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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Update 4/7/2020, 11pm:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gov. Polis Extends Stay-home order to at least April 26th. Follow the link below to learn more.

https://covid19.colorado.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs


Update 4/6/2020, 4:15pm:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

                                      Gov. Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

DENVER - Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and discussed the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions the state is making as well as the updated public health order that corresponds with the stay-at-home executive order. 

“I continue urging my fellow Coloradans to stay home whenever possible. This global pandemic is not a competition about what you think you can get away with. The data we put forth today shows that staying home is crucial to saving lives. These are not statistics on a page, these are your neighbors, your friends, and even your family members,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “Our community and our economy will come out of this stronger than before but that means everyone must do their part.”

The Governor thanked Dr. Jon Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health and his team who have been working hard to put together the modeling data in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Governor provided a slide by slide presentation for members of the media and the general public today. View the slides the Governor presented today here. 

Gov. Polis and the Department of Health and Environment also updated the public health order corresponding with the stay-at-home executive order. The changes include:

  • Critical businesses must comply with a stay at home and social distancing requirements and should minimize staff to those who are critical to the functioning of the business.
  • Necessary travel now includes transporting children between separate households pursuant to a parenting plan or other agreement governing parental responsibilities and non-residents returning to their place of residence
  • Essential government services now include airports, activities related to the conduct of elections, and local governments
  • Minimum basic operations now include filling online product orders and to process customer orders remotely.

Read the updated public health order here

Today, the Governor also signed executive orders today allowing Coloradans to get their marriage licenses without going in person and allowing the state to access additional funds from the Disaster Emergency Fund. Click to view D 2020 018 and D 2020-014

During the press conference, Gov. Polis continued to urge Coloradans to stay home and practice social distancing. He also urged employers to follow social distancing requirements and implement telework options or staggered work schedules to protect the health of their employees. 

Watch today’s press conference here



Update 4/3/2020, 3:15pm: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

NCHD Response to COVID-19

Sterling, Colo. – April 1, 2020:  The Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) began monitoring the novel coronavirus in early January, 2020.  As more information became available, our emergency preparedness and communicable disease staff implemented our preparedness plan to ensure all systems were in place to respond to the pandemic.  In February and early March, our response preparedness activities included sharing health alerts with our local healthcare partners, updating contact lists, monitoring and sharing guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE).     

     Our situational awareness increased the week of March 9-13 when we began to receive an increased number of calls from the public requesting information and when local healthcare facilities began testing for COVID-19.   On Friday, March 13, NCHD activated our Incident Management Team (IMT) with Mike Burnett, NCHD Response Coordination Officer, designated as the Incident Commander taking the lead on NCHD’s COVID-19 response.  In addition to Command, the IMT is comprised of Operations, Logistics, Planning and Public Information.  The Operations section is the largest, consisting of three groups. One group coordinates phone triage and staffing and modification of regular NCHD programs. The second group is comprised of nurses that conduct contact investigations and follow up.  Finally, the third group of environmental health professionals conduct business community outreach.  The Planning section monitors phone calls, media, situational awareness as well as daily planning.  The Logistics section manages and disseminates Strategic National Stockpile supplies and other resources to authorized organizations as needed.  The Public Information team disseminates incident response communications to partners, the community and the media. 

      Monday, March 16, 2020 NCHD’s District Operations Center (DOC) was activated at our regional headquarters in Sterling with all positions for the IMT fully staffed to support preparedness and response efforts around COVID-19 in northeast Colorado.  The DOC was fully staffed for the first three days before transitioning to a split in-person/remote support model.  A few key members continue to staff the DOC with a majority of additional staff supporting the DOC remotely.  This response has created unique challenges to coordination among groups, but staff have adjusted well. 

     “NCHD has been preparing for an event such as this for more than 15 years,” said Mike Burnett, NCHD Response Coordination Officer.  “NCHD has exercised this facility multiple times over the years bringing in partners from across the region to participate in coordination efforts.  Our COVID-19 response has provided the opportunity to practice some of the rarely used procedures and test their effectiveness.”

     In the past 12 days, 33 NCHD staff members have logged over 3,200 personnel hours supporting activities in our DOC as we manage our public health response, investigation and logistics support for COVID-19. Remaining staff members have kept our offices open and continued to provide core public health services to the public, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Reproductive Health, Immunizations and Environmental Health services.  Strategy within operations has shifted on a daily basis to accommodate strong social distancing, infection control procedures, and public health orders from both CDPHE and Governor Polis. NCHD’s staff, in coordination with numerous healthcare and emergency response partners in our six counties (Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma), have risen to each challenge with flexibility, ingenuity and creativity to find effective solutions to the ever-changing circumstances.

     “NCHD is honored to be associated with all of these healthcare and emergency response agencies, facilities and individuals,” said Trish McClain, Public Health Director.  “We are extremely aware of how the various public heath orders have disrupted and stressed daily lives.  The goal of all of the orders has been to prevent the spread of this virus, to keep everyone healthy and safe.” 

    Northeast Colorado Health Department will continue to work tirelessly to serve and protect the people of northeast Colorado during this current pandemic and we thank everyone for their support and compliance as we work together to contain and mitigate the effects of COVID-19.



Update 3/31/2020, 12:30pm: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NCHD Response to Public Health Orders 

Sterling, Colo. – March 31, 2020: On March 25, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended the Public Health Order closing all Colorado bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, casinos, noncritical personal services facilities, and horse track and off-track betting facilities to include all businesses except critical businesses outlined by the order. The order also forbids gatherings of people and mandated those that are sick or have been exposed to the virus to self-isolate or quarantine to protect the public health.

