Governor’s Community Engagement Update on COVID-19

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February 26, 2021

Carlena here with the Governor’s Community Engagement team! In an effort to continue to provide you with an official update from the Governor’s office, below are some updates and information that the Governor provided. We appreciate your support in helping to share these updates with your network. With the rise of COVID-19 in Colorado, it is critical that Coloradans continue taking critical safety precautions like wearing your mask, staying at least six feet away from others, and limiting any socializing to your household.

Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

Topline Update

Over the last 11 months, the State has seen 426,198 total cases, 23,438 hospitalizations, 2,565,792 completed tests, and 5,940 total deaths (5,874 are due to COVID). Every death is a tragedy. There are families and friends mourning across our state today and we keep them in our thoughts.

Yesterday, February 25, the State reported 1,521 new positive cases and 358 hospitalizations.

In terms of new cases, 5 of the last 14 days have had an upward trend in the 7-day moving average of newly reported cases. In terms of hospitalizations, 7 of the last 14 days have had an upward trend in the 7-day moving average of new hospitalizations. The deadly virus continues to be very prevalent in our state right now, and it remains critical that people wear masks, stay at least six feet away from others, and avoid socializing with people outside their households whenever possible.

This case data is broken down by various categories, is updated daily, and can be found here.

Colorado Exposure Notifications: You have the opportunity to further protect yourself and your loved ones with a feature on your phone that notifies you if you have been exposed to someone contagious with COVID-19. By opting in through your iPhone device settings or downloading the app onto your Android device, you can better protect yourself and your family.

Testing: If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please get a free, quick, and easy test. Visit covid19.colorado.gov/testing to find a testing site near you.

Vaccine Progress Toward Goals

Today, Governor Polis was joined by CDPHE Incident Commander Scott Bookman and Brigadier General Scott Sherman to provide an update on Colorado’s vaccination goals and an expansion of the vaccine prioritization list.

The Governor is proud of the great progress we’ve made since those first doses came to Colorado back in mid-December. The Governor gave his thanks to the State’s COVID-19 response team and the thousands of men and women across our state who are working day and night to ensure that there is an arm for every dose and that we are administering the vaccine as equitably as possible.

To date, Colorado has administered 882,703 first doses of the vaccine and 423,237 second doses.

In Phase 1A, we’re near the finish line with the majority of these workers having received both doses of the vaccine — 90% of frontline healthcare workers and nearly all residents and staff in long-term care facilities across the state have been vaccinated.

In Phase 1B.1:

  • 90% of moderate-risk health care workers and first responders have received their first dose.
  • 67% of all Coloradans ages 70 and older
  • And the Governor is proud to report that we are 96% of the way toward our goal of vaccinating 70% of Coloradans 70 and older by the end of the month!
  • It is anticipated that we are on target to reach this goal.

The Governor reminds Coloradans 70 and older who may not have received their vaccine just yet to please be patient and know their time will come soon to get vaccinated.

In Phase 1B.2:

  • We have vaccinated 37% of all Coloradans age 65-69.
  • The State is 67% of the way toward the goal of vaccinating 55% of Coloradans 65-69 by March 5.
  • 64% of educators and child care workers have received their first dose.
  • The State is 86% of the way toward the goal of vaccinating 75% of educators and child care workers by March 5.

Vaccine Supply Update

Since the beginning of this pandemic, Governor Polis has approached the vaccine distribution process in a way that is equitable, saves the most lives, and ends the immediate public health crisis as soon as possible, and this continues to be our guiding light. It’s why the State has prioritized our most vulnerable including our frontline health care workers, Coloradans 65 and older, our educators, and more.

Brigadier General Sherman today provided an update on the projected vaccine supply coming from the federal government. From March 1 to March 21, Colorado expects to receive:

  • 477,570 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available for first doses,
  • 375,632 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available for second doses,
  • And while the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine is pending, supply for Colorado is estimated at 45,500 for March 1-7 and 400,000 by March 21.

The Governor remains hopeful that Colorado could see an increase in our weekly supply in March, but until there is confirmation from the White House, the State is planning based on the number of vaccines that are confirmed.

Updated Phase 1B.3

Nearly a month ago, the Governor announced that the State would begin vaccinating Coloradans in Phase 1B.3 in March. Given what the State knows about our vaccine supply, we will be moving forward with these vaccinations in a phased approach that maximizes the doses available and provides access to those who continue to be at risk.

Starting March 5, Phase 1B.3 will include:

  • People age 60 and older
  • Frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture
  • People 16-59 with 2 or more high-risk conditions

To see the full list of classifications for Coloradans eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1B.3, go to this link.

There are approximately 958,508 Coloradans that are newly eligible for vaccination in the 1B.3 category, so it’s going to take some time before everyone can get their vaccine. For some Coloradans in 1B3, it could be next week, for others it could be in a few weeks, or even a month, but patience is key to ensure this phase happens smoothly and efficiently.

How to Sign Up: Coloradans in Phase 1B.3

Next week, the State will provide more detailed information on how Coloradans can sign up for their vaccine. Please find preliminary guidance below:

  • People age 60 or older – If you are 60 or older, you may contact a local vaccine provider listed on this webpage about setting up a vaccine appointment. For more information, you may call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By mid-March, regional PODs can be utilized by this group to receive their vaccine.
  • Frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers – People in agriculture or meatpacking facilities who work in close contact with many people, especially indoors, may contact their employer about scheduling a vaccine appointment. Cargill Meat Solutions and JBS meatpacking plants will be vaccinating their facility employees. If your employer is not offering vaccinations, you may contact a local vaccine provider listed on this webpage. You may be asked to provide a recent pay stub to verify you are in this phase. If you are a small agricultural business that needs help connecting with a provider to vaccinate your employees, please fill out this form:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L3OksvDyPailnNRO_2dtjVHjzRLtIexcUZ6MYMyYQ_o
  • Frontline essential grocery store workers – People who work in grocery stores in close contact with others may schedule a vaccine appointment through their store’s pharmacy. If you work in a grocery store that does not have a pharmacy, you may contact your local public health agency about scheduling a vaccine appointment. You may be asked to provide a recent pay stub to verify you are in this phase. Contact information for each county’s public health agency is listed on this webpage.
  • People age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions – You will be asked to self-attest that you have at least two of these conditions. People with two or more high-risk conditions may contact a local vaccine provider listed on this webpage to find out more about scheduling a vaccine appointment.
  • For more information, you may call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • By mid-March, regional Community Vaccination Sites can be utilized by this group to receive their vaccine.

For businesses/entities representing Frontline Essential Workers in 1B.3 who need assistance connecting with a COVID-19 vaccine provider or making a COVID-19 vaccination plan for their employees or members please fill out this form.

Phase 1B.4

Starting in late March, Phase 1B.4 will include:

  • People age 50 and older
  • Student-facing higher education
  • Frontline essential workers in: Food/restaurant services, Manufacturing, US postal service, Public transit and specialized transportation, Public health, Human service workers, Faith leaders, Direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness, Journalists
  • Continuity of local government
  • Continuation of operations for state government
  • Adults who received a placebo during a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial
  • People 16 – 49 with one of the following higher-risk conditions

To see the full list of classifications for Coloradans eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1B.4, go to this link.

It is estimated that there are 2,503,310 Coloradans who will be newly eligible for vaccination in Phase 1B.4. The State will be providing more information on this next week, with an anticipated date to start vaccinating this group in late March.

How to Sign Up: Coloradans in Phase 1B.4

Phase 1B.4 populations: Coloradans in these groups will be vaccinated through their employer or through regional Community Vaccination Sites.

Community Vaccination Sites

In addition to the hospitals and pharmacies that have worked day and night to help vaccinate Coloradans, the State is setting up regional large-scale Community Vaccination Sites as part of the “Vaccines for All” campaign to support the increased vaccine supply that we anticipate receiving over the next few weeks. These sites will allow for more efficient vaccination across the state and increase vaccine accessibility for all Coloradans.

The State has worked with experts to take the necessary steps to ensure Colorado’s vaccine supply keeps up with our demand. By waiting a short couple of weeks to start vaccinating the next group of Coloradans, we reduce the risk of completely depleting our state’s supply. And by establishing Community Vaccination Sites, we’re putting the infrastructure in place to sooner be able to vaccinate all Coloradans.

The State will continue to partner with providers and local public health to support small and medium-sized vaccination sites all over the state in addition to these large-scale sites to reach all Coloradans.

By March 15, the State plans to open Community Vaccination Sites in the following counties:

  • Denver – Ball Arena
  • Adams – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
  • Mesa – Grand Junction Convention Center
  • El Paso – Broadmoor World Arena
  • Larimar – The Ranch Events Complex
  • Pueblo – Pueblo Mall

Vaccine Reminders for Coloradans

As Colorado gets ready to move into the next phase, Governor Polis reminded Coloradans of a few key points:

  • People in previous phases continue to remain eligible as we move through the phases.
  • Providers will continue focusing on Coloradans 65 and older.
  • The State continues to work on clarifying wayfinding for essential frontline worker groups.
  • When ready, this information will be posted on covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/where-can-i-get-vaccinated.

Stay Safe and Be Patient

This is one of the largest undertakings that any state – any country – has ever tackled, and getting to where we are today is no small feat. However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before we are through the immediate public health crisis and we cannot let our guard down when it comes to battling this pandemic.

Vaccines are the key to a future without this pandemic. The last year has been challenging, but with each step of the way, Coloradans have shown grit and perseverance. And now, as we are in the final stretch of this public health crisis, Governor Polis asks that we not lose focus now.

The journey is not over, the race is not yet won.

