300.)
- Garth Englund has donation sites in Loveland and Fort Collins. (Call 970-495-8965 to schedule an appointment.)
- Children’s Hospital Colorado has asked people to call to be screened over the phone and make an appointment. (Call 720-777-5398.)
- Donate to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. They are asking for supplies and donations to assist in their COVID-19 response: CCH Supplies request, CCH Donation Request
- Donate to Volunteers of America to support Meals on Wheels and other programs to support vulnerable populations in our community. Volunteers are required to complete additional paperwork before delivering meals and pay a background check fee. Please contact Alicia Sandoval at email@example.com or 303-297-0408 to learn more and get started. Below are some of the items they need donated:
- Food to make sack lunches such as: bread, peanut butter and jelly, lunch meat, cheese, condiments (in packets if possible), prepackaged snack and dessert items, bottled water, sports drinks or juice
- Cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers, and personal protective gear (gloves and masks)
- non -perishable food
- All items can be dropped of at the VOA MIssion--2877 Lawrence Street Denver, CO 80205 M-Th 8-5 and Fri 8-2 and Sun 12-2pm
- Donate to Mile High Behavioral Healthcare: We are particularly needing food, including bread, peanut butter, jelly, ramen noodles, Pedialyte, Ginger Ale, soda crackers, canned food and fresh fruit, as well as Vick’s Vapor Rub, Tylenol, bath towels, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes or spray, bleach, laundry detergent and paper towels. People can drop donations at the door and go without interacting with our staff or clients. Please call when you drop them so we can retrieve them immediately. For now we are asking that all donations be dropped off at Mile High Behavioral Healthcare offices at 4242 Delaware, Denver, CO 80216. We are open Monday through Friday between 8am and 5 pm. If this is not convenient you can set an appointment with the Development Department to receive the donation at a prearranged location. To set an appointment please contact Jeremy Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call him at 303.898.5507.
- They also have a mask making project you can donate to here
- Donate to or volunteer with United Way Denver, which is working with the city of Denver to streamline donations of supplies, cash, and volunteers. If you are young, healthy, and showing no signs or symptoms of the virus, volunteers are needed to prepare meals, distribute supplies, and help the shelter facilities clean and safe for guests and workers. Donatiosn of cleaning supplies cna be dropped of 1-4 M through F at the MLK and lincoln/la alma rec centers (3880 Newport St and 1325 W 11th Ave)
- Support Urban Peak
- Donate goods and supplies through their Amazon wish list
- Support our crisis assistance fund, established to pay for critical supplies that will keep our facilities clean, feed our youth, support our outreach and programs and offset the cost of providing additional paid sick leave for our staff.
- Send a handwritten note of encouragement to a member of our staff or youth. Our goal is for each youth and staff member to receive at least one message over the next few weeks. You can also leave messages of support on Facebook or Instagram and we will pass along each message to a staff or youth. You can send these notes to us at: Urban Peak
c/o Tamar Berner 2100 Stout Street Denver, CO 80205
- Sign up to be an emergency meal preparation volunteer
- Donate to Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley
- Donate to support vulnerable communities across the country
- Buy giftcards at local restaurants and businesses to give them some cash flow for the upcoming month before small business relief can be delivered
- Donate a laptop to the Department of Education
Small Businesses & Nonprofits
- Zoom calls and meetings with state agencies for small businesses
- USDA support to rural workers and businesses
- Applications officially open today for $349B in forgivable payroll loans to help Colorado businesses meet payroll needs through the Paycheck Protection Program. Let me know if you would like to learn more about the three step application process. To access the Paycheck Protection Program application, click here. Small Business Development Center representatives are available to answer your questions through the COVID Economic Hotline at (303) 860-5881.
- The Governor announced that we are offering a one-time 30 day extension for businesses to file and remit their state sales tax. This also includes local sales taxes for 272 state-collected local taxing jurisdictions. This means, state sales taxes that are owed on April 20 do not need to be paid until May 20 with no penalty or interest.
- Recently, the Governor signed an executive order that allows local governments to waive penalties and interest for property tax payments through April 20, but announced that he is extending it to May 1, which is the full 30 days that he is allowed under an executive order. And for property owners that are worried about paying their property tax in April, you can now split your property tax payment into two installments, so you can pay half in April and half in June without penalties or interest. Taxpayers who want to split their payment should reach out to their county treasurer.