     A critical business is any business engaged in healthcare, infrastructure, critical retail which includes grocery and hardware, manufacturing, critical services, news media, financial institutions, basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations, construction, and defense. All must comply with clean and safe work environment guidance and social distancing requirements.  For more information on all of Colorado’s public health orders please go to https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained

     People must follow the stay in place order unless performing necessary activities or working for critical businesses or maintaining critical governmental functions.

     This means Coloradans should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities including: 

  •                Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
  •                Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  •                Seeking medical care
  •                Caring for dependents or pets
  •                Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  •                Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open 
  •                Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

     NCHD has received calls and messages asking what to do if a business or individual is identified as not complying with this public health order.  As a valued member of our community, you are on the front lines for encouraging others to follow the orders. If a business is not abiding by the orders or if an individual is violating the Stay At Home Order you can do one of the following:

  • If you feel comfortable, reach out to the business on social media or local media outlets and educate them on the Public Health Orders and ask them to follow voluntary compliance. 
  • If they fail to respond, you may fill out the complaint form linked to NCHD’s website:  https://www.nchd.org/co

     You will be notified that we have received your request and are working on the issue.  Depending on the information taken, we may or may not contact you for further information. 

    Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as we learn more about this virus.  Reliable, up-to-date information is available at https://covid19.colorado.gov/ or by calling CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin, and more.



Update 3/31/2020, 12:15pm:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Northeast Colorado Health Department Investigating a Positive COVID-19 Test Result in Phillips County

Sterling, Colo – March 30, 2020:  Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) has been notified of the first positive COVID-19 test result in a Phillips County resident.  Melissa Memorial Hospital collected the sample and sent it for testing.       

     “This individual is currently not hospitalized, but is in appropriate isolation,” said Trish McClain, Director of NCHD.  “It is important that everyone follows the new public health order to stay home. It is up to each of us to protect our community members who are at high risk and not give this virus a chance to spread.” 

     This case investigation is in process and we will be contacting anyone that has had direct contact with the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. In order to protect the privacy of the individual, identifying information and medical records will not be released to the public.

     We have a dedicated team doing everything possible to protect the health of our communities in Phillips County.  We understand that there may be some fear and confusion around COVID-19. However, we want to remind our communities that NCHD, Melissa Memorial Hospital, Haxtun Hospital District, Phillips County Office of Emergency Management and other partnering agencies have been preparing for such an incident as this.  Phillips County has a pandemic response plan already in motion with tools and protocols in place to monitor patients, visitors, travelers and other individuals who may have been exposed.  We have the infection control expertise needed and have identified resources ready to respond as the situation develops.

     As the number of positive cases increases in northeast Colorado, contact investigations NCHD is performing may begin to reveal common community exposures.  It is important that if you have been advised by your doctor to self-isolate or self-quarantine that you follow their directions.  Everyone can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by abiding by the stay-at-home public health order issued last week. 

    Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as we learn more about this virus.  Reliable, up-to-date information is available at https://covid19.colorado.gov/ or by calling CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin, and more. 



Update 3/30/2020, 12:30pm:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gov. Polis Secures Major Disaster Status for Colorado

DENVER - On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Polis submitted an urgent request to the federal government to help Colorado deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Governor Polis announced that President Trump and the federal government had approved the Governor’s request in declaring a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado. 

“Colorado is now eligible to receive additional federal resources to help address the global epidemic impacting our state, the nation, and the world. This declaration ensures that Colorado can be on a level playing field with other states that already have this status like New York and Washington when it comes to federal disaster funding and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance,” said Governor Polis. “Now more than ever, it’s important that Coloradans stay home whenever possible. I thank the members of Colorado’s federal delegation who advocated for this funding to recognize the seriousness of this public health crisis unfolding hour by hour in our state. We are forging new and innovating partnerships daily with the federal government and the private sector to minimize the health threat and the economic threat of the virus.” 

Colorado is one of the states with the highest presence of COVID-19 on a per-capita basis, with a unique situation unfolding in our mountain communities. Colorado continues facing a shortage of resources in addressing this pandemic. 

Read Governor’s Polis request which was supported by the majority of Colorado’s federal delegation here.  The Governor has engaged with Colorado’s congressional delegation daily on multiple calls and efforts to prioritize areas of federal relief. Members of Colorado’s federal delegation sent a letter to the President on Thursday urging him to approve Governor Polis’ request. Read their letter here. 

California, Washington and New York have received these declarations. 




Update 3/30/2020, 12:15pm:

Restaurant workers can now deliver food with less red tape and insurance delays
Actions aimed at growing safe opportunities for restaurant workers, protecting employers’ health insurance and property and casualty insurance

DENVER - The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), is taking action to protect Colorado insurance consumers and reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

Earlier this month, in response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a number of Public Health Orders that have limited normal business and employment for many in the state. These directives from the DOI will allow people to keep their insurance and should also help Colorado’s restaurants and their employees.

“The more we can free up the market and allow people to safely earn a living during this critical time, the better,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “I’m hopeful that some of those who lost their jobs when restaurants closed can now earn additional money working delivery while as a state we get past these difficult restrictions as soon as is scientifically possible.”

