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Stay At Home Order

An Easy to Understand Summary

Written by Andrew C. Montoya,CCDC Legal Program Attorney

As of Thursday, March 26, 2020, precisely at 6:00 a.m., the State of Colorado is under a Stay At Home executive order, issued by Governor Jared Polis. Of course, much of the State was already under local Stay At Home orders issued by county authorities, including Denver, Boulder, Jefferson Counties, and the Tri-County Health order covering Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. That’s a lot of pages of dense text, with facts and findings, definitions and prohibitions, and other unfriendly phrasing that’s no fun to read. But worry not, dear friends! Thanks to the venerable Julie Reiskin, I, your friendly neighborhood disability rights lawyer, am here to provide an easy-to-read summary.

Of course, since I am a lawyer, I do have to take a moment to provide a brief disclaimer: this does not constitute legal advice and reading this does not create an attorney-client relationship. You may wish to consult with a lawyer before taking any actions that might violate any of the county or state Stay At Home orders.

Now, on to the main event: the orders! All of the Stay At Home orders, whether at the state or county level, are very, very similar. In fact, most use identical verbiage for most of the orders, changing only the name of the locality. There are a few minor differences—Broomfield’s being shortest and to the point, for instance—but the upshot of them all is the same: Stay At Home (as much as possible). Because of these significant similarities, I will focus on the statewide order issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health as part of the Governor’s executive order, but this summary pretty much covers them all.

All of the orders start with some basic introductory stuff, like reciting the facts about the spread of COVID-19 and its health consequences, the history of other public health orders related to the virus, and the intent behind the order. The order itself is pretty straight-forward. All public and private gatherings of any size occurring outside of people’s homes are prohibited. People are also asked to remain at their homes as much as possible. When that’s not possible, try your best to maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and others. The only times you should leave your home is for necessities, like grocery shopping, seeking medical care, getting outside for a bit, or working in or supporting a critical business. Basically, if you need something while staying holed up at home, you can still go out and buy it (including liquor and cannabis (for recreational, curbside delivery only)).

If you work in an essential business, such as those grocery stores, medical offices, and dispensaries, you can go to work. If you work in a job that supports those essential businesses, you can go to work. If you need to help someone or need someone to help you, that can still happen too. If you need gas to drive to the grocery store, you can stop at the gas station. If you work at a restaurant, you can still catch the bus, cab, rideshare, bike or scooter to get you there.

Truly, the exceptions to the general premise of staying at home are enormous! Most of the usual business that we do daily will continue unhampered by the Stay At Home order. Sure, you can’t go hang out at Starbucks with friends, but you can still get a venti dark roast to go and Facetime as you take a leisurely stroll through the park. Just remember to maintain the social distancing that we have all been practicing for days now anyway. Of course, also wash your hands (and don’t forget to sanitize your phone too)!

Important Words and Phrases from Colorado Stay At Home Order:

  • Critical Businesses” means healthcare operations (including in-home attendants), infrastructure (like utilities, telecommunications centers, and social support organizations), a lot of manufacturing, many stores and other retail establishments, many services (like trash collection, mail, and vehicle repairs, as well as law enforcement and fire departments), news media, financial institutions, shelters and food banks, and construction. There are many, many other businesses that qualify as Critical Businesses, including businesses that support listed Critical Businesses.
  • Critical Governmental Functions” means public safety, emergency response and services, public utilities and telecommunications, public transportation (including paratransit), and other similar things.
  • Necessary Activities” means tasks essential to your and your household’s health and safety (including pets and other animals), engaging in many outdoor activities, and working for a Critical Business or Critical Government Function.
  • Necessary Travel” means accessing Necessary Activities, Critical Businesses, Critical Governmental Functions, and travel ordered by law enforcement or a court.
  • Social Distancing” means keeping at least six feet away from others not in your household, washing or sanitizing hands as frequently as possible, not coughing or sneezing into your hands, cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly, and not shaking hands.
  • Vulnerable Individuals” means anyone with a disability, anyone over the age of 60, and anyone with a serious health condition.

