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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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Governor Polis Ends COVID-19 Health Emergency Order

 

DENVER - Today, Governor Polis ended the Health Emergency Executive Orders for COVID-19 and rescinded all previous Executive Orders issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and signed a Recovery Executive Order to focusing only on those measures related to the State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, focusing Colorado’s efforts on building back stronger from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

 

“This has been a challenging year for our state and country. We've experienced pain and loss but through it all, Coloradans did their part, made good choices by wearing masks, socially distancing, and sacrificing moments with loved ones, and we succeeded in having one of the lowest COVID fatality rates in the nation,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We have been supportive of empowering individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and their families and been guided by science every step of the way over this rocky ground. And while we have reached a milestone with over 70% of our state receiving the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, we must remain vigilant. Today, thanks to the decisions and resilience of Coloradans, our economy is roaring back and we are taking the next bold step to ensure Colorado is building back stronger than before.”

 

70.32% of adult Coloradans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, marking a milestone in the state’s efforts to end the pandemic. The State is focused on ensuring that every Coloradan who wants a vaccine will get a vaccine. Coloradans must remain vigilant against COVID variants and the state is managing the response to these challenges in partnership with local public health.   Colorado has the 10th lowest fatality rate per capita of every state in the nation.

 

Governor Polis addressed Coloradans directly about this new executive action in a video message. 

 

Today, Governor Polis and Colorado’s team of experts believe Coloradans - thanks to the tireless efforts of countless Coloradans to beat back this virus - are ready to take the next step forward. Governor Polis and the administration are re-focusing the state’s pandemic response to prioritize increasing vaccine uptake and economic recovery efforts. That means getting Coloradans back to work sooner and allowing our state to recover faster. This Executive Order ensures Colorado can continue getting the life-saving and safe vaccine into arms, secures resources to effectively treat COVID patients, and continues access to federal resources as our economy builds back stronger than before. It also means rescinding provisions in prior Executive Orders that are no longer needed.

 

“The State has made tremendous progress in terms of containing and treating infection and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Over seventy percent of adults have now received at least one dose of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, and we are beginning to see life return to a new normal. I am therefore rescinding all previous Executive Orders issued due to COVID-19 and amending and restating this Executive Order to focus only on those measures related to the State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency,” the Executive Order reads.

 



Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing 

Today, in an effort to get more Coloradans vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor Jared Polis announced the Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine drawing, where vaccinated Coloradans will have the opportunity to win $1 million. 

Currently, nearly 2.5 million Coloradans are fully immunized, and we hope that with this exciting new public health initiative, that number will only continue growing. 

Each week, for five weeks, one winner will be selected. Winners will be announced on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7.

To be eligible to win and claim the prize, a person must:

  • Be a living resident of the State of Colorado.
  • Be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Not be an administrator of the Colorado Immunization Information System, a Colorado Lottery employee conducting the drawing, an auditor certifying the drawing, the Governor of the State of Colorado, the Lt. Governor of the State of Colorado, or the Senior Director of the Colorado Lottery. 
  • Have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Have not already won.
  • Have signed and submitted all required documentation and releases as part of the claims process by the deadlines identified in the drawing procedures.

The purpose of this promotion is to incentivize Colorado residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and the prize money is being paid for with federal funds given to the state of Colorado to increase vaccine uptake. If a Coloradan is selected as a winner, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will reach out to verify eligibility. 

For more information about the drawing, please read the FAQ and the official rules


Governor Polis Provides Update on COVID-19 Pandemic

DENVER -
Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado, particularly vaccinations among younger people. The Governor was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France, and Dr. Suchitra Rao, Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. 

“We all have a role to play in protecting our children. If your child is age 12 and up, make a plan to protect them today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “If not, there are steps you can take to ensure they are not put at risk for contracting the virus. With vaccinations widely available in Colorado, make sure to get yourself protected and continue wearing a mask if you have not. Together we can put this pandemic behind us, but we need Coloradans to roll up their sleeves and get the lifesaving vaccine. It’s not only about your health, but the health of your closest family and friends.”

Adolescents 12-15 years old just became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine last week, and 11% of that age group has already been vaccinated with one dose. 44% of persons 16 - 29 and 66% of persons 30 and older have also received one dose. Overall, 57% of eligible Coloradans have received one dose. 

“Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent spread among young people at school or summer camps. It’s why we are asking parents to get eligible children vaccinated. The data is clear that this vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the virus,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist.

In an effort to get even more vaccines into communities across the state, Colorado is working directly with primary care providers to enroll them in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine provider program. Primary care providers everywhere in Colorado can enroll today as a vaccine provider and start providing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients and their families, while discussing the benefits and safety. Interested providers should email cdphe_covidvax@state.co.us for more registration, enrollment, and onboarding information. 

“I understand that many Coloradans still have questions about the vaccine and whether they should get it, but far and away, the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer. “That’s why we want to ensure we are breaking down information barriers that might prevent folks from getting the vaccine.”

“The COVID-19 vaccine was shown not only to be 100% effective in children 12-15 years of age, but also very safe,” said Dr. Suchitra Rao, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. “There were no serious safety concerns, only mild effects such as headache, chills, muscle pain, similar to what was seen in adults. This is really exciting news that we can now provide our tweens and teens a safe and highly effective vaccine that can do a lot of good not just for the individual receiving the vaccine, but helps make life safer for families and our community.”  

View today’s press conference here.


State adds variant proportion estimates to COVID-19 data dashboard

REMOTE, (May 18, 2021): Today, the state added a new visualization to its COVID-19 data dashboard to provide additional information regarding variant spread throughout the state. This update displays the proportion of positive test results that are confirmed to be variant strains of SARS-CoV-2 based on whole genome sequencing of a random sample of positive specimens statewide. This provides an estimate of the proportion of variants of concern circulating in Colorado.

The Colorado SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sentinel Surveillance program seeks to detect community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 variants and their potential burden of disease. The program includes hospital and commercial labs from across the state. Each lab submits a weekly number of randomly selected PCR-positive SARS-CoV-2 specimens to the CDPHE State Public Health Laboratory for whole genome sequencing. Specimens are collected from patients in outpatient, emergency department, and inpatient settings.

The CDC describes a variant of concern as one that spreads more easily, causes more severe disease, reduces the effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or is harder to detect using current tests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides estimates based on whole genome sequencing information for Colorado samples. These data are from  two separate data sources, and prevalence estimates may differ. Both data sources reflect similar underlying trends in the prevalence of variants of concern in our communities, indicating that these variants are becoming more common.

The available vaccines provide protection from all the variants presently known in Colorado, helping Coloradans avoid infection or severe sickness. Coloradans are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of vaccine. Coloradans who aren’t vaccinated should wear a mask and physically distance to avoid contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus including variant lineages of the virus, and should isolate and get tested if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. 

The CDC website has additional information on variants of concern and variants of interest.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.



State adds 2,360 additional sequence-confirmed variants to COVID-19 data dashboard

These confirmed variant cases do not represent new cases

REMOTE, (May 11, 2021): Today, the state completed processing large batches of sequencing results, adding a total of 2,360 additional variants of concern and variants under investigation to the data dashboard as part of an update spanning several days.

Variants of concern do not represent a new case of COVID-19 in the state, as sequencing is conducted only on positive tests that have already been accounted for in the state’s case totals. Variant cases now make up more than half of all new cases in the state. If you contract COVID today, it is more likely than not that you were exposed to and have contracted a variant strain.

Getting vaccinated provides the greatest protection against COVID-19 and variants. Colorado county-level data shows a clear correlation between high vaccination rates and low infection rates. We’re starting to see population-level protection from these vaccines resulting in decreased transmission, but we still have a ways to go.

CDPHE is consistently working to update sequencing information and other data in our databases as close to real time as possible. Large-scale population-based sequencing allows us to understand the proportions of variants circulating within our population. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.


Governor Polis Provides Update on COVID-19 Pandemic

DENVER - Today, Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in Colorado. 

“It’s easier than ever before to get the life-saving vaccine, Colorado. You can stop by your closest drive-thru or walk-up clinic, pharmacy or at the community center down the road. It’s easy, it’s free, and most importantly, this vaccine is highly effective at protecting your health and the health of the people you love most,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We all have an important role to play in revving up Colorado’s economy and getting back to normal. To make that possible, it’s important that Coloradans take the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get this vaccine. It’s free and convenient.” 

