3/26/2020 – State of Colorado Activates 2-1-1 Colorado to Connect Coloradans with Human Services Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

(March 26): Today, in partnership with Mile High United Way, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center activated 2-1-1 Colorado to connect Coloradans with human service resources statewide. Coloradans can reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org, by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your Zip Code to 898-211. Do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions unless it is a medical emergency.

 

2-1-1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado to vital resources in their local community. 2-1-1 serves as one central location where people can access over 7,500 health and human service resources.

 

Callers may experience long wait times, as demand for information is high. 2-1-1 Colorado is hiring in order to reduce wait times and meet Coloradans’ needs. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org.

 

2-1-1 provides navigation services to resources such as:

  • Housing, including shelters and transitional services.
  • Rent and utility assistance.
  • Applying for SNAP benefits by phone.
  • Childcare.
  • Food/meals.
  • Transportation.
  • Clothing/personal/household needs.
  • Mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Employment.
  • Education.
  • Medical clinics.
  • Dental clinic.
  • Other government/economic services.

 

2-1-1 will work in conjunction with The Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP), a toll-free hotline for the latest public health information. If Coloradans are looking for general information about COVID-19, such as the number of cases in Colorado, the list of symptoms, or how you can protect yourself, they can call CO HELP by dialing 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911.

 

“2-1-1 Colorado provides an invaluable service to thousands of individuals and families across Colorado. 2-1-1 is committed to meeting the growing needs of our community members impacted by the outbreak, and we are expanding our capacity to reach more people in need of support. We encourage all of our neighbors in need of immediate resources to connect with 2-1-1 Colorado to get help. We are grateful to the State of Colorado for their support and all the volunteers and donors who are supporting us to be able to answer the call,” said Christine Benero, President and CEO, Mile High United Way.

 

2-1-1 Resource Navigators are available to help by phone, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and have access to a language translation service to accommodate over 170 languages. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 toll-free by dialing 866-760-6489.

 

2-1-1 and CO HELP cannot offer medical advice or assistance. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.


3/24/2020 – Delta County has reported its first COVID-19 case. See press release here: Press Release – Delta County – First Case of COVID-19 3-24-2020

NON-Essential businesses MUST adhere to Executive Order D 2020 013 – Instructions and required form can be found here:

http://www.townofpaonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Social-Distancing-Certification-for-Businesses-032320.pdf

3/20/2020 From the Governor – Community Engagement Update

The latest steps we are taking to respond to the Coronavirus threat.

*NEW* COVID-19 Webpage

 

Our administration recently unveiled our new COVID-19 webpage on the governor’s site — covid19.colorado.gov/. This resource will keep you up-to-date on the latest statistics and the latest guidance on how we can protect ourselves and protect our most vulnerable populations.

 

Topline Update

 

As of this morning we have 277 positive cases, 2 deaths, 38 hospitalizations out of 2,952 completed tests.

Furthermore, yesterday, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LDCHE) announced a positive COVID-19 case in a resident of a Long Term Care facility. The facility also has a staff person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to the high-risk nature of residents in the facility, a team of infection preventionists and epidemiologists from CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have been working closely with LCDHE and providing on-site technical assistance and support regarding case investigation, infection prevention, healthcare worker safety assessments, and personal protective equipment.

#DoingMyPartCO

 

On Monday, we kicked off a social media campaign called #DoingMyPartCO where we challenged Coloradans to show how they are practicing best habits to keep themselves and others safe: practicing proper hygiene and social distancing, working from home, avoiding crowded places, and taking it easy on the toilet paper at the supermarket.

 

We’re challenging everyone to take to social media to show how you’re doing your part — consider this an official invitation for you, your organizations, and your networks to be part of the campaign!

 

Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund

 

We’ve also been inundated with calls from across the state from folks who want to know how they can help.

 

The Governor unveiled the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund co-chaired by community leaders Roxane White and Rick Sapkin. In just 2 days we’ve raised over $2.8 million — a remarkable achievement that shows the generous hearts of Coloradans.