“Expanding safe opportunities for work is critical,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. “As people lose hours, get laid off or lose their jobs, holding onto their employer-sponsored health insurance and paying their auto or homeowners insurance premiums becomes more difficult. In addition to reducing red tape around insuring drivers, we are also calling on insurance companies to show flexibility and work with Coloradans to help them keep their insurance during the COVID-19 crisis.”  

Removing Restrictions on Auto Insurance for Drivers for Restaurant Delivery

Public Health Order 20-22 has closed all restaurants and other places offering food or beverages to be consumed on-site. And even with the Governor’s stay-at-home order from March 25, delivery and takeout from restaurants is not impacted. With these orders, it is expected that many restaurants will now look to employees who do not typically deliver food to do just that, but using their own cars. In an effort to protect these workers and their vehicles, the DOI’s emergency regulation 20-E-03 removes restrictions on two different types of auto insurance for the duration of Public Health Order 20-22. 

  • For restaurants that already have commercial automobile policies for drivers, the regulation allows those policies to cover new, unnamed drivers that will be put into delivery service during the COVID-19 emergency. 

  • If a restaurant does not have a commercial policy, the regulation allows employees to use their own personal auto insurance for their vehicle. The regulation removes the restriction for the restaurant employee’s personal insurance that would usually prevent commercial activity like food delivery. 

  • However, the regulation does not apply to workers who regularly deliver food or who work for other services not impacted by the restaurant closure that was part of Public Health Order 20-22.

Restaurant owners are encouraged to contact their insurance agents, brokers or companies to discuss additional coverage riders and other options that could offer more protection for their workers and their businesses. Such options could prove useful even after the COVID-19 emergency. 

Flexibility and Accommodations on Premiums and Continuing Insurance Coverage

The Division has also issued two bulletins directing insurance companies working in Colorado to provide flexibility and reasonable accommodations to policyholders in paying their premiums and continuing coverage. 

Employer-Provided Health Insurance

Bulletin B-4.105 directs health insurance companies that provide policies to small and large employers to be flexible in working with those employers regarding premium payments. It also directs insurers to work with the employers around any provisions in those policies that could hurt the eligibility of employees for the health insurance or their ability to continue that coverage if laid off, furloughed or have their hours cut as a result of work restrictions related to COVID-19. 

Health insurance companies are directed to give employers options such as extending grace periods, deferring premium payments, accepting partial payments or placing a moratorium on cancelling coverage due to non-payment. Such options will allow coverage to continue for the employees and their families and allow employers to focus on their businesses. 

In addition, the insurance companies are directed to make accommodations for employers regarding provisions and restrictions that could impact employees’ health insurance coverage or the ability to continue coverage. These would be provisions such as: requirements regarding the number of employees participating in an employer’s plan, eligibility requirements tied to the number of hours worked (including part-time or seasonal restrictions), requirements regarding employer contributions to premiums, and restrictions on employees that may have initially declined an employer’s health insurance.

On top of this, the Insurance Commissioner strongly encourages the insurance companies to waive requirements that employees would have to be enrolled in an employer’s health plan for a required length of time before becoming eligible for continuation, or that continuation would only apply to certain classes of employees, such as full-time employees. 

Insurance companies are to make these accommodations available to employers for as long the Public Health Orders are in effect. 

Bulletin B-4.105 only pertains to health insurance companies’ employer policies that fall under the regulation of the Colorado Division of Insurance. Employers with self-funded health plans are not regulated by the Division, as such plans are regulated at the Federal level. However, self-funded employers are required to comply with federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Action (COBRA) requirements around continued group health coverage. The Division strongly encourages employers that have self-funded health plans to request that the third-party administrators of their health plans comply with state and federal guidance, including the Division’s directives.

Property and Casualty Insurance

Bulletin B-5.38 directs property and casualty insurance companies (such as auto or homeowners insurance) to make reasonable accommodations to prevent individuals and businesses from losing their insurance coverage because of non-payment of their premiums.

Reasonable accommodations may include such things as: suspension of premiums, extension of billing due dates, extension of premium grace periods for the duration of the emergency, and waiver of installment and late payment fees. In addition, the Division directs property and casualty insurers to stop any non-renewals (when an insurance company chooses to not renew a policy at the end of a period). Such accommodations are to remain available to Colorado policyholders as long the Public Health Orders are in effect. 

“In times like these, we all have to step up and come together as a community and a country,” said Commissioner Conway. “We are certainly asking our insurance companies to do that and I’m confident they will answer our call.”

Consumers with questions about these directives and how they impact their policies can contact the Division of Insurance - 303-894-7490 / 800-930-3745 / DORA_Insurance@state.co.us



Update 3/30/2020, 12:15pm: 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Requirements of Quarantine and Isolation

 

Sterling, Colo. – March 30, 2020: Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) wants to remind everyone that isolation and quarantine are serious steps taken to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick.   Generally, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation.

     “As the number of positive cases increases in northeast Colorado, contact investigations we are performing may begin to reveal common community exposures”, said Trish McClain, Public Health Director.  “It is important that if you have been advised by your doctor to self-isolate or self-quarantine that you follow their directions.  This means you need to stay at home for the duration of time your physician told you, probably 14 days.”  

     Isolation or self-isolation applies to people who are either getting ill and think they may have COVID-19, have been tested and are awaiting test results, or have a positive COVID-19 test result.  Quarantine or self-quarantine applies to people who have had close contact to an individual who has symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result.  Isolation and quarantine require that you remain at home at all times for the entire duration, usually 14 days. If you need critical services such as groceries, please ask someone to go for you, deliver to your doorstep, and then leave.  Once they have left, you can go out and retrieve your things. 

