Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As of Thursday, there are 1,430 confirmed COVID-19 cases in
Colorado with 24 deaths.
This is an increase
of 344 confirmed cases since yesterday's report. In Denver alone, the number of positive cases has risen to 291. We must
continue to limit the spread of this deadly virus and stay as healthy as possible.
These numbers are devastating.
statewide, we have stepped up in many ways to support where we can.
By providing small business loans, connecting folks with unemployment resources and
he State of
and the City of Denver are taking swift action to support our communities.
Thank you for donating your time and resources, and even ensuring to shop locally to support our small business. Every effort helps tremendously.
For more details on this package and who is eligible, click here.
- relief to Colorado through direct payments to taxpayers (maximum of $1,200 per adult)
- increased unemployment benefits (which will now support independent contractors, gig-economy workers, and self-employed individuals)
- small business support
- $130 billion to rebuild our healthcare system
- additional federal support for states and schools
If you have lost your job because of COVID-19, there are opportunities opening up. Employers in several industries are hiring
There are open positions in health care, grocery stores, package delivery companies, and companies offering online products for delivery. Register
for more details.
The National Restaurant Association
is hosting a webinar tomorrow, Friday March 27th at 1PM that will do a deep dive into the
(the third COVID-19 recovery bill) and its impact on the industry. Register
to join the call and for more information
We will get through these extraordinary times together. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay healthy, recover strong.
P.S. In an attempt to keep folks informed, I have been sending more frequent updates. As always, follow me on
for updates on COVID-19.
with reliable, up-to-date information on COVID19. For general questions, call (303) 389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. For written answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more, email COHELP@RMPDC.org.
*Denver's Stay-at-Home Order
To slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Hancock has issued a mandatory
for Denver, which is now in effect.
for the full text, including exemptions to the restrictions. Find frequently asked questions here
Updated 3.26 at 4:09 PM
344 new cases were reported on Thursday for a total of 1430 cases and 24 deaths. [
All 50 states have confirmed cases, with the largest hotspots in New York (37,258 cases), New Jersey (4,402 cases), and California (3,183 cases). [
China, South Korea and Singapore have been reporting less than 100 new cases per day, while 3 countries reported more than 5,000 new cases on Wednesday, including Italy (5,210), Spain (7,457), and the United States (13,355 new cases) [
Governor Polis has recently taken the following executive actions:
For Individuals and Businesses in Denver:
Additional COVID-19 Updates from the Governor
*Governor Polis has issued a statewide
order that will last through April 11th.
Gov. Polis launched the state's Innovation Response Team (IRT) to ramp up a mass testing program for COVID-19 and develop alternatives for critical medical supplies in short supply.
Suspension of elective and nonessential surgeries and medical procedures, to free up medical devices and personal protective equipment for medical staff.
Hair and nail salons, spas, tattoo and massage parlors are CLOSED until April 30th.
$2 Trillion Aid Package
The White House and Senate leaders
reached a compromise
on an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package. This will
sending direct payments to taxpayers, increasing unemployment benefits, providing small businesses that keep their workers with emergency loans, providing distressed companies with government bailouts and providing hospitals with $100 billion in aid.
The New York Times is providing live updates on this package
*Receiving your direct payment. Single adults with Social Security numbers who are U.S. residents and have an annual gross income (income before taxes) of $75,000 or less will receive $1,200. For every child age 16 or younger, you will receive an additional $500. You do NOT have to apply to receive this payment. These payments are expected to come within the next three weeks.
*Expanding unemployment benefits. This bill more than doubles the average unemployment benefit by adding $600 to the weekly benefit. It will also allow self-employed and part time workers to receive benefits, expanding the number of Americans that are covered.
*Delaying student loan payments.
Under this bill you can delay student loan payments for up to 6 months. Interest will not accrue until September 30th, without penalty. You must request this delay.
For more F.A.Q on stimulus checks, unemployment and the Coronavirus bill, click
Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Signed on March 18th. To read more on what this Act includes, click here.
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental
Signed on March 6th.
See what this $8.3 billion package includes
For more information on the federal response to COVID-19, click
Connect for Health CO Open!
Resources for Seniors
Senior shopping hours.
Stores are dedicating hours for seniors,
Show our seniors some love and support.
7 ways to boost your loved one's morale here (provided by AARP).
for seniors. The Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council has transportation options for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Older Adult Resource Directory. An extensive directory of contact information, including benefits, emergency services, meals and healthcare.
Food pantry schedule. A listing of food pantries in the Denver Metro area.
Denver Regional Council of Governments Aging and Disability Resources. A collection of resources including guides to in-home healthcare, transportation, and legal assistance.
