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Research at CSU shows why testing only symptomatic people won’t stop coronavirus in Colorado

In the last couple of months, researchers at Colorado State University conducting coronavirus testing for workers at nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities made a series of startling discoveries. Not only were there a large number of positive results in their test samples, and not only were many of those positives from people who […]

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Colorado governor announces wave of new measures to protect nursing homes, senior care centers from coronavirus

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday announced new steps to protect residents of nursing homes and senior care centers from the new coronavirus, the group that has been hardest hit by the disease in Colorado. Through Wednesday, as many as half of the state’s fatalities were residents of those facilities. Hundreds of residents and staff members […]

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“How did that happen so fast?”: She watched from afar as coronavirus killed her dad in a Colorado nursing home

As Katie Jacobs Stanton read stories about a deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus ravaging a Seattle-area nursing home in early March, her thoughts immediately turned to her father in Colorado.  The 77-year-old, sports-loving jokester with three grandchildren was a resident of Juniper Village at Aurora, a long-term memory care facility where he had lived […]

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Governor exploring how to better protect Colorado nursing homes from coronavirus as resident deaths near 100

Gov. Jared Polis said Monday he is exploring taking additional action to better protect Colorado nursing homes and senior care centers from the new coronavirus as the number of residents of those facilities who have died from the disease nears 100.  But he didn’t provide many specifics on what those steps may be. Polis highlighted […]

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Nearly 75% of Aurora nursing home’s residents test positive for coronavirus in deadly outbreak

Colorado and local health officials are investigating an Aurora senior-care center where the majority of residents and staff have tested positive for the new coronavirus and eight residents have died. Nearly three-quarters of the residents — 33 of 46 — at Juniper Village at Aurora have tested positive for the virus, the Colorado Department of […]

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Coronavirus-related deaths among Colorado nursing home, senior-care center residents rise to at least 64

The number of residents of Colorado nursing homes and senior care centers who have died because of the coronavirus rose to at least 64 on Wednesday, up from 32 last week, according to a count by The Colorado Sun.  The state health department is not releasing the data — despite media requests and Gov. Jared […]

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Many Colorado nursing homes were already struggling to control infections. Then came coronavirus.

The employee handbook at the Amberwood Court Rehabilitation and Care Community in Denver was clear about the best way to keep germs from spreading through the 88-bed facility. “Handwashing is the single most important step we can take to prevent the transfer of infection,” the policy stated. “Each of us has the responsibility to the […]

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Deaths of at least 32 Colorado nursing home, senior living center residents linked to coronavirus

The deaths of at least 32 residents of nursing homes and senior living centers in Colorado have been linked to the new coronavirus, including six fatalities at one Greeley facility and four at one in Littleton, The Colorado Sun has learned.  That is nearly one-third of all coronavirus-related deaths in Colorado, where at least 112 […]

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How a bridge club led a Colorado county to have one of the nation’s highest coronavirus death rates

El Paso County has one of the nation’s highest fatality rates of the new coronavirus, surpassing communities in other states that have been hard hit by the disease.  At least 13 deaths have been attributed to the virus in El Paso County, the highest tally among Colorado counties and roughly one-fifth of the state’s 70 […]

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Looking for a safe nursing home is hard. And a newly released watch list tells only part of the story.

In Longmont, a nursing home staffer was arrested and criminally charged with assaulting a resident. In Aurora, a nursing home didn’t tell state regulators about two instances where its workers were convicted of sex crimes. In Rocky Ford, federal workplace-safety inspectors fined a nursing home for not protecting staff from violence at the facility. And […]