- For Colorado businesses from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade: Resources for dealing with COVID-19
- OEDIT's Economic Injury Hotline at 303-860-5881;
- OEDIT's Small Business Navigator email at email@example.com;
- OEDIT's COVID-19 resource website at https://choosecolorado.com/covid19/ for real time updates and to sign up for email update
- Resources for farmers/rural businesses
- NAIFA’s consumer site provides individuals and businesses with information to avoid scams, tips on who to contact regarding health claims/questions, as well as how to find licensed, knowledgeable, ethical professionals to assist with financial security planning. Please feel free to send consumers to https://security.naifa.org/covid-19 or to one of the many NAIFA members licensed in the state. This is a difficult time and we can hopefully provide reliable information to constituents and reduce fear. Please let NAIFA State Chapter Director Julie Harrison, or me, know how else NAIFA can help.
- Information regarding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance loans
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease from the SBA
- The Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for Colorado Businesses
- Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Colorado Restaurant Association Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry
- CDC’s Environmental cleaning and disinfecting
- U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- Society for Human Resource Management: Coronavirus information and FAQs
- Adams County Business Support Task Force
- Fiscal Note federal and state resources on COVID-19 and budgets, etc.
- Instructions for Critical Business Self-Certification
- DORA instructions for certifications of drivers for restaurants
- Federal Resources for Rural Coloradans during COVID19
- Information on federal stimulus plan an impacts on Aurora small businesses
- Is there any help for making payroll? The CARES Act includes $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides 100% guaranteed low- interest, no-fee loans of up to $10 million with repayment deferred for at least six months, as well as forgiveness of up to 100% of the loan if the borrower has retained the same number of employees as when they received the loan.
- Do I qualify for the PPP loans? Small and medium-sized businesses of up to 500 employees, as well as nonprofits, independent contractors, and those who are self-employed, are eligible. Franchises and hotels with multiple locations will qualify but are limited to the maximum loan size that businesses with one location are subject to.
- What is the timeframe for the PPP loans? Businesses can get a loan to cover up to 2.5 months of payroll and any new Economic Injury Disaster Loans incurred because of COVID-19, but the total cannot exceed $10 million. The program is open until June 30, 2020, as it is intended for immediate payroll relief to ensure businesses do not do mass layoffs during this crisis.
- What if I’m not eligible for a PPP loan? An employee retention tax credit is available for struggling businesses that are not eligible or choose not to participate in the PPP. Any business that has been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, or that has seen a significant drop in revenues, is eligible for a 50% credit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees. For businesses with 100 employees or less, the credit is based on all wages paid, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. There is an overall limit on wages per employee of $10,000. The credit can be claimed against the business’s quarterly payroll tax liability and is fully refundable to the extent of excess. There will also be options to receive advance payments. Small business owners should look out for information at IRS.gov and talk to their payroll service provider, as applicable.
- What other business-related measures are part of the CARES Act?
- $562 million in economic injury disaster loans through the Small Business Administration, in addition to $10 billion in direct SBA grants, and $17 billion for six months of principle and interest payments on SBA loans. SBA assistance can be accessed at SBA.gov (search for “Disaster Assistance”). Those with questions can contact 800.659.2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- $1.5 billion in economic adjustment assistance to rebuild impacted industries like tourism or manufacturing supply chains through low-interest business loans.
- $50 million in manufacturing extension partnerships to help small- and medium-sized manufactures find value within the supply chain and expanding markets.
- Where can I learn more?
- Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center – Aurora-SouthMetroSBDC.org
- Aurora Chamber of Commerce – AuroraChamber.org
- Small Business Administration – SBA.gov
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce - USchamber.com
- IRS – IRS.gov/coronavirus
- For more information on the CARES Act and how it specifically impacts businesses in Aurora, please contact Luke Palmisano at email@example.com or 303.739.7781.
- Resources for Colorado Nonprofits in COVID19
Workers - Employment/Unemployment
- Worker Protections under 4/29 Safer at Home Executive Order
How is Governor Polis' Executive Order going to actually protect vulnerable populations?
