The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver Public Health, and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment are closely monitoring the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
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The best source of information for COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
There you’ll find detailed information on:
For information on COVID-19 from the State, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment; for more localized information, visit Denver Public Health.
To learn more about our 9-1-1 Communications and to sign up for emergency information and notifications in Denver, visit www.denvergov.org/911 and our emergency services for people with disabilities page.
You can also read more 9-1-1 guidance from the State of Colorado.
If you are feeling ill and think that you might have COVID-19:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as novel coronavirus:
The precautions above are even more important when travelling. It’s also important to be aware of the CDC’s current travel advisories:
When are people tested for COVID-19?
CDC's testing guidance includes three types of people:
If your medical provider thinks you may have COVID-19, he or she will contact state or local public health departments for instructions on testing. Public health agencies will make the final decisions about testing for COVID-19 virus.
If you need to be tested, your doctor will collect a specimen from your nose and throat and send your samples to a public health lab; only public health labs and the CDC are able to test for COVID-19.
Denver Animal Protection’s (DAP) priorities continue to be to work hard to protect the health and safety of our pets, our community, our volunteers, and our staff. We realize the situation with COVID-19 is uncertain, rapidly evolving, and concerning for us all at the moment. We appreciate your continued support and dedication during this time.
Denver Animal Protection defers to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) about COVID-19 and its possible impact on domestic animals and livestock. The current information is subject to change based on evolving knowledge of the virus. There is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19. However, if you become sick with COVID-19 you should restrict contact with pets and other animals.
There is currently no evidence that companion animals could be a source of infection to people. For the latest animal specific information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website.
It’s important to know that, to date, there have not been any cases of dogs or cats becoming sick with the new coronavirus, COVID-19. There is also no evidence of people catching the virus from companion animals. However, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals, and, as a precaution, if you become sick with COVID-19, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals (just as you do so with other people). This information is subject to change based on evolving knowledge of the virus. For the latest animal specific information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website.
Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) will temporarily close for adoptions beginning on Monday, March 16. The shelter is continuing to stay open for returning pets to their owners, as we must reunite lost pets with their families. Vaccination clinics are cancelled through March. We request that anyone who is currently ill or has any known risk factors related to the virus, please do not visit our facilities. We encourage you to return when you are feeling well again or no longer fall into one of these risk categories. DAP is asking the same of staff and volunteers.
In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household falls ill and is hospitalized. To make a preparedness plan for your pets:
Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the virus spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
Protect pets with current identification, including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.
Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
DAP recommends staying diligent in preparations. By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time, pet owners can do their part to ensure animal service resources do not become overwhelmed and their pets are spared unnecessary stress.&
Customers are encouraged to still come to DAS to redeem lost pets.
For Lost Pet services, please call DAP staff at 720-337-1810 or DAP.Customercare@denvergov.org. DAP is asking customers to wait in their cars until DAP connects with them via phone. Staff will then handle the majority of the transactions via phone and email .
To redeem a lost pet, follow these steps:
Our team is using effective disinfectant throughout the shelter and all areas are being sanitized daily.
There are hand washing stations and hand sanitizer throughout the shelter. DAS visitors are encouraged to wash their hands or sanitize between touching animals to prevent the spread of any illness.
Community members who are eager to help offset the potential impact on pets related to COVID-19 are encouraged to:
The courts and probation department provide important and essential services to the public and we will fully endeavor to maintain normal operations. Below are measures being implemented to address public concern surrounding COVID-19.
The 2nd Judicial District is requesting that you PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSES, PROBATION OR PRETRIAL LOCATIONS if any of the following apply:
(1) you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (“Novel Coronavirus”) and you have not received a subsequent test confirming that you are currently virus-free;
(2) you have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past fourteen days;
(3) you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory illness symptoms.
If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney to file a request for continuance or to appear by telephone. If you are not represented by an attorney, please contact the District Court Clerk’s Office at (303) 606-2300.
Probation clients should contact (303) 607-7000.
Pretrial clients should contact (720) 913-8900.
If you are subpoenaed as a witness in a case, please contact the attorney or party issuing the subpoena to explain the circumstances and discuss the options available.
If you are summoned to report for jury duty, additional information can be located here.
Information specific to Denver County Court, Denver Juvenile Court or Denver Probate Court is located below.
For additional Colorado Judicial Branch updates, you can also follow @CoCourts on Twitter.