Summary of Key Points from Colorado Stay At Home Order:

  • People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick SHOULD stay at home except to seek medical care.
  • People with COVID-19 symptoms and those that have tested positive MUST isolate themselves for at least a full week after symptoms have passed.
  • People experiencing homelessness MUST comply with Social Distancing.
  • ONLY Necessary Travel is permitted, but you MAY use public transportation (including Access-a-Ride), ride-sharing services, and private vehicles.
  • Critical Businesses SHOULD remain open but MUST use Social Distancing.
  • Child care facilities MUST follow strict requirements.
  • Necessary Activities that you MAY do include taking care of your healthcare needs, taking care of your household needs, and assisting with other’s healthcare and household needs.
  • You MAY go outdoors for fun, as long as you use Social Distancing, but gathering spaces, such as playgrounds and picnic areas, are closed.
  • You MAY go to work if you work for a Critical Business, Critical Government Function, a business that supports such a business or government function, or to perform minimum basic operations such as processing payroll and employee benefits.

For now, the order expires just before midnight, April 11, 2020. That may change, and we’ll let you know if it does.

COVID-19 Site Map

Virtual Events 

    • TODAY’S EVENTS
    • TOMORROW’S EVENTS
    • UPCOMING EVENTS
      • Facebook Live with Julie Reiskin
      • A Staying Calm & Building Community Power Event OutVote Training (Relational Organizing)
      • Nightcaps and Chats with CCDC
      • Coffee and Conversation with CCDC
      • HCPF Webinar Series: Friday 3/27 & 4/3 for 1 hour
      • NFBCO Daily Workshops
    • CCDC EVENT CALENDAR

Get Involved – Coming Soon

 

Q & A — Fact & Fiction

  • Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country
  • How do I know if I am sick with the Coronavirus?
  • Can coronavirus live on food and objects? 
  • Are Chinese or other Asian Americans more likely to spread the virus?
  • Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
  • Was the new coronavirus deliberately created or released by people?
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

Resources

  • Care Coordinators COVID Resource List
  • Colorado Emergency Childcare Collaborative
  • Denver Emergency Food Access
  • Denver Food Pantries Listings
  • Denver Human Services
    • COVID-19 Information
    • Cancellations, Closures, and Postponements
    • Support Services
    • Donating and Volunteering
    • Local Preparation and Coordination
    • News and Media
    • Emergency Services for People with Disabilities
    • Parking Enforcement Updates
  • Denver Property Tax Relief Program
  • DRCOG Aging and Disability Resources Information and Assistance line
  • Hunger Free Colorado.
  • Internet Essentials: Affordable Internet at Home
  • Linguabee Sign Language Interpreting Services
  • NFBCO Assistance Hotline and Email
  • Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Social Security & Coronavirus
  • Xcel Energy’s response to COVID-19

Links

  • State of Colorado
  • 3/25: Governor’s Community Engagement Update on COVID-19
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
  • Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Find your Department of Public Health by County
  • Colorado Emergency Management, Department of Public Safety
  • Denver City website
  • Denver Public Health
  • 2020Census.gov
  • World Health Organization

Information & Blogs

  • Caregivers of people with disabilities are exempt from the stay-at-home order.
  • Updated on 3/25: Governor’s Community Engagement Update on COVID-19
  • For Coloradans Living Or Caring For People With Disabilities, Fears Over COVID-19 Run Much Deeper
  • How to manage anxiety during a pandemic
  • Grocery Stores Dedicate Time for Those at Highest Risk
  • Emergency Services for People with Disabilities 
  • #operationASLStorytime
  • Ed Department Offers More Special Education Guidance Amid COVID-19
  • 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic
  • Love in the Time of Corona — A MESSAGE FROM KEVIN JOHN FONG
  • Calming Ourselves and Building Our Power
  • The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes Due to Coronavirus
  • Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day
  • Census 2020 & COVID-19

 

Housing Resources

Many of the below resources are landing pages with up-to-date information. This is the first discussion feed post to provide an example of how this platform will work. See below for resources gathered by the Mile High Connects’ Denver Metro COVID-19 Housing Response Strategy community platform.

FEDERAL & NATIONAL:

  • Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) resources & guidance for supportive housing partners here.
  • Enterprise Community Partners has compiled its updates, resources and latest policy recommendations to protect residents, landlords, and communities here.
  • Latest on Federal Legislative Response to COVID-19 here.
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency coronavirus assistance information & announcements here.
  • Federal Reserve System recent developments here.
  • Federal Reserve System COVID-19 Resources here.
  • Housing Advisory Group updates here.
  • HUD Office of Multifamily Housing Programs COVID-19 Q&A here.
  • HUD Exchange: COVID-19 Prevention & Responses for Homeless Providers here.
  • HUD Emergency Services Grants Program here.
  • National Multifamily Housing Council Coronavirus hub here.
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition Coronavirus & Housing/Homelessness here.
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition COVID-19 here.