✅ Employers must accommodate workers with childcare responsibilities and vulnerable individuals
✅ DORA will write rules prohibiting COVID-19 discrimination in the workplace
✅ Vulnerable individuals are defined as: 65 years and older; those with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; those who have serious heart conditions; those who are immunocompromised; pregnant individuals; and individuals determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider
✅ DLSS will write updated rules on Paid Family Leave permitting up to two-thirds pay for fourteen (14) days if a worker has tested positive for COVID-19, has COVID-like symptoms, or has been directed to quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 concerns
✅ CDPHE will write rules on workplace safety (masking, temperature checks, COVID coordinator, 50% in-person reduction, etc.)
✅ You will not lose your UI if you are at an-at risk person and/or their workplace is non compliant
What if my employer is requiring me to return to work but I don’t feel safe? No vulnerable individuals can be compelled by their employer to return to work if their work requires in person work near others. Employers must accommodate vulnerable individuals with remote work options, if the work can be done remotely. If an employer requires work from an employee entitled to paid leave (due to illness or a quarantine/isolation order) under the Colorado HELP Rules, that would be unlawful under those rules, and should be reported to colorado labor law.gov.
My workplace wants me to come back but with schools closed I have no childcare, what are my options? Per Safe-at-Home Executive order D 2020-044 employers must make accommodations to the greatest extent possible for workers who are experiencing a lack of childcare due to school closures- such accommodations include but are not limited to remote work options and/or flexible scheduling. Federal law provides up to 12 weeks of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because of childcare needs due to a coronavirus-related closure of a school or childcare establishment. The CARES Act also provides unemployment benefits under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to those who are unable to work due to COVID-19.
- 4/21 New webiste to support CO workers impacted by COVID:https://onwardco.org/
- CDLE rolled out a new online form to request a call back from the unemployment hotline, since many people are still calling hundreds of times and waiting on hold for hours. Please note this form is only for people attempting to file a claim, not to get their questions answered about an existing claim.
See “Virtual Assistance on Colorado Department of Labor & Employment - Unemployment Page”
- For questions about current regular claims, tell constituents to log in to their MyUI Claimant account or call 303-318-9000.
- For questions about current Pandemic Unemployment Account, tell constituents to log into their PUA account or call 303-536-5615.
- If a constituent needs a PIN for their regular UI claim, they can use this form to submit that request
- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Resources:
- Emergency Paid Leave Rule - This rule is meant to limit the spread of highly contagious disease and enables workers in at-risk occupations to access testing.
- Unemployment Insurance - During layoffs, all employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance. Those who are job-attached (meaning workers will be expected to return after a separation of up to 16 weeks) should file as "job-attached." the state is scaling up efforts to increase capacity to 10K a day. Encouraging people to submit applications and late at night.
- By traditional, we mean you are a W2 type employee who was laid off or lost hours due to no fault of your own, including COVID-19. You could be eligible for 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits from the state of Colorado. Unemployment insurance in Colorado provides around 55% of an individual's average weekly pay, up to a maximum $618 per week. In addition to those benefits from the state, you could be eligible for the $600 extra per month for the first four months of unemployment thanks to the federal stimulus package.
- Furthermore, once you have exhausted your 26 weeks of state unemployment, you would be eligible for another three months of unemployment paid for by the federal legislation. If you have already filed and qualified, then you will not need to file again to get the additional $600 per week from the federal bill added to your weekly benefit.
- How to file for Unemployment
- Step 1: Collect any income related information.
- Step 2: Go to coloradoUI.gov and click on the “Workers” button.
- Step 3: Review your claim before you hit submit.
- After you file, you should receive a PIN in the mail to launch your claimant account and finish out the process, including requesting payments.
- You’ll be paid within two weeks.
- Step 4: Register with your local Workforce Center
- If you have not yet received, or who have lost or forgotten, you PIN number that you need to receive unemployment benefits, please fill out this form and someone from the Departmnet of labor will contact you with your PIN: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczFonl35QyC-HBuhx4fkGnNEed6peooAVJR37ehkIe9j7aNQ/viewform
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance:
We know that not everyone is a traditional W2 employee; there are many folks in the gig economy who have lost work and wages due to this crisis. For non-W2 workers, CDLE is working to stand up a separate system to accept these non-traditional workers (independent contractors, gig workers, etc.) that would only qualify under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance which is a new program passed by the federal government in the CARES Act. Please keep a close eye on coloradoUI.gov for the most up to date information about the department’s implementation of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
- Work-Share Program may allow certain employees who have had reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits.
