COVID-19 Update: State of Emergency and School Closures

State of Emergency

On March 10, Gov. Polis declared a state of emergency.  This allows for flexibility for the Executive Branch to direct available resources to where they are most needed. East Denver is the home to the first Drive-Thru Test Site, located at 8100 E. Lowry Blvd. Please note that as of now, these drive-thru testing sites are only available to those with a physician’s recommendation. Polis also announced he was “issuing guidance” requiring cancelation of large public gatherings of over 250 people “unless they can successfully take steps” to limit contact between people to six feet.  If you have tickets for an event or concert, check with that venue and/or plan accordingly.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please call your doctor. You may also call the State/Denver Health 24/7 toll-free nurse line: 1-877-462-2911. Visit the CDPHE website for more information on best practices and to find more information including COVID-19 fact sheets for Coloradans.

Several of the state’s largest school districts announced Thursday that they would institute extended closures of all schools.

Denver Public Schools Closed March 16 to April 7

As you may have heard, Denver Public Schools are going to be closed from March 16th to April 7th. DPS will provide FREE grab-n-go Breakfast and Lunch to ALL KIDS in Denver, ages 1-18 at these following locations: SW, Lincoln High School; SE, Place Bridge Academy and Joe Shoemaker; NW, North High School; CEN: DCIS Baker; NE, Manual High School; FNE, Montbello and Evie Dennis. This will begin March 16th and will last through April 6th. Breakfast is 8am – 9am and Lunch is 12pm – 1pm.

As a side note – please don’t miss reading this Denverite story about one of our neighborhood schools, Carson Elementary.

Additionally, if you would like to help families with extra support during these challenging times, The Denver Public Schools Foundation has a fund to help with food security needs for DPS students.

Cherry Creek Schools Closed March 13 to March 2 7

Cherry Creek schools also will be closed to control the spread of coronavirus. The closure there also includes daycare services.

Graland Country Day School Closed March 16 to March 30

Graland is closed for Spring Break, Mar. 16-30.

REMINDER TO OUR NEIGHBORS – With school closures, spring break and the disruption in the travel industry as a collateral consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect to have many of our neighborhood children out and about.  Please remember that many of our streets do NOT have sidewalks. Children are playing, enjoying life and being children.  Use extra caution when you are driving in the neighborhood.

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