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1 in 99 people in Colorado estimated to be infectious with COVID-19

BY: - September 20, 2021

Colorado is currently in its fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 1 in 99 people in the state estimated to be infectious with COVID-19, according to a statewide modeling report released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health. The report estimates 70% of the Colorado […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals.   The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

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Breaking down the debate over booster shots

BY: - September 15, 2021

For days, news outlets have lit up with the growing controversy over booster shots. The question: “Do Americans need booster shots, and, if so, when?” On the one hand, President Joe Biden announced his administration would aim to secure booster shots by the end of September. However, these plans were announced prior to a completed […]

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Colorado prepares for large-scale rollout of booster shots, pending federal approval

BY: - September 13, 2021

State officials are preparing to roll out booster shots for older Coloradans and residents of long-term care facilities this month, pending an official OK from the federal government, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday during a virtual news briefing. “Now, keep in mind the impact (of vaccination against COVID-19) is much greater for the first two […]

Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

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Lowest ICU bed availability in Colorado since pandemic began

BY: - September 10, 2021

Unvaccinated COVID-19 patients are causing extraordinary stress on Colorado hospitals, and fewer intensive-care unit beds are available in the state than at any time since the pandemic began, Gov. Jared Polis and state public health officials said during a Friday news briefing. As of Thursday, available ICU beds in Colorado dropped below 200 to 197, […]

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Anger is the only reasonable response to COVID obstructionists

BY: - September 10, 2021

We were willing to debate the efficacy of masks. We agreed there should be balance between lockdown measures and economic interests. We patiently accumulated evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. We kept our cool through every quack remedy and grifter treatment. We offered guidance to the confused and correctives to the misinformed. We […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado at highest point since Jan. 6

BY: - September 8, 2021

More people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado than at any point since Jan. 6, the day of the insurrection, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As of Tuesday, 862 people statewide were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 95 people were hospitalized with suspected cases. “That number […]

Boulder County issues indoor mask mandate, the first since statewide order was lifted

BY: - September 7, 2021

Boulder County has reinstated a mask mandate for all individuals in public indoor spaces, regardless of a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status. The mandate went into effect on Friday, and applies to everyone over the age of 2. The mandate follows a July 27 recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that people wear […]

Some schools have tightened COVID-19 policies. Colorado Mesa University has loosened them. 

BY: - September 3, 2021

Colorado Mesa University has done things differently since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this academic year is no different. Unlike many other institutions of higher education in Colorado — including the University of Colorado system, University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado State University Fort Collins — CMU is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine […]

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Vaccines for kids are coming but they can’t be rushed

BY: - September 1, 2021

For weeks, questions from concerned parents have poured in:  Why isn’t the COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under age 12 yet? When will a vaccine for children be available? Can the vaccine be given off-label? These are all good questions, and the answers aren’t easy.  After the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late 2019, clinical […]