Colorado has made tremendous progress in protecting the state’s most vulnerable populations from this virus. Currently, 76% of Coloradans aged 70 and up are fully vaccinated, while over 85% of Coloradans in that age group have received at least one dose of the vaccine. For Coloradans aged 60 to 69, over 63% of this population is fully vaccinated. These two sectors have represented the majority of Colorado’s COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths throughout this pandemic. 

Colorado is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants the vaccine can easily get one at no cost. To do that, the state has deployed a variety of tactics to meet Coloradans where they are, including six Community Vaccinations Sites in Adams, Denver, El Paso, Larimer, Mesa, and Pueblo counties. Colorado has also formed the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team to bring the vaccine to disproportionately impacted Coloradans through regional clinics that serve hard-to-reach populations. Through the Vaccine Equity Outreach Team, Colorado has stood up approximately 1,250 first and second-dose clinics, including mobile vaccine clinics in over 30 counties. Multiple mobile vaccine buses running throughout the state have delivered over 5,800 doses. In total, the mobile vaccine busses combined with other equity-based clinics have administered over 350,000 doses to underserved Coloradans. 

More than 80 stops along these five mobile vaccination routes are scheduled through the end of May, with plans to continue adding stops based on community needs. To find a mobile vaccine bus near you, visit mobilevax.us/clinics

Colorado is also working closely with a variety of health providers across the state to make it easy for Coloradans to get the COVID vaccine at their next doctor’s appointment. Coloradans can find the closest vaccine provider near them by visiting cocovidvaccine.org or dialing 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

Employers, schools, and other organizations can also arrange to have a vaccine clinic set up at a worksite to vaccinate employees, students, and other members through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Employers interested in coordinating a vaccine clinic for free with the state can go to: atworkvaccinations.com to schedule a clinic. 

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, also joined Governor Polis to share an update on Colorado’s plans to deliver the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 to 15 following the FDA approval. 

“Youth are currently accounting for more new cases in the state as many older Coloradans have already taken the opportunity to receive the vaccine. In fact, the highest case rates are among middle school and high school students in the state,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist. “Access to the vaccine will help protect younger Coloradans as they go to school and return to a more normal life.”

Colorado expects to start administering the vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds as soon as this week once the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gives the final approval needed to administer the vaccine to this age group. ACIP is scheduled to meet May 12 to make a final decision. 

View today’s press conference here.


NCHD will be hosting a large vaccination clinic on Wednesday, April 14th in Sterling -- offering 500 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.  

Pre-registration is required and now open...
https://www.comassvax.org/reg/5961670302

This will be held at the old Sykes building, beginning at 9:30am at:  777 N. 4th Street, Sterling CO.



