Health

Nearly 100 recommendations from Colorado’s audit office have yet to be implemented

BY: - January 15, 2021

Every year, Colorado’s independent audit office issues hundreds of requests to state agencies who are out of compliance with state or federal laws. But year after year, agencies blow past their set deadlines to resolve the issues. Colorado’s Office of the State Auditor submitted 1,516 recommendations to state agencies between July 2014 and June 2019, […]

Vaccines won’t significantly affect COVID-19 hospitalizations for ‘several months’

BY: - January 8, 2021

As of Jan. 7, 154,271 Coloradans had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech or the vaccine from Moderna. That equates to around 2.7% of the state’s total population. The vaccines aren’t enough — at least not yet — to make a dent in coronavirus transmission. “Social distancing […]

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Colorado’s 13-member Democratic Latino Caucus has big plans for 2021

BY: - January 5, 2021

Following the November 2020 election, the group of Latino Democrats elected to the Colorado Legislature held strong at 13 members. State Rep. Bri Buentello of Pueblo lost her election to GOP challenger Stephanie Luck, but Democrats gained a new Latino member with the election of David Ortiz to House District 38, which includes part of […]

U.S. district judge orders El Paso County jail to strengthen COVID-19 protocols

BY: - January 4, 2021

A U.S. district judge on Monday ordered the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to strengthen COVID-19 protections for incarcerated people at the county jail. The preliminary injunction, sought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and three private attorneys as part of a class action lawsuit filed Dec. 13, requires Sheriff Bill Elder to […]

‘Different than anything we’ve seen before’: What Colorado experts know about the new coronavirus variant

BY: - December 31, 2020

When Sara Sawyer read that there was a new variant of the coronavirus rapidly spreading around the United Kingdom recently, she wasn’t surprised. For the past 15 years, Sawyer, a virology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has studied how infectious diseases are transmitted from animals to humans, including how viruses mutate.  What did […]

Here are Colorado Newsline’s top 10 stories of 2020

BY: - December 31, 2020

To say that our tiny newsroom of four has been busy the past six months would be an understatement. Since we launched at the beginning of July, in the middle of the pandemic, we’ve accomplished more than we thought possible. Thank you for following along and supporting our work. We want to hear from you […]

COVID-19 hospitalizations are down in Colorado but still far above summer levels

BY: - December 23, 2020

Though Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined significantly in the last few weeks, the state is still months away from getting its case numbers back down to where they were during the summer months. “The number of cases we’re seeing right now based on that seven day average is equivalent to what we were seeing in […]

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Coloradans share their COVID-19 vaccine experiences

BY: - December 23, 2020

Luke Gloystein doesn’t treat COVID-19 patients, but he was one of the first Coloradans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. On Dec. 16, the food service manager at Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital snapped a photo while a masked health care worker administered the first of Gloystein’s two doses. Gloystein posted the […]

Many US health experts underestimated the coronavirus … until it was too late

BY: - December 21, 2020

A year ago, while many Americans were finishing their holiday shopping and finalizing travel plans, doctors in Wuhan, China, were battling a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia with no known cause. Chinese doctors began to fear they were witnessing the return of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, a coronavirus that emerged in China in late […]

Inmates were scrubbed from Colorado’s vaccination plan. Where does that leave them?

BY: - December 21, 2020

The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine has brought hope to many Coloradans, especially those who have loved ones incarcerated in the state’s correctional facilities. A total of 6,736 prison inmates and 1,155 staff members have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic and 17 people have died, according to the Colorado […]

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Colorado to receive 16,000 fewer Pfizer vaccine doses than originally expected in second shipment

BY: - December 18, 2020

Colorado will receive 16,000 fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech than it had originally expected in its second shipment, Gov. Jared Polis said at a news briefing Dec. 18. The state received its first order of 46,800 doses from the companies starting Dec. 14. Those doses were delivered […]

Ski resorts work to stay open as COVID cases snowball

BY: - December 18, 2020

TELLURIDE — The day after Thanksgiving, Dr. Jana Eller and Dr. Shiraz Naqvi were seated beside an outdoor fire pit at the base of Telluride Ski Resort, taking a short break from skiing. The two physicians from Houston had driven more than 18 hours to get here for the holiday weekend, and they were staying […]