The COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is certainly not like anything we have seen before as a legislature. Thank you to everybody for hanging in there while we continue to work hard to do what’s best for Coloradans during this time. The legislature is recessed until March 30th, and we are all working full-time from home right now. There will be an Executive Committee meeting next Thursday, March 26th, to talk about next steps regarding the legislature.
Here is a summary of all of the important updates, announcements and actions from the Governor’s office and the Legislature at this time:
- State of
- On March 10th, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency. For details related to the emergency declaration, please go to this website.
- Bans on Large
Events, Dining-in, and Nonessential Services
- On March 16th, Governor Polis ordered all bars & restaurants to cease dine-in service, limiting only to take-out & delivery, as well as the closure of large gathering spaces such as gyms, casinos & theaters and ski resorts.
- On March 18th, Governor Polis issued a ban on gatherings of 10 or more people.
- On March 19th, Governor Polis announced that all nonessential personal services including hair salons, tattoo parlors, and spas will be added to the public health closures effective immediately.
- On March 20th, Governor Polis announced that restaurants that have liquor licenses can now sell liquor and alcohol for take-out.
- School Closures
- On March 18th, Governor Polis issued an executive order that all in-person instruction at schools in Colorado will be suspended through April 17th. More information can be found here.
- Drive-Up Testing
- On March 11th, CDPHE opened a first-in-the-nation drive-up testing lab for COVID-19.
- Read the official communication from the Governor on the lab.
- Check the guidelines on how and when someone should get tested for COVID-19.
- On March 9th, Governor Polis asked the Division of Insurance to issue formal guidance to health insurance carriers to promote telehealth services and to waive co-pays, deductibles, coinsurances and cost-sharing for people to be tested for COVID-19.
Here is a list of useful resources and recommendations by category:
- Colorado Government COVID-19 Updates – Special website created by the State of Colorado for accurate, reliable and up-to-date information on COVID-19.
- The Colorado General Assembly has compiled a list of resources here.
- Information on COVID-19 Confirmed Cases/Other Data – Accurate numbers on COVID-19 confirmed cases, recovered cases, and more.
- Help Colorado Now Program for Donations & Volunteer Efforts – If you want to help out in your community during this time, information can be found here.
- CDPHE’s COVID-19 Recommendations
- COVID-19 Facts for Coloradans – Basic information about COVID-19, including how it spreads, symptoms and severity, and who is at risk.
- The IRS announced on March 18th that the turn-in date for both Federal and State taxes has been pushed back to July 15th
- CDC’s COVID-19 Guidelines & Recommendations
- FEMA’s General Pandemic Preparedness Guidelines
Health Care Information:
- Connect for Health Colorado – There is currently a Special Open Enrollment Period for healthcare coverage from March 20th to April 3rd, created in an attempt to help Coloradans who are either uninsured or about to be uninsured due to COVID-19. Information on how to enroll can be found in the link.
- COVID-19 Testing Information from CDPHE
Workplace, Labor & Employment Resources:
- Information for Businesses & Workplaces:
- Information Regarding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Assistance Loans – Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek loans.
for Colorado Workers:
- Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Emergency Paid Leave Rule – This rule is meant to limit the spread of highly contagious disease & enables workers in at-risk occupations to access testing.
- Unemployment Insurances – During layoffs, all employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance through the CO Department of Labor & Employment. Those who are job-attached (meaning workers will be expected to return after a separation of up to 16 weeks) should file as “job-attached”.
- Work-Share Program – May allow certain employees who have reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits through CO Department of Labor & Employment.
- Connecting Colorado – State database for job seekers.
- Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation: Information on FECA Coverage for COVID-19 – FECA provides workers’ compensation coverage for employment-related injuries & occupational diseases.
& Nutrition Resources:
- Colorado Emergency Childcare Collaborative – for healthcare workers, including critical support staff, & emergency first responders.
of Locations for Meal Sites from individual school districts.
- If you do not see your district, look for their contact information on this website and reach out for more information.
- CO Department of Human Services Food Distribution Household Programs for households in need of food assistance.
- Hunger Free Colorado’s Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Housing & Utility Resources (Regional):
- Fraud Prevention Resources:
- Stop Fraud CO Program from the Attorney General’s Office
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