SEOC: State delivers KN95 masks to Colorado schools

Centennial, Colo. – The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has delivered 672,750 KN95 masks to Colorado schools. Four of 10 shipments are complete.  On July 16, Gov. Jared Polis announced that Colorado will provide educators with medical-grade masks. This offer includes staff members who work directly with students at any K-12 public school, private school, charter, BOCES, district and facility school. 

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) worked with the SEOC to coordinate the delivery to Colorado schools for a 10-week supply of KN95 masks — one mask per week — for every staff member who works directly with students. 

Representatives from the Colorado SEOC called school districts, BOCES, charters, facility schools and private schools to coordinate delivery, confirm physical addresses and numbers of staff people who need the masks. The initial delivery of KN95 masks began on Aug. 17, 2020. Masks will be delivered once a week for 10 weeks. 

Charter schools and non-Catholic private schools pick up their supply of masks in the district where they are located. Masks for staff members at Catholic schools will be delivered to each diocese. For more information, visit the KN95 Masks for Colorado Schools webpage.

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El estado entrega mascarillas KN95 a las escuelas de Colorado

Centennial, CO – El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia de Colorado (SEOC, por sus siglas en inglés) ha entregado 672,750 mascarillas KN95 a las escuelas del estado. Ya se han completado 4 de 10 cargamentos. El 16 de julio, el Gob. Jared Polis anunció que Colorado les proporcionará mascarillas de grado médico a los maestros y miembros del personal que trabajan directamente con los estudiantes en cualquier escuela pública K-12, privada, chárter, BOCES (juntas de cooperativas de servicios educativos), de distrito y de servicios de educación especial (Facility School).

El Departamento de Educación de Colorado colaboró con el SEOC para coordinar la entrega de un suministro de mascarillas KN95 para 10 semanas a las escuelas del estado, es decir, una mascarilla por semana para cada miembro del personal que trabaja directamente con los estudiantes. 

Representantes del SEOC de Colorado se comunicaron con los distritos escolares, escuelas chárter, privadas, BOCES y de servicios de educación especial (Facility School) para coordinar la entrega, confirmar las direcciones físicas y el número de miembros del personal que necesitarán mascarillas. La entrega inicial de las mascarillas KN95 comenzó el 17 de agosto de 2020 y se entregarán una vez a la semana durante 10 semanas. 

Las escuelas chárter y privadas no católicas recogerán el suministro de mascarillas en el distrito escolar donde están ubicadas. Las mascarillas para los miembros del personal de las escuelas católicas se entregarán a cada diócesis. Para obtener más información, consulte la página web del programa de mascarillas KN95 para escuelas de Colorado

SEOC: State delivers KN95 masks to Colorado schools

Guidance released to help local public health agencies and schools navigate opening for fall 2020

Districts will continue to work with local public health agencies on school plans appropriate for their communities

DENVER, July 20, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education, released new guidance for the fall opening of schools today. The group presented slides during a media availability earlier today. The guidance will help local public health agencies work with districts and schools to ensure the safest learning environment possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The guidance provides specific recommendations schools should consider based on the level of COVID-19 in their communities.

Additionally, the guidance has age-group specific recommendations on mask-wearing, physical distancing, and keeping students in cohorts. The guidelines are based on current evidence that suggests the risk of COVID-19 transmission between younger children and from younger children to adults is low, so preschools and elementary schools have different guidelines than middle schools and high schools.

“Our top and only priority is to keep Coloradans healthy,” said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Having students return to the classroom won’t be simple. We will continue to work with school districts across the state, so when ready, schools can have the necessary systems in place to protect our children and ensure that schools can mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We’ll need everyone to take tremendous precautions.” 

“We know the importance of in-person learning and how critical school is to the health, well-being, and academic growth of our students,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “While our goal is to get students back into the classroom where they can be the most supported, we need to prioritize the health and safety of students, their families and staff. With the virus still in our communities, we must continue to follow the guidance of health professionals. These guidelines are designed to help local health agencies and districts make appropriate decisions on health and safety precautions based on the incidence of COVID-19 in their community.”

CDPHE led the creation of the guidance, which is based on the latest science and health recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and others. The guidance incorporates feedback and ideas from a variety of sources, including an advisory committee of education stakeholders and a focus group of doctors, epidemiologists, local public health directors, and superintendents — as well as thousands of written comments from parents, teachers, and community members. 

The guidance is organized by the level of COVID-19 incidence in the community: Stay at Home (high level of COVID-19), Safer at Home (mid-level of COVID-19), and Protect Our Neighbors (lower level of COVID-19).

For example, the guidance for the Safer at Home phase emphasizes keeping students with the same group (or cohort) in their primary classroom throughout the week to prevent full school closure if a COVID-19 case is identified. In this scenario, only four teachers would rotate into one specific classroom per day.

