The Board Meeting scheduled for March 16, 2020 has been canceled.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Aurora - City Newsletter 4/2/20

April 2, 2020

Updated COVID-19 resources and local information available online

Aurora remains under the state's Stay-at-Home order amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. The city of Aurora continues to work hard to provide the core services our community depends on and is providing the latest information on local response and access to community and business resources at

·     Information sheets on the Stay-at-Home order in English and nine other languages
·     Frequently Asked Questions about the federal CARES Act and what it means for local small businesses, workers and Aurorans affected by the crisis
·     Business resources, including information on applying for emergency grants and loans
·     Community resources, including information on health care, housing, food and donation resources
·     Closures and cancellations of city facilities and events

If you are in need of resources related to the COVID-19 crisis, call 211 or go to If you have business-related questions, or want to report a business you think may be in violation of the Stay-at-Home order, contact or 303.739.7057. For other information about the Stay-at-Home order, contact the Tri-County Health Department at 303.220.9200.

You can also stay up to date and informed about local developments by following the city of Aurora on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor (@AuroraGov).

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

A screenshot of a teleconference with Aurora City Council members
City Council continues its work via teleconference

The Aurora City Council is still hard at work to govern the city, with teleconferencing in place of in-person regular meetings and policy committees, as well as daily briefings on the city's COVID-19 response. Go to for information on how you can listen in or watch.

For the April 6 regular meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. (preceded by a Study Session at 5 p.m.), the public can view the meeting online at and Comcast cable channels 8 and 880. You can also listen to the meeting by calling 877.820.7831 and using participant code 254610#.

In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to, or a comment regarding the 2021 budget to Please indicate in your email whether you want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094.

The city will provide closed captioning services on cable channels 8 and 880. If you need any other accommodation, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 303.739.7094 and we will try to assist. If you are in need of an interpreter, please contact the Office of International and Immigrant Affairs at 303.739.7521 by Friday, April 3, at 4 p.m. (Si necesita interpretación al español, comuníquese con la Oficina de Asuntos Internacionales Migratorios al 303.739.7521 el viernes anterior a la reunión del lunes.)

Census timeline has been extended, but you can complete yours today from home

A person on a laptop with the Census 2020 logo
At a time when we’re all keeping a little distance, we can still come together, Aurora.

The current public-health challenges we face coincide with one of the most important duties we have as residents of the United States: the Census. To date, Aurora is ahead of the state average for self-response rates to the Census, with 42.2% of households having completed their information (that's better than the state average). But we have a long way to go.

Completing the census is an important task, and Aurora needs you. We need an accurate count to make sure the city receives the necessary funds to be able to provide the quality of life and services our growing community needs. Being at home gives you the opportunity to complete the census online or over the phone in just 10 minutes. Your information its completely confidential and is only used for statistical purposes.

The Census timeline has changed and enumerators will not be knocking on your door until May 27. Also, the period to respond has been extended until August 2020.

Make sure you perform your civic duty and get counted. Respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail today. Visit or call 844.330.2020. Learn more about how to complete the Census with this online video.

Be heard. Be seen. Be counted.


Council Member Town Meetings
Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit to check the latest information on meeting dates.

City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. (Study Session at 5 p.m.)
View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You can also listen to the meeting by calling 877.820.7831 and using participant code 254610#. In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to, or a comment regarding the 2021 budget to Please indicate in your email whether you want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094. • Streamed live at or cable channels 8 and 880 only

Explore the world while staying at home
Do you feel a little shut off from the rest of the world during the Stay-at-Home order? Some city programs within Library and Cultural Services have some great ways for you to stay connected.
·     Aurora Public Library – The library has daily storytime on Facebook, ebooks, audiobooks and other remote-access tools, Learn at Home activities, Do It Yourself projects, virtual field trips and more. Aurora Public Schools students can access most library databases using their student ID number.
·     Aurora History Museum – Explore online exhibits, archives and lesson plans from your home, including interactive maps and more.
·     Aurora Dance Arts – On its Facebook page, Aurora Dance Arts is providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various other online resources for dancers and families.
·     Aurora Fox Arts Center – This week, the Aurora Fox started a weekly interview, Meet the Artists, with artists connected to the Aurora Fox. Check it out on the Aurora Fox’s Facebook page or Instagram.
·     Art in Public Places – The city’s Art in Public Places program has a downloadable coloring book featuring some of the most popular public arts in Aurora. Visit its Facebook page to download your free copy.