STATE & REGIONAL:

  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment updates here.
  • Colorado Department of Local Affairs – Housing & COVID-19 here.
  • Colorado Department of Human Services resources for low-income Coloradans here.
  • COVID-19 & Homelessness in Colorado here.
  • Colorado Politics Coronavirus updates & news here.
  • Adams County Emergency Management Plan: five strategic projects, including housing stability, here.
  • Adams County coronavirus community resources here.
  • Arapahoe County alert center here.
  • Broomfield City & County COVID-19 news & updates here.
  • Clear Creek County COVID-19 response updates here.
  • Douglas County COVID-19 and county services here.
  • Gilpin County closure & essential services updates here.
  • Jefferson County COVID-19 information here.
  • Park County here.

LOCAL: 

  • City of Aurora COVID-19 resources here.
  • City of Boulder news, updates, orders & resources here.
  • City of Broomfield COVID-19 news and updates here.
  • City & County of Denver news, updates & resources here.
  • City of Lakewood Coronavirus resource center here.
  • City of Westminster news, updates & resources here.

How to Improvise PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in an Emergency

Doctor’s offices and hospitals aren’t the only ones running out of personal protective equipment. Members of the disability community who rely on home health also use PPE. Here are some ideas if you run out of supplies.

1) Use garbage bags with holes cut out for the head as a disposable, one use gown. It can be worn like a cape and thrown out at the end of the visit.

2) If you have a washing machine, purchase a few pairs of scrubs and request workers to immediately change upon arrival. Wash immediately when the visit is over.

3) Purchase or sew a homemade mask, cut up a t-shirt, or use a bandana. This won’t give adequate protection against COVID-19, but the CDC says bandanas are better than nothing to help reduce any spread of the virus through coughs/droplets from a caregiver to the client. If the caregiver has a cough they should not be working.

4) Substitute washable cleaning gloves for medical gloves. In addition to washing them inside and out, spray them with a solution of bleach and water (10-12 parts water to 1 part bleach). 

5)  Before wearing gloves, require aides to thoroughly scrub their hands (including finger tips, under nails, and the tops of hands and wrists) immediately upon entry, and have each worker wipe down all surfaces that were touched before hand washing. If no wipes are available, use hot water (with antibacterial dish soap) to wipe down surfaces.  If they have to use towels, wash them after each use.  

What can you do? Turns out – a lot!

Get involved-We have ideas!

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”– Audrey Hepburn

 

Despite our current situation, life has handed over an opportunity – more time. We still have the same 24-hours in the day, but we have more space in that time to try something new. You may already be exploring hobbies, books, music, or a myriad of other pursuits, therefore, we’d like to share some other possibilities with you. And the best part – you can do them from home.

Here are a few things you can try. Some may be a better fit than others for you. So, try something, and then try something else. If you have ideas to add, please send them to us at covid@ccdconline.org.

Ways to Advocate:

Influencing Policy

Action Alerts: As we hear about actions, votes, and other movements regarding the policies which define our lives, we ask for people to take action. This could be calling or emailing your legislators, signing onto a petition, or forwarding critical information to others you know. 

    • Current Alerts:

Be Counted

Be Counted: This year there are two ways to be involved in being counted – the 2020 Census and the Presidential & State Elections. 

    • Complete your census by April  1. Go to www.my2020census.gov to enter your information.
    • Contact 3 friends and help them complete their census while you are on the phone with them.
    • Attend the ???which event has Lacey speaking?

Relational Organizing

We need to ensure all of us are involved in the upcoming election. Our voices need to be heard and you can help through the neighborhood, family, and social organizing. Learn from and work with Dawn Howard from CCDC about using the app OutVote to marshal your neighborhood forces to rally the disability vote. This is just one way to regain some of the power that was lost to the virus.

Learn, Share, and Educate

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Emergency Services for People with Disabilities 

The Denver Division of Disability Rights encourages you to take reasonable steps to prepare yourself and your home for emergencies, while also remaining calm.

Although restaurants and bars have been directed to close to onsite seating for the next eight weeks, many restaurants remain open for delivery, carry-out, and drive-through services. Additionally, most essential businesses and services, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, health care facilities, banks, gas stations, and public transportation options remain open.

