Helpful Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
NEW TODAY 4/07/2020
- Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Colorado, with the statewide total at 5,172 as of yesterday afternoon, including 150 deaths and 994 people hospitalized. Governor Jared Polis extended the Stay at Home order to April 26, and is also extending additional tax filings and payment deadlines for one month, including state and-administered local sales tax.
- Colorado public health officials said Monday they are “certain” that the state has not reached its peak in the COVID-19 outbreak and presented more data that showed that physical distancing measures are working in Colorado and could keep the state from running out of ICU beds once the peak of the virus arrives. The executive director of the CDPHE said there are about 17,000-18,000 Coloradans who currently have, or had, COVID-19. That is more than three times the confirmed cases reported by the CDPHE yesterday afternoon. New data shows that the virus doubles every 5 or 6 daysbecause of physical distancing and other measures, rather than the 1 or 2 days it was doubling earlier on in the outbreak.
President Trump said the Army Corps of Engineers will build field hospitals in 22 states. He also said the company 3M will distribute 55.5 million face masks a month for the next three months. The masks will go to those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Meanwhile, states desperate for medical supplies like ventilators have even turned to each other for support, with states less hard-hit by the virus lending critical equipment to those more in need.
- Gov. Polis will answer your questions in a statewide televised town hall today. The governor will focus entirely on your questions about the state’s response to COVID-19. The interview begins at 7 p.m. and will air on KRDO. The station invites you to record a video of you or a family member asking a question for the governor to answer. To submit your video question visit the KRDO website, HERE.
Starting today, all King Soopers will be limiting the number of customers allowed in their stores at one time. King Soopers officials said there will be one shopper per 120 square feet, or 50% of the international building code’s calculate capacity. This is to allow for proper social distancing at all times to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The store is also implementing one-way aisles and encouraging its associates to wear protective masks.
THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS LAUNCHED A NEW WEBSITE (3/18/2020) DEDICATED TO PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO THAT WEBSITE.
Governor Jared Polis has announced a stay at home order for the entire state which will go into effect at 6 a.m. tomorrow. This will last through April 11, and could extend. This means to avoid unnecessary travel and mingling with others outside your households. Only essential tasks are to be performed such as grocery shopping, prescription pick-ups, doctor’s visits and grabbing necessities. Watch the conference below:
STATE OF COLORADO COVID-19 VOLUNTEER RESPONSE
The state of Colorado are specifically seeking people who can share reliable information, provide virtual support, deliver food, medication, and medical supplies, and help with daily tasks for people who live alone. To volunteer, visit https://covrn.com/.
94.3 KILO is dedicated to keeping you informed with the most up-to-date information pertaining to the COVID-19 disease. We will update this page as much as possible. Here are some helpful links and articles for you, as well as information on any concerts cancelled due to the situation.
Updated business hours for KRXP: Due to concerns with the Coronavirus and mandated social isolation, our offices are closed to the public until further notice. For details on concert cancellations click HERE.
Take everyday actions to protect yourself and those you love
- There are effective ways to reduce the risk to yourself and the people you care about.
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
- Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
- Be calm and prepared.
People who are not sick do not need face masks to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Ill people should wear a mask if they have one — to protect family members and in any scenario where needed to prevent the spread of germs.
RESOURCES, BUSINESSES STILL AVAILABLE TO YOU DURING COVID-19 CLOSURES
Unemployement Resources for workers
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is offering unemployment benefits if your employer is closed or operating at fewer hours. However, note that the State’s unemployment website keeps crashing as the job losses pile up. The department is repurposing staff, and hiring additional workers. Due to the high volume of claims, the state has now set up a system for applying. If your last name begins with the letters A-M, you should file on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or after noon on Saturdays. If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, you should file on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before noon on Saturdays.
The message from the state is to keep trying, and once you file, it should take about 10 days to start receiving benefits
Click here for more info.
As of right now, grocery stores and pharmacies are not impacted. Some stores have updated their hours of operation to help keep up with restocking products and sanitizing the area.
- King Soopers is now open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, and is now reserving hours for senior citizens to shop. The first shopping hour, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., every Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be reserved for seniors.
