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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

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.


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.


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


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.


Colorado’s largest oil and gas producer wants permission to drill closer than 2,000 feet from homes

A subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum wants exclusion from the state’s 2,000-foot buffer to drill 26 wells near 87 homes in Firestone. Critics say it would render new oil and gas rules useless. 


Colorado hospital mortality rates spiked 35% when pandemic started, report finds

A new report by the Colorado Hospital Association shows the burden coronavirus patients placed on the state’s health care system


Opinion: The Air Quality Control Commission needs to actually control air quality

Colorado’s health-protection agencies are more eager to wave through permits than hold down ozone

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Colorado is planning a shift to an “endemic response” to COVID-19, possibly as soon as summer

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants private companies to help it figure out what to do


When will COVID become endemic in Colorado? Soon, the state hopes.

As officials in Denver and other counties allow mask mandates to expire, they are looking to manage the coronavirus as a normal part of life


Your guide to getting a free COVID rapid test — from Colorado, the feds or your insurance company

There are now at least three ways Coloradans can score free rapid tests. Here’s how to navigate the process.


Colorado’s omicron-driven COVID wave appears to have crested — but not everywhere in the state

While mountain communities and the Denver metro area are seeing cases fall, parts of southern and western Colorado continue to see increasing infection rates.


Lamar and Yuma schools cling to Savages and Tribe after being told to drop Native American mascots

State Indian Affairs commission warns the eastern Colorado districts to find a Plan B or risk big fines. 


Colorado officials order closure of 11 COVID testing sites run by 2 companies, citing safety and reporting concerns

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser ordered at least a temporary closure of three sites run by Center for COVID Control and eight by Macagain Corp.


Three state agencies are auditing the troubled mental health center for 10 Western Slope counties

State investigators are at Mind Springs Health offices in Western Colorado this week to review files and financial documents.


An omicron curveball: At two Colorado hospital systems, most COVID patients aren’t there for COVID

Denver Health and UCHealth report that 60% or more of their patients who are COVID positive are there for other reasons, a change from previous coronavirus waves that comes amid the more contagious omicron variant


Colorado struggles to keep hospital beds staffed as omicron sends COVID cases soaring

The number of hospital beds in the state appears to be decreasing as infections rise, but the virus is only part of the equation


Colorado’s omicron-driven COVID spike has reached record heights. Here’s how to make sense of it.

More people now have the virus -- and are potentially capable of spreading it -- than at any other time during the pandemic


The omicron variant may now account for as much as half of all new Colorado COVID infections

Mountain resort communities are getting hit hard, but officials believe transmission is widespread


Contractors walked out, used foul language as Colorado’s school COVID testing struggled, emails reveal

The Colorado Sun obtained, through a request under the Colorado Open Records Act, more than 200 pages of email records from CDPHE related to COVID-19 testing in schools


To better control COVID, Colorado must unlock the secret to its mysterious seasonal trends

This year’s big surge of coronavirus cases receded at almost the same time as last year’s, but no one is quite sure why

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