Aviso sobre el COVID-19 (“nuevo coronavirus”) y la manera en que operarán los tribunales durante este tiempo:
Los tribunales y el Departamento de Libertad Condicional proporcionan al público servicios importantes e indispensables y nos esforzaremos por seguir operando como lo hacemos normalmente en la mayor medida de lo posible. A continuación están las medidas implementadas para responder a las inquietudes del publico con respecto a COVID-19.
El 2ndo Distrito Judicial solicita que NO VAYA AL TRIBUNAL, AL DEPARTAMENTO DE LIBERTAD CONDICIONAL (PROBATION) NI AL DEPARTAMENTO DE SERVICIOS PREPROCESALES (PRETRIAL SERVICES) si:
(1) recibió un diagnóstico positivo de COVID-19 ("nuevo coronavirus") y no se le ha realizado una prueba posterior que confirme que actualmente ya no lo tiene más;
(2) estuvo en contacto directo con alguien que recibió un diagnóstico positivo de COVID-19 dentro de los últimos catorce días;
(3) tiene fiebre, tos, dificultad para respirar o cualquier otro síntoma de enfermedades respiratorias.
En el caso de tener un abogado, comuníquese con el mismo para presentar una solicitud de aplazamiento o una comparecencia vía telefónica. Si no tiene abogado por favor contacte a la Oficina de la secretaria de Denver al (303) 606-2300.
Clientes de Libertad Condicional (Probation) deben contactar al (303) 607-7000.
Clientes de los servicios procesales (pretrial services) contacten al (720) 913-8900.
Si se le envió un citatorio judicial para presentarse a fin de cumplir las funciones de servicio de jurado, comuníquese con el encargado del jurado al (720) 337-0600 o email firstname.lastname@example.org para programar una nueva fecha para cumplir con tales funciones. Favor de esperar una respuesta en 2-3 días hábiles. Puede encontrar mas información aquí: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Jury/District/Index.cfm?District_ID=2
Mas informacion detallada acerca del Tribunal del Condado de Denver, Tribunal de menores y Tribunal Sucesario de Denver.
Para mas informacion acerca de las noticias y actualizaciones del Poder Judicial de Colorado puede seguir @CoCourts en Twitter.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Effective Friday, February 7 phone numbers for Denver District and Probate Courts will change as follows:
For additional information, please visit: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Index.cfm?District_ID=2
***The Denver District Court Self-Help Center offers "Ask a Lawyer" sessions for divorce and custody/allocation of parental responsibilities cases every 1st Thursday of the month from 11:00am to 1:00pm. These are walk-in sessions provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and will last approximately 15 minutes per person. If interested, please check-in in Room 281 at the main counter.***
Denver Health has not tested any inmates for COVID-19, as they have not shown the symptoms required for Denver Health to test them.
The Denver Sheriff Department’s visitations are conducted through video visitations in the lobbies or in-home video visits, so there currently is no physical contact between those in our custody and their visitor(s). DSD is still determining how to move forward with professional visits.
Due to the current public health and safety circumstances, the city must prioritize and effectively deploy city resources to support the city’s coordinated response to COVID-19. Therefore, the Denver Sheriff Department will suspend enforcement of evictions or writs of restitution until further notice.
Downtown Detention Center
In an effort to be proactive, effective March 13, 2020, we have additional protocols for individuals coming into the Denver Sheriff Department’s custody. Depending on how an individual coming into our custody answers the below questions, the person may be placed in an individual cell and evaluated by Denver Health medical staff. Medical staff will make the official decision whether an individual should be tested for COVID-19.
The Denver Sheriff Department is following the infectious disease protocols, which was also utilized recently with the Hepatitis A cases experienced within the jails. In addition, we are working closely with the medical professionals from Denver Health, the Department of Safety, Denver Police and other agencies to identify people who may be at risk and to have them evaluated prior to arriving at the jail. There are also supplementary protocols that are being reviewed at the Downtown Detention Center’s intake area. Additional guidance is being obtained from the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and CDC.
More cleaning products such as disinfectant wipes and similar products are being made available to staff and inmates. Staff has access to bleach wipes which can be utilized to clean any area of the jail while under the supervision of a deputy. Cleaning of the intake area at the Downtown Detention Center has been increased to four times a day. Mandatory cleaning of the housing units is increased to three times a day specifically after each meal. The inmates have access to soap and water to wash their hands regularly. Inmates do not have access to hand sanitizer due to the amount of alcohol that is required to kill the COVID-19 virus. Hand sanitizer is also available in all staff areas and lobbies.
Educational posters, flyers and postcards are being utilized in all areas of the Department. An educational PSA will be added to the video visitation calls to educate individuals. Staff has access to an internal training video and a World Health Organization video. There are also pamphlets and numerous emails that the DDPHE has sent to staff.
