COVID-19

COVID-19 exposure notification system hits phones Sunday

BY: - October 24, 2020

Colorado officials plan to launch a COVID-19 exposure notification system on Oct. 25. The smartphone-based system, developed by the state in partnership with Google and Apple, will notify people if they’ve potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Coloradans on Sunday are expected to receive a notice on their Android and Apple phones with instructions […]

New Colorado health order limits gathering size to 10 people, two households

BY: - October 23, 2020

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Oct. 23 moved to limit personal gatherings in most counties to no more than 10 people, effective immediately. Under the new order, those 10 people must be from two or fewer households — so two families of five people each is allowed, but not five couples […]

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Absent clear guidance on COVID-19 testing, Colorado colleges go their own way

BY: - October 23, 2020

Colorado colleges and universities that brought students back for in-person classes — and, in many cases, to live on campus — adopted extensive COVID-19 testing strategies in hopes of controlling outbreaks and maintaining some normalcy for students during the pandemic. The specifics of each campus’ strategy vary greatly, though, just as school budgets and populations […]

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

BY: - October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Across the hundreds of pages of plans that state officials sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out. Yet states will be on the front lines for […]

COMMENTARY

Answers to common COVID-19 and vaccine questions

BY: - October 21, 2020

With the bleak anniversary of COVID-19 just around the corner, the following addresses common questions about what to expect over the next year and beyond. How long will the pandemic last? There are many variables, but expect at least three to five years from the point of origin (late 2019). This is the period of […]

Hospital capacity could be exceeded by late December in Colorado due to COVID-19

BY: - October 20, 2020

Colorado officials on Oct. 20 painted a troubling picture of the state’s COVID-19 situation, with its fast-rising cases and hospitalizations. Modeling presented by state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy at a news briefing showed that if current levels of transmission are maintained, Colorado’s intensive care bed capacity would be exceeded by late December. “We unfortunately see the […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20

BY: - October 20, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted from the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. During the briefing, Polis will be joined by […]

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Debt looms for Coloradans with student loan payments soon to come due

BY: - October 17, 2020

With another round of pandemic relief legislation looking more and more unlikely to arrive before the new year, people in student loan debt who’ve recently faced financial hardships could be in trouble. On March 20, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos directed the Federal Student Aid office to suspend loan payments on all federal student loans held […]

Colorado COVID-19 vaccination plan announced

BY: - October 16, 2020

Colorado officials on Friday announced the state’s plan to distribute a vaccine for COVID-19. Gov. Jared Polis during a COVID-19 news briefing said he expects a vaccine, in limited supply, to be ready for distribution in late November. But it could take up to a year to distribute a vaccine widely in Colorado. A main […]

Polis issues rental late fee ban through 2020; statewide eviction moratorium still pending

BY: - October 16, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday announced an executive order banning forthcoming and accumulated late fees for Colorado renters through the end of the year in light of recommendations put forth by a state eviction prevention task force. The 10-person Special Eviction Prevention Task Force convened four times in September and October to establish short-term and […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 1 p.m. Oct. 16

BY: - October 16, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and the state’s plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s received. The news briefing will be conducted from the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on […]

Racism and homelessness highlighted during three-day Denver ‘vigil’

BY: - October 16, 2020

Community members gathered on the grass in front of the Denver City and County Building on Thursday afternoon to draw attention to the city’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis, which disproportionately affects Black people and other minority groups. The three-day event, called a “Race and Homelessness Vigil,” was put on by the local advocacy organization […]