Coronavirus in Denver will remain an official disaster until at least June 15

The city council voted to extend the disaster declaration Monday.
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Dustin Fitzpatrick packs up his home in Five Points at the orders of Denver Police. May 7, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Elected officials extended the city's emergency declaration, which will keep the door open for disaster relief money and continue to put urgent needs like homeless shelters and personal protective equipment on a fast-track, on Monday.

The declaration keeps the dam open for the flow of federal aid. It also allows Denver's government to continue spending money on stopgaps for the city's unhoused population -- the largest single expense incurred by the city during the COVID-19 outbreak -- while purchasing things like face masks and gloves for workers.

Denver's current emergency declaration expires May 11.

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