COVID-19 Resources

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The East Colfax neighborhood is being hit particularly hard by the economic downturn associated with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, not to mention health impacts of the virus itself. The East Colfax Neighborhood Association is working to provide as many resources as possible with direct relevance to our community. We will attempt to gather any and all openly available sources on a daily basis to keep this resource page updated as circumstances shift.

[Please note: we are a volunteer organization and do the best we can. Try to rely on official sources of information when possible. We list many of those sources here.]

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GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

 

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from:

 

 

EMERGENCY FOOD

  • LIST OF FOOD BANKS IN THE REGION

  • City of Denver Emergency Food Response Overview covering school and student meals, Denver Parks and Recreation Center Meals (Tasty Food), SNAP and WIC benefits, food pantry resources, accessing food in quarantine, and a community resources map. The information on this site will be updated on a rolling basis

  • A food pantry list that is being updated real-time with current hours of operation. If you know if any pantry closures, please update the list.

    • East Colfax Neighborhood Associations food bank at 7935 E. 14th Ave. is doing a grab-and-go distribution on Friday's from 3pm-5pm.

  • Denver Public Schools food distribution

    • Denver Public Schools is offering free weekday breakfast and lunch to students and families in need at Grab-and-Go sites throughout the city. Vegetarian options are available. To prioritize social distancing, families are not allowed to eat on site. DPS is not able to provide transportation to the Grab-and-Go sites.

    • Breakfast and lunch are also available for adults and can be picked up every weekday. In addition, weekend breakfast and lunch are available for families to pick up every Friday. The adult and weekend meals are made possible by fundraising from the DPS Foundation.

    • DPS also provides weekday meal delivery service to schools and community locations throughout the city. Yellow school buses will stop at each site for 20-30 minutes to hand out breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year. On Fridays, weekend breakfast and lunch are also available for pickup.

    • In addition, Food for Thought Denver is providing Powersacks at all DPS Grab-and-Go sites, every Friday until circumstances change. Each Powersack will contain enough non-perishable food for a family of four for two days. These sacks are available for anyone in need, not just for our DPS students.

  • Hunger Free Colorado’s COVID-19 Landing Page - (available in English and Spanish)

  • Aurora Public Schools meal distribution sites and information

  • Information on donating food from restaurants, institutions, event/conference centers, etc. Please also check in with local food recovery organizations about how they are connecting with food donors and food assistance organizations

HOUSING: RENT AND UTILITY PAYMENTS, HOMELESSNESS

*Please note, the Denver's sheriff's office has discontinued all eviction proceedings. NO ONE WILL LOSE THEIR HOME DURING THE HEALTH CRISIS. Even if you are served with an eviction notice, law enforcement WILL NOT TAKE ACTION during the health crisis

 

Please also be aware that Xcel Energy and Denver Water HAVE AGREED TO NOT SHUT OFF SERVICES DUE TO LACK OF PAYMENT DURING THE CRISIS.

However, to avoid the financial difficulties leading to eviction or nonpayment, please access the following resources:


People Experiencing Homelessness

SMALL BUSINESS SURVIVAL; EMPLOYMENT 

GENERAL RESOURCES ON FEDERAL RELIEF

  • Specific information on the ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN: 

These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.

 

INFORMATION ON CITY RELIEF PROGRAMS:

 

The office of Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced in a press release on Mar. 19 that small businesses across Colorado can apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans as a result of the economic strain caused by the spread of COVID-19. Small businesses may apply for loans of up to $2M as part of Colorado’s access to federal disaster area designation. Learn more.

 

State Resources: 

The State of Colorado is encouraging all small businesses to contact their local Small Business Development Centers. 

  • For general information for your business needs, click here

  • For a free one-on-one consultation/business counseling at the Denver SBDC click here 

 

Federal Resources: 

As you likely know, the Federal government also recently passed legislation to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There are two programs to help small businesses, such as yours:

Information about Small Business Development Center disaster relief resources can be found here 

Information and resources provided here include general state and federal guidance for navigating the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as specific information and resources for business owners.

 

COVID-19 Resources

There are a number of additional resources online that may be helpful to you and your colleagues.

Additionally: Our small business advocacy partners are strongly encouraging small businesses to avoid short term, high cost financing options during this state of emergency. Additional resources for financial planning and technical assistance can be found by visiting: https://venturize.org/.

List of financial resources.

Employee Information

Paid Sick Leave

 

  • Prior to this emergency, neither Colorado nor Denver required employers to offer paid leave (a state bill on extended paid family leave was pending introduction as the legislature goes into a recess, a Denver ballot measure to required paid sick days in 2011 was not passed by voters).

  • Governor Polis and the State Department of Labor and Employment has issued an emergency rule that makes workers in certain industries eligible for up to four days of paid sick leave when experiencing flu-like symptoms and awaiting test results for COVID-19. Read the full rule for more information and details on covered industries.

  • At the federal level, the House has proposed and passed the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It will now move to the Senate for consideration and, if approved, will be passed along to President Trump to be signed into law.

  • Check with your employer. Even if your current policies do not offer paid leave, ask! Many employers are stepping up and providing more flexibility during this time. 

  • Even if you do not have paid leave, if you have tested positive for the virus, you must stay away from work under the law. 

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

 

  • If you work for an employer that closed or reduced your hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you can file or reopen an unemployment claim. Go to coloradoui.gov/fileaclaim.

 

Wage Claims

 

 

CHILD CARE/SCHOOLS

HOW TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

 

1) Wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds

2) If you have symptoms (fever, cough, breathing challenges) or have had contact with someone who has tested positive, stay at home

  • If you need medical care, call your care provider before going in for the protocol to follow; in the case of an emergency where you must call 9-1-1, notify the operator of your symptoms

3) Practice social distancing

  • Remain at home as much as you can

  • Stay 6 feet away from individuals who are not part of your immediate family/circle when you are out in public

COVID-19 HELP:

(303)-389-1687 or 1 (877) 462-2911 (includes multiple languages)

COHELP@RMPDC.org

City of Denver COVID-19 Website 

The State of Colorado Department of Public Health COVID-19 Website (updated multiple times daily)

  • Information on testing is evolving daily - options may include your own health provider or state-run testing sites

  • At this time testing continues to be prioritized for those most in need until the national supply of tests is expanded to allow mass testing

  • The State website also has the most up-to-date information on protocols like how long to stay at home if you've had symptoms but were unable to get tested etc.

Denver Public Health by Denver Health 

  • Medical facts

  • Information on safety-net medical care at Denver Health clinics or Hospital

Visit Denvergov.org for information on managing illness, the City and County of Denver COVID-19 Action Plan, and the City and County of Denver Emergency Operations Plan : Base Plan.

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH 

This is an extraordinary situation and you may be feeling like you need additional support. If you need immediate assistance call 911, otherwise, here are some mental/emotional health resources:

 

National and local resources for anyone experiencing domestic violence

 

Other Colorado Crisis Services

CITYWIDE CLOSURES, 

CANCELLATIONS, AND POSTPONEMENTS

Denver area schools closed for the remainder of the school year

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING

SENIOR RESOURCES

 

Here are some links that may be helpful for seniors impacted by COVID-19:

 

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