Marzo 31, 2021

INFORMACIÓN INMEDIATA
QUIÉN DEBE O NO DEBE RECIBIR LA VACUNA COVID-19
Sterling, Colo. - 31 de marzo de 2021: A partir del viernes 2 de abril, Colorado 
pasará a la Fase 2 de la distribución de la vacuna COVID-19, lo que permitirá 
que todas las personas mayores de 16 años se vacunen. Recientemente, ha 
habido mucha información en las noticias sobre las vacunas COVID-19 y se ha 
demostrado que son seguras y efectivas. Sin embargo, hay algunas personas 
que pueden no ser elegibles para vacunarse o pueden necesitar visitar a su 
proveedor de atención médica antes de vacunarse.
La vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech está autorizada para personas mayores de 16 años, 
mientras que las vacunas Moderna y las nuevas J & J / Jansen están aprobadas 
para personas mayores de 18 años. Las vacunas actuales no se estudiaron en 
niños, por lo que en este momento los niños no son elegibles para vacunarse.Las personas alérgicas pueden recibir la vacuna. Sin embargo, si ha tenido una 
reacción alérgica inmediata, incluso si no fue grave, a una vacuna o terapia 
inyectable para otra enfermedad, pregúntele a su médico si debe recibir una 
vacuna COVID-19. Las personas con el sistema inmunológico debilitado no 
están excluidas de recibir la vacuna, pero existen datos limitados de eficacia y 
seguridad para vacunarse, por lo que sopesar los beneficios y los riesgos con su 
médico es el mejor curso de acción.
También hay datos limitados sobre la seguridad de COVID-19 para mujeres 
embarazadas o en período de lactancia, pero el Colegio Estadounidense de 
Obstetras y Ginecólogos (ACOG) recomienda que no se les niegue la vacuna 
COVID-19 ya que las mujeres embarazadas tienen un aumento riesgo de 
enfermedad grave por COVID-19. Además, existe alguna evidencia de que los 
anticuerpos maternos transmitidos al bebé a través de la leche materna pueden 
brindar protección contra el COVID-19, como se observa con otros virus. Por lo 
tanto, si actualmente está embarazada o amamantando, una conversación con 
su proveedor de atención médica podría ayudarla a tomar una decisión 
informada sobre si debe vacunarse.
Finalmente, si ya ha tenido COVID-19, se recomienda que se vacune. Todavía 
no está claro cuánto tiempo permanecen los anticuerpos en su sistema para 
evitar que se enfermen o qué niveles se necesitan para protegerse contra la 
reinfección. Las personas que recientemente tuvieron COVID-19 deben esperar 
4 semanas después de obtener una prueba positiva o de la aparición de cualquier síntoma. Si recibió tratamiento para COVID-19 con anticuerpos 
monoclonales o plasma de convalecencia, debe esperar 90 días antes de recibir 
la vacuna COVID-19.
Asegúrese de informarle al proveedor de vacunación sobre todas las 
condiciones médicas, incluso si:
• tiene alguna alergia
• tiene fiebre
• tiene un trastorno hemorrágico o está tomando un anticoagulante
• está inmunodeprimido o está tomando un medicamento que afecta su sistema 
inmunológico
• está embarazada o planea quedar embarazada
• está amamantando
• ha recibido otra vacuna COVID-19
Continuarán los ensayos clínicos adicionales, el seguimiento de efectos 
secundarios y los avances en vacunas y, mientras tanto, no lograremos la 
inmunidad auditiva hasta que aproximadamente el 65% de la población tenga 
anticuerpos, ya sea por contraer y recuperarse del COVID-19 o por haber sido 
vacunada. Por lo tanto, es importante que sigamos siendo cautelosos y 
hagamos todo lo posible para evitar una mayor propagación. Incluso si está 
vacunado, continúe usando una máscara en público o cerca de aquellos que no 
han sido vacunados, mantenga la distancia y lávese las manos con frecuencia.



March 31, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHO SHOULD OR SHOULDN’T GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE
Sterling, Colo. – March 31, 2021: Beginning Friday, April 2nd Colorado will move 
to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution allowing everyone age 16 and 
older to be vaccinated. There has been a lot of information in the news recently 
on the COVID-19 vaccines and they have been proven safe and effective. Yet 
there are some individuals who may not be eligible to get vaccinated or may 
need to visit with their healthcare provider prior to getting vaccinated. 
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people 16 years and older, while 
the Moderna and the new J&J/Jansen vaccines are approved for people 18 years 
and older. The current vaccines were not studied in children, so at this time 
children are not eligible to be vaccinated.
People who have allergies can get the vaccine. However, if you have had an 
immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable 
therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. People with suppressed immune systems are not excluded from getting 
the vaccine, but there is limited efficacy and safety data for being vaccinated, so 
weighing the benefits and risks with your doctor is the best course of action. 
There is also limited data on the safety of COVID-19 for women who are 
pregnant or breastfeeding, but the American College of Obstetricians and 
Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine not be withheld 
from them since pregnant people are at an increased risk of severe illness from 
COVID-19. Additionally, there is some evidence that maternal antibodies passed 
to the infant via breastmilk may provide protection from COVID-19, as seen with 
other viruses. Therefore, if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, a 
discussion with your healthcare provider might help you make an informed 
decision on whether to be vaccinated. 
Finally, if you have already had COVID-19, it is recommended that you get 
vaccinated. It is still unclear how long antibodies from getting sick stay in your 
system or what levels are needed to protect against re-infection. People who 
recently had COVID-19 should wait 4 weeks after getting a positive test or onset 
of any symptoms. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies 
or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 
vaccine. 
Be sure to tell the vaccination provider about all of medical conditions, including if 
you:• have any allergies
• have a fever
• have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
• are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
• are breastfeeding
• have received another COVID-19 vaccine
Additional clinical trials, side effect tracking and vaccine advancements will 
continue and in the meantime, we won’t attain heard immunity until about 65% of 
the population has antibodies, either from getting and recovering from COVID-19 
or from being vaccinated. Therefore, it’s important that we continue to be 
cautious and do what we can to prevent any further spread. Even if you are 
vaccinated, continue to wear a mask in public or around those who have not 
been vaccinated, keep your distance and wash your hands frequently.




Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial 3.0 released today

The updated dial and public health order go into effect Wednesday.

 REMOTE, (March 23, 2021):  As more Coloradans are eligible to get vaccinated and choose to do so, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the latest update to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework: Dial 3.0. The updated dial public health order goes into effect Wednesday, March 24. State officials expect that Dial 3.0 will remain in effect until mid-April, at which point the state plans to retire the dial and implement a new public health order that gives greater control over capacity restrictions to local public health agencies. 

 CDPHE shared a draft of the new dial on Friday, March 19, and Coloradans, partners, and stakeholders offered feedback over the weekend. 

 Dial 3.0 makes it easier for counties to move into Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors, the least restrictive level on the dial. It also removes many of the restrictions that currently apply at that level. Additionally, several restrictions in Level Blue are loosened in Dial 3.0. 

 “Coloradans have made great sacrifices to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19 over the past year,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “While this is still a time for caution, these changes to the Dial better reflect where we are in the pandemic today, and the balance we are trying to strike between disease suppression and economic hardship.” 

 Dial 3.0 metrics are further simplified and capacity limits are less restrictive. Download a PDF of the updated metrics and capacity limits. The state will work with counties to confirm their metrics under the new framework.

 The main changes in the Dial 3.0, which is expected to be in place from March 24 to mid-April, are: 

  • The metrics for Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors have changed. These changes make it easier for counties to achieve Protect Our Neighbors status. Now, counties qualify for Protect Our Neighbors if they have up to 35 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people -- up from 15 cases. 
  • There is no longer a certification process for Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors. Counties will be moved into Level Green once they maintain the appropriate metrics for at least one week.
  • Most restrictions in Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors are now removed. Bars and indoor events must still adhere to a 50% capacity limit or a 500-person cap, whichever is fewer.
  • The metrics range for Level Blue is now 36 - 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. 
  • Bars can now open under Level Blue. The capacity limit is 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Outdoor events in Levels Green and Blue no longer have state-level capacity restrictions under the dial. Counties may choose to implement capacity restrictions on outdoor events at the local level.
  • Retail, offices, and non-critical manufacturing in Level Blue may now open to 75% capacity, up from 50%. 
  • There is no longer a state limit on personal gathering sizes. The state will follow CDC’s guidance on personal gatherings. The CDC still strongly recommends avoiding larger gatherings and crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • 5 Star restaurants and gyms in Levels Blue and Yellow may operate at 100% capacity with 6 feet of distance between parties as a way to provide businesses with increased flexibility, while still limiting indoor mass gatherings. The state expects that maintaining a 6 foot distancing requirement will be a limiting factor for most indoor spaces.  
  • 5 Star certified seated and unseated indoor events may operate at 50% capacity with a 500-person limit in Level Blue. 5 Star seated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50% capacity with a 225 person limit and unseated indoor events in Level Yellow may operate at 50% capacity with a 175 person limit. 

 Read the summary of changes

 “Local public health agencies are so grateful to help the state in the development of Dial 3.0, while also planning for the next step. While we are all excited to move into this new era, Coloradoans need to remain diligent in practicing basic public health prevention measures, like wearing a face covering, social distancing, and avoiding large indoor gatherings. These continue to be critical to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, and these steps will allow our businesses to open at greater capacities and will keep our kids at school, learning in-person,” said Tom Gonzales, executive director, Larimer Public Health.

