DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis announced a coronavirus relief fund in Colorado to help those who are unable to work during the business closures and small businesses that have been forced to close.
The Colorado COVID-19 relief fund has raised $2.8 million so far. Those who wish to donate money can do so at HelpColoradoNow.org.
Those who can’t donate money can donate their time and volunteer during the coronavirus social distancing period.
Polis said the fund will help “those who have lost their jobs and are facing real difficulties.”
“We’re particularly looking for individuals who can help at-risk individuals in a wide variety of various support. It could mean health care assistance, it could mean food delivery, it could mean mental wellness support, it could mean child care,” said Polis.
The state created a website dedicated to emergency child care, specifically for hospital workers, long-term care facility workers, mental health facility workers, and emergency responders, so those folks can continue to assist in the response without having to worry about child care.
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Colorado grew to 183 on Tuesday evening with two deaths. Nearly 1,800 people have been tested.
“This will end, there will be a recovery… (but) this is going to get worse before it gets better,” said Polis. “Most of all, I know that we will get through this together.”
He reminded people not to have large gatherings at their homes, to prevent further spread of the virus.
“Be smart,” Polis said. “Don’t be dumb here, and think you’re getting away with something.”
Watch Gov. Jared Polis’s complete news conference Wednesday morning in the video below:
Polis said the state continues to put pressure on the White House to increase testing and make more tests available. Polis said he is also asking for additional support from the Trump administration and congress to get more disaster relief money to Coloradans.
“This is the time to act quickly at the federal level,” Polis said.
He also addressed the need for blood donations and said that there are precautions in place to keep people safe during that process.
“I can’t promise we’re going to get everything right, but we’re going to press on,” Polis said, “until we’ve reached the other side.”