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COVID-19 Information and Resources
What YOU can do:
Help Slow the Spread
- Wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds
- 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
Flatten the Curve
By following the above list of recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, public health officials seek to “flatten the curve”. In the image above, the curve represents the number of people who contract COVID-19 over a period of time. A flatter curve ensures that the demand for health care does not exceed supply. Help flatten the dark purple curve to resemble the striped curve by washing your hands frequently and practicing social distancing so that those affected can get the care they need.
*Information about COVID is available in multiple languages and can be found at:
- City of Aurora’s website (Scroll down toward the bottom of the page)
- League of United Latin American Citizens website
- National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
Many people are looking to give back to their community in this time of need. Numerous nonprofit organizations are playing a very important part in this crisis and could use your assistance including:
Local food pantries and blood banks are in desperate need of volunteers and donations. The state has also established a website to engage healthy volunteers and encourage donations at helpcoloradonow.org.
Mile High United Way Volunteers are needed to support nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. If you are young, healthy, and showing no signs or symptoms of the virus, volunteers are needed to help prepare meals, distribute supplies, and help keep our shelter facilities clean and safe for guests and workers.
Denver Public Schools Foundation Food Security Fund is accepting monetary donations to help fulfill the food security needs of DPS families. Money received expands the reach of Grab & Go meals to adults during the week and adds the Friday Bag Drop so adults and children can have food security over the weekends.
Hunger Free Colorado – Food Resources Hotline: (855-855-4626) and website
Food Pantries – Links to local food banks can be found here.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – SNAP enrollment is continuing, and benefits will continue to be available on the regular schedule. Some county offices have closed, and enrollment may be done online or by phone.
- Older adults can call: 1-855-871-2696
Colorado WIC – The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – Colorado WIC is open and serving clients, though many clinics are providing services remotely. Contact your local clinic to ask what options you have.
Denver Public Schools – Denver Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch meals to students and their families at 12 locations throughout the city, weekdays from Monday, March 30 until circumstances change. For more information visit their website or call 720-423-3200. You can also find the expanded food distribution here.
Health & Medical
A new special enrollment period is available in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Uninsured Coloradans can enroll in a health insurance plan between March 20th and April 30th for coverage starting April 1, 2020. Click here or call (855) 752-6749 to enroll or for assistance. This COVID Special Enrollment period is for Coloradans who are currently uninsured or about to lose coverage due to COVID-19.
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we know a lot of Coloradans are wondering how they will get health care in the coming months. Applying for Health First Colorado online is easy. Most people who qualify are enrolled immediately.
If you are in need of transportation for an essential trip, find up to date service changes from providers here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new guidelines for transit operators and workers. The resources include documentation on:
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 vulnerable guests, including the elderly (65+), pregnant women, and those with underlying health concerns.
• Safeway/Albertsons: Two hours, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday mornings are reserved for vulnerable shoppers, including older adults, pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems.
• King Soopers: The first hour of shopping (7-8am) each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 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).
For activities, classes, and webinars to participate in during this time of social distancing click here for the Senior’s BlueBook calendar
People with Disabilities:
Use the links below as great resources for information and assistance:
Families & Workers
Below is important information about benefits included in the federal package and/or additional guidance that may be important to you and your family:
Paid Family/Sick Leave
Under the Families First Act, employers under 500 employees are required to:
• Provide 80 hours (2 full 40-hour weeks) of paid sick leave relating to COVID-19 through the end of 2020 if you exhibit symptoms, need to self-quarantine, or care for a child. Part time workers receive the amount of sick leave correlating to their normal two-week schedule. The pay is 100% if the you are sick or quarantining, and 2/3rds pay when you are caring for a child.
• Provide 12 weeks of job-protected paid family leave if your child’s school or child-care facility is closed. This includes two weeks of unpaid leave, followed by 10 weeks of paid leave. You will receive 2/3rds of your usual pay during this time, and you may choose to overlap the initial two weeks of unpaid leave with two weeks of paid sick leave provided in the bill.
Updates on Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance has been expanded to include self-employed workers (including gig workers and independent contractors), part-time workers, those with limited work histories, and individuals who were unable to start a new job or contract due to the pandemic. Individuals who are temporarily furloughed or are working reduced hours and expect to return to work do not have to register with a workforce center.
What You Will Receive:
● From now until July 31, 2020, recipients will get $600 weekly in addition to state unemployment benefits – this may come in a separate check.
● Additional 13 weeks of federal unemployment benefits will be available through Dec. 31, 2020 for those that exhaust their state unemployment benefits.
To Apply for Unemployment Insurance:
File a claim online or call 303-318-9000 or 1-800-388-5515.
● Here is a Step by Step Guide
● Applicants will be awarded unemployment insurance benefits within a 10-day timeline (to the extent practicable) after the department receives an application.