The dial framework, originally implemented on September 15, 2020, standardizes the levels of openness or restrictions on a county level, based on the metrics of disease transmission, the level of local testing, and hospitalizations. It is a tool that allows Colorado to tailor its response on a county level, recognizing that conditions will vary locally.  

The updated dial does not change Colorado’s current statewide mask mandate. Separate from the dial changes, the current mask Executive Order expires April 3, and at that time, the Governor may choose to make modifications. The state released modified mask order components as part of the Dial 3.0 stakeholder engagement process. Feedback received as part of that process will be considered prior to April 3. COVID-19 still presents risks to healthy Coloradans, so everyone should continue to take precautions until the vaccine becomes widely available and used. 

 Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.


CDPHE expands at-home COVID-19 testing program to restaurant workers

REMOTE (March 16, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced today the expansion of the Binax At-Home rapid testing program to food services employees around the state. This expansion to food services workers builds on the program’s February launch for use by PK-12 grade teachers, school administrators, early childhood educators, and other student-facing staff in Colorado schools. The Binax At-Home program allows eligible individuals to order free testing kits to their homes and test themselves for COVID-19 under the guidance of a telehealth proctor.

“Our main priority continues to be keeping Coloradans safe and healthy. Rapid, At-Home Binax tests are another tool to mitigate the virus while the vaccine rollout continues,” said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander, CDPHE. “Food services employees continue to report to work every day and play a huge role in getting our economy back on track. We are confident that these tests will help keep our restaurants open and our food services workers safe.”

“Restaurants’ top priority has always been keeping guests safe and healthy. We are thrilled that this resource will be available to our industry as an additional means to that end,” said Sonia Riggs, President and CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association. “We hope the Binax At-Home program, in combination with vaccine distribution to restaurant workers, can help create a clear path to safely welcoming Colorado’s communities back into restaurants at full capacity.”

“Binax At-Home is a simple and convenient way to get COVID-19 tests into the hands of eligible Coloradans,” said Sarah Hamma, Deputy Director for COVID testing at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Making testing accessible through this program is critical to help prevent widespread exposure to COVID-19 and will help keep all of us safer and healthier.”

Food service employees can enroll in the program by filling out a Google Form which verifies their employer and their email address. Once applicants are approved, they will receive an email from CDPHE detailing how they can order their own free testing kit, delivered directly to their homes via Amazon. From there, individuals will schedule a telehealth appointment for instruction on how to administer the test via the NAVICA App. Test kits contain six tests, which recipients can use to test themselves every five days. Users are eligible to order their next Binax At-Home testing kit 20 days after their previous order.

Testing kits are free-of-charge to the user. CDPHE partners withAmazon and eMed on the Binax At-Home partnership.

For more information visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

El CDPHE expande el programa de pruebas de detección del COVID-19 domiciliaria para los empleados de restaurantes

REMOTO (16 de marzo, 2021): Hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció la expansión del programa Binax At-Home para los empleados dentro de la industria alimentaria en el estado. Esta expansión para los empleados de la industria alimentaria se construye sobre el programa que fue lanzado en febrero para los docentes de escuelas desde preescolar hasta la preparatoria, administradores escolares, educadores de primera infancia y otros empleados en contacto con alumnos dentro de las escuelas de Colorado. El programa Binax At-home permite a las personas elegibles hacer pedidos para recibir kits de detección gratuitos en sus viviendas y realizar una prueba de detección del COVID-19, con las indicaciones de un supervisor mediante telesalud. 

“Nuestra principal prioridad es mantener sanos y seguros a los habitantes de Colorado.  Las pruebas de detección rápidas At-Home Binax son otra herramienta más para mitigar el virus mientras que se continúa con el despliegue de las vacunas”, dijo Scott Bookman, Comandante de Incidentes del COVID-19 del CDPHE. “Los empleados de la industria alimentaria siguen yendo al trabajo todos los días y tienen un papel importante en la recuperación de nuestra economía. Confiamos en que estas pruebas ayudarán a mantener abiertos los restaurantes y mantener seguros a los empleados”. 