- Layoff/Separations assistance, information and resources
- Division of Federal Employees' Compensation: Information on FECA Coverage for Coronavirus Disease
- Tips for Staying Productive While working from home
- JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
- The VA has requested our assistance to spread the word alerting our community of the VA's.immediate need for filling temporary employment opportunities. The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System is currently in need of temporary workers and able to do expedited hiring. For anyone who is interested please email VHAECHResourceLaborPool@va.gov.
- Impact of federal CARES act on Aurora workers:
- What am I eligible for if I’m self- employed or an independent contractor? Independent contractors and those who are self-employed are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as potential tax credits. Under the PPP, self-employed individuals or independent contractors can get a loan to cover up to 2.5 months of payroll and any new Economic Injury Disaster Loans incurred because of COVID-19. The program is open until June 30, 2020, as it is intended for immediate payroll relief.
- How much can I get from unemployment insurance if I was laid off? The exact amount you can receive through unemployment depends on your previous earnings. Between now and July 31, an additional $600 will be added to every unemployment compensation check, so no one will receive less than $600 per week. The CARES Act temporarily expands unemployment insurance to cover workers who wouldn’t traditionally be covered, including the self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors and workers with irregular work history. Contact the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment office at Colorado.gov/pacific/ cdle/unemployment for more information.
- Is there help if I am considered “essential” but need assistance with child care? The CARES Act includes funding to states to support child care needs for frontline essential workers. Child care for essential workers (including but not limited to hospital and healthcare workers including ALL hospital support staff, police, EMT, firefighters and correctional officers, long-term care, mental health workers, etc.) is being made available via COVIDchildcareColorado.com. Care will be provided on a sliding scale for the first two weeks and the state hopes to continue to offer it based on ability to fund via donations and federal dollars.
- Can I receive paid leave if I need to take time off work for COVID-19 concerns? Covered employers (a private employer with fewer than 500 employees) can provide paid sick or family leave to eligible employees who are unable to work or telework due to COVID-19. There are several qualifying reasons why an employee may need this paid leave,including (but not limited to): being told to quarantine due to exposure; caring for a dependent who has been diagnosed with COVID-19: needing to care for a child who cannot access school or child car due to COVID-19. Companies like health care providers and emergency responders may be exempt from providing paid leave. Consult with your employer to determine if this is available to you.
- What other measures are part of the CARES Act?
- $360 million in training and supportive services for dislocated workers, seniors, migrant farmworkers, and homeless veterans.
- $3.5 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant, which allows child care programs to maintain critical operations.
- Where can I learn more?
- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – unemployment resources and office locations – Colorado.gov/ pacific/cdle/unemployment
- Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative – resources for child care assistance – COVIDchildcareColorado.com
- For more information on the CARES Act and how it specifically impacts workers in Aurora, please contact Luke Palmisano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.739.7781.
- Pinnacol Assurance Workers Comp policies during COVID19 as of 3/26
- Last week, we announced that we will provide short-term wage replacement benefits to first responders and front-line health care workers for up to 14 days while they are in isolation/quarantine, whether or not they have a positive COVID-19 test. The cost of this benefit is not being applied to the premium calculation of our first responder and health care policyholders. We are also covering the cost of the COVID-19 test.
- At that time, we also let our policyholders know that, through April 22, we will not cancel policies for those companies that are struggling to pay their premiums. During this time, we will work with policyholders on flexible payment options. We are also reminding our policyholders to update their payroll information with us; workers’ comp premiums are based in part on payroll, and we want to ensure that policyholders who have had to lay off workers are not charged for those employees.
- This week, we are distributing $70 million in general dividends to about 55,000 Colorado businesses that qualify based on their safety record (approximately 95% of our policyholders). The average dividend is about $1300. Our board approved the dividend last month before the coronavirus crisis hit, and we’re very glad to be in a position to put money back in the pockets of Colorado businesses at this time.
