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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado

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Colorado daily testing results (CDPHE "Fast Facts")

Helpful resources and information: (Unemployment, job & volunteer opportunities, housing, health care, food banks, and more) 

CDC Coronavirus Microsite (Read full, updated CDC information right on this page)

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Colorado health care providers:

Help Colorado Now:

Coloradans can donate or volunteer, as well as the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus. Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at helpcoloradonow.org.

☎️ CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for coronavirus. People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.

Colorado Information & Resources

Colorado Information & Resources

View official information and resources from the State of Colorado & CDPHE.

CDC Information & Resources

CDC Information & Resources

Visit the Center for Disease Control's extensive collection of coronavirus information.

Colorado Updates

Monday coronavirus updates: More than 300 Coloradans have now died

Last Updated by Brittany Freeman on

Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced Monday the state’s death toll from COVID-19 has now climbed past 300.

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COVID-19 survivor adjusts to quarantine in a trailer

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​Mike Sullivan spent his 77th birthday, April 4, in the hospital, infected with coronavirus and fighting to breathe.

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COVID-19 closures inspire alternative activities

Last Updated by Linda Kotsaftis, Julie Jackson on

Cora Masson of Boulder first jumped out of a plane in February 2019. Since then she has completed 230 skydives.

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With gun sales spiking in Colorado, let’s talk about suicide prevention

Last Updated by John Ferrugia, Brittany Freeman on

An emergency room physician and a gun shop owner, who advocate together for suicide prevention, say they are concerned a recent increase in gun sales in Colorado could leave more people at risk for suicide.

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2020 Passover virtual Seders shook up ancient traditions

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This week I attended three Passover Seders. One was Brooklyn-based, which I joined by teleconference Thursday afternoon, and a second later that same day was hosted virtually by Durango’s local congregation, Temple Har Shalom.

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Protecting children and families during isolation

Last Updated by John Ferrugia, Brittany Freeman on

Child welfare caseworkers in Denver are working to safely visit families who may be at risk during this time of social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Preparing to give birth during COVID-19 Pandemic

Last Updated by HIllary Daniels on

Colorado Voices: My husband and I found out we were going to be parents in October 2019. I can’t tell you how excited we both were. We could not wait to start planning for our baby’s arrival.

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PBS Resources & Coverage

What You Should Know About The Novel Coronavirus
PBS Presents

What You Should Know About The Novel Coronavirus

Health officials are working to increase awareness on the virus.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
PBS Kids for Parents

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Advice for caretakers, and PBS Kids videos, games, and activities for hand washing health.

Read the latest coronavirus headlines from NewsHour
PBS NewsHour

Read the latest coronavirus headlines from NewsHour

Explore the PBS NewsHour coronavirus topic online.

PBS NewsHour Headlines

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas tests positive for COVID

A DHS statement says the secretary has only "mild congestion" after taking a routine test Tuesday and testing...

USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry

The USDA says the industry has succeeded in reducing the level of salmonella contamination found in poultry plants...

U.S. regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

Tuesday's announcement is a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of Americans...

Some pregnant people report regret after not getting vaccinated against COVID-19

Two women from Georgia and Alabama who contracted COVID-19 during their pregnancies are urging other pregnant people...

U.S. expected to authorize mix-and-match COVID booster shots

Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an...

Can the world's whitest paint save Earth?

A special experimental white paint that recently made it into the Guinness World Records could one day help keep the...

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic 'forever chemicals'

The Biden administration is launching a wide-ranging strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds used in...

Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

The law has been in effect since September, aside from a district court-ordered pause that lasted just 48 hours, and...

Booster shots challenge governments during global vaccine inequality

COVID-19 was the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 35 to 54 during some months since the...

Colorado daily testing statistics

CDPHE provides daily updates, around 4pm, on positive coronavirus cases broken down by county and additional demographics.

View daily testing data at https://covid19.colorado.gov/data.

Our most vulnerable neighbors in Colorado stand to experience the greatest challenges during the coronavirus outbreak.

These challenges include: greater risks of exposure, less access to health care, lack of childcare for school closures, financial challenges stocking extra food, medicine and provisions, and more. As The Colorado Trust writes, "Pandemics Thrive on Inequality"

As you make your own preparations, please consider supporting organizations that will be working to help Colorado's most vulnerable populations, or pass along these resources to any individuals or familes whom may benefit from them.

 

Unemployment:

The Colorado Dep. of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced Monday that it will give assistance for workers and employers during the temporary closures.
Workers who have a reduction in hours or wages may file an unemployment claim by clicking here.
To find out if you're eligible or to calculate what your potential benefits might be click/tap here.
CDLE encourages all employers to utilize paid leave and telework options for employees before utilizing temporary layoffs. Employers can also consider alternatives to laying off staff through CDLE’s Work-Share Program. 

Work-Share Program:

The Work-Share Program, for businesses, provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits.

Here are the requirements according to the CDLE:

  • You must have reduced the normal weekly work hours by at least 10%, but by no more than 40% 
  • The reduction must affect at least two out of all employees in the business, or a minimum of two employees in a certain unit.
  • You must have paid as much in premiums as CDLE paid your former employees in unemployment insurance benefits

Businesses: learn more about the program and eligibility 


Getting school meals while schools are closed:

Colorado received a waiver from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture that allows students to take meals away from meal sites to be consumed elsewhere, allowing for social distancing. The goal of these alternative meal services is to provide meals to children while limiting interaction and proximity to other schoolmates and, therefore, decreasing the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Families are encouraged to check with their local school district for the school meal sites available in their communities. 

Additionally, households that qualify can receive USDA Food packages through USDA Foods household programs

Housing and shelter resources:

If you're unsure if you'll be able to continue making rent or mortgage payments, there are a variety of assistance programs, many of which are locally run.
Find a program in your area. Remember, these places are likely to be experiencing a high number of inquiries, so be patient.

Temporary job or volunteer opportunities:

  • New temporary jobs and volunteer opportunities will be listed on the state’s website.
  • King Soopers, Safeway, Albertsons, and Amazon are hiring in an effort to keep up with the demand. There are more than 1,000 immediate openings at Safeway and Albertsons stores in the Denver Division’s five-state region. The Albertsons Safeway Distribution Center in Denver is also hiring commercial truck drivers and warehouse order selectors. View employment information
  • The Post Office is hiring about 200 people. The Postal Service is an essential service for purposes of its compliance with state or municipality shelter-in-place orders or other social distancing restrictions. Positions are available throughout the state. Visit usps.com/careers for more information.

Food/Nutrition:

Health Care:

Additional services:

  • Energy Outreach Colorado Provides home energy assistance to low-income Coloradans.
  • LEAP Short-term, temporary financial assistance to help low-income Colorado residents pay winter home heating costs.
  • Senior Support Services Denver's only day center catering to the needs of the hungry and homeless seniors in the Denver area. Clients get meals, emergency food and clothing, individualized case management, medical care, housing, government benefits, socialization, and activities.
  • Denver Human Services Denver Human Services provides both assistance services and protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents in financial need and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance, all designed to help families and individuals toward financial self-sufficiency.
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