“La prioridad principal de los restaurantes siempre ha sido mantener sanos y seguros a los clientes. Estamos contentos de que este recurso esté disponible en nuestra industria como otra herramienta”, dijo Sonia Riggs, presidenta y CEO de la Asociación de Restaurantes de Colorado. “Esperamos que el programa Binax At-Home, junto con la distribución de las vacunas para los empleados de restaurantes pueda crear un camino que invite a las comunidades de Colorado para que vuelvan a los restaurantes y con la capacidad completa”.

“Binax At-Home es una forma simple y conveniente para brindarle pruebas de detección del COVID-19 a los habitantes elegibles de Colorado”, dijo Sarah Hamma, subdirectora de las pruebas de detección del COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado. “El hecho de hacer accesible las pruebas de detección mediante este programa es esencial para prevenir la exposición a gran escala ante el COVID-19 y ayudará a mantener a todos más seguros y saludables”.

Los empleados de la industria alimentaria pueden inscribirse para este programa al completar un Formulario en Google que verifica su empleador y su correo electrónico. Una vez que son aprobados, recibirán un correo electrónico del CDPHE con información acerca de cómo pueden realizar su pedido del kit de detección gratuito, enviado directamente a sus viviendas mediante Amazon. A partir de ahí, las personas programan un turno de telesalud para recibir indicaciones acerca de cómo administrar la prueba vía la aplicación NAVICA. Los kits contienen lo necesario para realizar 6 pruebas, los cuales pueden ser usados por las personas cada cinco días. Los usuarios son elegibles para pedir el próximo kit de prueba Binax At-Home, 20 días después de su pedido anterior. 

Los kits de pruebas son gratuitos para las personas que los reciben. El CDPHE trabaja en conjunto con Amazon y eMed para el programa Binax At-Home. 

Para más información visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.


State launches more robust Spanish COVID-19 website

REMOTE, (March 16, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a more robust website for COVID-19 in Spanish, covid19.colorado.gov/espanol. The site will help Spanish readers stay up-to-date on the pandemic response, access important information on accessing vaccinations, get support, and obtain critical guidance to help protect themselves from the virus. 

Prior to this website, Spanish content was available in PDF format on each page -- now, it’s available as a navigable website. 

The website will mirror covid19.colorado.gov and is also accessible on that homepage navigation, on the right side labeled “Español” with a drop-down menu.

“We are committed to providing easy-to-access information and will continue to enhance our systems to reach all of Colorado’s communities. This website will support the department’s continued work in translating documents into Spanish and have a Spanish language communications specialist actively serving Spanish language media. We’ve also been committed to translating content into Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Somali, and Vietnamese -- and we’ve used a Spanish and ASL interpreter at press conferences throughout. Making sure people understand critical information is our top priority. This website will make it even easier for Spanish-language speakers to navigate information,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. 

The state has several strategies to achieve greater equity in vaccine distribution, acknowledging that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on historically marginalized populations. Some of the strategies include: 

  • The Governor established the Vaccine Equity Task Force to help with this work. 
  • The state has the goal of ensuring there is a community based clinic providing vaccines in the top census tracts for high density of low income and minority communities.  
  • We have added race/ethnicity data to our website to continue our commitment to transparency and to provide tools to track trends and require accountability. 
  • The Equity Outreach Team is working with community based organizations to host clinics that focus on vaccinating underserved Coloradans and span a variety of diverse communities.
  • We are coordinating with transportation providers to assist Coloradans with mobility barriers or without personal vehicles. 
  • CDPHE is also facilitating a Champions for Vaccine Equity program to provide information to communities of color about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, plus utilizing Promotoras, service providers, and crisis counselors to support vaccine literacy. The initiative is intended to foster sustained dialogue with structurally marginalized communities, particularly communities of color, about the vaccine by connecting them with healthcare workers from their communities and backgrounds.
  • CDPHE also launched the Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Facts public information campaign. This campaign features medical professionals and health advocates talking about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. For phase I of this campaign, we are using a variety of media tactics for the ads including TV, streaming TV (like Hulu), digital ads (on websites), social media ads, and paid search on Google. The ads are running in English and Spanish. 
  • We want to be sure that in the haste of getting vaccines out, we don’t unintentionally create barriers to access. We hope it is a shared goal to dismantle barriers to access, such as unnecessary identification and patient affiliation requirements.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov and for Spanish visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol

El estado lanza un sitio web más completo del COVID-19 en español

REMOTO, (16 de Marzo, 2021): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado ha lanzado un sitio web más completo del COVID-19 en español covid19.colorado.gov/espanol. El sitio web ayudará a que los lectores en español puedan mantenerse al día con lo que está pasando con la respuesta ante la pandemia, para que puedan acceder información sobre el acceso a vacunas, buscar ayuda y obtener directrices esenciales para ayudar a protegerlos del virus.

