Coronavirus/COVID-19 Health Tips
Adams County Wellness Coordinator Jessy Cutting offers tips for staying healthy in this video.
|Birth Control / Sexual Health Clinics: Birth control/sexual health clinics at Aurora, Westminster and Englewood are still in operation. Clinics at North Broadway, Lone Tree, and Castle Rock are closed until further notice. You must have an appointment, no walk-ins at this time. PATIENTS ONLY in clinics, no other guests allowed, including children. Clients are asked to wear masks or cloth face coverings, if possible, to their appointment. Call 303.363.3018.
|Birth and Death Certificates: Vital Records is open for issuing birth and death certificates.
|CFK COVID-19 Policy and Program Updates Publication: Colorado Covering Kids & Families (CKF) published a resource that outlines all system and program updates to health coverage programs due to COVID-19. The resource includes information on Health First Colorado, Children's Health Plan Plus (CHP+), Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP), DOI updates, and new programs for uninsured Coloradans. An income reference guide for COVID-19 specific income and benefits is also available at the end of the publication.
|Community Health Care Clinic Curbside Care - COVID-19 Testing: At our clinics, patient safety is our number one priority. With this in mind, we are now offering our Curbside Care program, which allows you to drive up, stay in your vehicle and let us come to you. We especially encourage patients experiencing COVID-19 or viral symptoms to utilize this service. This will allow us to perform an evaluation and, should it be necessary, testing collections from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Curbside Care allows our patients to practice social distancing and proper precautions while still being able to have their health needs evaluated. If you do NOT present viral or COVID-19 symptoms, you will be asked to come into the clinic to complete your visit. We recommend all patients book a time online at www.nextcare.com to help reduce your wait time at the clinic. To access curbside care please contact the clinic prior to visiting. Please see the clinics below that are offering curbside services.
|Community Health Care Clinic Coronavirus Testing: Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is currently providing drive-up Coronavirus testing! To be referred for our COVID-19 testing you must first have an online visit with one of our providers and have your symptoms assessed.
|Comprehensive Guide to Changes to Medicaid, CHP+, CICP, and Uninsured Coverage Due to COVID-19: Covering Kids and Families (CKF) has provided a COVID-19 Policy and Program Updates Publication that outlines all system and program updates to health coverage programs due to COVID-19. The resource includes information on Health First Colorado, Children’s Health Plan Plus (CHP+), Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP), DOI updates, and new programs for uninsured Coloradans. An income reference guide for COVID-19 specific income and benefits is also available at the end of the publication. The information in this resource is current as of publication and will be updated regularly.
COVID-19 Health Carrier News and Resources: In response to COVID-19, Warner Pacific created this site to give you the best resources and latest news as it relates to Health Carriers news and resources. Please check it for regularly updated information and resources for members, including accessing important FAQs, flyers, and more.
Note: Double check you are looking at the Colorado page by checking the listing in the upper left side of the window.
|COVID-19 Testing Sites and Information: Find upcoming free testing locations. Find additional testing sites under the “Where can I get tested” tab.
|Dental Benefits: DentaQuest, dental benefits for CHP+ and Health First Colorado DentaQuest Member Services: Health First Colorado 1.855.225.1729 TTY 711 CHP+ : 1.888.307.6561 TTY 711
|Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants: The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. All upcoming events will be posted on the events program tab.
|Employee's Guide to Health Benefits Under COBRA: There was a time when employer-provided group health coverage was at risk if an employee was fired, changed jobs, or got divorced. Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), many employees and their families who would lose group health coverage because of serious life events are able to continue their coverage under the employer’s group health plan, usually at their own expense, at least for limited periods of time.
|Harm Reduction and HIV Prevention Program: The TCHD Harm Reduction and HIV Prevention Program continues to provide outreach services to people experiencing homelessness. Call 303.363.3034.
