Colorado COVID-19 vaccine appointment finder: New website scans for openings

A few weeks ago, a frustrated coworker sent Nick Muerdter a message: Could you build a website that makes it easier to get a vaccine appointment? Muerdter determined he could, and now the Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Spotter website — vaccinespotter.org/CO — keeps a continuously updated list of available slots at pharmacies around the state. He also recently added pages for […]

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Colorado flu hospitalizations, deaths plummet during COVID-19 pandemic

Colorado is more than halfway through the annual flu season, and thanks to the aggressive public health measures taken to combat COVID-19 along with an uptick in vaccinations, the state has seen a staggering drop in serious influenza cases and deaths. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recorded a total of 23 hospitalizations so far this flu […]

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Colorado COVID-19 outbreaks rising in schools, colleges, restaurants and churches

COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado’s schools, colleges, restaurants and churches have increased for three weeks in a row after state restrictions were loosened and students began to return to class. No one has definitively linked changes in state policy with increased outbreaks, but there is a distinct pattern. Outbreaks in all four settings fell through December and the start of January. […]

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30 Colorado schools, 6 colleges report new COVID-19 outbreaks in January

Colorado schools have reported 30 new COVID-19 outbreaks since students began to return to in-person classes in January. The overall number of active outbreaks in Colorado dropped again Wednesday, led by decreases in the number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities reporting clusters, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Schools, colleges and several […]

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Colorado making progress against COVID-19, but expect masks and social distancing into summer, official says

Colorado is making progress beating back the coronavirus, but residents likely will need to keep wearing masks and practicing social distancing into the summer, a member of the state’s COVID-19 modeling team said Monday. Overall, the news is good as January comes to a close, though virus-related hospitalizations aren’t dropping as fast as they were a few weeks ago, said […]

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Colorado COVID-19 vaccination data shows another layer of racial inequity

As early data shows Coloradans of color are being immunized less than their white peers, state and local public health officials said Friday that they are working to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 shots. The state health department also said it will issue a new public health order to require providers like hospitals and pharmacies to report demographic data, including […]

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Colorado nabs $181M from FEMA for COVID-19 testing

Colorado will receive $181 million from a Federal Emergency Management Agency program to support the state’s COVID-19 testing sites. Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado’s two U.S. senators announced the new funding Tuesday morning in a press release. The money was expected but had been delayed, according to Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper‘s office. “We have embarked on one of the largest […]

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Colorado orders hospitals to use second doses of COVID-19 vaccine now

About 40,000 older Coloradans will get their first COVID-19 shot a few weeks earlier than initially planned after the state on Monday ordered providers to stop holding back second doses. In a letter sent to vaccine providers, Gov. Jared Polis directed hospitals and others to stop holding back doses for current patients’ second shots. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines […]

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Colorado reports COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes are down for first time since September

The second wave of COVID-19 in Colorado nursing homes may finally have crested, with more homes declared free from the new coronavirus than found to have new outbreaks for the first time since September. On Oct. 7, 11 homes had active outbreaks of COVID-19. That increased every week through Jan. 6, when the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment […]

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Colorado confirms 2 more cases of new COVID-19 strain, 1 probable case

Two more people in Colorado have confirmed cases of the new, more contagious variant of coronavirus, including a staff member at a skilled nursing facility in Aurora. Colorado public health officials first confirmed the presence of the new variant — known as B.1.1.7 — last week. The new cases brings the state’s total to three. The new variant is believed […]

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