Governor celebrates launch of first state community vaccination sites in El Paso and Mesa counties

Individuals can register now for vaccine appointments

DENVER – Today, as part of Governor Polis’ Vaccines for All efforts, the Governor launched the very first State Community Vaccination Site at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, and celebrated the launch of another community vaccination site at the Grand Junction Convention Center in Mesa County. These sites are being run in partnership with Centura Health and Mesa County Public Health, respectively. The Governor was joined by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanerWerf, and Dr. Ozzie Grenardo from Centura Health, as he greeted Coloradans at the drive-through clinic, waiting to receive their vaccine. 

“Today is an important next step in our vaccine distribution efforts, and I’m thrilled that Colorado is leading the way. As our vaccine supply increases, these sites will play a vital role in rapidly getting shots into arms,” said Governor Jared Polis. “I never get tired of seeing the smiling faces of folks who are about to get their vaccine, and these community vaccination sites will help make this a reality for more Coloradans, more quickly. We’re all eager for life to get back to normal, and the vaccine is our path forward.”

In addition to the sites at the Broadmoor World Arena and the Grand Junction Convention Center, there will be four other sites opening up in the coming days in Adams, Pueblo, Larimer and Denver Counties. 

The Broadmoor World Arena is operating a drive-through clinic starting with 2,000 vaccines per day, and will be able to conduct 6,000 vaccinations per day once there is enough vaccine supply. The drive-through clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine can register for an appointment here or by calling 720-263-5737. 

“By opening mass vaccine clinics, we ensure every Coloradan, regardless of race, color or ability to pay, has access to this life-saving medicine,” said Dr. Ozzie Grenardo, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Centura Health. “We believe this vaccine truly symbolizes hope as we move toward the end of the pandemic.”

In Grand Junction, the site is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Coloradans eligible to receive the vaccine can sign up here in English, or here in Spanish. All vaccines are free with no co-pay. Starting Friday, March 19, all Coloradans age 50 and older are eligible.

“Mesa County Public Health has been operating a community vaccination site since early January, and we are thrilled to partner with the State on this important expansion. This allows us to more effectively and efficiently serve residents in Mesa and surrounding counties. Mesa County already serves as a regional medical hub for counties across Western Colorado, and this expansion will ensure residents in our part of the state have access to COVID-19 vaccine as the supply grows. Expanding our distribution site is the logical next step on our path forward together, to restore what we love about Western Colorado,” said Jeff Kuhr, PhD, Executive Director, Mesa County Public Health.

The Polis-Primavera administration is partnering with providers and local communities to stand up community vaccination sites to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is administered equitably and efficiently as vaccine eligibility expands. The six Vaccines for All community vaccination sites are expected to administer a maximum of 6,000 doses per day at each site at six days per week for a total of 36,000 doses administered each week through the program. This depends on vaccine supply provided to the state. The large vaccination sites do not replace the 900 vaccine provider efforts or the efforts of the Equity Outreach Team.

In addition to visiting the vaccination clinics, the Governor also stopped by Kinship Landing, a hotel and event space, as well as El Taco Y La Arepa, a family-owned restaurant. The Governor spoke with the owners of these establishments to learn more about their businesses and discuss how they are recovering from the pandemic. Last week, the Governor and bipartisan leaders from the Colorado General Assembly announced The Colorado Recovery Plan, which will invest roughly $700 million into helping Colorado recover faster and build back stronger. Five big goals will guide dozens of bills narrowly tailored to meet the challenge at hand, including strengthening small businesses, revitalizing infrastructure, supporting Colorado families, investing in rural Colorado, and developing the workforce.

Governor celebrates launch of first state community vaccination sites in El Paso and Mesa counties

U.S. Small Business Administration provides grant program for venue operators impacted by COVID

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

For additional details, see our Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Frequently Asked Questions (revised 02-12-21).

Cross Program Eligibility on SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

In our area, Northwest Small Business Development Council consultants are available to help businesses in this consideration. www.northwestsbdc.org 

Preparation steps to apply for an SVO grant

U.S. Small Business Administration provides grant program for venue operators impacted by COVID

Houses of worship guidance

For many of us, our faith and spiritual community are critical to our well-being, especially in a time of crisis. This document includes guidelines for places of worship under the State’s “Safer-at-Home” Executive Order. It is important to note that your city or county may still be under a Stay-at-Home order or an approved variance from the statewide Safer-at-Home Order.  If that is the case, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines applicable to places of worship under those orders, and abide by those guidelines. 

Under Safer-at-Home, gatherings are permitted as long as they are under 10 people and social distancing (6 feet apart) is observed. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment supports the necessary continuation of electronic platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic for services, Bible studies, small groups, meetings, etc.  In addition, places of worship with adequate parking lot resources may safely hold “drive-in” services as long as the following guidelines are followed at all times. Showing how we value the sanctity of life and are acting to reduce the spread of this deadly virus by being innovative in safely meeting, the pastoral and spiritual needs of Coloradans is the calling of this moment in time. 

Guidelines for drive-in type venues

Practice physical distancing, as detailed below.

  • Use electronics that attendees can have inside the car or use a radio channel to broadcast the audio and/or video.
    • If you will be providing devices, ensure they are cleaned and disinfected prior to passing them out.
    • It is preferable for attendees to use their own, personal devices for audio/video.
  • Attendees need to stay in their vehicles and not socialize through their vehicle windows.
  • Public restrooms must be cleaned and have signage posted that they should be used by only one person at a time.
  • Cleaning guidance.
  • Those most at risk, including people over age 65 and anyone with a pre-existing immune or respiratory condition, are urged to remain home, following the guidance of the previous Stay-at-Home order. 
  • There should be no other opportunity for in-person interaction. Do not have food or beverage or any other services at the site. Do not make available gathering spaces at this location for attendees to gather outside of their vehicles.
  • Have attendees turn off their vehicles to avoid idling and protect everyone’s health.

General guidelines for broadcasting services with a crew of 10 or fewer people

Crew shall follow all social/physical distancing requirements. The following requirements apply to crew, as well as participants who may be present at the time of broadcasting.

  • Direct those having symptoms of COVID-19– as well as people who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, head or body aches) to refrain from participating in any aspect of in-person services and stay at home unless they need medical care.
  • People must be at least 6 feet apart at all times while seated and standing.
    • Brainstorm virtual alternatives to handshaking, handholding, hugging, communion, passing the peace, etc.
    • Remember, the smaller the group, the larger the space, and the healthier the people are beforehand, the lower the risk of transmission.
  • Those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (people 65 and older, people who have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people) should follow the guidance of the previous
  • Stay-at-Home order and not attend in-person services.
  • Consider providing hand sanitizer and tissues in convenient locations.
  • Urge attendees to wear a mask or cloth face covering) over their mouths and noses while attending services.
  • Consider asking (or screening) attendees for signs of illness before admitting them into the place of worship. Disallow individuals with elevated temperatures or signs of illness (coughing, runny nose, sneezing).

Clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after any in-person gathering.

Health protocols for your employees, volunteers, and workspaces.

Maintain in-office occupancy at no more than 50% of total at one time by maximizing use of telecommuting and developing in-office rotation.

  • Employees and volunteers are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings to protect themselves and others while at work.
  • Allow for flexible work schedules, where possible, to lessen the need to be in the office during normal business hours. This could include allowing employees to work evenings or weekends, when the office is traditionally less crowded or closed.
  • Minimize the number of in-person meetings and maintain adequate 6-foot distancing in those meetings. Use online conferencing, email, or the phone instead of in-person meetings, even when people are in the same building, whenever possible.
  • Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to observe Stay-at-Home, who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay-at-Home due to underlying condition, age, or other factors.
  • Be flexible for those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (including people 65 and older, people who have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people) because they need to follow the previous Stay-at-Home order.