|Healthcare Resource Guide for Uninsured and Immigrant Families: This is a Health Care Resource Guide that Center for Health Progress put together to support people, particularly immigrants without documentation, to find healthcare at this moment. The list is evolving and we will continue to update it. If you are from a clinic with other information for us to include or change, please email me at [email protected]. The guide is also available in Spanish.
|Healthy Communities: Continues to provide help in applying for coverage and accessing care, specific to Medicaid and CHP+. Apply by phone at 303.363.3013. Eligibility, benefits, and where to go for care can call 720.547.9449.
|How to Apply for Veteran Affairs Healthcare: Find out how to apply for VA health care benefits as a veteran or service member here. Call 877.222.8387 if you have any questions about the application process.
|Immunization Clinic: Aurora East, Castle Rock and Westminster immunization clinics are open for limited services by appointment only and only for children through 24 months of age. Call 303.451.0123 to schedule an appointment.
|Kids First Health Care: For children ages 0-21 that are in need of health care, 303.289.1086. Telehealth and in-person visits at three community clinic sites. Commerce City, Westminster, and Brighton. www.KidsFirstHealthCare.org Also, providing remote help with applying for Medicaid and CHP+.
|Know Your Rights' Red Cards: All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home.
|Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust: To benefit charitable, educational, religious, and hospital institutions in the state of Colorado.
|Polis Ordered Telehealth Fees Waived: Polis ordered health insurers to eliminate all costs on telehealth services related to COVID-19 Polis ordered health insurers to eliminate all costs on telehealth services related to COVID-19.
|Purchasing PPE and Other Supplies: Purchase PPE and other supplies for your business, nonprofit, or healthcare institution
|Resources Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Find one of the VA's more than 2,000 healthcare, counseling, benefits, and cemeteries facilities, plus the VA's nationwide network of community healthcare providers. Veterans are also able to send a secure message through MyHealtheVet. Through that platform, you may be able to get diagnosed and receive care through VA telehealth. Learn how to apply for VA Healthcare here.
|Salud Medical Legal Partnership: Every person has an equal right to be healthy, but Colorado's most vulnerable populations do not have the legal services they need to address many sources of their health and healthcare problems.
|State of Colorado COVID-19 Health Care Worker & Volunteer Response: Healthcare Response Volunteer sign up.
|Stay Healthy at Home Using Virtual Care: Get care from the comfort and safety of your own home using your mobile phone, computer, or home phone.
|Telehealth in Colorado: The Jetsons, a RAPID Response to COVID-19, and the Big Questions Ahead: Over the course of two months, state and federal leaders have established telemedicine — or delivery of clinical care services between different locations via electronic exchange of medical information — as the new norm for healthcare during the state of emergency. And it makes sense. Telemedicine ensures a safe distance between clinicians and patients. It allows patients to receive care without leaving home and allows clinicians who may be self-isolating to continue practicing.
|Telehealth and Nurselines Directory: Use this list to help you find a telehealth provider in Colorado. This is not an exhaustive list of options. It is important to first ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits or call your insurance company for more information. If you don’t have health insurance or a primary care provider, there are several online telehealth companies that will see you for a fee.
Healthcare Benefits Resources
|14,000+ Coloradans Gain Health Coverage During Special Enrollment Period, Marketplace Reports Higher Enrollments/Lower Costs in 2020: A total of 14,263 Coloradans gained health insurance coverage during Connect for Health Colorado’s emergency Special Enrollment Period, which ran from March 20 to April 30. The Marketplace opened the Special Enrollment Period in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), to ensure as many Coloradans as possible have access to healthcare.
|Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Information and updates about natural disasters, man-made incidents, and public health emergencies that are happening now.
Comprehensive Healthcare Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives: American Indians and Alaska Natives are eligible for free health care through the Indian Health Service (IHS). IHS facilities are usually located on Indian reservations and in Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Where the IHS is not equipped to provide a needed health service or does not have its own facilities, the IHS contracts with local hospitals, state and local health agencies, tribal health institutions, and individual health care providers. For more information, including eligibility information, facility location and services provided, please call the IHS at 301.443.3024.