Supplies and Planning

It is good practice to have adequate supplies to shelter in your home that can last between 3 -5 days. Suggestions include the following:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Canned goods
  • Pet food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Non-prescription medications
  • Water
  • Dried/dehydrated foods
  • Disinfectants
  • Flashlight
  • Toilet paper
  • Batteries/Electronic Chargers

In addition to the previously shared guidance regarding preventative actions (wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, stay home when sick), we also recommend the following:

  • Prepare a household plan:
    • Talk to your neighbors about your plans and consider sharing resources.
    • Think about how to create spaces in your residence to separate sick household members from others.
    • Create an emergency contact list that includes friends, family, neighbors, healthcare providers, and any community resources you normally use for personal care and safety.
    • Collect and securely store important documents, such as birth certificate, social security card, passport, licenses, living will, and deeds to property.
  • Create a checklist for any First Responders that describes:
    • Any medical conditions and requirements for providers,
    • A list of medications and medical supplies needed for your safety and care,
    • Any medical or dietary allergies.
  • Share information with authorities related to survival requirements:
    • If you use life-support devices that depend on electricity, notify the Denver Department of Public Safety (see resource below) and your electricity provider to see if you can be placed on priority reconnection.

Emergency Communications

The Denver Department of Public Safety provides residents with disabilities an opportunity to submit information about yourself or other members of your household who have disabilities in order to help 911 respond appropriately during an emergency. Your information will remain confidential and will give officers advance warning about any pertinent information prior to responding during an emergency.

Please find additional information and the form for the registry (located at the bottom of the page) here: Emergency Services Communications for Special Needs Services

Stay Updated

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation and updates will be communicated through Denvergov.org and the Division of Disability Rights’ email listserv. To be added to the listserv, please send a request to DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.

Finally, if situations specific to the disability community arise that our division should be made aware of, please email DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.

You can also communicate any disability-related needs, discrimination, or other question to covid@ccdconline.org.

3.28 Governor’s Community Engagement Update on COVID-19

In an effort to continue to provide you with an official update from the Governor’s office, below includes the latest steps we are taking to respond to the Coronavirus threat.

**INFORMACIÓN SEGUIDA EN ESPAÑOL**

Quick Links to Stay Up to Date

Topline Update

As of today we have 1,734 cases, 31 deaths, and 239 hospitalizations out of 11,676 completed tests. 

The most up-to-date public health order can be found here.

While the state is not requiring it, our Department of Public Safety has added a Critical Business Self-Certification form to their website in response to requests from employees and private sector members for a document to carry that certifies that they are traveling for work for a critical business. The form is voluntary. It is not required. The link to the document can be found here.

Today, the Governor announced that he is removing restrictions on auto insurance for drivers for Restaurant Delivery. In an effort to protect these workers and their vehicles, the Colorado Department of Insurance released emergency regulations to allow for restaurant workers to deliver food with less red tape and insurance delays. Restaurant owners are encouraged to contact their insurance agents, brokers or companies to discuss additional coverage riders and other options that could offer more protection for their workers and their businesses. Such options could prove useful even after the COVID-19 emergency.

Stay at Home Order

We have been getting a lot of questions from the press and from the public about our Stay-At-Home Order. As you all know, the Governor announced a stay-at-home order that took effect yesterday at 6 a.m. and will last until April 11. We want to stress to everyone that this is not a competition to see what you can get away with. This is not a time to try to figure out how close you can get to the line. This is a time to stay as far away from the line as you possibly can.

Just stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary. And if it is absolutely necessary, keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently, wipe down surfaces, and practice common sense. Use your best judgment and err on the side of safety for yourself and others. And the age old wisdom applies here — if you have to ask yourself if something is smart or safe — it’s probably not. Treat this as seriously as you would treat a tornado, or a flood, or a wildfire, or a hurricane. Because the threat is just as real. And the more noncompliance there is, the longer and more severe this crisis will be, and the longer these extraordinary measures may be in place.

Some of the most frequent questions we are getting are:

Enforcement: This is an executive order, that means it is the law. The rule of law is the foundation of our society; it must be followed. Residents who suspect that a person or an establishment is violating the order should first contact their local public health agency to report any concerns. Residents may also file a report with the Attorney General’s Office at covid19@coag.gov if local law enforcement or a local public health agency is unresponsive.

Parks and Outdoor Recreation: If you absolutely need to recreate, please do it in your own communities close to your home. This should not be treated as a “vacation.” This is not the time to drive two or three or four hours from Denver to a mountain community — many of which are already reeling from this crisis — and potentially contribute to the spread in our mountain communities. We’ve all seen the videos on social media of people packed onto trails at state parks — that can be just as dangerous as being packed into a bar or at a crowded theater.

The trails are often quite narrow, so when you pass someone else, you’re most likely within six feet, and folks shouldn’t be going off-trail anyway — we should all be practicing the ‘leave no trace’ guidelines. The mountains and canyons have been there for thousands of years. They will be there after this all blows over.  Just have patience and stop putting yourself and others at risk.

Houses of Worship: We know faith is important to so many Coloradans, and more than that, houses of worship often function as community centers — a place to come together. We know how difficult this is on so many Coloradans.

The order states that houses of worship may remain open for essential activities, but must practice social distancing, which means that at least six feet apart for each party and limit to 10 or less. We want to stress the importance of using electronic platforms to broadcast worship. Essential church staff including religious leaders can conduct services from the house of worship and broadcast it to members as long as all of the support staff are practicing proper social distancing. As with everything — please don’t go out unless you have to, and please take steps to have church or synagogue or mosque or temple services by electronic means.

Additional Allowances: A few more additional allowances for going out include:

  • Parents transporting children to comply with parenting plans.
  • Fulfilling online orders.
  • Administering elections and participating in elections are critical government functions.
  • We want to stress that even if your business qualifies as a critical business, we urge you to comply with social distancing requirements and allow employees to work from home as much as you can.

Additionally, we have attached both English and Spanish versions of an FAQ document that we hope can help answer other questions that you may have.

If you still need additional clarification on what is considered essential. You are able to reach out to StayAtHomeCO@state.co.us with your questions.

The data behind the decisions

Today, the Governor gave a slide presentation during his press conference to discuss some of the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions that he is making.

Thank you to Dr. Jon Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health and his team who have been working hard to put together the modeling data in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

A copy of the presentation is here. This data explains why the Governor  issued the Stay-At-Home order. It is a blunt force instrument to knock down this curve as quickly and as hard as we can to spread it out. The more we can do to increase social distancing,  the more time we have to build additional capacity, secure medical equipment, build ventilators etc. The goal is to do a Stay-At-Home order once, make it as quick as possible so we can save our healthcare system and save lives. IF we are successful, we will be able to resume normal economic activity.

Grant application for our COVID Relief Fund is open!

Community-based organizations can start applying for relief funds. The link can be found on www.helpcoloradonow.org or go here. Community-based organizations that meet the following three criteria areas are eligible to apply: Organization type, populations served, and alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact, and Recovery. For more information on requirements, visit the website to review eligibility and to apply!

We greatly appreciate your help to share information during this crisis. We will continue to send these regular updates. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or needs from our office. My cell phone is 210-385-7556. We are all in this together!

Thanks,

Analysse

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Estimados líderes comunitarios,

En un esfuerzo por continuar proporcionándoles actualizaciones oficiales de la oficina del Gobernador de Colorado, a continuación, incluyo los últimos pasos que hemos establecido para responder a la amenaza del Coronavirus. El recurso más valioso que tenemos es el tiempo y lo necesitamos para frenar la propagación de este virus. Agradecemos su apoyo para ayudar a difundir estas actualizaciones con sus redes de contacto.

Enlaces para mantenerse actualizado:

Actualización Principal

Actualmente tenemos 1,734 casos, 31 muertos y 239 hospitalizaciones de 11,676 pruebas completas.

Usted puede encontrar la orden de salud pública más actualizada aquí.

Aun cuando el estado no lo exige, nuestro Departamento de Seguridad Pública ha agregado un formulario de auto-certificación de negocios críticos a su sitio web en respuesta a las solicitudes de empleados y miembros del sector privado para contar con un documento que certifique que viajan por trabajo a un negocio considerado crítico. El formulario es voluntario. No es requerido. Usted puede encontrar el enlace al documento aquí.

El día de hoy, el Gobernador anunció que eliminará las restricciones sobre el seguro de automóviles para los conductores de entrega en restaurantes. En un esfuerzo por proteger a estos trabajadores y a sus vehículos, el Departamento de Seguros de Colorado publicó regulaciones de emergencia para permitir que los trabajadores de restaurantes entreguen alimentos con menos trámites burocráticos y demoras en los seguros. Se alienta a los propietarios de restaurantes a contactar a sus agentes de seguros, corredores o compañías para hablar sobre cláusulas adicionales de cobertura y otras opciones que podrían ofrecer más protección para sus trabajadores y sus negocios. Dichas opciones podrían resultar útiles incluso después de la emergencia de COVID-19.

