Coronavirus in Colorado: Latest COVID-19 updates from April 22, 2020

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According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, more than 10,400 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Colorado since the outbreak began, as of data from Tuesday afternoon. In total, 486 people have died.

READ MORE: List of Colorado businesses that are open

Click here for the latest update on the number of cases, the age, gender and location of presumptive positive, indeterminate and confirmed cases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Below, we’re updating this blog with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.


Latest updates:

Wednesday, April 22

12:30 p.m. | State says services for domestic violence survivors are still available during COVID-19 outbreak

The Colorado Department of Human Services says domestic abuse survivors are allowed to leave their residence during the current stay-at-home order or upcoming safer-at-home policy, despite what an abuser may say behind closed doors.

Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, said abusers may use misinformation and lies to control their partners and create fear.

“It is acceptable to leave your home — and to take any dependents like children or parents with you — in order to ask for help or escape violence,” she said.

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 to connect with local domestic violence service providers that offer free and confidential help.

Read the full story here.

12:15 p.m. | 54,000 school-age children without home internet access in Colorado

As Colorado schools transitioned to online learning this spring, about 54,000 school-age children were living in households without internet access, a study found, and the majority of those students are Hispanic and come from low-income families.

Also, nearly half the children without internet access are in elementary school and nearly 60 percent have at least one parent who works in an essential industry, according to the study from the Colorado Futures Center, a group based out of Colorado State University that studies fiscal issues in the state.

Colorado has about 1 million school-age children, and nearly 95% have internet access. But of the 54,102 school-age children without internet, about two-thirds are Hispanic, and Hispanic students are disproportionately without internet in four of five regions in the state, according to the study.

Read the full story here.

11:37 a.m. | Jefferson County Public Health prepping for lifting of stay-at-home order

Jefferson County Public Health says it is still waiting for more details on Gov. Polis’ plan to let the statewide stay-at-home order expire April 26 but that “the population density of the Denver Metro Area will call for a level of response that will be different than what is needed in more rural areas.”

The public health department says it is working with business leaders and public health officials across the Denver metro area to determine what the gradual opening will look like. But the department said people should still expect to stay home as much as they can.

“We want to reiterate that public health’s guidance is to continue to stay at home to the greatest extent possible, even after the statewide Stay-at-Home order is eased,” the health department said. There is evidence social distancing is working, but that effort must continue to minimize the spread of disease, severe illness and death. This is a critical time and what we each do individually will have an impact on our community as a whole.”

11:20 a.m. | King Soopers donates gift cards for students

King Soopers and the Denver Scholarship Foundation is partnering to donate at least 200 gift cards to high school and college students battling food and housing insecurities who receive College Access and College Success programming from the scholarship foundation.

The DSF says 60% of students in its College Access program have already been referred to food or housing assistance and that the College Success team has seen a 30% increase in student referrals to resources for food pantries, rent assistance programs and counseling.

“Thanks to our valuable community partnerships like the one with King Soopers, we are able to serve as the first line of support for our students’ overall wellbeing through this uncertain time, while continuing to advise students on academics, finances, career exploration, connection, housing, and transportation,” said Lorii Rabinowitz, CEO of DSF.

10:58 a.m. | More changes at DIA as traffic remains low

Passenger traffic at Denver International Airport was down 95% last week compared to the same week last year – a trend that has held steady over the past few weeks. The airport averaged 625 flights a day – about 1,000 fewer than it averaged in April 2019, according to the airport.

The airport’s shuttle parking lots will be closing “until further notice” at 12:01 a.m. on May 11.

The west economy lot, east and west garages, short-term parking and the 61st and Pena Blvd. lot will remain open.

TSA will also start installing plexiglass barriers at security checkpoint podiums starting this week.

10:30 a.m. | Trump says national parks will reopen soon

At an Earth Day tree planting ceremony on the White House lawn, President Donald Trump said he would begin to reopen national parks to the public.

Rocky Mountain National Park completely closed to the public on March 20. Mesa Verde National Park followed on March 25. The Great Sand Dunes National Park closed April 17. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has remained open, but only to the visitors center, which is closed. Roads beyond the center are closed.

9:44 a.m. | Free community testing for COVID-19 in Pueblo

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said free community COVID-19 testing is available as of today at the Colorado State Fairgrounds at 1001 Beulah Ave. It is open until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until May 30. You must have symptoms to be tested.

