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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

Governor announces COVID-19 relief fund and emergency childcare.

Last Updated by Linda Kotsaftis on

In a Wednesday news conference, Governor Polis talked about immediate ways to help families in Colorado.

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Blog: School is closed. I'm working at home as an employee, teacher, mom

Last Updated by Brittany Freeman on

How does school work when school is closed? Can kids still learn when they stay home and so does their teacher? That’s what my family is learning this week with school shut down to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Governor orders changes to restaurants and other businesses

Last Updated by Linda Kotsaftis on

Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19.

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CDPHE strongly advises all visitors and residents of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties to minimize social contact

Last Updated by Linda Kotsaftis on

Due to extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly recommends that anyone who lives in or has visited those communities in the past week minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

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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

News Wrap: Biden signs major gun safety legislation

In our news wrap Saturday, President Biden signed bipartisan gun legislation marking the most extensive move toward...

Is abortion illegal in your state? A comprehensive guide

Here is an overview of abortion legislation and the expected impact of the court's decision in every state.

8 things to know about the gun violence bill

Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that President Joe Biden signed on Saturday: Expanded background...

Biden signs most sweeping gun reform bill in decades

Biden signed the measure two days after the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday striking down a New York law that...

Missouri's last abortion clinic finds itself in center of Roe fallout

During a news conference Friday, clinic directors said their focus would now turn to making sure people have the...

How the Supreme Court rewrote national abortion law

Today saw a tectonic shift on abortion rights. The U.S. Supreme Court remade the legal landscape, throwing out the...

Inside the Supreme Court decision that overturns abortion rights

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn abortion law in the U.S. rocked the nation, but the court's conservative...

What's next in the legal battle over abortion?

An estimated 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion following the Supreme Court's ruling. What's next in...

An anti-abortion advocate on what comes after Roe

After celebrating a victory in the Supreme Court, activists will work in every state to further restrict access to...

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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