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Zornio: Polis is playing with fire, and his mistakes on COVID-19 may lead to a full hospital collapse

It’s one thing to claim you follow the science, it’s another to actually do it. For weeks, Colorado’s hospital system has remained on the “brink of collapse.” It’s the expected result of months of inaction at state and local levels, with business-as-usual policies leading to a potent combination of too many critical care patients — […]

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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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Littwin: Jared Polis said basically all the right things about how schools can reopen safely. He still got everything wrong

At a news conference Thursday, Jared Polis basically said all the right things about the importance of making sure we keep schools open this year for kids. He cited the benefits of wearing masks in schools, also of weekly rapid testing, which the government would make available, and, of course, the need for all those […]

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Almost 75% of likely Colorado voters are already vaccinated against coronavirus or plan to get inoculated, poll shows

Nearly three in four likely Colorado voters have been or plan to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a new survey from Keating Research, OnSight Public Affairs and Mike Melanson shows.  The poll of 528 likely Colorado voters from April 20-26 is an encouraging sign that the state will be able to inoculate 75% or more […]

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Colorado coronavirus cases are rising, especially among people under 18, as hospitalizations spike as well

Colorado health officials are imploring people to get vaccinated as the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the state. Thousands of appointments or walk-up slots are available for the next few days across the state, Gov. Jared Polis said at a news conference Tuesday, and more vaccination sites are now offering […]

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Schools and nursing homes drive increase in Colorado coronavirus outbreaks

DENVER — Health officials in Colorado say virus outbreaks have increased this week, reaching a total last seen in February, with the most outbreaks reported in schools and nursing homes. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said there were 722 active COVID-19 outbreaks as of Wednesday, The Denver Post reported Thursday. An outbreak […]

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Johnson & Johnson pause may not affect Colorado’s vaccine equity efforts. But other issues persist.

A pause on Johnson & Johnson doses will do little to alter the course of Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Gov. Jared Polis’ office says. The single-dose option has recently accounted for only about 9,000 doses delivered to the state each week, “a drop in the bucket,” said Rick Palacio, who is helping lead vaccine equity […]