City of Aurora Metro District Information Meeting
Thursday, April 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The city of Aurora is hosting this informational meeting, which will be presented in a teleconference format due to COVID-19, to discuss Title 32 Metropolitan Districts. This meeting will include a presentation from the Special District Association of Colorado and city staff members, along with a chance for questions and discussion. Information on how to access the meeting and participate will be posted soon at

City Center Visioning Study
The original outreach meetings scheduled for April on this project have been delayed until further notice due to COVID-19. Please visit for project updates and future outreach opportunities in the coming days.

Images of various people with the message that the Census is coming in April 2020

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Arapahoe County News

Posted on: March 24, 2020

Arapahoe County extends closure of county facilities to the public through April 17

March 23, 2020—The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners has announced that all county facilities will remain closed to the public effective through at least April 17, 2020. This closure is designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19, and the decision is consistent with guidelines issued by the White House, and by state and public health officials.
The county will continue to make a number of its services available online, and many county operations will continue during this closure. 
The Board of County Commissioners is working closely with the Tri-County Health Department and the county’s Office of Emergency Management to monitor the situation and will make any changes as new data or guidance becomes available.
County departments and offices will maintain reduced staffing levels to support essential operations, while other employees will work from home.
For more information, visit

Friday, March 20, 2020

Resources to help COVID-19

City of Aurora
Community Relations Division

15151 E. Alameda Parkway, 4th Floor
Aurora, CO 80012 Phone: 303.739.7280

Community Members:

As our lives and daily routines continue to be impacted by COVID-19, the city of Aurora's Community Relations Division has begun working with various nonprofit organizations, community partners, and other city departments to provide you with ongoing resources to help you and your family during these challenging times. We also need your support as we work to expand our outreach efforts.

What you can do to help:

·     if you are aware of free, local resources (food, medical assistance, educational opportunities for children, online business solutions, etc.) that are available to members of the community, share that information with us so that we can pass it along to our various distribution lists.

·     if you represent a nonprofit organization that would like to partner with our division to expand your services and outreach initiatives, please send your ideas to us as soon as possible.

·     if you represent a local business or community group that would like to provide free resources to members of the community, contact our division so we can explore ways to maximize your opportunities for assistance.

·     share this email with your colleagues, networks, civic and neighborhood groups to help spread the word about available community resources.

Send your ideas, questions, and outreach opportunities to

Inside this edition of Community Relations COVID-19 resources:

·     Updates from the city of Aurora
·     Talking to children about COVID-19
·     Free online learning resources
·     Support for business owners and at-home workers
·     Staying connected with Internet service
·     Connect for Health Colorado Special Enrollment Period
·     Message from Aurora Mental Health Center

Updates from the city of Aurora:

The city of Aurora has created a webpage specific to the city’s response to COVID-19 where we continuously add resources and links to organizations with facts you need to know like the Tri-County Health Department (our local health agency), the state health department, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The website contains COVID-19 fact sheets and safety tips in English and nine other languages. You can also check the bulletin board on cable channel 22 and follow us @AuroraGov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and on our agency account on Nextdoor for updates.

Talking to children about COVID-19:

If you need help explaining what a virus is, what this particular virus is, where it came from, why governments and businesses are responding the way they are and similar questions, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Below are some excellent videos you can watch with your children to get the conversation started.