- Virtual Assistant on Colorado Department of Labor & Employment - Unemployment page
There is a new Virtual Assistant technology that will be able to help respond to a wide array of issues that people are experiencing. Once the individual has accessed the page, the virtual assistant instantly appears on the bottom of the screen. From directing people to a web link where they can request back weeks of payments, re-open their claim, learn more about work search requirements, to allowing people to type in free form questions, this new Virtual Assistant is intended to relieve some of the frustrations that people are feeling. And if the Virtual Assistant cannot assist, a person can use the "ask something" field to type "Callback" to request a call back from an agent. This will hopefully make it so that people are no longer having to call over and over trying to reach an agent. This call back feature will provide a person a guaranteed call back time for them to talk to a live agent at the department.
- Warnings from Attorney General Weister about price gouging, especially with federal stimulus checks
- If you are concerned about Walmart having unfair prices during this time, please report it here
- Also look out for check fraud with the federal stimlus bill checks
- Tri County operations open as of 4/29
- Northglenn: Masks now necsssary
- Virtual COVID-19 call center has staff working remotely. Staff take calls and emails from providers, businesses, and the public that cannot be handled by CO-HELP. 303-220-9200, email@example.com
- WIC services and benefits are being processed for new and existing families by telephone.
- Birth control/sexual health clinics at Aurora, Westminster and Englewood are still in operation. Appointments only. No walk-ins at this time. Patients only in clinics, no other guests allowed, including children. Clients are asked to wear masks or cloth face coverings, if possible, to their appointment. Clinics at North Broadway, Lone Tree and Castle Rock are closed until further notice.
- Immunization clinics in Aurora East, Castle Rock and Westminster are open for limited services by appointment only and only for infants and toddlers up to 24 months.
- Vital Records is open for issuing birth and death certificates.
- Healthy Communities continues to provide help in applying for coverage and accessing care, specific to Medicaid and CHP+. Apply by phone at 303-363-3013. Eligibility, benefits and where to go for care can call 720-547-9449.
- Harm Reduction and HIV Prevention Program continues to provide outreach services to people experiencing homelessness. 303-363-3034
- Environmental Health staff are assisting childcare facilities as needed in providing CDC guidance. The State of Colorado is recommending that child care facilities stay open to support essential staff responding to COVID-19.
- Jeffco Action Center • Offering drive-thru or walk-up services with an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (720) 215-4850. • They also offer rent and utility assistance by calling: o Rent assistance: (720) 407-6712 o Utility assistance: (720) 407-6674
- Adams County Operations: and Adams County COVID19 website
- Teams from Facilities are deep cleaning and disinfecting all county buildings.
- Homeless outreach continues with the potential activation of our Severe Weather Activation Plan. Community Safety and Well-Being has also activated our Emergency Operations Center and continues to work collaboratively with stakeholders across the county and state.
- Permit applications are still being accepted through the county’s E Permit Center. Community and Economic Development staff will do as much work as possible on development review from home, but there will be a delay in some of those functions.
- The Animal Shelter will remain open for four hours each day to allow for lost pets to be reunited with local families while also caring for the nearly 200 animals currently in our care. Some dogs have been transferred to partner rescue operations for adoption purposes.
- Our Senior Leadership team is working on modifying our service delivery models to allow for reduced contact between front-line employees and residents when we reopen on March 23. This work crosses all departments and elected offices. These efforts are coupled with the work underway to identify essential employees who will return to the office, while other employees will continue to work from home. These efforts will also help us address the issue of school closings and the need for some of our employees to remain home with their school-aged children.
- We are working with ITi to establish virtual meetings through Zoom. This technology will be available for you if you choose to start scheduling virtual/web-based meetings. We’ll have more information on that process later today. Andres will be available to provide assistance.
- City of Aurora resources
- Commerce City resources
- Declaration of Emergency
- Communicable Disease Operations Plan Annex
- Electronic Meetings Info/Ordinance
- City of Thornton resources
- Facilities closed: Carpenter Recreation Center, Trail Winds Recreation Center, Thornton Community center, Thornton Active Adult Center, Thornton Arts & Culture Center, Thornton Golf Course and the Riverwalk Ballfield & Batting Cages. All Events Cancelled.
- Town of