Until the vaccine is widely available, we all need to continue to follow critical public health guidance. Prevention methods still include:

  • Wearing a mask in public
  • Maintaining at least 6 feet physical distance from others not in our household
  • Avoiding large crowds
  • Washing our hands often
  • Staying home when we are sick

Stay safe and be well, Colorado.

Resources

The resources below are helpful to ensure all Coloradans are clear on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. Communicating accurate information to all of Colorado’s diverse communities is of utmost importance to make sure everyone feels safe and aware of the vaccines’ vital role in combating this pandemic.

Multilingual Fact Sheets:
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/multilingual-covid-19-resources?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

What is true about the COVID-19 vaccine:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html
https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-faq

Communication Toolkit for Migrant Workers, Immigrants, Other Limited-English-Proficient Groups:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/communication-toolkit.html

Hispanic/Latino/a and African American hesitancy:

Latinos Are Hesitant to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine, But We Can Build Trust

African American national survey for COVID-19 vaccine trust:

National Survey: Black Adult Perspectives on COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines

Hispanic/Latino/a COVID-19 vaccine FAQs and research:
https://www.unidosus.org/issues/health/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-eng

State of Colorado Job Openings

We are looking for new individuals to fill the following positions! Please feel free to share these openings with your networks.

Executive Communications & Policy Specialist, Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
* Description: The position requires strong and in-depth knowledge of health policy in order to be able to understand and synthesize the complexities of emerging industry information, and develop cogent executive-level messaging that drives clarity and goal achievement. The position is expected to write in plain language with a person-centered approach and produce the quality of work necessary to support the CEO of a $12 billion organization. In non-pandemic times, this position is primarily expected to work in person in the office and travel with the Executive Director to her in-person meetings; some intermittent statewide travel and telework is possible.
* Application Closing Date: 2/28/2021
* Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2968914/executive-communications-policy-specialist

Minority Business Office Director, Office of the Governor
* Description: The MBO Director is responsible for working with various business and community groups, including the Minority Business Advisory Council (MBAC) to develop and implement the MBO strategic plan.
* Application Closing Date: 3/4/2021
* Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2984840/minority-business-office-director

Colorado Tourism Office Director of Communications, Office of the Governor
* Description: The CTO Communications Director creates and directs a media strategy to attract high-potential travelers to Colorado and increase understanding of CTO’s mission; manages crisis communications and in-state media relations, and works collaboratively with contracted Public Relations (PR) vendors to secure and track placements in targeted travel media.
* Application Closing Date: 3/9/2021
* Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2981928/colorado-tourism-office-director-of-communications

CDOC Director of Correctional Industries (Non-Classified), Department of Corrections
* Description: Are you a dynamic leader with a passion for criminal justice reform? Do you want to make a difference in transforming the lives of others? If this describes you, the Colorado Department of Corrections is recruiting for a new position that will lead the Division of Correctional Industries.
* Application Closing Date: 3/11/2021
* Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2982261/cdoc-director-of-correctional-industries-non-classified

Director of Environmental Health and Protection, Department of Public Health & Environment
* Description: The Director of Environmental Health and Protection develops a department-wide vision for environmental health and protection, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Colorado’s Governor, and serves as an advisor to both. The position assesses and develops complex environmental policy options in the face of competing interests and opinions, promotes innovation and scientific advancement of the environmental health field, and assures the efficient and effective resourcing and functioning of environmental health and protection services, including the regulatory divisions.
* Application Closing Date: 3/11/2021
* Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2983542/director-of-environmental-health-and-protection-1661

State Boards & Commissions Openings

We are continually looking for qualified candidates to serve on almost 320 boards and commissions that oversee a large variety of subjects and make a wide range of decisions affecting your day-to-day lives as Coloradans. These boards are a tremendous opportunity for Coloradans to help govern and give back to the great state of Colorado. You can find upcoming openings and immediate openings due to resignations below:

Upcoming Openings/ Openings Due to Resignation:

* Commission on Aging
* Office of Public Guardianship
* Agricultural Commission
* Coroners Standards & Training Board
* Statewide Independent Living Council
* Mined Land Reclamation Board
* Regional Air Quality Council
* Venture Capital Authority
* Stock Inspection Commissioners
* Board of Directors of Colorado Humanities
* Ground Water Commission

To apply, fill out an application at this link. To see other Boards and Commissions openings for the rest of 2020 and part of 2021, you can visit this link.

If you have any questions about Boards and Commissions, please contact Nikky Patel, Deputy Director of Boards and Commissions at gov_officeofboardsandcommissions@state.co.us

We greatly appreciate your help to share information during this crisis, and we will continue to send regular updates. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or needs from our office. My cell phone is 505-382-8624. Thank you for doing your part.

We are all in this together!

You can view the Governor’s press briefing and listen to his full remarks here.

Thanks,
Carlena Sanchez
Community Engagement Coordinator
Office of Governor Polis
C 505-382-8624
200 E. Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203

200 E Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203 
https://www.colorado.gov/governor/