Press Release

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

Numerous staff and residents test positive for COVID-19 at Aurora nursing home State to release additional facility-level data on confirmed outbreaks next week

(DENVER) April 11, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is coordinating with Tri-County Health Department to investigate an outbreak of COVID-19 infection at Juniper Village at Aurora. After learning that several staff had tested positive for the infection, the corporation decided to proactively test all staff and residents through a private lab. The lab confirmed that 33 of 46 residents and 16 of 25 staff members are positive for COVID-19. The facility has reported eight deaths, five of which have been confirmed as related to COVID-19.

State activates new crisis standards for emergency medical services and personal protective equipment

The Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment activated new crisis standards for emergency medical services and personal protective equipment earlier this week to help health care providers make decisions when responding to COVID-19. These standards are specific to the COVID-19 response. 

State, partners secure alternative care facility locations to help Colorado health care system handle potential surge in COVID-19 cases

DENVER, April 8, 2020: The Colorado state Unified Command Center (UCC) has developed a statewide plan to manage an expected surge in demand for intensive care unit (ICU) and acute care treatment for COVID-19 patients.  

State provides COVID-19 modeling data 

DENVER (April 5, 2020): The state today released additional COVID-19 modeling data to the public. Governor Jared Polis first provided an in-depth analysis of the data during a press conference on March 27. The state will continue to review data as it evolves to inform future policy decisions.

The modeling data was produced by an expert team that the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) assembled to assist the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in understanding the potential course of the pandemic in Colorado.