     In the state of Colorado it is a legal order when you have been placed in quarantine or isolation by a public health agency, whether verbally or in writing.  Physicians and local public health agencies only give this directive and put a person in quarantine or isolation when it is necessary for the protection of the public. 

     NCHD emphasizes the importance for individuals, who have been advised by their physician to self-isolate or self-quarantine, to voluntarily cooperate with isolation and quarantine instructions.  NCHD may issue isolation or quarantine orders in some high-risk situations or if non-compliance is anticipated.  If people do not follow the order, public health agencies can involve law enforcement.  If enforcement were to become necessary, violation of that order is a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine. 

     Most people are taking the instructions given by their physicians as well as the state public health orders seriously and we thank you.  For those few individuals who are downplaying the seriousness of the situation, we ask you to reconsider your choices and please make the health of the community your priority.  Healthcare providers and public health professionals are dedicated to keeping people healthy and saving lives.  We can’t do it alone.  We are asking everyone to please do your part in helping stop the spread of COVID-19!



Update 3/24/2020, 3:30pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gov. Polis Sends Letter Encouraging 
New Safety Protocols for Grocery Stores

DENVER - Today Gov. Polis sent a letter to the Presidents of Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway, and The Kroger Co., which owns King Soopers and City Market, encouraging new safety protocols for customers and employees. In the letter, the Governor also applauds efforts currently underway. 

“I want to thank you, as a business leader in Colorado, for your efforts to date working in partnership with our state, your employees, and your customers to better protect our public health and food security during this extraordinarily challenging period,” the letter reads. 

The letter includes proposals for providing the greatest possible protections for workers and customers while minimizing economic disruption. 

Proposals include:

  • Providing appropriate gloves, masks, face screens, and other personal protective equipment to grocery store workers to the extent possible

  • Consider expanding into grocery delivery services, prioritizing service to those at the highest risk

  • Provide daily designated time periods for higher-risk individuals to shop

  • Establish entrance/access controls to ensure crowds are in compliance with safe social distancing practices 

  • To the extent possible, assign those employees with higher health-risks to tasks with lowest exposure risks such as backroom work

To read the letter and see the full list of recommendations, click here.


Update 3/24/2020, 3:30pm:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Mental Wellness While Practicing Social Distancing

 

Sterling, Colo. – March 24, 2020: During the past few weeks the Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) has repeated the messages about how everyone can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus including abiding by the public health order to practice social distancing, washing your hands and staying home if you are sick in order to keep our community healthy. However, it’s not just your physical health that you need to be mindful of, but also your mental wellness as well. There are steps we can all take to promote our mental wellness during a stressful time such as this. 

There is a lot of anxiety associated with COVID-19 whether it’s an overall fear of becoming sick, to job security or even concern for loved ones. We are all feeling the effects of this situation and this stress can cause our immune systems to weaken.  Humans are hard-wired to need connection: seeing friends, getting together in groups or touching each other. Prolonged periods of social isolation can actually increase the risk for a variety of health problems, including heart disease and depression.  Social contact can protect against the negative effects of stress. 

While we practice social distancing to prevent the spread of an infectious disease, it may require some innovative approaches to ensure we remain connected to our friends, family and community.  While live human connection is best, there are several options available to help people stay in touch during a time of quarantine/isolation including telephoning, texting, emailing and using free computer and phone apps such as Skype, Google hangouts and Facebook Messenger to video chat.

In addition to feeling disconnected, this situation is also an interruption to our daily routines.  During this time of practicing social distancing, be sure to create and follow a new daily routine for both adults and children in order to preserve a sense of order and control.  Take steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle including getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. 

While is it important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19, everyone needs to limit their consumption of media coverage.  Psychologists recommend balancing time spent on news and social media with other activities unrelated to quarantine or isolation. Integrate some time for your favorite hobbies such as listening to music, painting, reading, woodwork, handwork, or even keep a gratitude journal.  These healthy pastimes can provide a beneficial buffer to the stress of the current situation. Be generous and find ways you can help someone less mobile or with less access to resources. For example, if you are going to the store maybe ask if you can pick something up for them. 

If you struggle with anxiety, depression, loneliness, substance abuse or other mental health issues, you may be particularly vulnerable.  Contact your psychologist or counselor to see if they can continue normal sessions utilizing telehealth options via phone-based or online delivery.  If you need assistance, here are several counseling and mental health resources across northeast Colorado that you can access. For a list of local providers that are here to help go to: https://www.nchd.org/behavioralhealth.




Update 3/24/2020, 3:15pm:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Disaster Field Operations Center West

 

Release Date:  March 19, 2020

Contact:  Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500, Richard.Jenkins@sba.gov

Release Number:  CO 16367-01

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – TheU.S. Small Business Administration is offeringlow-interestfederal disaster loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Jared Polis on March 17, 2020.

 

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available to all counties within the state of Colorado and the neighboring counties below.

 

Neighboring Arizona county:  Apache;

Neighboring Kansas counties:  Cheyenne, Greeley, Hamilton, Morton, Sherman, Stanton and Wallace;

Neighboring Nebraska counties:  Chase, Cheyenne, Deuel, Dundy, Kimball and Perkins;

Neighboring New Mexico counties:  Colfax, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Taos and Union;

Neighboring Oklahoma county:  Cimarron;

Neighboring Utah counties:  Daggett, Grand, San Juan and Uintah;

Neighboring Wyoming counties:  Albany, Carbon, Laramie and Sweetwater.

