Dear Friends and Neighbors,
To slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Hancock has issued a mandatory
stay-at-home order for Denver
, starting at 5 PM tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th.
The order will stay in effect until April 10th and may be extended as needed.
I know this is a big shift, but it was also expected. We know that staying home is the most effective way to slow the spread of this deadly virus and protect human life.
A summary of the order is below. (click
for the full text including the full list of exemptions)
- All individuals in Denver are ordered to stay at home, unless they are leaving for certain activities, certain government functions, or to operate certain businesses. These exemptions are summarized below and listed fully in the public health order.
- Individuals may leave for outdoor activities as long as they are maintaining social distancing. Parks will remain open, but picnics, sporting events like volleyball and basketball, and other group activities are prohibited. Playgrounds will close.
- All businesses in Denver, except for certain businesses defined in the public health order, are required to close for in-person work. All businesses may continue operations that consist of employees working from home.
- All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a home are prohibited, except the limited purposes defined in the public health order.
- All travel, including travel by scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, is prohibited, except for the purposes of performing certain activities or to commute to work to operate certain businesses, defined in the public health order.
Several of the exceptions and exemptions are listed below. This not a comprehensive list. For the full list, review the public health order here.
- 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. Denver Public School 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 medical marijuana dispensaries
- Grocery stores, farmers markets, convenience stores and pet supply stores. Restaurants will still be allowed to deliver food and offer takeout meals
- Gas stations and auto repair shops, banks, laundromats, child care facilities
- Rideshare operators (uber, lyft, etc)
Certain government functions are also exempt from the order including law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency dispatchers.
With 129 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, confirmed cases in Colorado have increased to
720 with 7 deaths
. As of Monday morning, Denver is reporting 148 positive cases and has spent $4.1 M on supplies, equipment and other expenses related to COVID-19.
Mayor Hancock's action today will help minimize the
loss of life in Denver due to COVID-19.
Nothing is more important that that.
please stay home. It is the only way to
stop the spread of this deadly disease.
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.
Governor Polis has recently taken the following executive actions:
For Individuals and Businesses in Denver:
Additional COVID-19 Updates from the Governor
Non-critical workplaces in Colorado are required to reduce their in-person workforce by 50%, unless an
employer can ensure their workers are no closer than 6 feet away from each other.
The order does not apply to critical businesses, including health care, infrastructure, manufacturing, restaurants and bars, trash collection, mail services, auto repair, and the news media. [Full Text]
Gov. Polis launched the state's Innovation Response Team (IRT) to ramp up a mass testing program for the COVID-19 virus, create a suite of services for citizens under isolation or quarantine, develop mobile and other technologies to help track the spread of the virus and support infected citizens, and develop locally-sourced alternatives for critical medical supplies in short supply.
Restaurants will be able to temporarily sell alcohol for take-out or delivery. This website lists Metro Denver and Boulder restaurants that are offering take-out, delivery, curbside pick-up and drive-through options.
Suspension of all elective and nonessential surgeries and medical procedures, to free up equipment, including ventilators and personal protection items for medical staff.
All hair salons, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors and massage parlors are CLOSED through April 30th.
March 6th: the
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, a $8.3 billion package to prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
This package includes:
- $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, to help cushion the economic blow of this public health emergency.
March 18th: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes:
- Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the 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.
For more information on the federal response to COVID-19, click
Connect for Health CO Open!
Resources for Seniors
Senior shopping hours.
Stores have begun dedicating certain hours for seniors,
for the full list.
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 is providing transportation options for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Older Adult Resource Directory. An extensive directory of contact information, including benefits (social security, medicare), emergency services, nutrition & meals and healthcare.
Food pantry schedule. A listing of over 30 Denver food pantries with hours and contact information.
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, they will waive any late fees and they will open up Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.
ot terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and
aive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic
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, you can call the Colorado Crisis Services at 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.
Food Assistance for Students
Denver Public School students and family members
free meals at twelve sites
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
- 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, until circumstances change. Each Powersack will contain 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 who do not live in Denver can find nearby locations to pick up breakfast and lunch
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
. To apply, click
. If you are a provider, click
How to talk to your child about COVID.
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.
With the increased concern over COVID-19, people are calling 911 for reasons other than a medical emergency, including asking for general information about COVID-19. People should call 911 ONLY with a medical emergency.
Do not call 911 if you are seeking general medical advice or wish to be tested for COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits.
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has provided the following guidance to people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:
For people with mild symptoms:
Early on, symptoms
may feel like a common cold, including a combination of 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 but are not able to be immediately tested, please stay home and avoid contact with others. Isolate yourself until:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that's 3 days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
Use over-the-counter medication to treat mild symptoms. There is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19. While this illness can be severe and require hospitalization, most 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:
For people with severe symptoms:
(severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
Call 911 for:
Symptoms of heart attack or stroke
Difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing
Severe allergic reactions
Confusion, dizziness, or disorientation
Sudden, severe pain
For more information visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's
College Students and Higher Education
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