 

These funds will supplement the governmental response to coronavirus, and will help pay for things like medical supplies, cleaning supplies, food services, child care for emergency workers, behavioral health support, and so much more.

 

Visit www.HelpColoradoNow.org to donate today! Every dollar counts!

 

And if you’re an organization that is helping with the response, you will be able to apply for funds starting early next week.

 

Help Colorado Now

We know that Coloradans aren’t just financially generous — they’re generous with their time, their energy, and their effort.

The Governor launched our official volunteer effort: Help Colorado Now.

We are looking for volunteers — especially those who are current or retired health care professionals — to help at-risk individuals all across our state with a wide variety of support including health care assistance, mental wellness support, food bank distribution, child care services, and more.

So please visit www.helpcoloradonow.org to sign up to be a volunteer or volunteer leader, and if you are an organization, government agency or non-profit seeking volunteer assistance, we can match you with volunteers in your area or volunteers available virtually.

Donating Blood

In addition to the need for funding and volunteers — we also have an urgent need for blood donations. Blood banks are reporting a sharp drop in donations, attributed to fears about contracting COVID-19.

We want to clear up any misinformation: donating blood is a safe process and people should not be concerned about giving or receiving blood during this challenging time. And while blood isn’t needed for coronavirus treatment, it’s urgently needed for all of the other medical issues that crop up. We need more healthy donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage.

So please visit www.vitalant.org, to find a blood drive or donation center near you.

Federal Loan Assistance for Colorado’s Small Businesses

Colorado small businesses throughout all 64 counties 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. The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans assistance provides low-interest federal loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses that have realized economic injury from COVID-19. Funding was appropriated through the US congressional Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19 can seek federal loans to pay key needs such as fixed debts, payroll, and accounts payable.

Eligibility information, loan application links and emerging economic recovery resources can all be found at choosecolorado.com.

 

Expanding Health Care Workforce

This public health emergency will put enormous strain on our systems and our workforce, particularly for our health care workers. In order to scale up Colorado’s health care workforce capacity, Governor Polis has:

 

  • Asked the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies to cut through the red tape so that medical professionals with licenses in other states can be licensed in CO as quickly as possible.
  • Contracted nurses from out-of-state to help with our communities that have been hit the hardest.
  • Authorized every EMT and paramedic in the state to administer the test for COVID-19
  • Asked doctors and nurses who are not currently out of the workforce or retired to reconnect with their past employers in the event we need surge capacity
  • Reached out to Anschutz Medical school and asked to tap into their network of qualified nursing, medical professionals, pharmaceutical experts, and other graduate students to help conduct COVID-19 testing to help increase our capacity.

 

Emergency Actions To Date

On March 10, Gov. Polis declared a state of emergency in Colorado to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

 

Gov. Polis has since used emergency powers and the capacity of the administration to take additional steps to protect the health and safety of Coloradans — especially our most vulnerable populations — and minimize the economic impact of this crisis.

 

Here are the major actions the Polis Administration has taken so far:

  • Instructed health insurance companies to waive fees and costs associated with testing for coronavirus,
  • Stood up drive-up coronavirus testing facilities and work with private partners to expand the state’s testing capacity,
  • Ensured that workers in food service, hospitality, health care, child care, and education have access to paid leave so that they don’t come into work sick, and access to unemployment insurance in the event that they become infected,
  • Ensured that state workers, including those working in our 24-hour facilities, have the flexibility to take time off if necessary for testing, treatment, and recovery,
  • Restricted visitation to facilities that serve our most vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions to keep them safe,
  • Established guidelines for school, university, and child care facility closures to protect children, parents, educators and staff.
  • Banned gatherings of more than 10 people, and encouraged Coloradans to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.
  • Ordered the closure of downhill ski areas for one week, from March 15-22.
  • Advised visitors and residents of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties — areas with high community spread — to minimize contact with others and self-isolate.
  • Ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, breweries, coffee houses, food courts and other establishments that serve food or beverages — which may remain open for takeout, delivery, and room service — as well as other congregation spaces such as gyms, casinos, and performance spaces. And updated the order to include the closure of personal services including hair or nail salons, spas, or tattoo or massage parlors.
  • Closed Department of Motor Vehicles facilities and taxpayer service centers to the public; many services will be available over the phone and online, and processes and operations will continue behind the scenes.
  • Spearheaded the #DoingMyPartCO campaign to spread awareness about the need for social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus in communities.
  • Applied for a Medicaid 1115 waiver from the federal government to enroll uninsured patients who are impacted by coronavirus and ensure continuity of coverage and services for Medicaid and CHP+ members.
  • Applied for an Appendix K waiver to protect against limits on services and cut red tape for long term care, I/DD and other HCBS patients.
  • Secured a statewide disaster declaration through the Small Business Administration (SBA) for federal funding in order to provide relief for Colorado’s small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Worked with providers to expand telemedicine capacity to delay elective surgeries
  • Launched HelpColoradoNow.org, the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 volunteer response effort,
  • Launched the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund to marshal private funds to pay for prevention, impact, and recovery
  • Established a system of emergency child care for emergency workers so that they can have peace of mind that their children are safe and being cared for while they are heroically engaging with the crisis at hand.
  • Temporarily suspended elective surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment and ventilators, needed to combat COVID-19.
  • Directed the Secretary of State’s Office to limit in-person contact regarding elections and operations in the Secretary of State’s Office. This includes the suspension of any in-person filings of forms, statements, applications or any other documents.
  • Ordered the emergency regulation that establishes a special enrollment period (SEP) for uninsured Coloradans to get health insurance. Coloradans who lose their job, or who may lose their job in the coming weeks, and thus lose their employer-based health insurance will be allowed to enroll in individual health insurance plans.

 

Best Practices

The best thing you can do right now is encourage your family and friends to stay home. This will help reduce the spread. Also, practice good hygiene and social distancing in order to keep yourself and others safe — especially vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing from others — at least six feet apart.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If someone at your home is sick, avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Choose a  separate room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.  Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms as needed when someone is sick. All of these ways of preventing the spread of CO-VID 19 are also effective in preventing the transmission of the flu or seasonal colds. Smart hygiene practices make us all healthier.

3/17/2020 PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING:

Social distancing is an effective public health strategy to prevent the spread of disease. If you need to go out in public, please stay six feet away from others. http://ow.ly/T95850yOacL #COVID19colorado

3/16/2020

Good afternoon. The Town of Paonia website will be updated as new information regarding COVID-19 is provided.  Our Facebook page will have an update, even if to say there is no update, each morning and evening – as time permits.

We continue to follow direction from the state health department.

Our number 1 concern is always public safety.  All necessary services remain available to you.  In order to keep staff healthy and working for you we ask that:

Bag all refuse and household waste. Our public works staff are less likely to come in contact with contaminates if the trash is not loose.  We tip the cans manually.

Do not flush items such as baby wipes, flushable wipes, paper towels, and napkins. These do not break down easily and can cause serious issues with the Town sewer system, as well as cause back-ups on your line or further down, coming back up in someone else’s home or business.

  • Consider ways you can reduce exposure
    • call Town Hall with questions or concerns 970-527-4101
    • e-mail with questions or concerns Corinne@townofpaonia.com
    • use online bill pay townofpaonia.com
    • mail in your payment’s PO Box 460, Paonia CO 81428
    • Use the night drop box
  • Utilize good hygiene
    • Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant regularly – don’t forget things like doorknobs, cabinets, refrigerators, phones, counter tops, mailbox handles, car handles, etc.
  • Social Distancing
    • If you need to go out, can you pick up something for another?
    • Offer greetings without touching
    • Avoid unnecessary groupings of others
  • Take care of yourself
    • Eat healthy foods
    • Hydrate
    • Stretch and Exercise
  • Take Care of others
    • Reach out via telephone
    • Write a letter
    • Use social media
  • Do you know of a need in our community?
    • Please reach out and let us know how we can be of service.
  • The North Fork Senior Connections is able to provide the following:
    • telephone check-ins, grocery/med pick-ups/delivery, meal delivery” to seniors.
    • Contact is 527-3482 or nfseniorconnections@gmail.com to ask for services or to volunteer to help.

