Free COVID-19 Testing
to all Symptomatic Coloradans.
Friends and Neighbors,
As of Monday, there were
confirmed COVID-19 cases
in Colorado with
deaths. There are
deaths in Denver.
If you are out, please wear your mask.
On March 14th, the Colorado legislature made the decision to
closing the chambers' doors
. We made this decision in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus
Today, 10 weeks later, we reconvened.
Even though we are back in session, we know that the virus is not gone. It is still among us, and its presence is felt strongly in the Capitol. From temperature checks to social distancing protocols and plexiglas dividers, we are doing everything we can to protect legislators, staff, and the public.
House Democrats are ready to pass legislation that helps Coloradans get back to work safely, directly supports hardworking families and small businesses, and protects the health and safety of our communities.
But we need your help.
Please don't let our new protocols keep you from participating in the process, and advocating for what you need from your government. You can stay involved from a distance.
You can watch the legislature on the floor
and you can listen to committee meetings
. If you want to testify, we advise that you submit written testimony instead of participating in person. Also, reach out on social media. We need to hear from you.
I know this is a lot. These are strange times, but there is much more critical work left to be done.
Over the next three weeks, we will work to balance the budget under a cloud of a devastating financial crisis, while prioritizing education and critical public health and safety programs.
I will do everything I can to continue to protect Colorado's vulnerable communities. Please join me.
We will get through this together.
Want to help by making a financial donation? Please donate to the Herod Leadership Fund today and help me to elect more progressive champions to the legislature.
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.
Join me and elected officials from Northeast and Far Northeast Denver for our weekly Facebook LIVE town hall on COVID-19.
When: Every Friday, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
In Denver you are
to wear face coverings in public places
'safer-at-home' phase now in effect, which will have many of the same recommendations and restrictions currently in effect, while allowing for a gradual reopening. Read the executive order
Call 2-1-1 to report Denver businesses that you believe should be closed, that are not practicing social distancing, that are not maintaining a clean and safe work environment, or that are violating any other city laws.
COVID-19 By The
leads the nation in total cases (
and total deaths (29,241).
Other states with high case totals include
New Jersey (155,764), Illinois (112,248), and Massachusetts (93,271). [
The United States
leads the world in new cases (
), total cases (
), and total deaths (
Other nations with high numbers of new cases include the UK (
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their property tax payments over April and May.
For Individuals and Businesses in Denver:
for more relief support and resources.
The Fax Partnership Program, is providing grants of up to 500 dollars for East Colfax residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Take this survey to see if you qualify.
Additional COVID Updates from Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock
Updated 5.26 at 11:54 AM
*Gov. Polis let his Executive Order closing ski resorts to expire. Ski resorts may work to secure approval from their local authorities in order to open.
*Children's day camps and youth sports camps will open on Monday, June 1, 2020. Residential overnight camps will remain closed. Click here for guidance on reopening Children's Day Camps and Youth Sports Camps.
*Gov. Polis announced that beginning May 27, Colorado restaurants will be able to open for in-person dining at 50% capacity. Read the full restaurant guidance here.
*Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order extending the state's disaster declaration. [Full Text]
*Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order that increases Colorado's Medicaid home health workforce and eliminates copays for COVID-19 testing for individuals who rely on Medicaid. [Full Text]
*Governor Polis, in partnership with Democratic leadership in the state legislature, allocated $1.6 billion in CARES Act funding. See the breakdown here. [Full Text]
Coloradans who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested for the virus at the Pepsi Center. Click here to see if you qualify before going to the testing site.
reports of a new COVID-19-linked syndrome
impacting children. There are currently three potential cases in Colorado, pending review by the CDC. Read more
. Watch Gov. Polis' press conference
$20 million of its federal CARES Act funds to support residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Denver announced a new program to allow eligible businesses to
proposals for expanded outdoor seating. This includes restaurants, coffee shops, bars and
Governor Polis announced that COVID-19 testing is now
to all Coloradans with symptoms.
