State provides COVID-19 guidance to Colorado General Assembly

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today provided guidance to the Colorado General Assembly to convene as safely as possible. Because government is an essential service, it is exempt from most public health orders. The House of Representatives and the Senate can adopt their own rules to govern procedures and enforce compliance by members. CDPHE’s guidance is intended to assist them in keeping members of the General Assembly and other essential personnel as safe as possible during COVID-19. 

Recommendations include:

  • As much as possible, legislative business should be conducted remotely so as to not unnecessarily put members, staff, and the public at risk of exposure. 
  • Everyone who will be physically present for business in the capitol, including legislators, security, and press, should undergo a health screening and symptom check daily upon arrival before entering the building.
  • Members of the General Assembly, nonpartisan staff, and other legislative staff should get COVID-19 tests before and during session.
  • Members should frequently use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water.
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center can provide masks to be worn by essential personnel (members of the General Assembly, staff, press, and others). 
  • Outside visitation to the building should be limited as much as possible during the reconvening of the General Assembly. The General Assembly should establish virtual communications for the public, lobbyists, and non-essential staff to engage with the General Assembly in lieu of in-person contact.

View the full Guidance for Operating the 2020 Special Session during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State provides COVID-19 guidance to Colorado General Assembly

State health officials release guide to safer Thanksgiving

Enjoy the holiday safely by celebrating at home or virtually

Nov. 17, 2020 – Thanksgiving is one of the most delicious days of the year, and a wonderful time to celebrate the people closest to you. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout Colorado, it’s important to do everything possible to keep yourself and your loved ones safe while celebrating Thanksgiving. 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) advises Coloradans to only interact in-person with people from their household this Thanksgiving to help slow the alarming spread of COVID-19. This holiday season is an opportunity to reimagine what togetherness can look like and come up with creative ways to celebrate loved ones while making sure they stay healthy for many more years to come. 

Dos and don’ts for Thanksgiving celebrations:

  • Do cook and eat a special meal with members of your immediate household.
  • Do video chat or talk on the phone with friends and family who don’t live with you.
  • Do wear a mask and keep 6 feet of distance from others while grocery shopping for your Thanksgiving feast.
  • Don’t travel to visit family and friends in other households.

See all Thanksgiving guidelines on our website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/thanksgiving. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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Funcionarios de salud del estado publican la guía para un Día de Acción de Gracias más seguro

Disfrute del Día de Acción de Gracias festejando de manera segura en casa o virtualmente

Nov. 17, 2020 – El Día de Acción de Gracias es uno de los días más festejados del año, y una gran oportunidad de celebrar con aquellos más cercanos a usted. A medida que el número de casos del COVID-19 sigue aumentando en Colorado, es importante que haga todo lo posible para cuidarse a usted mismo y a sus seres queridos, al estar celebrando el Día de Acción de Gracias. 

El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés), le recomienda a los habitantes de Colorado a interactuar sólo con personas que vivan en su misma vivienda en el Día de Acción de Gracias, para ayudar a frenar  la propagación alarmante del COVID-19. Esta temporada festiva es una oportunidad para poder reimaginar lo que estar unidos puede ser y también pensar en maneras creativas para poder celebrar a aquellos seres queridos mientras nos aseguramos  que se mantengan saludables en los años venideros.  

Los Sí y No para los festejos del Día de Acción de Gracias:

  • Prepare y coma una cena especial con las personas de su vivienda.
  • Haga una videollamada o hable por el teléfono con amigos y familia que no viven con usted.
  • Utilice un tapabocas y mantenga 6 pies de distancia de otros mientras hace sus compras del Día de Acción de Gracias.
  • No viaje para visitar a familia y amigos de otra vivienda.

Vea todas las guías del Día de Acción de Gracias en nuestro sitio web https://covid19.colorado.gov/thanksgiving

Continúa manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.  

State health officials release guide to safer Thanksgiving

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19

DENVER – Governor Polis provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and made several significant announcements.

