11/30/20

Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order extending the temporary suspension of certain regulatory statutes concerning juvenile justice, regional centers, and behavioral health due to the presence of COVID-19.

11/28/20

Gov. Polis signed an extension of an Executive Order authorizing the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to make a one-time direct cash stimulus payment to Coloradans who have faced particular hardship due to COVID-19.

 

Gov. Polis extended an Executive Order concerning changes to 2020 election activity which will continue to allow election-related work to proceed safely and without interruption to the Secretary of State’s operations. 

 

Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order extending the State’s disaster declaration. 

 

Gov. Polis also amended and extended an Executive Order regarding directives for the COVID-19 Dial Framework so that it reflects amendments made to Public Health Order 20-36, including the addition of Level Purple.  

11/25/20

Governor Jared Polis announced the formation of a back-to-school working group with the mission of assisting the Governor and the State plan for the safe return of students to the classroom in January 2021.

 

“Every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and we cannot let our students’ education become a casualty of this pandemic,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This challenging time has strained our educators, parents, school staff and students. That’s why I’ve formed this working group to help us successfully reopen our schools for in-person learning during the pandemic— I believe that together, we can build upon and develop innovative strategies that assist us in safely reopening schools for all our students.”

 

The task force will consist of stakeholders including teachers, other school staff, superintendents, elected school boards, charter school leaders, health officials, and parents who are convening to share on-the ground perspectives and feedback to the Governor, Commissioner Katy Anthes, and key public health leaders about school reopening. 

 

The group will hold its first meeting tomorrow to review and discuss current protocols and best practices, in an effort to provide informed feedback to the Governor and others, who are working to ensure that as many students as possible will be able to safely return to classrooms in January. 

 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released an update of the decision-support tools for educators, to aid them in determining who needs to quarantine after an exposure in the classroom or school setting. This update standardizes the protocol no matter the Dial phase of the county. The updated tools can be found here.

 

Governor Polis will hold a remote press availability today at 12:30pm to discuss the Back-to-School Working Group. Members of the media, please contact Elizabeth.Kosar@state.co.us to receive information on participating. 

 

Members of the task force include: Diedre Pilch, Greeley-Evans D-6 Superintendent; Leslie Nichols, Gunnison Watershed School District Superintendent; Amie Baca-Oehlert, Teacher and CEA President; Rebecca Holmes, Colorado Education Initiative; Lisa Larson, Boulder Valley paraprofessional; Dee Leyba, La Junta school board member Rebecca McClellan, State Board of Education; Catie Santos de la Rosa, Aurora educator; Crystal Jennings, Colorado Springs parent; Dan Gherke, CEO of Lutheran High School in Parker; Mike Miles, Third Future Schools; Rachel Kaygi, parent and board member of Healthier Colorado; Kelly Gren

11/24/20

Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19. He was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist.

 

“Right now, Coloradans are more likely to contract the virus than ever before. Scientists estimate 1 in 41 Coloradans are contagious right now so if you have even 10 people at a gathering, you face nearly a 1 in 4 changes that someone will be contagious,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We must listen to scientists and leaders like Dr. Fauci who recommend that you only socialize only with members of your immediate household, wear a mask, and stand six feet from others when you have to leave your home.”

 

“Coloradans, we all want to be with our loved ones and we will be able to do so again more safely soon. I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving,” Governor Polis added.

 

Governor Polis shared that hospital capacity is becoming troubling as over the last two weeks, with 31 hospitals anticipating they have a staffing shortage in the next week alone. Colorado is also starting to approach nearly double the number of daily hospitalizations reported than we did in the Spring. More people in Colorado are hospitalized due to COVID-19 than ever before. As of today, more than 10% of our hospitals are predicting they will exceed their ICU capacity within the next week and will have to rely on other hospitals to manage their surge.

