What happened when the only ER doctor in a rural town got COVID

BY: - December 4, 2020

Kurt Papenfus, a doctor in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, started to feel sick around Halloween. He developed a scary cough, intestinal symptoms and a headache. In the midst of a pandemic, the news that he had COVID-19 wasn’t surprising, but Papenfus’ illness would have repercussions far beyond his own health. Papenfus is the lone full-time emergency […]

Fauci warns of COVID ‘surge upon a surge’ in briefing with Gov. Polis

BY: - December 1, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis was joined at a briefing on Colorado’s coronavirus response on Tuesday by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, and both men warned that despite the promise of multiple effective COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon, things may get worse before they get better. The number of people hospitalized with […]

As COVID-19 tears through Colorado prisons and jails, testing protocols continue to lag

BY: - November 25, 2020

Carlos Franco-Paredes, a doctor and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, worries the worst is yet to come for coronavirus outbreaks in Colorado’s state prisons and county jails. “We are entering these new waves, and I don’t think we’ve seen half of what is going to happen,” said Franco-Paredes, […]

COVID-19 death toll expected to double in Colorado before January

BY: - November 24, 2020

If Colorado’s virus transmission stays on the current trajectory, the death toll from COVID-19 will more than double by the end of December, according to state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy. Statewide, at least 408 people have died with the disease since Oct. 26, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In […]

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El Paso County will move to red level, closing indoor dining and banning gatherings

BY: - November 23, 2020

El Paso County will move to the red level of Colorado’s COVID-19 dial system, according to a Nov. 23 statement from El Paso County Public Health. The state-imposed red-level restrictions — including a ban on indoor dining and events, and personal gatherings of any size — take effect in Colorado’s second most populated county at […]

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Mesa County fills all ICU beds as Weld County hospitals near capacity

BY: - November 20, 2020

Mesa County Public Health announced that all intensive care beds in area hospitals were occupied as of Nov. 18, fulfilling Colorado public health officials’ worst fear since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: that hospitals would become overwhelmed by coronavirus patients absent an ability to “flatten the curve” of new cases. “All area hospitals will […]

Poor People’s Campaign plans car caravan to honor those who’ve died from COVID-19

BY: - November 20, 2020

The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign is organizing a car caravan for Nov. 23, to pay tribute to those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.  The event, called the Moral Monday Caravans, is organized in collaboration with 25 other states across the country. Colorado caravan participants will gather at 11:30 a.m. Monday at 400 S. […]

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UCHealth researcher: Preliminary COVID-19 vaccine data is something to celebrate

BY: - November 17, 2020

Though several dark months remain ahead in the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials have called positive vaccine news a “light at the end of the tunnel” for the public health crisis. Preliminary data from Moderna, released by the pharmaceutical company on Nov. 16, showed its vaccine was 94% more effective than the placebo. That news follows […]

Jeff Zayach, Boulder County’s public health director, to retire

BY: - November 13, 2020

Jeff Zayach, who as executive director of Boulder County Public Health oversees COVID-19 response in a metro Denver county of 326,000 residents, plans to retire. The 54-year-old Broomfield resident started as the BCPH director in 2008. He plans to leave the post in April, around his 55th birthday, he said. Zayach announced his retirement to […]

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Colorado breaks another COVID-19 hospitalization record

BY: - November 13, 2020

Colorado on Nov. 11 reached another grim milestone: More people were hospitalized in the state with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 than at any point in the pandemic. The next day, the state broke the same record again. As of Nov. 12, 1,183 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases and 139 with suspected cases. The previous […]


The Affordable Care Act saved my life. What happens if it’s gone?

BY: - November 13, 2020

Three years ago I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough, and walked out with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. I’m here, today, because the Affordable Care Act saved my life. But now it’s under attack, again. The care I received cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, money that most of us don’t […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should […]