Colorado to declare racism a public health crisis

Colorado will declare racism a public health crisis following a push by staffers inside the state’s health department to respond to ongoing social-justice protests and the inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. Since June, employees at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have pressed Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan to make such a public declaration and became increasingly […]

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Colorado officials seek to increase COVID-19 testing following delays in results

Colorado officials are once again seeking ways to aggressively ramp up state testing for COVID-19 after a national backlog at private labs has left residents waiting days — and sometimes even more than a week — for results. The number of new coronavirus cases in the state has increased for five consecutive weeks, and that rise in infections is highlighting […]

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COVID-19 in Colorado: Masks will help, but more distancing needed to head off a September spike, model shows

If more Coloradans wear masks, it will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but not by enough to avoid a spike if people don’t stop gathering in crowds, according to projections released this week. If people continue having face-to-face interactions at the rate they are now, Colorado’s hospitals could see their intensive care units hit full capacity in early September, […]

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Colorado statewide mask order: Read Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order here

Below is the text of Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order requiring all people, over the age of 10, to wear masks when in public indoor spaces in Colorado. See the full document here and read more about the details of the order in our story: Colorado governor issues statewide mask order as COVID-19 cases rise. Amending and Extending Executive Orders […]

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Colorado to staff state lab around the clock to speed up COVID-19 test results

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday that the state is taking steps to clear its COVID-19 testing backlog so that people can get results sooner. The state lab was turning around tests within about 48 hours on average, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said, but as coronavirus cases here and around the country are once again on […]

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Colorado squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague, health officials say

A squirrel in a Colorado has tested positive for bubonic plague, public health officials say. The rodent was found in Morrison, a town outside of Denver in Jefferson County. The county’s health officials said in a statement that the squirrel was the first case of plague in the county. Bubonic plague is one of three forms of the infectious disease […]

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Coronavirus in Colorado, June 24: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

As hospitalizations in Colorado continue their slow decline, data shows that recent COVID-19 patients are doing better than patients diagnosed in the early months of the pandemic. The death rate has fallen from about 15% in March and April to about 10.5% in May. Meanwhile, the MLB is working to reopen with a 60-game schedule as players return to practice […]

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Coronavirus in Colorado, June 22: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

As we enter the summer season Colorado is watching neighboring states, like Arizona, who are seeing a large spike in coronavirus cases after reopening. As of Sunday, Colorado has surpassed 30,000 cases of COVID-19. Free testing is still available at the Pepsi Center in Denver for those who think they might have been exposed to coronavirus. What’s new Don’t miss: […]

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Colorado confirms COVID-19 outbreak at Eagle Lake Overnight Camp

Colorado public health officials on Friday reported an outbreak of the novel coronavirus among staffers at a residential camp that borders El Paso and Teller counties. At least four cases of the respiratory disease COVID-19 have been confirmed, officials said. Another seven workers at Eagle Lake Overnight Camp are considered to have potential cases of COVID-19. And an additional 40 […]

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