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Opinion: Wearing a mask is an act of caring for others

In the early days of the pandemic, we cared about each other. In some everyday, unavoidable situations, such as grocery shopping, accommodations were made to help keep medically vulnerable people safe. Many stores offered early shopping hours to seniors and those with health conditions, to allow these folks additional security and comfort without additional risks […]

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Carman: Buckle up! Wild and crazy California politics likely will be on full display in Colorado in 2022

The absurdly undemocratic election to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, which cost taxpayers some $300 million and exposed them to relentless campaigning for months in what was supposed to be an off-year respite from political browbeating, finally ended last week. Nothing changed. Ah, but … wait for it … it’s not really over. Is it […]

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Answers to readers’ questions on the coronavirus vaccine, masks and the delta variant in Colorado

Ever since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed direction so fast on its latest coronavirus guidance that it practically made cartoon tire-screeching noises, we at The Colorado Sun have been getting a lot of questions from readers. Like, a lot of questions. You want to know about what this means for back-to-school […]

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Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings as coronavirus restrictions are lifted in Denver area

Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings, Gov. Jared Polis announced on Friday, marking one of the most significant returns to pre-pandemic life.  “We are going from mask-wearing requirements to mask-wearing suggestions and guidance,” Polis said at a news conference. “We have now reached a threshold where not enough people are […]

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Colorado plans mask-mandate changes after CDC says fully vaccinated people can stop wearing face coverings in most places

WASHINGTON — In a striking move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday moved to ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor […]

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One in 8 Americans lives in a community that has lost its local public health department leader during the pandemic.

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Hannah Recht, Michelle R. Smith and Lauren Weber, The Associated Press and KHN Tisha Coleman has lived in close-knit Linn County, Kansas, for 42 years and never felt so alone. As the public health administrator, she’s struggled every day of the coronavirus pandemic to keep her rural county along the Missouri […]

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On first day of special legislative session, Colorado lawmakers contend with coronavirus exposure scare

Colorado lawmakers are contending with a mass coronavirus exposure scare at the Capitol on the first day of the state’s special legislative session to address the economic effects of the pandemic.  House Speaker KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat, said a Republican staffer in the House was on the chamber’s floor Monday morning despite testing positive […]

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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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Denver requires mask-wearing outdoors, limits gathering to five people as coronavirus cases rise

Denver issued two new orders on Friday aimed at slowing rising coronavirus cases in Colorado’s capital city, limiting gatherings to five people and requiring mask-wearing in all outdoor settings. The mask-wearing order expands on Denver’s order requiring face coverings in all indoor settings. Organized athletic programming — like college and high school sports, as well […]