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April 3rd Newsletter

 
     It has been nearly two weeks since Governor Polis enacted the shelter in place order. 

Denver enforcement teams have issued more than 964 warnings to comply with the stay-at-home order and nine orders to close non-critical business. 

Tuesday we saw the largest single-day jump in COVID-19 deaths across the U.S., up more than 800 to a total of 4,102 as of Wednesday morning. As of this morning, Colorado has 3,728 cases and 710 hospitalizations out of 19,788 completed tests. Tragically, we have had 97 deaths so far from COVID19. I am thinking of these families and communities during these difficult times. We all need to be taking care of our mental health just like we are taking care of our physical health. If you or a loved one need someone to talk to, visit
https://coloradocrisisservices.org, call 844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255. 

On a lighter note, Connect for Health has extended their enrollment period to April 30th, in an effort to help those that have lost their insurance due to this crisis. If you’re currently uninsured for any reason, you can still sign up for coverage here.

Traffic is about one-third of normal in Denver – and a reminder that street-sweeping season began yesterday but no citations will be issued for 30 days.

Denver museums and tourist attractions have created virtual tours that you can check out while you're stuck at home. Check out what Denver has to offer
here!

 

Above, you can see the impact one person can have on worsening the outbreak. Without social distancing, we can expect that a Colorado infected with COVID-19 can spread it to 3-4 people, which is why it is incredibly important to follow the Stay at Home orders. 

UNDERSTANDING THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS


WHAT TO DO
  • Visit your doctor or your pet's veterinarian
  • Purchase medical supplies, groceries, or essential household items
  • Support restaurants by picking up food to go
  • Visiting your place of work to get supplies to work from home
  • Go outside for physical activity that allows you to stay 6 feet away from people who are not in your household
  • Go to work if you are an essential worker
  • WASH YOUR HANDS

WHAT NOT TO DO
  • Play on playgrounds
  • Have a party, no matter the size
  • Congregate in public parks
  • Travel (unless essential)
  • Crowd popular destinations that are outside of your town of residence

Unemployment and Business Resources 

The unemployment in Colorado has increased three-fold and due to overwhelming demand, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has issued instructions for those who have recently lost their jobs due to COVID-19. 

  • If your last name begins with the letter A - M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.

  • If your last name begins with the letter N - Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

  • Be sure to check out the other tips at coloradoui.gov.
  • To begin the process click here.
If you own a business and need help, please click here for a list of resources.

Tennant Resources


There is rental assistance available for individuals who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19 since checks issued by the Federal Government will not be delivered until mid-April. If you need assistance with paying your rent, click here to begin the process. 

If you cannot pay rent due to COVID-19, click
here for a guide on how to talk to your landlord.
 
The current legislative session is in suspension and will be until at least April 30th. The work of the legislature is an open, democratic process and currently, for public health and safety reasons, that is an impossible standard to meet. We will be back though and I promise to let you all know when that will happen as well as any public health protocol that we may have to put in place in order to meet. 
If you need to reach me for any reason, email is best since there is no one in the office to take calls. My email address is
 susan.lontine.hd1@gmail.com 

Together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,
Susan

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