State provides tips for enjoying a safe Independence Day holiday

DENVER – As Coloradans get ready to celebrate Independence Day weekend, state officials ask everyone to continue acting responsibly to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to follow all fire restrictions. Colorado has made great progress, but we don’t want our summer fun to result in more cases. We all share the responsibility for protecting the workers we interact with, our loved ones, and higher-risk populations. While celebrating, Coloradans should:

  • Wear a face-covering when around others. 
  • Convene only in small groups.
  • Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • Follow all local COVID-19 guidelines and fire restrictions. To check fire conditions and restrictions, visit
  • Avoid risky activities that could lead to COVID-19 exposures or physical injuries. To learn about how to stay safe and assess risks, visit

“With the freedom that we celebrate this weekend comes responsibility,” said Scott Bookman, the state health department’s Incident Commander for COVID-19. “We hope everyone will keep taking the daily preventive steps – especially wearing masks and practicing physical distancing – to protect themselves and their communities. And with people out picnicking and barbecuing, it’s crucial to think ahead and plan for frequent hand-washing.”

Coloradans who choose to travel should check with the local public health agency at their destination to make sure they are up to date on guidelines, restrictions, and COVID-19 related rules. Those looking to explore the vast, great outdoors should check out COTREX to see what trails, trailheads, and activities are allowed on state and federal public lands – and to see which places are not crowded.

Coloradans also should take steps to prevent fires. It’s fire season, and this year Coloradans need to be especially careful, both due to high fire danger and the added risks and complexity that COVID-19 adds to the equation. The actions of all Coloradans can prevent situations where people have to evacuate their homes and firefighters and first responders have to deploy to camps. Additionally, we want to prevent air pollution from smoke, which could impact those who are at higher risk for severe illness. 

Public officials are also asking Coloradans to avoid risky behaviors this weekend to maintain our current sufficient levels of emergency response capacity for hospitals, search and rescue, and first responders.

“We really need everyone to get through this weekend with all of their fingers intact,” Bookman said. “Usually we see a lot of emergency room visits on Independence Day. Right now our hospital capacity is good, but we need people to play it safe and stay out of the hospital if you can.” Continue to stay up to date by visiting

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State of Colorado alerts doctors to be on the lookout for COVID-related syndrome in children

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) encourages parents and guardians to keep up with well-child checkups and contact a health care provider when their child is ill, especially if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Children’s Hospital Colorado recently notified CDPHE about three potential cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). To protect patient privacy, no other details about these cases will be available. The cases have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for review and final determination.

MIS-C is a syndrome in children that appears to be related to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDPHE recently alerted health care providers to be on the lookout for this illness and to report any suspected cases to state public health. The state and Children’s Hospital Colorado also are working to determine whether any previously identified cases of COVID-19 meet the CDC’s case definition for MIS-C. 

“It’s important to emphasize that this emerging inflammatory syndrome is very rare, and that it is safe to take your child to their doctor or to the hospital, if needed,” said Dr. Sam Dominguez, pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital. “If your child is ill, especially with prolonged fever, call a doctor to get advice. Parents and providers working together can determine if their child needs to be seen.” 

Children’s Hospital Colorado is well poised to identify and treat this syndrome, having been at the forefront of work on Kawasaki disease in the United States. Experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado describe MIS-C as having features of Kawasaki disease, a systemic inflammatory disease of children, primarily seen in kids under the age of 5. Symptoms of Kawasaki disease include:

  • Several days of high fever.
  • Rash.
  • Red eyes, 
  • Red lips or tongue.
  • Red or swollen hands and feet.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck.
  • If left untreated, damage to the arteries that supply the heart occurs in 20-25% of cases.

In contrast to Kawasaki disease, children with MIS-C are often older, have more severe gastrointestinal complaints including abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, and have involvement of multiple organ systems. Children who meet the case definition are sometimes ill enough to require intensive care, but few have died. 

CDPHE also would like to encourage parents and guardians to resume well-child care they may have delayed during the Stay-at-Home Order. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, but kids still need their checkups and vaccinations,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, CDPHE. “Pediatric and family practice offices are safe, open, and ready to care for your children.” For more information, visit

If your child is severely ill, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately.