 

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Colorado small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Administrator Carranza.

 

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.

 

“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.

 

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.

 

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard�€‘of�€‘hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

 

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.

 

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.

 

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.




Update 3/23/2020, 1:15pm:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State health department provides guidance to those with COVID-19 symptoms

including when to call health care providers and 911

DENVER, March 21, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) asks the public to preserve critical health care resources, especially emergency medical services and personal protective equipment (PPE).

With the increased concern over COVID-19, people are calling 911 for reasons other than a medical emergency, including asking for general information about COVID-19. People should call 911 ONLY with a medical emergency. 

Do not call 911 if you are seeking general medical advice or wish to be tested for COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines. You can find a list of nurselines on the state health department’s website: covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-nurselines-directory. People can visit covid19.colorado.gov or call 303-389-1687 for general questions about COVID. 

CDPHE is providing the following guidance to people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:

For people with mild symptoms: Early on, symptoms may feel like a common cold, including a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness.

  • People who are not at high risk of severe illness may not need to be evaluated in-person or tested for COVID-19. Not everyone with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 will be tested right away. 

  • If you have mild symptoms including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or suspect that you were exposed but are not able to be immediately tested, please stay home and avoid contact with others. Isolate yourself until:

    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that’s 3 days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND

    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND

    • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

  • Use over-the-counter medication to treat mild symptoms. There is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19.

  • The 911 system is not intended for minor injuries or general medical questions. Do not call 911 if you are seeking general medical advice or wish to be tested for COVID-19. 

For people with more serious symptoms, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath:

  • Continue to self-isolate.

  • Call your health care provider if your illness becomes more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. Your provider may recommend you be tested for COVID-19.

  • Consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines. You can find a list at covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-and-nurselines.

For people with severe symptoms: (severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)

  • Call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms. 

  • Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

  • Call 911 for:

    • Symptoms of heart attack or stroke

    • Difficulty breathing

    • Choking

    • Difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing

    • Severe allergic reactions

    • Confusion, dizziness, or disorientation

    • Sudden, severe pain

  • For those whose symptoms are severe enough to require hospitalization, a positive or negative test result is important to determine which unit of the hospital should oversee the patient’s care. The state lab is prioritizing test results for high-risk individuals. Some Colorado hospitals have the capability or are building the capability to test for COVID-19 in-house. This will allow hospitals to test patients and have results without having to send the samples to the state lab or a private lab. 

  • While waiting for test results on patients who are exhibiting extreme respiratory symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19, hospitals will follow CDC guidance to keep those patients isolated from the general population. 

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



Update 3/23/2020, 1:15pm:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State health department amends ‘social distancing’ public health order

State provides further guidance on public health orders 

DENVER, March 21, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended its statewide public health order on social distancing. The public health order limits gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

The purpose of the order is to limit the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that  spreads through person-to-person contact, or (less likely) by contact with surfaces contaminated with the virus. People  infected with COVID-19 may become symptomatic anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. Limiting the number of people gathered in one area limits the spread of disease, reduces the number of people who become severely ill and protects our health care system.

The order applies to all public and private gatherings except for those specifically exempted by the order.

The order was amended to further clarify exemptions. Now the exemptions include:

  • The Colorado General Assembly, legislative bodies of municipal governments, and Colorado state and municipal courts.

  • Airports, bus, and train stations, health care facilities, and grocery or retail stores, pharmacies, or other spaces where 10 or more people may be moving around to get essential goods and services.

  • Delivery and take-out food services in accordance with Public Health Order 20-22.

  • Offices and state, county, and municipal government buildings where essential government services are offered.

  • Factories where more than 10 people are present, but social distancing measures of maintaining at least 6 feet between individuals is standard.

  • Newspaper, television, radio, and other media services.

  • Child care facilities, except for public preschools operated on public school campuses, which are addressed in Executive Order D 2020 007.

  • Homeless shelters.

  • Any emergency facility needed to respond to COVID-19 in Colorado.

The public can obtain additional information about the executive orders and public health orders on the state response website

As advised by the Colorado Attorney General, residents who suspect that someone is violating the order should first contact their local public health agency to report any concerns. Residents may also file a report with the Attorney General’s Office at covid19@coag.gov if local law enforcement or a local public health agency is unresponsive. For more information about how public health orders are enforced click here.



Update 3/23/2020, 12pm:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Northeast Colorado Health Department Investigating

Positive COVID-19 Test Results in Logan County

 

Sterling, Colo – March 22, 2020:  Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) has been notified of the first two positive COVID-19 test results in Logan County. 

     These people are in appropriate isolation.  Case investigations are in process and we will be contacting anyone who has had direct contact with the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. In order to protect the privacy of the individuals, identifying information and medical records will not be released to the public.

    “We understand that people may be anxious and frustrated by limits on gatherings but we are encouraging people to continue refraining from gathering in large groups—it is up to each of us to protect our most vulnerable populations by not giving this virus a chance to spread,” said Trish McClain, Director of NCHD.  “The quicker we can flatten the epidemiological curve, the sooner we will be able to return to normal life.”   

     This now brings our total to six positive COVID-19 test results in northeast Colorado (Yuma County (1), Morgan County (3), Logan County (2) ) and we know there are several test results pending from around the area so these numbers will likely continue to increase.  If you believe you have been exposed, self-quarantine for 14 days. If you develop any of the cold or flu-like symptoms, self-isolate and contact your primary care provider.  Call ahead so they can make appropriate accommodations.  We also understand that there may be some fear and confusion around COVID-19 because it is a new virus. However, we want to remind our communities that NCHD and partnering agencies have been preparing for such an incident as this. 

    You can help slow the spread of COVID-19, influenza and other viruses by:

  • Staying home if you’re sick; keeping your children home if they are sick.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Practicing good hygiene.   Thoroughly and frequently wash your hands with soap and water; in the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Increasing distance between people to six feet.
  •  Avoiding unnecessary travel.
  • Observing the state public health order to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people.

     Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as we learn more about this virus.  Reliable, up-to-date information is available at https://covid19.colorado.gov/ or by calling CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin, and more.




Update 3/23/2020, 12pm:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Gov. Polis: Colorado is Leading by Example and Taking Action to Address COVID-19


***INFORMACIÓN SEGUIDA EN ESPAÑOL***


CENTENNIAL - Gov. Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19. Today he signed an executive order directing all of Colorado’s non-critical employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 50 percent. In accordance with the executive order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is also issuing a public health order. 


“As long as I am in a position to lead Colorado’s response, I will continue to take bold steps and do everything in my power to protect our medical workers, limit the severity and duration of this crisis, and save the lives of Coloradans,” said Governor Jared Polis. “In the short term, Coloradans must heed this order and take this gravely and seriously. But my team is moving as fast as they can to build a new Colorado paradigm to ensure that we can look more like South Korea’s successful containment strategy, and less like the public health disaster that is crippling Italy right now. The virus is here in our communities and we need to respond. And in a vacuum of federal leadership, others need to step up and here in Colorado we are doing and will do just that.”

 

The executive order directs all employers to implement tele-work options to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work is not practical or possible, employers are encouraged to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of employees during work hours and to keep employees on payroll. This Executive Order does not apply to any employer that can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any part of their work hours.


The state as an employer will be meeting this requirement and less than half of non-24 hour facility jobs will be working from the office.


The order takes effect on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and is set to last through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020.


The critical workplaces that are exempt include:

  • Health care operations.
  • Critical Infrastructure, including utilities, fuel supply and transmission, public water, telecommunications, transportation, hotels, organizations that provide for disadvantaged people, and food supply chain.
  • Critical Manufacturing, including food, beverages, chemicals, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, agriculture.
  • Critical Retail, including grocery stores, liquor stores, farms, gas stations, restaurants and bars for takeout, marijuana dispensaries but only for medical or curbside delivery, hardware stores.
  • Critical Services, including trash and recycling, mail, shipping, laundromats, child care, building cleaning and maintenance, auto supply and repair, warehouses/distribution, funeral homes, crematoriums, cemeteries, animal shelters and rescues. 
  • News Media.
  • Financial Institutions.
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations.
  • Construction.
  • Defense.
  • Public Safety Services like law enforcement, fire prevention and response, EMTs, security, disinfection, cleaning, building code enforcement, snow removal, auto repair.
  • Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products including logistics, child care, tech support, or contractors with critical government services.
  • “Critical Government Functions.” 

On March 5, CDPHE’s public health laboratory confirmed the first presumptive positive COVID-19 test result in Colorado. Since then, the number of confirmed cases has continued to climb. Colorado needs to take these precautions for the preservation of public health and safety throughout our entire State and to ensure our healthcare delivery system can serve those who are sick.  


Gov. Polis also launched the state’s Innovation Response Team (IRT) to bring together public and private sector resources and innovations to the state’s emergency response to the COVID-19 virus. The Innovation Response team’s initial focus is ramping up a mass testing program for the COVID-19 virus, creating a suite of services for citizens under isolation or quarantine, developing mobile and other technologies to help track the spread of the virus and support infected citizens, and developing locally-sourced alternatives for constrained critical medical supplies.  


Matt Blumberg, a technology entrepreneur who founded and led Broomfield-based email technology company Return Path for the past 20 years, will serve as Interim Director. The Governor has also appointed Boulder-based Venture Capitalist Brad Feld as the Chairman of the IRT’s Private Sector Task Force. The IRT will be within the State’s Emergency Operations Center command structure and reports to Stan Hilkey, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.


The Governor also thanked everyone who is stepping up in the, #DoingMyPartCO social media challenge, who has donated and signed up to volunteer at HelpColoradoNow.org and who has donated blood. 


To read the read the executive order, click here. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will release the public health order. To see frequently asked questions, click here

To view the news conference, please visit the Governor’s Facebook page


Gob. Polis: Colorado Dando el Ejemplo y Tomando Acciones para Mitigar los Efectos de COVID-19


CENTENNIAL - Gobernador Polis presentó una actualización a la respuesta del Estado de Colorado a COVID-19. Hoy, el firmó una Orden Ejecutiva ordenando que todos los empleadores ‘no críticos’ reduzcan su mano de obra presencial por un 50 por ciento. De acuerdo con la orden ejecutiva, el Departamento Estatal de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente (CDPHE en inglés) también ha publicado una orden de salud pública. 


