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House District 1
DPS Closures CDPHE Testing Sites and Rent Assistance

As you may know, Denver Public Schools have closed in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
DPS will offer free meals to students at 11 locations throughout the city, using a grab-and-go style system, weekdays from Monday, March 16th through Friday, April 3rd. Vegetarian options will be available. DPS does not plan on providing transportation for people to obtain the meals. Breakfast will be served 8–9 AM, Lunch 12–1 PM. Rec Centers will also be providing Dinner for children 18 years old and younger. Families may also pick up food boxes during dinner services.
For more information and updates on the extended Spring Break and your child's school click here.

Schools & Rec Centers Providing Meals in HD1:

Abraham Lincoln High School 2285 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219: Breakfast and Lunch Only.
College View Community Center 2525 S Decatur St, Denver, CO 80219: Dinner only 4–5 PM.
Athmar Rec Center 2680 W Mexico Ave, Denver, CO 80219: 4-5 p.m. Dinner Only.
Harvey Park Rec Center 2120 S Tennyson Way, Denver, CO 80219: 3:30-7 p.m. Dinner Only.

The following are sites around the rest of that are providing meals:


Southeast
Place Bridge Academy
Joe Shoemaker School

Northwest
Cowell Elementary School
North High School
STRIVE Prep – Sunnyside

Central
Denver Center for International Studies Baker

Northeast
Manual High School

Globeville Elyria-Swansea 
Bruce Randolph School

Far Northeast
The Evie Dennis Campus
The Montbello Campus

Dinner:
Food donations will also be accepted at these locations.

Southeast
Eisenhower: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Northwest
Ashland: 3-7 p.m.
Aztlan: 4-6 p.m.

Central
La Familia: 3-8 p.m.
Swansea: 3-6 p.m.

Northeast
St. Charles: 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Far Northeast
GVR Rec: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Montbello Rec: 3:30-6 p.m.

 

COVID-19 Update

CDPHE has expanded the criteria for testing (you no longer need to know who may have infected you) but you must be in the “high-risk” category. Testing can now be done through select commercial labs that your doctor will refer you to. If you have a condition that may increase your risk for a serious viral infection, call your health care provider’s office and ask if you need to be evaluated in person. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections like influenza. Higher risk groups include:

  • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
  • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.
  • If you do not have a high-risk condition and your symptoms are mild, you may not need to be evaluated in person or tested for COVID-19. Call your health care provider or a nurse line for guidance on the need for testing. There are currently no medications to treat COVID-19.
The Public Testing Site has been moved to a location yet to be determined and will be closed on Monday, March 16th. Any medical provider with a relationship with LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics can test, but be sure to contact your provider ahead of time because many providers have centralized sites for testing due to safety precautions.  For updates, click here.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Should I go to my doctor and get tested for COVID-19?

  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Do not report to a testing site or wait at a testing site. Testing sites are not emergency care facilities. Call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms. 
  • Testing is free. Proof of insurance is not required.
  • Please visit the Colorado state health department website for information about priority groups for testing https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/covid-19-testing
  • Anyone who is uninsured and doesn’t have a doctor’s referral will be directed to a nurse or epidemiologist on-site to be assessed. If the person does not meet the criteria to be tested, they will not be tested.
  • If there are multiple people in one vehicle, each person must have their own doctor’s order.
  • Individuals will drive through a secured area and will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire testing process.
  • For the safety of everyone, hours of operation will be contingent upon safe weather, and the testing site may have to close.
  • Be prepared for long wait times. No restrooms will be available.
  • Bring water and other items to be comfortable while waiting.
  • Even though we highly discourage it, members of the media may be present. State health department staff are working with the media to protect patient privacy.
  • Telephonic interpretation will be available for speakers of other languages.
For more information from CDPHE on home care, click here.

Rental Assistance

If you are unable to work because of COVID-19 and are unable to pay your rent click here to begin the process. 
Please feel free to reach out to my office via e-mail at susan.lontine.hd1@gmail.com for any concerns or if you know of resources that can help out your community. 
Be well.
Sincerely,
Susan

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