What to know about the coronavirus in Colorado on Friday: Governor asks everyone to wear non-medical masks when they go out
The governor of Colorado announced on Friday he is asking all Coloradans to wear non-medical masks, like cloth masks, when they go outside of their home.
The request is for any essential activities residents have to do during the stay at home order, such as grocery shopping or picking up medical supplies. The request does not include medical face masks, as the governor says those need to be used by professionals such as doctors and nurses who are combatting the virus first-hand.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also asking the public to use a non-medical face mask.
"The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure," President Donald Trump announced in his Friday briefing. "So it's voluntary. You don't have to do it. They suggest it for a period of time. But this is voluntary. I don't think I'm going to be doing it."
- For information and resources on COVID-19, El Paso and Teller County residents can call 719-575-8888 seven days a week. Monday through Friday, the line is available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekends, calls will be taken between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- The state has a toll-free hotline CO HELP for general questions about COVID-19. That hotline can be reached at both 303-389-1687 and 877-462-2911.
- Those needing assistance with financial services, food, clothing and household needs, mental health, and more can call 211.
for the El Paso County Public Health COVID-19 website
for the CDPHE COVID-19 website.
for the CDC COVID-10 website