Unemployment Resources and Health Insurance Open Enrollment 

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
  • To begin the process click here.

Connect for Health Colorado has opened an emergency special enrollment period for families or individuals whose jobs have been or will be impacted by COVID-19. If you’re currently uninsured for any reason, you can still sign up for coverage.

Please don’t delay securing benefits. Coverage for those who sign-up will begin on April 1, but the deadline to enroll is Friday, April 3, 2020.

There is also rental assistance since checks issued by the Federal Government will not be delivered until mid-April. If you are unable to work because of COVID-19 and are unable to pay your rent click
here to begin the process. 

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.
 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.
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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