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Effective July 16th, all Coloradans over the age of 10 are required to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, with limited exceptions. This new statewide order comes as more and more evidence shows how mask wearing can keep us safe and help our economy. According to an analysis by Goldman Sachs, if mask use increased by 15%, it could prevent the need for stay-at-home orders and save an estimated $1 trillion of gross domestic product. And a new study out this week shows that wearing a mask not only protects the people you’re around but protect those wearing the mask as well.

The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has surpassed 4 million. It took just about 100 days to reach the first one million cases. It took 43 days to reach 2 million cases; 27 days to reach 3 million cases; and an alarming 16 days to reach 4 million cases. The accelerating rate of the spread of this virus is troubling and we must do everything we can to slow the spread and keep one another safe.

survey: how are you managing covid-19?

This continues to be a difficult time for many of us. I'm curious how you and your family are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Take my brief survey here.

On a scale of 1-5 (1 being very concerned) how worried are you about the most recent surge of COVID-19 cases?

Do you support Governor Polis’ statewide order to wear masks in public indoor spaces?
• Yes
• No
• Other

If you have children, do you plan to have them participate in in-person or virtual learning at school?
• In-person only
• Virtual learning only
• Hybrid model with both in-person and virtual learning
• Not sure yet

local heroes: Public health officials

Dr. Mark Johnson has been the Executive Director of Jefferson County Public Health for more than 30 years. He was set to retire in June but has stayed on to lead the organization as the COVID-19 pandemic struck our community and our world. Under Johnson’s leadership, Jeffco has been one of the healthiest areas in the state with lower teen birth rates, access to parks and recreation, safe food and access to healthcare. He’s also won several awards for his work protecting the health of Jeffco residents. We thank him and his team at JCPH for their service to our community.

Click here to see other Local Heroes in our community. Know a local hero? Email us to let us know your suggestion!

update from d.c.


Senate Republicans are expected to release their framework for the next COVID-19 relief package soon. This comes after House Democrats passed their COVID-19 relief package more than two months ago and as several programs are set to run out for many hardworking Americans such as extended unemployment insurance and moratoria on housing foreclosures and evictions.

One of my biggest priorities in the next relief package is aid to state and local governments. My bill to provide $500 billion in funding for state governments was included in the Heroes Act and will ensure cities and states can respond to this crisis, backfill lost revenue, and avoid harmful cuts to frontline workers such as first responders, teachers, and public health workers. Supporting state and local governments – as well as school districts – means supporting many of the frontline workers who are keeping our country running during this public health emergency - public health workers, EMS workers, teachers, corrections officers, sanitation workers, custodians, and so many more – many of whom are our neighbors, friends and family - but all of us who rely on their critical services.

Time is of the essence. As we continue to see a surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country, it’s time for the Senate and the House to work together to provide desperately needed federal assistance for our communities.


This week, I introduced a resolution designating July 20th as “National Heroes Day” to honor the sacrifices of everyday heroes. The July 20th date is meant to commemorate the Aurora theater shooting which took place on July 20, 2012 in which twelve lives were taken, seventy were wounded and hundreds suffered emotional trauma. Specifically, the resolution was inspired by four men whose lives were taken while shielding others on July 20, 2012: Jonathan Blunk; John Larimer; Matt McQuinn; and Alex Teves.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we’ve seen individuals whose acts of kindness and bravery are helping communities during this time. From helping to care for the elderly, providing critical care for the sick, grocery store workers on the front lines, teachers who continue to engage students in and out of the classroom, and countless others – these are our everyday heroes who are keeping our country running and helping us make it through this difficult time.
Click here or visit www.nationalheroesday.com to learn more about National Heroes Day.