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Colorado’s slim chance at herd immunity is slipping away as people’s COVID-19 protection wanes

Even as thousands of Coloradans are still being infected by the coronavirus each day and as vaccinations roll out to younger children, an unsettling realization is sinking in among the state’s health leaders: The exit door to the pandemic isn’t as close as we once thought it was. Instead, new research is changing how experts […]

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One Colorado scientist’s uphill fight to convince the world that coronavirus spreads through the air

In March of last year, members of the Skagit Valley Chorale in Washington state gathered for their weekly rehearsal. It was the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order was still more than a week away, and chorale members rehearsed unmasked. In the following days, 87% of those who attended […]

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Colorado launches $5M sweepstakes to persuade people to get a COVID vaccine. Here’s how it will work.

You can gamble on contracting COVID-19 or you can get vaccinated and enter a chance to win $1 million. Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday unveiled the Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drive, a coronavirus vaccine sweepstakes program aimed at boosting the state’s plateauing inoculation rates, especially in parts of the state where the disease is still […]

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Coronavirus is ravaging Colorado nursing homes and other senior care centers again, killing hundreds more

Nursing homes and other senior care centers in Colorado are being ravaged by the latest surge of coronavirus, a chilling repeat of the spring when thousands of residents were infected with the disease and hundreds died.  Through Wednesday, nearly 200 active, ongoing outbreaks at such facilities in recent weeks had led to at least 3,300 […]

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Mask-wearing mandates in Colorado, other states leave big gaps in protection

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News BOULDER — Brady Bowman, a 19-year-old student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and two friends strolled down 11th Street, all sporting matching neck gaiters branded with the Thomas’ English Muffins logo. He had received an entire box of the promotional gaiters. He thinks they are just more comfortable to […]

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Colorado governor unveils new coronavirus restrictions aimed at preventing lockdowns

Gov. Jared Polis announced new coronavirus restrictions Tuesday aimed — at least temporarily — at preventing about half of Colorado’s counties from being forced into lockdown as COVID-19 sickens more people and fills more hospital beds each day. The new mandates are intended to give counties with a worsening COVID-19 situation another chance to improve […]

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These Coloradans survived coronavirus during the first wave. Here’s what they want you to know now.

With the coronavirus crisis worsening by the day, The Colorado Sun reached out to three people who survived the disease in the spring to hear how their recovery is going and see what advice they have for their fellow Coloradans as the state weathers this latest surge.  Doug Summerfield, a 75-year-old Arvada man who spent […]