Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As of Monday, there are
confirmed COVID-19 cases
in Colorado with 308 deaths. In Denver, there are 1,372 confirmed cases with 70 deaths. These numbers are leveling off, but Governor Polis warned that difficult days are still ahead. Please continue to stay home.
Nearly one month ago, the General Assembly temporarily adjourned to help slow the spread of COVID-19, leaving hundreds of bills up in the air. But that hasn't stopped Governor Polis from signing legislation that had already passed in both chambers, including three of our bills:
The Colorado Building Families Act (HB 20-1158)
1 in 8 couples experience infertility
, but 63% of American patients, including tens of thousands of Coloradans, lack insurance coverage for fertility treatments and cannot afford the exorbitant out-of-pocket costs.
This bill requires insurance companies cover infertility diagnosis and treatment.
This bill will stop ICE from making a civil arrest in or near a courthouse, effective immediately.
Increasingly, ICE has been arresting individuals for alleged violations of immigration laws while these individuals are at the courthouse. Many times, these individuals are there because they are witnesses or crime victims. No one should feel like they can't access justice through the courts because of their immigration status.
This bill prohibits ICE from making a civil arrest in or near a courthouse, effective immediately.
3) Compensation And Representation Of Student Athletes (SB 20-123)
For too long
athletes have been banned from profiting from their name, image and likeness. Recent movements across the country have forced colleges and the NCAA to reevaluate this practice.
Thank you to everyone who shared their story in support of these bills, we
done it without your advocacy.
The General Assembly is
to reconvene May 18th. There are so many bills remaining in limbo. Some will live, some will die, and new bills will be introduced. For me, I will be working to prioritize COVID-19 response and recovery, pass a balanced budget, and continue to push forward on bills that will make a real impact on the lives of Coloradans. Tough decisions lie ahead.
Together, we will recover stronger.
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.
For telehealth providers and nurselines, click here.
For info and resources in Spanish (Español), click here
(ACLU of Colorado).
Mayor Hancock has
Denver's stay-at-home order until April 30th.
for the full text of Denver's public health order, including exemptions. Find frequently asked questions here.
COVID-19 By The
388 new cases were reported on Monday for a total of
States with the highest number of total cases are New York (188,694
), New Jersey (61,850), and Massachusetts (25,475). [
countries reported more than 4,000 new cases on Sunday: Italy (4,092), Turkey (4,789), UK (5,288), and the United States (27,421). [Source]
ump approved Colorado's request for a
major disaster declaration
., which allows the state and tribes, along with some local governments and nonprofits, to receive federal money to help them deal 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 4/13 at 3:57 PM
that Colorado will soon be providing key Coronavirus Updates including racial data.
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]
Governor Polis' statewide
order will last through April 26th. 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.
Click here for a full list of the Governor's executive orders.
Who is eligible? Single adults with Social Security numbers who are U.S. residents and make $75,000 or less will
$1,200, which phases out for individuals making more than $99,000 or couples making more than $198,000.
Recipients will also receive $500 for each child 16 and younger. FAQ here.
How do I receive my direct payment?
If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, you do not need to take additional action. Automatic payments have begun.
Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not need to take action. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.
Individuals who make less than $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019 or w
ere not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and don't plan to, should fill out this quick IRS form to receive their payment. You will need to provide your
Social Security number, name, address, and dependents.
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 3/18. More info here.
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental,
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Updated 4.7 at 1:10 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.
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.
Updated 4.11 at 2:30 PM
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.
Rent, Utilities & More
Updated 4.11 at 12 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.
AAA Colorado is provide free emergency roadside assistance for all first responders and healthcare workers traveling to and from their duties throughout Colorado. Read more here.
Lyft is providing free scooter rides for medical staff, first responders, and transit staff. To get started, critical business employers can email HeroScooters@Lyft.com to enroll their employees.
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 4.7 at 1 PM
Unemployment benefits f
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.
for grants from the Colorado Artist Relief Fund, up to $1,000.
Updated 4.13 at 1:25 PM
*Support for Isolated Trans People. The Validation station is a free text service which sends daily support to isolated trans people.
*Mental Health Colorado has resources for those struggling with mental health or substance use challenges, in additional to tips on coping. They are providing "telemental" health and are accepting new clients. Call (303) 504-7900.
Colorado Crisis Services. If you are more seriously concerned about your own mental health or someone close to you, call (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 4.13 at 1:15 PM
DPS has family and student
for Pre-K through 12th grade including at-home
for art, math, reading / writing, science and more.
includes dozens of ways to experience arts and culture from home, including Denver museums, music, and performing arts.
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.
*The Stay at Home Colorado Guide has free resources, supports, and activities to help you, your family, and your loved ones during this time. You can submit suggestions of free resources here.
Assistance for Students
Updated 4.13 at 1:30 PM
Denver Public Schools has
in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.
Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner. DPS students and families can receive free meals at sites throughout the city. Breakfast and lunch are available from 11 AM - 12:30 PM, Monday - Friday, and dinner is available from 3:30 - 5:30 PM. For a list of distribution sites, click here.
Food for Thought Denver
will be providing Powersacks at all distribution sites, 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.
Meal Delivery. School buses will deliver weekday meals to schools and community locations throughout the city for the remainder of the school year. They will stop at each site for 20 - 30 minutes to hand out breakfast and lunch. On Fridays, weekend breakfast and lunch are also available for pickup. For delivery sites, click here.
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 info on 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 can be found
Wifi at home
. DPS is providing a limited number of hotspots to students from
these high schools
Also, new Comcast customers will receive 2 months of free service, which is normally $9.95/month.
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 4.13 at 1:39 PM
Help Colorado Now
has raised over $10 million, including $1 million in small donations, and recruited more than 10,000 volunteers, including more than 2,500
health care volunteers. You can donate or sign up to volunteer here.
Apply here for grants up to $25,000
from the COVID-19 Relief fund.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Donate food to your local hospital systems:
College Students and Higher Education
Updated 4/10 at 4:05 PM
FedLoan Servicing will reduce their interest rates to 0% and automatically delay federally-serviced loan payments until September 30th.
Updated 4/13 at 1:30 PM
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.
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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