Colorado’s testing policies are described below:

Notable Groups: Office of the Governor Jared Polis

Colorado has established infection controlStrike Teams”, which are described in-depth beneath:

  • Office of the Governor Jared Polis
    • The Strike Force Team set a goal to conduct proactive widespread asymptomatic testing for both nursing home residents and staff, to identify cases early and minimize the potential for an outbreak. The team has prioritized facilities serving the most residents, as they are at the highest risk for an outbreak.
    • To date, 110,690 testing kits have been distributed to 176 facilities who have indicated they just need support with supplies. Governor Polis has asked the federal government to extend the National Guard deployment past the current authorization in August to assist with these efforts. (Relevant link: https://www.eptrail.com/2020/07/24/colorado-covid-19-response-update/)

Notable Groups: Office of the Governor Jared Polis

Colorado has established a number of infection control surveys and other state survey activities within their state’s boundaries:

  • Office of the Governor Jared Polis
    • Initiated a COVID-19 Innovation Response Team, taking a multipronged approach to include increased testing, tailored social-distancing measures, a reinforced health care system, and a bolstering of state epidemiological resources.
    • The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) conducts weekly infection control surveys and weekly stakeholder calls with the infectious disease division, the survey and certification division, and the nursing homes; it also works with the emergency command center to support nursing homes. (Relevant link: https://coloradosun.com/2020/04/20/colorado-national-guard-nursing-home-testing)

Notable Groups: Office of the Governor Jared Polis

The status of Colorado’s nursing home (NH) communications during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Notable Groups: Office of the Governor Jared Polis

Colorado’s ongoing actions to improve access to personal protective equipment (PPE):

Notable Groups: Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)

Colorado’s current resources during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
    • CDPHE recently launched a newly designed data visualization for COVID-19, featuring interactive tools for customizing views. Outbreak data can now be viewed by county. Hospital charts now include data by age, sex, race and ethnicity, and post-hospital outcomes https://covid19.colorado.gov/data
  • Office of the Governor Jared Polis
    • Amended Executive Order D 2020 070 to change the fund source for the accounting of certain CARES Act Fund dollars for education, and to clarify the permissible uses of CARES Act Fund dollars for units of local government.
    • • Initiated a COVID-19 Innovation Response Team, taking a multipronged approach that includes increased testing, tailored social-distancing measures, a reinforced health care system, and a bolstering of state epidemiological resources. (Relevant link: https://covid19.colorado.gov/press-release/state-announces-residential-outbreak-task-force)

Notable Groups: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Office of the Governor Jared Polis

Colorado’s notable organizations that are confirmed nursing home assistance for the pandemic:

  • Colorado National Guard and the Office of the Governor Jared Polis
    • Colorado Governor Jared Polis initiated a COVID-19 Innovation Response Team with a multipronged response, including increased testing, tailored social-distancing measures, a reinforced health care system, and a bolstering of state epidemiological resources.
    • The Colorado National Guard was deployed to test residents and staff at three of the state’s largest nursing homes, even though outbreaks had not been reported at the facilities.
    • The Strike Force Team set a goal to conduct proactive widespread asymptomatic testing for both nursing home residents and staff, to identify cases early and minimize the potential for an outbreak. The team has prioritized facilities serving the most residents, as they are at the highest risk for an outbreak.
    • To date, 110,690 testing kits have been distributed to 176 facilities who have indicated they just need support with supplies. Governor Polis has asked the federal government to extend the National Guard deployment past the current authorization in August to assist with these efforts.
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