- Target will reserve the first hour of shopping every Wednesday for “vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.” Their hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be shifting most stores to a schedule of 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and introducing a new “senior shopping event.” From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older.
- Whole Foods Customers who are 60 and older are invited to shop beginning one hour before the store opens to the general public, and are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Trader Joe’s changed its hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help increase cleaning. They have also suspended all food/beverage samples.
- Costco says they are asking customers to practice social distancing in the store and limiting items for purchase for customers.
- Sam’s Club is encouraging the use of their Scan & Go app to help avoid checkout lines and they are providing hand sanitizer at registers/exits
- Safeway/Albertsons remains open; their new hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and they are reserving the first two hours of operation every Tuesday and Thursday to the elderly, pregnant, and those with compromised immune systems to shop. They are also hiring. For more information, click here
- Dollar General is also offering the first hour of operation each day to be for senior citizens only. The company also announced that locations will begin closing an hour earlier to give employees a chance to clean and restock. Hours vary, check their website for details.
The grocery delivery service Shipt is still providing at-home deliveries. They are providing door drop-offs to give the option of no-contact delivery and they are also giving two weeks of financial help to those diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed under quarantine by a health professional.
Restaurants and bars
To show appreciation for those on the frontline of the COVID-19 health crisis, Dunkin’ of Colorado Springs will offer a FREE* Medium Hot or Iced Coffee to all medical professionals at select Dunkin’ restaurants during the month of April. Dunkin’ would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and other medical and administrative personnel for their continued care and commitment during this critical time of need. The FREE Coffee offer is valid at participating Dunkin’ restaurants in Colorado Springs until Thursday, April 30. Medical professionals must be in uniform or show valid ID to receive the offer.
Restaurants and bars will have to stop dine-in services for the next 30 days after an order that starts March 17. Most restaurants, fast-food spots and bars will offer take-out orders or deliveries. FIND A FULL LIST OF OPEN FOR DELIVERY/PICKUP RESTAURANTS HERE.
For the next 30 days, these businesses are encouraged to offer food and beverage using a delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. These establishments may allow up to five members of the public at one time on the premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another.
If you’re feeling wary about leaving your home, there are still food delivery services operating. Uber Eats is offering to waive delivery fees for independent restaurants in both the U.S. and Canada. During this time, Uber Eats says local restaurants are depending on customer demand to stay afloat. Grubhub is offering no-contact delivery along with DoorDash and Postmates to allow safe distance for both employees and customers.
ONLINE DELIVERY THAT WILL STILL BRING YOU FOOD TO YOUR DOOR
There are several food delivery services available to bring food to your door.
In addition to individual local restaurants with delivery services (check their websites), the following services are available:
- DoorDash — will deliver from several restaurants including Chipolte, Firehouse Tavern, and McDonald’s.
- Postmates — will deliver from several local restaurants as well as chains like Five Guys, Denny’s and Subway.
- Uber Eats — will deliver from Panda Express and Popeye’s, among several others.
- Grub Hub — will deliver from chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s.
- EatStreet — works more closely with local restaurants instead of national chains.
- Subway Restaurants are offering a Family Take Out Special. Stop by your local restaurant and get a free Footlong when you buy two. (Additional charges for extras. Free sub of equal/lesser price. At participating restaurants. No additional discount. Not valid on delivery.) Free delivery is also now available through all providers that are applicable to your market. Use promo code: SUBWAYNOW to waive all delivery fees on your next purchase. (Limited time
only. Select areas. $0 Delivery fee. Other Services, fees & limitations may apply.)
Please check the hours of operations at your local Subway restaurant.
- Dunkin’ Donuts will remain open to serve guests and are within a category of businesses considered essential under the state of Colorado guidelines. As part of Dunkin’s ongoing efforts to help ensure the safety of guests and crew in light of the COVID-19 health crisis, all restaurants are limiting service to drive-thru, carry out, and delivery through delivery partners where available. Dine-in service has been suspended to prevent the congregation of guests. On-the-Go ordering is available through the Dunkin’ app for pickup in-store or at the drive-thru to limit contact. All of the above have different charges per delivery, with some holding specials for a user’s first order. Check the individual websites for more information on charges and delivery locations.