“Mientras estoy en una posición para dirigir la respuesta del Estado a COVID-19, tomaría pasos audaces y haría todo bajo mi poder para proteger nuestros trabajadores de salud, disminuir la severidad y duración de esta crisis, y proteger las vidas de Coloradenses,” dijo Gobernador Jared Polis. “A corto plazo, Coloradenses necesitan hacer caso a esta orden y tomarla muy gravemente y en serio. Mi equipo se está moviendo lo más rápido posible para construir un nuevo paradigma para asegurar que podemos realizar un resultado que pertenece más a la estrategia exitosa de Corea del Sur, y menos al desastre de salud pública que actualmente está falleciendo a Italia. El virus está aquí en nuestras comunidades y necesitamos enfrentarlo. Y en un vacío de liderazgo federal, otros necesiten dar un ejemplo, y aquí en Colorado estamos y seguiremos haciendo justo eso.”

La Orden Ejecutiva dirige a que todos los empleadores en el estado implementen opciones de trabajo virtual a la mayor medida posible. Si trabajo virtual no es práctico o posible, el Estado anima que empleadores alternan horarios de trabajo para reducir la proximidad de trabajadores durante horas de trabajo, y que mantienen trabajadores en su nómina de sueldos. Esta Orden Ejecutiva no aplica a empleadores que pueden certificar que trabajadores mantendrán más que seis pies de distancia de cualquier persona durante la totalidad de su día laboral.

El Estado como empleador cumplirá este requisito y más de un mitad de puestos estatales que no son de 24 horas serán hechos virtualmente.

La Orden se realiza el lunes, 23 de marzo a las 8:00 a.m., y durará hasta las 11:59 p.m. del viernes, 10 de abril, 2020.

Funciones críticas que serían exceptuadas incluyan:

  • Operaciones de salud y medicina.
  • Infraestructura Crítica, incluyendo servicios públicos, suministro y transmisión de combustible, agua pública, telecomunicaciones, transporte, hoteles, organizaciones que proveen para gente marginada, y la cadena de suministro para alimentación.
  • Fabricación Crítica, incluyendo alimentos, bebidas, químicas, equipo médico, farmacéuticos, productos sanitarios, y agricultura. 
  • Tiendas Críticas, incluyendo tiendas de comestibles, tiendas de licores, fincas, gasolineras, restaurantes y bares para llevar, dispensarios de marihuana (pero solo para uso medicinal o entrega en la acera), y ferreterías.
  • Servicios Críticos, incluyendo basura y reciclaje, el postal, logística, lavanderías, limpieza y mantenimiento de hogares y oficinas comerciales, suministro y reparación de automóviles, funerarios, crematorios, cementerios, y refugios de animales.
  • Prensa y Noticias.
  • Instituciones Financieras.
  • Proveedores de Necesidades Básicas para Demográficos Marginados Económicamente. 
  • Construcción.
  • Defensa.
  • Servicios de Seguridad Pública como policía y cumplimiento de la ley, bomberos, ambulancias, seguridad y guardias, desinfección, limpieza, aplicación de códigos de construcción, eliminación de nieve, y reparación de automóviles.
  • Vendedores que proveen Servicios o Productos Críticos incluyendo logística, cuidadores infantiles, apoyo tecnológico, o contratistas para servicios públicos críticos.
  • “Funciones Críticas del Gobierno.”

El 5 de marzo, el laboratorio de salud pública de CDPHE confirmó el primer caso presumido positivo de COVID-19 en Colorado. Desde entonces, el número de casos confirmados ha seguido aumentando. Colorado necesita tomar estas precauciones para la preservación de la salud y seguridad pública de nuestro estado entero, y para asegurar que nuestro sistema de salud puede atender a los enfermos.

Además, Gob. Polis lanzó el Equipo de Innovación para la Respuesta (IRT en inglés) para alinear recursos e innovaciones públicos y privados para la respuesta de emergencia del Estado al virus COVID-19. El enfoque inicial del IRT se preocupara en aumentar un programa de examinaciones para COVID-19, creando una variedad de servicios para ciudadanos bajo aislamiento o quarantina; tecnologías móviles, y otras, para respaldar al rastreamiento de la propagación del virus y apoyar ciudadanos infectados; y alternativos locales para suministros médicos apretados.

Matt Blumberg, un empresario de tecnología que fundó y lideró la empresa tecnológica de Broomfield Return Path los últimos 20 años, servirá como Director Provisional. Gob. Polis nombrará un director permanente al IRT durante las siguientes dos semanas. El Gobernador también ha nombrado al empresario Brad Feld, de Boulder, como Director de la Fuerza Especial para el Sector Privado del IRT. El IRT será ubicado dentro del Centro Estatal para Operaciones de Emergencia, y queda bajo de Stan Hilkey, Director Ejecutivo del Departamento Estatal de Seguridad Pública.

El Gobernador también agradeció a todos que participaron en la campaña de media social #DoingMyPartCO, a los que han donado y registraron para ofrecerse de voluntario en el sitio HelpColoradoNow.org, y a los que han donado sangre.

Para leer la Orden Ejecutiva, ve aquí. El Departamento Estatal de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente (CDPHE) publicará la orden de salud pública. Para ver preguntas típicas, ve aquí.

Para ver la conferencia de prensa, por favor visita la página de Facebook del Gobernador



Update 3/23/2020, 12pm:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Health Department Board Signs Public Health Emergency Declaration

 

Sterling, Colo – March 23, 2020:  The Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) Board of Health has signed a resolution declaring a local public health emergency for the special district of the Northeast Colorado Health Department.   