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Colorado alerta a los médicos para que estén atentos a un síndrome relacionado con el COVID en los niños

DENVER (20 de mayo de 2020): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, por sus siglas en inglés) insta a los padres y tutores a mantenerse al día con las revisiones médicas de rutina de los niños y a comunicarse con un proveedor de salud cuando su hijo esté enfermo, especialmente si se ha expuesto al COVID-19. 

El Hospital Infantil de Colorado (Children’s Hospital), recientemente notificó al CDPHE de tres potenciales casos del Síndrome Inflamatorio Multisistémico (MIS-C). No se han revelado más detalles de los casos, con el fin de proteger la privacidad de los pacientes, sin embargo, los casos fueron remitidos a los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) para ser revisados y llegar a una determinación final. 

El MIS-C es un síndrome en los niños que parece estar relacionado con el COVID-19. Recientemente, los CDC y el CDPHE alertaron a los proveedores de salud que debían estar atentos a la enfermedad y reportar cualquier caso sospechoso ante los organismos de salud pública del estado. El Estado y el Hospital Infantil de Colorado están colaborando para determinar si alguno de los casos del COVID-19 previamente identificados coincide con la definición de los CDC para los casos de MIS-C

“Es importante hacer hincapié en que este síndrome inflamatorio emergente es poco frecuente y que es seguro llevar a su hijo al médico o al hospital, de ser necesario”, comentó el Dr. Sam Domínguez, especialista en enfermedades infecciosas pediátricas del Hospital Infantil. “Si su hijo está enfermo, especialmente con una fiebre prolongada, hable con un médico para obtener sus recomendaciones. Los padres y proveedores pueden coordinar para determinar si el niño debe ser evaluado”. 

El Hospital Infantil está muy bien preparado para identificar y tratar el síndrome, debido a  que estuvo haciendo frente al trabajo relacionado con la enfermedad Kawasaki en Estados Unidos. Los expertos del Hospital Infantil de Colorado indican que el MIS-C comparte algunas características con la enfermedad Kawasaki, una enfermedad inflamatoria sistémica en los niños, principalmente observada en los menores de 5 años de edad. Los síntomas de la enfermedad Kawasaki incluyen: 

  • Fiebre alta por varios días
  • Erupción
  • Enrojecimiento de los ojos
  • Enrojecimiento de los labios o lengua
  • Enrojecimiento o hinchazón de manos y pies 
  • Inflamación de los nódulos linfáticos del cuello
  • Si no recibe tratamiento, ocurren daños a las arterias que irrigan el corazón en un 20-25% de los casos

En contraste con la enfermedad Kawasaki, los que padecen el MIS-C suelen ser niños mayores y presentan dolencias gastrointestinales más graves, incluyendo dolores abdominales, vómitos y diarrea, además de afectación a múltiples sistemas de órganos. Los niños que cumplan con la definición de la enfermedad, en ocasiones pueden estar lo suficientemente enfermos como para requerir cuidados intensivos; no obstante, pocos han fallecido.

El CDPHE insta a los padres y tutores a mantenerse al día con las revisiones médicas de rutina de los niños que quizás se hayan postergado durante la Orden Quedarse en Casa. “La pandemia del COVID-19 ha cambiado mucho, pero los niños aún necesitan ir al médico para las revisiones rutinarias y vacunas”, comentó la Dra. Rachel Herlihy, epidemióloga estatal del CDPHE. “Los consultorios de pediatría y medicina familiar siguen siendo seguros, abiertos y preparados para atender a sus hijos”. Para mayor información, consulte:

Si su hijo está gravemente enfermo, acuda a la sala de emergencia más cercana o hable al 911 de inmediato. 

Para solicitar una entrevista con un experto del Hospital Infantil de Colorado, comuníquese con:

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State of Colorado alerts doctors to be on the lookout for COVID-related syndrome in children

State of Colorado 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:

  • Banner Health
  • Centura Health
  • HealthONE
  • Boulder Community Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado
  • Denver Health
  • SCL
  • UCHealth

Hospital systems with more than one hospital in their system will be in charge of distributing the doses out to the hospitals within their respective systems around the state. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use of remdesivir for the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Gilead Sciences, Inc. committed to supplying approximately 607,000 vials of the experimental drug over the next six weeks to treat an estimated 78,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients under the EUA granted by the FDA. 

Decisions on who should receive a dose will be made by physicians and their patients based on the recommendations under the EUA. As required by the EUA, health care providers must carefully document administration of remdesivir and submit a report on all medication errors and all serious adverse events.