Governor Polis extended certain state income tax payment deadlines until July 15. [
Mayor Michael Hancock
mandatory furloughs for more than half of the city's 12,000 employees as Denver tries to address a projected $226 million revenue shortfall.
that 100 government employees have been trained for contact tracing. Contact tracers will always identify themselves and they will
ask for money or your social security number.
he will make a decision about spring skiing, next steps for restaurants and summer camps on May 12th.
Downhill ski slopes will remain closed until at least May 23rd. [
alcohol and group sports in city parks until July 23rd.
Governor Polis announced regulations to keep residents of senior living facilities safe.
Read more here.
Governor Polis announced the formation of a health equity response task force to ensure equitable access to care and testing for all Coloradans.
The state will also be providing new COVID-19 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]
Click here for a full list of the Governor's executive orders.
The HEROES Act
the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill includes economic stimulus, additional money coronavirus testing and tracing capabilities, direct aid to individuals, and additional support for state and local governments, hospitals and small businesses. [
$1,200 Economic Assistance Payments
Who is eligible? Single adults with Social Security numbers who are U.S. residents and make $75,000 or less will
$1,200 ($2,400 for a couple), which phases out for individuals making more than $99,000 or couples making more than $198,000. Eligible individuals will also receive $500 for each child 16 and younger. FAQ here.
Individuals without documentation and others without a social security number, including those with an ITIN, are not eligible.
How do I receive my direct payment?
If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return and received a refund via direct deposit, you do not need to take additional action. Automatic payments have begun. Click here if you haven't received your payment.
If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return and did not receive a refund, or if you did not provide your direct deposit information, you need to enter your direct deposit information here.
Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return
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 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.
Why can't I get my payment status?
for reasons why you may not be able to see your status.
I haven't received my check yet.
Those who have yet to
a stimulus check will receive their check in late May or June.
Expanding unemployment benefits. More than doubles the average unemployment benefit by adding $600 to the weekly benefit. It also allows self-employed and part time workers to receive benefits. Apply here.
Delaying student loan payments. Federally-serviced student loan payments are automatically deferred until September 30th without interest or penalty.
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
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Updated 5.26 at 3:04 PM
As of Wednesday, May 6, Governor Polis
that the state had distributed the following personal protective equipment.
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 the Denver public health department or fill out
for larger donations.
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Updated 5/26 at 3:04 PM
If you are in danger, call 911.
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 can't speak safely, visit thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
If you or someone you know is in an unsafe living arrangement, call Safe Shelter at (303) 772-0432.
State and national guidance to help domestic violence coalitions, service providers and advocates support survivors and operate effectively (from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV): click here.
Tip sheet that outlines key steps in advocating for survivors' continued access to mental health and substance use services and medication, from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health: click here.
Read Representative Monica Duran's personal story with domestic violence.
Updated 5.26 at 3:05 PM
Senior Care Centers.
Governor Polis announced
to protect residents of senior care centers.
Senior shopping hours.
Stores are dedicating hours for seniors,
. Kind Soopers has
(6-8 AM Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Certain Safeway locations have
a day (7-9 AM Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday),
with your local store.
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.
Denver Regional Council of Governments Aging and Disability Resources. A collection of resources including guides to in-home healthcare, transportation, and legal assistance.
*Mobile testing will be available through the city's Wellness Winnie vehicle. Call 3-1-1 to see if you are eligible. No doctors note is required.
Rent, Utilities & Services
Updated 5.26 at 4:19 PM
Utilities and Other Services
AAA is providing free emergency roadside assistance for first responders and healthcare workers traveling to and from their duties. Read more here.
Lyft is providing free scooter rides for first responders, medical, and transit staff. Critical business employers can email HeroScooters@Lyft.com to enroll employees.
For additional resources, discounts, and offers for health care workers, click here.
Updated 5.26 at 3:09 PM
Gov. Polis announced that beginning May 27, Colorado restaurants will be able to open for in-person dining at 50% capacity. Read the full restaurant guidance
includes restaurants, coffee shops, bars and
Can Do Colorado
, is an initiative that provides guidance to businesses about increasing teleworking capabilities as well as highlights innovative businesses.
is an interactive map tool that allows consumers to locate businesses.
your business to let customers know you're open.
of support for small businesses and hospitals has been signed into law, including $310 billion for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program.
