What is Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

State, local, and federal health officials are continuously monitoring and responding to an on-going outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Cases have been identified globally, including within the United States.  Coronaviruses are not a new family of viruses and are common in different species of animals including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. In humans, there are multiple strains that can cause mild respiratory symptoms or even the common cold.  In years’ prior, other strains have been associated with SARS and MERS.

  • What is currently understood about COVID-19 is that it spreads person-to-person among close contacts via respiratory droplets produced from coughs or sneezes. It is also possible to spread COVID-19 via touching infected surfaces and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
  • With an incubation period that lasts 2-14 days, symptoms associated with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Spread in the absence of symptoms is possible, however those who are symptomatic are the most contagious.
  • The American Nurses Association supports ongoing efforts to address and prevent the community spread of COVID-19 along with the rapid development and identification of solutions to protect nurses, healthcare teams, and the public. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, ANA will continue to closely monitor the outbreak.
  • For additional information and links to best practice resources and preparedness checklists visit ANA's resource page on COVID-19


Colorado COVID-19 Updates

Revised Hilton Discount Hotel Rooms for All Nurses

Colorado School of Public Health Scientists Release New Modeling Data May 26, 2020

Colorado Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative and Buprenorphine Waiver Training

State Board of Nursing Executive Order Explained 

Connect to Care Jobs Health Worker Registration Website

Emergency Rules Expand Healthcare Workforce, Aid New Graduates During COVID -19 Crisis

Colorado COVID-19 Hospital Data

Colorado Releases Crisis Standards of Care in Response to COVID-19

Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer for Medical and Public Health Professionals Register Here

Webinar Recording Keeping Nursing Home Residents and Staff Safe in the Era of COVID-19

Workforce Resources

COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns

Colorado Department Public Health & Environment Long Term Care Recommendations

National Academy of Medicine and American Public Health Association COViD-19 Webinar Series

American Nurses Associations Resources    

Contingent Workforce Competency Assessment Toolkit

Colorado Emergency Licensing Measures for Health Care Professionals

Colorado Department of Labor Emergency Leave with Pay Rules

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Includes information on protection of workers with high exposure risk and personal protective equipment. Other OSHA information can be found here.

DORA FAQ's for Health Professionals

Practice : Academic Partnerships To Assist the Nursing Workforce COVID-19

Joint Commission COVID Resources

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Resources

Outbreak Preparedness and Response Resource Provided by Association for In Infection Control & Epidemiology

Self Care Resources

Short Self Care Videos by SIG 31 Members

ANA Nurses Well-being Initiative

“How Nurses Can Protect Themselves as They Work to Save Others” Georgetown University Nursing Department

Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Resources

Springer Publishing Free Resources for Self Care


Everyday Health Resilience Toolkit

Ohio State College of Nursing Staying Calm and Well in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm

American Holistic Nursing Association Quick Guide to Self Care

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

COVID19.Colorado.Gov  Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment & State Emergency Operations Center

The Situation in Colorado 
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA) and our communities to provide updated information about COVID-19

CDC Updates

What's New?
You can also keep up with CDC updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 by signing up for email updatessyndicating available content, and subscribing to Coronavirus Disease 2019 RSS Feed.

CDC Information and Resources
Includes resources from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

CDC on Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events
CDC recommends canceling, postponing, or conducting virtually in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for next 8 weeks. Recommendation does not apply to day to day operation of schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

Federal and CMS Update

CMS Issues New Wave of Infection Control Guidance Based on CDC Guidelines to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19

CMS Announces Blanket Waivers March 30, 2020

CMS Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Infection Control, Protective Equipment
The ever-growing list of resources from CMS includes guidance related to particular settings including hospice, SNFs, and home health.

CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet
In response to COVID-19, CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers and rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19.

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
CMS is providing additional guidance to nursing homes to help them improve their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including revised guidance for visitation.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Includes information on protection of workers with high exposure risk and personal protective equipment. Other OSHA information can be found here.

The Joint Commission Information and Resources
Includes regular updates.