Read more about remdesivir and the HHS partnership here.


El Estado distribuye el segundo cargamento del tratamiento antiviral experimental 

DENVER, 20 de mayo de 2020: El Grupo de Comando Unificado del Estado de Colorado (UCG, por sus siglas en inglés) ha recibido y ha distribuido un segundo cargamento del medicamento antiviral experimental llamado remdesivir, del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos. El UCG recibió 1,716 dosis del medicamento, los cuales se han distribuido a 5 sistemas hospitalarios y 3 hospitales independientes que brindan servicio a los habitantes de todo el estado de Colorado. 

Los suministros se distribuyen en proporción al número de casos de infección del COVID-19 y a las personas que se están evaluando en cada sistema hospitalario. Los que recibieron los suministros son:

  • Banner Health
  • Centura Health
  • HealthONE
  • Boulder Community Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado
  • Denver Health
  • SCL
  • UCHealth

Los sistemas hospitalarios que cuentan con más de un hospital, serán responsables de distribuir las dosis a los hospitales que pertenecen a sus respectivos sistemas en el estado. 

La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por siglas en inglés) expidió una Autorización de Uso por Emergencia con respecto al uso de remdesivir para el tratamiento de pacientes hospitalizados por el COVID-19. Gilead Sciences, Inc. se comprometió a suministrar aproximadamente 607,000 frascos del medicamento experimental durante las próximas 6 semanas, con el objetivo de tratar a unos 78,000 pacientes hospitalizados por el COVID-19, conforme a dicha autorización otorgada por la FDA. 

Los médicos y sus pacientes decidirán quién recibirá una dosis, en base a las recomendaciones de la Autorización de Uso por Emergencia. Según se requiere en dicha autorización, los profesionales médicos deberán documentar minuciosamente la administración del remdesivir y presentar un informe de todo error en la administración del medicamento, además de todo evento adverso grave. 

Obtenga más información acerca del remdesivir y la colaboración con el Departamento de Servicios Humanos aquí.

State of Colorado distributes second allocation of experimental anti-viral treatment

State explains COVID-19 death data reporting

Additional death data to be presented in dashboard

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today explained the way it has been counting deaths among people with COVID-19 and announced an addition to data reporting going forward. 

CDPHE explained that to date, its data dashboard included deaths among all people who had COVID-19 at the time of death. This included deaths caused by COVID-19 and deaths among people who had COVID-19 at the time of death, but the cause or causes may not have been attributed to COVID-19 on the death certificate. This is the standard way states report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Going forward, the state will present both numbers: Deaths among COVID-19 cases and deaths due to COVID-19. Data is available on the dashboard available at As of May 15, the state reported 1,150 deaths among people who have COVID-19. The number of deaths confirmed to have been caused by COVID-19 is 878 as of May 9, as reported by the CDC. It is important to note that the data reported on the dashboard up to this point, and to CDC, is shared for disease surveillance and tracking purposes. It is separate from the state official death records, which are maintained through death certificates.

The state also emphasized that it does not unilaterally change information on death certificates and does not question or try to change a physician’s diagnosis or causes-of-death determination.

“Every single death is tragic, regardless of the circumstances,” said Dr. Eric France, chief medical officer at CDPHE. “We know this virus can be deadly and can complicate other serious medical conditions and hasten death. As public health practitioners, we need to look at data that helps us understand disease transmission and protect people.”

“We understand it is confusing that there are different systems and ways of counting deaths. It’s important to understand the difference between the official cause of death and the list of deaths among COVID-19 cases,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist.

At 7 p.m., the State Capitol, along with cities, counties and other organizations, will be turning their building lights red to honor those who have fallen victim to this deadly virus. The state is encouraging buildings and businesses across the state to turn their lights red at 7 p.m. and for police and fire departments to turn their lights on at 7 p.m. for one minute. Coloradans can participate by wearing a mask or face covering and observe a moment of silence at 7 p.m. Coloradans are also encouraged to post on social media to raise awareness about the remembrance event.

The slides from today’s media availability are available here.

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State explains COVID-19 death data reporting

State of Colorado: Governor extends disaster emergency declaration for COVID-19

DENVER – Gov. Polis today signed Executive Order D 2020 058 extending the disaster emergency declaration for COVID-19.  This executive order extends the state of disaster emergency and provides additional funds for response activities due to the presence of COVID-19 in Colorado.  This executive order also extends the employment of the Colorado National Guard to support and provide planning resources to state and local authorities as they respond to the presence of COVID-19 in the state. 

