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Colorado’s efforts to scale up PPE production are being tangled in federal red tape, certification process

In a matter of weeks, hundreds of manufacturers across Colorado have suspended normal production of things like snowboards, outdoor gear and clothing to make personal protective equipment for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.  They’re making masks and face shields and parts for ventilators. But federal red tape and limited […]

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TIMELINE: The moments that have shaped Colorado’s response to coronavirus

On Jan. 20, the U.S. confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus: a 35-year-old man who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak It didn’t take long for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to make it to Colorado. Since the state’s first confirmed case on March 5, Coloradans […]

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Colorado is still figuring out how to protect the homeless as Denver shelter reports two coronavirus cases

At least two people who are homeless in Denver have tested positive for COVID-19, the fast-spreading illness caused by the new coronavirus, health officials said Friday.  The people are recovering in motel rooms provided by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, but advocates worry that more people are sick and that the city and state […]

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Colorado’s coronavirus stay-at-home order raised a lot of questions. Don’t call 911 to ask them.

Coloradans with questions about the state’s new stay-at-home order were slamming phone lines at law enforcement agencies this week, sometimes to report their neighbors’ perceived violations but mostly to ask what they are allowed to do. Callers want to know if they will get charged if they leave their homes for regularly scheduled child custody […]

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Colorado is now under a stay-at-home order. But what about those without homes?

Gov. Jared Polis has ordered millions of Coloradans to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, but the thousands of people experiencing homelessness have few options. State and local agencies are searching for more temporary spaces for individuals experiencing homelessness, and the Springs Rescue Mission in El Paso County is pushing […]

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Colorado is banking on telehealth to slow coronavirus. But many rural hospitals lack necessary resources.

Colorado health officials want to use “remote” health care services, known as telehealth, as a tool to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But despite recent regulatory changes intended to make it easier for patients to seek medical advice or treatment without leaving their home, many rural hospitals and clinics lack adequate funding, […]

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Homeless shelters and health officials scramble for a plan as coronavirus spreads in Colorado

The public health practices intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 appear relatively simple. Cover your cough, sneeze into your sleeve, wash your hands frequently and distance yourself from others if you are displaying symptoms. But for individuals living in shelters or residing in public spaces, following those precautions may be challenging. “All the preventative […]

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Colorado lawmakers wanted to tackle the state’s PFAS problem. They are taking more of a baby step.

Colorado lawmakers hoped this year to accelerate regulation of a group of man-made chemicals called per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are often used in firefighting foam and have contaminated drinking water in communities across the state.   But a bipartisan bill to do just that was stripped of its most comprehensive elements during its first hearing at […]

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Suncor oil refinery agrees to $9 million settlement with Colorado for air quality violations in Commerce City

Suncor Energy will pay $9 million to settle air quality violations at its refinery in Commerce City dating to 2017, including one in December that blanketed adjacent neighborhoods in an ashy substance. It is the biggest penalty Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has ever leveled from a single facility to resolve air pollution […]

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Bernie Sanders wins Colorado’s Democratic presidential primary, but late ballot surge may tighten race

Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential primary in Colorado on Tuesday, building from his dedicated fan base in the state. But an 11th-hour surge in ballots may help former Vice President Joe Biden close the gap and split the race for delegates. The Associated Press called the race for Sanders a moment after voting ended […]