This guidance, CDE’s toolkit for the 2020-21 school year, and guidance from local public health agencies will provide districts with the information they need to start the school year safely and in a way that makes sense for their local communities. 

Executive or Public Health orders can supersede the guidance. Local public health agencies, local governments, school districts, BOCES, and charters can choose to enact stricter guidance than the state. Except where there is a public health order or other legal requirement, these are recommendations and best practices for local public health agencies to consider as they advise the school districts in their area. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

Guidance released to help local public health agencies and schools navigate opening for fall 2020

New modeling data from the Colorado School of Public Health shows decline in social distancing and increasing hospitalizations

If Colorado continues on its estimated trajectory, ICU capacity may be exceeded in early September

DENVER, July 16, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received additional modeling results from an expert group of public health scientists. The current projection based on recent hospitalization trends is a stark contrast to previous reports, showing a sharp curve upward as cases and hospitalizations have increased over the last few weeks. The modeling team estimates that this is due to a decline in social distancing in Colorado in May and June. 

Governor Jared Polis and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, presented the information from the latest Colorado model report today. All modeling reports are available on the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. 

The latest modeling report provides projections based on COVID-19 hospital census data to characterize the current status of the COVID-19 epidemic in Colorado, and the collective impact of efforts to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It also provides projections based on various policy scenarios around social distancing, mask-wearing, and case detection and containment. The models are based on Colorado data and assumptions.

Key findings from the report:

  • COVID-19 hospitalizations have been increasing since late June. 
  • The estimated effective reproductive number has increased over the past two weeks and is now at the highest estimated value since late March. Social distancing has declined since May.
  • Collectively, these data indicate that the trajectory of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in Colorado has changed over the past two months, from a curve of declining infections in May to a curve of increasing infections (see Figure 3 in the report). The most recent model results suggest the rate of increase has changed from slow growth to a more rapid increase in cases. NOTE: There is still uncertainty about the rate of increase. The estimates will be more certain as we track the rate of increase over the next week.
  • If Colorado remains on the current estimated trajectory, it is expected that intensive care unit (ICU) capacity will be exceeded in early September. If social distancing continues to decline, Colorado could exceed hospital capacity in late August. Under these scenarios, without additional interventions or changes in social distancing, demand could greatly exceed hospital capacity. 
  • If social distancing is increased or other interventions to reduce transmission are implemented, the projected growth in infections and hospital demand is slower and, depending on the efficacy of these interventions, ICU capacity is reached in the fall or not at all.

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled the expert group that works with the state on modeling projections. The group includes modeling scientists at the ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University. 

The state will continue to review data and model findings as the pandemic continues to inform future policy decisions.  Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

New modeling data from the Colorado School of Public Health shows decline in social distancing and increasing hospitalizations

State EOC distributes personal protective equipment and remdesivir

Centennial, Colo. – In the month of June, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to local emergency management, public health offices, senior facilities and home care sites. The PPE was secured through the following channels: FEMA, procured by the State of Colorado and donations to fulfill resource requests submitted to the SEOC. Colorado received 1,742 vials of the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir that will treat 290 patients. The vials were distributed to 10 hospital systems. The remdesivir is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the  Strategic National Stockpile. Read more about remdesivir and the HHS partnership here. The distribution from the SEOC included:

PPE and supplies 

  • 34 counties 
  • 8,875 N95  [FEMA]
  • 1,880 KN95  [FEMA]
  • 15,850 surgical masks  [FEMA]
  • 3,960 face shields  [State of Colorado]
  • 174,399 gowns  [State of Colorado]
  • 45,850 gloves  [FEMA]
  • 28 bottles of sanitizer  [State of Colorado]
  • 1,565 thermometers  [FEMA]
  • 46 temperature stations  [Taiwan donation]

Remdesivir

  • Banner Health: 81 vials
  • Centura Health: 396 vials
  • HealthONE: 225 vials
  • Boulder Community Health: 24 vials
  • St. Mary Corwin Pueblo: 36 vials
  • Denver Health: 100 vials
  • SCL:  309 vials
  • UCHealth: 391 vials 
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado: 168 vials
  • Vail Valley Medical Center: 12 vials 

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

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El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado de Colorado distribuye equipos de protección individual y remdesivir 

