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

Colorado officials ordered 11 coronavirus testing sites to shut down Saturday, saying the two companies running them have failed to report testing results as required under the law.  The testing sites run by Center for COVID Control and Macagain Corp. stretch from Boulder to Colorado Springs.  Center for COVID Control, with sites in Denver and […]

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Colorado offers gift cards to students who sign up for COVID testing

Colorado will give gift cards to students who participate in regular COVID testing at school. Gov. Jared Polis announced Thursday that students who get tested through the state’s free school COVID testing program will be eligible for a $25 gift card for the first test and $10 for each subsequent test. In addition, participating schools will get […]

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Weekly testing could limit COVID’s spread in Colorado schools, state officials say as cases among kids surge

As cases of COVID in young children rise steeply, Colorado public health officials say it’s important to test all students and staff weekly to help reduce disease transmission. Colorado has allocated $173 million of federal relief money to provide schools with free rapid tests and help in setting up testing programs. “Our goal with this program is […]

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

Colorado’s new school COVID-19 testing program isn’t yet up and running as hundreds of thousands of students — many of them unvaccinated — return to class amid a surge in cases and hospitalizations caused by the delta variant. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is running weeks behind schedule when it comes to […]

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How metro Denver school districts differ on COVID-19 mask rules

School districts across the Denver metro area are taking different approaches to mask-wearing as they prepare for the new academic year. Here’s a look at the plans: • In Denver Public Schools, masks will be required for all students, visitors and staff while in all schools and buildings, regardless of vaccination status, according to the district’s website. […]

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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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How CU scientists identified coronavirus “super-carriers” by collecting gallons of students’ spit

When the University of Colorado Boulder launched a massive, weekly coronavirus testing program as students returned to campus last fall, it soon encountered a puzzle that shows how much we still have to learn about the virus that has bedeviled us for more than a year. Students were testing positive, and they certainly seemed capable […]