COVID-19 Corona Virus - How You Can Prepare

25 Mar 2020 16:31 #51 by ScienceChic
Governor Polis is issuing a statewide Stay At Home Order beginning Thursday March 27th and going through Saturday April 11th. He has also sent a request to President Trump to declare all of Colorado a statewide disaster emergency so as to open up additional resources to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.
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"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill

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28 Mar 2020 10:28 #52 by Mountain-News-Events
Joy's Kitchen today at Westwoods Church.

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29 Mar 2020 15:24 #53 by ScienceChic
Gov. Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19
Friday, March 27, 2020

DENVER - Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and discussed the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions the state is making as well as the updated public health order that corresponds with the stay-at-home executive order.

“I continue urging my fellow Coloradans to stay home whenever possible. This global pandemic is not a competition about what you think you can get away with. The data we put forth today shows that staying home is crucial to saving lives. These are not statistics on a page, these are your neighbors, your friends, and even your family members,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “Our community and our economy will come out of this stronger than before but that means everyone must do their part.”

The Governor thanked Dr. Jon Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health and his team who have been working hard to put together the modeling data in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Governor provided a slide by slide presentation for members of the media and the general public today. View the slides the Governor presented today here.

Gov. Polis and the Department of Health and Environment also updated the public health order corresponding with the stay-at-home executive order. The changes include:
  • Critical businesses must comply with a stay at home and social distancing requirements and should minimize staff to those who are critical to the functioning of the business.

  • Necessary travel now includes transporting children between separate households pursuant to a parenting plan or other agreement governing parental responsibilities and non-residents returning to their place of residence.

  • Essential government services now include airports, activities related to the conduct of elections, and local governments

  • Minimum basic operations now include filling online product orders and to process customer orders remotely.

Read the updated public health order here.

Today, the Governor also signed executive orders today allowing Coloradans to get their marriage licenses without going in person and allowing the state to access additional funds from the Disaster Emergency Fund. Click to view D 2020 018 and D 2020-014.

During the press conference, Gov. Polis continued to urge Coloradans to stay home and practice social distancing. He also urged employers to follow social distancing requirements and implement telework options or staggered work schedules to protect the health of their employees.

Watch today’s press conference here.

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The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill

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29 Mar 2020 15:49 - 29 Mar 2020 15:52 #54 by ScienceChic
National Institutes of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page
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Jeffco COVID-19 Case Summary


According to the Canyon Courier, as of March 26, there were 13 confirmed cases in Evergreen. We know there was one case of a Conifer High School student as well.


Use of disinfectants: alcohol and bleach


Coronavirus Rumor Control
FEMA.gov, Last Updated: 03/28/2020

The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.

Always go to trusted sources of information like coronavirus.gov or your state and local government’s official websites or social media accounts for instructions and information specific to your community.

For more information on the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.gov. You can also visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) response page for more updates on the federal response. Follow state and local officials as well for instructions and information specific to your community.

  • Are older people and those with existing conditions the only ones at risk for coronavirus?
  • Is FEMA deploying the military?
  • Is the government sending everyone money?
  • Is there a national lockdown or quarantine?
  • Should I stock up on food and supplies?


"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill
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30 Mar 2020 19:29 #55 by MountainTownAlerts
Attorney General Phil Weiser warns about coronavirus relief check scammers

Anyone who claims to be able to send the money now is likely a scammer.

March 30, 2020 (DENVER, Colo.)— As the coronavirus public health crisis takes a growing toll on Coloradans, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser today issued a consumer advisory warning that scammers are already trying to take advantage of Coloradans by using the checks the federal government is scheduled to send many Coloradans as a part of the coronavirus stimulus package as bait to encourage Coloradans to share bank account numbers or other sensitive personal information.

“As Congress worked to complete the first COVID-19 economic stimulus package, scammers were already working to deceive Coloradans and take advantage of those eagerly awaiting federal relief,” said Weiser. “It’s important to remember that the federal government hasn’t issued a single stimulus check yet, and will not call you on the phone to ask for sensitive personal information. Anyone who calls claiming to be able to send money now—and asks for your personal information—is a scammer.”