“I will never give up on Coloradans and I know we have the resolve to do what is necessary to defeat this virus. Cases and hospitalizations have continued rising with over 1,100 Coloradans currently hospitalized for COVID,” said Governor Polis. “We simply must do a better job of wearing masks, physically distancing and avoiding social interactions with those outside our households. It’s up to us, Colorado, the time for change is now.”

The Governor announced that given the rise in cases across our state, he has ordered the State Emergency Operations Center to return to level 1. This is the highest level of operation and brings together all state agencies, federal partners and the voluntary organizations that serve the State’s communities in crisis. At this level, the EOC can better coordinate and synchronize the state’s response to the pandemic.

In addition, the governor shared that he has signed an executive order that will clarify the order of operations for surging hospital capacity for the State of Colorado. The first line of defense is for hospitals to increase their capacity internally by opening up unused space and augmenting their staffing. If further capacity is needed, then hospitals must scale back elective procedures. If patient load continues to surge after these steps the state will support the Colorado Hospital Association to address the interhospital transfer system, and if caseload further exceeds these strategies, alternative care sites will be utilized as a last resort. Hospitals need to exhaust all of their resources before alternative care sites are utilized. 

This executive order directs all general hospitals to submit a plan to the state with their maximum surge bed count by Wednesday, November 18, and a complete surge plan to CDPHE by November 20, 2020, and must include:

  • A detailed plan to potentially increase bed capacity by at least fifty percent (50%) and provide staffing and medical equipment for such increase;
  • Strategies to increase the number of ICU beds by transitioning medical and surgical beds to ICU beds if needed. 
  • A detailed staffing plan, sufficient to provide adequate care for all beds, including those in use or available to patients other than COVID-19 patients.
  • A mandate for elective procedures to be actively managed, reduced and/ or delayed if there is a surge of COVID-19 infections in the county or municipality in which the facility is located. 

It also directs that all hospitals report the maximum number of staffed ICU beds that can be made available for patients in need of ICU level care, as well as the maximum number of staffed medical and surgical beds available for non ICU hospitalization at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. each day. Hospitals and medical providers are encouraged to continue utilizing telehealth and virtual visits as much as possible. 

Under current public health orders, hospitals that are at more than 70% capacity or have less than a two-week supply of PPE must actively manage their elective procedures to ensure they have adequate capacity for a surge of patients, which has been the law of Colorado since July. Governor Polis shared that he plans to update both the executive orders and public health order to make it clear that hospitals experiencing stress and strain serving patients must begin a mandatory scale back of elective procedures in anticipation for a surge of patients in the coming weeks. 

The Governor extended an executive order increasing the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminating cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. The Governor also extended an Executive Order related to criminal justice. Finally, the governor amended and extended an executive order concerning multiple fires statewide.  

Governor Polis announced the good news that more than one million Coloradans have opted in to receiving the Colorado Exposure Notification technology which went live on all Android and Apple phones last month. Coloradans can visit addyourphone.com for more information or to sign up.

In order to scale up testing, the state is partnering with COVIDCheck Colorado, part of Gary Community Investments, who has launched seven testing sites around the metro area that are now open to the general public. 

“Through our partnership with the State of Colorado, COVIDCheck Colorado has made fast and accurate COVID-19 testing available to all Coloradans, free of charge, through December 2020,” said Mike Johnston, CEO, Gary Investments.  If you are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19 – Test Now. If you are working in a public facing capacity – test regularly. If you feel you need a test for any reason – test as needed.”

CovidCheck Colorado test are available at the following locations:

  • All City Stadium
    1495 S. Race Street, Denver, CO 80210
  • Cherry Creek High School
    4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
  • Instructional Support Facility
    5416 S. Riviera Way Aurora, CO 80015
  • North High School
    3125 Eliot Street, Denver, CO 80211
  • Mountain Range High 
    12500 Huron Street Westminster, CO 80234
  • St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center
    33 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80504
  • Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning Center
    15771 E. 1st Ave, Aurora, CO 80011

The governor’s presentation can be viewed here.

