Press Release

State releases latest COVID-19 modeling information

DENVER (April 20, 2020): 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. 

May 15 Operational Opening for Alternative Care Sites; Patient Surge Delayed Due to Stay at Home Impacts

DENVER, April 20, 2020:  The Unified Coordination Center (UCC)  expects the alternative care sites being built at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and The Ranch in Loveland to be completed on April 29, 2020.  The sites will be medical shelters supporting hospitals exceeding their capacity.  At this point, hospitals remain within their facility capacities to serve all patients.  The medical shelters are not yet necessary for medical surge.  

State of Colorado Helping with COVID-19 Enhanced Testing at Long Term Care Facilities

DENVER, April 20, 2020: The Unified Command Center (UCC) initiated testing at long term care facilities on April 19. COVID-19 testing is supported by members of the Colorado National Guard, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at three long term care facilities (LTCF) along the front range this week. With approximately 40 percent of Colorado’s COVID-19 fatalities associated with LTCF the state strategy is testing at locations based on the size of the facility (number of staff and residents) and no previously reported outbreaks. The goal is earlier i

State and Colorado Hospital Association release data illustrating recovery rate and COVID-19-related demand on health care system

Together, the data help provide a picture of the level of demand that the pandemic disease is placing on hospitals across the state. The discharge data provides a general estimate of the number of patients who have recovered from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19.

State will release additional facility-level data on confirmed outbreaks

(DENVER) April 15, 2020: Starting today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will release more information about confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care and other facilities weekly. This is a change aimed at promoting transparency, protecting the public, and providing more insight into the extent of COVID-19 outbreaks statewide.

State, partners secure additional alternative care facility locations Facilities will be available to serve as medical shelters to increase ICU bed availability

DENVER, April 14, 2020: The Colorado state Unified Command Group (UCG) has completed leases on three more sites that will be able to serve as alternative care facilities so that hospitals can more quickly open up critical bed space if there is a surge in critical COVID-19 cases in Colorado. This brings the total number of alternative care facilities secured across Colorado to five. 
 
The UCG completed leases on these three new medical shelter sites:

  • St. Anthony North in Westminster

  • St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo