The global community is currently experiencing an outbreak of a new coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19. Like you, I am concerned about this disease and I am closely following the rapidly evolving developments around it. Safeguarding Coloradans is of the utmost importance to me. I am in constant contact with local and state public health officials regarding Colorado’s response. I will continue to monitor this public health emergency and work with my colleagues to ensure that Colorado has the resources needed to keep constituents safe. I supported legislation passed by Congress that provided emergency funding to help ensure communities and states have the resources they need to combat the spread of this disease, as well as legislation to address the economic impacts Americans are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus.
Colorado has set up a line to answer general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, you can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org
County-Specific Information for 2nd District Residents:
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Broomfield County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Boulder County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Clear Creek County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Eagle County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Gilpin County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Grand County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Jefferson County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Larimer County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Park County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Summit County residents.
To learn more about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado and get local resources, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.
Economic Impact Payments
Find information and FAQs on the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center
Find FAQs on Accessing Your Economic Impact Payment (EIP) here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions#Accessing
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Get Your Payment and Non-Filers Portal here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
Social Security Administration (SSA) Information on Economic Impact Payments (EIP) here: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
Information for Veterans and Economic Impact Payments (EIP) here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/veterans-affairs-recipients-will-receive-automatic-economic-impact-payments-step-follows-work-between-treasury-irs-va
Economic Impact Payments (EIP), What You Need to Know: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know
General Covid-Related Information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
New Claimant Portal: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/ui/new-claimant
Request a Call Back for Help Filing a Claim: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOhXgaaMc_d1t1NDlQoVTH76T-b34VP3axq2O_zyb6ABOH0A/viewform
Beginning May 28, claimants who have to request a backdate on their claim and request corresponding backweeks of benefits may submit a “Request for Backdate” through an expanded online form at coloradoui.gov under “Returning Claimant”: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/ui/returning-claimants
Also on May 28, the CDLE launched these instructional videos: "Get Paid - Regular Claim", "Get Paid - PUA Claim" and "How to Know Which Claim" walk claimants through the fundamentals of which benefits they should apply for and how to get the benefits. Those videos can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/ui/how-to-videos
Unemployment Worker FAQs can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/ui/worker-faqs
To submit an appeal, information can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/ui/worker-faqs
To manage your existing claim, request payment, reset your password and change personal information: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/ui/returning-claimants
Student Meal Distribution Information:
Meal distribution will be available for students and families in the Boulder Valley School District every Tuesday and Thursday beginning March 31. See here for more info.
St. Vrain Valley Schools has opened 11 drive-thru pickup sites where students, families, and staff can receive lunch and breakfast food items. See here for more info.
Nederland Food Pantry, is providing boxes of food for pick-up every Saturday, and the first and last Thursdays of the month, from 10:00 am to noon, in the Nederland Community Center’s upper parking lot.
For information about student meal distribution in Larimer County, click here.
For information about student food distribution in Estes Park, click here.
For more information about student meal distribution for Adams 12, see here.
Gilpin County Food Bank is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
The Grand County Family Center is currently offering food services. The Granby location is open M-F M-F 9am-3pm and the Kremmling location is open M-F 10am-2pm
Veterans can find guidance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs here.
If you or a family member from CD2 is currently overseas and seeking assistance traveling home, please contact Erika Blum at Erika.firstname.lastname@example.org/720-614-8043.
For the most up-to-date overseas travel advisories from the Department of State, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
We encourage U.S. citizens traveling overseas to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment (STEP) to receive important messages about their destination: https://step.state.gov/step. Embassies and consulates throughout the world are sharing transportation and health information directly with those who have enrolled in STEP. Embassy websites publish all recent alerts to U.S. citizens.
For CDC’s latest coronavirus related information for travelers, please see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
On March 6th, the President signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, a $8.3 billion package to prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. This package includes:
- $3 billion+ for development of vaccines and therapeutics;
- $9.3 million in funds for Colorado to support state and local health agencies
- Support for small businesses -- allows for an estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses, to help cushion the economic blow of this public health emergency.
On March 18th, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes:
- Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured;
- Paid emergency leave; 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave
- Enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a first step that will extend protections to furloughed workers;
- Strengthened food security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors nutrition and food banks;
- Clear protections for frontline workers, including health care workers and other workers who are in contact with those who have been exposed or are responsible for cleaning at-risk places;
- Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face increased costs.
On March 27th, Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act, which includes:
- Direct cash payments of around $1,200 per adult and $500 per child for individuals making under $100,000 to supplement lost income and help with unexpected expenses as a result of this crisis. Find more information in the "2020 Rebate FAQ" posted above.
- Historic expansion of unemployment insurance to replace 100% of average wages to help furloughed and laid-off workers; an additional $600 per week for the next four months; an extra 13 weeks of eligibility; and assistance for freelancers;
- $16 billion to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile supply of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies that are desperately needed in hospitals across the country;
- $1 billion for the implementation of the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supply chains and enable industry to quickly ramp up production of personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other urgently needed medical supplies;
- $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses who are on the brink of collapse in the face of this public health emergency.
- and considerably more in funds for Colorado's National Guard, assistance for our first responders, food banks, broadband services to equip distance learning and our nation's veterans
There is not currently a vaccine to prevent coronavirus, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus. At this time, the CDC believes symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
- Wear a mask in public
- Practice social distnacing
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
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