House District 1
Preparations and Risks for Corona Virus
Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 otherwise known as the Corona Virus in Colorado. The risk is incredibly low at this time. However, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is preparing for the possibility that the virus spreads in the state.
What we know
- It is not related to the beer and you cannot get it from drinking the beer.
- The risk to most people at this time is low.
- People who are at greatest risk for this virus are:
- People who have traveled to areas where widespread community transmission is occurring.
- People who had direct close contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19.
- At this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness in Colorado and around the globe.
- There are many kinds of coronaviruses currently circulating in Colorado and the U.S. that cause respiratory illness. These coronaviruses are not COVID-19.
- People who have symptoms and a recent travel history to affected geographic areas should contact a health care provider.
- Symptoms of coronavirus infection include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Symptoms usually appear within two to 14 days after exposure.
- People who have coronavirus symptoms who also have a recent travel history to an affected area should first call a health care provider, urgent care, or hospital for instructions before going to a clinic or emergency room in person.
- COVID-19 is able to spread from person-to-person and has caused disease ranging from mild to severe, including disease resulting in death.
What we don’t know
- We don’t know how the illness will unfold in Colorado, but from what we understand right now, most people are unlikely to be exposed to this virus.
- We don’t yet know exactly how or how easily COVID-19 can spread between humans, but likely it spreads like other coronaviruses -- mostly through coughing and sneezing or close personal contact.
What you can do
As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
What we are doing
State public health’s role includes
- Testing for COVID-19 at the state lab seven days a week.
- Providing information about the disease and how to report suspected cases to local health departments and health care providers in Colorado.
- Coordinating with local public health agencies to determine the need for monitoring, quarantine, or other restriction of movement and activities for individuals with travel history to foreign countries where community spread is prevalent.
- Ensuring health care providers know how to safely manage and collect specimens from people with possible COVID-19 infection and supporting hospitals and local public health labs in collecting and transporting those specimens.
- Working with local public health agencies, community health care providers, suppliers/distributors, as well as federal partners, to identify and mitigate potential shortages of supplies, medications, and personal protective equipment that would likely be used in the event of an outbreak in Colorado.
- We are monitoring supply chain irregularities, and we’re providing guidance to health care partners on how to optimize and conserve supplies.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that have been associated with respiratory illness such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu.
Some coronaviruses are common and regularly cause illness in the U.S. in the fall and winter. Other coronaviruses like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have caused outbreaks internationally and have been known to cause severe illness.
A lot is coming up in the next few weeks here at the legislature and in the state, including my town hall at Harvey Park Rec Center with Sen. Robert Rodriguez on March 21st. Scroll down for information on voting in the primary and caucus, free tax help, free legal help, and important dates.
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Important Voting Information
The Colorado Presidential Primary is on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. To participate voters must vote in person or mail/drop off a mail-in ballot, it is recommended that mail-in ballots be sent by February 25, 2020. If you would like to drop off your ballot in person click here for a list of voter service and polling centers, log in and then select the “vote in person” tab. Denver County will send ballots on February 10, 2020. If you know of any neighbors that are unaffiliated make sure they know that they can participate in Colorado’s Presidential Primaries by returning either a Democrat or Republican ballot. If you return both they will both be thrown out.
Monday, February 24th
The Democratic Caucus will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 2 pm at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy for HD1A and John F Kennedy High School for HD1B. Not sure about which subdistrict A or B you are in? Click here to see a map of our House Districts precincts and subdistricts. Got friends that need to know where to caucus? Send them this link and have them look up their precinct, precinct information can be found here by logging in and checking the “county and district information” tab
Last Day to register to vote and receive a mail-in ballot.
Last Day to return ballot by mail.
Voting Centers Open.
Tuesday, March 3rd - Election Day!
Must turn in all ballots by 7 PM postmarks do not count.
|Important Tax Information
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FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR EDGEWATER LIBRARY IN LAKEWOOD
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM on the FIRST THURSDAY of each month at the Edgewater Library at 1800 N. Harlan St, in Edgewater, CO 80214. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Please feel free to call the library for information at (303) 235-5275, but no appointment is required, walk-ins are welcome, and all free clinics are first-come, first served.
Upcoming dates in 2020 are: March 5; April 2; May 7; June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1; November 5; and December 3, 2020
WALK-INS ARE WELCOME; FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; ALL FREE