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Colorado is in its fourth coronavirus wave as more contagious variants become dominant among cases

“More than 50% of positive cases that are occurring in the state are now due to variants of COVID-19,” Dr. Rachel Herlihy said

Coronavirus

Colorado already allows prescription drug imports from Canada. Lawmakers want to open it up to more countries.

Colorado and 11 other states want to expand programs to directly import medications, most of which are manufactured in other countries. The law passed in 2019 to allow Canadian imports hasn't yet been implemented.

Health

Colorado is on track to give teens three free therapy sessions to help them cope with coronavirus

House Bill 1258 sets aside $9 million for the historic effort that would be available for Coloradans 18 and under through June 2022

Health

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

Coronavirus

Fully vaccinated can travel again, new CDC guidance says

Previously, the CDC had cautioned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people

Coronavirus

Colorado air pollution control managers ordered staff to falsify data and approve permits “at all costs,” whistleblowers say

State employees allege a yearslong pattern of illegal state actions designed to speed up permits and avoid scrutiny by the public.

Environment

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.

Coronavirus

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.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus, then a mass shooting: It’s been a year from hell for Colorado grocery workers

Grocery store workers were already exhausted after a year of putting their health at risk so Coloradans could buy food. And they were worried about security long before the Boulder massacre.

Coloradans

Colorado legislature advances effort for tougher toxic emissions monitoring at polluting companies

Law would expand who must report after industries found altering totals to avoid hitting thresholds in benzene, other dangerous substances

Environment

8 ways to handle the anxiety that follows public violence all too familiar in Colorado

The Boulder shooting is another traumatic event in a state that’s seen far too many. Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Clark and Mental Health Center of Denver offer ideas for coping.

Health

Colorado’s toxic emitters revise their leakage numbers below tough thresholds in law

Companies say earlier reported levels were inaccurate. But lack of independent monitoring means what polluters say, goes, and environmental advocates are furious

Environment

Denver’s Tennyson Center to close its residential program after runaways, overdoses and child’s death

State child welfare officials were investigating neglect, lack of supervision and safety issues when Tennyson Center for Children decided to close its residential program.

News

Colorado’s new coronavirus vaccine phase, plenty of available shots draws people to rural Colorado

Hugo in Lincoln County hosted a mass event at the fairgrounds and elated Front Range drivers stayed overnight at a truck stop to be ready

Coronavirus

Is Colorado’s allergy season worse than it used to be?

The Sun chats with a leading allergist on what’s making us sneeze right now, what will make us sneeze next month, and whether climate change has made it worse than it used to be.

Health

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

Colorado Senate passes bill making it easier for children to receive cannabis-based medication at school

Under current law, school districts must allow parents and caregivers to possess and administer cannabis-based medicine on school grounds

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

Colorado is beginning to see the benefits of coronavirus vaccinations in case rates, health officials say

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s top epidemiologist, and Dr. Jon Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, said there is a decreasing number of hospitalizations and cases among people 70 and older

Coronavirus

Counterfeit opioid pills made in Mexico pushed Colorado into a third, deadly wave of the opioid crisis

The Colorado Sun spoke with Deanne Reuter, special agent in charge of the Denver field office of the DEA, where agents are tracing the illicit fentanyl pipeline across the southern border.

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