 

Dr. Herlihy pointed out that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continue to climb. On the current trajectory, the state will exceed ICU bed capacity in January. On the current trajectory, we may experience 6,600 deaths by the end of the year -- and more, if distancing is reduced over the holidays. Dr. Herlihy reminded Coloradans to follow the three key rules:

 

  1. Do not gather with individuals outside your household, including on Thanksgiving

  2. Wear a mask any time you leave your home

  3. Ensure you are 6ft apart any time you are around people not in your household

 

While Colorado works to contain the pandemic, the Governor wants to ensure that Colorado’s kids receive a quality education, which is why Governor Polis shared that he is convening a working group to provide input on how Colorado’s kids can return to in-person learning safely in January.  The working group is still being finalized, and the State is working closely with stakeholders including teachers, superintendents, elected school boards, health officials, and parents, to develop a diverse group that will help Colorado move forward.

 

View today’s press conference and presentation. 

11/20/20

Governor Jared Polis was joined by two frontline healthcare workers as he provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19. 

 

“We’re facing the most dangerous period yet in the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to be extra cautious. Even though many of you are doing what you need to do to protect yourself and those around you, we can all do a little more to be safer. That means avoiding personal gatherings, connecting with friends virtually and wearing a mask in public,” said Governor Polis. “We’re all in this together — the next few weeks are absolutely critical and we have to bear down to get through this pandemic with lives and our economy intact. We must do this for ourselves, loved ones, frontline workers and everyone working hard to keep our community safe.”

 

The U.S. reached a grim milestone earlier this week, with more than 250,000 Americans losing their lives to COVID-19 since the pandemic began — twice the number of Americans lost in World War I. In Colorado, more than 2,700 lives have been lost, and more than 12,000 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. 

 

Earlier this week, Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health released updates to the COVID-19 Dial in response to the rapid spread of the virus. 1 out of every 49 Coloradans are infected with this virus. 

 

Joining the Governor today to share their experiences with the pandemic were Dr. Alan-Michael Vargas, Chair of Board of Directors for Colorado Rural Health Center and Physician at the Grand River Health Clinic, as well as Marisa Duran, who also works at the Grand River Health Clinic as the Clinic Manager. Ms. Duran shared her experience as a COVID survivor. 

 

“Living and practicing medicine in rural Colorado, it would have been easy to imagine COVID as something that only plagues urban areas, but even though our neighbors can be separated by acres of land, we’re seeing it spread through our communities,” said Dr. Vargas. “I’ve spent hours of the last weeks wearing a rubber gown in our respiratory clinic. What works to prevent this is minimizing our individual risk through mask wearing and social distancing.”

 

“It’s very hard to say where I got COVID - the grocery store, work, a friend. My symptoms hit me really quickly, without warning. I never thought that I had COVID or that my test results would come back positive,” said Ms. Duran. “I’m a pretty healthy woman and it really took the best of me through the whole process.”

 

Governor Polis spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director today about the COVID-19 pandemic this afternoon. The Governor extended an invitation to Dr. Fauci to join him virtually in Colorado in the near future to share his expertise. 

 

Yesterday, the Governor shared specific details of the legislation that will be addressed during the Special Session of the 72nd General Assembly, scheduled to commence on Monday, November 30 at 10am. This session will be focused on providing COVID-19 relief due to the absence of federal assistance or aid. 

 

View today’s press conference and presentation. 

11/20/20

Gov. Jared Polis spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director today about the COVID-19 pandemic and released a statement following the discussion. 

 

“Colorado benefits from Dr. Anthony Fauci sharing his advice with me today about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fauci said help in the form of a promising vaccine is near and urged us to let that news redouble our individual efforts to stay apart now,” said Governor Polis. “He discussed how we must not let fatigue prevent us from listening to science and doing what we know we can do to slow the spread of the virus. Dr. Fauci highlighted the importance of targeted actions and reiterated that major drivers of virus transmission are connected to innocent personal gatherings, sharing that he himself will be spending Thanksgiving separate from his children. I also extended an invitation to Dr. Fauci to join us virtually in Colorado in the near future to share his expertise and hope he will.” 

 

Governor Polis spoke with President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris yesterday. Throughout the pandemic, Governor Polis has been in close contact with leaders at the federal level including President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Dr. Birx, and Colorado’s federal delegation to advocate for federal funding and resources to help our state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s office plans to put in a request to the White House to allow Dr. Fauci to speak with Coloradans in the coming months during the Governor’s press briefing.

