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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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

Colorado tightens air pollution rules after staff shake-up, whistleblower complaint 

Policies that weakened oversight of small polluters have been tightened. But they still may have "backdoor exits" one environmental group says.

Health

Colorado has just 120 intensive care beds available statewide as COVID hospitalizations rise

Gov. Jared Polis urgently pleaded with Coloradans to get vaccinated as more than 1,100 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19

Coronavirus

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

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

Colorado air pollution director Garry Kaufman reassigned after conflict of interest investigation

A special investigator found a failure to report professional conflict and raised questions about Colorado’s pollution modeling. Kaufman is moved to a newly-created job less than a month later.

News

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

Coronavirus

Not enough kids are using Colorado’s school COVID testing program for it to work, governor says

Fewer than 5,000 kids — less than 1% of Colorado’s K-12 student population — are signed up for the state’s weekly testing program launched earlier this month

Coronavirus

Whistleblowers raised valid concerns about Colorado air pollution monitoring, probe finds, but problems were unintentional

An independent investigation commissioned by the Attorney General also says boss of Air Pollution Control Division should have disclosed his prior work for Newmont Corp. when a pollution permit for a Teller County mine came before him.

Environment

Colorado parents are trying to get around school mask mandates with dubious doctor’s notes

Pediatricians across the state are being bombarded with requests for doctor’s notes as parents try to get their kids exempt from wearing a mask at school despite few medical-based reasons to do so.

Coronavirus

Security workers called in to protect Jefferson County mobile coronavirus vaccine clinics

Attackers used a car to knock down signs advertising free shots. Another time someone threw live fireworks into a tent.

News

$100M lawsuit over smelly Weld County fertilizer plant can go ahead after high court declines to hear appeal

The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about a biogas plant that generated complaints about the smell from neighbors

Politics and Government

Colorado is betting big on vaccine influencers. It’s unclear if people will “like” their message.

This is a new frontier in public health messaging, testing the argument that the most persuasive voice is the one that’s most trusted in a community.

Coronavirus

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

The rule requires health care workers at thousands of facilities to get their first dose of vaccine no later than Sept. 30, though state regulators indicated they will be lenient about the deadline

Health

COVID hospitalizations in Colorado reach their highest level since January

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported there were 705 people hospitalized because of the virus at the end of this week

Coronavirus

Many Colorado students are back in class, but the state’s expanded school COVID testing program won’t start for weeks

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is behind schedule to sign contracts for a weekly COVID-19 rapid testing program available to schools statewide

Education

Thousands of Coloradans may have already received an extra dose of coronavirus vaccine

Federal authorities have yet to authorize COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, but an influential committee is meeting Friday to discuss the possibility

Coronavirus

Answers to readers’ questions on the coronavirus vaccine, masks and the delta variant in Colorado

Yes, your vaccine is still effective, but you need to take precautions for unvaccinated children

Coronavirus

More than 36,000 Colorado kids from low-income families could miss out on the Child Tax Credit, advocates fear

While families that file taxes with the IRS will get checks or deposits automatically, parents who don’t file will need to sign up

Politics and Government

These 10 charts show why Colorado leaders decided to get tough on coronavirus vaccine mandates

The stagnation of COVID-19 vaccination rates, the delta variant’s surge and fears of a coming wave of deaths and hospitalizations all played a part

Coronavirus
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