The following are some ways to protect yourself from government check scams:
  • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being finalized. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money.
  • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number.
Most Americans will receive up to $1,200 per person in coming weeks, as part of an historic $2 trillion stimulus package that was signed into law Friday. Parents will receive up to another $500 for each child under age 17.

If you are eligible for a payment, you will receive a payment directly from the IRS. The IRS specifies on its website that no sign-up is required, and there is no need to call. The agency will post additional information, when it’s available, at www.irs.gov/coronavirus .

If you notice any scams, fraud, price gouging, or other attempts to take advantage of Coloradans during this public health emergency, contact Stop Fraud Colorado at 800-222-4444 or StopFraudColorado.gov.

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30 Mar 2020 19:40 #56 by MountainResourceCenter
We have new pantry hours for the week of March 30th-April 2nd. Please share this information with friends and family!

If you’re planning to visit the pantry this week, we have a couple of requests that will help make the drive-thu line safe and efficient. Please make sure that you have a free space in your vehicle for the food box before you arrive at MRC. We are asking that you stay in your vehicle during the whole visit. If you have pets in your vehicle, please make sure they are secure. It is also very helpful and appreciated if you can wipe and disinfect your door handle, trunk handle, etc. before arriving to MRC. Thank you all for your help!
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01 Apr 2020 11:38 - 01 Apr 2020 11:39 #57 by ScienceChic
Jefferson County Public Health @JeffcoPH 6m
Rocky Mountain Urgent Care in Lakewood is testing for COVID-19. Healthcare workers and first responders are prioritized, and individuals must have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to receive a test. This is an urgent care visit with applicable copays.

"Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T'Challa, Black Panther

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. ~Winston Churchill
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03 Apr 2020 12:51 #58 by Mountain-News-Events
Remote Learning Continues Through End of School Year

Dear Jeffco Public Schools staff, students, and families,

On Wednesday, April 1, Colorado Governor Jared Polis extended the state-wide suspension of in-person instruction at all public and private schools through April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. School districts have been encouraged to work with their local county health departments for further guidance on how to proceed.

After consultation with Jefferson County Public Health and in coordination with other districts in the metro Denver area, we have made the difficult decision to suspend in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. We will continue on our path delivering remote learning for students and remote work for staff through the end of this school year, 2019-2020.

The key factor leading to this decision is guidance from county health officials and the information shared in the Governor’s announcement that the impact of COVID-19 is likely to peak from mid-April through possibly July. This creates a significant safety risk for all of our students, families, and staff members and because of that determination, we believe extending our remote learning program is a wise step for us to take as a district and a community.

The joint statement below reflects this similar action taken by 14 metro-area school districts. We believe that making this decision at this time will bring clarity and reduce some of the uncertainty being experienced by our students and families.

We know there are many unanswered questions, including the status of graduations and other end-of-year events, final exam schedules, preparing buildings and classrooms for end-of-school-year closures, and construction plans. We are working to determine the answers to these, and other questions, and we will be sharing that information as soon as possible. We appreciate your ongoing support, trust, and patience as we work through these challenging issues and uncertain times as a community.

Jeffco Public Schools

April 3, 2020

Dear Community Members,

As many of you know, upon becoming aware of the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado and the myriad concerns inherent, school superintendents took action several weeks ago to protect students, staff and the community. We have been working hard to provide leadership guidance to families throughout Colorado. As school superintendents, we consult and collaborate many times each day to share thinking and to problem solve as a regional group.

Two days ago, on April 1, Governor Polis announced extended closures of schools in Colorado through April 30, 2020. Over the past several weeks, we have spoken regularly and often to public health officials and state officials to better understand the timeline and path forward for the year, both with regard to COVID-19 and “traditional” school year expectations. We understand that there are not specific answers to exactly how and when we return to “life as normal” during this unprecedented health crisis. Given that, we must rely upon our best judgement and place safety above all else.