11/19/20 

Governor Jared Polis shared specifics of the scope of the Special Session of the 72nd General Assembly, scheduled to commence on Monday, November 30 at 10am. 

 

“We are living in a moment of unprecedented urgency,” said Governor Polis.“We will act to support our small businesses who face challenging months ahead, provide relief to hardworking people, support child care, and improve broadband access for students and educators. I thank legislative leadership for their support and collaboration during this challenging time for our state.”

 

Earlier this week, the Governor and Legislative Leadership announced they would take up critical legislation that will help Colorado families and small businesses during the challenging winter months ahead. 

 

“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to help our state recover from this pandemic, but if we don’t act now, more businesses will close and families may lose their homes,” said Speaker KC Becker, D-Boulder. “Colorado restaurants, families, and communities can’t wait any longer for additional federal aid. Our stimulus package will deliver relief for Colorado's restaurants, help parents find safe child care options, and provide direct assistance for Coloradans who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage.”

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an enormous toll on our community – draining our resources, isolating us from the people we love, and destroying our businesses that took years to create. But unfortunately, this relentless disease isn’t letting up any time soon. We need a stimulus package to carry us through the winter and alleviate the unimaginable burden weighing on so many Coloradans, ” said Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo. “I am incredibly proud of the unity and urgency our state leadership has shown in calling this special session and I look forward to the work we will be able to do on behalf of Colorado.” 

 

The Governor presented seven areas for the General Assembly to take action:

 

  1. Small Business Relief: Small businesses, including bars and restaurants, gyms and fitness studios, and entertainment venues have struggled to stay open at lower capacities, making it difficult to pay their staff and rent. These small businesses will need direct support and tax relief to make it through the challenging fall and winter  months. The call requests the General Assembly take action, including by providing relief from sales tax payments for bars and restaurants, and direct aid for various business types.   

 

  1. Child Care Support: The COVID-19 pandemic has burdened child care providers, which we know are crucial to building and sustaining a thriving economy by enabling families to work and preparing children for school. Based on a recent survey, at least 26% of child care facilities in Colorado may close permanently, without financial support, due to the pandemic.
     

  2. Housing and Direct Rental Assistance: Because of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for small businesses, enhanced unemployment benefits, and direct payments to Americans, we avoided a significant wave of housing evictions and foreclosures.  Now, though, the expiration of these programs leaves vulnerable Coloradans at risk of eviction or foreclosure in the coming months. 

 

“Colorado families, restaurants, bars and small businesses can’t wait any longer for help--they need relief to get through the challenging months ahead,” said Speaker-designate Alec Garnett, D-Denver. “We are going to pass targeted legislation that helps families avoid eviction and small businesses stay open to sustain our recovery and help Coloradans who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. I look forward to working with lawmakers in both parties to build back stronger and ensure every Coloradan has a fair shot to succeed as our economy recovers.”

 

“With the coronavirus surging to an all-time high and winter fast approaching, we need solutions that will help Coloradans survive these next few months. And this special session gives us the opportunity to do just that. From housing assistance to childcare support to small business relief, we are prioritizing direct financial aid for the folks who have been hit hardest by the pandemic,” said Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder. 

 

  1. Increasing Broadband Access: While the majority of school districts are learning in person, the most recent increase in cases has forced many school districts, including many Denver metro area school districts, to switch to remote learning. Without broadband or wi-fi, these students will face significant learning loss that will have implications for their future academic careers and lifetime earnings. 

 

  1. Food Insecurity: Demand for food assistance via food pantries and food banks has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The demand appears to be correlated with the unemployment and furloughs through the service sector, as well as school and camps closures, and is not anticipated to abate in the short-term.  Meanwhile, food pantries’ food resources were often stretched prior to the Pandemic and economic fallout.  As dollars available to hunger relief through the CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFRCA) end in December 2020, no new federal funding is currently available to replace these funds. 

 

  1. Utilities Assistance: Heading into the winter, many Coloradans are unemployed, underemployed, or unable to find new work all while having little to no savings and growing expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This segment of the population now qualify as low-income, and are at risk of not being able to afford their utility bills over the coming months. Energy Outreach Colorado applications are up 25% compared to the same time last year, and funding allocated by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session will be distributed by December 4, 2020. 

