CDPHE: State health department amends ‘social distancing’ public health order…State provides further guidance on public health orders
March 21, 2020 (DENVER, Colo.)—The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended its statewide public health order on social distancing. The public health order limits gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
The purpose of the order is to limit the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads through person-to-person contact, or (less likely) by contact with surfaces contaminated with the virus. People infected with COVID-19 may become symptomatic anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. Limiting the number of people gathered in one area limits the spread of disease, reduces the number of people who become severely ill and protects our health care system.
The order applies to all public and private gatherings except for those specifically exempted by the order.
The order was amended to further clarify exemptions. Now the exemptions include: Continue reading
CDPHE: State health department provides guidance to those with COVID-19 symptoms including when to call health care providers and 911
March 21, 2020 (DENVER, Colo.)— The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) asks the public to preserve critical health care resources, especially emergency medical services and personal protective equipment (PPE).
With the increased concern over COVID-19, people are calling 911 for reasons other than a medical emergency, including asking for general information about COVID-19. People should call 911 ONLY with a medical emergency.
Do not call 911 if you are seeking general medical advice or wish to be tested for COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines. You can find a list of nurselines on the state health department’s website: covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-nurselines-directory. People can visit covid19.colorado.gov or call 303-389-1687 for general questions about COVID. Continue reading
US Senators Bennet, Gardner Unveil New Legislation to Help Colorado’s Rural Hospitals and Providers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
New Bipartisan Bill Would Sustain Rural Hospitals and Providers While Alleviating Pressure on Urban Hospitals
Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act, new legislation to address the impending crisis facing Colorado’s health care system as the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) increasingly strains hospitals and providers across the country. To accommodate the millions of anticipated coronavirus cases, state and federal governments have suspended elective surgeries to alleviate pressure on large, urban hospitals. Although this decision is medically necessary given the pandemic, it could force widespread closures among rural hospitals that rely disproportionately on elective procedures to keep their doors open. The bill would extend a lifeline to rural hospitals and providers and the 60 million Americans who depend on them for health care.
“The magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic will strain every level of America’s health care system like we’ve never seen before,” said Bennet. “Even before the outbreak, many of our rural hospitals and providers were on the brink of shuttering. Now they face an existential challenge. Our plan would provide immediate assistance to stabilize and strengthen our rural hospitals, so they can continue to play a critical role on the front lines of this public health crisis.”
“Health care providers are on the front lines against COVID-19 and we must ensure they have the necessary resources to successfully combat the pandemic,” said Gardner. “I have heard from rural hospitals in Colorado and Congress must ensure they stay open. I’m proud to work with Senators Bennet and Barrasso to support our rural hospitals so all Coloradans have access to care and our dedicated public health officials can respond to this ongoing crisis.”