‘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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]