Centennial, Colorado. – 6 de julio de 2020 – En el mes de junio, el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado de Colorado (SEOC, por sus siglas en inglés) distribuyó equipos de protección individual (EPI) a las autoridades locales de manejo de emergencias, organismos de salud pública, residencias de ancianos y centros de cuidados residenciales. Los EPI se obtuvieron por medio de las siguientes fuentes: la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés), el gobierno estatal de Colorado y donaciones con el fin de satisfacer solicitudes para recursos presentadas ante el SEOC. Se recibieron en Colorado 1,742 frascos del medicamento antiviral experimental remdesivir, el cual se utilizará para tratar a 290 pacientes. Los frascos se distribuyeron en 10 sistemas hospitalarios. El remdesivir proviene del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los EE.UU. (HHS, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Reserva Estratégica Nacional. Puede obtener más información acerca del remdesivir y la colaboración con el HHS en este enlace. La distribución de suministros del SEOC incluyó:  

EPI y suministros 

  • 34 condados 
  • 8,875 mascarillas N95 [FEMA]
  • 1,880 mascarillas KN95 [FEMA]
  • 15,850 mascarillas quirúrgicas [FEMA]
  • 3,960 protectores faciales [Estado de Colorado]
  • 174,399 batas [Estado de Colorado
  •  45,850 guantes [FEMA
  •  28 botellas de desinfectante [Estado de Colorado]
  • 1,565 termómetros [FEMA]
  • 46 estaciones para la toma de temperatura [donación de Taiwán] 

Remdesivir

  • Banner Health: 81 frascos
  • Centura Health: 396 frascos
  •  HealthONE: 225 frascos
  • Boulder Community Health: 24 frascos
  • St. Mary Corwin Pueblo: 36 frascos
  • Denver Health: 100 frascos
  • SCL:  309 frascos
  • Hospital de la Universidad de Colorado: 391 frascos
  • Hospital de Niños de Colorado: 168 frascos
  • Vail Valley Medical Center: 12 frascos

 Manténgase informado en: covid19.colorado.gov

State EOC distributes personal protective equipment and remdesivir

Colorado Office of Emergency Management uses donated warehouse space for state COVID-19 response efforts

Centennial, Colo. – The Colorado Office of Emergency Management announces that global logistics real estate leader Prologis, Inc. has donated 64,491 square feet of warehouse space to the State Emergency Operations Center.  The space will be used for storage and distribution of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 resources supporting state and local efforts through the end of the year.  The donation is valued at more than $304,720.  

“The private sector plays a critical role in the disaster response and recovery efforts of the state,” stated Colorado Office of Emergency Management Director Mike Willis, “This donation is a key example of our Colorado partners stepping up to support our efforts in a way that saves thousands of dollars for our community.”

The state’s logistics staff and warehouse manager received the keys to the space on Monday, June 23.  PPE and other resources will be consolidated this week from two other locations that the state is renting.  

“As Colorado works to recover from the pandemic, we are proud to support organizations like the Office of Emergency Management which is on the frontlines of COVID-19 response efforts,” said Prologis chief legal officer and ESG head Edward S. Nekritz. “Through our Space for Good Program, we are in a unique position to contribute our platform of available assets in service to our communities.” 

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Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de Colorado aprovecha el espacio donado en un almacén para los esfuerzos de combate contra el COVID-19

Centennial, Colorado, 25 de junio de 2020: La Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de Colorado anunció que la corporación global líder en logística de bienes raíces, Prologis, Inc., ha donado 64,491 pies cuadrados de un almacén al Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias del estado. El espacio se dedicará a almacenar y como punto de distribución de los equipos de protección individual (EPI) esenciales, además de los recursos para apoyar los esfuerzos estatales y locales para combatir el COVID-19 hasta fin de año. La donación representa un valor de más de $304,720. 

“El sector privado desempeña un papel vital en los esfuerzos estatales de respuesta y recuperación ante desastres”, declaró el director de la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de Colorado, Mike Willis. “Esta donación es un ejemplo clave de cómo nuestros colaboradores en Colorado ponen de su parte para apoyar nuestros esfuerzos, de una manera que ahorra miles de dólares para la comunidad”.

El personal de logística del estado y el gerente del almacén recibieron las llaves del espacio el lunes 23 de junio. Los EPI y otros recursos de dos otros lugares que el estado alquila se consolidarán en el nuevo espacio esta semana.

“A medida que el estado de Colorado trabaja para recuperarse de la pandemia, estamos orgullosos de organizaciones como la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de Colorado, que se encuentra en la primera línea de los esfuerzos de combate contra el COVID-19”, comentó el director de asuntos legales y director de criterios ambientales, sociales y de gobierno corporativo (ASG) de Prologis, Edward S. Nekritz. “Mediante nuestro programa Space for Good, nos encontramos en una posición única para poder contribuir con nuestra plataforma de recursos disponibles para servir a nuestras comunidades”. 

Manténgase informado en: covid19.colorado.gov

Colorado Office of Emergency Management uses donated warehouse space for state COVID-19 response efforts

State of Colorado receives funding for crisis counseling assistance and training program

DENVER – The State of Colorado received notification on June 15 of Congress’s approval for $1,780,587 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toward the Immediate Services Program of the Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). 