 

  1. Public Health Response: As the pandemic has entered its third wave in Colorado, additional funds are needed immediately to continue the State’s robust public health response. The call includes a request for funds to ensure the State can continue to protect public health while we await additional federal stimulus and reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Read Governor Polis Executive Order on the 2020 Special Session.
 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provided guidance to the Colorado General Assembly to convene as safely as possible for the 2020 Special Session.

 

In addition, today the Governor also amended the disaster emergency declaration due to COVID-19 in Colorado to make additional funds available for response activities. The Governor also extended Executive Orders temporarily suspending certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19, addressing marriage licenses, and extending a moratorium on evictions. 

11/14/20

Governor Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and made several significant announcements.

 

“I will never give up on Coloradans and I know we have the resolve to do what is necessary to defeat this virus. Cases and hospitalizations have continued rising with over 1100 Coloradans currently hospitalized for COVID,” said Governor Polis. “We simply must do a better job of wearing masks, physically distaning and avoiding social interactions with those outside our households. It’s up to us, Colorado, the time for change is now.”

 

The Governor announced that given the rise in cases across our state, he has ordered the State Emergency Operations Center to return to level 1. This is the highest level of operation and brings together all state agencies, federal partners and the voluntary organizations that serve the State’s communities in crisis. At this level, the EOC can better coordinate and synchronize the State’s response to the pandemic.

 

In addition, the Governor shared that he has signed an Executive Order that will clarify the order of operations for surging hospital capacity for the State of Colorado. The first line of defense is for hospitals to increase their capacity internally by opening up unused space and augmenting their staffing. If further capacity is needed, then hospitals must scale back elective procedures. If patient load continues to surge after these steps the state will support the Colorado Hospital Association to address the interhospital transfer system, and if caseload further exceeds these strategies, alternative care sites will be utilized as a last resort. Hospitals need to exhaust all of their resources before alternative care sites are utilized. 

 

This Executive Order directs all general hospitals to submit a plan to the state with their maximum surge bed count by Wednesday November 18th and a complete surge plan to CDPHE by November 20th, 2020, and must include:

 

  • A detailed plan to potentially increase bed capacity by at least fifty percent (50%) and provide staffing and medical equipment for such increase;

  • Strategies to increase the number of ICU beds by transitioning medical and surgical beds to ICU beds if needed. 

  • A detailed staffing plan, sufficient to provide adequate care for all beds, including those in use or available to patients other than COVID-19 patients.

  • A mandate for elective procedures to be actively managed, reduced and/ or delayed if there is a surge of COVID-19 infections in the county or municipality in which the Facility is located. 

 

It also directs that all hospitals report the maximum number of staffed ICU beds that can be made available for patients in need of ICU level care, as well as the maximum number of staffed medical and surgical beds available for non ICU hospitalization at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. each day. Hospitals and medical providers are encouraged to continue utilizing telehealth and virtual visits as much as possible. 

 

Under current public health orders, hospitals that are at more than 70% capacity or have less than a two-week supply of PPE must actively manage their elective procedures to ensure they have adequate capacity for a surge of patients, which has been the law of Colorado since July. Governor Polis shared that he plans to update both the executive orders and public health order to make it clear that hospitals experiencing stress and strain serving patients must begin a mandatory scale back of elective procedures in anticipation for a surge of patients in the coming weeks. 

 

The Governor extended an Executive Order increasing the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminating cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. The Governor also extended an Executive Order related to criminal justice. Finally, the governor amended and extended an Executive Order concerning multiple fires statewide.  

 

Governor Polis announced the good news that more than one million Coloradans have opted in to receiving the Colorado Exposure Notification technology which went live on all Android and Apple phones last month. Coloradans can visit addyourphone.com for more information or to sign up.

 

In order to scale up testing, the State is partnering with COVIDCheck Colorado, part of Gary Community Investments, who has launched seven testing sites around the metro area that are now open to the general public. 

