In deference to mounting concerns about the dangers of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the state legislature voted to go into an extended recess as of March 14, with plans to reconvene March 30. We could not conduct our affairs while abiding by orders to practice “social distancing,” and we frequently assemble in groups far greater than the maximum of 50 allowed (and definitely more than the 10 recommended).
In the meantime, I have continued to work as your State Senator. I have engaged in multiple, daily conference calls (most on the topic of COVID-19), I have continued to work on the state budget, and I have continued to interact with constituents via email, telephone and text message.
We still don’t know what the future holds in this battle against COVID-19. But I would like to provide you with whatever advantages you might gain. I hope you can use some of the resources listed here to keep yourself informed; because by staying informed, you are more likely to stay healthy and safe.
For questions in connection with the coronavirus, please consider checking the following links:
This is the State of Colorado’s primary resource for information related to COVID-19 and will feature statewide coordinated response information. This also contains valuable information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the State Emergency Operations Center.
This is a link to the full Department website and contains resources related to unemployment claims, job seeking, employer issues, and other types of claims.
If you click on the link, you will find dozens of other links to general information, city and county information, and specific issue resources.
Here is a link to information specific to Jefferson County. This is the main source of information for the number of cases in Jefferson County and various community resources.
The City of Arvada and the City of Westminster both have stories on their main pages containing local information and links to helpful resources. You can also find links to popular services that you can access “online.”
Here is a link to Jefferson County Public Schools where they have links to a daily community update, remote learning resources, mental health resources, and grab-and-go meal sites.
Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2 million as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The SBA Disaster assistance provides low-interest federal loans for working capital to Colorado small businesses that have realized economic injury from COVID-19.
During this difficult time, we must remember how important it is to take care of ourselves both physically as well as mentally. The stress is likely mounting, and people are feeling the strain on their sense of well-being. If you need to speak to a mental health worker, call 844-493-8255 for 24/7 emergency assistance.
If you are interested in volunteering or looking to donate to Coloradans in need, there is a new website called HelpColoradoNow.org. You can become a volunteer, sign up to receive volunteers, contribute, donate supplies, donate blood, and find childcare services for first responders. If you have questions about the relief fund please email HelpColoradoNow@state.co.us with the subject line “Relief Fund.”
Here is a link to all the Executive Orders that have been issued so far related to the Coronavirus.