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PERA sues Tri-County Health, its departing counties seeking $50 million withdrawal fee

Out of all the political controversy the coronavirus has caused in Colorado, the pullout of Douglas County from the Tri-County Health Department — and the domino effect it had on Adams and Arapahoe counties — may be the action that ends up having the biggest consequences on some metro Denver governments. The costs of Arapahoe […]

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Arapahoe County — the last holdout — votes to leave Tri-County Health Department

The final member of the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), Arapahoe County, voted today to leave the agency at the end of 2022.  This vote follows earlier decisions by Douglas and Adams counties to do the same.  “County residents will continue to receive all public health services from TCHD until a replacement health department and new […]

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Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties will have indoor mask mandates starting Wednesday

Facing the possibility that the current COVID-19 surge could breach Colorado’s hospital capacity, the public health agency for Adams and Arapahoe counties Monday issued a new indoor mask mandate through at least the end of the year. Also Monday, Jefferson County Public Health’s board voted 4-1 to pass a new ordinance to require people ages […]

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Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations

By Kate Ruder, KHN WESTMINSTER — Melissa Blatzer was determined to get her three children caught up on their routine immunizations on a recent Saturday morning at a walk-in clinic in this Denver suburb. It had been about a year since the kids’ last shots, a delay Blatzer chalked up to the pandemic. Two-year-old Lincoln Blatzer, […]

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Tri-County Health halts COVID-19 services to Douglas County

Tri-County Health Department is no longer providing COVID-19 services in Douglas County as of today, county leaders said. That announcement, along with news that the state public health department will be taking over those duties, was made during a Douglas County commissioners work session this morning.  “I’m disappointed but not surprised that Tri-County is reneging […]

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Adams, Arapahoe counties to withdraw from Tri-County Health Department after Douglas County’s exit

Adams County commissioners will vote to begin the process to end the county’s relationship with the Tri-County Health Department. According to a news release on Tuesday, commissioners intend to bring forward a resolution at their Oct. 26 public hearing to provide notice of Adams County’s decision to leave Tri-County Health Department. Per its legal obligation, […]

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Douglas County will continue receiving public health services from Tri-County through at least 2022

Douglas County will continue to receive all public health services from Tri-County Health Department until at least the end of 2022 after the two entities came to an agreement that was approved by the county commissioners during a Tuesday work session. The county will still have its own board of health in charge of things […]