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COVID-19 Information and Resources
What YOU can do:
Help support local businesses! At weareopendenver.com you can put in your location and see what’s open around you. Don’t forget to wear your mask wherever you go.
Help Slow the Spread
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you have symptoms (fever, cough, breathing challenges) or have had contact with someone who has tested positive, stay at home
- If you need medical care, call your care provider before going in for the protocol to follow; in the case of an emergency where you must call 9-1-1, notify the operator of your symptoms
- Practice social distancing
- Remain at home as much as you can
- Wear a mask when you DO have to go into public spaces
- Stay 6 feet away from individuals who are not part of your immediate family/circle when you are out in public
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
Help with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by Volunteering Remotely or On-Site with VolunteerMatch
This page features virtual and on-site volunteer opportunities to aid communities impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Thousands of volunteers like you are needed daily. Check back often to find ways you can help during these difficult times.
Older Adults & People with Disabilities:
Several retailers have specific hours for seniors and other at-risk populations. Check your local store for specific or updated hours.
• Target & CVS Pharmacies: The first hour of shopping each Tuesday & Wednesday will be open to higher risk guests, including older adults (65+), pregnant women, and those with underlying health concerns.
• Safeway/Albertsons: Two hours, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings are reserved for high risk shoppers, including older adults, pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems.
• King Soopers: The first hour of shopping (6-7 am) each Monday and Wednesday will be open to older adults (60+) and others defined as high risk by the CDC.
• Whole Foods: All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public (7-8am) on Wednesdays and Fridays.
• Costco warehouses will open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday – Friday for members ages 60+, and people with disabilities. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours.
GoGoGrandparent – Get your food, groceries, and prescriptions delivered with GoGoGrandparent (you do not have to be a grandparent to use this service). Click on their website or call 855-464-6872 for more information
In search of a caregiver? Find one at care.com
Stay entertained – Stuck at Home Guide: Easy Online Games
Telephone Buddies – A Telephone Buddy is a volunteer who calls an older adult to check on them, share stories, and make sure their needs are being met. Telephone Buddies share time and bring a sense of purpose. If you want a Telephone Buddy to call you or you want to become a Telephone Buddy, call 303-333-3482, or toll-free 1-855-293-6911 (Benefits Counseling) or 1-855-880-4777 (Spanish).
Guard your Medicare Number – Scammers may use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare Number or personal information. Don’t fall for it; it’s a scam.
It’s important to always guard your Medicare Number and check your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) for errors. Only give your Medicare Number to participating Medicare pharmacists, primary and specialty care doctors, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Remember, Medicare will never call you to verify your Medicare Number.
Help with Utility Bills – The legislature has appropriated $10 million to help individuals and families with higher costs of electricity and utility bills due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19. This includes older adults in the SAFER AT HOME executive order by the Governor who experience higher electric bills from air conditioning. Pending final approval by the legislature and signing by the Governor, the money will be managed by Energy Outreach Colorado. More information on application assistance and eligibility details is available at 1-866-432-8435.
In addition, the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) has extended its benefits to August 1, 2020 (or until funds are expended).
What is LEAP?
LEAP, a federally funded program, provides heating assistance to individuals, families and older adults to help cover the cost of utility bills.
Who is Eligible?
- A Colorado resident
- Not claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax return
- Are lawfully present in the United States
- Pay home heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent
- Monthly gross income of: $2,371 (single) or $3,101 (couple)
How to Apply?
- Download application or call Senior Answers and Services at 303-333-3482 or toll-free 1-855-293-6911 (Benefits Counseling) or 1-855-880-4777 (Spanish).
- Complete application. You will need a Colorado driver’s license or ID card.
- Call 1-866-432-8435 to find the address of your county LEAP Office. Submit application by mail at your county Leap Office.
Senior Property Tax Homestead Exemption
What is the Homestead Exemption?
The Homestead Exemption is available to older adults, surviving spouses of older adults, and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50% of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence is exempted from property taxation. The state pays the exempted portion of the property tax.
Who Is Eligible?
- A Colorado resident who has owned and occupied the home as their primary residence for 10 years or more
- 65 years and older as of January 1 of the year for which you are seeking exemption; OR
- A surviving spouse of an older adult who previously qualified for the exemption; OR
- Disabled veteran
- Have a valid Social Security number
- US citizen or a qualified non-citizen or legal immigrant
When to Apply?
Submit your completed application by July 15, 2020 to your local county Assessor’s office.
How to Apply?
- Application forms can be obtained from your local county Assessor’s office or by calling Senior Answers at 303-333-3482.
- Complete the application.
- Submit your completed application by July 15 to your local county Assessor’s office.
Note: As of this writing, the Colorado legislature has preserved the Senior Homestead Exemption for 2020 property taxes paid in 2021, despite cutting many other state-run programs.
