Press Release

State distributes second allocation of experimental anti-viral treatment

DENVER, May 20, 2020: The Colorado State Unified Command Group (UCG) has received and distributed a second shipment of the experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The UCG received 1,720 doses of the drug, which it distributed to five hospital systems and three independent hospitals that serve Coloradans across the state. 

Supplies are being distributed in proportion to the number of COVID-19 cases and persons under investigation in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. The recipients are:

State seeks input on draft restaurant guidelines

Today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released draft proposed guidelines for restaurants to stakeholders. Stakeholders can submit comments to this draft through Friday, May 22 using this online form. Once final, these guidelines will be used when it is safe to start easing COVID-19 related safety restrictions for restaurants. On May 25, the state will decide if restaurants can begin reopening and at what level. This date does not reflect when restaurants may or may not open.

State distributes first allocation of experimental anti-viral treatment

DENVER, May 13, 2020: The Colorado State Unified Command Group (UCG) has received an initial shipment of the experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate its benefit in improving recovery in patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The UCG received enough doses of the drug to treat approximately 100 patients, and began distributing the drug this week to eight hospital systems that serve Coloradans across the state. 

State Unified Command Center and Broomfield Public Health collaborate on targeted testing strategies at long-term care facilities

CENTENNIAL/BROOMFIELD: The State of Colorado Unified Command Center (UCC) is reviewing the processes and procedures for targeted COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) epidemiologists and infection prevention specialists are advising the UCC on ways to modify the testing procedures and minimize contact among residents and staff at the sites where testing is conducted. 

Alternative care site update on operational dates

The Colorado state Unified Command Group (UCG) updated the operational dates for the alternative care sites in Colorado as hospitals continue to meet patient care and capacity needs. These five alternative care sites are medical shelters that will be used to provide medical care if the hospital capacity is exceeded.  

“These sites are like the state’s healthcare insurance policy to ensure we are prepared to take care of our Colorado community,” stated Unified Command Center Incident Commander Mike Willis.  

Confirmed Alternative Care Sites

State announces Residential Outbreak Task Force 

In Colorado, more than 50% of the COVID-19 related deaths have been among older adults and people with disabilities who resided in high-density, group-living settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In order to reduce the spread of illness and number of deaths in these settings, the Colorado Unified Command Center (UCC) has launched a Residential Care Task Force.