Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Things are definitely feeling different out there, at least from my perspective. The quiet is unsettling. For those of you who are worried, I share your concern. We are in uncertain times. With 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Colorado's confirmed numbe r of cases is at 183. Today, Colorado reported its  second COVID-19 death

Yesterday, Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock increased action to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the closing of restaurants, gyms, casinos, theaters and other public spaces where people gather. 

These decisions have not been made lightly, but  they are necessary measures that need to be taken to slow the spread of the virus. Below are resources to help employers and workers feeling the impact of these closures. 

Show some love to your local small business. Please consider purchasing gift cards to use at a future date and ordering takeout. 

Finally, please take of yourselves and those you love. Continue to extend patience and kindness to each other as we all navigate this new territory.

Boldly Forward,

 
P.S. In an attempt to keep folks informed, I will be sending out more frequent updates.  As always, follow me on facebook , twitter and instagram for updates on COVID-19. 
Stay Informed. 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.

For information on COVID19 en Español  click here  (Provided by Denver Health). 
Employment Resources

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) today  announced  assistance for workers and employers during temporary closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims.

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 with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Please be patient when awaiting a response, as they are experiencing an influx of claims. 

Workers in certain industries are eligible for up to four days of paid sick leave when experiencing flu-like symptoms AND awaiting test results for COVID-19. The covered industries are: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities.

The Colorado Restaurant Association has provided business and employee resources for those affected by business closures. Resources include:
  • Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses: click here. Businesses should complete this form to trigger Federal Government economic disaster relief in our state. 
  • Job Attached Unemployment and the workshare program: click here.
  • Legal considerations related to COVID-19 from Messiner Reeves: click here.
  • Sanitation recommendations from Auto-Chlor:  click here .
  • For a full list of unemployment, underemployment, and other assistance,  click here .
  • Colorado online application for food stamps and other various sources of assistance programs such as help with child care, cash assistance, and access to health care coverage:  click here
Evictions & Utility
Assistance

Housing UpdateMayor Hancock has directed  sheriff's deputies to suspend serving eviction orders. 

Denver's Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program offers help to Denver residents facing a housing crisis or hardship to help prevent eviction or displacement. You can get help paying your utilities or up to 80% of your rent. For help, dial 3-1-1 and press 6

Companies such as Xcel Energy and Denver Water have also announced that they are  suspending utility shut-offs for non-payment while we remain in a state of emergency.

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free - including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Find the closest hot spot to you here . Xfinity is also pausing data plans (giving you unlimited data for no additional charge), refusing to disconnect customer's internet service if the customer contacts them about their inability to pay their bill during this time and increasing the speed of internet for low-income customers. 
Denver Public Schools Offering Free Breakfast  and  Lunch

DPS has suspended schools until Friday, April 6th.  During the closure,  students and family members can receive free meals at eight locations in a "grab-and-go" system. Breakfast is available from 8-9 a.m., and lunch is available from 12-1 p.m.

The locations are: 
  • Abraham Lincoln High School, 2285 S Federal Blvd,
  • Joe Shoemaker School, 3333 S Havana St
  • Place Bridge Academy, 7125 Cherry Creek N Dr
  • Denver Center for International Studies Baker, 574 6th Ave
  • North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd
  • Manual High School, 1700 E 28th Ave
  • The Montbello campus, 5000 Crown Blvd
  • The Evie Dennis campus, 4800 Telluride St
 
Mental Health Colorado.  "As we learn about more cases of COVID-19 and all the measures that are being taken all over the world, you may find yourself growing increasingly anxious. Our mental health and physical health are not two separate things.

If you feel like you need more support during this time of uncertainty, visit our resource page.

If you are more seriously concerned about your own mental health or that of someone close to you, you can call the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text "TALK" to 38255."

Crisis Hotline.  Anxious about  COVID19 ? Text SHARE to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. It's completely free, confidential, and available 24/7.

Visit  https://crisistextline.org  for more information.

Protect Yourself and Others:

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  If you are experiencing these symptoms please first call your health care provider's office to ask if you need to be evaluated in person. If it is necessary, your health care provider will order testing.

If you feel sick, you can call the Denver Health Nurse Line at (303) 739-1211.

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment recommends the following action: 

Anyone who has symptoms or believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 is encouraged to:
  1. CALL OR EMAIL a health care provider first. If the provider recommends you get testing or care, follow the provider's advice BEFORE going into any health facility. Ask your provider about private lab sites where you can get tested.
  2. DO NOT go to an emergency room to get a test for COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency. For COVID-19, that means severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness or breath or breathing difficulties.
  3. DO call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms. 
People who come to be tested at the state laboratory testing site must bring:
  1. An order from their health care provider (written or electronic) confirming they meet the testing criteria and need to be tested.
  2. Photo identification that matches the name on the provider's order. Undocumented individuals can use any photo ID; it does not have to be government-issued.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus, including:
  • Older adults, especially those over age 80.
  • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease.
  • Older adults who have chronic medical conditions are at highest risk.
People at higher risk should take action now to be prepared for this virus if there is an outbreak in their community.  CDC has the information you need to prepare .
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