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Coronavirus is ravaging Colorado nursing homes and other senior care centers again, killing hundreds more

Nursing homes and other senior care centers in Colorado are being ravaged by the latest surge of coronavirus, a chilling repeat of the spring when thousands of residents were infected with the disease and hundreds died.  Through Wednesday, nearly 200 active, ongoing outbreaks at such facilities in recent weeks had led to at least 3,300 […]

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Coronavirus finance issues may force Colorado nursing home closure

FORT COLLINS — Residents of a Colorado nursing home may be displaced due to what the operating company calls insurmountable financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit Estes Park Health system is projected to lose about $1.4 million this year as occupancy drops and Medicaid reimbursements lag, The Coloradoan reported Sunday. The financial difficulties may force […]

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Colorado to begin allowing indoor visitation at nursing homes as soon as next week

Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that Colorado will begin allowing in-person visitation at nursing homes and long-term care facilities as soon as next week. That’s welcome news for families and friends who have been cut off from seeing their loved ones for months because of the pandemic. Coronavirus has been linked to the deaths of […]

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Opinion: Senate “relief” package doesn’t meet the health needs of Coloradans

Christy Charles of Grand Junction, a proud mother to a young adult with Down syndrome, was going about her life supporting her daughter and others with developmental disabilities when she was diagnosed with cancer. Without adequate insurance and needing income, she continued as her daughter’s paid caregiver and continued to offer unpaid support to others, […]

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How genetic sequencing is helping solve the mystery of coronavirus’ spread through Colorado nursing homes

As infections from the novel coronavirus earlier this year overwhelmed nursing homes across Colorado, those trying to stop the virus were presented with a mystery: How, exactly, was it getting into and spreading through facilities that were off-limits to outsiders and subject to rigorous infection-control rules? Now, a research team at Colorado State University has […]

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Coronavirus-related deaths among Colorado nursing home residents near 800; third prison inmate dies

Coronavirus-related deaths among residents of Colorado nursing homes and senior care centers are nearing 800, according to new data released Wednesday by state health officials, showing that the disease continues to take a toll on those facilities even as its impact lessens elsewhere. There have been 796 resident deaths linked to COVID-19, the disease caused […]

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Coronavirus deaths at Colorado nursing homes slow, reach 737; outbreaks at restaurants, stores continue to climb

The pace of coronavirus deaths among Colorado nursing home and senior care center residents slowed during the past week, rising by 26 to 737, according to state health officials.  That’s a stark difference compared to recent weeks in which the state counted nearly 100 new fatalities each week.  Deaths among residents of nursing homes and […]

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Coronavirus deaths at Colorado nursing homes, senior facilities reach 711; outbreaks reported at restaurants and stores

Colorado reported 77 new confirmed and probable coronavirus-related deaths among residents of nursing homes and senior care facilities in the past seven days, bringing the total number of fatalities to 711. The deaths continue to represent the majority of coronavirus-related fatalities in Colorado. Through Wednesday, they accounted for 57% of the 1,257 people with the […]

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Deaths among Colorado nursing home, senior care center residents hit 529

Coronavirus deaths among Colorado nursing home and senior care residents continue to rise, reaching 529 through Wednesday.  The fatalities — an increase of about 100 over the number reported a week ago — represent 57% of the 921 total coronavirus fatalities in the state.  Total confirmed and probable infections among nursing home and senior care […]