The CCP is a short-term disaster recovery grant to provide disaster survivors with community-based outreach, stress and resilience education, and connection to mental health and other community resources. Colorado will have 16 providers across the state with local crisis counseling teams available to support Coloradans.

“This unprecedented disaster has wreaked havoc on the state of Colorado,” Colorado’s CCP application reads, “affecting every person while also bringing to light inequities, which have resulted in disproportionate outcomes for different groups of people, whether it be related to race, socio-economic status, type of employment, or other factors.”

Sixteen local mental health and community service providers are funded to deliver crisis counseling services across the state of Colorado. Providers will support geographic areas of Colorado and specific communities that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Additionally, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will provide a statewide health worker hotline to support medical, public health and health care staff access to stress and resilience support and education tools.

States, territories, and federally-recognized tribes with a federal disaster declaration can apply to host a Crisis Counseling Program. FEMA cooperates through an interagency agreement with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide CCP technical assistance and program oversight. More information about the CCP can be found on FEMA and SAMHSA’s websites.

The Immediate Services Program (ISP) is the first phase of the Crisis Counseling Program after a federal disaster declaration. Colorado will also apply for the CCP Regular Services Program, at which point additional providers can expand the program as indicated by need or program capacity. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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El estado de Colorado recibe fondos para el Programa de Asistencia y Capacitación de Consejería de Crisis 

DENVER – El día 15 de junio, el estado de Colorado recibió la notificación de que el Congreso había asignado fondos por el monto de $1,780,587, proporcionados por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés), los cuales serían destinados al Programa de Servicios Inmediatos dentro del Programa de Asistencia y Capacitación de Consejería de Crisis (CCP, por sus siglas en inglés inglés) del equipo Colorado Spirit. 

El CCP es una subvención para la recuperación ante desastres a corto plazo que ofrece a los sobrevivientes de desastres servicios de alcance comunitario, educación sobre estrés y resiliencia, además de conexiones con servicios de salud mental, entre otros recursos comunitarios. Colorado contará con 16 proveedores en todo el estado, con equipos de consejería de crisis disponibles para apoyar a nuestros habitantes.

“Este desastre sin precedentes ha causado estragos en el estado de Colorado”, según se indica en la solicitud del CCP de Colorado, “que afectan a todas las personas e igualmente arroja luz sobre las inequidades, las cuales han generado resultados desproporcionados para diferentes grupos de personas, ya sea en relación con la raza, el nivel socioeconómico, el tipo de empleo u otros factores”. 

Dieciséis proveedores locales de servicios comunitarios y de salud mental recibieron fondos para proporcionar servicios de consejería de crisis en todo el estado de Colorado. Los proveedores brindarán apoyo en las áreas geográficas en Colorado y comunidades específicas que han sido impactadas de manera desproporcionada por el COVID-19. 

Adicionalmente, el Campus Anschutz de la Universidad de Colorado proporcionará una línea directa estatal para los trabajadores de la salud con el fin de mejorar el acceso para el personal médico, de salud pública y de atención médica a herramientas de educación y apoyo en relación con estrés y resiliencia.

Los estados, territorios y las tribus reconocidas federalmente que han recibido una declaración federal de desastre pueden solicitar los servicios del Programa de Consejería de Crisis en su área. FEMA coopera mediante un acuerdo interinstitucional con la Administración de Servicios de Abuso de Sustancias y Salud Mental (SAMHSA, por sus siglas en inglés) para proporcionar asistencia técnica y supervisión del CCP. Puede encontrar más información sobre el CCP en los sitios web de FEMA y SAMHSA.

El Programa de Servicios Inmediatos es la primera fase del Programa de Consejería de Crisis después de obtener una declaración federal de desastre. Colorado también solicitará el Programa de Servicios Regulares del CCP. Una vez que la solicitud sea aceptada, proveedores adicionales podrán expandir el programa, según sea necesario, en relación con la necesidad o capacidad del programa.

Manténgase actualizado en: covid19.colorado.gov.

State of Colorado receives funding for crisis counseling assistance and training program

FEMA provides resources through key partnership in the state emergency operations center

Centennial, Colo. – The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) received direct staffing support and numerous resources for the state’s response to COVID-19.  The State EOC received resources through the Strategic National Stockpile and the FEMA resource ordering system.  

“FEMA continues to provide critical support to the State of Colorado by helping to secure resources for our COVID-19 response as well as technical assistance directly to the State Emergency Operations Center,” said Colorado Office of Emergency Management Director Mike Willis. “These partnerships were developed through planning efforts, exercises and response to past disasters.”

