Senator Steve Fenberg | COVID-19 Resources
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Recent Updates

 

Boulder County Restriction Levels

    • Boulder County is currently at Level Orange: High Risk on Colorado’s COVID-19 Dial. Here’s what that means:
      • Restaurants may have indoor dining at 25% capacity or 50 people. Take out, curbside, and delivery is encouraged. For outdoor dining, there must be 6 feet of space between parties.
      • Bars are closed.
      • Gyms may operate at 25% capacity.
      • Child care centers are open.
      • Offices must be at 25% capacity, remote work is strongly encouraged.
      • Schools are operating with a combination of in person, hybrid, and remote learning.
    • Coloradans can opt in to a secure Exposure Notification system through their smartphone. Being alerted to a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the risk to your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and community.
    • A mandatory mask-wearing requirement for Colorado went into effect in July 2020 and was recently extended until January 6, 2021. It’s likely to be extended even further.

 

Vaccine Information

    • While the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines will be very limited for several months, Colorado has developed a phased approach to vaccine distribution to save lives and end the crisis that has been brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible.
    • The map below shows all of the active sites offering vaccinations in Colorado:

    • The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has put together a timeline outlining the order vaccines will be distributed to different groups:

    • For Boulder County residents: use this form from Boulder County’s Public Health department to receive an email notification when you’re able to receive a vaccine.

 

State Response

  • In November, the Colorado Legislature returned for an extraordinary session and passed several bills to provide millions of dollars in relief to Colorado families & businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Help is now available. The full rundown of the bills we passed with information on how to access relief can be found here.
  • Highlights of the package of bills passed:
    • $57 million in direct aid, grants, and annual fee waivers to struggling small businesses
    • Restaurants, bars, and food trucks are able to retain state sales tax they collect from November 2020 through February 2021
    • $20 million to housing assistance to support renters and homeowners facing financial hardship
    • $5 million to the Energy Outreach Colorado Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund in order to provide financial relief to Coloradans that are struggling to pay their utility bills
    • $20 million toward increasing our state’s broadband capacity
    • $45 million to enable existing child care providers to keep their doors open and new providers to open and meet the needs of working parents
    • $5 million to help replenish essential community services that increase access to food for Colorado families facing food insecurity

 

Federal Response

The President signed a $900 billion COVID-19 bill (part of a larger $2.3 trillion government funding package) on December 27th. The following is included in the bipartisan package:

  • The relief package provides a second round of direct payments for most Americans of up to $600 per adult and the same amount per dependent child under 17. Those payments will likely start going out in early 2021.
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation were both renewed. But because Trump did not sign the bill until after those programs expired, there may be a several week delay in receiving those funds.
  • The bill renewed several programs that have already proved successful in helping small businesses, most notably the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers forgivable loans to small businesses. Both businesses that already received PPP loans and those that did not apply will be eligible for a new round of aid for small businesses.
  • The new relief bill extends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national ban on evictions through Jan. 31, giving more than 10 million Americans another month of protections. The measure also provides $25 billion to fund rental assistance programs for tenants who were unable to pay rent and owe landlords thousands of dollars.

Resources in State Senate District 18

 

Children & Family Services

 

Food Assistance
    • Boulder Valley School District is distributing several meals’ worth of food items and fresh produce to families on, and after, March 30, between 11:30am – 1:30pm. They will not be offered next as the District is in Spring Break. The addresses for each of the following location can be found on the BVSD website.
      • Creekside Elementary School
      • Crest View Elementary School
      • Columbine Elementary School
      • Emerald Elementary School
      • Louisville Middle School
      • Nederland Middle-Senior High School
      • Pioneer Elementary
      • University Hill Elementary School
      • Sanchez Elementary School
    • St. Vrain Valley School District is operating 11 drive-through pick-up sites where students, families, and staff can receive lunch and breakfast food items between 11:00am-12:30pm.  Addresses fro the following SVVSD meal distribution locations can be found on the SVVSD website.
      • Timberline PK-8
      • Northridge Elementary School
      • Altona Middle School
      • Sunset Middle School
      • Soaring Heights PK-8
      • Frederick High School
      • Mead Middle School
      • Lyons High School
      • Hygiene Elementary School (12:00 – 12:30 only)
      • Niwot High School (11:00 – 11:30 only)
      • Learning Services Center (11:00 – 11:30 only)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps individuals and families buy food that is healthy and nutritious. Apply for Health First Colorado through Colorado PEAK.
    • Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) in Boulder offers grab-and-go food bags for pick up at their main office on Yarmouth during regular business hours for Boulder and southern mountain residents.
    • Hunger Free Colorado has set up a Food Resource Hotline for anyone who needs help locating food. Call 855-855-4626, M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm) to find school meals, food pantries, and SNAP and WIC enrollment.

 

Mental Health
    • Mental Health Colorado has updated its resource page with useful information for those who are struggling with mental health of substance use challenges.
    • Colorado Crisis Services: If you are more seriously concerned about your own mental health or that of someone close to you, you can call the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or you can text TALK to 38255.
    • Mental Health Partners is still taking new clients, using telehealth sessions for assessments and evaluations. Please call 303-443-8500 to access those services.

 

Rent and Utilities
    • Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) provides financial assistance for utilities, rent, or mortgages for Boulder and southern mountain residents.
    • Coordinated Entry staff will be working remotely and will be conducting assessments via phone only. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, call 720-386-9002.
      • Longmont Coordinated Entry: Client should call 303-579-7364 between noon-2:00pm.
      • Boulder Coordinated: Clients should call 303-579-4404 (daily 10:00am – 4:00pm except Tuesdays, from noon-4:00pm).
    • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) assists low-income families and individuals with their heating costs (ends April 30th).
    • Energy Outreach Colorado is a statewide nonprofit organization that helps Coloradans pay their utility bills during hardship.
    • Xcel Energy agreed not to disconnect residential customers until further notice.
    • Comcast is increasing internet speeds for all customers and offering 60 days of free internet services to low-income families.

 

Unemployment
    • The Governor has ordered up to four days of paid sick leave for certain workers experiencing flu-like symptoms and awaiting COVID-19 test results.
    • Anyone who has lost their job or had their hours cut due this pandemic may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
    • For employers looking to avoid layoffs, CDLE’s Work-Share Program allows eligible employees to work fewer hours and collect partial unemployment benefits.

Additional resources

 

Ways to Donate and Volunteer

 

Help Colorado Now

If you’d like to donate or volunteer in the fight against COVID-19, head to HelpColoradoNow.org. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus. Also, private sector companies who want to partner with us on acquiring testing, critical constrained medical supplies, technology, or support services for people who are isolated, please also go to https://covrn.com/#Join-Innovation-response-team.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

To donate PPE keep the bare minimum amount of supply you need to conduct essential or life saving functions, and contribute the remainder to our state’s COVID19 response. If you have small quantities of supplies to contribute, between 1-25 boxes of personal protective equipment donate these supplies to your local public health department, local community health center, community clinic, or local hospital. If you have more than 25 boxes, or the pieces of larger equipment such as anesthesia machines or ventilators, fill out THIS FORM.

Stay Informed

For general questions, call (303) 389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. For written answers in English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more, email COHELP@RMPDC.org. Para información sobre COVID19 en Español haga clic aquí (Proporcionado por Denver Health).

 

In addition to what is listed above, please follow the State of Colorado’s webpage that posts current updates, along with a list of resources.

Again, I will continue to frequently update my Facebook and Twitter with important information, and let you know of any important developments.