COVID-19 Corona Virus - How You Can Prepare

06 Apr 2020 09:54 #61 by ScienceChic
State provides COVID-19 modeling data

DENVER (April 5, 2020): The state today released additional COVID-19 modeling data to the public. Governor Jared Polis first provided an in-depth analysis of the data during a press conference on March 27. The state will continue to review data as it evolves to inform future policy decisions.

The modeling data was produced by an expert team that the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled to assist the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in understanding the potential course of the pandemic in Colorado.

Drawing on expertise from the ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and the University of Colorado in Denver and Boulder, a team of volunteer experts modeled the pandemic using approaches tailored to Colorado, updating the modeling as the disease continues to spread in the state.

The team uses a fundamental approach: the SEIR model. The basics of the models are intuitive: prior to infection, individuals are susceptible (S) and once exposed (E) and infected (I) they are contagious, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic; those infected may recover and become resistant (R) or become sufficiently ill to need hospitalization and possibly critical care and to die. This standard model is thus abbreviated as the SEIR model.

Another important number in the model is the reproductive number (R0), that is, the average number of new cases generated per infected person at the beginning of the outbreak. (The Governor has referred to this number as the “R naught.”) If that number exceeds one then the infection will spread. Various figures for R0 have been reported at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic from different parts of the world, ranging from about 2 to 5. The reproductive number depends, in part, on the frequency of contacts between infected and uninfected individuals. The goal of social distancing, which we are all experiencing now, is to reduce these contacts and lower the reproductive number with a target value below one so that contagion ends. A critical question is: How much social distancing is needed to control the epidemic, and how long does it need to be in place?

The tables below provide two sets of numbers provided to CDPHE and the Governor’s Office. The numbers provided are for critical indicators and show the variation by the value of R0 at the beginning of the outbreak and the effectiveness of social distancing at reducing the contact rate, ranging from none to an 80% reduction. When these numbers were calculated, the team found that the R0 value for Colorado was likely above 3. To capture the uncertainty in R0 and the effectiveness of social distancing, estimates are provided for a range of values.

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Model R0 3.5 4.0 with SD 0 to 80

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Model R0 3.0 4.0 SD 0 to 60

The Colorado modeling team has continued to refine its models as the data accumulate on the course of the pandemic. There are other models that provide estimates for Colorado, but those models are not as closely linked to the state’s data.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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06 Apr 2020 19:08 #62 by ScienceChic
Governor Polis has just extended the Stay At Home Order through April 26, 2020
www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2527154850857854

From Jeffco Colorado Public Health:
Please continue to stay at home, and only leave if you must for critical services and activities. Public health models show social distancing is working, and we must all continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, visit: www.jeffco.us/4030/Stay-At-Home-Order

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07 Apr 2020 15:18 #63 by ScienceChic
From my friend Luca, a volunteer firefighter :
Would you like to do something for the ICU doctors, nurses and staff working at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic? How about buying them meals?

My friend Mary Nguyen is the owner/chef of Olive & Finch in Denver, and has come up with a great idea - Match a Meal For ICU Workers. By donating $13.50, you can buy a nutritious Chef driven and scratch made meal for a Denver metro ICU worker, while also supporting restaurant jobs.

www.oliveandfincheatery.com/matchameal

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10 Apr 2020 18:23 #64 by Mountain-News-Events
More testing, temperature checks among steps Colorado will take before lifting stay-at-home order
By: Ryan Osborne, Denver Channel, Apr 08, 2020

"The next week of data is going to be absolutely critical," Polis said Wednesday, noting that the impact of the stay-at-home order was just beginning to reflect in data. "If we can achieve 70% [social distancing], we'll be in great shape."

Polis said the state would provide guidance to businesses how to return to work before lifting the order, including the maximum size for gatherings and how restaurants can re-open and in what form.

When asked about the possibility of widespread testing — either for the virus or antibody testing to determine immunity for the virus — Polis said the state would have a presentation on that topic before the April 26 lifting of the stay-at-home order. Polis said the plan includes much greater testing but also temperature checks and steps to avoid unnecessary gatherings.

"Testing will be done at a much greater scale," Polis said. "Those details are forthcoming."


