Denver District 5 | April 2020
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer | District 5
720-337-5555 |   DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org
Senior Aide: Logan Fry | Aide: Sara Visser
"The only way out is through." - Robert Frost

Dear Neighbors, 

We know that this has been a difficult time for our entire community, and are so grateful to each and every one of you who are staying home, and those of you who are front line workers and first responders and do not have that luxury. We are all doing our part to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and together we will succeed.

Today, Superintendent Susanna Cordova announced that all DPS schools will be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Online learning will continue as scheduled, and will begin this Tuesday, April 7th, but all school activities are cancelled for the remainder of the school year. We recognize that this announcement will be met with disappointment, especially from students who were supposed to achieve milestones this year. My own daughter will miss out on graduating from 5th grade. If your family is also experiencing that sense of loss, know that we are with you, and we feel for you and your students today.

Also, on a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to check on my family. For those of you who were not aware, my Stepmother's COVID-19 test came back positive last week, and my husband and one of my daughters were also experiencing symptoms but could not get diagnosed due to the lack of tests in the state. My family have all recovered, and none of the rest of us have developed any symptoms. We recognize how lucky we are to have a roof over our head and food in our refrigerator and jobs that allow us to work remotely and good medical care that we can call if we need to. There are many people in our community who are not as lucky, and so if you have a moment to volunteer or spare money or food to donate, we urge you to do so. And please, please, stay home if you can.

We wish you and your families health and safety.

Gratefully,

Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer 
Denver City Council, District 5  
Support Information for Residents

For the most up-to-date information on support services offered by the City of Denver, please go to our COVID-19 response page or call 3-1-1. Here are some links that may also be helpful during this time:














Support Information for Businesses

Much of the economic recovery response for businesses is coming from a coordinated effort between the State and Federal governments, with some support from the City. For the most up-to-date information on support services offered by the City of Denver, please go to our COVID-19 response page or call 3-1-1. Here are some additional links that may also be helpful during this time:







Mental & Emotional Health Support
This is an extraordinary situation and you may be feeling like you need additional support. Please know that you’re not alone. If you need immediate assistance call 911 , otherwise, here are additional resources to support your mental and emotional health:


  • Call CO Help at 1.877.462.2911 to speak with the local public health department

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