State of Colorado: Governor extends disaster emergency declaration for COVID-19

State receives $10.3M in federal funding for COVID-19

DENVER (April 28, 2020): The state has received $10.3M from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional funding for epidemiological work and lab testing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act, which provides assistance to state, large city health departments, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 disaster. It is part of the CDC’s existing Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases cooperative agreement.

“This is fantastic,” Rachel Herlihy, the state’s epidemiologist said. “We have our work ahead of us to slow the spread of COVID-19, and this additional funding will allow us to bolster our testing, case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak investigation work at a critical time.” 

The state received this funding last week. The CDC will provide further guidance this week on the specific spending parameters. Generally, though, the money is for a two-year period and is intended to: 

  • Enhance case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak response, especially in high-risk settings and among at-risk populations.
  • Improve surveillance and reporting.
  • Strengthen and enhance laboratory testing for response
  • Improve laboratory coordination and outreach to improve efficiency.
  • Enhance workforce capacity.
  • Enhance coordination between epidemiologists and laboratorians.
  • Advance electronic information exchange implementation.
  • Sustain and/or enhance information systems, especially with healthcare systems and between state and local public health agencies.

CDPHE staff expects to have plans in place for how to best optimize the funding within the next few weeks. Continue to stay up to date by visiting

State receives $10.3M in federal funding for COVID-19

State releases public health order requiring critical business employees to wear masks

DENVER (April 23, 2020): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a new public health order ordering workers in critical businesses and critical government functions to wear non-medical masks and gloves while at work to protect the health and welfare of the public.

Public Health Order 20 26 requires that workers in these businesses who have close contact (within six feet) with other employees or the public wear cloth masks while working. It also orders these workers to wear gloves if they are in close contact with customers. The public health order encourages employers to provide masks and gloves for their employees. 

The critical businesses impacted by this public health order include banks, child care facilities, pharmacies, and grocery stores. They are defined in Public Health Order 20 24 and listed on the COVID-19 website at

The main reason to wear a non-medical mask is to protect others. Data show that some people may spread COVID-19 when they do not have symptoms. People may spread the disease when speaking, coughing or sneezing — especially in situations where a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained.

Colorado is asking everyone to wear a non-medical cloth face covering while out in public. You can make or buy a covering that will cover your mouth and nose and use it whenever you are outside your house and yard.

This public health order will remain in place until May 17 unless it’s extended, amended, or rescinded.

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El estado emite órdenes de salud pública requiriendo a los empleados de negocios esenciales a utilizar tapabocas

DENVER (23 de abril de 2020): El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, siglas en inglés) emitió una nueva orden de salud pública que ordena a los trabajadores en negocios esenciales y en funciones gubernamentales esenciales a usar un tapabocas no médico y guantes mientras estén en el trabajo para proteger la salud y el bienestar del público.

La Orden de Salud Pública 20 26 requiere que los trabajadores en estos negocios quienes tengan contacto cercano (dentro de seis pies) con otros empleados o el público deben usar un tapabocas de tela mientras estén en el trabajo. También ordena a estos trabajadores a usar guantes si están en contacto cercano con clientes. La orden de salud pública insta a los empleadores a proveer tapabocas y guantes a sus empleados.

Los negocios esenciales impactados por esta orden de salud pública incluyen bancos, centros de cuidado de niños, farmacias y tiendas de comestibles. Los negocios están definidos en la Orden de Salud Pública 20 24 y están incluidos en el sitio web informativo sobre el COVID-19:

La razón principal de usar una mascarilla no médica es para proteger a los demás. Los datos indican que algunas personas podrían propagar el COVID-19 cuando no tengan síntomas. Las personas pueden propagar la enfermedad al hablar, toser o estornudar; especialmente en situaciones donde no se puede mantener una distancia física de seis pies. 

El Estado de Colorado les está pidiendo a todas las personas usar un tapabocas de tela no médica cuando estén en público. Pueden comprar o elaborar uno que le cubrirá la boca y nariz, lo debe utilizar en todo momento cuando esté fuera de su residencia o patio.

Esta orden de salud pública permanecerá en vigencia hasta el 17 de mayo a no ser que sea extendida, modificada o rescindida.  