● CDLE is requesting that claimants adhere to a schedule based on their last name to deal with the large number of claims: If your last name begins with A through M, please file on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday after 12 noon. Everyone else should file on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday before 12 noon.
For more COVID-19 specific resources and information related to employment, visit CDLE’s COVID-19 Resource Page.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will implement an immediate moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. Governor Polis is also working on issuing state-level guidance for housing authorities. Many local housing authorities have eased their eviction policies through April as well.
2019 Tax Filing
A 90-day delay for individuals and businesses for both filing and paying their taxes has been announced. The new deadline is July 15th. Governor Polis has also announced a delay for state tax filing with the same deadline.
The amount of the rebate depends on family size. The payment is $1,200 for each adult individual ($2,400 for joint filers), and $500 per qualifying child under age 17. The advance payment of rebates is reduced by $5 for every $100 of income to the extent a taxpayer’s income exceeds $150,000 for a joint filer, $112,500 for a head of household filer, and $75,000 for anyone else (including single filers). Rebates do not need to be repaid. Additionally, the rebate is considered a tax refund and is not counted towards eligibility for federal income-targeted programs.
Rebates will be delivered automatically—by the IRS—to most Americans who file individual federal income tax returns. When available, electronic direct deposit will be used in place of mailing a physical check. For people who filed a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019, payment processing will be based on payment or address information already on file with the IRS. Electronic distributions will be automatic to an account the payee authorized January 1, 2018 or later.
There is no earned income requirement to be eligible for a rebate, but non-filers may need to take additional steps to receive their rebates. The Social Security Administration will share information for Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) beneficiaries with IRS to help ensure these beneficiaries receive an automatic advance payment. Click here for more information about the rebates.
All of Colorado’s K-12 private and public schools have been directed to suspend in-person learning from March 23 to at least April 17. You are encouraged to contact your individual school district and/or school for additional information about virtual learning during this closure. Click here for the Denver Public School’s website, where information is available in multiple languages
From virtual tours to dance classes, here are some ways to keep you and your kids engaged:
- Virtual field trips. You can visit over 500 museums, Yellowstone National Park, or even the Great Wall of China.
- Virtual dance classes. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance’s Cyber Dance 2020 begins a series of classes and movement activities, serving all ages and levels of ability. These classes will be “pick your price”. Please pay what you can. Contact Amelia Dietz at email@example.com with questions.
- Watch Scientists in Action. Check out the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Facebook page for past Scientists in action videos.
- Book clubs. Denver Public Library is providing space virtually to connect.
- Live stream music, performances and more. The Social Distancing Festival is a site celebrating art from all over the world. Check out their upcoming performances here.
Updates for Small Businesses
Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business which may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the impact of COVID-19. Interest rates for small businesses and non-profits ranges from 2.75% to 3.75% with long-term repayments available.
To apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Grants, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Economic Injury Disaster Grants:
The SBA is authorized to provide cash grants of $10,000 to small businesses and nonprofits that apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) within three days of applying for the loan to provide immediate relief. The EIDL grant does not need to be repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EIDL, and may be used to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintaining payroll, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.
Paycheck Protection Program:
This program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven (up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels). To apply for a loan, contact an SBA-approved lender. Loans are available through June 30, 2020. To participate in the Paycheck Protection Program, contact an SBA approved lender.
Colorado COVID Relief Fund:
First Deadline 4/4
Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. The current Fund application deadlines are every two weeks. On April 13th, Community Resource Center and Philanthropy Colorado are facilitating a webinar reviewing the Colorado COVID Relief Fund opportunity, learn more below and register here.
Debt Relief for Existing and New SBA Borrowers:
New legislation provides immediate relief to small businesses with standard SBA 7(a), 504, or microloans. Under this law, the SBA will cover all loan payments for existing and new SBA borrowers, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months.
Colorado small businesses may now apply for the loans through the SBA website. To apply for a loan or check your application status, click here.
Also, here is Philanthropy Colorado’s resource list, which includes links to nonprofit resources and information on funder responses.
TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS – A live conference call you can participate in from your own home
On March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed the House and was signed into the law. It provides $2 trillion in economic relief for Americans, including direct cash payments, significant expansion of unemployment insurance, small business grants, and funding for personal protective equipment.
This package is focused on stabilizing our economy by providing additional critical support for our health care system, small businesses, state and local governments, workers and families. It gets money in people’s pockets quickly and expands unemployment insurance benefits to provide substantial relief over the next four months to help provide financial protection for millions of Americans while providing other forms of relief such as suspending federal student loan payments for six months.
As we first work to combat the public health emergency at hand, it’s important to keep families, businesses and the economy operating as normally as possible. This stabilization package is the third in a series of efforts to try and do just that, however more will be needed. Click here to learn more about specific provisions that will benefit the residents and businesses of Colorado.
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 which link is on this page or by contacting DRMAC.