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Tuesday, May 11, 2020
Analysse 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 includes some updates and information that the Governor provided. We appreciate your support in helping to spread these updates to your network.
Quick Links to Stay Up to Date
We currently have 19,879 cases, 987 deaths, and 3,663 hospitalizations out of 106,761 completed tests. We are thinking of these families and communities during these trying times.
This case data is broken down by various categories, is updated daily and can be found here.
As of yesterday, the daily growth rate is down to 0.9%. This is the first time the daily growth rate in cases has been below 1% growth. Daily hospitalizations are back down to 0.1% growth. We also hit a daily testing record last week of 4,500 tests in one day. We will be continuing to grow our testing capacity, materials, and sites in the weeks and months ahead to meet this challenge.
Governor to Meet with the President
The Governor will travel to Washington on Wednesday for a meeting with the President to discuss additional resources for Colorado’s recovery and response efforts.
C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock
Over the weekend, Coloradans were shocked by videos on social media of the C&C Coffee and Kitchen illegally operating in violation of public health orders. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment believes that C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock is causing an imminent health hazard. As such, CDPHE is using their authority under the Colorado Food Protection Act to take action to suspend the license of the business indefinitely until it can be established that there is no longer a threat to public health. In addition, Tri-County Health is also working on enforcement actions and the state is supportive of those efforts.
The Governor expressed his extreme disappointment regarding businesses disobeying the law, subjecting themselves to legal penalties or even worse — the illness and death of employees and patrons. The Governor reiterated that he will do what is necessary to protect public health and preserve the rule of law. The Governor calls on all Coloradans and all businesses in our state to do their part, exercise caution, and follow the law.
State Campgrounds to reopen May 12
Starting tomorrow, May 12, camping can resume in state park campgrounds, unless the host county objects. Camping must be done with observance of social distance and sanitation guidelines, and accept campers by reservation only.
For now, we are still urging Coloradans to recreate locally. For camping, be sure to pick up fuel and supplies in your home area — please do not overwhelm stores close to recreation areas. These areas have limited health care capacity and the consequences of an outbreak could be severe.
Timeline for Decision-making
Today, the Governor shared the timeline for deciding if we can further relax restrictions on our economy and society.
The state takes into consideration a number of factors in this decision-making process, including:
- What level of suppression of the virus have we been able to achieve?
- What is our ability to do testing and containment?
- Will this decision put vulnerable populations at significantly greater risk?
- Does our health care system have the capacity to handle a surge?
- What’s the level of risk vs. societal / economic / psychological reward?
- Is the policy sustainable?
And finally, we need the ability to continue to monitor and evaluate what’s working and what’s not.
To be clear these dates are not potential opening days. These are the days when we believe we will have enough data to make a decision. We simply need more time to collect data on how Coloradans are behaving during the Safer-at-Home phase.
After the decision is made if there is a safe way to partially loosen the restrictions, the Governor will announce when the following activities could take effect.
- SKIING: On May 25, we will decide whether ski resorts can be open for Spring skiing at the end of May, only of course if the host county wants them open.
- RESTAURANTS: On May 25, we will decide if we can begin phasing in restaurants and at what level. We are working hard with stakeholders to explore how to keep both employees and customers as safe as possible.
- SUMMER RESIDENCY / DAY CAMPS: On May 25, we will also decide whether we can open summer residential and day camps in June, and if so, under what conditions. I know kids and parents are eagerly awaiting a decision on that.
- After June 1, we will modify the Safer at Home order further to phase in other things like summer activities and public spaces like libraries. I will make these decisions on a rolling basis, based on the latest data and evidence, but just like in we tried to give an accurate picture for May towards the end of April, we will try to give an accurate picture for what June looks like so people can plan accordingly by the end of May.