Governor Polis provides update on COVID-19

CDPHE: COVID exposure notifications enabled by one million Coloradans

Governor Jared Polis announced that more than one million Coloradans have enabled the statewide COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system launched on October 25 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in partnership with Google and Apple.
Studies show that at just 15% adoption of exposure notification technologies, you can see a significant decrease in COVID-19 infections and deaths. Colorado is now at 17% adoption, and as adoption increases, so does the potential impact.

“By signing up for Exposure Notifications on your phone, 1 million Coloradans are stepping up and doing their part to help limit risk to family, friends, and coworkers from the deadly COVID virus. We are at a pivotal moment in this pandemic, and opting in to this service at addyourphone.com helps keep our families and communities safe and our economy running,” said Governor Jared Polis.

CDPHE has also acted quickly to innovate and optimize processes for CO Exposure Notifications.

If you test positive for COVID-19 in Colorado, public health authorities will send you a one-time, anonymous verification code to be entered into CO Exposure Notifications. Because of the dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases, users were experiencing a wait for their verification code as local case investigators and contact tracers worked tirelessly to manage the overwhelming flood of new cases.

To reduce the burden on local public health agencies, CDPHE quickly stood up a new process that will now text a one-time verification code directly to all people with confirmed positive test results when they are reported to the Colorado Electronic Disease Reporting System (CEDRS).

“Since automating this process on November 9, we have gone from sending an average of 20 verification codes per day, to sending over 5,000 per day,” said Sarah Tuneberg, Lead of Colorado’s Containment and Testing Team and CO Exposure Notifications Lead. “Thanks to this quick action, Coloradans will get the information they need quickly without further overwhelming our health workers. This is a big win for Colorado!”

CO Exposure Notifications complements existing statewide health safety protocols without compromising the privacy of Coloradans. Exposure Notification systems like these are critical to preventing further spread of COVID-19.

We encourage Coloradans to opt into CO Exposure Notifications at addyourphone.com.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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CDPHE: 1 millón de habitantes de Colorado activaron las notificaciones de exposición

El gobernador Jared Polis hoy anunció que más de un millón de habitantes de Colorado activaron el sistema de Notificaciones de Exposición al COVID-19 en todo el estado, que fue lanzado el 25 de octubre por el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) en colaboración con Google y Apple.
Los estudios (en inglés) demuestran que a tan solo un 15% de la implementación de tecnologías de notificaciones de exposición, se puede ver un declive en infecciones y muertes a causa del COVID-19. Colorado ha llegado a un total del 17% de su implementación, y a medida que la implementación aumenta, también aumenta su impacto potencial.

“Al inscribirse a las Notificaciones de Exposición en su teléfono, 1 millón de habitantes de Colorado están dando el paso al frente y haciendo su parte para poder ayudar reducir el riesgo en sus familias, amigos y compañeros de trabajo ante este virus mortal del COVID. Estamos en un momento crucial en esta pandemia e inscribirse a este servicio en addyourphone.com ayuda a cuidar a nuestras familias y comunidades, además de mantener nuestra economía en funcionamiento”, dijo el Gobernador Jared Polis.

El CDPHE también ha actuado rápidamente para innovar y optimizar los procesos para las Notificaciones de Exposición en CO.

Si su prueba de detección del COVID-19 da positivo en Colorado, las autoridades de salud pública le enviarán un único código anónimo de verificación que deberá ingresar al sistema de Notificaciones de Exposición en CO. Debido a un gran incremento de casos del COVID-19, los usuarios estaban experimentando un tiempo de espera para recibir su código de verificación, mientras que investigadores locales de casos y rastreadores de contactos trabajaron incansablemente para manejar la inmensa cantidad de nuevos casos.

Para reducir la carga sobre las agencias locales de salud pública, el CDPHE rápidamente creó un nuevo proceso donde se enviará un único código de verificación directamente a todas las personas que han dado positivo en su prueba de detección y que ha sido reportado al Sistema Electrónico de Reporte de Colorado (CEDRS, por sus siglas en inglés).

