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Colorado Department of Corrections rolls back vaccine mandate amid massive staff shortage

Employees working in state prisons will no longer be required to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as the Colorado Department of Corrections works to fill more than 1,700 vacancies. The state’s prison system is still “highly recommending” all staff — new or existing — receive a vaccine and booster, a CDOC spokeswoman said in an email confirming […]

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Colorado’s next COVID hurdle: Beating the usual fall surge

Little has been consistent during the coronavirus pandemic in Colorado, but this has: Fall is COVID season. In both 2020 and 2021, as kids returned to classes and pumpkin-spiced lattes emerged from their caffeinated hidey-holes, COVID cases began to rise in the state. By this time last year, reports of new coronavirus infections had already […]

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Researchers at CU-Anschutz are trying to crack the code on long COVID by looking at T cells

Researchers in Colorado have made a key discovery that could help doctors in fighting one of the most pernicious ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Long COVID-19 — the catchall diagnosis for long-term COVID symptoms that can afflict as many as 30% of people after they have recovered from their initial infection — is so common […]

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Here’s how COVID-19 affected the way in which Colorado students head to college

The rate at which Colorado students are going to college right out of high school has dipped, and those who do go are less prepared. And participation in programs offering college experience in high school has remained stagnant. Those takeaways detailed in the state’s recent annual look at the state’s higher education progress offer a better view […]

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A Denver fund is fighting to keep attention on racial inequities in the metro area

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit Denver, LaKeshia Hodge’s human services organization dedicated almost a dozen volunteers to deliver food to older adults and people with disabilities, who had no access to transportation. Hodge remembers an older couple, who needed food. The man has prosthetic legs and the woman uses a wheelchair. Yet, one day […]

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COVID vaccines for the youngest Coloradans are here. We have answers to your questions.

As a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Dr. Sara Saporta-Keating knows well the toll the coronavirus has had on the country’s youngest residents. The United States has recorded more than 2.5 million cases of COVID-19 in kids ages 4 and younger, according to data presented last week to a Centers for […]

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As maternal mortality rate rises, Colorado health organizations tackle mental health and drug abuse

Birth looked different during COVID-19, said Jessica Anderson, a member of the Colorado Maternal Mortality Committee. What’s supposed to be one of the most magical — and gut-wrenching — moments of a parent’s life became isolating.  “By wearing masks, there’s so much connection that, you know, comes with facial expressions,” Anderson said. “It looks different, […]