Colorado has opened applications for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund,
which provides small business relief funds up to $25,000. Two rounds of funding are left.
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.
for information about safer-at-home business requirements.
Updated 5.26 at 3:11 PM
For information on unemployment eligibility and how to file a claim, click
Benefits are retroactive as far back as February 2nd and the federal $600 per week is retroactive as far back as March 29th, for those individuals who qualify.
Layoff / separations assistance, information and
Lost your healthcare? Visit
to find out if you're eligible for Health First Colorado, Colorado's Medicaid Program, and/or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) if you have dependents.
Going Back to Work and Finding New Work
Return to Work Guidance for Workers:
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.
Connect to Care Jobs is a site dedicated to matching health care job seekers with immediate openings in residential care settings. Apply here.
Updated 5.26 at 3:15 PM
Support for Isolated Trans People. The Validation Station is a free text service which sends daily support to isolated trans people.
Mental Health Center of Denver has compiled a list of resources to help maintain positive well-being during this time. They are providing "telemental" health and are accepting new clients. Call (303) 504-7900.
Colorado Crisis Services. If you are 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.
Just Breathe: How to Mange Your Mental Health During a Global Crisis. Read here.
Self-care Guide to Healing from Online Harassment
Envision:You launched their COVID-19 Behavioral Health Support Program
. This is a no-cost virtual tele-health service to support LGBTQ+ individuals with mental health, emotional, and substance use issues. Space is limited. Read more
At Home Learning & Activities
Updated 5.26 at 3:18 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.
Rocky Mountain PBS will air educational programs from 6 AM - 5 PM, weekdays, to support at-home learning. View the at-home learning schedule and digital resources here.
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 5.26 at 3:26 PM
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 map of the 44 open food pantries in Denver can be found
Wifi at home
ew Comcast customers will receive 2 months of free service, which is normally $9.95/month.
Childcare and Tips for Parents
Updated 5/22 at 4:38 PM
Gov. Polis discussed reports of a new COVID-19-linked syndrome impacting children. There are currently three potential cases in Colorado, pending review by the CDC. Read more here. Watch Gov. Polis' press conference here.
Other Resources for Parents
Talking to kids about COVID-19:
Donate and Volunteer
Updated 5.21 at 4:51 PM
ontribute to the statewide Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund here. Apply here for grants up to $25,000. Next deadline is May 30th.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks:
First Nations Development Institute Relief Fund:
Blood donation - donor eligibility
. Make an appointment
Plasma donation - if you have been diagnosed and completely recovered from COVID-19, you can donate your plasma. For more information on donor eligibility and how to sign up click here.
How to help feed unemployed workers, hospital staff, school kids and others in need around Denver.
Help Colorado Now
has recruited more than 10,000 volunteers, including more than 2,500 health care volunteers.
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
. Roles include administrative, client advocacy, construction, mental wellness, food bank support, language skills, healthcare, volunteer management, childcare, delivery of goods and more.
Full time Volunteers are needed for contact tracing. Click
to learn more and apply.
Coordinate a Meal Donations to Denver Hospitals
National Jewish Health & St. Joseph: Contact Justine at (303) 270-2833.
Presbyterian St. Luke's & Rose Medical Center: Fill out this
explaining your donation.
College Students and Higher Education
Updated 5/21 at 4:52 PM
This guide offers a few ways that institutions are stepping up to meet students' basic needs, including buying food and paying bills. (provided by CoPIRG Foundation).
FedLoan Servicing will reduce their interest rates to 0% and automatically delay federally-serviced loan payments until September 30th.
Coronavirus and Forbearance info for students, borrowers, and parents.
Protect Yourself and Others
Updated 5/21 at 4:56 PM
Mobile testing will be available through the city's Wellness Winnie vehicle. Call 3-1-1 to see if you are eligible. No doctors note is required.
*COVID-19 testing is now available to all Coloradans with symptoms.
Find a community testing site near you. Please check with your health care provider for guidance on whether you qualify for testing and where you can get tested close to you.
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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