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PHOTOS: A look at how communities across Colorado are dealing with coronavirus

Our photographers and reporters have been fanning out across Colorado in recent weeks to cover the spread of the new coronavirus as it sickens people, shuts down businesses and just generally disrupts lives.

Here are some scenes capturing how COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has affected our state:

Check out The Colorado Sun’s full coronavirus coverage here.


The National Western Center is being set up to become a shelter for unhoused men. April 8, 2020. (Pool photo by Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Cars line up during drive up testing for COVID-19 in Gunnison on March 20, 2020. Gunnison County is one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus in the state in proportion to the population. Two people have been admitted to the Gunnison Valley Hospital, 39 people have tests pending and 239 residents are self-reporting symptoms and are self isolated. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

United Airlines planes parked at Denver International Airport. Air travel has all but ceased at the hub, the state’s economic engine. (Handout)

The Fox Theater and San Juan Cinema is closed in Montrose. “The Fox Theater will be closed until further notice,” the attraction’s website says. (William Woody, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado health officials on March 15, 2019, advised people who live in four mountain counties, including Gunnison County, to stay away from other people because of high rates of infection by the new coronavirus. A sign over Colorado 135 near Gunnison’s city limits, affirmed the advisory, but said the county will reopen to tourism on April 8, 2020. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

A pair of skiers skin uphill at Loveland Ski Area on Friday March, 20, 2020, near Georgetown. The ski area closed for the season after Gov. Jared Polis ordered all Colorado ski resorts to shut down because of the coronavirus on March 16, 2020. With many closures in Colorado due to the coronavirus pandemic, many more skiers and snowboarders opt for uphilling equipment to keep skiing in the backcountry and on ski resorts without chairlifts running. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)

La Merise is one of the many Cherry Creek North restaurants remaining open for takeout on March 22, 2020.(Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

Fourth generation Eagle County rancher Mike Eaton visits a newborn calf, Friday, April 3, 2020, at his ranch in Edwards. Eaton believes he will lose one third of his income this year because he wonÕt be able to supply beef to restaurants that are closed due to the virus. (Matt Stensland, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Eagle County paramedics don protective equipment after transporting a patient in late March. The department has hired 20 idled ski patrollers from Vail and Beaver Creek as a back-up should emergency medical providers need help. (Photo by Sam Aaronson and provided to The Colorado Sun)

Jose Garcia cleans a wall at Bruce Randolph School on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Pool photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Moxi Theater owner Ely Corliss sits on the stage of the downtown Greeley nightclub moments after he learned Gov. Polis had shut down all in-person drinking and dining and gatherings of more than 10 people for a month to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Colorado. (Valerie Vampola, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Health workers collect patient information from people waiting to be tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, outside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s lab in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood. Photographed on March 11, 2020. (John Ingold, The Colorado Sun)

A note on the door of the Colorado Senate on March 11, 2020, asking visitors to send emails to lawmakers instead of passing them business cards or notes. “I’m not a health expert,” said Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert, a Parker Republican. “But if large groups of people congregating in a confined area increases the chance of spreading it, it kind of seems like something we ought to avoid.” (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis gives an update about the extent of the coronavirus in Colorado during a news conference on March 11, 2020. “This will get worse before it gets better,” he told reporters, calling the outbreak a “test of our Colorado character” that has no end in sight. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

A worker cleans the area around a drained pool in Montrose. (William Woody, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Pedestrians keep their distance on the nearly deserted 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver on March 21, 2020. (Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

Colorado Governor Jared Polis delivers an address from the governor’s mansion on April 6, 2020. Polis said that the state of Colorado will extend a statewide stay-at-home order from April 11 to April 27 due to coronavirus. (Pool photo by AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

Magdaleno Diaz volunters twice a week at the Gunnison Country Food Pantry in Gunnison, Colorado. Diaz is a member of the Cora people, an ethic group that have come from Mexico’s central highlands and established themselves in the Gunnison Valley. Diaz is helping the Gunnison Couty Health & Human Services Department reach out to the 160 Cora people living in the valley to inform and test for the COVID-19 virus. The Health and Human Services department knows that the corona virus in the LatinX and Cora communities is being underreported. Diaz is helping bridge the cultural gap. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