FULL LIST OF LOCATIONS AND TIMES FOR FREE FOOD FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES
The coronavirus has shut down schools across Colorado, but districts are making sure kids still have a way to get a meal.
IS MY CONCERT CANCELLED?
You can check the status of your concerts HERE.
A Statement from AEG:
“Due to the recent COVID-19 mandate prohibiting mass gatherings of 250 people and above made by the
Governor of Colorado, the events at the following venues have been impacted:
Bluebird Theater, Gothic Theatre, Ogden Theatre, Mission Ballroom, 1STBANK Center
The affected venues will remain closed until the date(s) specified by the State of Colorado and public health and
safety officials, subject to ongoing reassessment.
Venues and events outside the end date of this moratorium may be impacted past the initial period, we will
update as more information is available.
Our hope is that we are able to reschedule as many of the affected events as possible. For information regarding
individual event dates during this applicable time period, up to date information will be reflected on each
respective venue’s website and ticket page. If new dates are announced, there is nothing ticket purchasers need
to do: tickets are valid for the new date and ticket purchasers to each respective event will be notified.
If a show cannot be rescheduled once the moratorium is lifted, a refund will automatically be issued to the
credit card you used to purchase, again within 30 business days.”
BUSINESS & SCHOOL CLOSURES
Southern Colorado Business & Organization Closures:
NEWS 5 has compiled a list of closures. Check their site for the most up-to-date information.
- Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade postponed until September
- The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center have suspended all events through April 13, 2020. The venues ask ticket purchasers to hold on to their tickets while they work to reschedule those events.
Schools and School Districts
All public school districts in El Paso County and Teller County will close for an extended Spring Break from March 16 to 27. This includes a cancellation of all athletic activities and practices. For specific information on a district, please visit their website.
Colleges and Universities
- University of Colorado – Colorado Springs will be remote working and learning for the rest of the semester. The in-person spring commencement ceremony is canceled. Athletic events are canceled for the remainder of the academic year. Only employees required to maintain campus safety and residential operations will continue to report to campus.
- Colorado College extended Spring Break from March 16 to 29. Distance learning only classes start back up on March 30.
- Pikes Peak Community College extended Spring Break from March 16 to 29. Further communication on distance learning only classes anticipated at a later date.
- Colorado State University Pueblo is suspending all face-to-face communication from March 16 to May 1. All classes will move to online or distance learning formats.
- Pueblo Community College is extending spring break from March 16 to 29. Most courses will shift to distance learning on March 30.
- IntelliTec College – Beginning March 17, students will not be required to attend classes at all IntelliTec College locations in Colorado and New Mexico.
- Pueblo City-County Library District has closed all locations to the public beginning at 6 p.m. March 13 until Monday, March 30. Library events and classes will be suspended and meeting rooms closed until April 15.
- Pikes Peak Library District has canceled all public programs, as well as meeting and study room reservations, effective March 16 until further notice.
City and County Government
- All Pueblo County recreational facilities closed as of March 13
- Pueblo County Assessor’s Office closing on March 16
- Pueblo Library District is suspending all programs, classes, events, and outreach activities beginning March 13 thru April 15.
- The 4th Judicial District in El Paso and Teller counties will be operating on an emergency basis. If you are summoned for jury service and are experiencing any acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath, headaches), flu-like symptoms, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing, please do not report for jury service.
- El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has announced temporary closures of all branch locations and suspension of Motor Vehicle, Driver’s License and Elections public facing services. The Recording Department at Citizens Service Center will offer very limited services. Marriage licenses can be obtained via appointment to couples only, family and friends will be prohibited. Other recording services are available; however, it is strongly advised citizens mail documents that need to be recorded or deposit them into the external drop box on the building’s east side. Access to buildings and in-person services will be reduced beginning March 18.
- Department of Corrections has suspended all visitations for all facilities. Officials are evaluating options for video visits and expanded telephone conversations. Legal visits will now be non-contact visits. Parolees who are sick, immune compromised, over 60, and/or considered to be at higher risk of infection will not be required to come into the parole office, but will still be required to maintain contact with their parole officer.
- The Colorado legislature plans to adjourn for two weeks starting Sunday until March 30 over coronavirus concerns, lawmakers announced Friday afternoon.
Parks and Recreation
- All youth and adult recreation programs and activities will be suspended until April 6.
- The City Auditorium is closed until further notice.
- Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain remains open to online reservations only. Visitors will not be able to pay via credit card or cash at the gate. Staff will encourage social distancing to all guests.
- Sertich Ice Center is suspending all public programming beginning March 16 thru April 6
- The Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park community centers are closed until further notice
- The Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is closed until further notice.
- The Pioneers Museum is closed until further notice.
- Facilities will undergo additional deep cleanings during the closures. For facilities that remain open, which includes but is not limited to parks, trails, and open spaces, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and personal hygiene practices and should stay home if they feel sick.
- YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is closing from March 17 to April 18, offering critical child care. The Colorado Springs Senior Center will be closed through March 29
- Bear Creek Nature Center temporarily closed to public until at least April 6. Trails will still be available.
- Fountain Creek Nature Center is temporarily closed to public access until April 6. This time frame could be extended. The trails are still open to the public. All public programs until April 6 are canceled.
- Manitou Incline is closed until further notice
- Great Wolf Lodge is closing all resorts, including in Colorado Springs, effective Sunday, March 15. They expect to reopen April 2.
- The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is closed temporarily and plans to reopen April 1
- Peterson Air Force Base closing operation facilities
- Fort Carson closing operation facilities
- Schriever officials have taken additional actions to mitigate transmission of coronavirus and to preserve the base’s critical mission operations.There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Schriever AFB.
- Leadership has directed the following actions to be implemented effective at midnight:
- Restricted area access limited to specified mission essential personnel only.
- Child Development Center and School Age Center, Outdoor Recreation Framing and Engraving, Fitness Center and Indoor Running Track, including after-hours access, Event Center and Bennie’s are closed.
- Large events and gatherings of more than 10 personnel are canceled or postponed.
- Base Shuttle service inside and outside the RA will be suspended.
- The following agencies are available by appointment only: 50th Force Support Squadron, 50th Comptroller Squadron and Airman and Family Readiness Center.
- Facilities outside the restricted area, not specifically identified above, will remain open. However, commanders and supervisors are minimizing the number of personnel in the work centers, primarily through telework.
- The Satellite Dish Dining Facility will be limited to Building 300/400 occupants and 50th Space Wing mission essential personnel only and will be take-out only.
- Food truck service will be suspended.
- Ongoing construction projects outside the RA will continue.
- Construction projects inside the RA are being considered on a case by case basis.
- Leadership has directed the following actions to be implemented effective at midnight:
- Air Force Academy closed to visitors starting March 13
- Peterson AFB elevated its health protection condition to HPCON-Bravo.
- UCHealth has adapted their hospital visitation policy to protect patients, visitors and staff. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. The restrictions are in place at Memorial Central, Memorial North, Grandview Hospital and at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Teller county.
- Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo in no longer allowing children as visitors to the facility. Patients are allowed only one visitor in a 24-hour period. If visitors present symptoms of cold or flu, they will not be allowed in the hospital, regardless of age
- Nursing Homes: If you wish to visit a loved one in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, you are advised to call ahead to find out if visitation is allowed.
- St Mary Corwin Medical Center is not allowing visitors at this time. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
- Children’s Hospital Colorado is closing select locations to consolidate clinical services and limiting appointments and elective procedures/surgeries and diagnostic radiological studies. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
Pueblo Water is closing its offices to the public until further notice. All residential and commercial customer service will be handled via the phone, online, or through the drive-thru at the Alan C Hamel Administration building at 319 W 4th Street. Water bills may by paid via:
- Drive Thru at 319 W. 4th Street
- Drop Box located in the 3rd lane of the drive thru
- Drop Box located near Pueblo Bank & Trust, off 5th Street
- Automated Telephone System 719-584-0250, Option 1
Online Bill Pay link by visiting www.pueblowater.org.
