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, 51,039 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Colorado with 1,863 deaths among cases (1,746 due to COVID-19)


De acuerdo al CDPHE, se han reportado 51,039 casos positivos de COVID-19 en Colorado con 1,863 muertes entre los casos (1,746 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.

On July 16 Governor Polis issued a statewide mask ordinance that is in effect for 30 days. Every Coloradoan older than 10 will be required to wear a mask or face covering in all indoor spaces.  Read more about the ordinance here.

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.
  • CanDoColorado.org – The Can Do Colorado Community Challenge is aimed at encouraging companies and local government entities to keep the momentum going on telecommuting. A website, CanDoColorado.org, has been created to offer resources and guidance for businesses.

COVID-19 Información En Español:

Helpful KGNU Coverage:

 


School Re-Openings:

* CDE’s toolkit for the 2020-21 school year

K-12
  • Boulder Valley School District plans to begin the school year in a fully online-learning model for all students, which will continue through the last week of September. More on BVSD’s reopening plan here.
  • Denver Public Schools announced Wednesday, July 29th, it will delay in-person teaching until at least mid-October for most students. The Denver Post reports that most of the district’s 93,000 students will take classes virtually through at least Oct. 16.
  • The St. Vrain Valley School District announced it will have fully online classes for the start of the school year for all students in the district until at least the end of September  – More info at http://svvsd.org/coronavirus.
  • Jeffco Public Schools will open with 100% remote learning for a two-week period beginning August 24 through September 4. On September 8, Jeffco Public Schools plans on opening elementary schools (PreK-5) with 100% in-person and 100% remote options for families. For secondary schools (grades 6-12), Jeffco plans on opening with a hybrid schedule providing alternating days (A/B groups) of in-person learning and a 100% remote option for families. More info at https://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/restart_jeffco
Higher Education
    • CU Boulder has announced that in the fall on-campus testing for COVID-19 would be available for students and faculty to both continuously monitor for potential spread and to test individuals with symptoms. Masks will be required for all students and employees. In-person classes will take place through Wednesday, Nov. 25, and then remote teaching will happen after Thanksgiving to allow students to travel home and remain there until the spring semester begins.
    • This fall at At CU Denver there will be four fall 2020 class formats—On-campus, remote, online, and hybrid. When students register for classes, they will find the format for each class in your student portal. More information at https://news.ucdenver.edu/what-will-class-look-like-this-fall/.
    • The University of Denver is staggering students return to campus, requiring COVID-19 testing and quarantining for most faculty and staff. Find more information here.
    • Metropolitan State University of Denver is planning a mix on-campus and online classes for the fall 2020 semester- Students should be notified about changes to their courses by their Registrar’s Office or their academic department by June. More information here.
    • At Naropa University in Boulder, courses will be delivered either entirely online, in-person, or in a hybrid format prior to a November 30th move to the online delivery of all courses for the remaining two weeks of the fall semester. More information here.
    • Regis University will offer a mix of in-person, hybrid or blended learning models this fall. For students in our on-campus, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs and some health profession programs, classes will start a week early on Aug. 17, and on-campus classes will end Nov. 20. More info here.

     


    Student Meal Availablity:

    Boulder Valley School District plans to restart it’s meal program soon. Updates will be available sometime the week of Aug. 10th. at food.bvsd.org. BVSD says the new meal program during the school year will likely require students to present ID numbers to receive meals.


    St. Vrain Valley School District student meals will be served from 11-12:30 Monday through Thursday and a sack lunch and breakfast will be offered daily. An additional lunch will be offered for Fridays with the Thursday meal.

    A student ID number will be needed to pick up meals at the curbside stops. Meals will be “no charge” for any student who qualifies for the 2020-21 free and reduced meal program and all other student meals will cost $3.25 for lunch and $1.50 for breakfast.

    Families may complete a new application at www.myschoolapps.com for this school year.

    Lyons High School
    Hygiene Elementary School
    Timberline PK-8
    Centennial Elementary School
    Soaring Heights PK-8
    Thunder Valley K-8
    Northridge Elementary School
    Sunset Middle School
    Mead Middle School
    Frederick High School
    Altona Middle School

     


    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:

    **Beginning Friday, June 12, the COVID-19 Recovery Center (CRC) will transition to the former Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church at 3845 Stanford Court from its current location at the East Boulder Community Center.

    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:

    Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    If you have COVID-19 symptoms, 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.

    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