State releases latest COVID-19 modeling information
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) received additional modeling information from an expert group of public health scientists today.
The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled the expert group, which includes modeling scientists at ColoradoSPH and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, and Colorado State University.
Key staff from CDPHE and the ColoradoSPH conducted webinars on the modelís results today.
The latest Colorado model report is now available to the public, as are the presentation slides from the webinar.
The report provides an estimate of the degree of distancing that Coloradans have achieved so far. It also provides projections based on various policy scenarios for April 27 forward around physical distancing, mask wearing, and improved case detection and containment. The models are based on Colorado data and assumptions.
The state will continue to review data and model findings as the pandemic continues to inform future policy decisions.
Continue to stay up to date by visiting www.covid19.colorado.gov.
Pueblo County to Operate Drive-up Testing Site for COVID-19
Pueblo County will open a drive-up testing site in Pueblo from Wednesday, April 22 through May 30 to test certain qualifying members of the public who have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, and fever over 100.4). This testing site will be open to healthcare workers, first responders, individuals 65 years of age and older and critical infrastructure workers who have symptoms. The testing site is open to neighboring counties. No physician order is required.
Drive-up testing site details:
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Location: Colorado State Fair Grounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue, enter through Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue
Cost: All testing will be free. Insurance will not be required.
The first 250 individuals daily in the line will have access to the drive-up testing. All others that arrived after that will be encouraged to seek testing from a private provider or attend the next day. Individuals should contact their primary care provider to determine if they have a need to be tested.
President Donald J. Trump announced that he is placing an excutive order to halt immigration visas for a period of at least 120 days in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. No other details have been provided at this time.
Governor Jared Polis discussed modeling data that shows how Coloradans are doing their part during the stay-at-home order and what next steps will look like as health and safety restrictions change in the coming days and weeks.
ďColoradans in every corner of our state have stepped up and taken responsible steps to help bend the curve of this pandemic and we are grateful for these shared efforts that helped save lives and slow the spread. The deadly virus will continue to be with us, and we must wear masks and socialize less to avoid its rapid growth. For seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, itís important to stay home whenever possible through May.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced several updates to Denverís response to COVID-19, underscoring the need to continue to stay at home and enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The Mayor and the Emergency Operations Center have begun recovery planning efforts, but physical distancing remains the most effective tool currently to limit the spread of the virus.
The city will work in close coordination with Governor Polis and metro area leadership, including public health directors, to determine whether the health care data we are seeing supports a phased relaxation of the stay-at-home order.