·     BrainPOP’s animated explanation is straightforward but doesn’t talk down to kids and includes a number of activities to extend the conversation.

·     The great kids podcast Brains On! devoted a full episode to COVID-19.

Free online learning resources:

·     Scholastic Learn at Home is offering free lessons; you can choose activities for grade levels between pre-k and 6+. These include e-books kids can read along with, and educational videos under the "Watch and Learn Library."

·     Educational Insights has compiled a set of free at-home worksheets for young learners. Activities cover reading and language arts practice worksheets for grades K-2, spelling riddles for grades 4-6, and math for pre-k-2; as well as coloring, crafts and "brain benders" (word searches, riddles, connect-the-dots and mazes, among other games).

·     Google is offering free virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums across the globe through their Arts and Culture platform.

Support for business owners and at-home workers:

·     LinkedIn is offering 16 of its learning courses for free. Courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools, and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way. 

·     Jamm is an audio-visual communication tool used by remote and distributed teams. The service is currently available free of change for four months. You can quickly record videos or do a live call with your team. Integrates with Slack.

·     Meero is a file transfer service that offers free large-file transfers to ease remote working. No account needed and all files created between now and June 2020 will be kept active for three months.

·     Facebook has announced a $100 million grant program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the grants will be distributed in cash, with some ad credits for business services. Businesses do not need to be on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp to apply.

Stay connected during COVID-19:

·     Comcast has increased speeds from 15 Mbps to 25 in "Internet Essentials," a program for low-income families to get internet access. The company has also eliminated the $9.95 price per month and made it free to new low-income customers for two months. Deadline to apply to that program is April 30.

Connect for Health Colorado Special Enrollment Period

An emergency Special Enrollment period has been opened up from Friday, March 20 thru Friday, April 3, 2020 to help as many people as possible protect their health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Coloradans are currently able to get health insurance that starts April 1, 2020

You qualify if you:
·     Currently don’t have health insurance
·     Have recently lost your health insurance
·     Will lose your health insurance soon

A message from Aurora Mental Health Center:

We are hearing about the COVID-19 constantly – on the news, at work, social media – it’s everywhere. With so much talk about COVID-19 many of us are feeling anxious, and this can begin to take a toll on our mental health and well-being, and this includes our children.

Please remember to take care of yourself during this difficult time. Aurora Mental Health Center wants to share five simple suggestions for coping:

·     Listen to your kids, encourage their questions, and provide every assurance that they are safe and that you are caring for them. Remind them of the things you are doing together to stay healthy, like frequently washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and limiting social activities.

·     Practice regular deep breathing. Focus on deep breathing for two-minutes every hour to calm your body, oxygenate your brain, and reduce stress. Step outside if you can for maximum effect. Kids need this too!

·     Get outside in the sunshine and play. Fresh air, sunshine and physical movement are proven health enhancers, positively affecting body, mind and emotions. It's a great way of experiencing freedom when we are feeling confined or isolated.

·     Limit exposure to news and social media. Anxiety can be as contagious as any virus. Consider checking for updates on no more than twice daily. Many reliable information sources on COVID-19 are reporting at one specified time each day. Bear in mind that kids are especially susceptible to oversaturation.

And finally, remember that Aurora Mental Health Center is here for you. Please be assured that Aurora Mental Health Center is open for business and continuing to serve the mental health needs of our community. We’ve redesigned our care delivery practices to protect the health of our clients and employees by minimizing face-to-face contact.

·     Most services and care are being provided via telehealth – using phones, video and computer technology. Providers are connecting with clients via phone or email to determine the best method for care.
·     Our Connect2Care clinic provides direct telehealth services at 303-617-2300.
·     Residential and detox services remain open, and Crisis Services are open and available by calling 844-493-8255.

Note: resources contained in this communication were found online or provided to the city of Aurora's Community Relations Division by community partners. References to services, products, or businesses does not represent an endorsement.

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