Incorporate best practices

  • Deputize workplace coordinator(s) charged with addressing COVID-19 issues and for planning and communication, developing a plan for resources like cleaning supplies and internal regular (daily or weekly) communication, planning for employees to be out of the office for quarantine or caring for others, and considering how new precautions will affect  workflow, etc.
  • Require gloves and masks or cloth face coverings for any interactions with other individuals (e.g. customers, co-workers, vendors) 
  • Provide employees with cleaning and disinfection products and guidance on daily workspace cleaning routines.
  • Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene and new office practices, and make regular announcements to remind employees and volunteers to follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • Do not allow an employee or volunteer with known close contact to a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 to return to work until the end of the 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure.
  • Have employees or volunteers maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals.  
  • Encourage the use of digital files rather than paper formats (e.g., documentation, invoices, inspections, forms, agendas).
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of space between all desks/workspaces.

Screen employees and volunteers before coming into the place of worship

  • Take their temperature and ask simple screening questions or have employees and volunteers take their temperature at home and report the results. Forms are available at https://covid19.colorado.gov/guidance-resources
  • Immediately send home any employee or volunteer who has any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
  Cough.     Fever.     Shortness of breath.     Chills.     Head or body aches.·  Sore throat. ·  Runny nose. ·  Vomiting or diarrhea. ·  New loss of taste or smell.

·  Refer symptomatic employees and volunteers to the CDPHE Symptom Tracker.

·  Do not allow employees or volunteers with new or worsening symptoms to return to work until 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and they have been fever-free (without the help of medication) for 72 hours.

·  Ask employees or volunteers to clean  their hands frequently. 

Health protocols for facilities

  • Modify the flow of people traffic to minimize contact between people (e.g. designate doors for entry or exit only).
  • Frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.
  • Implement 6-foot distancing measures (e.g., marked space).
  • Ensure proper ventilation.
  •  Disinfect seats.
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with employees and volunteers.
  • Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available at entrances and other high-traffic locations.
  • Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
  • If a church or place of worship provides meals for employees, volunteers, or those in need it is recommended to have the meals individually packed for each employee or volunteer.
  • Maintain rigorous sanitation practices like disinfection, handwashing, and cleanliness when preparing or serving anything edible. 

Funerals and other special events

  • For conducting funerals, please visit the CDC’s website on funeral guidance.
  • Under Safer-at-Home, weddings and other small events may resume as long as the gatherings are of 10 or fewer people and physical distancing (6 feet apart) is observed. Event staff are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering and appropriate protective equipment as needed and required by OSHA standards. The 10- person limit includes event staff.
  • While the Safer-at-Home level is in effect, gatherings in both public and private spaces of more than 10 people are prohibited. We advise continuing to only socialize with members of your household. Any gatherings of 10 or fewer people outside your household should adhere to all Social/Physical Distancing Requirements and recommendations. 
Houses of worship guidance

Alternative Care Site Update on Operational Dates

DENVER, May 7, 2020: The Colorado state Unified Command Group (UCG) updated the operational dates for the alternative care sites in Colorado as hospitals continue to meet patient care and capacity needs.  These five alternative care sites are medical shelters that will be used to provide medical care if the hospital capacity is exceeded.  

“These sites are like the state’s healthcare insurance policy to ensure we are prepared to take care of our Colorado community,” stated Unified Command Center Incident Commander Mike Willis.  

Confirmed Alternative Care Sites

Tier 2.5 care facilities are former medical facilities that have resources that enable them to care for higher acuity patients than Tier 3 care facilities.  Tier 2.5 sites will be used for COVID-19 positive patients from senior long-term care facilities to provide isolation from the rest of the facility.  Tier 3 care facilities will have resources and staff capable of caring for patients who are recovering from COVID-19 who no longer need a critical or acute level of care.  