3/13/2020

The Town of Paonia is closely following the state and county health department direction regarding COVID-19.  I have – and will continue – to maintain close contact with other communities in our county to share information and remain up to date as information becomes available.

What we are doing now:

  • Confirming remote working capabilities for critical Town staff.
  • Encouraging increased hand washing and routinely disinfecting commonly touched and inhabited areas of the Town Hall.
  • The Tuesday night municipal election candidate forum will be held but is closed to public attendance. The forum will be live-streamed and archived via the Town of Paonia YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2mZDPKrwEAf5T-x3Camtow
  • We are postponing the scheduling of public meetings for upcoming projects including the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan and focusing on information sharing via e-mail and conference calls.
  • I encourage all community members to mail in or pay utility bills online via the Town website: www.townofpaonia.com.
  • The state and county have hotlines to keep up to date on information and for generally asked questions.
  • Delta County Health Department’s hotline 970-874-2172 will be updated with the latest information on any Delta County cases that test positive at the state lab.
  • People who have general questions about COVID-19, can call the state’s help line, CO HELP, at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish (Español).
  • For additional information on COVID-19, please visit the following resources:
  • Colorado Department of Health and Environment page at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.
  • Centers for Disease Control page at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
  • For Regional Resources visit Mesa County Health Department’s page at https://health.mesacounty.us/news/.
  • Coronavirus Fact Sheet (English)
  • Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Corinne Ferguson

Administrator/Town Clerk

Link to Delta County Notices: http://deltacounty.com/688/Coronavirus-19
Link to video press release: March 5, 2020 – Governor Jared Polis: https://www.facebook.com/jaredpolis/videos/210933673609903/

Key information:

  • Colorado has its first case of COVID-19.
  • The case is in an out-of-state visitor to Summit County, a male in his 30s.
  • The case had known exposure to the virus through close contact with a person with COVID-19 outside of Colorado.
  • Because testing was conducted at the state level, the case is a “presumptive positive,” and will be sent to the CDC for official confirmation.
  • The state is acting on all “presumptive positive” cases as if they were confirmed because a quick response is essential to minimize the spread of the virus.
  • Public health practitioners are investigating and will attempt to notify anyone else who may have been exposed because of this case.

DENVER (March 5, 2020): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting that the state laboratory has a positive test result for COVID-19 today. The case presented itself in a male in his 30s, who had contact with a known case of COVID-19. Because the testing was done at the state level, the case is a “presumptive positive” and results will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. To act as swiftly as possible, the state will proceed as if the case is officially confirmed.

The individual is recovering in isolation in the Denver metro area and will remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. The department is working with the local public health agencies to identify any close contacts who may have been exposed while the person was infectious. Public health practitioners will attempt to contact anyone who may have been exposed and monitor them for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

“We are hopeful that the patient will have a swift recovery,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Like other states, we expected to begin seeing cases in Colorado and that is why we have been preparing for the past couple of months, in conjunction with local public health agencies and healthcare partners. Our goals are to protect the public from the disease, get people the care they need, and minimize disruption to daily lives.”

The department continues to work closely with CDC and public health agencies across the state and is committed to protecting the health and safety of Coloradans.  Health officials advise Coloradans to stay informed, take simple disease prevention measures, and prepare.

  • Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer; use your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes 
  • Stay home if you’re sick; keep your children home if they are sick. The illness can last for many days so  make preparations now to work from home if possible.
  • We advise Coloradans to always be prepared for an emergency– like a large snowstorm– and have a plan for your family.  Make sure to have 72 hours of key supplies on hand like medications, infant formula, diapers, pet food, etc. FEMA guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is available on Ready.gov.
  • Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email  COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
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