Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As of Sunday, there are
4,950 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Colorado with
140 deaths. In Denver, there have been 24 deaths.
I might sound like a broken record, but we need to continue to stay home.
When I write stay at home, I know many simply can't. All across the country, states are looking for ways to protect nearly
half a million
people experiencing homelessness.
Denver alone has a population of 4,000-5,000 of people who are experiencing homelessness right now.
Denver shelters are
experiencing an influx of people seeking refuge and are lacking space to implement proper social distancing.
Because of this, those experiencing homelessness are
to contract COVID-19. This population is also more likely to
from the virus due to preexisting conditions and lack of access to medical care.
The city of Denver has acte
d to add additional
hand washing stations
and secure hotel rooms for those with symptoms. We can do more. That is why I have joined with other legislators, the City and County of Denver, and providers in a letter to the Governor asking him to take action and help our homeless population.
Specifically, we are asking the Governor to:
- support the request from Denver Office of Housing Stability to establish an alternative shelter site and employ the support of National Guard staff,
- make available hotels and motels to house people who have nowhere else to go to isolate/quarantine; and,
- increase the testing capacity and access to PPEs in the shelters.
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
, continue to do what they can by providing meals, shelter, access to health care and case management, all while navigating the risks of the virus for their staff and the people they serve.
In a reflection on how the pandemic is affecting homeless youth in particular, Christina Carlson, ED of Urban Peak wrote:
"When I asked Nicole [Urban Peak's Outreach Supervisor] how the youth in her program were holding up, she said that for many of our youth, it just doesn't feel like the end of their world the way it does ours. Even before this crisis hit, many of them didn't have money, a home where they could shelter in place or access to consistent food or health care. For some, the biggest change in their daily lives is that places where they had sought safety or critical services are now closed. Then she smiled and said, "but not us, we are still open, we are still here for them and for each other."
Homeless providers are essential workers.
If you are not an essential worker during this crisis, please do your part and stay at home to allow them to do their jobs more safely!
Thank you to all of our service providers who are going above and beyond during this horrible pandemic.
We will get through this together.
P.S. You can help support these providers by
to Mile High United Way to support their COVID-19 response. You can also
non-medical fabric masks for homeless service providers and donate them to
by dropping them off or mailing them (address here).
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.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Polis has issued a mandatory statewide
, which follows Denver's stay-at-home order.
for the full text of Denver's public health order, including exemptions. Find frequently asked questions here.
COVID-19 By The
385 new cases were reported on Saturday for a total of
cases and 140 deaths. [
The largest hotspots are New York (122,596
cases), New Jersey (37,505 cases), and Michigan (14,142 cases). [
countries reported more than 6,000 new cases on Saturday: Spain (6,969), France (7,688), and the United States (34,196). After a large outbreak, South Korea has been reporting less than 150 new cases per day. [
ump approved Colorado's request for a
major disaster declaration
. This declaration allows the state and tribes, along with some local
governments and nonprofits, to receive federal money to help with COVID-19.
Governor Polis has taken the following executive actions:
Allowing homeowners to
their property tax payments over April and May.
For Individuals and Businesses in Denver:
Additional COVID-19 Updates from the Governor
Updated 4/1 at 2:23 PM
The Department of Corrections will have greater flexibility to manage the prison population in order to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak behind bars. [Full text]
Certain auto insurance requirements for restaurant delivery drivers have been lifted (Full text).
Governor Polis' statewide
order will last through April 11th. To read frequently asked questions about this order click
Note: To report gatherings or business that are not complying with the stay-at-home order, please contact your county public health department (Denver) or go to the Attorney General's website.
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.
$2 Trillion Aid Package
Single adults with Social Security numbers who are U.S. residents and make $75,000 or less will
$1,200, plus $500 for each child 16 and younger. Individuals making more than $99,000 or couples making more than $198,000 are not eligible.
Payments will be delivered automatically to most Americans who file individual federal income tax returns. When available, electronic direct deposit will be used in place of mailing a physical check. If you haven't yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you may want to do so quickly so that the IRS has your up-to-date information on file. Find an FAQ here.
Expanding unemployment benefits. 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.
*PERA. Waives the penalty for coronavirus-related distributions up to $100,000 during 2020, along with other changes.
For an F.A.Q on direct payments, unemployment and the rest of the 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
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Updated 4.01 at 1:43 PM
that China is sending Colorado 10,000 masks.
Many of you asked for additional information about PPE. We've added this section and will update it as new
data becomes available.
Type of PPE
To donate Personal Protective Equipment. 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
Connect for Health CO Open!
Updated 4.4 at 1:30 PM
COVID-19 testing is free if you're uninsured, but if you test positive and have a serious case, you may incur large costs for treatment without insurance.
If you are uninsured, consider signing up to protect your health and safety during this epidemic.
Get coverage today.
Note: you have 60 days to get health insurance anytime you lose job-based health coverage.