Paying Rent & Utilities
has announced that they will not terminate service because of inability to pay and will waive ate fees.
ot terminate service to customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
aive late fees caused by circumstances related to COVID-19.
Small Businesses & Workers
Updated 3.26 at 12:32PM
If you have been laid off due to a business closure related to COVID-19, are experiencing wage reductions or are working fewer hours, you can file a claim here.
*Join the National Restaurant Association tomorrow, Friday, March 27th at 1PM MDT for a webinar that will do a deep dive into the
(the third COVID-19 recovery bill). Register
*Several employers are hiring, including health care, grocery stores, package delivery companies, and companies offering online products for delivery. Register here
for more details.
Mental Health Colorado
has updated its
with useful information for those who are struggling with mental health or substance use challenges.
Colorado Crisis Services. If you are more seriously concerned about your own mental health or that of someone close to you, call 1-844-493-8255 or text "TALK" to 38255.
Denver Therapy Match.
Search for Denver providers
For additional reduced rate
Psychology Today. Search for statewide providers here.
Assistance for Students
Updated 3.26 12:07 PM
*Denver Public Schools will be distributing laptop computers to families who need them
to support the transition to remote learning. The last day to pick up these computers will be tomorrow, Friday, March 27th. Learn more.
The locations are:
- Abraham Lincoln High School, 2285 Federal Blvd
- Valverde Elementary School, 2030 W Alameda Ave
- Joe Shoemaker School, 3333 S Havana St.
- Place Bridge Academy, 7125 Cherry Creek N Dr.
- Cowell Elementary School, 4540 W 10th Ave
- North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd
- STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside, 4735 N Pecos St
- Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele St
- Denver Center for International Studies - Baker, 574 W 6th Ave
- Manual High School, 1700 E 28th Ave
- The Evie Dennis Campus, 4800 Telluride St
- The Montbello Campus, 5000 Crown Blvd
In addition, Food for Thought Denver
will be providing Powersacks at all twelve locations, every Friday. Each Powersack contains enough food for a family of four for two days. They are available for anyone in need, not just DPS students.
Hunger Free Colorado
has set up a Food Resource Hotline for anyone who needs help locating food. Call 855-855-4626, M - F (8 am - 4:30 pm) to find school meals, food pantries, and SNAP and WIC enrollment.
Students outside Denver can find nearby locations to pick up meals
A full list of Food Distribution sites from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Childcare and Resources for Parents
If you are a health care professional or work in public safety, and need childcare, you may be eligible to receive it through the
Emergency Childcare Collaborative
How to talk to your child about COVID-19.
Updated 3.26 at 1:15 PM
Personal Protective Equipment and other medical supplies.
To donate Personal Protective Equipment keep the bare minimum amount of supply you need to conduct essential or life saving functions, and contribute the remainder to our state's COVID19 response. If you have small quantities of supplies to contribute, between 1-25 boxes of personal protective equipment, donate these supplies to your
local public health department
local community health center
, community clinic, or local hospital. If you have more than 25 boxes, or the pieces of larger equipment such as anesthesia machines or ventilators, fill out
Location: 10377 E Geddes Ave Ste. 200, Centennial, CO 80112
Hours: 7 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday. If you cannot drop off during those hours, you can leave supplies by the West door of the building.
Blood donors needed. Donor eligibility here
. Make an appointment here.
*Consider signing up to be a volunteer, or a neighborhood team leader here. Volunteer needs will vary depending on where you are located and what you are willing and able to do. Some volunteer options are administrative, client advocacy, construction, mental wellness, food bank support, language skills, healthcare, volunteer management, childcare, delivery of goods and more!
*Health Care Response Volunteer Sign Up. Once you sign up you will be contacted and matched with a hospital or care facility in need in your area.
College Students and Higher Education
FedLoan Servicing will reduce their interest rates to 0%. This went into effect on March 13, 20202 and will hold for at least 60 days.
Do not call 911
if you are seeking general medical advice or a COVID-19 test.
For people with mild symptoms:
Early on, symptoms
may feel like a cold, including cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness.
If you have mild symptoms including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or suspect that you were exposed, please stay home and self-isolate.
Use over-the-counter medication to treat mild symptoms. M
ost individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.
For people with more serious symptoms,
especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath:
Continue to self-isolate.
Call your health care provider or a nurseline if your illness becomes more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. Your provider may recommend you be tested for COVID-19.
For people with severe symptoms:
(severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
Call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms. These could include symptoms
of heart attack or stroke; d
ifficulty breathing; c
ifficulty speaking, walking, or seeing; s
evere allergic reactions; c
onfusion, dizziness, or disorientation; or s
udden, severe pain.
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