What is clear is that there will not be definitive, universal guidance to proceed as normal. Rather, there will be a gradual lifting of restrictions and a step-by-step return to normalcy. What we do know is that once the “Stay at Home” orders are lifted, we will continue to have restrictions on social distancing and the size of group gatherings for at least several weeks, if not months. Given the nature of a school environment (classrooms, passing periods, buses, playgrounds, etc.), these restrictions are not practical within the school setting. As such, there does not appear to be a viable way for us to convene traditional in-person learning this school year.

Collectively we believe, and are making the decision, that in the best interest of the children, staff, and the communities that we serve, our schools will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

A significant consideration in making this decision today is guidance from the respective health departments serving our districts. Many models currently show that the impact of COVID-19 is likely to peak in the last week of April. Even once COVID-19 reaches its peak in Colorado, we know that there will be an equivalent amount of time after the peak in which the virus continues to pose a significant threat. The continued safety and public health risk this presents for our students, staff, families, and communities moves us to take the step of extended closure to in-person learning through the balance of the school year.

Additionally, providing a concrete direction now with regard to in-person learning for the duration of the school year allows us to focus our energy and attention to addressing questions and concerns, rather than ongoing uncertainty. It will also allow us, as school district leaders, to shift to a proactive stance in that we can begin to plan for completing the current year remotely, and returning to school in August when we are able to joyfully welcome our students, staff and families back into our buildings.

Making this decision was extremely difficult. We do believe, however, that this is the right decision given all of the information that we have received from health experts and state officials. Our teams have been hard at work developing quality remote learning opportunities for our students. Please know that the health and safety of our students, staff and families is paramount. We believe that finishing this school year through remote learning is one of the most effective ways in which we can do our part to avoid exposing anyone to unnecessary risk.

Sincerely,
Chris Fiedler
27J Schools

Chris Gdowski
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Don Rangel
Adams 14 Schools

Rico Munn
Aurora Public Schools

Scott Siegfried
Cherry Creek School District

Karen Quanbeck
Clear Creek School District

Susana Cordova
Denver Public Schools

Thomas Tucker
Douglas County Schools

Wendy Rubin
Englewood Schools

Jason Glass
Jeffco Public Schools

Brian Ewert
Littleton Public Schools

Charlotte Ciancio
Mapleton Public Schools

Patrick Sandos
Sheridan School District 2

Pamela Swanson
Westminster Public Schools


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03 Apr 2020 12:59 - 03 Apr 2020 20:45 #59 by Mountain-News-Events
Platte Canyon HS @PCSDPCHSHuskies 1h
PCSD1 Offers Free GrabandGo starting Mon., April 6
Who: All community students (up to 18 years old).
When: Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm
Where: DCES bus lane

How: Open trunk/hatch prior to approaching the front entrance. Indicate how many bags are needed. PLEASE STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE.
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PCSD1 Offers Free Grab-and-Go Breakfast/Lunch Starting Monday, April 6
Starting on Monday, April 6, PCSD1 Nutritional Services staff members will be distributing bag breakfasts/lunches to all community students (up to 18 years old).

When: Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm

Where: Deer Creek Elementary bus lane/front entrance

How: Please open your trunk/hatch prior to approaching the front entrance. Indicate to staff how many bags are needed. For the safety of all involved, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE. PCSD1 staff members will place the bags in your vehicle. You may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time.

Kudos to N.S. Director Stephine Galyean and her team for putting this together for our community.

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03 Apr 2020 15:10 #60 by Mountain-News-Events
Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates from April 3, 2020
Denver Channel 7 | April 3, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday asked all Coloradans to begin wearing cloth facemasks when they leave their home for essential activities, such as grocery shopping.

"At this point, a cloth face mask or scarf should be part of everybody's personal hygiene practices and social distancing measures," Polis said. "When you're out of the home, you should use a mask at all times."

www.coloradomaskproject.com/

Governor Polis Livestream Press Briefing on Facebook April 3, 2020

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