State of Colorado participates in COVID-19 vaccine distribution readiness test

Denver, Colo – Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Operation Warp Speed (OWS) have chosen Colorado to participate in a pilot run of the end-to-end logistics readiness test for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. CDC is conducting the test with external partners (Pfizer, McKesson, UPS, FedEx) as well as 10 jurisdictions, including the state of Colorado.

Colorado is prepared to receive and distribute COVID-19 vaccine(s) as soon as one becomes available. Participating in the end-to-end test is an opportunity to increase operational readiness as well as evaluate the state’s ability to coordinate, communicate, and share information from a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary standpoint. While the State is participating in this test, we continue to encourage people to avoid in person gatherings, wear a mask when outside of your home and stay six feet away from others. 

During the test, Colorado public health officials are expected to: 

  • Identify a provider location that will receive the test vaccine shipment.
  • Ensure orders have been submitted to CDC’s Vaccine Tracking System (VTrckS) using a fake national drug code.
  • Receive a thermal shipper without vaccine and ‘mock’ ancillary kits.
  • Report receipt of shipper and kits.

Pfizer will be providing a thermal shipping container to each jurisdiction that participates in the end-to-end test. 

A second test will be held on Nov. 30 with 52 additional jurisdictions, federal partners, and select pharmacy partners. Colorado will not participate in this second test. 

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El estado de Colorado participa en una prueba de preparación para la distribución de las vacunas contra el COVID-19

Denver, Colo – nov. 23, 2020: Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Operación de Velocidad de Distribución (OWS, por sus siglas en inglés), han elegido a Colorado para participar en una prueba piloto para probar la preparación logística para la distribución de la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Los CDCs están conduciendo la prueba con socios externos (Pfizer, McKesson, UPS, FedEx) así como con diez jurisdicciones, incluyendo al estado de Colorado.

Colorado está preparado para recibir y distribuir las vacunas contra el COVID-19 tan pronto como estén disponibles. Participar en pruebas de “extremo a extremo” es una oportunidad para aumentar la preparación operacional, así como evaluar la habilidad del estado para coordinar, comunicar y compartir información desde una perspectiva multidisciplinaria, de múltiples agencias y múltiples jurisdicciones. Mientras el estado participa en esta prueba, seguimos alentando a las personas a evitar las reuniones en persona, usar tapabocas cuando estén afuera de sus viviendas y mantenerse a seis pies de distancia de otras personas.

Durante la prueba, se espera que los funcionarios de salud pública de Colorado:

  • Identifiquen a un proveedor local que recibirá el envío de pruebas para las vacunas.
  • Aseguren que los pedidos hayan sido enviados al Sistema de Seguimiento de Vacunas (VTrckS) de los CDCs usando un código de medicamento nacional “falso”.
  • Reciban a un remitente térmico sin vacunas y equipos auxiliares de “imitación”.
  • Confirmen la recepción del remitente y los equipos.

Pfizer proporcionará un contenedor termal de envío para cada jurisdicción que participe en las pruebas de “extremo a extremo”.

Una segunda prueba se llevará a cabo el 30 de noviembre con 52 jurisdicciones adicionales, socios federales y socios farmacéuticos selectos. Colorado no participará en esta segunda prueba.

State of Colorado participates in COVID-19 vaccine distribution readiness test

CDPHE: Additional counties are moving to stricter levels on the dial

The state moves more counties to stricter levels on the dial to slow the spread 

Nov. 19 , 2020 – Today the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced several Colorado counties are moving to stricter levels on the state’s COVID-19 dial

As of Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5 p.m., the following counties will be in Level Orange:

  • Baca
  • Bent
  • Kiowa

As of Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 5 p.m., the following counties will be in Level Red:

  • Alamosa
  • Otero
  • Prowers
  • Pueblo
  • Weld

Learn more on this updated capacity chart for all 6 levels. View the updated dial. County levels are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and will be regularly updated.

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

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Se suman condados a niveles más estrictos en el nivel de indicadores

El estado mueve más condados a niveles más estrictos en el nivel de indicadores para frenar la transmisión  

Nov. 19 , 2020 – El día de hoy, el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció que varios condados de Colorado se están dirigiendo a niveles más estrictos en el nivel de indicadores del COVID-19 del estado. 

A partir del sábado 21 de noviembre de 2020 a las 5 p.m., los siguientes condados estarán en el Nivel Naranja:

  • Baca
  • Bent
  • Kiowa

A partir del domingo 22 de noviembre de 2020 a las 5 p.m., los siguientes condados estarán en el Nivel Rojo:

  • Alamosa
  • Otero
  • Prowers
  • Pueblo
  • Weld

Infórmese más con este diagrama de capacidad actualizado para todos los 6 niveles. Vea el nivel de indicadores actualizado. Los niveles de los condados son revisados de forma continua y serán actualizados regularmente. 

