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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Colorado has identified five cases of a mystery hepatitis in children

The disease remains rare, and the state has not seen any deaths or kids who needed a liver transplant

Health

Rare three-agency audit of western Colorado mental health center finds dangerous prescription practices

Mind Springs Health, which provides mental health services and has a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction, remains on a corrective action plan

Health

Colorado man first to test positive for bird flu in the U.S., likelihood of spread low

Human infections of H5N1 are rare, with risks increasing when working with infected birds. The man was exposed while working at a commercial farm on a prison pre-release employment program.

Health

What do Colorado’s rising COVID cases mean for the summer?

State officials are trying to understand how the emergence of a new variant — omicron BA.2.12.1 — will impact the trajectory of infections

Coronavirus

Colorado finds “forever chemicals” PFAS in 100% of fish sampled in three big counties 

In another alarming report about the spread of the toxic waterproofing chemicals, the state says all fish sampled in El Paso, Adams and Jefferson counties were contaminated. Is any level of human consumption safe?

Environment

Colorado will have hundreds more air pollution sources to permit. Here’s how the state is gearing up.  

State air officials’ big budget request includes dozens of staffers to hit backlog when EPA declares Front Range in “severe” nonattainment.

Environment

Carman: Suncor’s days of beguiling regulators and befouling our air at last may be numbered

EPA finally has started paying attention, thanks to intense pressure from environmental organizations, community advocates and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette.

Opinion Columns

Number of patients who sought medication to end their lives under Colorado’s aid-in-dying law on the rise

The state health department’s latest report on the law shows the median time between prescription and death was 18 days. A CU Anschutz study, meanwhile, finds many doctors are still leery.

Health

Zornio: Why is Colorado so hesitant to talk about sex education with kids?

1 in 5 Americans may have a sexually transmitted infection, yet Colorado doesn’t mandate, track or seemingly enforce sex ed curriculum in schools

Opinion Columns

EPA objects to Colorado’s approval of Suncor permit, asks for changes

Environmental groups and neighbors had asked the federal agency to block the operating permit, and EPA agrees it has problems with the refinery

Environment

Colorado está enfrentando dificultades para vacunar a más hispanos. Conoce a la mujer que intenta cambiar eso.

Julissa Soto ha estado organizando eventos de vacunación en los tipos de lugares a los cuales los funcionarios de salud pública con frecuencia no van: iglesias, discotecas y mercados.

Coronavirus

Colorado is struggling to vaccinate more of its Hispanic population. Meet the woman trying to change that.

Julissa Soto has been organizing vaccination clinics in the kinds of places where public health officials often don’t go: Churches, nightclubs and markets

Coronavirus

COVID cases appear to be rising again in Colorado. Is another surge likely?

Experts believe the state still has high levels of immunity, likely making any possible surge caused by the omicron BA.2 variant less severe

Coronavirus

Suncor gave an update on new pollution monitoring. Neighbors weren’t impressed, politicians wanted more oversight.

Colorado demands certain industries show the pollutants escaping their boundaries. Suncor’s plan was done first, but now Bennet and DeGette want more scrutiny on the refinery.

Environment

Broomfield’s “best practices” for oil and gas are held up as a model. But they don’t curb neighbors’ complaints.

Colorado oil and gas regulators say Broomfield-style mitigation is the key to greenlighting drilling at Kerr-McGee’s McGavin pad within 2,000 feet of Firestone homes

Business

Five charts that show how Colorado has fared after two years of COVID

The state has generally done better than the rest of the nation in preventing infections and deaths

Coronavirus

What does it take to persuade someone to get a COVID vaccine? Patience, understanding and a lot of love.

Colorado’s coronavirus vaccination campaign may appear to have hit a wall. But there are still ways to persuade unvaccinated people to get the shot.

Coronavirus

Colorado approves Suncor permit renewal, but air pollution activists say they will keep trying to block it 

State regulators say they demanded air pollution concessions before passing the permit on to EPA for a final ‘yes,’ but opponents say nothing will change.

Environment

Colorado deactivates crisis standards for health care system as COVID cases decline

The standards provided guidance and liability protection during periods of high stress on health care workers

Health

Colorado’s largest driller still wants to put wells within 2,000 feet of homes, but offers some concessions

Regulators tabled their decision after Colorado’s largest oil and gas producer says it will meet some health department demands and pay to monitor emissions.

Energy
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