Arapahoe County extends closure of county facilities to the public through April 17
March 23, 2020—The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners has announced that all county facilities will remain closed to the public effective through at least April 17, 2020. This closure is designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19, and the decision is consistent with guidelines issued by the White House, and by state and public health officials.
The county will continue to make a number of its services available online, and many county operations will continue during this closure.
The Board of County Commissioners is working closely with the Tri-County Health Department and the county’s Office of Emergency Management to monitor the situation and will make any changes as new data or guidance becomes available.
County departments and offices will maintain reduced staffing levels to support essential operations, while other employees will work from home.
As our lives and daily routines continue to be impacted by
COVID-19, the city of Aurora's Community Relations Division has begun working
with various nonprofit organizations, community partners, and other city
departments to provide you with ongoing resources to help you and your
family during these challenging times. We also need your support as we work
to expand our outreach efforts.
What you can do to help:
·if you are aware of free, local resources (food,
medical assistance, educational opportunities for children, online business
solutions, etc.) that are available to members of the community, share that
information with us so that we can pass it along to our various
·if you represent a nonprofit organization that would
like to partner with our division to expand your services and outreach
initiatives, please send your ideas to us as soon as possible.
·if you represent a local business or community group
that would like to provide free resources to members of the community,
contact our division so we can explore ways to maximize your opportunities
·share this email with your colleagues, networks, civic
and neighborhood groups to help spread the word about available community
Inside this edition of Community Relations COVID-19
·Updates from the city of Aurora
·Talking to children about COVID-19
·Free online learning resources
·Support for business owners and at-home workers
·Staying connected with Internet service
·Connect for Health Colorado Special Enrollment Period
·Message from Aurora Mental Health Center
Updates from the city of Aurora:
The city of Aurora has created a webpage specific to the
city’s response to COVID-19 where we continuously add resources and links
to organizations with facts you need to know like the Tri-County Health
Department (our local health agency), the state health department, and the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
contains COVID-19 fact sheets and safety tips in English and nine other
languages. You can also check the bulletin board on cable channel 22 and
follow us @AuroraGov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and on our agency
account on Nextdoor for updates.
If you need help explaining what a virus is, what this
particular virus is, where it came from, why governments and businesses are
responding the way they are and similar questions, you don’t need to
reinvent the wheel. Below are some excellent videos you can watch with your
children to get the conversation started.
·BrainPOP’s animated explanation is
straightforward but doesn’t talk down to kids and includes a number of
activities to extend the conversation.
·Scholastic Learn at Homeis offering free
lessons; you can choose activities for grade levels between pre-k and 6+.
These include e-books kids can read along with, and educational videos
under the "Watch and Learn Library."
·Educational Insights has compiled a set of free
at-home worksheets for young learners. Activities cover reading and
language arts practice worksheets for grades K-2, spelling riddles for
grades 4-6, and math for pre-k-2; as well as coloring, crafts and
"brain benders" (word searches, riddles, connect-the-dots and
mazes, among other games).
·LinkedIn is offering 16 of its learning
courses for free. Courses that provide tips on how to stay
productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual
meeting tools, and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
·Jamm is an audio-visual communication tool used by
remote and distributed teams. The service is currently available free of
change for four months. You can quickly record videos or do a live call
with your team. Integrates with Slack.
·Facebook has announced a $100 million grant program for
small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority
of the grants will be distributed in cash, with some ad credits for business
services. Businesses do not need to be on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp
·Comcast has increased speeds from 15 Mbps to 25
in "Internet Essentials," a program for low-income families to
get internet access. The company has also eliminated the $9.95 price per
month and made it free to new low-income customers for two
months. Deadline to apply to that program is April 30.
Connect for Health Colorado Special Enrollment Period
An emergency Special Enrollment period has been opened up
from Friday, March 20 thru Friday, April 3, 2020 to help as many people as
possible protect their health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Coloradans are currently able to get health insurance that starts April 1,
We are hearing about the COVID-19 constantly – on the news,
at work, social media – it’s everywhere. With so much talk about COVID-19
many of us are feeling anxious, and this can begin to take a toll on our
mental health and well-being, and this includes our children.
Please remember to take care of yourself during this
difficult time. Aurora Mental Health Center wants to share five simple
suggestions for coping:
·Listen to your kids, encourage their questions, and
provide every assurance that they are safe and that you are caring for
them. Remind them of the things you are doing together to stay healthy,
like frequently washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and
limiting social activities.
·Practice regular deep breathing. Focus on deep breathing
for two-minutes every hour to calm your body, oxygenate your brain, and
reduce stress. Step outside if you can for maximum effect. Kids need this
·Get outside in the sunshine and play. Fresh air,
sunshine and physical movement are proven health enhancers, positively
affecting body, mind and emotions. It's a great way of experiencing freedom
when we are feeling confined or isolated.
·Limit exposure to news and social media. Anxiety can
be as contagious as any virus. Consider checking for updates on no more
than twice daily. Many reliable information sources on COVID-19 are
reporting at one specified time each day. Bear in mind that kids are
especially susceptible to oversaturation.
And finally, remember that Aurora Mental Health Center is
here for you. Please be assured that Aurora Mental Health Center is
open for business and continuing to serve the mental health needs of our
community. We’ve redesigned our care delivery practices to protect the
health of our clients and employees by minimizing face-to-face contact.
·Most services and care are being provided via
telehealth – using phones, video and computer technology. Providers are
connecting with clients via phone or email to determine the best method for
·Our Connect2Care clinic provides direct telehealth
services at 303-617-2300.
·Residential and detox services remain open, and Crisis
Services are open and available by calling 844-493-8255.
contained in this communication were found online or provided to the city
of Aurora's Community Relations Division by community partners. References
to services, products, or businesses does not represent an endorsement.