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U.S. moves nearer to coronavirus shutdown as Colorado health officials recommend groups of 50 or more don’t gather

By Terry Spencer and Teresa Crawford, The Associated Press CHICAGO — Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials — including in Colorado — recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get together and a government expert saying a 14-day national shutdown […]

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Carman: When the spit hits the fan, universal access to health care is critical

Here in the United States, we’re about to see the outcome of a cynical experiment involving 327 million involuntary human subjects.  We’ll see what happens when extreme health care inequality collides with a virus that doesn’t discriminate.  We’ll see what happens when the spit hits the fan. In the U.S., where health care is rationed […]

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Colorado governor orders all ski resorts to close for at least a week in extraordinary move

Gov. Jared Polis on Saturday night issued an extraordinary executive order requiring all Colorado ski resorts to close, an announcement that came just hours after operators across the state preemptively said they were shutting down, many of them indefinitely, in response to the new coronavirus. The order is set to last one week, though the […]

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Colorado announces its first death from the coronavirus

Colorado on Friday announced its first death from the new coronavirus, about a week after the state’s first case was confirmed and as the outbreak has quickly spread from Aspen to Colorado Springs and Centennial to Fort Collins. The person who died was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions. She lived in […]

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Northern Colorado hospital worker tests positive for COVID-19, prompts possible self-quarantine for colleagues

A health care professional who works at hospitals in Weld and Larimer counties has been identified as one of the nearly three dozen people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Colorado, The Colorado Sun has learned. People who came into prolonged, close contact with the woman in a Banner Health emergency room are being […]

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Should the Colorado legislature shut down because of coronavirus? The conversation is well underway.

Colorado lawmakers have begun discussing in earnest whether to temporarily shut down the state legislature to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.  The debate comes as the outbreak increasingly disrupts activity at the Capitol and as Gov. Jared Polis is warning that the spread of the virus has no end in sight.  Colorado’s largest […]

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“A test of our Colorado character”: High country will be hardest hit by coronavirus, governor warns

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday issued a stark warning to the state and the high country in particular as the new coronavirus rapidly spreads. “This will get worse before it gets better,” he told reporters, calling the outbreak a “test of our Colorado character” that has no end in sight. He bluntly added: “There […]

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9 people connected to Australian coronavirus patient test positive for disease; 1 more test pending

A cluster of nine people who were traveling in Aspen with an Australian woman who later tested positive for COVID-19 when she returned home last week have tested “presumptive positive” for the virus, Pitkin County authorities said Wednesday. They represent nearly a third of all the confirmed coronavirus cases in Colorado through midday Wednesday. Test […]