State of Colorado COVID-19 Update, 3/17/2020

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This information comes from Governor Jared Polis’ office.

 

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Topline Update

As of today, we have 160 positives in the state, with 20 hospitalized. But that’s just what the testing is telling us — we know that there are likely thousands in the state.

The state can confirm completed test results on about 1,216 people by the state lab since testing started on February 28.

Private labs are required to report positive test results to the state.

Private labs are not required to report negative test results to the state, so we are not reporting total testing numbers for the state.

 

Public Health Order Announcement + Unemployment Questions

Today the Governor made an announcement on a public health order for the temporary suspension of dine-in service at restaurants and bars. Establishments can remain open but for takeout, delivery, and room service only. In addition we are closing gyms, theaters, casinos, and other non-essential places where large groups can gather. We will have the text of the Health Order from CDPHE available to the press by this evening. See below for a snapshot of what this public health order does.

Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Division is responding to questions from both employers and workers impacted by closures as a result of the Coronavirus. Employees who see a reduction in hours or layoffs are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits, which can provide partial wage replacement, at coloradoui.gov. We expect to see a dramatic increase in claims from workers and questions from employers in the coming days and we are working to reassign staff within the Labor Department dedicated to responding to these questions. We would encourage impacted workers who may have skills that are needed in our health care industry to consider temporary work in health care to meet the demand that this crisis will place on our health care workforce. We know that we will need extra staff to contend with a surge in cases in the very near future.

 

Social Gatherings

Yesterday, CDPHE announced that we are following CDC guidance on crowds of 50 people or more. We are looking into further steps that we can take in this area but we want to make sure that the policy will work for facilities and critical services such as child care centers and others. The message is clear: just avoid large gatherings altogether. Stay home as much as you can.

 

#DoingMyPartCO

Today we are launching the Doing My Part CO campaign where we’re encouraging folks to do the right thing and share it on social media with the hashtag #DoingMyPartCO and challenging 5 friends to do the same.

Good things to share are photos or stories of folks who are:

  • practicing proper hygiene and social distancing
  • working from home
  • walking or taking your car instead of taking public transit
  • Face-timing with grandma instead of going to visit her
  • getting groceries or medicine for an elderly neighbor
  • And taking it easy on the toilet paper at the supermarket

These are all positive steps that folks across our state are taking to address social distancing. Share them on social media and then challenge five friends to do THEIR part too.

Mountain community visitors to minimize social contact

One additional announcement to note is that due to extensive spread of COVID-19 in a number of mountain resort communities, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly recommends that anyone who lives in or has visited those communities in the past week minimize their contact with other people, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.

 

Analysse Escobar, Deputy Community Engagement Director

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