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Community Leaders,

Kara 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 stay safer at home whenever possible, and limit any socializing to within your household.

Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

Topline Update

The State currently has 121,006 cases, 2,353 total deaths (2,158 are due to COVID), and 9,714 hospitalizations out of 1,287,081 completed tests. Every death is a tragedy. There are families and friends mourning across our state today and we keep them in our thoughts.

In terms of new cases, 14 of the last 14 days have had an upward trend in the 7-day moving average of newly reported cases. And in terms of hospitalizations, 11 of the last 14 days have had an upward trend in the 7-day moving average of new hospitalizations.

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

A new feature on your phone notifies you if you may 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.

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

COVID-19 Trends

Today, Governor Polis was joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy to provide an update on the latest COVID-19 modeling from CDPHE, and emphasized the importance of taking three important steps to slow the spread of the virus during the month of November: 1) Interact with only those in your household 2) Keep your distance 3) Wear a Mask.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Governor has been proud of Coloradans’ response. By no means have these last few months been easy, but we have risen to the challenge. Colorado was one of the first states to reopen our economies and by many standards, we have fared better than our neighboring states throughout the year.

However, we are experiencing a shift. We have now surpassed the hospitalization level we fought in March. And unfortunately, it is likely that we will surpass peak hospitalizations seen back in April over the next 24 hours.

The data provided a stark reminder to Coloradans that cases and hospitalizations continue rising at alarming and unsustainable rates:

  • Colorado has had three waves of illness:
    – Spring, Summer, Fall (current)
  • At this point, we are at our highest case count since the beginning of the pandemic:
    – Yesterday, over 3,000 (3,369) new positive cases were reported, the highest number reported in a single day.
  • As of today, we have exceeded our Spring peak of hospitalizations.
  • Disease rates vary by county, however, most counties in the state have experienced a rise in cases:
    – 53 Counties in local mitigation efforts
    – 28 Counties with Stay at Home levels of incidence
  • Every week our hospitalizations have increased faster than the previous week.

Our healthcare system will be put at risk if we remain on our current path of disease transmission, which projects that we could surpass our ICU hospital bed capacity in late December. At that point, hospitals would need to go into surge capacity.

We need to get back to doing what we know works best. Each of us has a responsibility to do our part by wearing masks, avoiding gatherings with people outside of our households, physically distancing, and washing our hands. So, let’s do it.

Step Up, Colorado

It is painfully apparent that Coloradans have become complacent over the last few weeks. Factors like lapses in following guidelines, more time indoors due to approaching colder weather, holiday season travel, and flu season, means that we must renew our commitment to taking life-saving precautions.

As part of Colorado’s “Step Up” campaign, Governor Polis previewed a video that is out online and on television, sharing three key steps that Coloradans need to take during the month of November in order to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Interact with only those in your household: This means we all need to do our best to avoid any social interactions with friends and family outside of our homes throughout the month of November. Of course, Coloradans will continue essential activities like going to work.
  • Keep your distance: Just because you’re wearing a mask does mean that you are not at-risk while interacting with others in close proximity. We need to do a better job of staying six or more feet away from others.
  • Wear a mask: The numbers are clear. If you wear a mask, you have a much lower risk of getting or transmitting the virus.

In the video, Dr. Herlihy mentions the statistic that about 1 in 145 Coloradans in Denver are contagious with COVID-19. Today, that number is closer to 1 in 100, which demonstrates just how quickly the situation is changing. During the press conference, Dr. Herlihy also pointed out that Colorado’s hospitalizations have nearly reached the peak the state hit this Spring, and showed a visualization of the time lapse of one-week incidence per 100,000 people over the past several weeks.

You can watch the video linked above and other videos in English and Spanish here.

Cancel Your Social Plans

Governor Polis has a difficult message for Coloradans: Cancel your social plans. The Governor is tired of this virus too. There will be a day when we can all gather together again without our masks, but we are not there yet.

The Governor encourages Coloradans to postpone social plans for the next few weeks — or even a month. This may sound like a daunting task, but if done together and immediately, we have the opportunity to change the trajectory of these trends for the end of the year.

It all comes down to the power of choice. Think twice before deciding to host a dinner party with a group of friends or choosing not to wear a mask when you’re around people from outside of your household. These decisions ultimately put yourself and others at risk, jeopardize efforts to reopen our economy and make it that much harder for local businesses to remain open.

This is a wake up call. Let’s show the grit we need to bear down, cancel our social plans, avoid interactions with others, and get through this together.

Election Update

Governor Polis today spoke to what Coloradans have been seeing over the past 48 hours since Election Day. Here in Colorado, we saw our biggest voter turnout in state history and further cemented our status as a national model for holding safe, secure, and reliable elections.

The Governor thanks Secretary of State Jena Griswold and her team, and the county clerks and volunteer election judges across our state, who worked tirelessly to ensure that Colorado is counted among the places in the nation to cast a ballot.

Coloradans spoke clearly, casting their ballots for change at the federal level.

Colorado voters also voted to ensure that Colorado can continue to be one of the best places in the nation to live, work, and play. Coloradans:

  • Overwhelmingly supported a measure to provide free preschool to every four-year-old in our state;
  • Repealed the Gallagher Amendment to support our firefighters, small businesses, and local communities; and
  • Provided tax relief for every Coloradan and paved the way for broader fiscal and tax reform.

While many of us are ready for this election to be over, uncertainty remains surrounding the outcome of the presidential race, along with many other federal races — and we must be patient in waiting for those final results.

It’s clear that our country remains divided, and for many people, this election was all too personal. Maybe you lost a loved one to COVID-19 or have seen your business suffer because of the pandemic or suffered job loss.

The Colorado Way means that regardless of your political affiliation or the outcome of this election, we remember that above all else, we are Coloradans, and we come together when times get tough. And now more than ever is the time to come together to emerge stronger and more resilient from this pandemic.

Share Your COVID-19 Experience

We know this has been a very challenging time for everyone. We have lost thousands of Coloradans to this virus and thousands more continue to be impacted as cases continue to increase.

Your story might help others make good decisions. If you are comfortable sharing how COVID-19 has impacted your life, please do so at this link:

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.

Director of Disease Control and Public Health Response, Department of Public Health and Environment
• Description: This position exists to lead the Programs/Branches in the Disease Control and Public Health Response Division. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Leadership and Management, Supervision and Appointing Authority, Quality Assurance/Process Improvement, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Provide Disease Control and Public Health Response Advice, Manage legislative and regulatory activities, and Other Duties as Assigned.
• Application Closing Date: Today, 11/05/2020
• Apply:

Workforce Area Director for South Eastern and South Central Regions, Department of Labor and Employment
• Description: As the person overseeing the workforce system in the South Eastern and South Central Regions, you will directly supervise staff and oversee a team of up to 35 people, including contract staff. You will work closely with your peers from other areas around the state, who are supported by a central administrative unit, and overseen by the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium (CRWC) Director. The Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium is housed within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
• Application Closing Date: 11/09/2020
• Apply:

Director, Unemployment Insurance Division, Department of Local Affairs
• Description: The Director of Unemployment Insurance is an influential leader responsible for cultivating public and private partnerships across the state and nation to ensure Colorado reaches its goals, while remaining at the cutting edge of the Unemployment Insurance field. This position establishes the mission for UI to lead and direct the divisions and programs in Unemployment Insurance in support of the Executive Director and Governor’s vision. The Director guides the development and implementation of the division’s strategic direction, identifies and communicates the division’s priorities, and effectively manages resources, people, and operations toward achieving the CDLE’s mission and goals.
• Application Closing Date: 11/12/2020
• Apply:

Senior Health IT Manager, Office of eHealth Innovation
• Description: The Office of eHealth Innovation is responsible for defining, maintaining, and evolving Colorado’s Health IT strategy to improve health for Coloradans through coordinated health IT infrastructure, policy, and innovation. The Office of eHealth Innovation was formed as a direct result of a consensus between public and private stakeholders on the need of Health IT governance. Executive Order B 2015-008 established Colorado’s Office of eHealth Innovation and the eHealth Commission, with fiscal and administrative support from Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). The Office and eHealth Commission continue efforts in 2020 and beyond focused on advancing priorities of the Polis-Primavera Administration. The Senior Health IT Project Manager reports to OeHI through the Project Management Office within OIT. This role is responsible for implementing key Roadmap initiatives and collaborating with stakeholders to ensure strategies and projects align with evolving state and community needs.
• Application Closing Date: 11/13/2020
• Apply:

Professional Land Surveyor- Denver Metro, Department of Transportation
• Description: The primary purpose of this position is to ensure plans and legal descriptions comply with state statutes, department policy, and contract stipulations. Other primary functions require development and certification of right-of-way plans, by signing and stamping plans. This position also conducts project control, topographic, and land boundary surveys, relating all coordinate information to geodetic coordinates using published control.
• Application Closing Date: Continuous
• Apply:

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:
• Statewide Independent Living Council
• Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee
• Colorado Human Trafficking Council
• 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission
• Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission
• Minority Business Advisory Council
• State Housing Board
• Air Quality Control Commission
• Sickle-Cell Anemia Advisory Board
• Urban Drainage and Flood Control Districts
• Water Conservation Board
• Water Quality Control Commission
• Health Facilities Authority Board of Directors

Immediate Openings Due to Resignations:
• Food Systems Advisory Council
• Employee Ownership Committee
• Chemical Demilitarization Citizens Advisory Commission
• Colorado Commission on the Aging

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

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 to me with any questions or needs from our office. My cell phone is 720-982-5204. 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.

Deputy Community Engagement Director

200 E Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203