An empty toilet paper and paper towel aisle at the Safeway in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Newspaper boxes, heavy with snow, outside Cannon Mine Coffee in Lafayette on March 21, 2020, telegraph the news of the day, left, and the sentiment of many people, right. (Dana Coffield, The Colorado Sun)

David Storey is processing the samples for COVID-19 test at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Laboratory Services Division in Denver on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (Pool photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

Pete Cabrelli, who was visiting Gunnison from Philadelphia, packs up his car to leave the Rodeway Inn of U.S. 50 after Gunnison County ordered all hotels and short-term lodging closed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. He and his wife had just arrived for two weeks of vacation when they were turned back. They were worried about getting a flight out and whether they might have to drive back to Pennsylvania. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Ethan Kavanagh, a lift operator at Vail ski area, packed up his car outside his Timber Ridge apartment on Tuesday, March 17. Vail Resorts employees living in the company-provided housing at Vail’s Timber Ridge apartments were notified Tuesday that, due to the early closure of ski resorts, they would need to vacate employee housing by March 27. (Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun)

People wait in 23-degree weather for “curbside” delivery of dinner from The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette the evening of March 20, 2020. Managers were struggling with how to get the large orders, including cans of beer and bottles of wine, from inside the restaurant to people waiting on the sidewalk outside and in their cars. The wait was more than an hour on Friday night, and was expected to be just as busy on Saturday, when the restaurant began offering to-go cocktails under liquor-license rules loosened by Gov. Jared Polis. (Dana Coffield, The Colorado Sun)

A tractor works to prepare a corn field for planting off Easter Road west of Olathe Colo., Friday March 27, 2020. (William Woody, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Customers pick up meals from the Vine Bistro restaurant in downtown Montrose on Tuesday afternoon March 17, 2020. The restaurant is closed until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus. (William Woody, Special to The Colorado Sun)

A man holds a sign looking for change from a decreasing number of drivers through Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

Lisa Straight, director of community health for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, talks with a community member about where to find resources related to the coronavirus outbreak. (Moe Clark, The Colorado Sun)

A lone pedestrian hustles across Broadway near the normally bustling Civic Center Station in downtown Denver on March 21, 2020. (Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

Cindy Kroeger, Brian Kraus and their son Oliver Kraus, 6, look at a bird in Red Fox Meadows Natural Area in Fort Collins on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Kroeger said that other than canceling their spring break trip to Missouri, things have seemed pretty normal for them because they’re used to spending a lot of time together. They own a business and have been working from home and trying to get out as much as possible. (Valerie Mosley, Special to the Colorado Sun)

Da’vida Jones, 7, arrives at Cowell Elementary School with her mom to get a sack breakfast. The school has extra canned food which Jones was invited to take home with her. (Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)

A drive-up coronavirus testing site in Montrose. (Handout)

The crowd at Argonaut is on a one-in-on-out rotation to prevent overcrowding on March 23, 2020. Less than two hours earlier, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that recreational dispensaries and liquor stores would close until April 10 in the city to combat the spread of coronavirus. The city later amended its order to allow liquor stores and recreational marijuana shops to stay open.(Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

Fourth generation Eagle County rancher Mike Eaton feeds cattle Friday, April 3, 2020, at his ranch in Edwards. Eaton supplies the beef to the Sweet Basil and Mountain Standard restaurants in Vail Village, which were among all Colorado restaurants closed because of the coronavirus. Five of EatonÕs cows were due for slaughter but now have reprieves because of the restaurant closures. (Matt Stensland, Special to The Colorado Sun)

A shopper wearing a mask walks down an aisle of over-the-counter medicines at a Denver supermarket on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The COVID-19 outbreak sparked unusually high number of sales of canned goods, meat, paper products and OTC medicines. Some stores have also reduced the hours they are open. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Special to the Colorado Trust)