“Desde la automatización de este proceso el 9 de noviembre, hemos pasado de enviar un promedio de 20 códigos de verificación por día, a más de 5,000 por día”, dijo Sarah Tuneberg, Líder del Equipo de Contención y Pruebas de Laboratorio de Colorado y del sistema de Notificaciones de Exposición de Colorado. “Gracias a esta intervención rápida, los habitantes de Colorado obtendrán la información que necesitan rápidamente sin abrumar a nuestros profesionales de atención médica. ¡Esto es un gran triunfo para Colorado”!

Las Notificaciones de Exposición en Colorado complementan los protocolos existentes del estado sin comprometer la privacidad de los habitantes de Colorado. Sistemas de Notificación de Exposición como este, son cruciales a la hora de prevenir una mayor propagación del COVID-19

Alentamos a los habitantes de Colorado a que opten por recibir las Notificaciones de Exposición en Colorado en utilizatutelefono.com.

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.



CDPHE: COVID exposure notifications enabled by one million Coloradans

CDPHE: Free and convenient testing sites available across Colorado

As demand for COVID-19 testing increases, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants to remind Coloradans that there are numerous state-sponsored community testing sites across the state. They are free, convenient, and do not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance. There are more than 50 free community testing sites across the state, as well as dozens of locations offered by private providers. The state’s website has a list of locations.

Anyone who needs a test is encouraged to get one. Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset and until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. In some more severe cases, medical providers may recommend isolation for longer. Anyone who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days and get tested seven days after the exposure. A negative test should not release someone quarantine because symptoms might not appear for up to 14 days after exposure.

The following community testing sites are free to the public:
(Many of the sites request advance registration to speed the testing process, but it is not required.)

Federal Heights: Water World, 8801 N. Pecos St. Federal Heights, CO 80260 (parking lot adjacent to W. 90th Ave.)
Open Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m.– 7 p.m.

Aurora: Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle Aurora, CO 80010 (in the parking lot)
Open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Centennial: Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave. Centennial, CO 80111 (east of Arapahoe Road and Peoria Street)
Open Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Thornton: City of Thornton Municipal Service Center, 8651 Colorado Blvd. Thornton, CO 80229 (south of the intersection at 88th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard)
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 8 a.m.–2 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Fountain: 6436 US Highway 85-87 Colorado Springs, CO 80911 (formerly known as the Beckett Event Center)
Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Falcon/Peyton: Rock Island Regional Trailhead, 7281 McLaughlin Road Peyton, CO 80831
Open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monument: 25 Jefferson St. Monument, CO 80132 (southwest parking lot at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and N. Jefferson Street in the church rectory)
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Colorado Springs: Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive E. Colorado Springs, CO 80909 (parking lot just south of JCPenney)
Open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

Mesa County: Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 US-50, Grand Junction, CO 81503
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Pueblo: State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004
(enter through Gate 4 off Mesa and Gaylord avenues
Open Monday-Friday and every second and fourth Saturday, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.

The following test sites require advanced registration:

All City Stadium
*South 1495 S Race St., Denver, CO 80210
M, T, W: 11:30 a.m – 5 p.m.
Th, F: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning Office & Conference Ctr
5771 E 1st Ave., Aurora, CO 80011
M, T: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
W, Th, Fr : 12 – 5 p.m.

Mountain Range HS
12500 Huron St., Westminster, CO 80234
M-F 12 – 5 p.m.

North High School
3125 Eliot St., Denver, CO 80211
M-W: 7 a.m. – 1p.m.
Th, F: 11:30 a.m. – 5p.m.

St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center
33 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80504
M-F: 12 – 5 p.m.

Instructional Support Facility / Cherry Creek High School ISF:
5416 S. Riviera Way Aurora, CO 80015 /
CCHS: 4700 South Yosemite St., Greenwood Village, CO, USA
M: 12 – 5 p.m.
T: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
W, Th: 12 – 5 p.m.
F: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Colorado Mesa University
1280 Cannell Ave.*
M-F 4-5:30 p.m.

Please check out more community testing sites in your area at covidtest.colorado.gov/map.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: Free and convenient testing sites available across Colorado

State announces updates COVID-19 website to add data, improve accessibility and streamline navigation

State announces updates COVID-19 website to add data, improve accessibility and streamline navigation

The state will update its COVID-19 website to add new data, and improve accessibility, readability, and ease of use.

Among the changes are:
• New feature on the hospital data section of the data visualization to include regional ICU bed availability information.
• Reorganization of guidance to match the dial framework.
• Improved accessibility to make it easier for web visitors to find data and other important information about COVID-19. Features have been added to assist those using web readers.
• Improved navigation, including categories “For Coloradans,” “Guidance for Businesses and Communities,” and “Public Health Orders” to help web visitors find what they need.

The website address will remain unchanged at www.covid19.colorado.gov.

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Colorado anuncia actualizaciones a la página web del COVID-19, agregará información de datos, mejorará la accesibilidad y simplificará la navegación.

Colorado actualizará su página web del COVID-19, agregando nuevos datos, mejorando la accesibilidad, su lectura y facilidad de uso.

Estos cambios son:
• Una nueva función en la visualización de datos de la sección de datos hospitalarios para incluir información acerca de la disponibilidad de camas en la Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos (ICU, por sus siglas en inglés).
• Reorganización de directrices para coincidir con el sistema de indicadores.
• Una mejora en la accesibilidad para facilitar que usuarios puedan encontrar datos y otra información importante acerca del COVID-19. Se han agregado funciones para ayudar a aquellas personas que están utilizando lectores de páginas web.
• Un mejoramiento en la navegación, que incluye a categorías “Para habitantes de Colorado”, “Guia para empresas y comunidades”, y “Órdenes de Salud Pública” para poder ayudar a que los usuarios encuentren lo que necesitan.

La dirección web no se cambiará y seguirá como www.covid19.colorado.gov.

State announces updates COVID-19 website to add data, improve accessibility and streamline navigation

Sixth Garfield County resident passes away from complications due to COVID-19

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – A Garfield County woman in her eighties has died from complications due to COVID-19. This is the sixth death in the county.

“She was receiving care in a hospital outside of the county,” said Yvonne Long, Garfield County Public Health Director. “Our condolences and thoughts are with the family. This is a sad reminder of how COVID can impact people, especially those in our more vulnerable populations.”

Sixth Garfield County resident passes away from complications due to COVID-19

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for November 12, 2020

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 11/12/2020:
Number of individuals tested: 4,600
Positive results: 395
Pending results: 143
New Positives since 11/10/20: 30
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 15
Patients Transferred: 5
Patients Discharged: 9

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

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for November 12, 2020

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 11/12/2020

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 12,761
Positive results: 674
Pending results:  168
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 90
Admitted patients discharged: 79
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing. 

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

State releases updated public health order for long-term care facility testing

Increased testing provided by state will further protect residents

Nov. 10, 2020 –  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today released an updated Public Health Order and guidance for residential care facilities requiring COVID-19 testing at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, group homes, and intermediate care facilities. 
 
Changes will go into effect on Nov. 20, and include: 

  • All long-term care facilities must implement ongoing surveillance testing, plus outbreak testing as needed. 
  • Surveillance testing will be required weekly for staff, as well as for any residents who have left the facility.
  • All surveillance and outbreak testing will be conducted utilising polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, the most effective test for detecting infection with COVID-19 available.
  • Any single positive test within a facility will initiate outbreak testing of all residents and staff, regardless of the presence or absence of COVID-19-related symptoms.   

Read the summary of changes

“Expanded testing at long-term care facilities will further protect many of the Colorodans most at risk of experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. 

To ensure compliance with the updated Public Health Order, the state of Colorado has partnered with Curative Labs, a national COVID-19 testing company, to assist facilities in meeting the new testing requirements. Through Curative Labs, the state will be providing test kits to all residential care facilities at no cost. 

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

State releases updated public health order for long-term care facility testing