Senator Steve Fenberg | COVID-19 Resources
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COVID-19 Resources

Recent Updates

 

Boulder County Restriction Levels

    • Boulder County is currently at ‘Modified Level Blue’. Here’s what that means:
      • Restaurants may operate at 100% capacity so long as there is 6 feet of distance between parties.
      • Bars may operate at 25% capacity up to 75 people.
      • Gyms may operate at 100% capacity, maintaining 6 feet of distance between parties.
      • Child care centers are open.
      • Offices must be at 75% capacity, remote work is encouraged.
    • 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.
    • Boulder County residents must wear a face covering whenever entering or within any public indoor space that is not that person’s residence, or while using or waiting to use the services of any taxi, bus, light rail, train, car service, ride-sharing or similar service, or mass transportation.
    • All individuals older than ten years old must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces in Boulder County at all times.
    • When outdoors, individuals are not required to use face covering. However, a face covering is recommended if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Vaccine Information

 

State Response

 

  • In March 2021, the Colorado Legislature unveiled the Colorado Recovery Plan. It’s a $700 million stimulus package that will: take care of our small businesses, revitalize our infrastructure, support hardworking Colorado families, and make investments in our workforce and rural Colorado.
  • These dollars will be allocated through dozens of bills this legislative session. You can read all about the nuts and bolts of the package here.

 

  • 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. 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

 

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Recovery Plan on March 11th. This sweeping stimulus package will provide direct relief to most Americans, funding to safely reopen schools, investments in COVID-19 testing and tracing, and it will effectively cut child poverty in half. In more detail:

  • The relief package provides a 3rd round of direct payments for most Americans of up to $1,400 per adult and the same amount per dependent (regardless of age). Those payments have already started hitting bank accounts.
  • The $300-per-week boost to unemployment benefits will continue through September 6, 2021.
  • The bill expands the Child Tax Credit:
    • For 2021, the bill temporarily expands the child tax credit, which is currently up to $2,000 per child under 17.
    • Under the legislation, the tax credit would be as much as $3,600 for children up to age 5 and as much as $3,000 for children 6 to 17.
  • $350 billion goes to states, local governments, territories and tribal governments.
  • About $130 billion will go to safely reopening schools.
  • It also includes funding for colleges and universities, transit agencies, housing aid, child care providers and food assistance.

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.