St. Anthony’s North 84th Avenue Facility

  • Location: Westminster (Adams County)
  • Tier 2.5 Facility
  • Bed Capacity: 88
  • Lease Signed: April 7
  • Construction Finish Date: May 12
  • Projected Operational Date: June 25

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center 

  • Location: Pueblo 
  • Tier 2.5 Facility
  • Bed Capacity: 120
  • Lease signed: April 7
  • Construction Finish Date: May 24
  • Projected Operational Date: June 18

Western Slope Memory Care 

  • Location: Grand Junction (Mesa County)
  • Tier 2.5 Facility
  • Bed Capacity: 50
  • Lease signed: April 10
  • Construction start date: Build out suspended as of May 1
  • Projected Operational Date: July 2

Colorado Convention Center

  • Location: Denver County
  • Tier 3 Facility
  • Initial Bed Capacity: 250
  • Lease Signed: April 5, 2020
  • Construction Finish Date: April 24, 2020
  • Projected Operational Date: June 4, 2020

The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex

  • Location: Loveland (Larimer County)
  • Tier 3 Facility
  • Initial  Bed Capacity: 200
  • Lease Signed: April 7, 2020
  • Construction Finish Date: April 27, 2020
  • Projected Operational Date: June 11, 2020

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Actualización de las fechas operativas de los sitios alternativos de atención médica

DENVER, 7 de mayo de 2020: El Grupo de Comando Unificado de Colorado (UCG, siglas en inglés) actualizó las fechas operativas de los sitios alternativos de atención médica en Colorado, a medida que los hospitales sigan satisfaciendo las necesidades de atención a pacientes y de capacidad. Los 5 sitios alternativos de atención médica son refugios sanitarios que se activarán para brindar atención médica en caso de excederse la capacidad hospitalaria. 

“Estos sitios representan una póliza de seguro médico del estado, que asegura que estamos preparados para cuidar de nuestra comunidad en Colorado”, dijo el comandante de incidentes del Centro de Comando Unificado, Mike Willis. 

Sitios alternativos confirmados de atención médica

Las instalaciones de nivel 2.5 eran centros de atención médica que tienen los recursos necesarios para cuidar a pacientes con enfermedad de mayor agudeza en comparación con instalaciones de nivel 3. Dichas instalaciones de nivel 2.5 se utilizarán para los pacientes de centros de cuidados de larga duración para personas mayores que hayan dado positivo de COVID-19, con el fin de proveer aislamiento del resto del centro. Las instalaciones de nivel 3 tendrán los recursos y el personal con capacidad de cuidar a pacientes que se estén recuperando del COVID-19 y que ya no necesiten un nivel de atención médica crítica ni aguda. 

St. Anthony’s North, centro en la Avenida 84th

?      Ubicación: Westminster (Condado de Adams)

?      Instalación de nivel 2.5

?      Capacidad de camas: 88

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 7 de abril

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 12 de mayo 

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 25 de junio

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center 

?      Ubicación: Pueblo 

?      Instalación de nivel 2.5

?      Capacidad de camas: 120

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 7 de abril

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 24 de mayo

?     Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 18 de junio

Western Slope Memory Care 

?      Ubicación: Grand Junction (Condado de Mesa)

?      Instalación de nivel 2.5

?      Capacidad de camas: 50

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 10 de abril

?      Fecha de inicio de construcción: construcción suspendida desde el 1 de mayo

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 2 de julio

Centro de Convenciones de Denver

?      Ubicación: Condado de Denver 

?      Instalación de nivel 3

?      Capacidad inicial de camas: 250

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 5 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 24 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 4 de junio de 2020

The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex

?      Ubicación: Loveland (Condado de Larimer)

?      Instalación de nivel 3

?      Capacidad inicial de camas: 200

?      Fecha de la firma del contrato de alquiler: 7 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha de culminación de la obra: 27 de abril de 2020

?      Fecha prevista para el inicio de operaciones: 29 de abril de 2020

Alternative Care Site Update on Operational Dates

Department of Ag Seeks Feedback for Recovery

Broomfield, Colo. – In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has formed an Agricultural Recovery Team alongside its Food Security Task Force with the mission of developing and implementing innovative strategies to support agricultural workers and businesses in recovery and revitalization of the agricultural economy.

As the recovery team begins to build a long-term recovery roadmap, the Department’s goal is to address the needs of all stakeholders and to invest in the health and resilience of Colorado agriculture. CDA is committed to advocating for all of Colorado’s agricultural producers and workers, and non-producer stakeholders.

