Denver COVID-19 Initial Response: After-Action Report   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious human-to-human respiratory and vascular disease that exploded across the globe infecting millions and at the time of this report, has killed well over 1.5 million people worldwide. [...] By March 17, every state in the United States, including Colorado, had recorded its first case of COVID-19. Denver leaders from public health, city government and emergency management paid close attention to trends and challenges in major cities, including Seattle, Washington, and New York City, New York. Ultimately, on March 2, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment Department Operations Center (PHE DOC) was established. Soon after, on March 12, the Denver Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was fully activated and the Mayor declared a state of emergency. On March 13, Colorado reported its first COVID-related death and the Mayor of Denver ordered city venues to close their doors and cancel events until April 12. Also, on March 13, President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. [...] The scope of this after-action report (AAR) is from March 3, 2020, to June 18, 2020, encompassing the initial citywide response to COVID-19. The observations and recommendations in this AAR will inform future preparedness and response investments and planning, policy and procedure development for Denver. These findings will also help other jurisdictions enhance preparedness and response capabilities for addressing both pandemic activations and long-term operations."

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