Coronavirus in Colorado – Resources & What You Need To Know

As coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, spreads in Colorado, KGNU is committed to keeping you informed about the virus and connected to local resources.

According to the CDPHE, there are currently 4,173 positive cases of COVID-19 in Colorado and 111 deaths


De acuerdo al CDPHE, actualmente se han identificado 4,173 casos positivos de COVID-19 en Colorado y 111 muerte

Public Health officials ask residents to:

  • Stay home
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • More information

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person

●  Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
●  Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

Resources: 

  • Call the Colorado Health Emergency Line (toll-free hotline) for the latest public health information with reliable, consistent, and accurate information in many languages. The CO HELP numbers are 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.
  • Coloradans can also visit the CDC and CDPHE websites for more information on best practices
  • If you have upcoming travel plans, visit the CDC’s website for the latest travel information
  • The Colorado COVID-19 relief fund, Help Colorado Now, supports coronavirus prevention, impact and recovery efforts through financial donations and volunteer opportunities.
  • Find more info on Colorado’s COVID-19 system of emergency childcare for essential workers like hospital workers, public safety workers and those who support the critically at-risk population at covidchildcarecolorado.com
  • City of Boulder Coronavirus FAQs
  • Call 2-1-1 (online at 211Colorado.org or text your Zip Code to 898-211) to connect with the following human service resources statewide (confidential and multilingual service):
    • Housing, including shelters and transitional services.
    • Rent and utility assistance.
    • Applying for SNAP benefits by phone.
    • Childcare.
    • Food/meals.
    • Transportation.
    • Clothing/personal/household needs.
    • Mental health and substance use disorders.
    • Employment.
    • Education.
    • Medical clinics.
    • Dental clinic.
    • Other government/economic services.

COVID-19 Información En Español:

Helpful KGNU Coverage:

School Closures:

K-12

  • BVSD closed all schools in Boulder Valley, beginning March 13, 2020 through the end of Spring Break (March 29, 2020)
  • DPS is closing Monday, March 16 through April 6
  • St. Vrain Valley School District closed all schools through the end of spring break on March 29 – please continue to check our website at http://svvsd.org/coronavirus.
  • Cherry Creek Schools closed all schools from March 13-27
  • Jeffco Public Schools closed all schools March 16-27

Higher Education

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, the CU Boulder campus will transition to remote learning for the remainder of the semester. Classes are canceled March 13
  • CU Denver moves to online classes by March 30
  • University of Denver, including at the Sturm College of Law, will transition to online classes March 17 through April 10. (All final exams are now online and spring break in-person Interterm classes are canceled, but online courses will continue as scheduled)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver will transition to online-only classes beginning March 30, likely for the remainder of the semester
  • Naropa University in Boulder is moving to remote education beginning March 30 after students return from spring break
  • Regis University will transition to remote learning March 30 through April 13

Student Meal Availablity:

Starting on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, St. Vrain Valley Schools will be opening 11 food pickup sites where students, families, and staff can receive lunch and breakfast food items. The daily pick-up window is 11:00-12:30 p.m. at one of the following district locations:

A partir del lunes 16 de marzo hasta el viernes 20 de marzo, las escuelas de St. Vrain Valley abrirán 11 sitios de recolección de alimentos donde los estudiantes, las familias y personal pueden recibir alimentos y desayunos. La ventana de recogida diaria es de 11:00 – 12:30 p.m en una de las siguientes ubicaciones del distrito:

Timberline PK-8
Northridge Elementary School
Altona Middle School
Sunset Middle School
Soaring Heights PK-8
Frederick High School
Mead Middle School
Lyons High School (12-12:30)
Hygiene Elementary School (11-11:30)
Niwot High School
Learning Services Center

Meals will not be available during Spring Break but services will resume on Monday, March 30 if school closures extend beyond Spring Break.

Las comidas no estarán disponibles durante las vacaciones de primavera, pero los servicios se reanudarán el 30 de marzo si los cierres escolares se extienden más allá de las vacaciones de primavera. 

COVID-19 Testing:

You must have an order from your health care provider

There are two primary routes to testing in Colorado today:

  • Hospital staff, hospitalized patients, and vulnerable, symptomatic patients receiving care at health care facilities can get tested at those facilities.
  • Critical health care workers and first responders who have symptoms can get tested at community testing sites being run by local public health agencies in various communities.

If you are experiencing symptoms:

  • CALL OR EMAIL a health care provider first. If the provider recommends you get testing or care, follow the provider’s advice BEFORE going into any health facility. Ask your provider about where you can get tested.
  • DO NOT go to an emergency room to get a test for COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency. For COVID-19, that means severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.
  • DO call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

More info on COVID-19 here.

COVID-19 Recovery Center For The Homeless:

A COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) for unhoused individuals is now open at the East Boulder Community Center to serve homeless individuals from Boulder and Longmont. Individuals who appear to show symptoms of COVID-19 and who will require further testing will be transported from homeless shelters to the CRC. At CRC, symptomatic or positive COVID-19 tested individuals can be in isolation for 10 to 14 days. Homeless shelters have begun daily screenings for clients and will be identifying individuals who require further care. The CRC is not a walk-up service, and individuals must be screened through an existing shelter program. Individuals needing any shelter service are strongly encouraged to contact Coordinated Entry at 303-579-4404.

The CRC will provide community members an individual bed and desk in partitioned areas. The CRC will also provide three meals a day, showers, laundry and internet access. The CRC staff and Medical Reserve Corps will be on site daily to provide supportive check-ins.

Community members who would like to volunteer to support this initiative can sign up at here or here. Contact Margo Josephs with volunteer questions at JosephsM@bouldercolorado.gov.

The Severe Weather Shelter facility on 30th Street in Boulder will be open every day from April 1st, 10:00am to 2:00pm, for facility access that will include hand washing, bathroom facilities and limited  shower availability.  Bridge House will also be conducting an additional thorough cleaning each day in order to support this service. To address the concern of sheltering generally during this public health emergency, SWS shelter will be open every night through the end of April.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, first CALL a health care provider, clinic, or hospital. The provider will give you instructions on whether you need to be tested and on where to go to for care and testing. ONLY THOSE WITH AN ORDER FROM THEIR PROVIDER will be tested at the state’s first community testing center for COVID-19 in Denver (which is closed today due to weather – see’ COVID-19 Testing’ section above). More testing information here.

Plan for Closures & Changes:

  • Consider canceling large events that might cause us to infect each other
  • Understand that your plans to participate in large gatherings may be canceled
  • Prepare for schools closing and providing students opportunities to learn online instead
  • Think about how you will continue to work if your child’s school is closed
  • Talk to your children about what they might expect
  • Make plans for childcare if you become sick, or when your child is sick
  • Consider requesting employers to support tele-working, flexible shifts, cross-training employees to cover when others are out sick, and cancel large meetings or conferences
  • Think through how you will take care of sick family members while trying not to get infected
  • Cross-train key staff at work so one person’s absence won’t derail your organization’s ability to function