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12 Apr 2020 19:08 - 13 Apr 2020 14:04 #65 by Mountain-News-Events
From the Office of the Park County Coroner


Park County Coroner Office
David E Kintz Jr - Coroner
Office: (719) 836-4340
Fax: (719) 836-2847
PO Box 1742
Fairplay, CO 80440
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Press Release

April 12, 2020

The Park County Coroners Office can confirm that a 39 year old male resident of Florida died from COVID-19 at a residence in the county on April 11, 2020. Park County Public Health conducted a disease tracing investigation and have determined that the risk to Park County Citizens is low.

We remind you to follow recommended guidelines for social distancing, using a face cover in public and stay at home unless absolutely necessary to leave.

For more information on COVID-19 please visit: parkco.us/755/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19

parkco.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=582


BOCC Special Work Session

Park County Contact: Tom Eisenman, County Manager
719.836.4203
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Fairplay, Colo. (APRIL 12,2020) –

As the COVID -19 pandemic progresses, and in response to individuals traveling though and to Park County and to individuals not following the State amended Public Health Order 20-24, (3-25-2020) Implementing Stay at Home Requirements.

The County Commissioners are holding a special work session, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:30 am, to discuss a local Public Health Order to limit the Health impact from COVID-19.

Please refer to the Park County website; www.parkco.us to link in to this virtual meeting.

For editorial information, please contact Tom Eisenman, County Manager, at (719) 836-4203 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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13 Apr 2020 13:22 #66 by Mountain-News-Events
As we previously posted:
Park County Considers Closing To Visitors After Florida Man Dies, Tests Positive For Coronavirus
CBS Denver, April 13, 2020

PARK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The coronavirus-related death of a Florida man visiting Park County has authorities in that state considering closing the county to visitors. Summit and Gunnison counties have already closed to visitors.


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20 Apr 2020 16:35 - 20 Apr 2020 16:45 #67 by ScienceChic
Gov Polis is outlining right now the plan moving forward. We're moving from "Stay At Home" to "Safer At Home" with a phased-in approach of opening some businesses beginning April 27th to May 4th. The Governor is emphasizing that we must maintain social distancing as much as possible. General public measures are for people to stay at home except when absolutely necessary, wear face masks when out, no gatherings over 10, and avoid unnecessary travel. Critical businesses can open with strict precautions, retail can open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions. Offices can open at half capacity, symptom checks should be done, and telecommuting maximized.

Restaurants and bars will remain closed for dining in, takeout and delivery continue, reduced capacity opening will be phased in as more data comes in. (See all the slides below)

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As Colorado Stay-At-Home Order Nears End, Gov. Polis Outlines New Phase Of Coronavirus ‘Marathon’
By Dave Burdick, Colorado Public Radio | April 20, 2020

Ahead of the April 26 scheduled expiration of the statewide stay-at-home order, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy outlined what life in Colorado might look like as soon as next week.

“As it rolls off April 27, we need to figure out how to run the marathon now that we’ve run the sprint,” Polis said. “I hate to break it to you, but the easy part was the sprint.”

Herlihy said that to move forward without exceeding the state’s hospital capacity, Colorado needs to maintain social distancing, encourage elderly Coloradans to exercise further caution, people need to wear masks in public, and the state will need to pursue aggressive case detection and containment.

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22 Apr 2020 14:11 #68 by Mountain-News-Events

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25 Apr 2020 15:02 #69 by Mountain-News-Events
JCPH Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May 8

Jefferson County Public Health has issued a public health order extending the state’s Stay-at-Home order in Jefferson County through May 8, 2020, with a key revision to support non-Critical businesses. This extension will help protect our community from COVID-19 as we continue to work aggressively to reduce the high rates of the virus in our county and across the Denver Metro Area.

The key difference between the statewide Stay-at-Home order and the Jefferson County extension, though, is the allowance for non-Critical Businesses to begin to offer curbside delivery of products. Additionally, travel to pick up these goods is now included in the definition for necessary travel.

Extending the order through May 8 is necessary for Jefferson County because, unlike some areas of the state that have less population density, we have not yet seen a decline in daily COVID-19 cases, nor do we have sufficient testing capacity or data about community compliance. Each of these benchmarks are key factors in the decision to phase toward reopening.

Please see the full order and read JCPH’s official news release.

