In the midst of the biggest spike of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines arrived in Colorado bringing with them much hope and optimism that life will return to normal. Health officials have begun an education and outreach campaign to address any hesitancy people have about getting the vaccine and remind Coloradans that masks and social distancing will have to continue into the summer.
On Sunday, Oct. 25, the Colorado Exposure Notifications App will go live. Your privacy is protected, but by activating the app, you can learn if you’ve potentially been exposed to Covid-19. View an explanatory powerpoint by the Colorado Dept of Health and Environment.
Covid-19 Colorado outbreak map and upcoming app will show if you’ve been near confirmed cases.
Though Denver was on target for hospitalizations, testing and positivity rates as of June 24, officials stated strongly that masks need to be worn “for the foreseeable future.”
“For 30 years we’ve been talking about tele-medicine and thinking around the edges, but there’ve been policy barriers to really doing it on a broad scale, and Medicare and Medicaid pay only for very limited things; this pandemic really opened the floodgates to tele-health and tele-medicine, and we’ve learned very quickly how to scale this work up.”
How is Denver doing at flattening the curve? What symptoms are Denverites reporting and how does that help track illness in the community—even before tests are done? Are we having Covid outbreaks in our grocery stores? What should we do when someone isn’t wearing a mask in the grocery store? What is the projection for how well the virus will be contained in coming months?
And, in a broader view, why do bats spread pathogens; and how are llamas contributing to possible treatments?
Governor Polis announces broad testing access in Colorado
The 1980s anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” has taken on new meaning for Kimberly Schmitten, an RN at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. “It is the greatest feeling,” she says, when she hears Journey’s familiar tune over the hospital intercom at the end of a day.
Talking about mental health issues is difficult for children and parents, but should not dissuade people from having these conversations, especially given the current challenges facing us all. “Having frequent open conversations with your child that convey trust and respect and really listening to what they say they want and need is the best approach hands down—no matter what the problem is.”
Mayor Hancock announces citywide stay at home order and closure of non-essential businesses from March 24 to April 10. That follows Gov. Polis’ statewide order for all businesses to cut back their on-site staff to at least 50%. Social distancing orders remain in effect.