Weld County, CO, March 23, 2020 – Connections for Independent Living is continually monitoring all topics related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, and specifically how it affects our community members who live with disabilities. Connections for Independent Living fully understands that resources have temporarily halted or have been altered to phone and digital services.
Our team wants you to assure you that Connections will not close during the duration of this medical emergency. Our team has transitioned to tele/digital meeting spaces in order to serve everyone in our community. We will continue to contact all of our care consumers for wellness checks. We ask that you keep in communication with us regarding your needs during this time as we will be advocating for you at the local and state levels.
Per Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ press release on Tuesday, March 17, “In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Colorado Department of Public Health also issued a public health order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. Gatherings include community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals or any similar event that brings more than 10 people together.” As of Monday, March 23, Connections will temporarily have no staff members based in the office on a daily basis. We have provided digital resources necessary for our team to work from home offices. This allows our staff to contact participants from the safety of their home for their health and well-being, as well as protecting our most vulnerable care consumers. We will still be available by phone, email, and making calls regularly to all of our registered care consumers, along with welcoming new participants.
Please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for prevention of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people.
- Stay home if you’re sick or feeling unwell, flu-like symptoms including but not limited to fever, coughing, shortness of breath or increased shortness of breath.
- Wear a facemask on a regular basis as required by state health policy.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily.
Connections for Independent Living will continue to update our community in the coming weeks and months as the COVID-19 medical emergency evolves. Your circumstances and needs may change through all of this, but our core services of advocacy, providing information and referrals, independent living skills, training, and peer support to all of our consumers continues.