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What is Permitted?
You can leave your residence:
  • NEW: Per the Jefferson County Stay-at-Home extension order issued on April 24, Non-Critical Businesses can now begin to offer curbside delivery of products. Travel to pick up these curbside services is also permitted.
  • To obtain food and other household necessities for themselves and their family or household members.
  • To engage in outdoor activity locally, such as walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking or running.
  • For purposes of outdoor activity, parks will remain open to the public to engage in walking, hiking, biking, running, and similar outdoor activities but all playgrounds, picnic areas, other similar areas conducive to public gathering, and attended areas shall be closed.
  • To perform work for critical industries or governmental functions.
  • To care for a family member, a vulnerable person or pet in another household, or to care for livestock kept at a location other than an individual’s home.
  • To seek medical care.
  • An exempt business may deliver those services or supplies to others, such as food, pet supply, other household consumer products, and products or equipment necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of a residence.
See the State Order for a complete list.
See and print the poster for easy reference to what is permissible and non-permissible activities during a stay-at-home order.

What is Not Permitted?
  • All gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason other than critical business or government functions are banned.
  • UPDATED: All non-critical businesses statewide are closed to the public. However, per the Jefferson County Stay-at-Home extension order issued on April 24, non-critical businesses can now begin to offer curbside delivery of products. Travel to pick up these curbside services is also permitted.
  • All non-critical businesses are permitted to perform minimum basic operations to ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate employees of the business to work remotely from their residences (with compliance with social distancing requirements).
  • Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout and delivery options are permitted.
  • Theaters, sports venues, casinos and other gathering places are closed.

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25 Apr 2020 15:09 #70 by Mountain-News-Events

JCPH Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May 8

Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has issued a public health order extending the state’s Stay-at-Home order in Jefferson County through May 8, 2020, with a key revision to support non-Critical businesses. This extension will help protect our community from COVID-19 as we continue to work aggressively to reduce the high rates of the virus in our county and across the Denver Metro Area.

“No two communities in Colorado are the same, and each community has different needs as we look to the next stages of response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have to consider what impact opening too soon could have on those in our community and region, and take a phased, science-based approach to reopening,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health. “By working together across the heavily-populated Denver Metro Area, where we have much higher rates of COVID-19, we can reduce some of the confusion and most importantly, protect the health of our residents.”

The key difference between the statewide Stay-at-Home order and the Jefferson County extension, though, is the allowance for non-Critical Businesses to begin to offer curbside delivery of products. Additionally, travel to pick up these goods is now included in the definition for necessary travel.

“Our goal has always been to reduce the severity of this crisis with as short a disruption to people’s economic livelihoods as possible. We hope this update to enable non-Critical Businesses to begin operating in this manner helps us start to get back on our feet,” said Johnson.

Extending the order through May 8 is necessary for Jefferson County because, unlike some areas of the state that have less population density, we have not yet seen a decline in daily COVID-19 cases, nor do we have sufficient testing capacity or data about community compliance. Each of these benchmarks are key factors in the decision to phase toward reopening.

In addition, extending the order for a brief period will allow more time for JCPH to develop and implement strategies in partnership with our business community on how to safely reopen, as well as to communicate with the public about the most effective ways to protect themselves in the face of a rapidly changing pandemic. It will also allow us to ensure our strategies are equitable and reflect the needs of our community as a whole.

Though the statewide Stay-at-Home order is set to expire on Sunday, April 26, Gov. Jared Polis directed local public health officials to implement data-informed strategies at the local level that best meet the needs of local communities. The decision to extend the order within Jefferson County was made after collaboration with public health officials across the Denver Metro Area, as well as with local business owners, community members and elected and appointed officials in Jefferson County. Today’s order from JCPH also means that the new Safer-At-Home order announced by the Governor will not be in effect in Jefferson County.

To read the full order, please click here.

For more information about COVID-19, including more information about the Stay-at-Home order, a summary of county-level case data and a variety of resources available to support our community, please visit www.jeffco.us/coronavirus .

About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit www.jeffco.us/public-health . You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.
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Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Guidance on Critical vs. Non-Critical Business Professions
Please consult the following lists for guidance concerning the “critical” versus “non-critical” designations of DORA-regulated professions and services in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Once you have located your professional license type, we encourage you to read any associated Executive or State-Issued Public Health Orders for further direction, and to be aware of the mended and extended Statewide “Stay-at-Home” Order issued by Governor Jared Polis, effective April 6 through April 26, 2020, as well as any county or city specific health or “stay-at-home” orders. Other COVID-related communications and notifications, separated by profession, can be found on DORA’s website.

