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Douglas County School District sues its new county health department over masks

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Adams, Arapahoe counties to withdraw from Tri-County Health Department after Douglas County’s exit

Per its legal obligation, Adams County will remain a part of TCHD through December 2022

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Colorado begins to reckon with racial bias in child welfare, where Black kids are way overrepresented

The inequity, experienced not just in Colorado but in child welfare systems across the nation, surfaced for scrutiny last spring as the country protested the murder of George Floyd.

Equity

Colorado is still struggling to attract kids to its school COVID testing program

As the number of students tested under the state program (slowly) grows, so does the number of kids testing positive for the virus

Education

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic “forever chemicals”

The plan is intended to restrict PFAS from being released into the environment, accelerate cleanup of contaminated sites such as military bases and increase investments in research.

Environment

The story of the historic COVID vaccine trial for kids at Children’s Hospital Colorado

A small army of clinical research nurses who organized and ran the trial called it their Super Bowl, operating under an energy not lost on the 252 kids who were enrolled

Coronavirus

Colorado may have more sites with dangerous “forever chemicals” than any other state

A new analysis of an EPA database shows demand for PFAS in fracking and other industries puts Front Range at the top of the contamination list.

Environment

Colorado health officials back off plan to weaken coronavirus vaccine mandate for hospitals

The head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the state would instead wait until a forthcoming federal mandate is finalized

Coronavirus

Kaiser Permanente faces strike votes in California, Oregon. Colorado may be next.

Kaiser, one of the nation's largest health care providers, has proposed a two-tiered wage and benefits system that would give newer employees lower pay and fewer health protections.

Health

Colorado will be first in the U.S. to require comprehensive health coverage for gender-affirming services

The state is also expanding coverage for acupuncture and other treatments that are alternatives to opioids

Health

More video visits and more doctor burnout: How the pandemic has changed health care in Colorado

Highlights from The Colorado Sun’s panel discussion on the future of health care

Health

In the San Luis Valley, a small town is using civic engagement to improve lives

A program that teaches participants the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed has graduated people into leadership and entrepreneurial roles throughout the valley.

Health

Some hospitals resorted to crisis triage during the pandemic. A Colorado doctor says more should have.

A Q&A with Dr. Matthew Wynia, a bioethicist at the University of Colorado, on why more states did not enact “crisis standards of care” when their hospitals were strained

Coronavirus

Charges against 2 Colorado women accused of killing their newborns point to need for more awareness of Safe Haven law

Only three babies were given up at fire stations or hospitals last year under the law, which is intended to prevent infant homicide.

News

West Nile virus cases climbing in Colorado

As of this week, 139 Coloradans have contracted the mosquito-borne illness, which has resulted in six deaths

Health

Douglas County Health Board approves opt-out of masking mandates

Douglas County Health Board President Doug Benevento said during the Oct. 8 special board of health meeting that he would not hand down any masking mandates for children without what he called “clear and convincing evidence of the benefits of masking"

Coronavirus

A Colorado Springs wellness clinic is now barred from providing coronavirus vaccines

CDPHE barred Dr. Moma Health & Wellness Clinic leaders Friday from providing COVID-19 vaccines following a months-long investigation

Coronavirus

The story of the Colorado woman who won’t get vaccinated despite being denied kidney transplant

Health

University of Colorado’s health system fires 119 unvaccinated workers

Among those fired, 54 employees were from the Denver region, 33 from northern Colorado and 32 from the southern part of the state

Coronavirus

Colorado officials may weaken coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers

The proposal would require only 90% compliance for hospitals and nursing homes and would give more latitude to religious exemptions

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