Colorado Springs Utilities: All facilities are closed to the public, including the Customer Service Center at 111 S. Cascade Ave. and the Conservation and Environmental Center at 2855 Mesa Road through at least March 30. All residential and commercial customer service will be handled via the phone, and shut offs will be suspended and customers can contact with utilities customer service to get on a payment plan.
Fountain Utilities – lobby closed; in-home services suspended except for emergencies.
STORES IN NEED OF NEW HIRES
More than 1,000 immediate openings are available at Safeway and Albertsons stores in Colorado. Positions for in-store employees, delivery drivers and distribution center employees need to be filled. In-store positions include deli, meat, bakery, produce, fuel stations and customer service departments, “drive up & go” and cashier or courtesy clerk. King Soopers is hiring for many positions as well.
FOOD HELP INFORMATION
Colorado Springs Food Rescue is offering weekly no-cost grocery distribution programs Tuesday- Friday starting at 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at Noon until supplies run out.
Care and Share is open and so are most of their food pantry partners.
Pikes Peak United Way is offering several local resources for those seeking help with food, housing, utilities, clothing, transportation, taxes, mental health and more. Call 211 for more information.
Local business SOCO Heating and Cooling is offering free grocery delivery for all seniors. To request the service call them at 719-551-2232 or email email@example.com.
El Paso County officials answered some common questions to guide drivers through the closure of county and state motor vehicle offices this week:
My license is set to expire while the DMV is closed, what should I do?
Drivers older than 21 can go online to mydmvcolorado.gov to renew their license, Chuck Broerman, El Paso County clerk and recorder, said. Drivers should keep the receipt they receive showing they have renewed their license and their old license with them until they receive a new license in the mail, he said. Normally, drivers are issued a temporary license by the DMV until their official license arrives.
I am eligible to get my learner’s permit, can I still get one?
No, the state is not set up to process the paperwork needed to get a learner’s permit remotely, Brett Maddy, assistant driver’s license supervisor said.
Can I buy car while the DMV is closed?
My vehicle registration is about to expire, what should I do?
Drivers can renew by mail, online, by phone at 719-520-6240 or use one of the DMV’s kiosks, Broerman said. Kiosks can be found at the three DMV offices at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., 8830 N. Union Blvd. and 5650 Industrial Place. They are also in three King Soopers: 6030 Stetson Hills Blvd., 2910 S. Academy Blvd. and 1070 W. Baptist Rd.
Drivers who have lost their license can renew online. They can also carry an expired license with them and a receipt showing they renewed online, Maddy said. It would also be wise to carry alternative forms of ID, such as a passport or birth certificate, he said.
More information can be found at mydmv.colorado.gov or by calling 917-520-6240.
DON’T GET SCAMMED! INFO ABOUT THE UPCOMING CHECKS TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY
The Federal Trade Commission issued a statement ahead of the planned checks coming to Americans, to help you stay safe from scammers.
“As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.
1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
3. These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
If you spot one of these scams, please tell the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/complaint
TAX DEADLINE EXTENSION
All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
At the same time, he encouraged people who are set to receive refunds to file earlier so that they can get their money more quickly.
It’s not clear whether Mnuchin’s announcement has any bearing on state tax filing deadlines.
STUDENT LOAN DEFERRAL
President Donald Trump announced that borrowers with federally held student loans will have the option to defer payments for 60 days with no penalty, and that could be extended further out if the president deems it necessary.
The forbearance period began on March 13 and will last at least 60 days, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Borrowers wishing to take advantage of the deferral option should contact their loan servicer.
Additionally, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has authorized that payments be automatically suspended for any borrower who is more than 31 days delinquent.
Governor Jared Polis announced an executive order for all non-critical workplaces to reduce in-person workforces temporarily by 50 percent.He also stated, that if you can, do it by more than 50 percent through telecommuting, and the shifting and staggering of schedules; If workplaces could convert to 100 percent telecommuting, he encourages them to do so.
