Shelter in Place Orders go into Effect 6 AM on March 26

This evening Governor Polis issued a stay at home order until April 11. It will take effect tomorrow at 6:00 AM. He issued the order to save lives. People need to stay in their homes. The Governor did not have confidence that existing measures were doing enough to increase social distancing. 

1086 people have tested positive in Colorado. There have been 148 hospitalizations (doubled since yesterday). The virus is present in 36 counties, and there have been 19 deaths. Polis estimates there are thousands of unreported cases. 

The Governor has signed a letter to the president asking him to declare a major disaster area for the state of Colorado. Colorado is near the top in terms of patients per capita. The president has declared disaster areas for Washington, California, and New York. This will open up new resources for medical care and housing.

The numbers indicate progress on increasing social distancing, but that progress is not enough.

The administration is now taking every step it can to limit the spread of the virus. Social distancing is not where it needs to be to save lives and contain the spread of the virus. They are using mobility data, DOT data, and other metadata to monitor the efficacy of social distancing measures. 

The goal is to create time to build hospital capacity and acquire ventilators. The Army Corps of Engineers is on the ground in Colorado, helping to build and expand hospital capacity. They are acting to minimize the disruption to jobs and the economy. “By acting boldly now, we can limit the duration of the economic crisis” rather than having to suffer through restrictions for a longer period. 

More on the stay at home order: People need to stay in their homes unless they need essential items, including groceries and medicine. Grocery stores, liquor stores, and restaurants will continue to be open. Restaurants will be open for takeout and delivery only. Non-essential stores will be closed across the state, as will workplaces that are not critical for the response effort.

You may leave your home to seek medical care, care for dependents and family members, or to care for vulnerable people. 
Governor Polis is calling on municipalities to suspend plastic bag fee ordinances for 30 days. He wants to encourage the use of plastic instead of reusable to reduce the spread of COVID-19 further. He reiterated the requests he made in the letter yesterday to the CEOs of Kroger’s and Safeway. 

The Governor called on the president to grant Colorado dual-status command authority, allowing regular federal and state troops to be under the control of a single commander. They are working to acquire more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Coloradans donated four trucks of PPE over the weekend during the PPE drive. 7,000 volunteers have signed up via the state’s website. The COVID-19 relief fund is over $6 million.

The top priority is to provide child care to those in the essential workforce so first responders and medical personnel can go to work. The state lab has eliminated testing backlog and tripled capacity. New labs coming online rapidly: CU, CUS, University Hospital, and Children’s Hospital. They are distributing test kits to local health agencies. CSU labs will be testing newly made PPE get them to medical professionals faster and cut through red tape and aiming to get PPE to grocery store employees.

Please do your part, and we will get through this together, apart.


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.


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
  • 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. 

Connect For Health Colorado

You can buy health insurance today if you don't have health insurance or are about to lose coverage due to COVID-19. Shop by April 3, 2020.
Please feel free to reach out to my office via e-mail at for any concerns or if you know of resources that can help out your community. 
Be well.

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