Orden de Permanecer en Casa

Hemos recibido muchas preguntas de la prensa y del público sobre nuestra orden de Permanecer en Casa. Como todos saben, el Gobernador anunció una orden de Permanecer en Casa que entró en vigencia ayer a las 6 a.m. y durará hasta el 11 de abril. Queremos enfatizar a todos que esto no es una competencia para ver quién puede salirse con la suya. Este no es el momento para tratar de averiguar qué tan cerca pueden llegar al límite. Este es un momento para mantenerse lo más lejos posible de dicho límite.

Quédese en casa y no salga a menos que sea absolutamente necesario. Y si es absolutamente necesario salir, manténgase alejado de los demás, lávese las manos con frecuencia, limpie las superficies y practique el sentido común. Use su mejor criterio y exceda por el lado de la seguridad para usted y para los demás. Y la sensatez aplica aquí, si te preguntas acerca de la inteligencia o seguridad de una acción, probablemente es que no lo sea. Trátelo tan en serio como lo haría con un tornado, una inundación, un incendio forestal o un huracán. Porque la amenaza es igual de real. Y cuanto más incumplimiento exista, más prolongada y grave será esta crisis, y más tiempo podrán estar en vigencia estas medidas extraordinarias.

Algunas de las preguntas más frecuentes que estamos recibiendo son:

Cumplimiento: Esta es una orden ejecutiva, eso significa que es una ley. Los reglamentos de ley son el fundamento de nuestra sociedad; Deben ser seguidos. Los residentes que sospechan que una persona o un establecimiento están violando una orden deben comunicarse primero con su agencia local de salud pública para informar cualquier inquietud. Los residentes también pueden presentar un informe ante la Oficina del Fiscal General en covid19@coag.gov si la policía local o una agencia local de salud pública no responde.

Parques y recreación al aire libre: si realmente necesita recrearse, hágalo en sus las comunidades cercanas a su hogar. Esto no debe ser tratado como una “vacación”. Este no es el momento de conducir dos o tres o cuatro horas desde Denver a una comunidad de montaña, muchas de las cuales están ya en estado de recuperación de esta crisis, y potencialmente contribuyen a la propagación en nuestras comunidades de montaña. Todos hemos visto los videos en las redes sociales de personas en los senderos de los parques estatales, que pueden ser tan peligrosos como estar en un bar o en un teatro lleno de gente.

Los senderos a menudo son bastante estrechos, por lo que cuando pasas a alguien más, lo más probable es que te encuentres a menos de seis pies, y la gente no debe salirse del camino de todas maneras; todos debemos practicar las pautas de “no dejar rastro”. Las montañas y los cañones han estado allí por miles de años. Y permanecerán ahí después de que todo esto termine. Sólo practica paciencia y no te pongas a ti y a los demás en riesgo.

Casas de Oración/Templos: Sabemos que la fe es importante para muchos

habitantes de Colorado, y más que eso, las casas de Oración/Templos a menudo funcionan como centros comunitarios, un lugar para reunirse. Sabemos lo difícil que es para muchos habitantes de Colorado.

La orden establece que las casas de Oración/Templos pueden permanecer abiertas para actividades esenciales, pero deben practicar el distanciamiento social, lo que significa que al menos a seis pies de distancia para cada parte y limitar a 10 o menos. Queremos enfatizar la importancia de usar plataformas electrónicas para transmitir las ceremonias religiosas. El personal esencial de la iglesia, incluidos los líderes religiosos, puede llevar a cabo servicios desde el lugar de Oración/Templo y transmitirlo a los miembros siempre que todo el personal de apoyo practique el distanciamiento social adecuado. Como con todo, no salga a menos que tenga que hacerlo y tome medidas para que los servicios de la iglesia, sinagoga, mezquita o templo se realicen por medios electrónicos.

Asignaciones adicionales: algunas asignaciones adicionales para salir incluyen:

  • Padres que transportan sus hijos(as) para cumplir con un plan parental.
  • Cumplimiento de pedidos en línea.
  • Administrar elecciones y participar en elecciones como funciones críticas del gobierno.
  • Queremos enfatizar que incluso si su empresa califica como una empresa crítica, le instamos a cumplir con los requisitos de distanciamiento social y permitir que los empleados trabajen desde su hogar tanto como sea posible.

Además, hemos adjuntado las versiones en inglés y español de un documento de preguntas frecuentes que esperamos pueda ayudar a responder otras preguntas que pueda tener.

Si aún necesita aclaraciones adicionales sobre lo que se considera esencial. Puede comunicarse con StayAtHomeCO@state.co.us con sus preguntas.

Los datos detrás de las decisiones.

