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FDA signs off on extending booster shots to Americans who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration's decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign

Coronavirus

West Nile virus cases climbing in Colorado

As of this week, 139 Coloradans have contracted the mosquito-borne illness, which has resulted in six deaths

Health

Douglas County Health Board approves opt-out of masking mandates

Douglas County Health Board President Doug Benevento said during the Oct. 8 special board of health meeting that he would not hand down any masking mandates for children without what he called “clear and convincing evidence of the benefits of masking"

Coronavirus

Douglas County’s next step for its new health department is to find a qualified director

Colorado statute lays out clear requirements for the role, including past experience in public health

Health

Opinion: For women of color, breastfeeding can involve confronting history, obstacles and scarce resources

Aug. 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week, helping mothers provide the best “first food” to their newborns

Opinion Columns

School or “Russian Roulette”? Amid delta variant and lax mask rules, some Colorado parents see no difference

Education

COVID-19 booster shots could begin on Sept. 20

In a statement, health officials said it is “very clear” that the vaccines' protection against infection wanes over time

Coronavirus

Masks will be required in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas county schools for those under 12

Should any of those individual counties opt out of the requirement, it would be up to school districts to decide whether to follow the order

Education

Biden administration will recommend that people receive a COVID vaccine booster 8 months after second shot

Federal health officials have been actively looking at whether extra shots for the vaccinated would be needed as early as this fall

News

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

Opinion: Masks for schoolchildren? This is not a tough call.

No one needs more time, or more data, or more consultation.

Opinion Columns

Douglas County School District town hall on COVID-19 plans turns raucous

The crowd first erupted with boos when Superintendent Corey Wise displayed a slide saying the district is recommending universal masking when school begins next week

Education

Bus stop by bus stop, Denver-area health officials microtarget vaccine hesitancy

A mobile clinic in the East Colfax neighborhood is part of a new push by Denver-area public health officials to find the neighborhoods where vaccinations lag behind state or county averages

Coronavirus

Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention

Politics and Government

How an Aurora doctor breaks norms to treat refugees and recent immigrants

Dr. P.J. Parmar designed the Mango House clinic to survive on the Medicaid payments that many doctors across the U.S. reject as too low

Health

Colorado expected to receive at least $300 million through opioid-crisis settlement — if local governments approve the deal

The tentative settlement, announced Wednesday, would bring to nearly $400 million that could come to Colorado through opioid litigation

Health

Colorado’s new COVID guidance for schools: Masks not required, quarantine rules relaxed

Some Colorado school districts have already announced they won’t require masks next year, while in others, officials said they were weighing their options and waiting for state guidance

Education

Colorado’s reinsurance programs will continue to keep health costs low, governor says

Individuals buying on the exchange are expected to save more than 24% next year compared with what they would pay if they had to purchase coverage without the reinsurance program

Health

Behind Wyoming and Colorado’s anomalous twin COVID-19 spikes despite their political differences

Coronavirus

Rural ambulance services in mountain communities are in jeopardy as volunteers age and expenses mount

In rural America, it’s increasingly difficult for ambulance services to respond to emergencies. One factor is that emergency medical services are struggling to find young volunteers to replace retiring EMTs

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