The local clinic is Denver Indian Health and Family Services, located at 2880 W. Holden Place, Denver. They are currently closed to in-person appointments, phone sessions only. No COVID-19 testing is available. Call the clinic at 303.953.6600 to speak with a provider.
|Determining a Child's Eligibility for Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+): The Colorado Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is a health plan available to low-income children in the State of Colorado in families with income below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. At this time, however, children of state employees who are eligible for the state's health benefits coverage are not eligible for CHP+ according to the November 8, 1999, Proposed Federal Rules.
Determining Eligibility for Medicaid: Medicaid may be available to working adults or their children under limited circumstances:
Those who qualify should visit this link.
|Health First Colorado: Health First Colorado will cover testing for COVID-19. Members will not have co-pays for testing. Changes to your case and documents can be submitted through the PEAK website or the PEAKHealth mobile app and are received by the county to process; there is no need to be interviewed or submit documentation in-person. Because of the large volume of calls from members, there may be delays in reaching your county worker. We recommend making updates to your information using the PEAK website or PEAKHealth mobile app.
|Healthy Communities Program: For people in Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas or Elbert Counties, the Healthy Communities Program may be able to assist in basic non-medical issues for clients aged 0-20 years and pregnant women on Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). For help in applying by phone, call 303.363.3013. For information on eligibility, benefits and where to go for care, call 720.547.9449.
|Immigrant Families Needing Healthcare: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis. "If the alien is prevented from working or attending school, and must rely on public benefits for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery phase, the alien can provide an explanation and relevant supporting documentation," a spokesperson for USCIS said.
Kaiser Connections: This is a dues subsidy program sponsored by Kaiser physicians and staff. In order to be eligible for this program, all of the following criteria must be met:
Please call the info line for more information on this program: 303.344.7826.
|Medical Assistance Programs for Immigrant Children and Pregnant Women: Federal funds are used to provide medical coverage to lawfully residing children and/or pregnant women, regardless of their date of entry into the U.S. This includes Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). Please visit Colorado PEAK to apply for benefits.
|Medicaid and CHP Applications Support: Call 303.755.4138 or 855.221.4138 (toll free) | Email
|PEAK: Please visit the PEAK website for a faster process to apply for or inquire on benefits such as medical, food, cash, and early childhood assistance programs.
|Reopened ACA Insurance Enrollment: Colorado and eight other states reopened ACA insurance enrollment to broaden health coverage.
|Tri-County Assistance for Pregnant Women and Children to Obtain Medicaid: A presumptive eligibility site to do phone assistance to apply for Medicaid and CHP: 303.363.3013. If clients have questions about existing Medicaid or CHP, or are not sure where to go to get enrolled or what they qualify for, they can call Tri-County Health Department Family Health Coordinators at 303.873.4404.
|Tri-County Health Department Call Center: For questions about COVID-19 please call Tri-County Health Department at 303.220.9200 or [email protected].
Healthcare Provider Resources
|Colorado's Eligible But Not Enrolled Population Grew for the First Time Since 2015: The number of Coloradans who were eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), or advance premium tax credits (APTC) has increased for the first time since 2015. The number of eligible children who were not enrolled in Medicaid increased to the highest level in four years. Children with parents who are noncitizens make up over one-third of the eligible but not enrolled population.
|Community Test Site and Resource Request: How to get COVID-19 testing at homeless service provider sites.
|ConnectToCareJobs.com: Focused entirely on healthcare, ConnectToCareJobs.com quickly connects residential care facilities and providers with healthcare professionals seeking employment. ConnectToCareJobs.com allows healthcare providers to select open positions they are hiring for and be matched with job seekers that fit their hiring needs. Job seekers can create a profile identifying the position they are interested in, the distance they are willing to travel for the position, and other professional skills and experience.