Resources for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Updated 4/4 at 1:45 PM
Not everyone has a safe environment to "stay at home."
If it's not safe for you to remain home and you can't find another safe place to stay, please contact the
National Domestic Violence Hotline
: (800) 799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely you can visit
or text LOVEIS to 22522.
If you or someone you know is in an unsafe living arrangement, please call
If you are in danger, call 911.
Child Abuse and Neglect
Reports of child abuse have dropped drastically since the stay-at-home order was implemented. Service providers worry that abuse and neglect is still happening but going unreported due to school closures. The Office of Children, Youth and Families urges everyone to keep an eye on children and teens in your neighborhood and report neglect or abuse to this hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)
Resources for Seniors
Updated 4.2 at 11:50 AM
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
Updated 4.4 at 2 PM
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.
Updated 4.2 at 1:30 PM
The Coronavirus Small Business Loan Program: What You Need To Know, read
Colorado has opened applications for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund,
which provides small business relief funds up to $25,000.
Denver businesses who have had to temporary close, lay off staff, or are struggling to pay rent and utilities, can
apply for grants
up to $7,500.
Updated 4.2 at 1 PM
Layoff / separations assistance, information and
Finding New Work
Health care facilities, grocery stores, package delivery companies, and companies offering online products for delivery are hiring. Register here
for more details.
Connecting Colorado state database for job seekers.
Updated 3.31 at 2:25 PM
Mental Health Colorado
has updated its
with useful information for those who are struggling with mental health or substance use challenges. You can also find COVID-19 updates and tips on coping
Mental Health Colorado is also currently providing services through telemental health and are accepting new clients. If you are interested in receiving services, please call 303-504-7900.
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.
At Home Learning & Activities
Updated 4.1 at 1 PM
DPS has family and student
for Pre-K through 12th grade including at-home
for art, math, reading / writing, science and more.
The Denver Public Library has free online resources including books, movies, music, story time, and other programs.
Virtual Field Trips including over 500 museums, Yellowstone National Park, and the Great Wall of China.
Assistance for Students
Updated 4.4 at 2 PM
The state is working to ensure that every child has access to computers for online and distance learning. Learn more about communities in need and technology requested
. Fill out this
Laptops at home. If your high school student still needs a computer, you can pick one up on Tuesday, April 7 or Wednesday, April 8 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at one of 12 DPS schools.
Wifi at home.
DPS is providing a limited number of hotspots to students from
these high schools
Also, new Comcast customers will receive 2
, which is normally $9.95/month.
Please note the new times for grab-and-go meal pick up. Denver Public School students and family members
free meals at twelve sites
. Breakfast and Lunch will now both be available for pick up on weekdays from 11 AM - 12:30 PM only.
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
Updated 4/2 at 2:15 PM
Emergency Childcare Collaborative
100% tuition credit will provide child care to all essential workers, including health care, food industry, and public safety, until May 17. The program is aimed at serving families in need of child care in order to continue to perform their critical duties.
If you are a family who meets the criteria above, fill out the application for child care here.
Other Resources for Parents
Talking to kids about COVID-19:
Updated 4.2 at 12:05 PM
Help Colorado Now
has raised $7.7 million dollars from nearly 4,000 individuals, foundations and companies.
More than 9,000 volunteers including
health care volunteers have signed up to date. You can donate or sign up to volunteer here.
Apply here for grants up to $25,000.
Blood donors needed. Donor eligibility here
. Make an appointment here.
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.
Other Volunteer Sign-up here. Roles include administrative, client advocacy, construction, mental wellness, food bank support, language skills, healthcare, volunteer management, childcare, delivery of goods and more.
Denver is seeking volunteers to support residents experiencing homelessness and in need of shelter. If you are healthy, willing and not in an at-risk category, email email@example.com.
Review the Attorney General's charity fraud page here before donating.
How to help feed unemployed workers, hospital staff, school kids and others in need around Denver.
College Students and Higher Education
Each of us can do our part to fight COVID-19 by staying home as much possible. When its necessary to leave your house, please practice social distancing and wear a mask.
Hospitals and medical staff will be under enormous strain in the next few weeks to care for individuals with COVID-19, and by staying home, you can make sure those beds are available for others.
Guidance For People Experiencing Symptoms, provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE)
- Mild symptoms (might include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness, with or without fever): Self-isolate, and use over-the-counter medications to treat your symptoms -- like you would for a cold or other respiratory illness.
Serious symptoms, especially trouble breathing:
Self-isolate, use over-the-counter medications and contact a health care provider or nurseline if your illness becomes more severe. The provider may recommend you be tested for COVID-19, and should be able to instruct you on how to get a test.
Severe symptoms: call 911 for symptoms of heart attack or stroke; difficulty breathing or choking; difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing; an allergic reaction; confusion, dizziness, or disorientation; sudden, severe pain.
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