Key to this work is gathering public feedback for consideration in ag recovery efforts and planning. CDA is seeking submissions that share current needs as well as ideas for helping ensure Colorado agriculture and its stakeholders are positioned to be successful during the COVID-19 recovery phase.

Ideas, needs and suggestions are encouraged and will be accepted until May 15, 2020 through the CDA Food Security Task Force Response form. CDA will review all submissions and share a summary of the input received early this summer. 

Department of Ag Seeks Feedback for Recovery

Colorado Receives Federal Fund Match for Telemedicine, Health Innovation Projects

DENVER – The Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) approved a COVID-19 emergency funding request for $7.9 million from the Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI), in the Lt. Governor’s Office, and Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF). 

“Our administration is doing everything we can to ensure Coloradans have access to health care in safe and convenient ways during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This funding will go toward innovations that include telemedicine and telemonitoring. This technology will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide Coloradans an effective and safe alternative to in-person care.”

The $7.9 million federal fund match will support Colorado’s health information exchange infrastructure and emergency response innovations necessary for COVID-19 pandemic response. This funding will go toward telemedicine and other critical health innovation and infrastructure projects to ensure clinicians and patients are safe and healthy during this uncertain time. 

“Taking care of yourself and loved ones during a pandemic can be challenging. Especially when it comes to accessing health care for physical or emotional needs,” said Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. “Helping families connect with a doctor, counselor or nurse in the comfort of their own home is a top priority.”

Innovative telemedicine approaches and upgrades will help connect Coloradans to their health care providers without an in-person visit. This new funding will help increase access to health care and slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Colorado Receives Federal Fund Match for Telemedicine, Health Innovation Projects

Governor Polis Provides Update on Colorado Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Gov. Polis today provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19.

“During Safer at Home, Coloradans doing their part will be the key to our shared success in protecting our health and the health of our communities. I’m so proud of how our state responded during the Stay-at-Home order, and it’s going to take that same dedication during these next few weeks. That’s why we’re going to be working closely with local officials and community leaders to ensure Coloradans understand Safer at Home requirements and are able to keep themselves and their neighbors safe,” said Gov. Polis. “I’m also excited to be sharing more data with Coloradans about where you can find community testing sites near home.” 

In creating the Safer at Home order, Gov. Polis and the administration did extensive outreach, holding a series of webinars with different industries and stakeholders to discuss what this next phase will mean for them. Outreach included almost 3,000 representatives from:

Retail Associations, Personal Services, General Commerce and Chambers, Health care and hospitals, Post-secondary education, Child Care, Local Governments and Real Estate.

Gov. Polis also announced the membership of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Cooperation and Implementation, which he announced last week. This Committee will advise the Governor and CDPHE on policies and regulations that are designed to maximize social distancing at the local level. It will also be focused on how local governments, and local public health can coordinate with the state on educating the public about these regulations, and maximizing compliance and enforcement efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

A key emphasis of this Committee will be on compliance and how local governments and the state can best work together to ensure Coloradans are following Safer at Home rules and protecting their health and safety. Membership includes:

  • County Commissioner over 250K- Steve Johnson, Larimer County
  • County Commissioner under 250K- Hilary Cooper, San Miguel County
  • Mayor over 100K- Nick Gradisar, Pueblo
  • Mayor under 100K- Barbara Bynum, Montrose
  • Local Public Health over 100K- Robert McDonald, City and County of Denver
  • Local Public Health under 100K- Heath Harmon, Eagle
  • Sheriff- Jeffery Shrader, Jefferson County
  • Police Chief- Gary Creager, Broomfield
  • Fire Chief- Thomas DeMint, Poudre Fire Department
  • One Representative of the Economic Recovery and Stabilization Council- Kyle Martinez, Olathe

They will join the following state officials on the council:

  • Governor’s Chief of Staff, Lisa Kaufmann
  • Executive Director of Department of Public Safety, Stan Hilkey
  • Executive Director of Department of Public Health and Environment, Jill Ryan
  • Executive Director of Department of Regulatory Agencies, Patty Salazar

Gov. Polis today also unveiled a new interactive map of community-based testing sites that local public health departments have set up across the state. The state has been providing guidance and supplies to help local public health agencies stand up these testing sites, which are especially important in rural areas of the state where private providers are limited in number and capacity.

