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Colorado finalizes decision to ease mask mandate as Biden administration begs states to stay the course

Gov. Jared Polis's new mask order allows people in about half of the state’s 64 counties — but only representing a fraction of Colorado’s population — to ditch their face coverings in the vast majority of public indoor places

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Colorado will open coronavirus vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older starting on Friday

The state was planning to open vaccine eligibility to the general public starting in mid-April. Colorado will join at least 12 other states across the country that have already expanded eligibility to the general population or will do so by the end of the week.

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In the Denver Health emergency department, patients and caregivers are scarred by a brutal year

Patients’ wounds hinted at links to the pandemic. So did the emotional damage to workers.

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What to expect in the court case against the Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect

The case against Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa will likely follow the course of those against other people accused in other Colorado mass shootings. But there is one big exception.

Crime and Courts

How CU scientists identified coronavirus “super-carriers” by collecting gallons of students’ spit

Two recent studies from the University of Colorado Boulder may have solved a pandemic mystery: Why were so many dorm roommates of COVID-positive students not also getting sick?

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More than 20 Colorado counties are poised to move to the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions

The changes come as the state implements "Dial 3.0," which makes it significantly easier for counties to achieve less-restrictive status

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Coronavirus vaccines are rolling out across the world. So why are CSU scientists still working to develop new ones?

Researchers at Colorado State University are working on four COVID-19 vaccine candidates, one of which is nearing human clinical trials

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Colorado Democrats unveil their public health insurance option proposal. Here’s how it would work.

The Colorado Sun combed through the bill and talked to its sponsors to learn what the measure would do

Health

To fix soaring prescription costs, Colorado lawmakers have a new plan: A board to cap drug prices

A bill to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board is expected to draw strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry

Health

Why Coloradans should get the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, despite headlines about lower efficacy

The clinical trials figures might not mean what you think they do and other arguments that Colorado health leaders make in favor of getting the Johnson & Johnson shot

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13 charts that show how Colorado has fared during coronavirus

Colorado has generally done better than other states during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are exceptions

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Three cases of South African coronavirus variant found in Colorado prison

The variant is of particular concern because vaccines may be less effective against it

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Colorado nursing homes with the most coronavirus deaths were cited for poor infection control

A Colorado Sun investigation found that many of the nursing homes with the highest death counts were told multiple times to clean up hygiene protocols intended to protect residents.

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The coronavirus’ toll in Colorado: A year of bottomless grief and relentless division

The COVID-19 pandemic is among the largest mass-casualty events in state history, but the devastation was personal for some and just out of view for others.

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Why are Colorado’s rural counties vaccinating people faster than urban ones?

The 10 counties with the highest vaccination rates have small populations, but even with few health care resources, they are hitting their vaccine targets quickly.

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Colorado study reveals potential link between air pollution and coronavirus deaths

The analysis by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also underscores the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on communities of color

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Coronavirus variants aren’t new to Colorado – the virus has been changing since before it arrived here

Colorado has already seen substantial turnover in the specific kinds of SARS-CoV-2 virus that has been circulating in the state

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An expert panel advises Colorado’s governor on coronavirus. But the group often appears left out of big decisions.

The Polis administration says the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee is not geared for rapid decision-making

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Cases of the B.1.1.7. coronavirus variant continue to rise in Colorado – but aren’t cause for concern, yet

The state has not found any cases so far from the South African or Brazilian variants of the virus

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State-border jumpers can get vaccinated in Colorado — even if no one’s happy about it

Colorado officials say an address is not required to book a vaccine appointment, but counties say they’d rather prioritize their own full-time residents

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