 

“Through our partnership with the State of Colorado, COVIDCheck Colorado has made fast and accurate COVID-19 testing available to all Coloradans, free of charge, through December 2020,” said Mike Johnston, CEO, Gary Investments.  If you are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19 - Test Now. If you are working in a public facing capacity - Test Regularly. If you feel you need a test for any reason - Test As Needed.”

 

CovidCheck Colorado test are available at the following locations:

 

  • All City Stadium

1495 S. Race Street, Denver, CO 80210

 

  • Cherry Creek High School

4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

 

  • Instructional Support Facility

5416 S. Riviera Way Aurora, CO 80015

 

  • North High School

3125 Eliot Street, Denver, CO 80211

 

  • Mountain Range High 

12500 Huron Street Westminster, CO 80234

 

  • St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center

33 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80504

 

  • Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning Center

15771 E. 1st Ave, Aurora, CO 80011

11/10/20

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will bring on an additional 100 AmeriCorps members to serve in the COVID-19 Containment Response Corps (CCRC) in staggered nine month terms over the next year. AmeriCorps members will support case investigation, contact tracing, resource coordination, test result notification, isolation and quarantine monitoring, and other activities to contain the spread of COVID-19 within Colorado. 


 

"The CCRC is an important part of Colorado's COVID-19 response and the addition of 100 AmeriCorps members will help boost capacity," said Governor Jared Polis. "Coloradans should cancel their social plans for the month of November and the services provided by CCRC like case investigation and isolation and quarantine monitoring are an important resource in the fight against the spread of this deadly virus.” 


 

Conservation Legacy and Community Resource Center will recruit and help onboard the AmeriCorps members, who will all serve remotely. Each will receive a living allowance and an education award of $4,336.50 upon completing their service. Priority will be given to interested candidates who apply by November 13 to start on November 30 or December 13 to start service on January 6, 2021. Interested individuals can find more information and apply at colorado.gov/servecolorado. 


 

“We are so proud of the service AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors have provided, and will continue to provide to the State of Colorado,” said Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. “These individuals stepped up to provide critical support during a challenging time. Because of their service, more Coloradans have received timely information and resources to protect themselves and their loved ones.” 


 

The CCRC is a statewide effort created in June 2020 through a partnership between AmeriCorps, a federal agency; Gary Community Investments; Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service; and CDPHE. Since June, more than 472 AmeriCorps members and 165 AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers have served in the CCRC.


 

CDPHE provided funding for the program and will train all AmeriCorps members. Gary Community Investments secured the technology and equipment necessary for the virtual service. Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is hosting the webpage for CCRCs national service efforts, creating a single point of entry for individuals interested in signing up to serve. 


 

“The COVID-19 Containment Response Corps (CCRC) team owes a huge part of our success to our AmeriCorps members. Since the beginning of this pandemic, they have supported Coloradans by providing knowledge and wherewithal to the general public. During this unprecedented time, they have been essential to assisting the State of Colorado and the COVID response,” said Sarah Tuneberg, COVID-19 Innovation Response Team Lead and 

Senior COVID-19 Advisor.


 

CDPHE partners with the Colorado Public Health Workforce Collaborative to provide training for the national service corps members and volunteers. The collaborative consists of non-profit advocates, governmental agencies, hospitals, and university organizations coordinating efforts to hire, train, and deploy a comprehensive contact tracing and navigator workforce. For more information please contact the collaborative via email at ContactTracing@trailhead.institute. 


 

Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, administers the AmeriCorps program in Colorado and promotes community service throughout the state to build a culture of citizenship, service, and individual responsibility. AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov

The Governor’s presentation can be viewed here.

 

 

11/9/20

Today, Governor Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19. 

 

“Colorado is issuing a requirement to wear a mask indoors for the next 30 days, and as hospitalizations increase everyone needs to do better by socializing only with those who you live with, wearing a mask and staying six-feet apart, so we can get our numbers under control. Early in the pandemic you heard me talk about using a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer -- and that’s exactly what we’re doing now,” said Governor Polis. “Each community in Colorado is experiencing this pandemic differently and we want to be precise in our methods. We also have significantly more information and better tools at our disposal than we did in March, and people know what to do, we just need to do it. Together, I know we can get our state back on track and save lives.”