Hoy, el Gobernador hizo una presentación de diapositivas durante su conferencia de prensa para discutir algunos de los modelos predictivos que están guiando las decisiones de salud pública que está tomando.

Gracias al Dr. Jon Samet, Decano de la Escuela de Salud Pública de Colorado y su equipo, que han estado trabajando arduamente para reunir los datos de modelado en asociación con la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Colorado y el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado.

Aquí está una copia de esta presentación. Estos datos explican por qué el Gobernador emitió la orden de Permanecer en casa “Stay-At-Home”. Es un vehículo fuerte y contundente para aminorar la expansión de esta curva tan rápido y tan fuerte como podamos. Cuanto más podamos hacer para aumentar el distanciamiento social, más tiempo tendremos para desarrollar capacidades adicionales, asegurar equipos médicos, construir respiradores, etc. El objetivo respetar la orden de permanecer en casa de una vez, hacerlo lo más rápido posible, para así poder salvar nuestro sistema de salud y salvaguardar vidas. Si tenemos éxito, podremos reanudar las actividades económicas normales.

¡La solicitud de subvención para nuestro Fondo de ayuda COVID ya está disponible!

Las organizaciones comunitarias pueden comenzar a solicitar fondos de ayuda. El enlace se puede encontrar en www.helpcoloradonow.org o aquí. Las organizaciones comunitarias que cumplen con los siguientes tres criterios son elegibles para solicitar la ayuda: Tipo de Organización, Poblaciones Atendidas y Alineación con una de las tres áreas prioritarias de financiamiento del Fondo: Prevención, Impacto y Recuperación de COVID19. Para obtener más información acerca de los requisitos, visite el sitio de web para revisar los detalles de elegibilidad y presentar una solicitud.

Apreciamos de sobremanera que compartan esta información durante esta crisis. Continuaremos enviando actualizaciones periódicamente. Como siempre, no duden en comunicarse conmigo con alguna pregunta o necesidad. Mi teléfono celular es 210-385-7556. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarles!

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Grocery Stores Dedicate Time for Those at Highest Risk

Several stores are making sure those at the highest risk for the Coronavirus have a chance to get the essentials they need to stay quarantined. They have dedicated time frames seniors, people with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable populations can shop to minimize their risk.

Below is a partial list of stores offering modified hours (subject to change). If your local store isn’t listed, or you aren’t sure if your’s is participating, contact them directly to ask about this option.

NOTE: There have been reports of incorrect charges for individuals ordering online for pick-up or delivery. Items that are out of stock may accidentally be charged to the customer. We suggest you review your receipt carefully and contact the store or your bank in cases of error.

Big Lots

Stores are reserving the first hour of each day for senior citizens and “those most vulnerable to this virus,” CEO Bruce Thorn said in an email to shoppers. Shop and find your location

Dollar General

Dollar General has dedicated the first hour of each business day to senior shopping. Click here for locations and store hours.

King Soopers

King Soopers will reserve 7a – 8a on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for senior customers. Click here for locations and store hours.

Safeway

Safeway is going to reserve store hours for seniors/at-risk shoppers on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7am-9 am. Click here for store locations and hours.

Target

Target stores nationwide will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores for seniors and other vulnerable guests. Click here for store locations and hours.

Walmart

Beginning March 24 Walmart locations will open for one hour on Tuesday mornings (6 a.m. for most locations) for seniors only. The pharmacy and vision center will also be open for that hour. Walmart Online Shopping

Whole Foods

Starting on Wednesday, March 18, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, under the new adjusted hours posted on the store’s web page. (example: if a store’s new hours are 9 am-8 pm, customers who are 60+ can shop starting at 8 am). Click here for locations and hours.

Ed Department Offers More Special Education Guidance Amid COVID-19

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by Michelle Diament | March 18, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education is giving schools more information about administering special education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As schools across the nation shutter in response to coronavirus, federal officials are giving educators additional insight on how to handle the needs of students with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a webinar and fact sheet this week for education leaders aimed at ensuring that students’ civil rights are upheld while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

The webinar reminds school officials that distance learning must be accessible unless “equally effective alternate access is provided.”

Online learning tools should be compatible with any assistive technology that students use and schools must regularly test their online offerings for accessibility, the Education Department said.

“OCR’s accessibility webinar is intended to remind school leaders at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels of their legal obligations to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, can access online and virtual learning programs,” said Kenneth L. Marcus, the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights. “Students with disabilities must have access to educational technology utilized by schools, and OCR will continue to work to ensure that no student is excluded from utilizing these important tools.”

