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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis marked Friday as a “milestone” in the state’s new “safer-at-home” phase during the coronavirus pandemic as more businesses were allowed to reopen.
Retail stores could reopen with curbside pickup and delivery Monday and open their doors to in-person shoppers Friday under strict guidelines set by the state and county. Personal services like salons and pet groomers could also reopen Friday if they follow guidance released by the state.
Whether the state is successful in containing the virus while phasing in reopening businesses will not be known for a few weeks, Polis said.
“The goal is dealing with life in a sustainable way,” Polis said.
Friday also marked the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month and Animal Welfare Awareness Month, Polis said.
He thanked Coloradans for adopting a record number of animals in the last few weeks and reminded people to also keep their distance from wildlife while recreating outside — ideally not more than 10 miles from your house, per Polis’s recommendation.
Polis also acknowledged that the coronavirus has not only taken a toll on people economically, but also emotionally, mentally and psychologically.
“We know that it’s tough,” Polis said. “Worrying about loved ones, grieving for loved ones, praying for the sick, praying you don’t get sick yourself, all without the physical proximity, the fellowship … is a difficult, difficult task for all of us.”
Polis said Colorado Crisis Services provides immediate, confidential, free and professional support for those dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues at its 24/7 crisis line: 1-8440493-8255 or text TALK to 38255.
The state’s Behavioral Health Task Force has continued to work through this pandemic, and Polis said it has extended the deadline for the committee’s recommendations for overhauling the state’s behavioral health system from June to September so it can include coronavirus-specific recommendations in its report.
Regular doctors visits are still safe, as is going to the hospital for non-coronavirus health issues, Polis reiterated Friday.
Polis also recognized Colorado State University and Woodward who partnered to help address the state’s concerns about the possibility of needing an emergency supply of ventilators.
They began working five weeks ago, started clinical trials with a prototype at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus three weeks ago, and were recently given a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Army to move ahead with research and development, Polis said.
“What a great example of Colorado innovation and ingenuity,” Polis said.
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Individuals have also helped give back through HelpColoradoNow.org, and $3.6 million was recently given to 166 groups and organizations through the philanthropic effort, Polis said. In total, the site set up by the state has raised over $17 million during the pandemic.
“Everybody is just doing everything they can to help Colorado get through this, save lives and restore normalcy as soon as possible,” Polis said.
To encourage Coloradans to stay home, Polis said they have set up resources at stayathomeco.colorado.gov to help those who are trying to stay home, even during this more relaxed phase. Some of the resources include free access to Sling TV and links to finding help with essential resources like food, financial and housing assistance.
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