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Week Of Special Interest 04/29/20
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By La Voz Staff

VA health app now available to veterans

Through public-private partnerships with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), since early April, all veterans have been able to securely connect to their health care data online.

Online Veteran health care records first only available on iOS operating systems, are now also accessible on Android mobile devices and web applications.

iBlueButton and MyLinks are free health information exchange apps providing veterans the ability to securely access, manage and interact with their health information. They also make it easier for veterans to set and achieve health care goals regardless of their device.

“Veterans having access across the board to mobile and web health app services increases interoperability and eases the flow of information, while keeping their personal data secure,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Data security and Veteran’s consent are essential to maintaining trust and credibility with our stakeholders.”

A Veteran must first authorize access to their health information using a VA-approved authentication method before an app can access their data. At any time, the veteran can revoke the privileges they’ve granted to these apps through their account settings on

State health department releases Safer-At-Home public health order

In accordance with Governor Jared Polis’ executive order, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) enacted a public health order, implementing Safer-at-Home. Per the order, some businesses can open with abundant precautions; people 65 and older and those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 must continue to stay home; and the general public is strongly advised to stay at home and only leave for specific tasks. The order is intended to better support the state’s social, mental, and economic health while responding to this pandemic.

For extensive information on Safer-at-Home, including sector specific guidance, please visit

All services included in the public health order are subject to physical distancing requirements and are still encouraged to implement telework options and staggered schedules when possible. They are also encouraged to implement symptom monitoring protocols, including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions, where possible. Additional guidance can be found here.

The order went into effect at 6 a.m. on April 27, 2020, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 26, 2020. The order may be changed or extended.

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Our Government

White House

Presidential Message on Arbor Day: “Arbor Day is an opportunity for all Americans to acknowledge the important role that our Nation’s forests and woodlands play in supporting our economy, health, and environment. This day, we celebrate the remarkable contributions that America’s wide variety of trees make to our way of life.”

Colorado Governor

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak today announced their respective states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact -- a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home and fighting COVID-19.

“Coloradans are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have important information to share with and to gain from other states. I’m thrilled Colorado is joining the Western States Pact,” said Governor Polis.

Denver Mayor

Denver offers guidance on park use during Stay at Home Order. As the weekend approaches, a reminder that most Denver parks remain open for use to support the health and well-being of residents but with some new guidelines and restrictions. Denver Parks & Recreation has issued a temporary directive to prohibit the possession and consumption of beer, wine, and champagne in parks and other outdoor public spaces the agency manages.





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