If a student with a disability is absent from school for an extended period because of coronavirus, but the school remains open, the student has a right to continue to receive a free appropriate public education, or FAPE, the Education Department’s fact sheet states. But if schools close and no educational services are being provided, then the school does not have to serve students with disabilities, the agency said.

In addition, the fact sheet explains that individualized education program teams are not required to conduct in-person meetings while schools are closed. And, any evaluation of a student with a disability that must be done face to face should be postponed until the school reopens.

Evaluations that do not need to be done in person may proceed so long as the child’s parent or guardian consents, the Education Department indicated.

At least 74,000 schools serving 38.8 million students across the country have announced plans to close because of coronavirus, according to Education Week.

The latest information from the Education Department expands on guidance issued last week on how to address the needs of students with disabilities during the pandemic.

Advocates with the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, which represents special education attorneys, have criticized the Education Department’s approach, arguing that the right to FAPE under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act remains intact even when schools close.

Information and Blogs

Make sure you take a moment each day devoted just to you.  There might just be some good that comes from all of this.

There is more out there than just facts and statistics. We have been finding crucial information, great articles, helpful suggestions (like how to keep your six-year-old engaged), inspirational writing, and ways to calm your fears.  This page has all of that and more. Check out what is found on these pages. If you have something you found or maybe even wrote and would like it considered, send it to us at covid@ccdconline.org.

Critical! Caregivers of people with disabilities are exempt from the stay-at-home order.

Caregivers of people with disabilities, paid or unpaid, are exempt from the stay-at-home order. For Medicaid CDASS clients, the state is working on a letter we can give to our attendants. Once available, we will share it here. Workers should continue to provide services to clients as long as they are healthy and using proper precautions such as handwashing. How to Improvise PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in an Emergency

New! Updated on 3/28: Governor’s Community Engagement Update on COVID-19

In an effort to continue to provide an official update from the Governor’s office, follow the link to see the latest steps they are taking to respond to the Coronavirus threat.

For Coloradans Living Or Caring For People With Disabilities, Fears Over COVID-19 Run Much Deeper

An article byMarch 24, 2020, for CPR.

How to manage anxiety during a pandemic

An article for VOX by

Grocery Stores Dedicate Time for Those at Highest Risk

Several stores have dedicated time frames seniors, people with disabilities, pregnant women, and other vulnerable populations to shop and therefore minimize their risk.

Emergency Services for People with Disabilities 

The Denver Division of Disability Rights encourages you to take reasonable steps to prepare yourself and your home for emergencies, while also remaining calm. Read more for supply recommendations, emergency communication options, and more.

#operationASLStorytime

#operationASLStorytime is creating a virtual community for deaf kids. The link above will take you to a list of videos of sign language users reading children’s books. While books seem to be geared towards kids, CCDC has not reviewed all the books listed. Please ensure the appropriateness for your child.

Ed Department Offers More Special Education Guidance Amid COVID-19

As schools across the nation shutter in response to coronavirus, federal officials are giving educators additional insight on how to handle the needs of students with disabilities.

100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic

What’s there to do while stuck indoors? USA Today has compiled 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible.

Love in the Time of Corona — A MESSAGE FROM KEVIN JOHN FONG

Pandemics are powerful phenomena. One moment, life proceeds per usual routines, and the next, we find ourselves scrambling over toilet paper. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted our lives in every way and preventing transmission, while far from assured, appears to be straightforward. An equally daunting challenge, however, is about how we are going to interact with one another as this crisis unfolds.  Read more

Calming Ourselves and Building Our Power

To ensure better outcomes for our community during this unprecedented time, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition is being proactive, compassionate, and conscious in our response to COVID-19.

The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes Due to Coronavirus

As millions of children are displaced from their schools due to the coronavirus, a sub-crisis has risen for American parents: What will the kids do all day? The widespread school closures have sent a ripple effect into parent communities as many scramble to find ways to smoothly transition kids into at-home life. It’s one thing to entertain them all day on the weekends. It’s another when you have seven days a week to fill for an indefinite period of time.

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day

“We have a preemptive opportunity to save lives through the actions we take right now that we will not have in a few weeks. It is a public health imperative. It is also our responsibility as a community to act while we still have a choice and while our actions can have the greatest impact.” From an article written by Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, the executive director of Ariadne Labs in Boston, MA.

Census 2020 & COVID-19

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census from the comfort of your own home – online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire.

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