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Saturday, May 9, 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 18,801 cases, 961 deaths, and 3,595 hospitalizations out of 96,772 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.
Importance of Wear Mask & Facial Coverings
We want to continue to emphasize the importance of wearing masks or facial coverings in public as we move forward in the Safer-at-Home phase.
The Safer-at-Home phase we has four main components:
- For most of the population, continuing to stay at home most of the time.
- For seniors & those with chronic health conditions, it means staying at home unless absolutely necessary.
- Stepping up testing, containment, and tracing.
- Wearing masks at all times when in public.
The better job we do at home, the more we can loosen restrictions on our economy and our society, and the faster we can do it. And out of all of these things, wearing a mask or facial covering is the easiest thing to do.
If wearing a mask is the price that we have to pay for us to be able to have larger gatherings, or go skiing again, or go back to restaurants and bars — that’s a price that many Coloradans would be willing to pay.
Masks don’t take very long to make, they’re fairly comfortable, and most importantly they protect you and others from coronavirus. So if we want to re-open more parts of the economy and society, and more importantly, if we want to save the lives of your friends, family and neighbors, then please take the very simple and easy precaution of wearing a mask when you go out.
And please spread the word to your friends, colleagues, family — and do your best to convince them as well.
Colorado Mask Project
Thankfully, it’s never been easier to create a mask or purchase one.
Visit ColoradoMaskProject.com for instructions on how to make your own mask, or a list of retailers where you can purchase one.
Colorado Mask Project is more than just a website with mask-making instructions and retailers — it’s a collaboration between state government, private sector donors, NGOs (such as the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless), and maker communities to deliver non-medical cloth masks to vulnerable populations and essential workers around the state.
So far, 82,024 masks have been delivered or are in the process of delivery to 162 recipient organizations across 42 counties, and many more are on the way.
All masks have gone to vulnerable populations and essential workforce with high risk of exposure and limited access to protective equipment. Recipients have included:
• Homeless shelters and rescue missions;
• Assisted living centers, elderly care, mental health, and nursing homes;
• Domestic violence safehouses;
• Immigrant and refugee centers;
• State Early Childhood Councils;
• Public school workers providing meals for low-income families;
• Child care providers;
• Veteran care centers;
• And other community organizations.
We want to thank three companies that have volunteered substantial transportation and logistics support: Peak Beverage, Alliance Moving, and Luxe Holdings.
We also want to thank companies that have donated masks and materials including: Hunter Douglas, Topo Designs, Pearl iZumi, Phunkshun Wear, Denver Mattress Co., Tempur-Sealy, Osprey, Deuter, EcoEnclose, Fashion Design Center, GBS Sports (Spyder and Dakine), and Melanzana.
And finally, we want to thank all of the individuals across the state who have been sewing and making masks for distribution. These groups estimate they have provided over 200,000 additional homemade and donated masks for communities around the state. See: coloradomaskproject.com.
Companies with the ability to donate masks, with cut-and-sew capacity, or individuals who can sew — please get in touch with the Colorado Mask Project.
Can do Colorado
The state is spearheading a couple new initiatives. The first one is called Can-Do Colorado, where we are going to provide tips to businesses about increasing teleworking capabilities, and highlighting businesses that are being creative and going above and beyond to run their businesses remotely.
Many businesses have already come up with some creatives approaches to keeping their business running and we want to highlight a few of these:
ActivCore Physical Therapy and Performance
Physical Therapy is pretty difficult to do while socially distancing. So creator Ed Foresman was able to meet his clients needs by creating YouTube videos to instruct his patients on how to maintain their physical therapy progress. These videos, available free of charge, have been shared and used by patients and new followers alike.
Ed has also pivoted to using telehealth appointments to keep his patients on track, which has come with unexpected benefits like being able to survey patients’ homes for environmental factors that may impact their recovery, meet and speak with family members who are assisting with exercises and good practices, and even using the sides of the computer screen to better evaluate patients’ posture and correct angles while doing exercises.
The Glam House Salon
When the stay-at-home order went into effect, hair salons had to temporarily close their doors. But Alexandria Grado of the Glam House Salon launched a new system for getting hair color, treatments, and beauty products to her clients. She sold customized boxes to her clients with all the necessary products and tools, including bottles, bowls, brushes, and gloves, and detailed instructions for how to self administer. If clients need further assistance, Alexandria and her stylists are available for a DIY walkthrough over Facetime anytime.
We are encouraging Colorado businesses to use telework options as much as possible. If we can do that for hair colorings and physical therapy, we can do it for lots of businesses.
So let’s get creative. If you need guidance, if you have a creative idea that you want to share, or you want to browse some of these companies — please visit CanDoColorado.org or share it on social media with #CanDoColorado.
Connect For Care
The state is also launching a program called “Connect to Care Jobs” to match healthcare job seekers with immediate openings in residential care settings.The fact that the residents of these facilities are so vulnerable to COVID-19 has created the need for extra staffing to keep them safe.
We know that many Coloradans are looking for work, and these facilities are in need of extra support during this challenging time. Please visit connecttocarejobs.com for details and please spread the word within your networks about this opportunity to perform important work to protect our seniors. Job seekers can create a profile identifying the position they are interested in, the distance they are willing to travel for the position, and other professional skills and experience to make sure we can match the right person for the position.
Medicaid / CHP+
We want to remind Coloradans that have lost health care due to a job loss that there are options available to you.
Coloradans might qualify for Health First Colorado — Colorado’s Medicaid Program — and/or the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) for dependents. Visit CO.gov/PEAK to determine eligibility. Applications can also be made by mail, at the appropriate county department of health and human services, at an application site, or over the phone by calling 1-800-221-3943
Coloradans that are not eligible for these public program can still sign up for health insurance on the individual market at connectforhealthco.com or by calling 855-752-6749
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 her full remarks here.
Deputy Community Engagement Director
200 E Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203