Health

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 […]

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COVID-19 vaccine could be less effective in people with high PFAS levels in blood

BY: - December 17, 2020

The COVID-19 vaccine could be less effective in people with high levels of perfluorinated compounds — PFAS — in their blood, several scientists announced Thursday. High levels of PFAS exposure is known to be linked to a “plethora of adverse health effects,” including immune system disorders, said Linda Birnbaum, a toxicologist and former director of the National […]

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Rising rents, stagnant wages leave many Colorado tenants struggling to meet basic needs

BY: - December 17, 2020

When Laura Rodriguez’s lease was up for renewal in the middle of the pandemic, she was informed by her landlord that her rent was increasing by $200 dollars a month.  “We are now paying $1,800 and our landlord already announced that next August 2021 our rents will go up to $2,200 a month,” said Rodriguez, […]

UCHealth workers to form union, citing COVID-19 ‘crisis within a crisis’

BY: - December 15, 2020

A group of nurses and other health care workers at UCHealth announced Tuesday that they are forming a union aimed at addressing longstanding concerns about staffing, workplace safety and inadequate patient care across Colorado’s largest hospital system. UCHealth Workers United says it will organize staff members across all job titles and locations in the UCHealth […]

Health care workers receive Colorado’s first COVID-19 vaccine doses

BY: - December 14, 2020

Front-line health care workers at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins became the first in the state to get injected with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech. The first dose was slated for Kevin Londrigan, a respiratory therapist who has underlying health conditions, according to a pool report. “This has […]

This health care magnate wants to fix democracy, starting in Colorado

BY: - December 14, 2020

In the final weeks before the Nov. 3 election, supporters of a down-in-the-weeds effort to overturn a tax law in Colorado received a cascade of big checks, for a grand total of more than $2 million. All came from Kent Thiry, the former CEO of DaVita, one of the largest kidney care companies in the […]

ACLU files federal lawsuit against El Paso County sheriff over COVID protections for jail inmates

BY: - December 14, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, alongside three private attorneys, filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Sunday to improve COVID-19 protections for incarcerated people at El Paso’s county jail. The lawsuit seeks an expedited hearing and court order to require El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder to comply with COVID-19 public […]

Colorado hospitals prepare to receive first doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

BY: - December 11, 2020

Colorado hospitals and health care facilities are preparing to distribute the first COVID-19 vaccine doses to their employees who work closely with infected patients. On Dec. 11, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced the locations that will receive the first doses of two vaccines, pending FDA-issed emergency use authorizations. The state expects […]

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FDA committee expected to recommend Pfizer vaccine for approval

BY: - December 10, 2020

A COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech is expected to secure the recommendation of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee Dec. 10, clearing a major hurdle. Even after the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee issues its final decision — expected in the afternoon of Dec. 10 — a […]

Colorado expects 95,600 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine this month, officials say

BY: - December 9, 2020

Colorado is preparing to receive 95,600 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine a week after the first shipment of 46,800 vaccine doses from Pfizer and BioNTech, according to Scott Bookman, the state’s COVID-19 incident commander. The Pfizer doses should arrive sometime between Dec. 13 and 16, Bookman said. Bookman spoke during a remote news briefing Dec. […]

Tracking COVID’s spread inside a tight-knit Latino community

BY: - December 8, 2020

Early in the pandemic, Ximena Rebolledo León, a registered nurse at Telluride Regional Medical Center in southwestern Colorado, needed to find everyone who’d been in contact with a sick Latino worker whose boss had told him he would lose his job if he didn’t show up. The man had gone to work and infected four […]

Colorado could receive first doses of Pfizer vaccine by Dec. 12

BY: - December 5, 2020

Colorado will get 46,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses in its first order from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech, as long as that vaccine gains federal approval, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced in the late afternoon of Dec. 4. “Regular vaccine allocation from the federal government will be based on the size of […]