People with Disabilities:
The CDC released a series of 9 videos in ASL to help inform people and answer questions. Click here for the ASL video series.
Use the links below as additional resources for information and assistance:
- COVID-19: Resources, links, and information for people with and without disabilities
- DRCOG Aging and Disability Resources Information and Assistance line
- Emergency Services for People with Disabilities
Home modification and repair. Brothers Redevelopment offers home repair and rehabilitation services for disabled and elderly homeowners at no cost or significantly reduced costs. Visit their website or call 303-685-4225.
Effective Monday, May 4, Costco warehouses will open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday – Friday for members ages 60+, and people with disabilities. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours.
Apple Assistance – With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing reliance on technology, Apple says it is rolling out extra help for people with disabilities using its products for remote learning and other purposes. Learn more here.
As Colorado continues to move forward with the “Safer-at-Home” phase, the state has also been working to expand testing in every corner of the state. The State of Colorado has been providing guidance and supplies to help local public health agencies stand up local testing sites across the state.
Here is the new tool showing a map of these community-based testing sites throughout the state.
It’s important to remember that these sites are not the only route to testing. The community-based testing sites are meant to fill in the gap for underserved communities outside the main metro regions.
Also, the City and County of Denver is expanding access to free, drive-up COVID-19 testing to anyone potentially exposed to the virus and those heading back to work during this current phase of recovery. With expanded access, people who do not currently have COVID-19 symptoms but believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have been deemed essential by their employers, are now eligible to register for a free test.
In addition, those who have been contacted by either the State or by the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) due to contact tracing are also encouraged to register and be tested as soon as possible at Denver’s COVID-19 testing site, located at the Pepsi Center.
It may be a challenge to keep your mind and body active during this unprecedented time. Though Denver Parks & Recreation’s rec centers are currently closed, DPR still wants to be a resource for your family’s recreational needs. Denver Parks and Recreation @ Home provides free online programming with diverse options for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
You can find fitness classes, games, art projects and more on DPR’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages, along with interactive Zoom classes.
How to join classes:
DPR’s full schedule of activities can be found online and on the Denver Parks and Recreation App (IOS Only). Double-check which day or week you’re viewing if current or upcoming schedules are not immediately visible.
Representatives have return to the Capitol as of May 25, 2020. They have 3 main buckets of legislation that are being worked on: (1) bills surrounding the budget and the school finance formula that they’re required to pass, (2) bills that had been worked on this session and still have a chance at making it through the legislature, and (3) COVID-19 related response bills.
Representatives are also looking at ways to access federal CARES Act dollars. Treasury guidance has restricted how the State can use those monies, but one clear way appears to be the establishment of a rental and mortgage assistance relief fund. As millions of our neighbors have filed for unemployment and businesses have struggled to survive, legislators must ensure that people are still able to pay their rent and mortgages.
The legislature has appropriated $10 million to help individuals and families with higher costs of electricity and utility bills due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19. This includes older adults in the SAFER AT HOME executive order by the Governor who experience higher electric bills from air conditioning. Pending final approval by the legislature and signing by the Governor, the money will be managed by Energy Outreach Colorado. More information on application assistance and eligibility details is available at 1-866-432-8435.
Don’t be afraid to get in touch with your representatives! Find your local and state reps here.
TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS – A live conference call you can participate in from your own home!
Regional Transportation District (RTD) town halls schedules can be found here.
Reliable Sources of Information
It’s important to rely on reliable sources of information for accurate information about COVID-19. Below you can find information about specific cases in Colorado, and actions and announcements from Governor Polis:
• CDC web page: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
• State public health web page: https://covid19.colorado.gov/
• CO HELP is Colorado’s novel coronavirus hotline:
– Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
– Email COHELP@RMPDC.org
DRMAC acknowledges the support of our community partners:
DRMAC’s mission is to ensure people with mobility challenges have access to the community by increasing, enhancing, sharing and coordinating regional transportation services and resources. DRMAC serves the following Colorado counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin and Jefferson. DRMAC is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC).
To ensure equality and fairness, The Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council (DRMAC) is committed to making reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures to avoid discrimination and ensure programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. DRMAC may allow the reasonable modification of its policies to accommodate the special needs of persons with disabilities in order to allow them to fully utilize our services as required by 49 CFR Part 37.5(i.3). Whenever possible, a request for a reasonable modification or accommodation shall be filed/requested as early as possible but at least 5 business days in advance of a public meeting or event by contacting us:
Requests for reasonable modifications or accommodations will not be approved if the request would: fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity; create a direct threat to the health or safety of others; result in an undue financial and administrative burden; or the individual would still be able to fully use the services provided by DRMAC without the modification. Individuals with disabilities may file complaints regarding reasonable modification or accommodation below by completing the ADA complaint form HERE or by contacting DRMAC.