|COVID-19: Addressing Discrimination and Racism Equity Subcommittee: Local Health Department Support Guidance: Local health departments and health care providers have a critical role to play in actively rejecting and preventing discrimination and racism and working to promote the health and safety of all people living in our communities. The Alliance subcommittee, with input from Berkeley Media Studies Group, developed a set of rapid response guidelines to be considered for implementation by Local Health Departments.
|COVID-19 Impact on Medicaid, Marketplace, and the Uninsured, by State: A new analysis from Health Management Associates has estimated how the economic downturn primarily driven by the COVID-19 pandemic could impact enrollment in Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces, Employer-Sponsored coverage, as well as the potential change in the number of uninsured individuals. Shows that up to 43,000 Coloradans could become eligible for the marketplace; 435,000 for Medicaid; 126,000 uninsured.
|Do you need volunteers to swab patients at your COVID-19 Testing Site? How to request volunteers to administer COVID-19 tests.
|Equitable Access to Health Information for Non-English Speakers Amidst the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic: Past pandemics have taught us that inadequately disseminating health information to people with limited English proficiency magnifies health disparities, and there are early warning signs that a similar trend is recurring with COVID-19. Read this article to learn more about how to combat this trend.
|Helping Communities to Understand the How and Why of Public Health Orders: The phrase "public health response" is not well understood. Most people equate health with health care. They picture doctors and nurses acting after people are sick or injured. This limits support for public health: the work that happens before people get sick - and work that happens at a wide scale. Read more for three ways we can make a powerful case for the public health work that is always essential, but especially vital for addressing COVID-19.
|Location Data Says it All: Staying at Home During Coronavirus is a Luxury: In cities across America, many lower-income workers continue to move around, while those who make more money are staying home and limiting their exposure to the coronavirus, according to smartphone location data analyzed by The New York Times. Although people in all income groups are moving less than they did before the crisis, wealthier people are staying home the most, especially during the workweek. Read this article.
|People Experiencing Homelessness: People who are homeless are at risk of COVID-19. Homeless services are often provided in congregate settings, which could facilitate the spread of infection. Because many people who are homeless are older adults or have underlying medical conditions, they may also be at higher risk for severe disease. Health departments and healthcare facilities should be aware that people who are homeless are a particularly vulnerable group. If possible, identifying non-congregate settings where those at highest risk can stay may help protect them from COVID-19.
|Reframing the Role of the Government in Communications: When people see governments as wholly useless or corrupt, it perpetuates inaction and drives disengagement. A singular focus on partisanship, special interests, or dissatisfaction with elected leaders can obscure the potential for an effective government response. When we trigger the idea that government is all about the people in power, it's harder to focus attention on the powerful structures that we have, and need, to mount an effective response. Here are three framing strategies that can help us lead a more productive conversation about the mission, role, and responsibility of governments at this crucial time.
|Reframing "Us vs. Them" in Communications: It always matters how we talk to - and about - each other. Effective and inclusive communication is especially important during a time of genuine crisis. Us-vs-them framing is dangerous. It can evoke fear, inflame prejudices, and drive hostility and hate. Common good framing offers an alternative. View this article for three strategies for staying in a common good frame when communicating in the toughest times.
|Referring to "Vulnerable" Populations in Communications: A sole focus on how the virus affects "vulnerable" groups creates distance and difference. People don't see themselves in the issue. They disengage and ignore the guidance, assuming it doesn't apply to them. We can overcome this by placing people and places with particular risks in a broader frame before homing in on specific needs. Here are three strategies that can help. View this article for tips and tricks.
|Social Distancing and Changes in Individual Mobility: There are many factors that can affect how communities are able to shelter in-place and reduce movement. Factors such as employment sectors and financial ability to stock-up on supplies. This interactive map compares the average individual movements of Adams County residents and residents of other local counties.