 

Throughout the pandemic, the State has developed better understanding of how the disease is transmitted, including the efficacy of masks in preventing transmission. The State has also increased access to testing, like that available at one of the State’s free, quick and easy testing sites, increased its supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers and scaled up hospital capacity while consistently working to update safety guidelines and restrictions around the data and science.

 

As mask wearing is a scientifically proven way to help slow the spread of the virus and help save lives, the Governor announced that the State would be extending Colorado’s statewide mask order for an additional 30 days. 

 

The Governor continues to urge all Coloradans to take three key steps to help save lives and prevent the spread of this deadly virus: 

 

  • Interact with only those in your household - This means all Coloradans need to do their best to avoid any social interactions with friends and family outside of their homes throughout the month of November. 

  • Keep your distance - Just because an individual is wearing a mask doesn’t mean they aren’t at risk if they are interacting with others in close proximity. Coloradans have to do a better job of staying six or more feet away from others. 

  • Wear a Mask - The numbers are clear. If an individual wears a mask, they have a much lower risk of getting or transmitting the virus. 

 

Governor Polis emphasized that progress has been made in preventing and treating the virus, and discussed the recent announcement about a vaccine. Colorado submitted the State’s COVID-19 vaccine plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. Coloradans must continue to exercise caution and follow public health best practices.

 

In an effort to do its part to change the trajectory of this virus, state employees, with limited exceptions, in counties with orange or red level incidence will be working remotely through at least the end of November. The Governor also urged local governments and businesses across the state that can do the same to please do so to help slow the spread of the virus. 

 

 

11/6/20

Colorado Continues to Bolster Testing with Addition of Free, Quick, and Easy COVID-19 testing kiosks

Testing kiosks to open at University of Northern Colorado, DIA, pop-ups in communities across Colorado


 

GREELEY - The state is launching new COVID-19 testing kiosks across the state. The first two COVID-19 testing kiosks will open in Greeley at UNC, Denver International Airport (DIA) and based on demand will be strategically deployed to additional communities. CDPHE has partnered with Curative to increase testing in long-term care facilities and in our rural and frontier communities. The testing kiosk at the University of Northern Colorado is at Nottingham Field and will be open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, starting on November 7th at the University of Northern Colorado campus.


 

“Colorado has ramped up our testing capacity and supply procurement throughout this pandemic. We are acting swiftly and strategically when it comes to testing and these new kiosks will help us get more people tested in our communities,” said Gov. Polis. “Testing is a critical tool as is avoiding socializing outside of your home or family unit, steering clear of large gatherings, wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing your hands regularly.” 

 

The testing kiosk in Greeley is a prototype and is quick, easy, and free for all students and staff, as well as the surrounding Greeley community. Walk-ups are welcome, but Coloradans can sign up ahead of time at cur.tv/unc. 

 

In addition, the state is continuing to support mobile test sites and pop-up community testing events communities across the state. There are more than 50 free community testing sites across the state, as well as dozens of locations offered by private providers. The state’s website has a list of locations. The state will continue to work with local partners to meet community testing needs in a manner that best serves their residents.


 

The state is encouraging all Coloradans with symptoms to get tested immediately. Symptoms include: 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. 


 

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or ignore other public health orders, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, avoid large gatherings, and stay home while sick. Anyone who gets tested because of symptoms or because of a possible exposure should be in isolation/quarantine while waiting for the test result. All individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for a full 14 days, even if they have testing done and that testing is negative. 


 

The specific test is an easy to administer oral-fluid swab test that tests for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. The self-collected oral fluid swab involves having the person cough first, which releases the virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is caught in the saliva, and then the patient swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths. Once complete, the patient seals their test within a secure container and returns it to a medical professional to be administered in the lab. Curative provides an end-to-end testing service, managing everything from the supply chain to processing and delivering results. Patients should expect to receive test results within 48 hours via text or email.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

 

 

11/4/20

Governor Jared Polis took action to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Gov. Polis today extended Executive Orders to provide boards of county commissioners with broader discretion and greater flexibility to implement restrictions on open burning, providing relief to public utility customers, and expanding the health care workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities. 

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