Motel rooms for infected people, fewer Denver inmates, and other things we learned from an internal email about coronavirus

The city government has spent $6.5 million on supplies, equipment and facilities.
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A Denver Health nurse distributes addiction medication to an inmate at the Denver County Jail, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Here are a few nuggets about the city’s COVID-19 response that were laid out by Evan Dreyer, deputy chief of staff to Mayor Michael Hancock, in an email to city staffers Wednesday.

According to the email obtained by Denverite:

Twelve people experiencing homelessness with symptoms are isolated in a facility separate from Denver’s typical shelters, while 74 people are in “respite” motel rooms awaiting COVID-19 test results.

The city’s jail system is housing a “historic low” number of inmates: 1,245 as of Wednesday morning. Reported crime in Denver is down because of COVID-19 while police are handling more low-level crimes over the phone.

City enforcement teams have given out more than 600 warnings to people not complying with the stay-home order. The government has ordered five “non-critical” businesses to close.

The city government has spent about $6.5 million on supplies, equipment and facilities related to coronavirus response. That’s in addition to the $13.5 million in emergency money approved by the Denver City Council on Tuesday.

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