9:35 a.m. | Douglas County schedules discussion about ‘road to recovery’

All Douglas County residents are welcome to join in on a public discussion on Thursday at 7 p.m. regarding the road to recovery and resources available, the county announced Wednesday morning. Experts from Arapahoe County, Douglas County and Tri-County Health will answer questions live. To participate, call 1-855-436-3656 or listen in via Facebook or on the county’s website here. Click here to learn more.

9:25 a.m. | Polis will give 1:30 p.m. update

Gov. Jared Polis will give an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. You can watch the update on Denver7 and on our streaming app and Facebook page.

8:38 a.m. | National Jewish Health to offer COVID-19 antibody tests

On Wednesday morning, National Jewish Health announced that starting Friday, it will offer COVID-19 antibody testing. The tests were submitted for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“Moving forward with antibody testing provides important information about who has had COVID-19,” said Michael Salem, MD, President and CEO of National Jewish Health. “It adds an additional invaluable tool to our high-capacity virus testing towards understanding the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic in the broader population and in charting a path to renewed social and economic activity.”

The testing, which involves a blood draw, is available for the public by appointment. You can decide to get the test on your own (without a referral) for $94 or through a physician referral order. This testing is meant for people without COVID-19 symptoms.

7:59 a.m. | RTD receives 2,000 masks and 240 face shields

Denver Streets Partnership said one of its members, Mile High Connects, was able to get 2,000 masks and 240 face shields transferred from the Golden-based bicycle manufacturer Yeti Cycles to RTD for frontline workers to use.

In addition, Mile High Connects created a rapid response grant fund. It has provided Redline Contemporary Art Center with a grant to kickstart a mask-making business that employs their resident artists, and will produce hundreds of masks for the transit agency.

6:30 a.m. | Larimer County to open community-wide testing Friday

COVID-19 testing for symptomatic individuals will begin Friday in Larimer County, the county announced Wednesday morning. The county received a delivery of limited testing supplies from the state, and testing will go on until those supplies are gone.

Anybody over the age of 18 who wants to be tested must by symptomatic. The testing will be done by appointment and pre-registration is required. A doctor’s note is not needed. To register for testing through Larimer County, visit and fill out the form at larimer.org/community-testing.

6 a.m. | City-operated golf courses reopen today in Denver

All city-operated golf courses in Denver will reopen today, weather permitting, with some restrictions in place. The city said it will continue to monitor and enforce physical distancing in parks and golf courses. Earlier this week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced they would reopen today.

Here are some, but not all, of the restrictions and changes:
-Tee times must be made over the phone or online. Call 720-865-4653 or visit www.CityOfDenverGolf.com
-Only single rider carts will be available
-Golf carts and pull carts will be cleaned and disinfected after each use
-Scorecards and pencils will not be available. Keep score on the Denver Golf app
-Don’t arrive more than 15 minutes before your tee time
-Call the pro shop when you arrive and pay the fee over the phone
-Only 4 people are allowed in the clubhouse at one time
-Only 4 people are allowed in the clubhouse at one time
-Leave flagsticks in the cup
-Don’t touch other people’s equipment
-Food from the restaurant is only available to-go with a limited menu
-Food from the restaurant is only available to-go with a limited menu
Anybody seen not obeying the rules will be removed without a refund.
Anybody seen not obeying the rules will be removed without a refund.
5 a.m. | FEMA testing in Pueblo County becomes available today
5 a.m. | FEMA testing in Pueblo County becomes available today
A FEMA-sponsored COVID-19 drive-through testing site is being expanded to Pueblo County, officials said Tuesday, and will be available beginning today at the Colorado State Fair Grounds, near Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue. Up to 250 tests per day will be available for health care workers, first responders, people who are over 65 and people in the critical business workforce. The tests will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week, through May.
A FEMA-sponsored COVID-19 drive-through testing site is being expanded to Pueblo County, officials said Tuesday, and will be available beginning today at the Colorado State Fair Grounds, near Gate 4 off Mesa Avenue and Gaylord Avenue. Up to 250 tests per day will be available for health care workers, first responders, people who are over 65 and people in the critical business workforce. The tests will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week, through May.
There is no cost for the testing, and people only need to bring a picture ID.
FEMA-sponsored testing will still be available in El Paso County at the UCHealth site at 175 South Union Boulevard.

Click here for the live blog from Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Click here for the live blog from Tuesday, April 21, 2020.