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State releases public health order requiring critical business employees to wear masks

State releases amendment to public health order for long-term care facilities

DENVER (April 21, 2020): Today the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an amendment to the public health order for long-term care facilities to prevent and control outbreaks of COVID-19. The amendment to Public Health Order 20 20 requires that long-term care facilities, including residential care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living residences, submit COVID-19 prevention and response plans by May 1, 2020, to contain the spread of any disease outbreak that may occur within the facility.

Key elements of this public health order include:

  • A severe limit on visitors in long-term care facilities.
  • An at-the-door symptom check for all employees, vendors, and visitors before entering the facility.
  • A COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan submitted by the facilities to CDPHE by May 1, 2020.
  • A plan to isolate people who have COVID-19 symptoms or positive tests.
  • A requirement that facilities ensure all residents have access to necessary medical care.
  • A requirement that all facility residents and employees wear a mask or other face-covering when in public. Facility employees must wear an appropriate mask at all times when they are in the facility.

Long-term care facilities should use the template available on the CDPHE website at to draft a plan. Facilities must submit the plan to CDPHE by May 1, 2020. The plan should detail how the facility will identify and isolate residents who test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, develop a plan to monitor symptoms, and outline staff training.  

As of April 21, there were 119 reported outbreaks in Colorado.  An outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility with onset in a 14-day period. Details about outbreak data are available at Continue to stay up to date by visiting

State releases amendment to public health order for long-term care facilities

State health department distributes third allotment from Strategic National Stockpile

DENVER, April 3, 2020: The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are distributing critical resources to help communities respond to COVID-19. This week, Colorado received a third allotment from the Strategic National Stockpile, which is being distributed across the state.  

The Strategic National Stockpile is “the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.” This week Colorado received its third allotment, which included:

  • 122,490 N95 masks
  • 287,022 surgical masks
  • 56,160 face shields
  • 57,300 surgical gowns
  • 392,000 gloves
  • 3,636 coveralls

Colorado has received a total of the following materials from all three allotments:

  • 220,010 N95 masks
  • 517,000 surgical masks
  • 100,232 face shields
  • 100,140 surgical gowns
  • 504,000 gloves
  • 3,816 coveralls

Information about the first allotment can be found here and the second allotment can be found here.

The State Unified Command Group, which is part of the State EOC, will distribute these materials to every county health department and tribe throughout the state where they are needed most. The following factors were used to determine allocation:

  • county population
  • portion of the population that is older than age 65 proportional to the state population
  • the number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals
  • if the county or tribe has received supplies previously

All counties health departments and tribes in the state will receive supplies. CDPHE will work with regional staff to coordinate deliveries.

There are many ways people can contribute to these efforts:

  • The EOC is coordinating requests for supplies, donations of supplies, vendors who can provide supplies, and trained medical personnel. Please follow the three steps on the Colorado Business EOC website [] to create an account in the state resource database. The State EOC uses this database to fill all resource requests from state and local agencies during emergencies.
  • Coloradans who wish to donate or volunteer to help those affected by COVID-19 should visit
  • There is an urgent need for blood. Go to to sign up to donate blood.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is meant for single-use and is recommended by the CDC to be used for COVID-19 testing. In order to preserve these important resources for critical health care needs, CDPHE is urging the public to not wait for a test to self-isolate. People who are not at high risk of severe illness may not need to be evaluated in person or tested for COVID-19. Not everyone with symptoms will be tested right away. Call your health care provider only if your illness becomes more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. 

If you have any symptoms — even mild ones — public health urges you to stay home and isolate yourself until: 

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
  • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Anyone in your household you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the 911 dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.

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El Departamento de Salud del Estado distribuye la tercera cuota de recursos de la Reserva Estratégica Nacional

DENVER, 3 de abril del 2020: El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado de Colorado (EOC) y el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) están distribuyendo recursos esenciales para ayudar a las comunidades a responder al COVID-19. Esta semana, Colorado recibió una tercera cuota de la Reserva Estratégica Nacional, que se empezará a distribuir en el estado.   

