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We are still very much at risk to spread of COVID-19. As we begin to gradually relax various public health orders, retailers and other businesses will be engaging more with customers and employees in person. It’s critical we keep each other safe so we don’t lose the progress made in recent weeks. Handwashing and disinfecting common surfaces are still important to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands and how to disinfect yourself and your space to stay healthy.

Clean hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
    • Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a person who is sick.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Additional key times to clean hands include:
    • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After using the restroom
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • After contact with animals or pets
    • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
 

How To Disinfect Yourself & Your Space

Clean

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt, and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. High touch surfaces include:
    • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Disinfect

  • Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectant
    Follow the instructions on the label to ensure the safe and effective use of the product.
    Many products recommend:
    • Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
    • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product
  • Diluted household bleach solutions may also be used if appropriate for the surface.
    • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection, and ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening may not be suitable for disinfection.
    • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
      Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
      Leave the solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
      To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection for up to 24 hours.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
  • Complete Disinfection Guidance

How To Make Hand Sanitizers & Disinfectants

For additional guidance or to learn how to provide supplies for others, such as masks or hand sanitizer, refer to our donation guidelines.

Hand Sanitizer

Follow the World Health Organization guidelines for the production of hand sanitizer:

Denver Area Handwashing Stations


 
Handwashing Signs

Wash Your Hands signs can be downloaded below for your business or other site:

 

With Safer at Home underway and the phased loosening of state restrictions continuing, business and leisure activities are resuming in Denver. Face coverings continue to be mandatory while inside of or waiting in line to enter any retail or commercial business, or any location or facility offering government or health care services and while waiting for or riding on public transportation.

Businesses have been allowed to reopen with 50 percent of employees if they are able to maintain six-foot physical distancing, abide by the face-covering order and other guidelines.

While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our vast outdoors than in confined indoor spaces. Much of Colorado is now open with restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at highest risk for severe illness.

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Looking to Volunteer?

You can find a number of options through organizations like Mile High United Way and HelpNowColorado on our main Donation and volunteer page.


Need Volunteers?

Denver local organizations are encouraged to register volunteer needs through Mile High United Way by emailing volunteer@unitedwaydenver.org.

You may register your needs on the state’s HelpColoradoNow website.

Have Questions or Looking For More Information?

To report an issue or for additional questions and assistance, please contact us at:

Within Denver, dial 3-1-1

Outside of Denver, dial 720-913-1311


 CO-HELP

Colorado’s call line for general questions about COVID-19 provides answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话) and more.

303-389-1687 or
1-877-462-2911

COHELP@RMPDC.org (answers in English only)


 If you need medical attention, contact a health care provider.