COVID-19 Health Information

Get the facts on COVID-19 in this section. Learn what it is, how to keep from getting it, where to get tested, and more.

 

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Colorado Mask Project

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Wear a mask and help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Click on the Colorado Mask Project website link to find out to make your own mask, how to volunteer to sew, and where to apply for a donated mask. If you can't afford a mask, click on the "Apply for Donated Masks" link and fill it out.

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COVID-19 (basic info)

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COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness and can result in death. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Click on the website link to learn more.

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COVID-19 (how it’s spread)

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You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. The COVID-19 virus is primarily spread from person to person from respiratory droplets when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Respiratory droplets are tiny drops of liquid that travel through the air when someone talks, coughs or sneezes. This is why it's important to wear a mask when in public spaces. You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Click on the website link below to learn more.

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COVID-19 (official state resource website)

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Colorado has an official website for topics related to the COVID-19 virus. Topics include business financial help, what to do if you have symptoms, resources to help you stay at home, personal financial help, and more. Click on the website to find the information you need.

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COVID-19 (prevention advice)

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Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others. Wear a cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth when you're in public. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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COVID-19 (risky activities chart)

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Information Is Beautiful creates educational and interesting infographics using data collected from around the world. This link is to their page on COVID-19. Check out the the list of risky activities!

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COVID-19 Exposure Notifications

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Exposure notifications is a voluntary new service available on both iPhone and Android phones that helps slow the spread of COVID-19. If you have enabled exposure notifications on your phone, whenever you are within close proximity (approximately 6 feet of someone for at least 10 minutes), your phones will exchange secure, anonymous tokens. If you test positive for COVID-19, you can share these anonymous tokens, which will send a push notification to anyone with whom you have exchanged tokens with recently, notifying them of possible exposure. The service is available nationwide, but will be customized for Colorado. This service does not collect any personally identifying information or share it with the State of Colorado, your Local Public Health Agency, Apple, or Google. Click on the website link to learn more. You have to opt in for this. To participate in exposure notifications, update your operating system and enable "Exposure Notifications" on iPhone or install the ENexpress COVID-19 app on Android.

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Masks–You Have to Wear One

Learn about Governor Polis' statewide mask order

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On July 16, 2020, Governor Polis issued a statewide mask order for the next 30 days. People who are 11 years and older must wear a facial mask in any public indoor space or public transportation service (bus, light-rail, taxi, car service). Wearing a mask helps to slow the spread of COVID-19! Click on the website link to learn more about the order.

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Modeling COVID-19 in Colorado

scenarios on wearing a mask--or not, social distancing--or not, and more!

This great app lets you project the impact of social distancing, wearing a mask, contact tracing, and isolating identified cases of COVID-19. Click on the website and start creating "what if?" scenarios.

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Telehealth and Nurselines

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Telehealth, also called telemedicine, is when you use your phone or computer to talk to a doctor or nurse. Telehealth is covered by all insurance plans in Colorado, including Medicaid. Visits cost the same as in-person visits for Medicaid and Medicare patients. If you don't have health insurance or a doctor, there are several online telehealth companies that will see you for a fee. Click on the website link below to learn about telehealth and nurselines. Nurselines provide advice from a nurse, and some are free. The video from Johns Hopkins Medicine shows how telehealth works.

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Testing Sites

locations are statewide

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If you want to get tested for COVID-19, click on the website link below to find a testing site. Use the righthand side of the search bar (where it says Colorado) to type in your address or town. Then click on the blue square with the magnifiying glass. You should see a list of locations across the state, starting with the places closest to the address or town you typed in. Information is changing daily! Call before you go and ask about eligibility--do you have to have symptoms to get tested? Ask if there's a cost--some locations offer free tests and others have a cost up to $150. Ask about their hours and how you get a test--do you need an appointment or can you just walk in?

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