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Is Colorado College the first of many Colorado schools that will cancel in-person classes as coronavirus rages?

As the new coronavirus threatens to wreak havoc on businesses and tourism across Colorado, it’s already proving immensely disruptive to colleges and universities in the state. Several institutions are weighing whether to close their campuses. Others are canceling travel for employees. And nearly all are telling their professors to prepare to move classes online. Colorado […]

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Gov. Jared Polis declares state of emergency in response to coronavirus outbreak

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in response to Colorado’s growing numbers of cases from the new coronavirus, allowing him to take more aggressive actions to try to curb the virus’s spread. There are now at least 17 confirmed cases in Colorado of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. […]

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Inside the Colorado State University lab that is trying to develop the world’s first vaccine for COVID-19

FORT COLLINS — Here, nestled up against the foothills, there’s a bat colony living in the basement of a sleek white-and-glass Colorado State University building — which isn’t entirely relevant to this story except to set the tone for the peculiar work that takes place inside. Welcome to Colorado State University’s Research Innovation Center, where […]

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Aspen officials waiting for 13 Australians’ test results after woman tests positive for coronavirus

Thirteen people traveling with a 21-year-old Australian woman who tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting Aspen are in isolation in the ski town after exhibiting symptoms. Their test results won’t be available for 24 hours, officials said Monday. An investigation by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment revealed the woman came […]

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Colorado directs insurers to waive co-pays for people seeking coronavirus tests. But only if they meet testing criteria.

Gov. Jared Polis’ administration is directing Colorado health insurers regulated by the state to waive co-pays, deductibles and other charges for anyone who visits a doctor, urgent care center or hospital to seek a coronavirus test in what is one of the state’s first executive actions to date in response to the outbreak. But the […]

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While Colorado has planned well, states’ patchwork of crisis strategies could mean uneven care in a pandemic

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News A possible coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm the nation’s hospitals and force doctors into difficult decisions about how to allocate limited resources. Yet, experts say, only a handful of states have done the work necessary to prepare for such worst-case scenarios. How would hospitals handle overflowing emergency rooms? What would […]

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Colorado wants to ensure coronavirus won’t affect low-income, minority communities disproportionately

Pandemics come for us all in equal measure, right? Aren’t we all equally vulnerable? Not exactly. As the first cases of coronavirus arrive in the state, Colorado health and social services officials say they are striving to make sure lower-income residents and people of color are not disproportionately impacted by the illness and potential economic […]

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Colorado’s other pandemic: The 1918 flu and the lessons learned — or maybe not — for coronavirus

A run on surgical masks. No viable vaccine. Opportunists. Uncertainty. Fatalism. Fear.  These were just a few of the elements converging at the uncontrolled intersection of medical science, politics and human nature — not this week, but a century ago, when the flu pandemic of 1918 crept into Colorado, gathered deadly momentum and claimed thousands […]