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State board requires COVID vaccines for staff at Colorado hospitals and other health care facilities

Employees at Colorado hospitals and other health care facilities will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 under an emergency rule adopted Monday night by the state’s Board of Heath at the behest of Gov. Jared Polis.  The rule, enacted after a contentious hearing, requires health care workers at thousands of facilities to get their […]

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Heavy smoke from West Coast wildfires is expected to blanket Colorado this weekend

Heavy smoke from wildfires in California and Oregon is expected to blow from northwestern Colorado across much of the state Friday afternoon and Saturday, causing hazy conditions and one of the heaviest fine particulate matter concentrations of the year, according to an advisory from the state’s health department and the National Weather Service.  Residents sensitive […]

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Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Colorado’s top health official testified in Denver District Court this week that she failed to grasp the significance of a 2019 legal opinion that led to massive cuts in the state’s HIV prevention funding. Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, said she didn’t understand the implications […]

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Plague found in fleas collected after death of 10-year-old girl in southwest Colorado

Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the plague in fleas collected in La Plata County after a 10-year-old girl died from the disease earlier this month, public health officials said. The plague-positive fleas were collected from a private property in south central La Plata County after residents reported a nearby prairie dog colony had gone […]

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Colorado AG appoints investigators for whistleblower’s pollution complaint

Colorado’s attorney general has appointed four special investigators to look into whistleblower allegations that dozens of air pollution permits were issued unlawfully to companies by a state health department pollution control unit and that at least one whistleblower was asked to falsify data to get pollution estimates under permitted limits. Attorney General Phil Weiser issued […]

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Colorado attorney general launches probe of whistleblowers’ air-pollution control complaints

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is hiring an independent investigator to probe whistleblower allegations that the state health department’s Air Pollution Control Division failed to properly enforce EPA air quality standards.  The Colorado Department of Law, led by Attorney General Phil Weiser, late Monday afternoon posted a request for proposals to investigate the detailed whistleblower […]

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Colorado’s coronavirus dial system ends Friday. As hospitalizations spike, it will be up to counties to respond.

Starting Friday, Colorado counties will be left to decide how to control rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations as the statewide COVID-19 dial system, which has set public health restrictions for the past seven months, moves from a mandate to a recommendation.  The state will place restrictions only on large, indoor gathering places, like sports arenas […]

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Officials advise 4,000 people vaccinated at Colorado Springs spa to get new coronavirus shots

Nearly 4,000 people who received COVID-19 vaccinations at a Colorado Springs medical spa need to be re-vaccinated because health officials have been unable to verify that the vaccines were properly stored there, the Colorado Department of Public Health said Tuesday. The department stopped vaccinations at Dr. Moma Health and Wellness Clinic on Friday after county […]

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3,000 vaccine doses seized from Colorado Springs medical spa due to storage problems

COLORADO SPRINGS — About 3,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been confiscated from a Colorado Springs medical spa after county health officials observed problems in vaccine storage on Friday, prompting the state health department to investigate the vaccination process there. The state health department announced Friday night that it suspended vaccinations at Dr. Moma Health […]