COVID-19

Congress clears $40B in Ukraine aid for Biden’s signature, but some in GOP balk

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to send President Joe Biden a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that will provide additional economic, humanitarian and military support to the country.  The 86-11 vote marks the second time Congress cleared a multibillion-dollar package since Russia invaded in late February. Negotiators opted both times to increase […]

Colorado likely to see peak in COVID-19 cases in June

BY: - May 19, 2022

With an increase in cases across the state, officials say the peak will not be as devastating as previous surges.

White House pushes COVID antiviral amid funding stalemate with Congress

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration hopes that a new push to get a COVID-19 antiviral into more pharmacies, along with getting the message through to doctors that it’s no longer in short supply, will help reduce hospitalizations.  The plan to ship out more of the antiviral comes as Congress returns from a recess this week […]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

BY: - April 25, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays told Republican state attorneys general and the federal government that he planned to grant the Republicans’ request for a temporary […]

Colorado COVID-19 cases remain low but could increase with new omicron subvariant

BY: - April 22, 2022

COVID-19 transmission levels will likely increase over the next few weeks, but aren’t expected to reach levels anywhere near the omicron wave earlier this year, Colorado health officials said Friday. The current seven-day moving average of cases is 605, up from approximately 305 a few weeks ago, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said. Although increasing, […]

3 Colorado counties rank in top 100 with high poverty, high COVID death rates

BY: - April 22, 2022

Three counties in Colorado rank in the top 100 counties in the United States with high poverty and high COVID-19 death rates, according to a report published this month.  Bent, Otero and Conejos counties were ranked as part of a report published by the Poor People’s Campaign, which works to improve legislation to help low-income […]

CDC concludes a mask mandate is still needed for travelers, clearing way for court battle

BY: - April 20, 2022

The Biden administration will fight a court decision for the authority to mandate masks on airplanes, trains and other public transit, following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation Wednesday night that a mandate was still needed. The CDC said in a statement that the mandate keeps transportation safer for immunocompromised people and the […]

Biden administration will appeal ruling on travel mask mandate — if CDC says it’s needed

BY: - April 20, 2022

The Biden administration will appeal a federal judge’s order striking down a mask mandate for air travel and public transit, subject to a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Justice Department said in a Tuesday night statement. The CDC has yet to conclude that the mandate — which applied in […]

Federal judge in Florida throws out national mask mandate for travelers

BY: - April 18, 2022

A federal judge in Florida voided the nationwide mask mandate for airline and public transportation passengers Monday, saying the requirement was beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s authority. A Biden administration official said that agencies are reviewing the decision and potential next steps. “In the meantime, today’s court decision means CDC’s public transportation […]

U.S. lawmakers look for path ahead on billions in restaurant, small business aid

BY: - April 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Restaurants and other businesses that have survived more than two years of COVID-19 restrictions could see an infusion of federal dollars in the coming months, as long as U.S. lawmakers reach final agreement on a multibillion-dollar package. The U.S. House has approved a bill with $42 billion for restaurants and $13 billion for […]

New federal COVID aid delayed after U.S. Senate Republicans insist on immigration debate

BY: - April 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have departed their offices and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for a two-week spring recess without passing additional funding to combat the coronavirus, amid a stalemate over immigration policy. Despite reaching a bipartisan agreement Monday for $10 billion for testing, treatments and vaccines, much of it needed in states, the […]

Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness

BY: - April 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19.   The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are […]