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

CDPHE: Additional counties are moving to stricter levels on the dial

CDPHE: Several Colorado counties move to level red on state dial

Public health order specifies stricter levels as cases rise

Nov. 17, 2020 – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an updated public health order that provides necessary updates to the COVID-19 dial framework today. The order updates Level Red to indicate counties where there is severe risk of COVID-19 spreading rapidly, while allowing some businesses to remain open at very limited capacity. A sixth level, Level Purple: Extreme Risk, will be added to the dial, representing when hospital capacity risks being breached and most businesses and indoor services must be closed. The updated dial levels will go into effect on Friday, Nov. 20. Read a summary of changes

The Colorado COVID-19 dial is a tool that allows Colorado to balance the urgent need to contain the virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic. 

“We are adding a new level to the dial in response to out-of-control levels of COVID-19 transmission across the state,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE. “Coloradans must take proactive steps to reduce the spread of the virus to protect their families and communities. Wear a mask, avoid in-person interactions with people from outside your household, and wash your hands frequently. If we are not careful now, we risk plunging into the deep end of the dial, where hospitals are not able to serve everyone who needs care, whether they are COVID-19 patients or other types of patients. It’s up to all Coloradans to help our essential health care workers save lives.”

The new dial levels, effective Nov. 20, are:

  1. Level Green – Protect Our Neighbors: for counties that are able to locally contain surges. Most businesses are open with generous capacity limits. 
  2. Level Blue – Caution: for counties with low transmission levels that aren’t quite ready for Protect Our Neighbors. Capacity limits are more permissive than yellow.
  3. Level Yellow – Concern: the baseline level for counties with elevated transmission levels but stable hospitalizations. 
  4. Level Orange – High Risk:  for counties where numbers are going up but not to the point where everything needs to be shut down. The capacity limits are moderate.
  5. Level Red – Severe Risk: for counties with high levels of transmission, hospitalizations, and positivity rates. Most indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative. The capacity limits are significant.
  6. Level Purple – Extreme Risk: for counties where hospital capacity is at extreme risk of being overrun. At this level, all businesses must significantly curtail in person functions and people must stay at home except for necessary activities.

CDPHE has notified the following counties that they will move to Level Red on Friday, November 20, 2020:

  • Adams
  • Arapahoe
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Clear Creek
  • Denver
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • La Plata
  • Logan
  • Mesa
  • Morgan
  • Routt
  • Summit
  • Washington

CDPHE has notified the following counties that they will move to Level Orange on Friday, November 20, 2020:

  • Costilla
  • Custer
  • Lake
  • Montezuma
  • Pitkin
  • San Juan

CDPHE has notified the following counties that they will move to Level Yellow on Friday, November 20, 2020:

  • Las Animas
  • Gunnison

CDPHE will share additional counties moving to more restrictive levels as necessary. 

Learn more on this updated capacity chart for all 6 levels. View the updated dial.

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

CDPHE: Several Colorado counties move to level red on state dial

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

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

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

State releases report to help schools determine learning environments

Report evaluates the costs and benefits of in-person learning during rising COVID-19 cases in Colorado

Nov. 11 , 2020 – Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is releasing a report to help schools determine their best course of action as cases rise. Public health order 20-36 further clarifies that school districts are allowed to make decisions regarding in-person, hybrid, or virtual learning.

The report reviews public health data that reveals that, in general, schools have been able to mitigate the disease by implementing school guidance. Strategies such as cohorting, mask wearing, and disease investigation seem to be working to prevent school outbreaks. Students in grades K-8 are at a lower risk for in-school transmission than high school students.

CDPHE continues to recommend that school districts: 

  • Prioritize in-person learning for specific populations based on need and risk.
  • Eliminate or greatly restrict extracurricular activities.
  • Implement additional protective measures in school.

The CDPHE guidance also stresses the need for schools to evaluate their ability to support the emotional and mental health of the school community, and develop tools and protocols (such as regular outreach to students and families, peer mentorship, individual learning plans and goal setting, and outreach for identified concerns) to support their community. These additional considerations are especially critical if school districts decide to move to remote learning. 

Regardless of what strategy schools adopt, communication and coordination with educators, staff and other stakeholders in the school community is paramount. Individuals with medical vulnerabilities and other safety concerns should continue to receive support if they choose to learn or work remotely.

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

State releases report to help schools determine learning environments