“Critical Professions” Under DORA’s Purview (Note: The following professions must still adhere to the mandates in Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective, non-emergency procedures**, as well as the social distancing requirements in Amended Public Health Order 20-24, and apply telehealth practices as recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) where possible):

NEW: Executive Order D 2020 027, issued April 6, 2020, has extended the temporary cessation of all elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures prohibition through at least April 26, 2020. These measures were previously enacted by Executive Order D 2020 009.

Acupuncture (ONLY if providing services through a medical office or practice and if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Addiction Counselor
Advanced Practice Nurse
Anesthesiologist Assistant
Athletic Trainer (ONLY if providing services through a medical office or practice and if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Audiology
Certified Nurse Aide
Chiropractic (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Dental (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Direct-Entry Midwife
Hearing Aid Provider (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Licensed Practical Nurse
Marriage and Family Therapy
Massage Therapy (ONLY if providing services through a medical office or practice and if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Medical
Naturopathic Doctor (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Nursing
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapy (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Optometry (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Osteopath
Pharmacist
Pharmacy Intern
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Therapy (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Physician
Podiatry
Professional Counselor
Psychology
Psychiatric Technician
Registered Psychotherapy
Respiratory Therapy
Social Work
Speech-Language Pathology (ONLY if adhering to Executive Order D 2020 027 prohibiting elective procedures)
Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technology
Veterinary
**Note: Rural and critical access hospitals are exempt from this Order, but are strongly
advised to comply on a voluntary basis. Rural and critical access hospitals are,
however, directed to comply with CDC guidelines for PPE preservation. Please refer directly to the order for further clarification in this area.

Non-Critical Personal Services Professions (Must adhere to the mandates in Public Health Order 20-22 regarding cessation of business activity, whether operating out of a business or a home):

Acupuncture (operating in a NON-medical practice)
Athletic Trainer (operating in a NON-medical practice)
Barber
Cosmetologist
Cosmetology Salon
Dental Hygienist
Esthetician
Hair Stylist
Massage Therapist (operating in a NON-medical practice)
Nail Technician
Critical, Non-Healthcare-Related Services Professions (Allowed to Operate in Compliance with Executive Order D 2020 024 and Amended Public Health Order 20-24):

Appraisal Management Company
Architect (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Accountancy Firm
Accountant (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Bail Bonding Agents
Banks
Call and Demand Transportation Service (depending on need)
Community Association Manager (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Credit Unions
Electrical Apprentice
Electrical Contractor
Electrician
Electric Utilities
Fire Crew Transport
Funeral Home and Crematory
Gas Pipeline Safety
Hazardous Materials
Homeowners Association
Household Goods Movers (depending on nature of the job)
Insurance Agents (Producers) (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Insurance Companies
Insurance Intermediaries (Public Adjusters) (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Investment Adviser
Investment Adviser Representative (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Medicaid Client Transportation
Money Transmitters
Mortgage Broker Dealer
Mortgage Loan Originator
Natural Gas
Nontransplant Tissue Banks
Plumber
Plumber Apprentice
Plumber Contractor
Professional Engineer (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Professional Land Surveyor (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Rail
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Broker (for the purpose of completing real estate transactions)
Savings and Loan Association
Securities Broker Dealer
Securities Sales Representative (if role cannot be performed remotely)
Shuttle Service (with limits)
Single Trip Hazmat
Steam
Taxi
Telecommunications
Title Insurance
Tow Trucks
Towing Carrier
Transportation Network Company
Trust Company
Water Conditioning Contractor, Installer, and Principal
Water Utilities
Wholesale Drug Outlet

Non-Critical Services Professions (Subject to “Stay-at-Home” Order as of March 26, 2020):

Boxing Official
Boxing Promoter
Combative Sports (see also Public Health Order 20-23)
Charter Scenic Buses
Charter Services
Children’s Activity Buses
Fantasy Contest
Kickboxer
Kickboxing Official
Land Surveyor Intern
Luxury Limousines
Mixed Martial Arts Contestant
Off Road Charter
Outfitter
Passenger Tramway
Preneed Contract Seller (Funeral)
Private Investigator
Subdivision Developer

This information was last updated on April 13, 2020 at 2:45pm.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, including Governor’s announcements and Public Health Orders issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), please regularly visit covid19.colorado.gov .

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