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TELEPHONE TOWN HALL - MONDAY

I hope you’ll join me Monday evening for a Telephone Town Hall to discuss COVID-19 and other issues on your mind. Local public health officials will also be on the call to discuss the current spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Colorado.

Sign up for the event by visiting perlmutter.house.gov or calling (303) 274-7944.


I also want to thank all the students who applied and interviewed for a nomination to a U.S. Military Academy this year as well as the panel members who helped interview these impressive candidates! To learn more about the academy nomination process, click here.


COVID-19 update

COVID-19 cases, the positivity rate, and hospitalizations are all on the rise again. As a result, several counties – including Jefferson County and Adams County – have been moved to a Level Orange with tighter restrictions and reduced capacity limits.

See below for additional guidance on what Level Orange means for you and your community:


With an increase in cases comes an increased need for testing. To find a testing site near you, visit https://covidtest.colorado.gov/map#GeI32yWOnpE9plKIXm1s.

The bottom line is this: Nobody wants to see additional restrictions put in place but we once again find ourselves at a critical moment in the fight against this virus. Regardless of which city or county you live in, everyone needs to reduce their interactions with others, social distance when possible and always wear a mask.

Colorado COVID-19 Exposure Notification System: One important way to fight against the spread of COVID-19 is our ability to contact trace. The State of Colorado recently launched a notification system to inform individuals if they have been exposed to someone who has the virus. Notifying someone about a potential exposure will better allow people to self-quarantine, get tested and reduce the risk to your friends, family and community. The service does not use or store personally identifiable information and is designed to protect your privacy. Make sure you can access this importan notification system by visiting the state’s website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/Exposure-notifications.


OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, MEDICARE

Open enrollment for Coloradans looking to purchase health insurance coverage for 2021 is currently underway. The open enrollment period will run from November 1st – January 15th for coverage starting January 1, 2021. The open enrollment period provides an opportunity to compare your current plan with other plans and apply for or renew health insurance coverage.

Visit www.connectforhealthco.com or call 855-752-6749 to enroll, get additional information and resources, and to shop and compare plans. Free, virtual and in-person help is available from certified Connect for Health Colorado enrollment experts.

Medicare Open Enrollment – Medicare’s annual election period is now open through December 7th. During this annual window, Medicare plan enrollees can reevaluate their coverage and make changes or purchase new policies.

Questions or concerns? Contact my office at (303) 274-7944 for assistance.


SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT, COVID RESOURCES

Adams County Mini-Grant and Small Business Stabilization Programs - Adams County recently expanded their small business support programs to assist those who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The county is also offering grants to help with rental and mortgage payments. To learn more about the grants and how to apply visit: http://adamscountycovid19.org/mini-grants-application-small-businesses or https://www.adcogov.org/small-business-stabilization-program.
 
Winter Outdoor Grant Program – Governor Polis recently announced that applications are open for a new grant program to help provide funds to restaurants to winterize patio space for outdoor dining. Grants will be distributed through the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, and can be used toward design, construction, applicable fees and supplies like tents, heaters, etc. The first round for applications ends November 13th. To learn more or apply, visit https://cooutdoordining.org/colorado-winter-outdoor-grants-application/

Additional resources and support programs can be found below:

• Jefferson County - COVID-19 Resources
• City of Arvada – COVID Resources 
• City of Golden – Guiding Golden 
• City of Lakewood - Business Relief and Recovery Grant Program 
• City of Westminster - WestyRISE 
• City of Wheat Ridge – COVID Resources 
• City of Thornton –  Pandemic Business Assistance Resources
• City of Federal Heights - COVID Resources
• City of Northglenn - Elevate Small Business Grant Program
• City of Commerce City - COVID-19 Support and Recovery Grant Program
• City of Edgewater - COVID-19 Business Resources


Colorado's CHRISTMAS CAPITOL TREE

This year, the Capitol Christmas Tree is from Colorado, specifically the Uncompahgre National Forest. On November 10th, it will begin its journey to Washington D.C., which you can track at capitoltreetracker.com.

In honor of the Capitol Christmas Tree being from Colorado, all 4th graders in the state are invited to participate in an essay contest. Essays should be 500 words and are due by Nov. 9.  More information can be found at https://www.uscapitolchristmastree.com/essay.


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