|TELEPHONE TOWN HALL - NOVEMBER 30
I hope you'll join my next Telephone Town Hall, specifically focusing on providing resources and answering your questions about COVID-19 in Colorado. Sign up by calling (303) 274-7944 or by visiting perlmutter.house.gov.
Jefferson County and Adams County have both been moved to a Level Red. New restrictions took effect Friday, November 20th.
Below is a summary of what Level Red means for you and your family:
• No personal gatherings with anyone outside your household.
• Offices: 10% of total staff, remote work strongly encouraged.
• Gyms: 10% capacity/10 people per room indoors or groups of 10 or fewer outdoors. Reservations required for all activities.
• Critical and non-critical retail: 50% capacity, curbside pickup and delivery encouraged.
• No indoor dining. Outdoor dining is allowed with 6ft distancing and tables are limited to members of the same household.
• Alcohol sales for on-premise consumption must cease by 8PM.
• Indoor events are closed.
• Outdoor events are capped at 25% capacity or 75 people and attend only with members of your own household.
Additional information on the various levels can be found here.
As we enter the holiday season, I encourage everyone to continue to heed the warnings and do three things:
1. No personal gatherings with anyone outside your household
2. Social distance whenever possible
3. Always wear a mask
As more and more states face increasing number of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths, it’s past time for Congress to pass the next COVID relief package. Whether it’s a job loss, childcare issues or a looming eviction, Coloradans and Americans are hurting. This also includes cities, counties and those they employ such as first responders, teachers, sanitation workers and more. We need to provide state and local aid so our communities can weather this ongoing storm. I look forward to getting a relief bill, of any size, passed and passed quickly to help Coloradans and Americans get through the next few months.
|CDC Guidance for Thanksgiving
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance recommending against traveling outside your community and against having gatherings with anyone outside of your household this Thanksgiving. For many communities in Colorado - including Jefferson and Adams counties - personal gatherings with those outside of your household are prohibited.
If you choose to attend a gathering anyway, the CDC recommends minimizing your risk by wearing a mask whenever you aren’t eating, limiting the number of guests, and having meals outdoors or opening windows if eating indoors. The safest option, however, is to share the meal virtually.
I’ve been taking precautions just like so many Coloradans over the past eight months but unfortunately I tested positive for COVID earlier this week. As a result, just like so many other families, I’ll be spending Thanksgiving alone and away from loved ones. It serves as an important reminder that this virus is highly contagious and should be taken seriously.
The fact is that this year’s Thanksgiving is going to have to be different. We have to sacrifice a big Thanksgiving this year so we can have one next year. None of this is permanent as long as we all do our part in the short-term.
For the full recommendations from the CDC, click here.
|GOOD NEWS REPORT
This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is from Colorado, specifically the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. The tree cutting ceremony took place on November 6th and arrived at the U.S. Capitol on November 20th. The official tree lighting will take place on December 2nd.
Thank you to this inspiring group of kids and families in Lakewood who have joined together to refill their community’s food bank and help those in need.
Starting on Veterans Day 2020 and every day going forward, Veterans and Gold Star Families will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands – just one small gesture to thank those who have sacrificed so much.
Great news - Colorado Springs has been named a finalist to house the U.S. Space Command headquarters! Colorado is ideally suited to be the permanent home given our strong military community, aerospace industry, and top notch academic and research institutions.
Congratulations to the 33 students from the 7th Congressional District who received nominations for an appointment to one or more of our U.S. Military Service Academies! This year, we had a record-breaking number of 15 women apply, 14 of whom received nominations. These students represent the best and the brightest of our community, and it’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to nominate them to serve our country. Their dedication to their country and community is inspiring, and I wish them well in all of their future endeavors.
|success story: ysenia
In October, Ysenia contacted my office in need of health insurance as her husband battled COVID-19 in the hospital. Her income level placed her just above the threshold to qualify for Medicaid, but the prices her employer charged for health insurance were too steep, especially as she put her son through college and supported her high school aged daughter. My Director of Constituent Services, Hannah, was able to connect Ysenia with specialists at Connect for Health Colorado to help her find affordable health insurance.
“You guys were sent from above. I’ve always worked two to three jobs and I’m the type of person, who if I can, wants to do things myself. With you guys helping my family find health insurance, that’s one less thing I have to worry about.”
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Open enrollment for Coloradans looking to purchase health insurance coverage for 2021 is currently underway. The open enrollment period will run from November 1st to December 15th for coverage starting January 1, 2021. Visit www.connectforhealthco.com or call 855-752-6749 to enroll, get additional information and resources, and to shop and compare plans.
Medicare Open Enrollment is also open now through December 7th. Learn more at www.medicare.gov.
Questions or concerns? Contact my office at (303) 274-7944 for assistance.