Skip to content

COVID-19 Resources

Information and resources are updated regularly. As we learn more, we will share information here.

If you need information or resources that are not listed here, please contact us and we will find it for you! Call 303-791-3500 or email info@nwdouglascounty.org

State of Colorado

Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a tool for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs.

The dial levels, effective Nov. 20, are:

  1. Level Green - Protect Our Neighbors: for counties that are able to locally contain surges. Most businesses are open with generous capacity limits.
  2. Level Blue - Caution: for counties with low transmission levels that aren’t quite ready for Protect Our Neighbors. Capacity limits are more permissive than yellow.
  3. Level Yellow - Concern: the baseline level for counties with elevated transmission levels but stable hospitalizations.
  4. Level Orange - High Risk:  for counties where numbers are going up but not to the point where everything needs to be shut down. The capacity limits are moderate.
  5. Level Red - Severe Risk: for counties with high levels of transmission, hospitalizations, and positivity rates. Most indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative. The capacity limits are significant.
  6. Level Purple - Extreme Risk: for counties where hospital capacity is at extreme risk of being overrun. At this level, all businesses must significantly curtail in-person functions and people must stay at home except for necessary activities.

Dial Framework Policy Document

Capacity Restrictions by Level

Find your county's level

 

Tri-County Health Department Resources

COVID - 19 Resource Page

Guidance for Businesses

 

Douglas County Under Safer at Home Level Orange

Level Orange compared to Level Red update 1-5-2021

 

Douglas County Variance

View certified businesses in Douglas County

Douglas County received approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Wed., Dec., 23, to begin its COVID Best Practices Certification Program.
The COVID Best Practices Business Certification Program is a voluntary local certification program that enables businesses to operate at a sustainable capacity while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 transmission controls and best practices. Program success will create consumer confidence, open the economy to the greatest extent possible and control the spread of the virus in our community. Businesses may choose not to be certified, however, only those restaurants obtaining certification are authorized to operate with expanded capacity.
Eligibility and Certification Process
This program is voluntary and open to all eligible businesses in Douglas County. Businesses will be ineligible if they received any previous non-compliance citations.
To enroll, you must submit a Business Interest Form stating your business is willing and able to meet all the criteria on the Business Certification Checklist. Please note: Businesses with multiple locations must certify each location separately.
Once a business has submitted the Business Interest Form and is approved for moving forward in the Program, they will be contacted with instructions on how to submit a completed checklist confirming their compliance with the elevated Best Practices standards. These checklists can be downloaded here:
Businesses that qualify for this voluntary program will receive a certificate for display.  Click here to view a list of certified businesses in Douglas County.

Funding for Businesses

2021 Paycheck Protection Program
Resources are available to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors.

Douglas County COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant 
Restaurants, bars and other drinking establishments, caterers, movie theatres, and gyms and recreation centers

Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade has a listing of funding opportunities that is updated regularly

SBDC Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Webpage
Get information on all funding options (EIDL, PPP, Bridge Loans), tax credits and tax deferrals and download the PPP application

Help Colorado Now (non-profits and community organizations)
The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado.

 

Other Resources for Businesess

Digital Resource Center from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Digital Resources Center provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. They will regularly update these tools and resources as new information becomes available.

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Resources for Employers
Information on The Work Share & Rapid Response Programs, Unemployment, and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Rules

Families First Act - Sick and Medical Leave for Employees
Requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements.

Douglas County Community Response Webpage
Find information on public health, human recovery needs, economic recovery needs and volunteer opportunities

State Information on COVID-19

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Resources are available to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors.

Resources for Employees

Unemployment Information

Job Seeker Information

Benefit Scenarios - What is best for your situation?

Health Insurance for Individuals
You can purchase health insurance within a 60-day window of losing job-base coverage, a change in income and other life changing events.