These total number of resources FEMA provided to the State of Colorado include: 

  • 1,941,600 gloves
  • 230,620 gowns
  • 753,710 N95 masks
  • 1,975,000 inbound KN-95 masks
  • 466,780 face shields 
  • 2,614,600 surgical masks
  • 353,700 Hanes masks
  • 4,400 vials of Remdesivir
  • 2 Battelle systems
  • 100 ventilators
  • 2,000 Vecuronium vials
  • 100 Ketamine vials
  • 3,000 Midazolam vials
  • 3,721,600 diapers
  • 43,167 baby wipes
  • 250 medical beds
  • 8,200 cases of baby formula 
  • 26,800 Tyvek sleeves
  • 12,500 testing NP swabs
  • 100 Tyvek hoods
  • 3,816 coveralls
  • 20,000 testing VTM swabs
  • 120 testing kits Abbott
  • 6,375 Tyvek suites

 Visit our State of Colorado website to stay up to date https://covid19.colorado.gov/.  

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FEMA provee recursos a través de una colaboración clave con el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado

Centennial, Colo. – El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado recibió apoyo directo mediante dotación de personal y otros numerosos recursos para contribuir a los esfuerzos estatales en el combate contra COVID-19. Asimismo, el centro estatal recibió recursos a través de la Reserva Estratégica Nacional y el sistema de pedidos de recursos de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés). 

“FEMA sigue prestando apoyo esencial al estado de Colorado ayudando en la obtención de recursos para combatir el COVID-19, además de proveer asistencia técnica directa al Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado”, comentó el director de la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencia de Colorado, Mike Willis. “Estas colaboraciones se desarrollaron como producto de los esfuerzos de planificación, ejercicios y respuesta durante desastres pasados”. 

Las cifras totales de los recursos brindados por FEMA al estado de Colorado consistieron en:  

  • 1,941,600 guantes
  • 230,620 batas
  • 753,710 mascarillas N95 
  • 1,975,000 mascarillas KN-95 por llegar
  • 466,780 protectores faciales 
  • 2,614,600 mascarillas quirúrgicas
  • 353,700 mascarillas Hanes 
  • 4,400 frascos de remdesivir
  • 2 sistemas Battelle
  • 100 ventiladores
  • 2,000 frascos de vecuronium 
  • 100 frascos de ketamina 
  • 3,000 frascos de midazolam 
  • 3,721,600 pañales
  • 43,167 toallitas de bebé
  • 250 camas médicas
  • 8,200 cajas de fórmula para bebés 
  • 26,800 mangas Tyvek 
  • 12,500 hisopos nasofaríngeos para las pruebas de detección del COVID-19
  • 100 capuchas Tyvek
  • 3,816 overoles
  • 20,000 hisopos MTV para las pruebas de detección del COVID-19
  • 120 kits de muestras Abbott
  • 6,375 traje/overol Tyvek 

Manténgase actualizado en la página web del estado de Colorado: https://covid19.colorado.gov/.  

FEMA provides resources through key partnership in the state emergency operations center

State releases new modeling data from Colorado School of Public Health scientists

GLENDALE – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released additional modeling results from an expert group of public health scientists today.

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled the expert group, which includes modeling scientists at ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University. 

Key staff from CDPHE and the ColoradoSPH presented information from the model’s results today. 

The latest Colorado model report is now available to the public, as are the presentation slides from today’s media briefing. All modeling reports are available on the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 website. 

The report provides an estimate of the degree of distancing that Coloradans have achieved so far. It also provides projections based on various policy scenarios around physical distancing, mask-wearing, and improved case detection and containment. The models are based on Colorado data and assumptions.

Key findings from today’s report:

  • Mobility has continued to increase in Colorado (May 14, 2020 mobility report). Mobility, as measured by time spent away from home using anonymized and aggregated mobile device data, was lowest in early April and has been increasing steadily since mid-April.
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined in Colorado since mid-April as a result of the statewide Stay at Home order, which went into effect at the end of March. Researchers have only been able to measure one week of the Safer at Home policy period, so far. Whether the decline will continue is not certain.
  • The estimated net effect of physical distancing, mask-wearing, and case isolation has been to reduce the reproductive number below 1 during the state-wide Stay at Home order, which ended statewide on April 26 and was extended to May 8 for six counties of the Denver metro region. 
  • It is too early to say with confidence what the impact of the transition to Safer at Home has been on the course of the COVID-19 epidemic in Colorado. There is an approximate 13-day lag between infection and hospitalization, the indicator that guides the modeling. Additionally, the change to Safer at Home was not abrupt (e.g., retail did not open until May 4) and approximately 50% of the state’s population remained under Stay at Home through May 8 because of the extension of Stay at Home in six counties of the Metro-Denver region. The modeling team anticipates the earliest they will be able to make preliminary estimates as to the impact of the transition to Safer at Home statewide will be May 29. 
  • The updated modeling results in this report continue to indicate that all control measures available, including relatively high levels of physical distancing need to be utilized. Increases in case detection and isolation, mask-wearing, and physical distancing of approximately 65% can prevent a surge in infections in excess of hospital capacity in the coming summer months. 
  • If Colorado moves to lower levels of physical distancing (55%), older adults need to maintain physical distancing at the level seen during the Stay at Home in order to avoid exceeding hospital capacity. If only half of older adults adopt high levels of physical distancing under a 55% physical distancing scenario, the state is at risk of exceeding hospital capacity this summer. The modeling imply that policy measures should continue to emphasize the need for older adults to adopt measures to minimize their close physical contacts outside of their homes, thereby reducing their risk for infection, hospitalization, and death and preventing exceedance of hospital capacity. 
  • Relaxation of physical distancing to lower levels (45%) is predicted to lead to a surge in sick people in excess of hospital capacity by mid-summer, even if implemented with mask-wearing, increased case detection and isolation, and higher levels of social distancing by all older adults.
  • Around mid-August, the date at which schools generally open, the epidemic curves under all scenarios will rise. 
  • The uncertainty highlighted in this report regarding the current course of the COVID-19 epidemic under Safer at Home will lessen over the coming days. Estimates of the trajectory of the outbreak under Safer at Home will be valuable for making decisions concerning further relaxation of social distancing.

The state will continue to review data and model findings as the pandemic continues to inform future policy decisions. 

State releases new modeling data from Colorado School of Public Health scientists

Colorado State University to lead COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic health care workers, nursing home residents

FORT COLLINS –  As part of the state’s plan to expand testing in long-term care facilities, scientists from Colorado State University (CSU) will conduct COVID-19 testing of workers and residents in up to 30 skilled nursing facilities in Colorado. Each facility will receive eight consecutive weeks of testing. The tests will provide an early warning system for public health officials and managers at long-term care facilities. This will help prevent outbreaks, monitor the risk of exposure for residents, and help recovered workers return to work. 

This project, an agreement between CSU and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is an initiative of the COVID-19 Residential Care Task Force. The  Colorado Unified Command Center (UCC) launched the task force in an effort to reduce the spread of illness and number of deaths in high-density, group-living settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

“This is an exciting partnership,” said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer for CDPHE. “Because some cases of COVID-19 are without symptoms, this type of testing approach is going to be essential in preventing outbreaks. We are grateful for CSU’s support in helping us to protect Coloradans from the spread of COVID-19.”

“We’re incredibly proud of our state for prioritizing this kind of testing in skilled nursing facilities and we’re proud that CSU can support that effort,” said Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, director of the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging at CSU.

CSU will receive $4.2 million as part of this agreement. A majority of the funding will go to the testing of asymptomatic workers, with their consent, using nasopharyngeal swabs. CSU will work with state officials to identify the facilities with highest priority for surveillance testing. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at CSU will process the human COVID-19 tests

In April, the lab received Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification for laboratory testing performed on humans by partnering with colleagues at CSU’s Health and Medical Center, including Dr. Bruce Smith, who directs the  CLIA-certified laboratory. The CSU lab also worked directly with the CDPHE to obtain human samples for validation testing. The CSU lab’s move to process human tests is part of a national trend at veterinary labs

Dr. Kristy Pabilonia is the director of the lab at CSU. Her team has previously responded to numerous animal disease outbreaks and has the capacity to test large numbers of samples. 

CSU’s role builds on an existing pilot project launched in March with five skilled nursing facilities in the state. As of the end of April, researchers leading the study tested 454 nursing home workers and found 13.1 percent, or 60 of 454 workers, who did not show symptoms tested positive for COVID-19.  The concept behind the research is a basic principle in disease surveillance, especially during a pandemic. 

“We know that there is a surprising number of people who never exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, and we’ve shown that even asymptomatic positive people are infectious to others,” said Dr. Ehrhart. “It’s important that when there’s a community at higher risk for severe illness, like seniors, that we think about how to identify and mitigate the hidden potential for transmission to protect these vulnerable individuals.” 

In Colorado, more than 50 percent of the COVID-19-related deaths have been among older adults and people with disabilities who resided in high-density, group-living settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

Alan Rudolph, CSU’s vice president for research, said the project underscores the university’s land-grant mission and demonstrates how research can have an immediate impact in Colorado communities. “Our researchers are at a critical interface to answer questions including: How long does it take to proceed from having symptoms to getting the disease, to testing negative and then have no disease?” he said.

