COVID-19 in Colorado

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Common Sense Policy Roundtable will provide frequent updates on this page to help keep the Colorado community informed with the latest data and links to valid COVID-19 resources.

These reports and findings do not stand in judgment of any policy, any decision or any action aimed at protecting the vital public health interests of Colorado and the nation amid this crisis. Aggressive steps to slow the spread of the Coronavirus are indisputably critical.  Colorado’s political leaders have, by in large, approached these decisions in a bipartisan way, and with sober and sensible resolve. This report does, however, frame the nature of the trade-offs for the people of Colorado if sweeping policies that prevent large segments of the citizenry from working stay in effect over-time. It has been said — to govern is to choose. As policy makers weigh these difficult decisions in the coming weeks, this report gives color to both the systemic and the highly-personal impact of one range of scenarios on the people of this state.



4.23 Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims Update

New claims for unemployment insurance in Colorado continued to climb for the 5th straight week. 67,334 new claims were made during the week ending April 18, bringing the 5-week total of new claims to 298,944. However, the weekly claims were down from over 104,000 the...

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4.21 Reopening the State’s Economy Amidst COVID-19

On Monday April 20, Governor Polis held a press conference to discuss several of his recent executive actions and the new policy guidelines Coloradans can expect for living with COVID-19. Executive Actions 1. The Governor shared his approach reopening the state in May...

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4.17 When and How to Reopen the State’s Economy

This past Wednesday April 15th, Governor Polis announced broad principles that are guiding the decision on when and how to reopen the state’s economy. During his remarks he said, “As we reopen our state, we know that things will work differently than they did before,...

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4.16 Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims Update

Earlier today, the new weekly unemployment insurance claims for the week ending April 11th were released. Colorado saw a record setting 105,000 new claims, surpassing the weekly record of just two weeks ago. This brings the total portion of the Colorado labor force...

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Webinar- Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on the Colorado State Budget

Check out our most recent webinar with CSPR’s Director of Policy & Research, Chris Brown, providing additional details on the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on the Colorado State Budget.

Special Update from CSPR Director of Policy & Research On Unemployment Numbers

Earlier today, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment released the latest figures related to new unemployment insurance claims in Colorado. The figures now indicate that over the past three weeks, 4% of Colorado’s labor force has applied for unemployment insurance, an important life-line for those who have lost their jobs as a result of this crisis. 

For the time being, the numbers suggest Colorado is faring better than many other parts of the country as the last three weeks of unemployment insurance claims nationally show 10% of the US labor force sought unemployment benefits. 

Here is a chart showing the history of unemployment insurance claims.


Webinar- Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Colorado’s Economy

Check out our most recent webinar with CSPR’s Director of Policy & Research, Chris Brown, providing additional details on the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Colorado.



The Governor issued a statewide Stay-at-Home Order effective beginning at 6:00 am Thursday, March 26 through April 26, 2020.  This Order will be lifted on Sunday, April 27th, and the state will transition into the next phase of living with COVID-19, referred to as the Safer-At-Home phase.

A more detailed explanation of what this order means can be found here.

The goal of Safer-At-Home is to still maintain 60-65% social distancing, but also allow the economy to start working again for individuals to earn a living. It is not a requirement for businesses to open, but some may if they choose under the guidelines. More specific guidance on this phase means:

  • Vulnerable populations and older adults must stay home unless absolutely necessary.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Critical businesses will remain open with strict precautions already in place.
  • Retail businesses may open for curbside delivery and phased-in public opening with strict precautions.
  • Nightclubs, gyms and spas will remain closed.
  • Elective medical and dental procedures begin, with strict precautions to ensure adequate personal protective equipment and the ability to meet critical care needs.
  • Personal services (salons, tattoo parlors, dog grooming, personal training, etc.) will open with strict precautions.
  • K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions will resume normal in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.
  • Starting on May 4, up to 50% of staff can work in person, with social distancing in place, but teleworking is still strongly encouraged.
  • The state is not changing requirements for nursing homes and other senior care facilities. There will continue to be restrictions on visiting residents.

Further guidance is forthcoming on what kinds of restrictions and requirements need to be in place in order for businesses to open safely.

Local governments will also be allowed to either be more restrictive than the state, or petition to reopen more fully than the state. In order for local governments to relax guidelines, they will need to demonstrate proof of 14 consecutive days of decline of infection of COVID-19 in the county. An application must be submitted to CDPHE that includes a written COVID-19 suppression plan approved by the appropriate local public health authority, all hospitals within the jurisdiction and elected leadership.

See this link, courtesy of the Colorado Municipal League, for more specific information on actions individual localities are taking.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is maintaining a COVID-19 website where you can find additional resources and answers to commonly asked questions.


Initiative & Title Board Tracking: 

Six briefs have been filed with the Supreme Court on the issue of whether the 120-days of the Regular Session of the General Assembly must be consecutive or not. Read more here in this Colorado Politics story has five of the briefs.

Colorado General Assembly: Forecast March 2020

Colorado Governor Jared Polis: Colorado Economy


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748)

Help Colorado Now: Hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, relief funds and volunteer efforts through Help Colorado Now.  This effort has raised $7.7 million and more than 9,000 volunteers have signed up, including 2,000 health care volunteers.  Funds raised will be used to support the needs of communities impacted by COVID-19 in both response and recovery. Organizations helping with the response to COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for funds.

From US Chamber on Paycheck Protection Program:


From NCLS on state funding:

From Politico on stimulus bill:

From City & County of Denver small business relief fund:

AEI’s National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening