Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The COVID-19 pandemic is showing its face in Colorado.Today, Colorado has 1,086 confirmed COVID-19 cases in
and 20 deaths. Yesterday, Denver's Stay-at-Home order went into effect and today Governor Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order. While, these orders are necessary to save lives, they are stressful.
So let's talk about mental health.
It's not easy to stay away from your friends and lov
ed ones, especially during a global pandemic. We know it is important to stay at home, but the boredom, stress, and anxiety are taking a toll on a lot of us.
So instead of turning to the news (which is a lot), I have turned to the
health experts. In this time, it's more important now than ever to take care of ourselves in order to be strong for our communities.
- Stay busy and engaged in the necessary activities of life.
- Avoid consuming toxic amounts of information about things over which you have no control.
- Be physically active, preferably outside
- Help someone who may feel alone.
Also, you all know that I am a problem solver. The way I personally deal with stress is to get to work for the
I'm proud to chair the
Caring for Denver
Foundation board. Yesterday we
released over $500K
to safety-net community organizations that provide mental health
substance use support. The initial list of providers can be found
This is new territory. It will take time to figure out how you can best support yourself, your loved ones and your community, BUT this is the time for creativity! I have been inspired by all of you who are making sure to check in on friends and family by holding virtual game nights, happy hours and date nights. Continue finding ways to connect.
Find more mental health resources
Take care of
and each other. We'll get through this
P.S. In an attempt to keep folks informed, I will be 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 summarized below. Find frequently asked questions here.
- Individuals in Denver are ordered to stay at home. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt.
- Individuals may leave for outdoor activities as long as they are maintaining social distancing. Parks will stay open for individual activities only. Playgrounds will close.
- Businesses in Denver are required to close for in-person work.
- Public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a home are prohibited.
Several of the exemptions are listed below.
This is not a comprehensive list.
Review the full list
- Obtaining medication, visiting a health care professional, or other activities related to health and safety
- Caring for a family member or pet in another household
- Shopping for food and picking up take-out from a restaurant. DPS students and families are allowed to pick up meals at DPS food distribution sites.
- Individual outdoor activities like walking, running, biking, and hiking
Businesses which can remain open
- Health care operations, pharmacies and dispensaries (medical & recreational)
- Grocery stores, farmers markets, convenience stores, pet supply stores and liquor stores. Restaurants can still deliver food and offer takeout meals
- Gas stations and auto repair shops, banks, laundromats, child care facilities
- Rideshare operators (uber, lyft, etc)
Find frequently asked questions
COVID-19 By The
174 new cases were reported on Wednesday for a total of 1,086 cases and 19 deaths. [
All 50 states have confirmed cases, with the largest hotspots in New York (30,811 cases), New Jersey (4,402 cases), and California (2,872 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 Tuesday, including Italy (5,249 new cases), Spain (6,922 new cases), and the United States (11,075 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 state wide
order that will start tomorrow at 6AM and 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
Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Signed on March 18th
- Free coronavirus testing for those who needs a test, including uninsured;
- Paid emergency leave; 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave;
- Enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a first step that will extend protections to furloughed workers;
- Strengthened food security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors nutrition and food banks;
- Clear protections for frontline workers, including health care workers and other workers who are in contact with those who have been exposed or are responsible for cleaning at-risk places;
- Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face increased costs.
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Signed on March 6th:
Appropriations Act, a $8.3 billion
- $3 billion+ for development of vaccines and therapeutics;
- $9.3 million in funds for Colorado to support state and local health agencies
- Support for small businesses -- allows for an estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses.
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
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.
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
Denver Public Schools will be distributing laptop computers to families who need them from tomorrow, March 26th through
Friday, March 27
to support the transition to remote learning, which will begin on Tuesday, April 7. 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.
Personal Protective Equipment and other medical supplies.
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.
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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