Antes del sitio web, el contenido en español estaba disponible en formato PDF en cada página-- ahora, está disponible como un sitio web navegable. 

El sitio web reflejará covid19.colorado.gov y también se puede acceder en esa página de inicio, sobre el margen derecho con el nombre “Español” con un menú desplegable.

Estamos comprometidos en proveer acceso fácil a información y continuaremos mejorando nuestros sistemas para alcanzar todas las comunidades en Colorado. Este sitio web apoyará el trabajo continuo del departamento de traducir documentos en español y tener y tener un especialista de comunicaciones en español activamente sirviendo los medios de comunicación en español. También hemos estado comprometidos a la traducción de contenido en árabe, chino, nepalí, vietnamita, y somalí -- y hemos estado usando a un intérprete de español y un intérprete de lenguaje de signos (ASL, por sus siglas en inglés) en las conferencias de prensas. Asegurando que las personas entiendan la información esencial que estamos publicando es nuestra máxima prioridad. Este sitio web hará más fácil la navegación de información para aquellas personas de habla hispana,” dijo Jill Hunsaker Ryan, directora ejecutiva, CDPHE. 

El estado tiene varias estrategias para lograr una mayor igualdad de la distribución de vacunas, también reconoce que la pandemia tiene un impacto desproporcionado en las poblaciones históricamente marginadas. Algunas de las estrategias incluyen:

  • El gobernador creó al Grupo Operativo de Equidad de la Vacuna.
  • El estado tiene como objetivo asegurar que haya una clínica que provea vacunas en comunidades de un nivel alto de bajo ingresos y comunidades minoritarias de acuerdo a los censos. 
  • Hemos agregado datos de raza/etnicidad a nuestro sitio web para continuar con nuestro compromiso a la transparencia y para proveer herramientas que permitan seguir con las tendencias actuales y requerir la responsabilidad. 
  • El Equipo de Alcance de Equidad está trabajando con organizaciones basadas en comunidades para auspiciar clínicas que se enfocan en vacunar a los habitantes de Colorado desatendidos y abarcar una variedad de comunidades diversas.  
  • Estamos coordinando con proveedores de transporte para asistir a los habitantes de Colorado que no tienen vehículos personales o tienen inconvenientes para movilizarse. 
  • El CDPHE también está facilitando el programa Campeones para la Equidad de la Vacuna para proveer información a las comunidades de color, sobre la seguridad y eficacia de las vacunas, además de utilizar a Promotoras, proveedores de servicios y consejería de crisis para apoyar al conocimiento acerca de las vacunas. Esta iniciativa apunta a crear el diálogo con las comunidades estructuralmente marginadas, especialmente a las comunidades de color, sobre la vacuna, al ponerlos en contacto con empleados de atención médica de sus comunidades y con los mismos antecedentes.
  • El CDPHE también lanzó la campaña informativa Reciba datos de la Vacuna contra el COVID-19. Esta campaña incluye a profesionales médicos y promotores de salud que hablan sobre la seguridad y efectividad de la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Para la fase 1 de esta campaña, estamos usando una variedad de tácticas de medios de comunicación para las publicidades incluyendo a la Televisión, los canales de streaming (como Hulu), publicidades digitales (en sitios web), publicidades en las redes sociales y la publicidad paga en Google. Las publicidades están en inglés y español.
  • Nos queremos asegurar de que ante el apuro de vacunar a las personas, no creemos barreras involuntarias de acceso. Esperamos que sea un objetivo en común, poder vencer a estas barreras al acceso, como por ejemplo la identificación innecesaria y requerimientos de afiliación del paciente. 

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov y para español visite https://covid19.colorado.gov/espanol