The Colorado attorney general has called for a statewide pause on eviction proceedings during the ongoing health crisis gripping the country, saying not doing so would only “exacerbate the public health and economic crisis.” Attorney General Phil Weiser released a statement yesterday afternoon saying that we are fighting together, and that so far courts in Denver, Mesa County, Weld County, and Boulder County, among others, have taken this important step, and that nobody should be without their home as we all grapple with this crisis.
GOODWILL CLOSING ITS DOORS
Goodwill announced its locations will close, but says programs classified as essential will remain open during this time, such as its Fresh Start Commercial Laundry. Programs remaining open are listed below:
Fresh Start Laundry
Document Imaging Services
Custodial services for the US Air Force Academy, Schriever Air Force Base, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs Utilities, the Department of Transportation in Pueblo, and the Colorado Department of Transportation in Denver and Golden
Fresh Start Vehicle Maintenance (commercial vehicles critical to other non-profit agency needs)
Individuals with rehabilitation needs, critical life-sustaining medical transportation needs or developmental disabilities
Your Life Your Way
Community Transportation (GoodWheels)
Seniors, veterans and individuals with economic challenges who are looking for work or seeking to improve their careers (many of these services can be provided remotely)
Goodwill Staffing Services
IT Training (LIFT)
Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Colorado Works Subsidized Training and Employment Program (CW STEP)
Statewide Employment Support & Job Retention
Child Care Licensing
Goodwill Paths to Success (GPS)
CHILD AND DOMESTIC ABUSE HELP FROM DHS AND TESSA
COVID-19 has closed the physical doors at domestic and child abuse shelters in El Paso County however the Department of Human Services and TESSA want people to know they are open at all times for people who need their help. The number to report child abuse 24/7 is 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. If you are in need of domestic help, TESSA is available 24/7 at 719-633-3819.
DONATE UNOPENED, SEALED MEDICAL SUPPLIES
Here’s how you can donate new, sealed personal protective equipment such as N95 masks, sterile gloves, disposable gowns, goggles and face shields: UChealth accepts items at a donation shed on the south side of the Memorial Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.The office of emergency management is accepting smaller donations from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 3755 Mark Dabling Blvd., and Centura Health will accept donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at a drop box outside Penrose Hospital at 2222 N. Nevada Avenue.
CONNECT DIRECTLY WITH COLORADO BEEF RANCHERS OR CUSTOMERS!
The Colorado Beef Council (CBC) has created an online directory to help connect Colorado farms and ranches that sell beef with consumers who want to buy it. This directory will help educate consumers about beef sourcing and allow them to purchase directly from Colorado producers who sell local and freezer beef.
Colorado beef producers wanting to submit their operation for this CBC service can go HERE. The form allows farms and ranches to self-list to the directory.
The directory will be housed on the CBC web site at www.cobeef.com. The form for producers is also housed on the site under the Cattlemen’s Corner section.
MEAT GIVEAWAY INFO FROM THE NEWS ON 04/01/2020
A southern Colorado ranch is lending a helping hand to families who have lost their jobs amid this pandemic. This Friday (04/03/2020), Ranchlands Foundation at Chico Basin Ranch is offering ground beef from their cattle to those families in need. Pick up will be on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Hanover Fire Station at 17550 S Peyton Hwy. Families can sign up online for a designated pick up time. The company says if they don’t have enough meat for all interested families, they will keep information on file for future use. They hope to provide as many families as possible with beef. SIGN UP HERE
HEALTH INSURANCE SPECIAL ENROLLMENT EXTENDED TO 4/30!
Colorado is extending its health insurance special enrollment period. The special open enrollment period was originally set to end Friday, but now, Coloradans who are currently without health insurance will have until April 30 to sign up on the state exchange. For anyone who enrolls on Saturday or later, health insurance will go into effect May 1. Only people who are currently uninsured are eligible to enroll. People who already have coverage will not be able to change plans.Uninsured spouses and children will be allowed to enroll, even if one spouse or another parent already has insurance.