There are currently 20 sites listed and this tool will be updated as more are brought online. The community-based testing sites are filling in the gap for underserved communities outside the main metro regions, but they are not the only way to get tested. There are many private providers that are doing testing, particularly at hospitals and clinics along the Front Range. The state is working to compile and verify information on these private testing sites to add to the map.

Here is the map

View the Governor’s presentation and watch the full news conference

Governor Polis Provides Update on Colorado Response to COVID-19

Governor Polis Signs Executive Order

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis today signed Executive Order D 2020 057. This continues the extension for filing and remitting state and state-administered local sales tax until May 20, 2020.

“The economic impacts of COVID-19 are significant, and threaten to undermine the economic stability of many Coloradans and local businesses. The risk of contamination posed by COVID-19 has necessitated closure of multiple businesses. Employers and employees in virtually all sectors of the economy have been hard hit. We must take action to shore up economic security, employment, community cohesion, and community recovery including showing flexibility with tax payments,” the Executive Order reads. 

This EO is an extension of Executive Order D 2020 023

Governor Polis Signs Executive Order

Camping at Colorado State Parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain Closed until Further Notice



Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working with federal and local partners to determine a timeline for opening camping.
DENVER – Camping at Colorado state parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain closed until further notice, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) works to implement system-wide safety protocols related to social distancing in campgrounds. 

Customer, volunteer, and employee safety remain a top priority. CPW is committed to providing park services at the highest level possible while also ensuring public safety. System camping cancellations will be sent via email. Currently, no definitive date is known for when sites will reopen. 

“We understand the strain these continued closures put on all of us, and we appreciate the public’s flexibility as we work through the process of reopening,” says Dan Prenzlow, Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Our staff is working hard to make sure we can provide safe and enjoyable experiences for everyone.” 

CPW is working with federal and local municipal partners as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to determine a timeline for camping. This coordination can make predicting definitive opening dates difficult as each county faces its own unique circumstances. 

State Park Rangers remain on duty protecting the parks and normal rules and regulations still apply. Park trail closures due to visitation or crowding will be reported on the Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) App and the CPW website

Colorado counties, municipalities, and land management agencies continue to update their COVID-19 guidance including travel restrictions, road closures, and access limitations on the Colorado Counties Inc. Safer-At-Home map. Outdoor recreationists are responsible for researching and understanding park and county closures before participating in any planned local recreational activities. CPW encourages park visitors to follow trail safety etiquette and visit parks responsibly.

CPW asks all Coloradans to respect safer-at-home orders and stay close to your home and use local trails and parks for outdoor recreation. Limiting travel for recreation helps minimize the strain of visitors on small mountain communities and creates less burden for our search and rescue and emergency responders.  

For more information, visit the CPW COVID-19 Response website for updates on park closures, permits and licenses, and outdoor recreation policies. 
Camping at Colorado State Parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain Closed until Further Notice

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020, RIFLE, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 5/5/2020:

Number of individuals tested: 553
Positive results: 20
Pending results: 12
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 2
Patients Transferred: 2
Admitted patients discharged: 0

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Patient volumes at Grand River Health remain stable. The hospital is able to care for positive COVID-19 patients, should they require this level of care. Grand River Health continues to see patients in its clinics in person by appointment only or via telehealth. Grand River is performing elective surgeries and offering Walk in Mammography weekdays from 12-4p. Vaccination Clinics are Thursdays and Fridays 9-5 by appointment only. The Grand River Health respiratory clinic continues to sees patients who have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 9-5. All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Beginning today, patients may enter through the main hospital entrance for hospital services from7:30am-4:30pm weekdays. Weekend and evening patients should continue to enter through the emergency department entrance. All patients will be screened and be asked to wear a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for May 5, 2020