La Reserva Estratégica Nacional  es “el mayor suministro de la nación de productos farmacéuticos y suministros médicos con alta capacidad de salvar vidas para su uso en una emergencia de salud pública lo suficientemente grave como para agotar los suministros locales”. Esta semana, el estado de Colorado recibió la terca cuota de recursos, que incluyó los siguientes materiales:

  • 122,490 mascarillas N95
  • 287,022 mascarillas quirúrgicas
  • 56,160 protectores faciales
  • 57,300 batas quirúrgicas 
  • 392,000 guantes
  • 3,636 overoles

El estado de Colorado ha recibido la suma de los siguientes materiales de las tres cuotas correspondientes a la reserva:

  • 220,010 mascarillas N95
  • 517,000 mascarillas quirúrgicas
  • 100,232 protectores faciales
  • 100,140 batas quirúrgicas 
  • 504,000 guantes
  • 3,636 overoles

Le invitamos a consultar información acerca de la primera cuota aquí y de la segunda cuota aquí.

El Grupo de Comando Unificado del Estado, que es parte de la EOC, le distribuirá estos materiales a cada departamento de salud de los condados y tribus en todo el estado en donde más se necesiten. Se utilizaron los siguientes factores para determinar su asignación:

  • población del condado
  • porción de la población mayor de 65 años, proporcional a la población del estado
  • número de residencias y centros de asistencia para adultos mayores y hospitales
  • si el condado o la tribu ha recibido suministros con anterioridad

Todos los departamentos y tribus del estado recibirán suministros. El CDPHE comunicará con el personal de la región para coordinar las entregas.

Hay muchas maneras mediante las cuales las personas pueden contribuir a estos esfuerzos:

  • El EOC está coordinando las solicitudes y donaciones de suministros. De igual manera está coordinando con los proveedores de dichos suministros y con el personal médico capacitado. Por favor siga los tres pasos indicados en el sitio web del Colorado Business EOC [] para crear una cuenta en la base de datos de recursos del estado. El EOC estatal utiliza esta base de datos para satisfacer todas las solicitudes de recursos de agencias estatales y locales durante una emergencia.
  • Los habitantes de Colorado que deseen donar o ser voluntarios para ayudar a los afectados por el COVID-19 deben visitar
  • Hay una necesidad urgente de sangre. Consulte a para inscribirse y donar sangre.

El equipo de protección individual (EPI) está diseñado para un sólo uso y los CDC lo recomiendan para las pruebas del COVID-19. Con el fin de preservar estos importantes recursos para las necesidades críticas de atención médica, el CDPHE le insta al público a no esperar a llevarse a cabo una prueba para aislarse. Es posible que las personas que no corran un alto riesgo de enfermedad grave no necesiten ser evaluadas en persona o analizadas para detectar el COVID-19. No todas las personas con síntomas serán evaluadas de inmediato. Llame a su proveedor de atención médica sólo si su enfermedad se agrava, especialmente si tiene dificultad para respirar.

Si presenta algún síntoma — aunque sea leve —  la salud pública le exhorta a que permanezca en casa y se aísle hasta que: 

  • No haya tenido fiebre durante al menos 72 horas (sin el uso de medicamentos) Y
  • Otros síntomas (tos, sensación de falta de aire) hayan mejorado Y 
  • Hayan transcurrido al menos 7 días desde que aparecieron sus síntomas por primera vez.
  • Cualquier persona en su hogar con la que haya tenido contacto estrecho (de menos de 6 pies durante aproximadamente 10 minutos) debe someterse a cuarentena por 14 días, incluso si a usted no se le ha realizado la prueba del COVID-19.
  • Si tiene una emergencia médica, llame al 911. Si tiene síntomas respiratorios graves, especialmente dificultad para respirar o sensación de falta de aire, infórmele al operador del 911 de sus síntomas. No espere a que se le realice una prueba del COVID-19 para llamar al 911.

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State Works to Increase Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Beds Statewide

DENVER, March 30, 2020: The Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is working with communities across the state to prepare for an expected major increase in the need for intensive care unit (ICU) beds as a result of COVID-19. 
The SEOC is partnering with local public health organizations, health care facilities, the Colorado Hospital Association, and federal and state agencies to prepare for a potential medical surge by:

– Identifying all current hospital beds in the state by type of care.
– Helping health care facilities with plans to free up ICU beds and transfer patients.
– Identifying and preparing alternative care sites that could be repurposed to provide medical care.
– Identifying and redeploying additional ventilators to areas of need with the goal of increasing ICU bed capacity.