CSU Professor Greg Ebel is a co-investigator on this research project.

Colorado State University to lead COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic health care workers, nursing home residents

Colorado State Emergency Operations Center: Unified Command Center supports expansion of testing across state

DENVER, April 29, 2020: The Colorado Unified Command Center (UCC) is building public-private partnerships to increase testing capacity across Colorado. 

The state lab has sent testing supplies to support 42 community testing sites that will be operated by Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs) or community health providers. 

On April 14, the UCC shared a community testing playbook to support local agencies as they plan their testing sites, and began accepting community testing site requests. LPHAs, city and county governments, hospitals, health clinics and health care coalitions can submit a Community Testing Site Request to the State Lab, outlining their plan and their needs for a testing site in their local community. The State Lab reviews the plan and provides technical assistance. The State Lab will provide initial testing supplies (swabs and transport media) and personal protective equipment (PPE) to agencies that are ready to carry out their plan. Local agencies provide the testing sites, site management, and staff to collect samples. The State Lab, along with affiliated labs that the state contracts with, will process these tests. 

The state’s goal is to work with LPHAs to have a community-based testing site in each of Colorado’s 64 counties, and to gradually transition supply purchases back to the local level as supply chains restore. 

Community testing sites are one key element in the state’s mass testing plan, which consists of the following elements:

  • Private sector hospitals and health care facilities test staff, inpatients, and some outpatients; the state assists by helping to secure supplies and reagents.
  • Local public health agencies (LPHAs) and their community health partners will set up and operate testing sites throughout Colorado’s 64 counties; the state provides guidance for operating the sites and initial supplies required for the testing.
  • The state coordinates specialized, targeted testing efforts in partnership with LPHAs and the private sector to prevent, identify, and/or mitigate outbreaks.
  • The state collaborates with private-sector partners to facilitate additional testing options, such as self-administered nasal swabs overseen by medical personnel at public testing sites. Kroger is a recent partner in one such effort.

The UCC’s testing plan aims to enable centralized screening criteria to avoid site-by-site variation, ensure efficient and orderly operations at testing sites through scheduling or other processes, expedite the testing process, and provide test results to participants as quickly as possible.

“We are working every day with public and private partners to expand testing across Colorado. But obtaining sufficient testing supplies continues to be the limiting factor in our ability to reach that goal,” said Scott Bookman, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 incident commander.

In order to meet Colorado’s goal of expanding testing, the state is requesting support from and placing orders with federal partners, the governor’s Innovation Response Team is identifying alternate supply sources, and the state lab is evaluating alternate sample methods for viability. Colorado has already more than doubled State Lab capacity by borrowing machines, increasing staff, and running 24-7. The state has established contracts with private-sector labs and partnerships with hospital systems.

In addition to supporting community testing, the state will continue to conduct targeted testing to identify, respond to and mitigate outbreaks. Testing efforts will prioritize residential care facilities that serve vulnerable populations. Since many individuals can be asymptomatic for COVID-19 and spread it to others, this program will allow the state to prevent outbreaks among the most vulnerable populations before they happen. The state UCC conducted testing at Colorado’s three largest long-term care facilities April 19-23, and is planning to conduct preemptive testing of staff at four more facilities that do not have known outbreaks. 

The state will also conduct tests to identify and address outbreaks at facilities that are considered critical infrastructure, such as food processing plants and correctional facilities. 

Members of the Colorado National Guard, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are supporting these and other targeted testing efforts. Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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Centro de Comando Unificado del estado apoya la expansión de pruebas de detección a lo largo del estado

DENVER, 29 de abril de 2020. El Centro de Comando Unificado (UCC, por sus siglas en inglés) de Colorado está desarrollando colaboraciones público-privadas con el fin de aumentar la capacidad de realizar pruebas de detección en Colorado.  

El laboratorio estatal ha enviado suministros de pruebas de detección para apoyar a 42 de los centros comunitarios que realizan pruebas de detección operados por los Organismos Locales de Salud Pública (LPHA, siglas en inglés) o proveedores comunitarios de la salud. 

El 14 de abril, el UCC compartió un manual para centros comunitarios de pruebas de detección con el fin de ayudar a que los organismos locales organicen sus centros de pruebas de detección, y comenzó a aceptar solicitudes de pruebas en los mismos. Los organismos locales de salud pública, los gobiernos de las ciudades y los condados, los hospitales, las clínicas de salud y las coaliciones de atención médica pueden enviar al laboratorio estatal una solicitud para instalar un centro comunitario de pruebas de detección, en la que deben describir su plan y las necesidades de instalar dicho centro para su comunidad local. El laboratorio estatal revisará el plan y brindará asistencia técnica. Asimismo, el laboratorio estatal proporcionará los suministros iniciales para las pruebas (hisopos y medios de transporte), así como equipos de protección individual (EPI) a organismos que estén listos para llevar a cabo su plan. Los organismos locales proporcionarán los centros de pruebas de detección, la gestión de estos centros y el personal para recabar muestras. El laboratorio estatal, junto con laboratorios afiliados con los cuales el estado tiene contratos, procesarán dichas pruebas.

