Coronavirus in Colorado, April 5: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

As of today, 126 people in Colorado have died from the novel coronavirus as hospitalizations near 900.

The ventilator and PPE shortage continues to worsen. The federal government swooped up Colorado’s order of 500 ventilators, among other supplies, on Friday. Gov. Jared Polis spoke to CNN about the frustrations he feels about competing with other states to get supplies while now also competing with the federal government. Meanwhile, Colorado hospitals are preparing for the worst-case scenario of a ventilator shortage.

As more and more Coloradans become infected — the Saturday report totaled 4,565 cases — we are hearing from them about what it feels like to have COVID-19. For those that haven’t gotten sick, they are figuring out how to celebrate life’s big moments from afar.

Remember, all Coloradans have been asked to wear non-medical masks when outside their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Want to know how to make one? There’s plenty of ideas floating around in our coronavirus-focused Facebook group.

We are also looking to hear from you. Tell us what the coronavirus outbreak looks like for you and submit your story here.

Throughout the day, we will share the latest coverage from Denver Post journalists on the coronavirus outbreak on this page.

Here are the previous days’ updates: April 4, 3

Resources

  • Colorado coronavirus map: Where are cases being reported?
  • Do I have the coronavirus? Here’s what to do if you’re not sure.
  • How social distancing works and what it means for you
  • These Denver restaurants will offer delivery, takeout during coronavirus shutdown
  • What we know now: Updates to your coronavirus questions, a month after COVID-19 was confirmed in Colorado

The numbers

What’s new today

  • Out of breath: 5 Coloradans on what it’s like to have the coronavirus
  • YMCA offering free full-day child care for first responders, medical personnel and essential workers
  • Colorado sees “significant declines” in air pollution as coronavirus ramps down driving, industrial activity
  • Short on ventilators, Colorado hospitals prepare for a “worst-case scenario” for coronavirus patients
  • What does it mean to believe in a higher power during a pandemic? Coloradans share how their faith helps them cope.
  • Zoom weddings and drive-by birthdays: Life’s big moments still find a way in the midst of a pandemic
  • Staffer at Colorado’s Emergency Operations Center tests positive for coronavirus

Nation and world

  • Trump administration “wasted” months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic
  • Americans brace for “hardest, saddest’ week of their lives amid coronavirus crisis
  • As life moves online, an older generation faces a digital divide

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