     “This is the first time the NCHD board has signed an emergency declaration,” said Trish McClain, Director of NCHD. “We are taking this important administrative measure to ensure our rural public health district is eligible for state and federal funding that may become available for the COVID-19 pandemic response.

     COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus that has spread to numerous countries around the world including the United States.  The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the worldwide outbreak a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ on January 30, 2020 and the federal government declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020.  On March 10, 2020, in response to the growing outbreak the Governor of the State of Colorado declared a state of disaster emergency.  Numerous Colorado Counties and Municipalities, including several in northeast Colorado, have declared disaster emergencies.

     NCHD’s health district includes Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties.  We anticipate that the cost and magnitude of responding to and recovering from the impact of COVID-19 will exceed the Public Health District’s available resources.  NCHD has determined the declaration to be in the best interest of the public health and safety for the residents of northeast Colorado and has taken action in order to mobilize aid and assistance for the response and recovery from this pandemic. 

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INFORMACIÓN INMEDIATA

La Junta del Departamento de Salud firma una declaración de emergencia de salud pública

Sterling, Colo - 23 de marzo de 2020: La Junta del Departamento de Salud del Nordeste de Colorado (NCHD) ha firmado una resolución que declara una emergencia de salud pública local para el distrito especial del Departamento de Salud del Nordeste de Colorado.

     "Esta es la primera vez que la junta de NCHD firma una declaración de emergencia", dijo Trish McClain, directora de NCHD. "Estamos tomando esta importante medida administrativa para garantizar que nuestro distrito rural de salud pública sea elegible para recibir fondos estatales y federales que pueden estar disponibles para la respuesta a la pandemia COVID-19".

COVID-19 es un virus altamente contagioso que se ha extendido a numerosos países de todo el mundo, incluido Estados Unidos. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) declaró el brote mundial como una "emergencia de salud pública de interés internacional" el 30 de enero de 2020 y el gobierno federal declaró una emergencia nacional el 13 de marzo de 2020. El 10 de marzo de 2020, en respuesta al crecimiento brote el gobernador del estado de Colorado declaró un estado de emergencia por desastre. Numerosos condados y municipios de Colorado, incluidos varios en el noreste de Colorado, han declarado emergencias por desastre.

El distrito de salud de NCHD incluye los condados de Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington y Yuma. Anticipamos que el costo y la magnitud de responder y recuperarse del impacto de COVID-19 excederá los recursos disponibles del Distrito de Salud Pública. NCHD ha determinado que la declaración es lo mejor para la salud pública y la seguridad de los residentes del noreste de Colorado y ha tomado medidas para movilizar ayuda y asistencia para la respuesta y recuperación de esta pandemia.



Update 3/23/2020, 12pm: 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Broomfield, Colo. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are ensuring that food production and supply systems nationwide remain safe and abundant. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19, and no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods. Additionally, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

“People across Colorado can rest assured that our state’s food supply systems are operating as intended:  To provide plenty of safe food for the public,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is working closely with the USDA, together ensuring the safety and timely delivery of the U.S. food supply while protecting the health of our employees during the COVID-19 National Emergency.”

Commissioner Greenberg has created a Food Security Task Force to work closely with Colorado’s agriculture producers and food companies across the supply chain to support their needs during the COVID-19 emergency. For more information about the Task Force, please contact Tom Lipetzky, Director of CDA’s Markets Division, or Jordan Beezley, CDA Legislative and Policy Advisor.

The public is reminded to consult only trusted scientific sources for accurate information about food safety, supply and COVID-19. Please see the attached food safety fact sheet from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration  and U.S. Department of Agriculture food safety FAQ pages.



Update 3/19/2020, 2:30pm:

Colorado Takes Further Action to Address 
Public Health Threat of COVID-19

State extends suspension of downhill ski operations, limits gatherings to no more than 10 people, suspends in-person learning in public & private schools

DENVER - Today Governor Jared Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and announced new executive actions to protect the health and safety of Coloradans. Earlier today at a news conference, Governor Polis announced the launch of the Help Colorado Now effort where 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. 

“We are acting boldly and swiftly together to protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. The science and data tells us this will get worse before it gets better,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are in this together and the state is taking the necessary actions to slow the spread of this disease.”

The Governor signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17. The executive order directs Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute to make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time while taking into account the needs of local communities. This order also directs the Commissioner of Education to issue guidance to support P-12 school systems in developing and implementing plans to assist families and students in accessing alternative learning, providing free and reduced lunch and breakfast, and offering waivers for instructional time as appropriate. Click here to read. 

“Protecting the health of all Coloradoans is our top priority, and moving to online learning and other ways to support learning at home is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “We know school leaders, educators and families will have a lot of questions about how to support their students’ learning at home during this unprecedented time. The department is working on guidance and developing resources to support our schools and students, and it will be available very soon.”

The Governor also announced that he would be extending the suspension of downhill ski area operations through April 6. COVID-19 has spread throughout many mountain communities where ski resorts are located and this is a necessary step to help slow the spread of the virus. Last week, the Governor issued an executive order suspending ski area operations until March 22. Click here to read the order. 

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Colorado Department of Public Health also issued a public health order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people. Gatherings include community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals or any similar event that brings 10 or more people together. Click here to read. 

Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at  www.HelpColoradoNow.org.



Update 3/19/2020, 1pm: Brush City Hall offices will be closed to public access until further notice, except for emergency situations. We will still be in operation and are happy to assist you over the phone or via email.