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, 24,174 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Colorado with 1,332 deaths among cases (1,088 due to COVID-19)


De acuerdo al CDPHE, se han reportado 24,174 casos positivos de COVID-19 en Colorado con 1,332 muertes entre los casos (1,088 a causa de COVID-19)

*The CDPHE has changed the way it reports deaths from COVID-19. The state now includes a tally of total deaths among people who had COVID-19, but the disease was not listed as the cause of death on the death certificate. That is the higher number. The lower number reflects people who had COVID-19 listed as the cause of the death.

*El CDPHE ha cambiado la forma en que informa de las muertes por COVID-19. El estado ahora incluye un recuento de muertes totales entre las personas que tenían COVID-19, pero la enfermedad no figuraba como causa de la muerte en el certificado de defunción. Ese es un número mayor. El número menor refleja a personas que tenían COVID-19 como causa de la 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.
  • myColorado™ mobile app – Stay current on COVID-19 information and access food, cash, medical, and early childhood assistance on the Colorado PEAK® website. Download myColorado from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

COVID-19 Información En Español:

Helpful KGNU Coverage:

School Closures:

K-12

  • BVSD closed all schools in Boulder Valley, beginning March 13th through at least through April 30th
  • DPS closed Monday, March 16 through the rest of this school year
  • St. Vrain Valley School District closed all schools through at least through April 30th – please continue to check our website at http://svvsd.org/coronavirus.
  • Jeffco Public Schools has switched to remote learning for the remainder of the school year

Higher Education

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, the CU Boulder campus transitioned to remote learning for the remainder of the semester. All on on-campus events through July 31 are cancelled.
  • CU Denver moves to online classes by March 30th lasting the remainder of the semester.
  • University of Denver, including at the Sturm College of Law, will transition to online classes March 17 through the end of the semester.
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver will transition to online-only classes beginning March 30, 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 the end of the semester

Student Meal Availablity:

BVSD will be distributing several meals’ worth of food items and fresh produce to families every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m until further notice at one of the following district locations:

El BVSD distribuirá a las familias suficientes alimentos y productos frescos para hacer varias comidas todos los martes y jueves
desde el 31 de marzo hasta nuevo aviso (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.). Vea la información abajo para más detalles.

Sanchez Elementary School/ Primaria Sanchez
Creekside Elementary/ Primaria Creekside
Crest View Elementary School/ Primaria Crest View
Columbine Elementary/ Primaria Columbine
Emerald Elementary/ Primaria Emerald
Louisville Middle School/ Secundaria Louisville
Nederland Middle-Senior High School/ Preparatoria Nederland
Pioneer Elementary School/Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer
University Hill Elementary School/ Primaria University Hill

The SVVSD daily drive-thru pickup window is 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at one of the following district locations:

La ventana de recogida diaria para conducir es de 11:00 a.m. a 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

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