Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am writing to check in and also provide you with information on what is happening in our City and our State as we combat the spread of the coronavirus. These are difficult times for us all. The health and safety of each and every one of you is my highest priority. 

Earlier today, Governor Polis took  additional action in the fight against COVID-19: 
  • Ordered gyms, casinos and theaters to close
  • Ordered the closure of Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles offices where drivers licenses are issued. Renewals can still be done online.
Mayor Hancock also announced important updates to Denver's response to the illness.
  • Restaurants and bars in Denver will be closed for on-site dining beginning tomorrow morning, March 17th and extending until May 11th. Drive-throughs, take-out and delivery will be permitted.
     
  • Gatherings of 50 or more people will be restricted for eight weeks.
     
  • All public recreation centers, libraries and DMV locations are closed until further notice (meal programs at participating recreation centers will continue). 
     
  • All in-person transactions for Elections, Recordings, Marriages, Public Trustee and City Clerk operations are suspended.
     
  • Sheriff's deputies have been directed to suspend evictions and avoid booking certain low-level, non-violent arrestees into jails.
For information on COVID19 en Español click here (Provided by Denver Health). 

Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. 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.

As always, follow me on facebook, twitter and instagram for updates on COVID-19, upcoming legislation and rescheduled community events. 

I want to thank you for all your hard work and patience as our City and our State works towards the proper protocols for curbing the spread of the disease. Trust me, this is an all-hands-on-deck approach. Please write with any specific questions or concerns you have. 

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

Thank you for your support. Take care of yourself and others. 

Boldly Forward,

 
Due to public  health  concerns  we will be POSTPONING ALL of our upcoming events including the Black Caucus March Meet-up and our Spoken Word Town Hall . They will be  rescheduled when it is safe to do so. 
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 .
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.

Resources For Parents:

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment put forth the following recommendations  for parents.

Linked are resources to 
help you talk to your child about Coronavirus and a comic to help kids understand COVID-19, Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Volunteer Opportunities


The city of Denver is working with homeless service providers and Mile High United Way 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 help to prepare meals, distribute supplies, and help keep our shelter facilities clean and safe for our guests and workers.

Donations of cleaning supplies and other materials for homeless shelters should be dropped off from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Martin Luther King Jr. and Lincoln/La Alma Recreation Centers (3880 Newport St. and 1325 W. 11th Ave., respectively). 


Here are a few ways you can help 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
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