Current estimates are that Colorado has 1,849 ICU beds across the state. The state’s goal is to add 1,000 beds by May, and to add another 5,000 by the summer. 
In the meantime, each health care facility is working to move patients out of ICUs, when possible, into acute care beds and lower-needs beds in order to prepare for increased demand in ICU settings.  

In order to open up beds in the acute care setting, ambulatory surgical centers will receive patients from acute care hospitals who are close to discharge or awaiting admission to other facilities. These ambulatory surgical centers are capable of providing medical oversight for those patients who need it, and most of the centers have space, staff, and resources available since elective surgeries are being delayed in accordance with a state public health order. The beds opened up in the acute care setting could then potentially turn into ICU beds. 

Local public health organizations and local emergency managers are also working to identify alternative care sites. Potential sites are medical facilities that could be repurposed, those that are currently underutilized, or those that have been closed due to low demand or newer hospitals being built. As local agencies create local plans for alternative care sites, they are sending their recommendations and resource needs to the SEOC.

In addition to medical sites, the SEOC has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to identify other locations like hotels, dormitories and vacant buildings that could potentially be repurposed for medical use. The State Architect and the SEOC are evaluating these sites for medical use. This includes looking at condition, location, number of potential beds and cost to convert. Ideal locations are within one mile and up to five miles of current acute care hospitals.

El estado toma medidas para aumentar las camas disponibles en las Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos por todo el estado

DENVER, 30 de marzo 2020: El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Estado de Colorado (SEOC, por sus siglas en inglés) está trabajando con comunidades por todo el estado en preparación del gran aumento anticipado de la necesidad de camas de Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI) como resultado de la COVID-19.  

El SEOC está colaborando con organizaciones locales de salud pública, centros de atención médica, la Asociación de Hospitales de Colorado (Colorado Hospital Association), agencias federales y agencias estatales en preparación de un posible aumento de la necesidad de servicios médicos al:

  • Identificar todas las camas de hospitales disponibles en el estado según tipo de atención médica.
  • Ayudar a los centros de atención médica que tengan planes de generar la disponibilidad de camas en las UCI y de transferir a pacientes. 
  • Identificar y preparar sitios alternativos de atención médica que se puedan readaptar para proveer atención médica.
  • Identificar y redistribuir respiradores adicionales a áreas con necesidades con la meta de aumentar la capacidad de camas en las UCI. 

En este momento, se calcula que existen 1,849 camas de UCI por todo el estado de Colorado. La meta del estado es agregar 1,000 camas en mayo y 5,000 en el verano.

Mientras tanto, cada centro de atención médica está tomando medidas para sacar a los pacientes de las UCI, cuando sea posible, y pasarlos a camas de cuidados agudos y camas para pacientes con menores necesidades en preparación de una demanda aumentada en las UCI.

Con el fin de generar la disponibilidad de más camas en los departamentos de cuidados agudos, los centros quirúrgicos ambulatorios recibirán pacientes de los hospitales de atención aguda que están por ser dados de alto o que están esperando la admisión a otro centro de atención médica. Estos centros quirúrgicos ambulatorios son capaces de proveer supervisión médica para los pacientes que lo necesiten. Además, la mayoría de los centros tienen el espacio, el personal y los recursos disponibles ya que se están postergando las cirugías electivas en conformidad con una orden de salud pública del estado. Posteriormente, las camas que se abren en los departamentos de atención aguda se podrían posiblemente convertir en camas de Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos.

Las organizaciones locales de salud pública y los administradores locales de emergencias también están tomando medidas para identificar sitios alternativos de atención médica (ACS, por sus siglas en inglés). Los posibles sitios son centros médicos que se podrían readaptar, centros que no se están utilizando actualmente a su nivel máximo, centros que se han cerrado debido a menor demanda o nuevos hospitales que todavía están bajo construcción. A medida que las agencias locales crean planes locales para sitios alternativos de atención médica, están mandando sus recomendaciones y necesidades de recursos al SEOC.

Además de trabajar con sitios de atención médica, el SEOC ha trabajado con el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército para identificar otros sitios, como hoteles, dormitorios y edificios vacantes que se podrían posiblemente readaptar para atención médica. El Arquitecto del Estado y el SEOC están evaluando estos sitios para atención médica. Esto incluye evaluar la condición, la ubicación y el número de posibles camas, además del costo de la conversión. Las ubicaciones ideales se encuentran dentro de entre una milla y hasta cinco millas de los hospitales de atención aguda.

State Works to Increase Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Beds Statewide