None of us can know in advance what the actual decisions will be, because that will depend on what the data is telling us about how peoples’ behaviors. If we are doing a good job keeping our distance, staying at home, wearing masks or facial coverings when we go out, then it will show up in the data, and we will have more flexibility to remove additional restrictions on our economy. On the flipside, if folks aren’t following the Safer at Home order, it will show up in the data, the rate of spread and hospitalizations will begin to tick up, and we may need to hold off or go in the opposite direction. Let’s continue to take this seriously.
Partnership for At-Home Literacy
A strong literacy foundation is important for making sure that every child in our state gets a great education. The COVID-19 crisis has made it challenging for many of our Colorado kids to receive the education that they need because many don’t have access to the internet or a laptop. We cannot let the COVID-19 crisis get in the way of our youngest learners acquiring the skills they need to be successful in school and in life.
That’s why we are so excited to be announcing a partnership between Rocky Mountain PBS, The Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Education Association, Gary Community Investments, and the Colorado Education Initiative, called Colorado Classroom: Learning at Home! Programming will start a week from today, next Monday, May 18th, at 8 am.
Every Monday through Friday for the next five weeks, Rocky Mountain PBS will provide 2 hours of standards-aligned K through 3 literacy and English language development lessons by master teachers to students across the state – from the Eastern plains to the Western slope – on Rocky Mountain PBS’s station. Rocky Mountain PBS services at least 98% of Colorado’s households with high-quality programming at no additional cost to families.
This partnership will help bring high-quality, standards-aligned programming in both literacy, and English language development, to help ensure every child has a strong foundation.
This initiative will feature eight amazing Colorado teachers from across the state who will be designing exciting, interactive and fun lessons for all students with a focus on language development.
View a a short video example of the programming – CLICK HERE
I want to thank the Colorado Education Association for generously providing the funding for educator stipends to our excellent master teachers for their time and expertise. I want to also thank Rocky Mountain PBS and all of our partners for all of their work to support Colorado Classroom: Learning at Home, and hope you will all tune in!
Furthermore, I want to thank One Book Colorado, run by Serve Colorado – The Governor’s Commission on Community Service, for featuring archived One Book videos featuring beloved Colorado sports figures and other celebrities.
If you want more information on educational materials, resources for kids, and other free resources during the COVID crisis please visit stayathomeco.colorado.gov/
Aerial Parade / Fundraiser
On Thursday, a group of local aviators will donate their time and resources to raise money and awareness for the Help Colorado Now relief fund through a Flyover Fundraising Parade and Aerial Salute to essential workers.
With a generous $500,000 challenge match from Lockheed Martin, a major employer in Colorado, the aerial event hopes to inspire donations and challenge other individuals and corporations to come together as we continue to support those most impacted by COVID-19. This aerial parade of more than 30 aircraft is scheduled to take flight Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the skies above the Denver Metro Area.
Organizers encourage people to watch from their homes and not to gather in public areas. And, of course, always follow social distancing public health guidelines.
The squadron of planes will take off from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield and loop the Denver Metro Area Front Range, from Longmont to Castle Rock, as both a salute to essential workers and a fundraising awareness platform for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. All donations made to the fund will support Colorado communities impacted by COVID-19. Hosted by Mile High United Way, the Colorado COVID Relief Fund is part of the State’s Help Colorado Now initiative. Donations can be made at www.HelpColoradoNow.org
*UPDATE* COVID Health Equity Task Force
We know that this virus is disproportionately impacting communities of color and we want to hear directly from all Coloradans so we can have an informed public policy response that meets the needs of everyone.
So please click here to fill out the survey regarding your top concerns related to COVID-19 and racial disparities. Your responses will remain anonymous and will help inform the work of the team from a community perspective.
We greatly appreciate your helping to share information during this crisis. We will continue to send these regular updates. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or needs from our office. My cell phone is 210-385-7556. Thank you for doing your part. We’re all in this together!
You can view the press briefing and hear full remarks here.
Deputy Community Engagement Director
200 E Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203