Calisse’s COVID Corner – 4/12/2021

Boosting Vaccine Confidence in Minority Populations
From Vivian L, important information from the American Nurses Association. Click here to read more.

Hi Prairie! Here is the latest Masking ORDER for the Denver/Metro area (and Tri-County Health Department), as of April 5th:

The link to the full order:

Here are the take-aways:


  1. Pursuant to the statutory authority granted to the Executive Director/Public Health Director of TCHD, and at the authorization and direction of the TCHD Board of Health, the following is ordered:
  2. Each person over ten (10) years old, when in Adams, Arapahoe, or Douglas County, must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or within any Public Indoor Spaces. For the purposes of this Order, Public Indoor Space means any enclosed indoor area that is publicly or privately owned, managed, or operated, to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public Indoor Space does not mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel or a residential room for students at an educational facility.
  3. To protect workers, customers, and the community, owners, operators, and managers of any indoor public space, and those authorized on their behalf, shall deny admittance or service and require the removal of any individual who fails to wear a medical or non-medical face covering as required by this Order.
  4. Owners, operators, or managers of the businesses, services, and locations that constitute a public indoor space, and those authorized on their behalf, must post signs at entrance(s) instructing individuals of their legal obligation under this Order to wear a face covering when entering or within the business, service, or location.
  5. Parents or custodians or caregivers are strongly encouraged to have their children between two (2) and ten (10) years old wear a face covering in accordance with CDC guidelines. Parents and custodians and caregivers must supervise use of face coverings by children to avoid misuse or unsafe conditions.
  6. Face coverings are not a replacement for adhering to social distancing and other public health protocols with respect to COVID-19. All individuals must continue to maintain 6 feet or more of distance from other people, wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and stay home when sick. Face coverings should be worn regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status except in settings designated as not needing such by CDC guidance.


The following individuals are exempt from the requirements of this Order:


  1. Individuals ten (10) years old and younger; and
  2. Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.


Individuals performing the following activities are exempt from the requirements of this Order while the activity is being performed:


  1. Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
  2. Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment;
  3. Individuals who are exercising alone or with others from the individual’s household and a face covering would interfere with the activity;
  4. Individuals who are receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
  5. Individuals who enter a business or receive services and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
  6. Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;
  7. Individuals who are officiating or participating in a life rite or religious service where the temporary removal of a face covering is necessary to complete or participate in the life rite or religious service; 8. Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience; 9. Individuals who are alone in a room.


Colorado extends vaccine availability to everyone age 16 and above    The state is now in Phase 2 of the vaccine distribution plan, which allows vaccination for everyone in the general public age 16 and over. Everyone in the previous phases remain eligible, and vaccine providers may prioritize by age, depending on their supply. The state has launched six community vaccination sites across the state to help with vaccine administration and access. Find a vaccine provider near you. The best next step is to sign up on a waitlist at a vaccine clinic or provider near you. You can use the Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Spotter to find vaccine appointment openings at pharmacies, updated every minute. The vaccine is free and no identification is required. The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the sooner we can get back to enjoying time with our loved ones and helping our businesses recover.  If you or someone you know has questions, please contact our call center at 303-220-9200, email us at email [email protected] or visit our vaccine webpage. The state’s toll-free COVID-19 vaccine hotline number is also available 24 hours per day every day to answer questions in multiple languages at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).

If you have questions about these orders, or any other COVID-19 related inquiries, or vaccinations, please call Tri-County Health Department, call center at: 303-220-9200 

Option 2, Option 1


Thank you! Stay well, stay safe, and stay smiling


COVID Assistance Funds and Resources

  • Arapahoe County Rent and Mortgage assistance for Covid related loss of income, click here for more information.
  • Douglas County is offering Covid-19 assistance funds to individuals and families. Please click here for more information.
  • City of Aurora Covid-19 resources please click here for more information.

  • Parker Covid-19 information and resources – please click here for more information.

UUA Guidance on Gathering In-Person When COVID-19 Subsides
The UUA continues to carefully monitor developments with testing and vaccinations. Last May, we recommended congregations plan for virtual operations until at least May 2021. By now, we recognize this timeline will likely be longer. As the Biden administration develops a coordinated federal response, we expect it will be March before we have a reasonable sense of the vaccine horizon and timeline for when we might reach herd immunity. In the meantime, our current UUA Guidance on Gathering offers recommendations for specific metrics to monitor in your own community as you consider decisions about gathering when the pandemic subsides.
The full link to the UUA press release can be viewed here.