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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado

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Colorado daily testing results (CDPHE "Fast Facts")

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

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

For definitive public health information, please visit:

Colorado health care providers:

Help Colorado Now:

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

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

Colorado Information & Resources

Colorado Information & Resources

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

CDC Information & Resources

CDC Information & Resources

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

Colorado Updates

Polis to Colorado: Wear a mask outdoors

Last Updated by Mark Harden on

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday asked Coloradans to "wear nonmedical cloth face masks when they go out of the house" during the coronavirus crisis.

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COVID-19 to keep metro-Denver students home for rest of term

Last Updated by Mark Harden on

Classrooms in 14 Denver-area districts will stay off limits to students for the rest of the 2019-20 school year because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday.

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Update: Progress in man’s 2-week COVID-19 hospital fight

Last Updated by Mark Harden on

A Highlands Ranch man who has been battling COVID-19 in the hospital for two weeks has finally been taken off mechanical ventilation and is "doing well," his wife says, although he remains in intensive care.

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El Paso County deputy dies from COVID-19

Posted by Linda Kotsaftis on

41-year-old Deputy Jeff Hopkins died Wednesday. He was a 19-year veteran of the department.

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Colorado Economy: Business Survival

Last Updated by Linda Kotsaftis on

Uncertainty about how long many businesses will be closed and the inability to plan for the future has many communities concerned about both short-term and long-term economic stability and the ability of many small businesses to survive.

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Senior communities brace for COVID-19 impact

Last Updated by Mark Harden on

While hospitals stand at the front lines of the fight against the new coronavirus, an executive with a Colorado-based chain of senior living communities says they're next in line.

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Advocates fear a surge of domestic violence is happening in Colorado

Last Updated by John Ferrugia, Brittany Freeman, Debbie Higgs on

Advocates who help survivors of domestic violence are preparing for an onslaught of need they cannot yet see, with many Coloradans stuck in abusive homes due to the coronavirus response.

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PBS Resources & Coverage

What You Should Know About The Novel Coronavirus
PBS Presents

What You Should Know About The Novel Coronavirus

Health officials are working to increase awareness on the virus.

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

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

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

Read the latest coronavirus headlines from NewsHour
PBS NewsHour

Read the latest coronavirus headlines from NewsHour

Explore the PBS NewsHour coronavirus topic online.

PBS NewsHour Headlines

Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans

As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an...

U.S. officials urge adherence to social distancing as NY infections slow

The human cost of the novel coronavirus pandemic is still rising worldwide, but infections may be leveling off in...

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on why he hasn't issued a stay-at-home order

Arkansas is one of only five U.S. states without a stay-at-home order in place despite the coronavirus pandemic. Its...

This ER doctor survived COVID-19. Here's her advice

New York state has roughly 150,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That's more than any country in the world other than...

The challenge of protecting homeless populations amid COVID-19

In order to protect themselves and their communities from the novel coronavirus outbreak, Americans across the...

How the U.S. Navy handled a tumultuous week

The U.S. Navy has had a tumultuous week, beginning with a request from the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt to...

How Sweden and Denmark represent opposite Scandinavian COVID-19 responses

In Scandinavia, Sweden is experiencing a rising death toll from COVID-19 -- as well as growing doubt about the...

Oregon governor says state's schools will stay closed through academic year

The announcement places the state's more than 550,000 students and their teachers in uncharted territory as...

WATCH: 'No need to use COVID to score political points,' WHO chief says after Trump criticism

In a heartfelt plea for unity, the World Health Organization's chief sought Wednesday to rise above sharp criticism...

Colorado daily testing statistics

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

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

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

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

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

 

Unemployment:

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

Work-Share Program:

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

Here are the requirements according to the CDLE:

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

Businesses: learn more about the program and eligibility 


Getting school meals while schools are closed:

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

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

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

Housing and shelter resources:

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

Temporary job or volunteer opportunities:

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

Food/Nutrition:

Health Care:

Additional services:

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