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BCAP UPDATE IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS


In responding to the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19), BCAP has taken a close look at how best to proceed. BCAP recognizes that this is a challenging time for everyone. We are committed to both protecting our clients, volunteers and staff and providing support and services to the extent we are able.


Starting Monday March 16, 2020 and until further notice, BCAP is making the following temporary adjustments:

· BCAP's Longmont office will be closed for the time being.

· BCAP's Boulder office will be staffed for our regular hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

· However, staff will not be receiving people, including volunteers, into the building.

· Although we will not be meeting with people in-person, staff will be available by phone to provide support, answer questions and suggest options, depending on the caller’s situation.

· Staff will be checking the office voicemail frequently and returning calls in the order of highest need.

· Please call 303-444-6121 and, if no one is able to take your call in the moment, please leave a message including your name and phone number. A staff member will get back to you.


Preventative measures to reduce transmission of coronavirus:

· Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds several times throughout the day.

· Use a tissue to cover your cough and sneeze, and throw it away in a lined trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into the bend of your elbow. Wash hands with soap and water for minimum of 20 seconds afterwards.

· Keep a minimum distance of six feet between you and other people when out in public.

· Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.

· Push switches and elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.

· Do not share e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.

· Routinely disinfect frequently touched areas in your home such as light switches, doorknobs, faucets, toilet flush handles, kitchen appliance handles etc.

· Consider a flu shot. It won’t prevent COVID-19, but it may prevent the flu and keep you out of clinics, pharmacies, or emergency departments, thus minimizing your risk of contact with others who may be sick.


A few additional tips to consider:

· Try to get an extra month’s worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.

· Stock up on enough non-perishable food to last your household through two weeks of staying at home if there is a wave of transmission in the community.

· Understand that large gatherings you plan to attend may be cancelled.

· Think through how you will take care of sick family members while trying not to contract the coronavirus.


Learn more about COVID-19 at:

· Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

· Centers for Disease Control

· World Health Organization

· Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish

· Call the Boulder Community Hospital COVID testing hotline at 303-415-8180


For Information about COVID-19 Specific to People Living with HIV:

· https://www.positivelyaware.com/articles/sars-cov-2-and-covid-19-update-plhiv


Thank you for your cooperation and support of our shared goal of minimizing the potential risk of exposure or illness in our community.


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