Additionally, as a precautionary measure due to health concerns impacting our community, we are suspending volunteer services for the immediate future. Services requiring social agency clearance for contract work or paid work through a social agency are also suspended for the immediate future.
Denver Public Schools (DPS) already has solid protocols and guidance in place for managing illness. Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) worked with DPS to get a letter out to all families in February and will continue to provide updates when new information is available.
If illnesses occur, DDPHE and Denver Public Health (DPH) will work closely to investigate and put controls in place at any impacted facilities. DDPHE plans to start visiting all schools this week. We will prioritize the largest schools first.
DDPHE is working with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) on outreach and child care facilities. DDPHE works with child care facilities under a contract with CDHS and is working with DDPHE to make these determinations.
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The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment's (DDPHE) public health investigators will visit all Denver food facilities (3000+), prioritizing facilities with onsite food handling and/or onsite consumption, and those with highest likelihood of customer/environmental surface contact (places like fast food facilities--think of all the surfaces people can touch while waiting in line, ordering, getting beverages, etc.), as well as those with buffets.
Food trucks will receive this information, although they are lower priority due to the fact there is little touching of surfaces by customers during their transaction.
Visits will involve delivering signage that is required to be posted at the facility entrance and in restrooms reminding customers about the importance of washing their hands and not dining out when having symptoms of respiratory illness.
Visits will also provide guidance on restricting ill food handlers and frequently disinfecting high-touch environmental surfaces.
DDPHE will require that this info be posted under 24-16 DRMC. Facilities that fail to comply may be subject to enforcement action under 24-24 DRMC.
If you need any additional 'Wash Your Hands' restaurant posters, you may download print-ready versions provided in the "Download & Share Additional Resources' section of this page.
Hospitals and clinicians are receiving frequent messages from Denver Public Health (DPH)/DDPHE and CDPHE with updated guidance whenever applicable using the Health Action Network (HAN) a method of sharing information about urgent public health incidents with local partners. The HAN provides a robust interoperable platform for the rapid distribution of public health information.
Medical facilities already have disease response plans required under their accreditation and state/federal regulations and are putting control measures in place to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses like flu and COVID-19.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) met with service providers last week. We remain in close contact ensuring the well-being of people experiencing homelessness.
These providers include:
The purpose of these meetings is twofold. DDPHE is providing public health expertise. The service providers are providing information to help us better understand needs. Service providers are part of a broad community who engages daily to the needs of persons experiencing homelessness.
DDPHE continues to provide information, resources, consultation, and support. Our current strategy is much the same as it was for the recent hepatitis A response. Coordination with service providers and the broad community helps to inform our strategies.
To be cautious, we are also exploring additional options, in case sick people cannot be safely assisted in shelters.
DDPHE staff have been conducting disease-control focused inspections and consultations at shelters for the last few years. This is a part of our regular process. Next week we will begin site visits with a specific focus on COVID-19.
Specific efforts to prepare for and support a response to COVID-19 include:
We are thankful for the strong support our community provides to individuals experiencing homelessness. Working together, we will take every available action to keep people healthy.
Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) will begin phone consultations with facility management and will forgo conducting site visits to reduce the risk that any extra visitors bring to the residents. DDPHE is distributing signage and educational information via email along with orders that include: screening of visitors, limiting visitors, increased monitoring residents’ and staff's health.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is specialized clothing or equipment worn by individuals for their protection and to help prevent the spread of germs between people. PPE includes, but is not limited to: gloves, gowns or aprons, goggles or face shields, facemasks (also called surgical masks), and respirators (such as N95). This full complement of PPE is generally only necessary for medical care providers and first responders who are actively working on symptomatic patients.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) does not recommend that the general public routinely use PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well (not showing symptoms) wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, except in special circumstances. Taking these factors into account, the Department of Public Health and Environment is providing the following guidance for persons within shelter settings:
A Public Health Order is in effect in Denver. This includes a “stay at home” directive for the entire city that will last from March 24 – April 11. Essential activities needed for health and safety are exempt.
We urge everyone to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. We know this is a big ask of our residents and businesses, but it is a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our community. The city’s enforcement of the Public Health Order will focus on education and sharing information for both residents and businesses.
There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census from the comfort of your own home - online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire. Just a reminder, the website accepting census responses is live NOW at 2020Census.gov.
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.
COHELP@RMPDC.org (answers in English only)
If you need medical attention, contact a health care provider.
Denver is strong and resilient. We can get through the COVID-19 crisis together by staying calm, practicing social distancing, and taking care of ourselves and one another. How do you Keep Calm and Denver On?
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