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Why Colorado’s hospitals have bent — but not broken — during the latest COVID surge

The state’s relatively high vaccination rate is one reason

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Colorado schools that require masks have lower coronavirus case rates, state says

Data also show a correlation between higher vaccination rates for kids and lower rates of COVID-19

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Jared Polis blasts FDA delay on coronavirus vaccine booster approval: “They have blood on their hands”

Polis also urged federal regulators to quickly approve coronavirus vaccines for younger children

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Colorado has fewer intensive care beds available now than at any other point in the pandemic

81% of people now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the disease. About 85% of recent COVID deaths in Colorado are also among that group.

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Colorado wants more family doctors to be able to administer coronavirus vaccines

Gov. Jared Polis announced a new $60 million grant program that could enroll hundreds more primary care providers in the vaccination effort

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Colorado is betting big on vaccine influencers. It’s unclear if people will “like” their message.

This is a new frontier in public health messaging, testing the argument that the most persuasive voice is the one that’s most trusted in a community.

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For Colorado health workers, the latest COVID surge is a special kind of exhausting

“We started to see an end to the tunnel,” said Josi Hamill, a nurse ICU manager. “Everyone was getting really excited. We were down to one to two COVID patients in our unit.”

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Why coronavirus vaccine booster shots may help you, and why they may not help society

A booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine will likely give people a little extra protection. But some health leaders wonder at what cost.

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Tourists are flocking to Colorado this summer — and they’re bringing COVID with them

In a recent 14-day period, at least 38% of positive cases reported in Pitkin County were among its visitors

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Despite fears, Colorado’s biggest hospitals made money during the pandemic

Stimulus money and investment income helped make up for a downturn in revenue from patient care, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

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Colorado governor urges coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workforce amid new requirements for prison guards

Polis asked the state Board of Health to impose a mandate for hospital and nursing home workers

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More Colorado health leaders are urging mask, coronavirus vaccine mandates

Children’s Hospital Colorado and SCL Health became the latest hospital systems in the state to require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19

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Are Colorado’s latest efforts to get more people vaccinated working?

$100 Walmart gift cards are increasing participation at pop-up vaccination sites by threefold. And Denver Health navigators have called 10,000 refugees and immigrants.

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Thousands of Coloradans may have already received an extra dose of coronavirus vaccine

Federal authorities have yet to authorize COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, but an influential committee is meeting Friday to discuss the possibility

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Answers to readers’ questions on the coronavirus vaccine, masks and the delta variant in Colorado

Yes, your vaccine is still effective, but you need to take precautions for unvaccinated children

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These 10 charts show why Colorado leaders decided to get tough on coronavirus vaccine mandates

The stagnation of COVID-19 vaccination rates, the delta variant’s surge and fears of a coming wave of deaths and hospitalizations all played a part

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Denver requires coronavirus vaccination for all city employees, hospital workers and teachers

The public health order is one of the most sweeping in the nation issued by a city

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Unvaccinated Colorado state employees will be required to undergo twice-weekly coronavirus testing

Gov. Jared Polis said the decision is a “middle road” approach that avoids a vaccination mandate

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As coronavirus cases rise again, not even Colorado’s most-vaccinated counties have been spared. Here’s why.

State and local health officials have had a mixed response to new federal guidance urging vaccinated people to start wearing masks again

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Two more hospital systems in Colorado will require workers to get vaccinated against coronavirus

The move by UCHealth and Denver Health increases the number of hospitals with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate to nearly 20 in Colorado

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