|Telehealth for Providers: Depending on whether you’ve used telehealth before, determine a modality (i.e. phone, video, virtual platform) to begin delivering services as quickly as possible. Set up a team that will help facilitate the expedited implementation of telehealth services and be able to make decisions quickly to ensure launch as soon as possible. Set up a team that will help facilitate the expedited implementation of telehealth services and be able to make decisions quickly to ensure launch as soon as possible.
|Tri-County Health Department: COVID-19 Resources: Learn more about current public health orders, social distancing regulations, and more at the Tri-County Health Department website.
|Basic Emergency Services for Immigrant Families: If you and your family are in need of support, please call 303.458.5851 and they will be able to provide you with a list of resources regarding your needs. While you can call the line for healthcare resources, this number can also be called if you need other resources, such as access to food, clothing, housing, etc.
|Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), located at 2130 Stout St., Denver, strives to provide healthcare services to those who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness. The financial situation and health insurance coverage status does not impact a person’s eligibility to receive services at CCH. Contact CCH at 303.293.2220.
|Colorado COVID-19 Testing Information: Learn more about how to get tested for COVID-19.
|Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP): CO HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303.389.1687 or 1.877.462.2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at [email protected] for answers in English
Colorado Indigent Care Program - Colorado Resident Discount Program: The Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) is a state program administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The CICP works by paying a portion of the cost of your care for you, leaving you a smaller portion to pay than if you had to pay full price for the service. If you qualify for this program, you will be asked to pay a fee for the services you use. The fees are based on your income and any assets you may have and are usually low cost to you.
|COVID-19 and Insurance: The Colorado Division of Insurance continues to develop policies, information, and resources for insurance consumers and the insurance industry in response to COVID-19.
|Emotional Health Support for the Spanish-Speaking Community: Cultivando has weekly 'Salud Emocional' zoom workshops to support the emotional health of the Spanish-speaking community and to provide COVID-related resources. Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am. Visit the CultivandoCO Facebook page for more details. Or join directly on Zoom.
|Getting the Care You Need Via Telemedicine: Not sure what to expect for a telehealth appointment? Read this article for tips and tricks, so that you can make the most out of your phone or video call with your healthcare provider.
|How to Isolate or Quarantine Yourself: Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC.
|How to Self-Isolate or Quarantine, If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19: If you or a family member has been exposed and/or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, read this document to learn more about how to self-isolate and quarantine. To read this document in Spanish, visit this link.
|How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. This article explains best practices of wearing masks and also provides examples of how to make your own.
|Medical Advice Available - Telehealth and Nurseline Directory: Want medical advice but not currently covered by insurance? This link provides resources regarding free, fee-based, and insurance-based telehealth and nurselines. Telehealth connects patients with doctors via a video conference call. Nurselines are phone numbers that patients can call to get more information about what to do next. A nurse can help you decide when to contact your doctor or visit a healthcare facility, understand your medications, or give you more information about preventative care. For more information about how to use teleheath and nurselines and general FAQs about the process you can visit this page.
|Resource for People with Disabilities: Operating remotely, the Center for People with Disabilities can provide core services in independent living skills, advocacy, information and referral, and peer support. Their staff is available to assist you in developing a plan for achieving your goals of being independent.
|Testing for COVID-19: Learn more here about who is being prioritized for testing, what to do if you have COVID-19, and more.
|Track COVID-19 Cases by Neighborhood: Tri-County Health Department has developed a map to allow residents of Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties to track cases by neighborhood. Click any neighborhood to see the case count, crude rate, and population demographics
|Tri-County Health Department: COVID-19 Hotline: Tri-County has a call center that is answering the public’s COVID-19 questions, report cases, address concerns, etc. Our call center can then direct them to county-specific resources, Mile High United Way if needed, but is available to answer COVID-19 questions. For questions about COVID-19, clarifications on health orders, or for more resources, please call Tri-County Health Department at 303.953.4230 or [email protected].
|What to Do if You Have COVID-19: If you think you may have COVID-19, check this resource for next steps on how to self-isolate and advice on when you should consider seeing a doctor. To read this document in Spanish, visit this link.