El estado ha recibido solicitudes de centros de pruebas de detección en 56 condados. El laboratorio estatal ha completado evaluaciones de preparación y ha aprobado los planes de 44 de las solicitudes, además, ha enviado suministros de pruebas de detección para apoyar a 26 de los centros comunitarios de pruebas de detección.

El objetivo del estado es trabajar con los organismos de salud pública locales para tener un centro comunitario de pruebas de detección en cada uno de los 64 condados de Colorado y, progresivamente, hacer una transición para que se retomen las compras de suministros a nivel local, a medida que la cadena de suministro se restablezca.

Los centros de pruebas de detección son un elemento clave en el plan masivo de pruebas de detección del estado, el cual se compone de los siguientes elementos:

  • Los hospitales del sector privado e instituciones de atención médica realizan pruebas de detección a integrantes del personal, pacientes hospitalizados y algunos pacientes ambulatorios; el estado colabora para ayudar a garantizar los suministros y los reactivos.
  • Los Organismos de Salud Pública Locales (LPHA, por su sigla en inglés) y sus colaboradores comunitarios de la salud organizarán y operarán centros de pruebas de detección en los 64 condados de Colorado; el estado ofrece orientación para el funcionamiento de los centros y entrega los suministros iniciales necesarios para las pruebas de detección.
  • El estado coordina iniciativas de pruebas de detección especializadas y específicas en colaboración con los organismos locales de salud pública y el sector privado con el fin de prevenir, identificar y/o mitigar brotes.
  • El estado colabora con socios del sector privado para facilitar más opciones de pruebas de detección, como la autoadministración de hisopos nasales bajo supervisión de personal médico en centros públicos donde se hacen pruebas. Kroger es un socio reciente de dicha iniciativa.

El plan de pruebas de detección del UCC tiene como objetivo: permitir un criterio de evaluación centralizado para evitar la variación entre centros; garantizar un funcionamiento eficaz y organizado en estos centros mediante programación y otros procesos; agilizar el proceso de pruebas; y entregar a los participantes los resultados de dichas pruebas con la mayor rapidez posible.

“Estamos trabajando día a día con nuestros colaboradores públicos y privados para aumentar el número de pruebas en Colorado, pero obtener suficientes suministros para realizarlas continúa siendo un factor limitante de nuestra capacidad para lograr ese objetivo”, dijo Scott Bookman, el comandante de incidentes de COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado.

Con el fin de cumplir con el objetivo de aumentar el número de pruebas, el estado está solicitando apoyo y efectuando pedidos a colaboradores federales, el Equipo de Respuesta de Innovación del gobernador se encuentra en proceso de identificar otras fuentes alternativas de suministro y el laboratorio estatal está evaluando la viabilidad de otros métodos de muestra. Colorado ya ha más que duplicado la capacidad del laboratorio estatal mediante la obtención de máquinas, el aumento de personal y el funcionamiento durante las 24 horas, todos los días. El estado ha establecido contratos con laboratorios del sector privado y asociaciones con sistemas hospitalarios.

Además de apoyar las pruebas comunitarias, el estado continuará llevando a cabo pruebas específicas con el fin de identificar brotes, responder frente a estos y mitigarlos. Las iniciativas de pruebas de detección tendrán como prioridad los centros de cuidado residencial que atienden a las poblaciones vulnerables. Dado que muchas personas pueden no presentar síntomas de la enfermedad del coronavirus y contagiarla a los demás, este programa permitirá que el estado prevenga brotes entre las poblaciones más vulnerables antes de que estos se produzcan.  El UCC estatal efectuó pruebas en los tres centros de cuidado a largo plazo más grandes de Colorado entre el 19 y el 23 de abril, y tiene un plan para efectuar pruebas preventivas para los trabajadores en cuatro centros adicionales donde no se han identificado brotes. 

Asimismo, el estado llevará a cabo pruebas de detección para identificar y hacer frente a brotes en centros que se consideran infraestructura fundamental, como plantas de procesamiento de alimentos y centros penitenciarios.

Los miembros de la Guardia Nacional de Colorado, la Policía Estatal de Colorado y el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado apoyan estas y otras iniciativas de pruebas de detección con fines específicos.

Para mantenerse informado, visite el sitio web covid19.colorado.gov.

Colorado State Emergency Operations Center: Unified Command Center supports expansion of testing across state