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Governor Polis Updates COVID-19 June 2, 2020

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Topline Update

We currently have 26,788 cases, 1,474 total deaths (1,228 are deaths due to COVID), and 4,419 hospitalizations out of 190,700 completed tests. We are thinking of these families and communities during these trying times.

 In terms of new cases, 7 of the last 14 days have a downward trend in the 7-day moving average of newly reported cases. And in terms of hospitalizations, 12 of the last 14 days have a downward trend in the 7-day moving average of new hospitalizations.

This case data is broken down by various categories, is updated daily and can be found here.

Recent Protests Honoring George Floyd

Today, the Governor addressed the hurt and anguish so many community members and state and local officials have been feeling this past week. 

Like many of you, the Governor is outraged at the unjust murder of George Floyd. While we are all glad that the officer who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, even while he cried out “I can’t breathe,” was arrested and charged, the Governor said that all others involved must be held accountable, because no one should be above the law.  

The reality is that this is much larger than the need to hold one officer or a few officers accountable. It’s about a pattern of injustice and unfair treatment that Black Americans and communities of color have endured, not only in our criminal justice system, but in every aspect of American life. We need to listen to the voices of those who are crying out for reform, and we need to take action. 

The Governor has a message for all of you who have put their lives on hold to protest hundreds of years of injustice: 

“I see you, hear you, and grieve with you.” 

More importantly, at all levels, we want to work with you and keep focus on the task at hand.

It's unfortunate that the destruction of property committed by those who have turned to violence have distracted from the righteous messages of justice, equality, and reform. But property damage can be repaired, and it pales in comparison to the damage done to countless Black lives throughout American history -- a pattern that continues to this day. 

The responsibility to speak out cannot solely fall on the shoulders of Black Americans. The responsibility must be shouldered by us all -- White, Black, Brown, local, state and national leaders and our law enforcement community, many of whom have shared how angry they are by the actions of the Minneapolis officers. Not only because it was an unjust killing, but because it tarnishes our honest and hard working police officers and sets us back in our mission for reform. 

While these protests are ongoing, and rightfully so, the Governor reminds us that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. We should remember and remind our loved ones to wear a mask, keep a minimum distance of six feet, and stay at home whenever possible. 

The strength of our spirit as Coloradans will embolden us to take care of one another, and create a better, more just society together. 

Thank you for raising your voice. 

Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors

As you know, Colorado has been in the Safer at Home phase since April 27. This week, the administration released new guidelines as part of Colorado’s Safer at Home -- and now, Safer in the Vast, Great Outdoors -- phase of our COVID-19 response. These new guidelines relax a number of additional restrictions on our economy and society. As the Governor has said before, we are going to have to find a safe and sustainable way to live with coronavirus until there is a vaccine or a cure.

While staying at home is the lowest risk activity, being outside and keeping your distance from others is a good alternative. Gathering with others outside carries a higher risk, while gathering indoors carries the highest possible risk because of a lack of ventilation.

We want to now encourage older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions to recreate outside as an alternative from staying at home , while still keeping social distance and wearing a mask. Our state has some of the most beautiful natural open spaces in the world and we want Coloradans to enjoy our vast, great outdoors. While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces.

Furthermore, we are opening up playgrounds and swimming pools at limited capacity, which is welcome news for lots of Colorado kids and parents.

We have also released draft guidance on reopening houses of worship, certain forms of outdoor recreation and personal recreation, and updates to the child care and personal services guidances.

Americorps Contact Tracers

Today, the Governor announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will mobilize more than 800 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to support the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 response through contact tracing and other associated work.
Contact tracing means following up with individuals who came into contact with an infected individual to ensure they get tested and quarantine themselves if necessary.

300 AmeriCorps NCCC members, based out of the Southwest Region Campus in Aurora, will start immediately.

350 VISTA Summer Associates will be hosted by the Community Resource Center in Denver and Conservation Legacy in Durango, both existing AmeriCorps VISTA projects, with 100-200 additional Senior Corps volunteers to join in Denver.

With hundreds of contact tracers working in the state, we will have a much better response to the virus and we will be able to address outbreaks more quickly, which will reduce infections and save lives.

Organizations are currently recruiting for the new positions announced today, the first of which begin on June 22. Those who serve as VISTA Summer Associates will earn a stipend and an education award at the end of their service.

For more information on requirements and details on how to apply visit


Vanderbilt University & University of Tennessee National APRN & Pandemic Survey

June 2, 2020

A national survey which will identify state specific data and be shared at the conclusion. 

Prepared by: a team of nurse researchers from Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and the University of Tennessee are conducting a national APRN practice and pandemic study.   

Purposes of the survey are to:

1) determine the impact of practice barriers and restrictions on providing patient care and on  APRN practice, and

2) understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on patient care and on APRN practice.  

Accessed at


Comprehensive Care for Transgender Patients ECHO Colorado

June 1, 2020

Comprehensive Care for Transgender Patients:
Enhanced Case Management

This series is designed to support clinical providers interested in improving care for transgender and gender non-binary patients. Participants will increase their knowledge and confidence in providing gender-affirming care including routine primary care, hormone therapy management, surgical options and supporting mental health.

Enhanced Case Management sessions include a brief didactic presentation by an expert and discussion of participant-submitted cases.

Case submissions are highly encouraged and facilitate expert input to enhance patient care.

Healthcare providers in Colorado

Ongoing monthly sessions held virtually through Jan. 7, 2021
Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
Next session June 4


Governor Polis Update COVID-19 May 22, 2020 Key Testing Updates

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Topline Update

We currently have 23,191 cases, 1,310 total deaths (1,062 are deaths due to COVID), and 4,037 hospitalizations out of 139,937 completed tests. We are thinking of these families and communities during these trying times.

This case data is broken down by various categories, is updated daily and can be found here. 

Pepsi Center Testing Facility

Yesterday, Governor Polis joined Denver Mayor Hancock to announce the opening of a new COVID testing facility at the Pepsi Center.

This site will be running 7 days a week, doing 500 tests a day, which will get us closer to our statewide goal of 8,500 tests per day.

All of the testing is being done free of charge for all symptomatic individuals and asymptomatic individuals who are health care workers, senior care facility workers, or frontline workers who interact with the public. Coloradans are not required to have a doctor’s note or insurance to get tested.

If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to be tested you can go to the Pepsi Center or you can also find a community-based testing site in your area using this map on our COVID-19 homepage.

Colorado State University Testing Announcement

The Governor also announced a partnership between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado State University for eight consecutive weeks of testing at up to 30 of Colorado’s skilled nursing facilities.

We know that reducing the spread of illness is critical in high-density, group-living settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities that are particularly vulnerable. The tests will provide an early warning system for public health officials and managers at long-term care facilities to help prevent outbreaks, monitor the risk of exposure for residents, and help recovered workers return to work. 

Safer-at-Home and Memorial Day Weekend

Testing is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to being successful in the Safer-at-Home era. We still need to stay home whenever we can. We still need older Coloradans and those with underlying health conditions to stay at home except when absolutely necessary. And we still need to maintain distancing andl wear masks or face coverings when we’re out to reduce the spread of the virus.

A new study found that wearing a mask can reduce the likelihood of transmission by 75%. So please, protect yourself and others by wearing a mask. If we do all of these things and meet our testing goals, I am confident that we will be successful in this new phase and we will be able to relax even more restrictions on our economy and society.

As we know, this Memorial Day will not be like others we’ve experienced. This Memorial Day will be in the middle of a global pandemic, and that means things will look a bit different.

It means that as much as it pains us, we’ll have to keep our physical distance from others, including loved ones, and especially older family members and friends. It means we’ll be wearing masks to protect ourselves and others. It means we won’t be going to backyard BBQs, pool parties, concerts, big social gathering, or other risky activities that could spread coronavirus.

Instead, let’s spend this Memorial Day weekend remembering the reason why we have a long weekend in the first place. Let’s take some quiet time to honor those brave men and women who have given their lives to protect ours. Let’s pay our respects to that ultimate sacrifice by continuing to take the necessary precautions needed to safeguard the lives of our fellow Americans. Let’s count our blessings as Americans, and reflect on those who protect those blessings. And along with thinking of our brave men and women in uniform, let’s spend some time reflecting on those we’ve lost in this crisis and the heroes on the frontlines who are keeping us safe right now, from the men and women of the Colorado National Guard, to our nurses and doctors and frontline employees, the everyday heroes that are going above and beyond the call of duty to respond to one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.

What better way to honor their sacrifice than by doing our part as Coloradans to practice proper hygiene and distancing measures so we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

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